Union Pacific Foundation: Community-Based Grant Program
The Union Pacific Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. (For a company system map, go here.) Through the Community-Based Grant Program, the Foundation provides support in the following categories: Community and Civic, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services. Organizations in the railroad's service area are invited to submit a one-page preliminary application form online. Selected organizations will receive a link to the website containing the online application form, which must be submitted by midnight CDT on August 15, 2009. Visit the website listed above for details on the Community-Based Grant Program.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Taproot recently launched its Los Angeles Office. Currently, they have a limited service area, but as they review applications every quarter, their service area expands.
Apply now for their June 1st round of reviews; details on applying are here.
The annual meeting is free and open to the public. While reservations are not required, they are recommended and can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details on the speaker, the venue, and the Los Angeles Conservancy can be found here.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Don't miss Santa Monica Conservancy's first garden tour, showcasing twelve extraordinary landscape environments in different neighborhoods of Santa Monica. Gardens provide an important setting for architecture, and are a visual delight for the streetscape.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
what later became parts of Commerce and Montebello, helped shape culture in Los Angeles, Southern California, and the Nation. The Montebello Historical Society is hosting a Return to Simons; check it out !(Click to make the poster bigger.)
Libraries, archives, and cultural institutions hold millions of items that have never been adequately described. According to a 1998 Association of Research Libraries' survey of 99 North American research universities' special collections, on average 15 percent of their printed volumes, 27 percent of manuscripts, and 35 percent and 37 percent of video and audio, respectively, are unprocessed or uncatalogued. Nationally, this represents a staggering volume of items of potentially substantive intellectual value that are unknown and inaccessible to scholars.
With generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources administers this national program to identify and catalog hidden special collections and archives. In 2008, CLIR issued the program's first Request for Proposals (RFP, in pdf), to which 118 libraries, research centers, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions responded. A distinguished review panel of librarians and scholars selected fifteen exceptional projects for funding. The primary criteria the panel employed in evaluating the proposals were the potential national significance of the nominated collections for scholarship and teaching, the application of description standards that would provide interoperability and long-term sustainability for project data, and innovations in the design of workflow processes that maximized both efficiency and the potential for outreach to user communities. Funded projects will continue for up to three years.
The program's strategy assumes local autonomy and responsibility but also requires participants to agree to governing principles that ensure enterprise-wide coherence. All nonconfidential information that applicants supply is made publicly available through CLIR's Hidden Collections Registry. Contributions to the Registry from institutions who do not wish to apply for grant funding are also welcome.
As the program continues, program staff will develop a descriptive record of a subset of collections that are deemed most urgently in need of cataloging and documentation. The record will evolve as funded proposals are completed. Although the program does not provide funds for the creation of digital surrogates of cataloged materials, CLIR hopes that many funded projects will ultimately be enhanced through the creation of publicly accessible digitized versions of the newly cataloged materials.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Congrats to Heritage Square Museum for telling a story through their latest exhibit that finds relevance in today's media!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
LANI works to improve neighborhoods through Community Consensus Building, Transportation and Pedestrian Corridor Improvements, Business District Revitalization, Urban Greening Development, and Support of Community Organizations.