Joy M. Banks
From 2008 to 2014, CLIR administered the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, which granted funds to catalog “hidden” collections of high scholarly value. Generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program awarded more than $27.4 million to academic, cultural heritage, and other collecting institutions. To assess the program’s impact, CLIR conducted a comprehensive analysis of final reports from all 128 projects funded through the program. This short summary of the results of the assessment, which were published in September, will highlight key recommendations arising from the analysis relevant to funders, to stewards of special collections and archives, and to the maintainers of discovery systems and technologies.