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Ann Whiteside Awarded Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Libraries

Ann Whiteside, Librarian and Assistant Dean for Information Services at the Frances Loeb Library, is the recipient of an FY2017 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program award for the project “Building for Tomorrow: Collaborative Development of Sustainable Infrastructure for Architectural and Design Documentation.” The grant will support two priority-setting meetings of engaged stakeholders – architects, architectural historians, archivists, librarians, technologists, digital preservationists, and others who will frame a national/international collaborative infrastructure to support long-term preservation of digital design data, specifically in the architecture and design fields. The forum will provide a venue for the diverse group of stakeholders to think collaboratively about the issues in preserving architectural design data, to find alignments across communities, and to identify the needs required to develop an infrastructure to support archiving of digital design information that will be usable by a variety of types and sizes of architectural museums and archives. A second action from the meeting will include the formation of a Steering Committee that will commit to take the results of the Forum forward.

Ann Whiteside is the PI for the grant; GSD faculty member Andrew Witt is a member of the forum planning committee. “The Building Tomorrow project comes at a critical time when designers are rethinking the received histories of technology in their field and the relationship between design and the sciences," Witt said. "Digital materials provide an indispensable, increasingly dominant, yet often difficult-to-access resources for understanding a rapidly changing discipline.”

“Receiving this grant will allow the architecture community to take a huge step forward in developing a collaborative way in which to approach the preservation of electronic architectural documentation,” said Whiteside. “The problem has been particularly difficult to grapple with. We now have tools, technologies, and expertise across many communities that can work together to develop solutions that can be shared across many institutions, rather than building single-institution solutions.”


Published on May 31, 2017.