KVML Receives NEH Grant

University of Illinois Students Land NEH Grant for the Vonnegut Library

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is pleased to announce that we are receiving our first National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant. Working with national object conservation expert Shelley Paine, this $5,500 grant will ensure the protection and preservation of our beloved collection for years to come. But there’s more to the story… this is not just an announcement of a grant. This is also the story of how university students made a difference to a small nonprofit. Led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) student Jamie Wittenberg, the grant-writing effort and plan for this work was a great surprise to the Vonnegut Library.
“The NEH proposal began as a grant writing exercise for a preservation class at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at UIUC,” said Wittenberg. “Our team wanted to help sustain a library we love. The Vonnegut Library was our immediate and unanimous choice for its unique, intimate collections and abundance of primary source material. We performed an initial preservation assessment survey, examining the collections and environmental conditions of the space, like light exposure and relative humidity.”
The Vonnegut Library would like to thank Jamie Wittenberg, Molly Wayne, Andrew Crook, and Professor Jennifer Hain Teper, head of Preservation Services at the UIUC Library, for making this happen.


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