As historical events unfold in connection with the current coronavirus outbreak, it's critically important that we archive now for the benefit of future generations. The digital information produced in response to this crisis is fragile, constantly evolving, and susceptible to loss if not preserved contemporaneously.

LIPA is collecting and preserving law library, law school, and judicial branch responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. To participate in the collection efforts, please submit potential websites for inclusion using the submission form. Alternatively, if you’d like us to link to an existing archive, email the link to Michelle Trumbo.

In alignment with our mission, this collection’s focus is on the legal community’s response and news in connection with the pandemic. Official government and institutional sources of information are the highest priority, but topical social media content is also welcomed.

Updated: Feb 24

Considering a small digitization project, but don’t have the funds? You might look at funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which gives Preservation Assistance Grants to small and mid-sized institutions, including libraries, archival repositories, and colleges and universities, to enhance their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.

Check out LMN’s recent webinar series on grant prospecting and writing for resources and ideas for crafting a successful proposal:


Part I: Grant Prospecting Webinar [link to recording & handouts]

Part II: Grant Writing Webinar[link to recording & handouts]


Preservation Assistance Grant information and the application are at: https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions


Applications are due January 15, 2020.

#funding #preservationgrants

Updated: Feb 24

The Library of Congress recently released the 2019-2020 revision of their Recommended Formats Statement. Of particular note are the updates to the “Moving Image Works” and “Audio Works” categories. If you have any questions, or comments on the statement, please don’t hesitate to share your feedback. Perhaps they will be valuable for next year’s revision!


If you have topics you would like to see highlighted, or suggestions for resources, please send them to Nariné Bournoutian at nbournoutian@law.columbia.edu


Tips from previous months are available here.

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Michelle Trumbo

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T: 443-975-3816

E: lipa.trumbo@gmail.com