For Immediate Release

Contact: Kathlin Smith
[log in to unmask]


(WASHINGTON, DC, October 4, 2005) The Council on Library and Information
Resources (CLIR) has received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation to support general operations in 2006. The award will allow CLIR
to launch a new, three-year agenda for work in four areas: place as library,
scholarly communication, preservation and stewardship, and leadership.
³We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for again providing CLIR with
critical core support that allows this small organization to focus its
energy on the big issues on the horizon,³ said CLIR Board Chairman Charles
Phelps. ³We look forward to a productive year ahead,² he added.
³We have a fresh strategic plan for CLIR, an expanded Board, a growing body
of sponsors, and a partnership with two recognized scholars as Visiting
Fellows,² said CLIR President Nancy Davenport. ³As we prepare to celebrate
our fiftieth anniversary in 2006, we thank the Mellon Foundation not only
for its renewed support in this grant,  but also for the generous support
and guidance it has provided over the past decades.²
CLIR was founded in 1956 as the Council on Library Resources. The
organizationıs first president, Verner Clapp, sought develop a center of
intellectual activity that transcended individual institutions and that
would examine the role and function of the library in a changing
environment. CLIRıs agenda continues to reflect his vision.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit, organization whose mission is to expand
access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good.
Through publications, projects, and programs, CLIR works to maintain and
improve access to information for generations to come. In partnership with
other institutions, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of
"library" and supports the providers and preservers of information.
Information about CLIR and its work is available at
<> .