For Immediate Release Contact: Kathlin Smith 202-939-4754 [log in to unmask] THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION AWARDS CLIR OPERATING GRANT (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 www.clir.org <http://www.clir.org> .