“36 pages or less” is the definition of ephemera. The feisty folks at the California Historical Society set up this blog for the hidden collections grant they received from CLIR/Mellon. Their project experiments with methods to describe huge amounts of materials in four interrelated collections of California ephemera in the Bay Area. Wendy and Tanya decided to share their decision-making, and track their progress. Encourage them to scan a few things and post them to the blog. This is really cool stuff.
An RFP for the second round of CLIR grants for cataloging hidden collections is underway. The deadline for a pre-proposal is June 15.
Jennifer Schaffner was a Program Officer with the OCLC Research Library Partnership. She worked with the rare books, manuscripts and archives communities. She worked with OCLC Research from 2007 to 2015.