Grants

The Digital Curriculum Laboratory (DCL) began in 2008 and was developed by the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science with assistance from the following grants.

Simmons College: Pottruck Technology Resource Center Grant (2008)

Curriculum Technology Support Grant

This grant, while small, was critical in transforming the DCL from an inchoate idea to something more concrete. The financial support was used to develop formal plans for the DCL which allowed the team to approach other agencies for more substantial funding.

IMLS Grant (2009)

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

The current demand for cultural heritage professionals who can successfully manage digital resources and provide online services in museums, libraries, and archives is strong and will increase significantly in the future. GSLIS (the Graduate School of Library and Information Science) at Simmons College, in partnership with eight New England cultural institutions, has received funding from IMLS (the Institute for Museum and Library Services) to develop a new Cultural Heritage Informatics curriculum. Key components in this innovative curriculum are: courses that form the basis for education of a new type of information expert, the cultural heritage professional; intensive, hands-on internships at partner sites, and a digital curriculum laboratory that equips students with the specialist skills and evolving attributes demanded by the digital convergence environment.

NHPRC Grant (2010)

Building a Simmons Archives Preservation Digital Curriculum Laboratory

The current demand for cultural heritage professionals who can successfully manage digital resources and provide online services in museums, libraries, and archives is strong and will increase significantly in the future. GSLIS (the Graduate School of Library and Information Science) at Simmons College has received funding from NHPRC (the National Historical Publications and Records Commission) to build a Digital Curriculum Laboratory, one key component in offering a new Cultural Heritage Informatics curriculum. Partnering with GSLIS in this grant are New York University and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.