Digitizing the Grateful Dead

Deadheads rejoice! UC Santa Cruz has received a major grant to help digitize the Grateful Dead Archive at the University Library.

The campus was awarded a National Leadership Grant of $615,175 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)--the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries, one of fifty-one such grants awarded this year.

The grant will enable the UCSC Library to digitize materials from its Grateful Dead Archive and make them available in a unique and cutting-edge web site titled, “The Virtual Terrapin Station.” Report from UCSC.


Do we really need to use Federal Funds for this? Have the fans of the Dead pony up the money. If the fans don't want to pay to have the stuff preserved neither do the rest of us.

Ours is not the place to judge content. We just shuffle it in and out the door.

While I'm decidedly not a Deadhead I know more then my share. Deadheads and other hardcore fans of music and pop culture have taught me more about cataloging and how to run a low-tech Interlibrary Loan system then my MLS courses. They already have been working hard and paying out of pocket expenses to preserve this stuff. Federal funding? Well, if any university is going to record Haight-Asbury music for future generations...

Oh, you must be right, anonymous 09/29/09 5:23pm... let's rather utilize Federal Funds to bail out Fat Cat Wall Street types... oh, we did that... Well... let's just spend the money to bail out the decrepit US Auto Industry... oh, we did that too... Okay, let's spend the taxpayers coin on the migratory mating habits of swallows, but then you'll probably ask "African or European?"... c'mon, after all the Benjamins being tossed around THIS is pocket change compared to all the gaffes the Military Industrial Complex has burned lately ! And mebbe you missed the fell-good relevance centering around this California ( & Nationwide ) phenomena... the O-N-L-Y US Rock & Roll Band to endure 30 years on the road... Now go drive your SUV to Starbucks on and read about the REAL wastes of $$ in your NY Times... - GDTRFB-north-of-"bawsten"

I hate the argument that because you can point to a large pile of federal money that is being wasted all the small instances of stupid uses of federal money has to be ok.

Plus why waste the opportunity to use an avid fan base. "Dead Heads" will seem to go to any length to support their band. They should get behind this digitization project and fund it.

BTW: Don't have an SUV (hate'em) and I don't go to Starbucks.

When they accepted the archive they must have had a plan as to how to fund indexing and giving access to the materials. I wonder if donations was part of it?


Grateful Dead Archivist

The University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an enterprising, creative, and service-oriented archivist to join the staff of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) as Archivist for the Grateful Dead Archive. This is a potential career status position. The Archivist will be part of a dynamic, collegial, and highly motivated department dedicated to building, preserving, promoting, and providing maximum access both physically and virtually to one of the Library's most exciting and unique collections, The Grateful Dead Archive (GDA). The UCSC University Library utilizes innovative approaches to allow the discovery, use, management, and sharing of information in support of research, teaching, and learning.

Under the general direction of the Head of Special Collections and Archives, the GDA Archivist will provide managerial and curatorial oversight of the Grateful Dead Archive, plan for and oversee the physical and digital processing of Archives related material, and promote the GDA to the public and facilitate its use by scholars, fans, and students.

MINIMUM Qualifications:

• Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent accredited graduate archives management program.

• Significant, demonstrated experience working with books, manuscripts, photographs, recordings, or other material in a special collections & archives environment.

• Knowledge of the access tools for special collections and archival material and the standards and procedures for their preservation and conservation.

• Demonstrated experience developing processing plans and creating finding aids in accordance with national standards.

• Knowledge of and ability to maintain awareness of developments in archival processing, digital information technologies, and their uses in special collections and archives.

• Expert knowledge in the history and scholarship of contemporary popular music, or American vernacular culture, preferably the history and influence of the Grateful Dead.

• Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

• Demonstrated oral, written and interpersonal communication skills sufficient to promote and present the archive to multiple audiences.

• Prior experience directing the work of others.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experience working in public services in an academic environment.

• Demonstrated experience working on outreach and other donor related activities.

General Information:
Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and a generous benefit program including an excellent retirement system. The University sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Relocation assistance is provided.

Rank: Associate Librarian or Librarian

Salary: Appointment Range: Associate Librarian III – Librarian I, with an approximate salary range of $52,860 – $68,892, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Available: March 1, 2010

To Apply:

Electronic submission of applications is preferred. All materials can be sent to [email protected].

Applicants should supply a letter of application that includes a statement indicating how applicant’s credentials and experience meet the posted requirements for this position. The letter should also include a resume of their education and experience, as well as the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) references that are knowledgeable about their qualifications for the position.

Alternate mailing address:
Library Administration
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: (831) 459-2076 Fax: (831) 459-8206

Please refer to Position #T10-07 in all correspondence.

Closing date: This position is open until filled. Initial review of applications will begin on December 4, 2009. In order to receive full consideration, all materials should arrive by that date.

The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

If you need assistance due to a disability please contact the Academic Personnel Office at 499 Clark Kerr Hall (831) 459-4300. This position description is available in alternate formats, which may be requested from Academic Personnel at (831) 459-4300.

VISIT THE APO WEB SITE AT: http://apo.ucsc.edu

If a drug test is a requirement for this job it will never be filled.

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