The Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP) is an interdisciplinary endeavor that seeks to chart the history of Iowa's Carnegie libraries by creating a digital library of images and other documentary and statistical information. CLIP represents a partnership among students, staff, and faculty at The University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa's library practitioners and members of Iowa communities.
CLIP seeks to document the history and changes in Iowa's Carnegie libraries by scanning each library's collection of archival materials. As materials are collected and made available in a database record for each community, it will be possible to more completely study and understand the history of Iowa's Carnegie libraries in the context of their evolving communities.
CLIP was begun in the Spring of 2002 under the leadership of Dr. Christine Pawley and Dr. James Elmborg, both faculty in The University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science. In May of 2006, Dr. Shana L. Stuart (M.A. Library and Information Science, The University of Iowa, 2001; Ph.D. Art History, the University of Kansas, 1992) became the Director of CLIP.
Numerous graduate students in The University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science have made valuable contributions to the CLIP database and research over the years. In the Spring and Fall of 2008, three fellows from the University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science's Digital Librarianship Program have worked to expand CLIP's digital collections.