Dr. Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor and Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and an affiliated faculty at the iSchool, is honored with the 2019 American Library Association (ALA), Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award. The Distinguished Librarian Award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope and include improving, spreading, and promoting multicultural librarianship.
On August 24, 2018, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) $92,096 under the National Leadership Grant for Libraries Program. Established in Fall 2016, Project STAND is a first of its kind collaborative effort among archival repositories within academic institutions across the country to create an online portal featuring analog and digital collections that document the student activism related to historically-marginalized communities. It is a nationwide consortium of more than 50 colleges and universities. Continue reading
Preservation Librarian Kyle Rimkus, along with others at the School of Information Sciences and Disability Resources and Educational Services, are participating in a multi-institutional grant led by University Librarian John Unsworth at the University of Virginia with the goal of improving access to digitized books for patrons with print disabilities.
The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP), a joint initiative of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library and Preservation Services, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue digitizing historical Illinois newspapers. The INP began digitizing newspapers in 2009 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between NEH and Library of Congress (LC). Previous grants have funded the digitization of 400,000 pages of newspapers with historical relevance to the state, which can be viewed on the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) website alongside work done through other grants as well as generous patron donations. They can also be cross-searched with other U.S. newspapers through the Library of Congress Chronicling America website. The INP will digitize 100,000 pages during the two-year grant cycle that relate to the theme of “communities and causes” in an effort to highlight underserved communities and shed light on the many unique communities that are a part of our state’s history.
University librarians, academic professionals, and graduate assistants involved with this project include:
- Kyle Rimkus, Preservation librarian, and Celestina Savonius-Wroth, Head of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, who serve as the Principal Investigators.
- Will Schlaack, Digital Reformatting Coordinator, who is the Project Director.
- Courtney Becks, African American Studies librarian.
- Geoffrey Ross, Collections and Services Specialist in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library.
- Itzel Jihan, NDNP Graduate Assistant
- Megan Pearson, NDNP Graduate Assistant