Mara Thacker and “Turn the Page!” Team Awarded Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity Seed Grant

Mara Thacker

Mara Thacker, South Asian Studies & Global Popular Culture Librarian, is part of a team that has been awarded a $15,000 seed grant from the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) at Washington University in Saint Louis.

The mission of CRE2 is to study how race and ethnicity are integral to the most complex and challenging issues of our time. The seed grant program aims to provide assistance in the development of research that has the potential to significantly enhance scientific and cultural methodologies.

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University Library Awarded $150,000 Open Education Resources Grant from Illinois State Library

Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian and Associate Professor at the University Library

Earlier this year, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) announced the availability of Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants through the Secretary of State and Illinois State Library. This is an opportunity for libraries to coordinate the development of OER. This grant provides funding for the development of textbooks and ancillaries as open educational resources to ultimately reduce students’ costs and encourage student success. The open license allows faculty to adapt the materials to meet local needs. A $150,000 grant was awarded to the University Library to support many faculty with funds to create OER, an effort that was coordinated by the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit.

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Anderson, Ton, and Wilson Receive a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Bethany Anderson, Mary Ton, and Kristen Wilson received a $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of a portal of women in science. Anderson, Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist at the University of Illinois Archives, serves as the project director alongside co-project directors Mary Ton, Digital Humanities Librarian, and Kristen Wilson, Illinois Distributed Museum Coordinator. Their project, “No Longer at the Margins: A Digital Project to Amplify Access to the Archives of Women in Science,” received one of thirty-three Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants awarded nationwide. The grant supports institutions’ preservation and accessibility efforts of collections essential to scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. “No Longer at the Margins” was also selected to receive funding from the NEH’s special initiative, American Tapestry: Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future, which is awarded for humanities projects that address “contemporary social challenges, including strengthening our democracy, advancing equity for all, and addressing our changing climate.”

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