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J. Eugene Smith Library Wins National Endowment Humanities Award

library daytime.jpgThe J. Eugene Smith Library has been named the recipient of a Muslim Journey Bookshelf Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Your institution is among the 842 libraries and state humanities councils selected to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative," said Eva Caldera, assistant chairman for the NEH's Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, in a letter to Tracy Sutherland, public services librarian.  "The 25 books and three films will be shipped to your library this week. We hope you find the Bookshelf valuable. We look forward to hearing more about how you use this opportunity to promote community discussion in your library and build bridges among diverse cultures and faiths."

tracy sutherland -library award.jpg"I am very pleased with the initiative and efforts of librarian Tracy Sutherland, who coordinated and prepared the grant application," said Library Director Patricia Banach, applauding Sutherland for helping Eastern win the award.  "The books will be a great addition to the collection."  In addition the books and films, the library will receive a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

The American Library Association will ship additional materials, including bookmarks, bookplates and posters to Eastern in mid-February. In a few weeks, the NEH will also send information to Eastern's library about a Muslim Journeys companion website with digital resources relating to the Bookshelf.

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