PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College libraries on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses have earned the distinction of being chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the American Library Association, to receive the prestigious Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award.
The award is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative, which engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures and perspectives within the United States and abroad. Projects already funded under the Bridging Cultures initiatives address themes as varied as the role of civility in democracy, religious pluralism in the United States, the Muslim world and the humanities, the role of women in war and peace, and the history of relations between China and Africa, among others.
As part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities is collaborating with the American Library Association to present Muslim journeys, the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures Bookshelves. Through Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program, the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide resources to enhance Owens’ library collections and their capacity to engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about the Bridging Cultures theme of the Muslim world.
“Owens Community College is extremely honored to be chosen to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative and the opportunity to raise awareness about the heritage and cultures of Muslims in this country and worldwide,” said Thomas Sink, Owens Library Dean. “I would like to thank the Owens Muslim Student Association as well as several local community groups for their enthusiastic support in helping Owens Community College secure such a prestigious honor.”
Gail McCain, Owens Library Manager on the Findlay-area Campus added, “The educational resources provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities will afford Owens Community College the opportunity to share the journeys made by Muslims to America through a variety of educational programming and resources. We look forward to celebrating diversity and its significance in our society through enriched learning opportunities.”
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf provided to Owens will feature a book and video collection and is designed to introduce individuals to new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures. Educational programming will be open to the public and begin in the fall of 2013 on the College’s Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. National Endowment for the Humanities grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions and programs in libraries, museums and other community places.
Established in 1876, the American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Through its Public Programs Office, the American Library Association promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries.