Four CUNY libraries Awarded NEH Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award

January 10, 2013 | News

The libraries of Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College,  Hostos Community College, New York City College of Technology and Queensborough Community College were among the 842 libraries and state humanities councils around the nation chosen to receive Muslim Journeys Bookshelf award. The award is collection of 25 books and 3 films from the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative, to be used to address the need of the American public for credible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage of Islam.

Madeline Ford, library director at Hostos Community College, said the grant will help increase understanding and respect about Islam. She observed that many students lead insular lives, and the more opportunity they have to consider different points of view, the more enlightened they will be as citizens of the world. “The mission of the library and college has always been to prepare students to become global citizens, and this award will help them access resources that develop their understanding and appreciation of Muslim cultures.”

The recipients are being recognized for their ability to foster community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. Over the period of the award, each of the awardees will be expected to stage an event that will increase use of the collection and to collaborate with at least one community partner. The Journeys Bookshelf project is part of NEH Chairman Jim Leach’s Bridging Cultures initiative, which has highlighted the role of libraries in bringing civility into American life.