Monday, June 18, 2012

Grant Awarded for the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

The State Library of North Carolina has recently announced an award of $110,000 in support of the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection! As planned, the project will pull together, preserve, and provide digital access to 8,000 volumes of publications from religious bodies across the state of North Carolina. Digitization will be underway this fall. Partner institutions at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest University, will contribute the largest portion of the items to be digitized, but the rest will come from all 100 counties (public libraries, colleges and archives) in North Carolina. The materials to be digitized range from local church histories to periodicals to clergy biographies in addition to ephemeral materials like cookbooks, event programs, and directories. Researchers and the wider public have been previously limited in their access to these collections due to the scattered locations of the items. Gathering together these materials into one digital collection will help researchers locate and make better sense of North Carolina’s diverse religious heritage. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this exciting digitization project! Please direct questions about the project to Hannah Rozear (Project Manager).
This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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