The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the ALA Public Programs Office, is accepting applications through September 25 for Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. To apply, visit the Programming Librarian website. Applications from academic libraries of all types are encouraged.
In January 2013, up to 1,000 public libraries, community college and academic libraries, and state humanities councils will be selected to receive:
- a collection of 25 books that highlight the pluralism of cultural forms and traditions within the Muslim World
- three documentary films, with public performance rights
- a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, which will allow libraries access to primary source documents and current works of scholarship
- bonus resources to support programs for public audiences including thematic essays, discussion questions, podcasts, and proprietary film and Internet content
- materials to support program promotion, including bookmarks, posters and bookplates.
The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. All of the materials and resources included in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf have been selected with the advice of scholars, librarians and cultural programming experts. For more information, including complete lists of books and films, thematic description and resources to help get your application started, visit www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys or www.neh.gov/divisions/bridging-cultures.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH and the ALA Public Programs Office, offered with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts. Bridging Cultures is an NEH initiative that engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.