Fifty-Seven Illinois Libraries, Institutions Awarded “Bookshelf” on Muslim History and

01/16/2013

CHICAGO, IL- January 16, 2013 The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced that 842 libraries and state humanities councils in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films, and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world. 

57 libraries and universities in Illinois were awarded the Bookshelf, including the Illinois Humanities Council, making it the third largest state in terms of recipient organizations. A complete list of Illinois institutions selected to receive a Bookshelf is available below and here

Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association (ALA) based on the advice of scholars, librarians, and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. Each participating library will receive 25 books, 3 films, and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

 Information on the books included in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is available here

All libraries that have received the Bookshelf will also be eligible for upcoming public programming grant opportunities. Support for the development and distribution of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support for the arts and media components from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.  

The first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures “Bookshelves,” the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project is a leading effort in Chairman Jim Leach’s Bridging Cultures initiative, which has highlighted the importance of civility in American life and embraced the role of libraries in fostering community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. “There may be no institution more civil than the public library,” Leach said. “Libraries are centers of learning that offer a welcome space where members of the public can learn about the history we share and express different points of view in an ethos of openness and mutual respect.” 

About the Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. The IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of,
appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media Contacts:
Carlos Velázquez
Illinois Humanities Council
Communications Manager
(312) 422-5580, x233
cav@prairie.org

Paula Wasley
National Endowment for the Humanities
(202) 606-8424
pwasley@neh.gov  

 

Illinois Recipients

Addison Public Library

Addison

Bloomington Public Library

Bloomington

Fountaindale Public Library District

Bolingbrook

Bridgeview Public Library

Bridgeview

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston

City Colleges of Chicago

Chicago

Harold Washington College Library

Chicago

Illinois Humanities Council

Chicago

Kennedy-King College Library

Chicago

Malcolm X College Library

Chicago

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago

Olive-Harvey College Library

Chicago

Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago

Richard J. Daley College Library

Chicago

Truman College Library

Chicago

Wright College Library

Chicago

Chicago Ridge Public Library

Chicago Ridge

Mississippi Valley Library District

Collinsville

Indian Prairie Public Library

Darien

DeKalb Public Library

Dekalb

Illinois Central College

East Peoria

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville

A.C. Buehler Library, Elmhurst College

Elmhurst

Evanston Public Library

Evanston

Evanston Public Library North Branch

Evanston

Farmington Area Public Library District

Farmington

Frankfort Public Library District

Frankfort

Glen Carbon Centennial Library

Glen Carbon

Glenside Public Library District

Glendale Heights

Southwestern Illinois College

Granite City

Hinsdale Public Library

Hinsdale

Joliet Public Library

Joliet

Kaneville Public Library

Kaneville

McKinstry Library/Lincoln College

Lincoln

Helen M. Plum Memorial Library District

Lombard

Western Illinois University Libraries

Macomb

Kishwaukee College Library

Malta

Matteson Public Library

Matteson

Midlothian Public Library

Midlothian

Moline Public Library

Moline

Monmouth College

Monmouth

Morton Grove Public Library

Morton Grove

North Central College, Oesterle Library

Naperville

Oak Park Public Library

Oak Park

Orland Park Public Library

Orland Park

Princeton Public Library

Princeton

Quincy Public Library

Quincy

Dominican University

River Forest

River Forest Public Library

River Forest

South Holland Public Library

South Holland

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana

Villa Park Public Library

Villa Park

West Chicago Public Library District

West Chicago

Wilmette Public Library

Wilmette

Wood Dale Public Library

Wood Dale

Zion-Benton Public Library

Zion