Books at the Egan Library. (Photo Credit: UAS.)
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Southeast said the grant will help the library recover from the COVID Pandemic.
The Egan library was one of the 200 libraries selected nationwide in the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic. More than 370 libraries applied for the grant.
The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that the University said will help the Egan Library and the UAS Alaska Native Languages and Studies program convert the Cyril George Indigenous Knowledge Collection to an Indigenous knowledge organization system.
“We are thrilled to be selected for this opportunity,” said UAS Library Dean Elise Tomlinson. “According to the Library of Congress Classification System, most items about Indigenous Alaskans are located in the history section, indicating that these thriving cultures are a thing of the past. This grant will allow our library to organize materials in a more accurate way as we come out of the pandemic.”
Egan Library will use the grant funds to work directly with the materials in the Cyril George Indigenous Knowledge Collection, applying new call numbers using a UAS-modified version of the Brian Deer Classification System. They said reorganizing the Cyril George Collection will help decolonize the materials and make them easier for students and researchers to use, and help provide guidance for other Alaskan libraries to pursue similar projects with their materials.
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