Florida: Jacksonville Public Library Library Lands $1 Million Grant For Black History Collection
A $1 million grant will enable the Jacksonville Public Library to digitize more of the history of Jacksonville’s Black community and share it and other documents with other libraries and researchers.
The grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, announced Wednesday, is the largest private donation in the library’s history. It will be used to expand the library’s Memory Lab and African American History Collection, officials said.
Along with adding more memory stations, two staffers will be hired for the library’s Special Collections team. The African American History Collection, which contains more than 1,000 documents and artifacts, will be expanded with more recordings of oral histories and the digitizing of more Black newspapers, church directories and other community materials.
See Also: Another Recent Mellon Grant to a Public Library (12/28): Virginia: Richmond Public Library to Expand, Modernize Memory Lab With New Grant (via WRIC)
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.