NYPL Acquires Martha Graham Archive, FCC and IMLS Team Up on $50M from CARES Act, University Press of Kentucky Gets a Reprieve, and More News Briefs

The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts has acquired the archive of modern dance trailblazer Martha Graham, IMLS and the FCC will team up to promote the use of $50 million from the CARES Act to help address the digital divide during the ongoing pandemic, the University Press of Kentucky will continue operations with funding by the Kentucky General Assembly and the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, and more News Briefs.

dramatic black and white photo of four dancers on stage posed with stylized spears
Bertram Ross, Gene McDonald, Helen McGehee, and Martha Graham in Clytemnestra.
Photograph by Martha Swope

The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts has acquired the archive of Martha Graham, one of the most significant and influential voices of the modern dance movement. The multimedia collection from the Martha Graham Dance Company contains films of Graham at the peak of her career, alongside photographs, choreographic notations, correspondence, and other historical materials.

The Federal Communications Commission announced on May 21 that it will partner with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to promote the use of $50 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help address the digital divide during the ongoing pandemic. The agencies will team up to raise awareness of these funds among libraries and Tribal organizations, which can use them to increase broadband access in their communities.

University Press of Kentucky logoAfter an announcement two years ago that it would be eliminated from state support, the University Press of Kentucky, with funding by the Kentucky General Assembly and the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, announced April 29 that it will continue operations. Among recent initiatives, in the face of the coronavirus crisis the Press is providing open access to more than 1,000 ebooks free of charge to students, faculty, and staff across the state and at the Press’s consortium schools.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $23,863.17 Emergency Broadband Education Assistance Grant on May 6 to expand Wi-Fi beyond Harford County Public Library's 11 locations. The grant came from the Governor's Office of Rural Broadband, which provides financial assistance through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

The Kitchen Table , a podcast created by Anythink Libraries, was recently awarded first place in General Podcasting Excellence by the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists as part of its Top of the Rockies regional contest, highlighting excellence in journalism throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Florida State University (FSU) Libraries, the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement, and the Office of the President honored 54 newly tenured faculty through the Celebration of Newly Tenured Faculty and Showcase of the Library Endowment Book Collection. Each faculty member picked a book or a selection of media to permanently display in one of FSU Libraries’ collections in recognition of their achievements. The list of newly tenured faculty members and the books or materials they selected can be viewed at lib.fsu.edu.

On May 10, Integrated Media Publishing announced Richland Library as a 2020 Top Workplace—one of 30 companies in South Carolina to make this year's list. The library ranked #4 in the large company category, and received the special Manager's Award.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on May 18 announced a new a joint initiative international grant program between NEH and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, a component body of UK Research and Innovation, which is designed to have a transformational impact on digital methods and research in cultural institutions. Recipients in both countries are eligible to receive grants of up to $150,000.

Hartford Public Library (HPL), CT, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Imagineers LLC, a Connecticut-based housing services company, to help HPL’s Teen Services team build a creative arts, digital literacy, and gaming program that will be implemented at the Downtown Library and then through YOUmedia at the Albany Library this summer.

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Lisa Peet is News Editor for Library Journal.

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