UNC Chapel Hill Receives $6.2M Collection, Panorama Project Releases Custom Antiracist List Picks, Library Freedom Institute Announces New Cohort, and more News Briefs

UNC Chapel Hill Libraries has received a collection valued at $6.2 million from rare book collector and alumna Florence Fearrington, the Panorama Project has released a custom version of Panorama Picks spotlighting antiracist titles, the Library Freedom Institute has announced its fourth cohort, and more News Briefs.

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Albertus Seba, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio (Amsterdam: Wetsten, Smith and Jannson-Waesberg, 1734). From the Florence Fearrington Collection
Courtesy UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries

Rare book collector and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (UNC) alumna Florence Fearrington has donated nearly 4,000 books and objects valued at $6.2 million to the UNC University Libraries, where they will become part of the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The Panorama Project, in collaboration with the Washington Post, has released a customized version of its Panorama Picks to spotlight titles of interest similar to the most frequently recommended titles on antiracist reading lists. The nine regional lists include a total of 42 unique titles published between 2003–20, all related to civil rights, race, and ethnic relations, reflecting the interests and perspectives of readers in each region.

The Miami-Dade Public Library System won nine 2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards, as well as the 2020 Florida Library Association Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Homework Help & Tutoring Program, which was previously recognized with a NACo Award in 2019.

Library Freedom Institute logo of eye with slash through it inside circleNew York University (NYU) and the Library Freedom Project have announced the newest cohort of their privacy training program for librarians, the Library Freedom Institute (LFI). The newest LFI cohort is made up of librarians from 16 states, and is also the first ever majority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) group.

NYU has also collaborated with Pratt Institute on the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network, which was awarded $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support professional development for cultural heritage professionals and emergency hardware support for institutions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $1 million in CARES Act economic stabilization grants to ten university presses to help preserve jobs in scholarly publishing and provide for the continued publication of academic research in the humanities during the pandemic. The grant recipients are: Baylor University Press,Cornell University Press,Gallaudet University Press,Louisiana State University Press,Ohio State University Press,University of Arizona Press,University of Houston/Arte Público Press,University Press of Mississippi,University of North Carolina Press, and the University of Notre Dame Press.

In other university press news, on July 1 the University of Tennessee Press joined the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, campus as a division of the UT Libraries.

Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries received its biggest donation in history: $5 million given by research scientist Keelung Hong, in honor of his longtime partner Stephen O. Murray, a sociologist, anthropologist, and independent scholar who graduated from MSU’s James Madison College.

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded $15.4 million in Illinois Public Library Grants to 638 public libraries statewide to help them in the wake of COVID-19 disruptions.

Mid-Continent Public Library’s third-annual Romance GenreCon will be held virtually on August 7 and 8 via the Romance GenreCon Facebook page (@romancegenrecon). The free, online festival will feature a variety of presentations.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) has received a $2.15 million gift from Battelle in support of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Young Minds programs and services—$2 million in support of these programs and services, and an additional $150,000 to solidify Battelle as a Presenting Sponsor for the CMLF’s annual Celebration of Learning event for the next three years.

Teens 12–19 looking for a way to participate in the national conversation on 2020 can share their experiences on a new website, the #WeWereHere Project, created by the Young Adult Services Forum of the Illinois Library Association. In addition to sharing their stories, videos, artwork, and personal reactions to current events, teens can earn volunteer and service hours credit.

Abraham “Bram” Dijkstra, Cultural Historian and University of California San Diego Professor Emeritus of American and Comparative Literature, and Literary Agent Sandra Dijkstra, have entrusted the John Coltrane Memorial Black Music Archive—one of the largest curated collections of jazz music by Black artists—to San Diego State University as part of a planned gift.

As of July 1, Multnomah County Library, OR, will permanently stop charging late fines on all library materials, clear all existing fines, and restore access to accounts blocked because of fines. Patrons will continue to be billed for unreturned materials.

The Board of Trustees of Bryan College, Dayton, TN, surprised outgoing President Stephen Livesay and his wife Corrine by naming the college’s library as the Livesay Learning Center in their honor.

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