The Owens Community College libraries on its Toledo- and Findlay-area campuses have been chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the American Library Association, to receive the prestigious Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, which will have a book and video collection, will be open to the public in the fall at the libraries of its Perrysburg Township and Findlay campuses.
The award is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative, which tries to promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures and perspectives. Projects already funded address themes such as the role of civility in democracy, religious pluralism in the United States, the Muslim world and the humanities, the role of women in war and peace, and the history of relations between China and Africa.
As part of Bridging Cultures, the National Endowment collaborates with the American Library Association to present Muslim journeys, the first in a planned series. The program is provide resources to enhance Owens’ library collections and its capacity to engage audiences in reflection on and conversation about the Bridging Cultures theme of the Muslim world.
Thomas Sink, Owens Library dean, said, “I would like to thank the Owens Muslim Student Association as well as several local community groups for their enthusiastic support in helping Owens Community College secure such a prestigious honor.”
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. Established in 1876, the American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world.