The University Libraries at UNCG have received $23,500 in funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the UNCG Hayes Taylor YMCA Digital Explorers project. Seventeen projects from IMLS's Sparks! Ignition Grants were funded nationwide.
As a result, the Libraries' Digital Project Unit will partner with the Hayes-Taylor YMCA and at-risk teens in East and Southeast Greensboro in the process of identifying, cataloging, and digitally preserving historically valuable community materials. Student participants will learn about Greensboro history, especially local African American history in East and Southeast Greensboro, and receive hands-on training in archival practices and making materials accessible online.
Seventeen projects from IMLS's Sparks! Ignition Grants were funded nationwide. Sparks grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices of libraries and archives.
An independent, federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
David Gwynn will direct the project.