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Connecting Communities Digital Initiative: Introducing Erika Gault

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

We are pleased to announce that Erika Gault has joined the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) as a program specialist. We interviewed Erika about her role in CCDI, her experience in digital ethnography and Black Cultural Studies, and the opportunities she sees with digital initiatives at the Library.  CCDI is supported by a generous grant …

A bowl full of tea spices for making Coquito a Puerto Rican holiday drink

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Foodways in Chicago with Jorge Félix

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

This blog series features the 2022 recipients of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting their cultural documentation projects over the course of this first, grant-period year. The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which seeks to create new opportunities for more Americans to engage …

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Celebrating Now: CCDI’s Summer Fuse Event

Posted by: Olivia Dorsey

On July 6th, the Library of Congress hosted the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI)’s Summer Fuse, a hybrid event which celebrated the initiative’s inaugural grantees. CCDI is a four-year program encouraging creative uses of the Library’s digital collections to center the histories, lives and experiences of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific …

Idelfonso Rodriguez with a coffee plant at Hacienda Masini

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Puerto Rican Coffee Traditions with Russell Oliver

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

This blog series features the 2022 recipients of the AFC’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting their cultural documentation projects over the course of this first, grant-period year. The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which seeks to create new opportunities for more Americans to engage …

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An Interview with Kenton County Public Library, CCDI’s Libraries, Archives, Museums Grant Recipient

Posted by: Olivia Dorsey

The Kenton County Public Library (KCPL) team began their Libraries, Archives, Museums project this past April. Ann Schoenenberger, team lead, is a Digital Librarian at Kenton County Public Library, which is located in Covington, Kentucky. Jameela Salaah, a Program Manager for the Center for Great Neighborhoods, and phrie, an Artist-in-Residence, are also collaborating on the …

A photo of Bree'ya Brown, University Archivist for Huston-Tillotson University.

Bree’ya Brown Shares Her Experiences as a CCDI Higher Education Grant Recipient

Posted by: Olivia Dorsey

The following is a post by Erika Gault, a Program Specialist working on the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) at the Library. On April 26, inaugural recipients Bree’ya Brown and her team began their Higher Education project through the Connecting Communities Digital Initiatives (CCDI) Grant program. Bree’ya is the University Archivist at Huston-Tillotson University (HT). …

Michaela Sukulbech weaving a lavalava on Falalop Island, Ulithi Atoll.

Community Collections Grants Recipients: Warp and Weft of the Remathau: Traditional Weaving on the Ulithi Atoll

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

This is a guest post by Nancy Groce, Senior Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, as part of the Of the People blog series featuring the 2022 awardees of the Center’s multi-year Community Collections Grants program. Check out the first post in this blog series here. In spring 2022, the Habele Outer Island Education …

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Junior Fellows 2022 Display Day Presentations

Posted by: Deanna McCray-James

For the past 31 years, the Library of Congress has convened the Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program.  The 10- week program, managed by the Internship & Fellowships Program (IFP), offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment, culture and collections of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge.  This year’s project …

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Community Collections Grants Recipients: An Interview with Urban Artistry’s Junious Brickhouse

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

This interview is the first in a series focused on the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants program, highlighting each of the 2022 grant recipients and their projects over the course of the 2022 grant project year. The Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which …