HIGH POINT, N.C., March 12, 2013 – High Point University Libraries just received the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” collection from the National Endowment for Humanities and the American Library Association. The collection aims to introduce the public to the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The collection will officially be introduced during an open house at 2 p.m. on March 14 at HPU’s Smith Library. It is free and open to the public.
The collection of 25 books and four DVDs was obtained by Kathy Shields, head of reference and instructional services, and Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism. They say the collection will introduce students to new ways of thinking about Muslims and Islam.
“Students shouldn’t rely on the media or any one source for information. We want to give them the resources to do their own research and come to their own conclusions,” says Shields.
Eltantawy says Muslims are the fastest growing population in the world, increasing the importance for students to learn and understand the Islamic culture.
“There is a strong chance that students will come in contact with Muslims,” says Eltantawy. “This collection will give students a better understanding of the culture than the stereotypes in mainstream media.”
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
The High Point University Libraries comprise three staffed locations and five collections, with a physical collection of 328,000 items, in addition to 70,000 ebooks and more than one hundred online databases. The HPU Libraries serve an undergraduate, graduate and faculty clientele and are dedicated to the success of our students and faculty in their research and learning endeavors.