[San Jose] — SJSU King Library’s Africana Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center (AAACNA) has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, SJSU King Library’s AAACNA Studies Center will use funds to anchor itself in the community as a strong humanities institution. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities subjects.
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The Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center is made up of four collections located on the fifth floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. These collections — Africana, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American Studies — support academic programs and classes at SJSU, and each collection is supported by its respective Resource Center Advisory Committee. In addition, the Center houses a Comparative Ethnic Studies and Reference collections.
The intent of these collections is to accomplish the following:
- To create a nurturing academic support center for students.
- To encourage the development of information literacy skills to help students become lifelong learners who can access, evaluate, and effectively use all library resources.
- To foster in students a deeper understanding of and pride in their respective cultures and an appreciation and understanding of other cultures.
- To give all SJSU students a greater appreciation and understanding of the history and culture of the Africana, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American communities.
- To provide a collection of comparative multicultural resources to facilitate research between cultures.
- To work collaboratively with their respective communities in San José to create programming and fundraising opportunities.