Avery Research Center’s Executive Director Honored with ExCEL Award, Fashion Feature

The Libraries’ own Patricia Williams Lessane has had an exciting week. On Wednesday, March 28, the Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Co-Principal of the Race and Social Justice Institute was honored with the 2018 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Award for Administrator of the Year. Williams Lessane joined…

Bilingual Digital Exhibit Highlights Lowcountry Latino Communities

The oft-overlooked experiences of Lowcountry Latino communities are the subject of a new digital exhibit now freely available online. The exhibit—formally styled Las Voces del Lowcountry—spotlights Charleston’s Latino communities and their contributions to the cultural and economic life of the region, as well as their struggles with poverty and discrimination. “Stories are our starting point,”…

New Exhibit: “In Consequence of the Apprehension”: Escaping Enslavement and the Mechanisms of Control over Enslaved Bodies in South Carolina and Georgia

“In Consequence of the Apprehension” Escaping Enslavement and the Mechanisms of Control over Enslaved Bodies in South Carolina and Georgia A new exhibit featuring SCHS collection items is on view on the third floor of the Addlestone Library. The exhibit, which coincides with the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World’s (CLAW) Wells Fargo…

College of Charleston Libraries Partner with Mother Emanuel for New Online Tribute

The College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Digital History Initiative and Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture are pleased to present a new online exhibition, “A Tribute to the Mother Emanuel Church,” developed in partnership with Lowcountry Africana, the Emanuel A.M.E. Church and the church’s Memorabilia Sub-Committee. This online tribute documents local and national responses to the tragic…

New Publication about Library Projects: “Success Beyond Access”

Beginning in 2008, the College of Charleston Libraries have received three successive nationally competitive grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Recently CLIR published a new volume titled, Innovation, Collaboration, and Models: Proceedings of the CLIR Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Symposium, March 2015. The volume documents the capstone event to the seven-year Cataloging Hidden Special Collections…

Race and Social Justice Initiative – College of Charleston

Avery Research Center and College of Charleston Receive $125K Grant to Spark Dialogue about Race and Inequality In response to the recent tragic events in Charleston, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture has received a $125,000 grant from Google to implement an eighteen-month educational initiative focused on increasing conversations about race,…

Lowcountry Digital History Initiative Recognized by American Library Association

The annual list of Best Historical materials was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. The list, in its 11th year, recognizes the evaluation and effectiveness in coverage of historical resources in all fields of history. Published in Reference and User…

College of Charleston Library’s Digitization Efforts get a Shout Out on NPR

NPR understands the importance of digitization projects in our nation’s libraries. Digitization initiatives, like the College of Charleston-led Lowcountry Digital Library, provide researchers worldwide with access to original historical material. Click here to learn what NPR’s All Tech Considered segment had to say about library digitization initiatives. Click here to visit the Lowcountry Digital Library.