Campus News

Bowdoin Library receives NEH GRANT

Story posted December 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to modernize the reference department and Special Collection and College Archives; provide more technology production and classroom space; and promote increased use of technology by humanities professors.

The NEH grant will be matched by $1.5 million in College funds, to be raised over the next four years. Expansion and redesign soon will enter the final design phase. Bowdoin's grant was the only one received during the latest round of NEH funding in the state of Maine. The largest portion of the $2 million project will expand and redesign various areas at the library.

Among the changes will be a relocated and expanded reference department on the library's main floor, an expanded Special Collections and College Archives section, and a renovated electronic classroom. Multimedia computer workstations will be added throughout the library. In addition, the grant will help support a new multimedia classroom/laboratory to view and create multimedia projects.

The NEH grant will also help endow two funds. A technology fund will allow the College to acquire new equipment and lease 25 new computers annually. A humanities information fund will finance purchases of electronic resources, CD-ROMs and additional databases for the library's collection. Finally, the grant will support a three-year faculty development program for humanities professors to encourage and support the use of technology in the classroom and provide funds for professional and course development.

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