Webinars

If you are looking for ideas that may help you present Muslim Journeys programs, you may wish to view archived versions of the following webinars.

Muslim Journeys and Your Community: Managing Controversy, Maximizing Impact, held Thursday, October 24, 2013
Islam is the second-most widely practiced faith in the world, and international news items focus on events in Muslim-majority societies daily. Librarians face the unique challenge of reaching patrons with requested information and programming regarding this often unfamiliar culture, while managing reactions from others who may hold Islamophobic or anti-Muslim prejudices. Librarians participating in the NEH’s Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys initiative were invited to attend this free webinar to learn more about best practices for implementing successful Muslim Journeys programs, and responding effectively to intellectual freedom challenges. Other interested programming librarians were also welcome. Speakers: Martin Garnar, chair, ALA’s Committee on Professional Ethics, and Lesley Williams, Muslim Journeys project director from the Evanston Public Library. View the archive and download related materials.

Public Libraries Bridging Cultures: Exploring Islamic History, held Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Is there a need in your library’s collection, and in your larger community, for authoritative and accessible resources about Muslim history, beliefs, and culture? The NEH grant initiative Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys will offer 1,000 libraries a collection of 25 books, three documentary films, and other resources to encourage exploration, conversation, understanding, and mutual respect between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Experienced library programming experts will share their experiences presenting “Muslim Journeys” programs during the pilot phase, and offer ideas for submitting a successful grant proposal. Speakers: Terrilyn Chun, Multnomah County Library; Tim Grimes, Ann Arbor District Library. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ALA Cultural Communities Fund. View the archive and download related materials.

Outreach for Academic Libraries: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf, held Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Learn how to plan engaging programs about Islamic culture and submit a successful proposal for the ALA/NEH collection development grant, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Attendees will hear from seasoned programming librarians about their prior experiences conducting thematic programs that reach beyond the campus community, inspire partnerships with community organizations, and raise the library’s visibility. The webinar also included a Q&A period to address questions about the Bookshelf application process, as well as information about upcoming cash awards that will support reading and discussion programs featuring the Muslim Journeys materials. Speakers: Sandy Marcus, Queensborough Community College of CUNY; Sara Marks, UMass Lowell O’Leary Library; Tammy Sayles, Western Illinois University. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ALA Cultural Communities Fund. View the archive and download related materials.