The Athens Regional Library System has been awarded a $25,000 grant to participate in the Community Webs Project, a nationwide project funded by the institute which focuses on archiving community website to capture a living history of those communities.
The Athens Library was one of 111 libraries applying for just 10 open spots for the grant. That number includes public libraries from 35 states and nearly all the major metropolitan systems.
The Athens Regional Library System is the only Georgia library to be awarded the grant.
The library system joins the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Denver Public Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department and Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Chicago Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, the County of Los Angeles Public Library, and several others to form a 28 library system cohort.
The grant covers archiving through September 2019.