Mason Libraries Announces LYRASIS Catalyst Fund Grant for Center for Mason Legacies

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A $39,500 grant from LYRASIS will advance an interdisciplinary project based in the George Mason University Libraries and College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The winning entry, “Geographies of Inequity: Exploring the Hidden Lives Next Door,” is inspired by the Center for Mason Legacies study Black people live next door project, which was launched in 2021 with support from the Office of Scholarships, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) and Mason researchers Georges Oberle, The Nitra Berger, Benoit Cardboardand Wendi Manuel Scott.

Two other center projects — Enslaved Children of George Mason, an undergraduate research initiative that began in 2016, and Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial, a recently unveiled work of public history on the Fairfax campus — have played a instrumental role in shaping “Geographies of Inequity.”

“The Center for Mason Legacies will use the LYRASIS grant to create an interdisciplinary social justice methodology that integrates digital humanities and historical research into local communities and fully engages our students in valuable transformative work,” said Manuel-Scott, associate director of the center and professor of integrative studies and history.

LYRASIS is a nonprofit member organization that serves and supports libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations worldwide.

The “Geographies of inequalities” project also received the LYRASIS Sandy Nyberg Catalyst Fund Award, which recognizes “the highest levels of innovation” in publishing, writing, preservation and other categories. The bottom supports new ideas and innovative projects of LYRASIS membership, with the aim ofexpand opportunities to explore, test, refine and collaborate on innovations with the potential for community-wide impact. »

“The collaborative and creative energy that materializes when faculty and librarians work together results in meaningful educational experiences for students,” said John Zenelis, Dean of University Libraries.

The 2021-22 Catalyst Fund grant competition was international in scope, with finalists including the University of Cambridge, University of Virginia, University of Quebec in Montreal and University of North Carolina System.

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