Four projects conducted by New Mexico State University Library faculty members were awarded funding through the mini-grant program of NMSU’s Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.
Molly Molloy was awarded $2,199.80 for expanding access to cartoneras in the U.S.-Mexico Border region and the American Southwest. Cartoneras are unique books made of recycled materials, resulting from an independent publishing movement that began in Latin America.
Mardi Mahaffy and Sarah Baker received $1,704.65 for the April 2013 Dia de los Ninos program. The Dia celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Cindy Watkins was awarded $2,000 for digitizing NMSU’s historical Cooperative Extension Service/Agricultural Experiment Station publications. These materials document the rich history of agriculture in New Mexico.
Ellen Bosman received $2,000 for creating an online map of New Mexico’s literary heritage. The searchable map brings together bio-bibliographical and geographic information on New Mexican authors. Bosman was awarded an additional $1,000 from the New Mexico Library Foundation for the project.
The Southwest and Border Cultures Institute (SBCI) resulted from a successful challenge grant awarded to NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Library and the University Museum by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1998. The SBCI promotes humanities research, education and outreach, with special emphasis on understanding and maintaining the unique multicultural heritage of this region.
For more information, contact Jeanette Smith at (575) 646-7492.