The following press release announces exciting news for the LCRM Project.
February 10, 2011—The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $500,000 to continue the activities of the “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” project through December 2012. A grant from the Foundation in 2008 launched this collaborative, entrepreneurial online publishing experiment now poised to become a self-sustaining library subscription service. Inspired by UNC professor Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s formulation of the “long civil rights movement,” the LCRM Project’s online collection presents more than 70 books, articles, papers, and reports and tests the frontiers of scholarly publishing by enabling users to contribute commentary and insert hyperlinked cross-references to multimedia primary sources.
The original grant was one of several awarded in The Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications Program to university press−library collaborations to support exploration of innovative modes of scholarly communication and creation of new publishing enterprises. The four-way partnership at UNC, which included researchers at the Southern Oral History Program, archivists at the University Library, as well as lawyers and advocates at the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights, made valuable materials available online and also invited the participation of the site’s users in creating meaningful connections among primary and secondary sources. Total funds granted by Mellon to the project since its inception are nearly $1.5 million.
The central goal of the project’s second phase is to expand the online experiment and put in place business partnerships with other scholarly publishers Continue reading ‘Renewed Funding for the LCRM Project’