|P. Toby Graham
Director, Digital Library of Georgia
University of Georgia
The Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) initiative is the most ambitious and comprehensive effort to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web. The CRDL promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement trough its three principal components:
1) a digital video archive delivering 30 hours of historical news film allowing learners to be nearly eyewitnesses to key events of the Civil Rights Movement
2) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by aggregating metadata from 76 libraries and allied organizations from across the nation
3) curricular support materials to facilitate the use of the video content in the learning process
The project briefing will explore CRDL’s innovative use of digital technology, interdisciplinary approaches, and cross-institutional partnerships to advance the educational mission of libraries and allied organizations. CRDL participants include digital library and information technology professionals, archivists, academic scholars and graduate students, university publishers, educators, and public broadcasters who, collectively, possess the diverse knowledge base required to build a seamless virtual library on the Movement. The Civil Rights Digital Library receives support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Public launch is scheduled for May 2008.