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The James B. Duke Memorial Library has been selected to participate in a pilot Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative and will receive $8,000 for assisting faculty and students with Open Education Resources (OER) 'Affordable Learning Solutions'. This opportunity is made possible through the California State University’s (CSU) Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) in partnership with Tennessee State University and grant awards from the Hewlett Packard and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.  The Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative

One of our collections in Digital Smith is featured on the website and social media of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) for the month of September. OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides databases and digital repository software for libraries around the world. Digital Smith, the online repository for collections in the Inez Moore Parker Archives at Johnson C. Smith University provides online access to over 8,000 artifacts. The featured collection highlighted by OCLC

The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University has been awarded a $100,000 grant to be used for a project called “Making Space for Tech @ An HBCU.” Funds will be used to develop an academic Makerspace that will give all users the opportunity to gain proficiency in design and manufacturing technologies that are becoming more prevalent in the workplace. This grant is one of 39 competitive Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

The history of Black people is so amazing. We have a rich history of struggle, triumph, and unconditional love. Our history stretches across the waters into the continent of Africa. Where does one start when sharing the history of a people that impacted the world? I contemplated this question before writing this article. What I have concluded is that I will continue to expand upon the topic of Divine Kingship of Asante: A Model for Sustainable