Beard Lecture Presents Civil Rights Library

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dr. Toby Graham, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, will present “The Civil Rights Digital Library: Documenting America’s Struggle for Racial Equality” on Tuesday, February 9, at 11 a.m. at the Ingram Library. Graham’s presentation is the first of the Charles Beard Lectures in 2010.

Dr. Toby Graham, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, will present “The Civil Rights Digital Library: Documenting America’s Struggle for Racial Equality” on Tuesday, February 9, at 11 a.m. at the Ingram Library. Graham’s presentation is the first of the Charles Beard Lectures in 2010. The Digital Library of Georgia and its partners built the Civil Rights Digital Library. The CRDL is an online archive of historical news footage from the Civil Rights era and a virtual library portal of national scope. It is the most ambitious and comprehensive initiative to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement through the World Wide Web.

The CRDL includes 30 hours of news film, archival holdings and instructional materials from 100 institutions across the country featuring oral histories, letters, diaries, FBI files and photographs.

This innovative effort to make documentation on the Civil Rights Movement more widely available was the subject of a televised documentary produced by U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young.

The Beard Lecture honors the late Charles Beard who served as director of university libraries at UWG from 1978 to 2004 and worked in the library profession for almost four decades. 

In the 26 years that Beard served at West Georgia, he led Ingram Library through a period of rapid technological change that altered the course of library services and programs.  His influence extended far beyond the library to the development of GALILEO, one of the first web-based initiatives of its kind.

For further information, contact Catherine Hendricks at 678-839-5337.