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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project

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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project
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Birch, Stephanie
de Farber, Bess
Gordon, Jacob, Ph.D.
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University of Florida
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English
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Grant proposal

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This Libraries' project team in partnership with the Alachua county African American History Task Force seeks to explore a new approach to transformative collaboration between Black community organizations in North Florida and the George A. Smathers Libraries. The purpose of the project is to cultivate new relationships with community organizations that are already engaged in localized historic preservation and programming. Through these new relationships for digital collaborations, the Libraries' project team will enhance the online visibility of local Black histories and improve access to technological equipment and open-source digital humanities tools. Funds are requested to support a two-day workshop, Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida, to be presented by the Libraries in July 2019 and attended by representatives from Black community organizations in North Florida.
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Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Danielle Sessions.
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Sponsor: Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Awarded amount: $3,000

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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project | Birch, Page 1 Applicant: Stephanie Birch George A. Smathers Libraries Assistant Librarian, African American Studies stephanie.birch@ufl.edu Co Applicant: Dr. Jacob Gordon Alachua County African American History Task Force acaah.taskforce@gmail.com Applicant Chair or Director: Patrick Reakes, As sociate Dean pjr@uflib.ufl.edu Project Title: Digi tal Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project Amount Requested : $3,000 Abstract : This Libraries' project team in partnership with the Alachua county African American History Task Force seeks to explore a new approach to transformative collaboration between Black community organizations in North Florida and the George A. Smathers Libraries. The purpose of the proje ct is to cultivate new relationships with community organizations that are already engaged in localized historic preservation and programming. Through these new relationships for digital collaborations the Libraries project team will enhance the online v isibility of local Black histories and improv e access to technological equipment and open source digital humanities tools. Funds are requested to support a two day workshop Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida, to be presented by the Libr aries in July 2019 and attended by representative s from Black community organizations in North Florida. PROJECT NARRATIVE Th is project will support the Digital Collaborations workshop by contributing additional campus resources to support the work of Black community organizations and creat e incentives for participation. The project team request s $3,000 to fund the purchasing of tech nology supplies to support the creation of digital hum anities (DH) projects. In addition, funds are requested for co presenting a local community speaker (honorarium) at the workshop, as well as an off campus, public reception for community members to meet with workshop participants. The workshop will bring together Black Studies scholars, heritage professionals, and culture keepers from across North Florida The project team seeks to promote and support Black centered digital projects through collaborative workshopping, asset mapping, and training sessions t o generate new ideas for Black historical projects using digital technologies. This pilot project is the first phase of a multi phase initiative to build and support a diverse community of practice in Black centered DH publishing in Florida. The Digital Co llaborations w orkshop is partially Grant for participant housing, meals, and travel stipends.

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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project | Birch, Page 2 Community Significance Together, the Digital Collaborations and the proposed accompanying project will inv esti gate approaches to building collaborative partnerships with minority run and minority serving community organizations. Transformative collaboration between universities and Black communities is inhibited by several unique factors, including: H istories o f exclusion by higher education institutions ; I nstitutional control over the maintenance, interpretation, and narration of Black histories ; and, Inequitable distribution of public resources to universities. This relationship building experiment in mitigating barriers to collaboration will direct campus resources to support community driven Black history projects. Planned Activities CHPS funded activities will support: A community reception hosted at the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center during the workshop where community members can meet representatives from Black community organizations in North Florida ; The distribution of laptops and scanners to Black community organizations represented at the Digital Collaborations w orkshop and which could best benefit from access to these technologies ; and, The promotion of North Florida digital projects and resources created by par ticipating organizations through the resource guide. Summary of Public Constituencies The project will engage members of the community through a community reception to promote Blac k community organizations represented at the Digital Collaborations workshop P otential p ublic constituents include citizens of the Pleasant Street neighborhood, local educators, and Black community organizations from Alachua County, such as Gainesville Black Wall Street, A Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, and the Cotton Club Museum & Cultural Center. These organi zations offer Black history programming and have an established following of community members, who would be interested to connect with organizations representatives from across North Florida. The project team members have existing relationships with the a forementioned organizations. Expected Outcome s Community members will be able to discover information about the workshop including open access Black history digital resources identified at the workshop Community members will be able to identify Black community organizations in North Florida W orkshop participants who receive laptops and/or scanners will be able to use tech tools to support the work of their organization s.

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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project | Birch, Page 3 Timeline March April 2019 Initial m eeting betwee n applicant, co applicant, and AQJ Museum Complete documentation for honorarium Identify vendors for scanners and laptops Schedule community reception May June 2019 P urchase tech equipment Invite Digital Collaborations participants to table at the reception Make catering arrangements for community reception Determine process for distribution of technology supplies July 2019 During the Digital Collaborations w orkshop : o Host community re ception at the AQJ Museum an Cultural Center o Distribute tech supplies as door prizes Process honorarium after the workshop Collect surveys from community reception August October 2019 Assess and report on project activities Add workshop materials to the UF Institutional Repository and the Task Force google drive Announce the public availability of meeting materials and links for online access with constituent organizations January March 2020 Survey recipients of technology supplies on usage and applications African American Studies library guide Biography of Applicant Stephanie Bir ch is the African American Studies Librarian at the University of Florida. She is an affiliate faculty member to the Center for Gender, Sexualiti es, and Women's Studies Research and the library liaison to the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Birch is a ctively engaged in collaborative, interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science research at UF. She serves as co conven er for the Intersections into Ma ss Incarceration grant project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Center for the Hum anities and the Public Sphere Her most recent research collaborations focus on racism and children's literature and the history of Black education in Florida. Biography of Co Applicant Dr. Jacob U. Gordon is an Emeritus Professor in African and African American History from the University of Kansas and the chair of the Alachua County African American History Task Force. The Task Force is a volunteer organization seeking to improve the qu ality and breadth of Black history education at public education institutions. Comprised of teachers, librarians, archivists, concerned citizens, and Black

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Digital Collaborations on Black History in Florida Project | Birch, Page 4 Studies scholars, the Task Force works closely with the local school board and a state wide task for ce through Florida Commissioner of Education office. Project Roles Stephanie Birch will : Select a vendor(s) and place orders for tech equipment Liaise between the Center and project partners Dr. Gordon will: Assist in the coordination of the community reception Liaise with constituent community organizations & entities BUDGET The applicants request funding in the amount of $3,000 to support the Digital Collaborations w orkshop Budget expenses will include: $250: Honorarium for Desmon Walker, Director of the AQJ Museum, for speaking o n an exhibitions panel with the Libraries and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations $5 15 : Community Reception, open to the public, during the workshop $ 2 235 : Purchase of laptops and flatbed scanners equipment based on price estimates from GovConnection, an approved UF vendor: $1235 for laptops: 2 Lenovo ThinkPad E590 laptops, at $617 .50 each $ 1000 for scanners : 4 Epson DS 1630 Flatbed Color Document Scanner at $250 each Evaluation Plan Activity Measure Community Reception Attendance; Program survey to determine degree of satisfaction and benefits of convening. Tech equipment Recipient survey to access information about usage and application of technology supplies Open access to workshop materials and primary materials Number of documents available online Monthly number of views

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The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution George A. Smathers Libraries 535 Library West Office of the Senior Associate Dean Scholarly Resources & Services PO Box 117000 Gainesville, FL 32611 7 000 352 273 2505 352 392 7251 Fax www.uflib.ufl.edu March 14, 2019 Program in the Public Humaniti es Grant Proposal Dear Selection Committee Members I am pleased to support Ms. Stephanie Burch funding for the Digital Collaborations in Black History in Florida Project. One of the guiding Strategic Directions of the George A. Smathe rs Libraries is focused on using the unique competencies of our faculty and staff to develop transformative collaborations with partners across the university and the community. cultivate new relationships with community organizations that are already engaged in localized historic preservation and programming align with both the mission and work of the Smathers Libraries as well as one of the stated purposes of the Center for Humanities a nd the Public Sphere, which is to provide a place for outreach to the community in which we live and teach This letter serves as verification of my support for the project in concept, my assurance of to undertake the collaborat ion and the willingness of the Smathers Libraries to accept and administer the grant funds if awarded. Feel free to contact me if further information is required. Regards, Patrick J. Reakes Senior Associate Dean Scholarly Resources and Services Geo rge A. Smathers Libraries