Sopiarz Wins Collection Development Grant

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

June 5, 2016

(Note: This post is an article that appeared in the Spring, 2016, issue of the IACRL Newsletter.)

Josh Sopiarz, Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian and Assistant Professor at Governors State University, has received the 2016 Douglas A. Noverr Grant for Collection Enhancement for Institutions to Build Popular Culture and American Culture Research Collections. The grant is sponsored by the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association.

Professor Sopiarz will use the $5,000 award to create the “American Military in Popular Film” collection at the Governors State University Library. The collection will consist of films and television series directly or indirectly featuring the American military, with an emphasis on materials that cover 21st-century conflicts. In addition, the “American Military in Popular Film” collection will supplement the current “Veterans Resource Collection” that Professor Sopiarz created in 2013 with a Back to Books grant from the Illinois State Library.

For more information on grants and scholarships that the Endowment Fund of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association awards, go here.

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