Columbia College Chicago

August 8, 2011

Chicago History Portal Project

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce its participation in an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to plan a portal to Chicago-focused historical collections in 14 area museums, universities, libraries, and other cultural institutions that make up the Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC). Mellon recently awarded $61,000 to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library who is leading the effort.

The Chicago Collections Consortium, when complete, will provide a web portal to member collections through one single database. Member institutions include: University of Illinois at Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum.

Columbia College Chicago Library staff members, Kyle Henke and Kerri Willette will serve on two portal working groups to evaluate content, technology needs, functional requirements and implementation approaches. College Archivist, Heidi Marshall and Center for Black Music Head Librarian and Archivist, Suzanne Flandreau are also active participants in the project. For more information, The Chicago Sun Times recently wrote about the project, and you can read about it here.

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