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U of M, Crookston Library Awarded Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement (IDEA) Grant from University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity
November 11, 2008

Contact: Owen Williams, director, Library Services, 218-281-8395, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (November 11, 2008) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston Library has been awarded an IDEA (Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement) Grant of $2,500 from the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity to fund a children’s book diversity collection. 

The grant was written by Owen Williams, director of Library Services, in collaboration with Thomas Williams, director of Diversity and Multicultural Services and Jim Carlson, assistant director of Library Services on the Crookston campus. The grant will fund the purchase of 300 to 400 additional children’s books that address perspectives of underrepresented groups. The collection will serve as a resource for the Early Childhood Education program at the U of M, Crookston and the Children’s Center as well as for general use by library patrons.

“The funding from the IDEA grant will help us meet a need as well as enhance the value of our children’s collection in the library,” says Williams. “As we work to address issues of equity and diversity, these books will benefit the future teachers in our early childhood program as well as the younger children who are part of the Children’s Center. We are committed to educating both children and adults on these important issues.”

The University of Minnesota IDEA Grants Program, established by the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, seeks to infuse equity and diversity into all aspects of the University’s work and operations by funding projects that address issues of institutional equity and diversity. Grants are designed to support innovative and transformative projects, programming, events, and research that support underrepresented and marginalized students, faculty, staff, and communities.  For more information, visit

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