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IndyPL’s Center for Black Literature & Culture Renovations Include Interactive Digital Kiosks and Website

03/22/2022
IndyPL’s Center for Black Literature & Culture Renovations Include Interactive Digital Kiosks and Website
IndyPL’s Center for Black Literature & Culture Renovations Include Interactive Digital Kiosks and Website

Indianapolis - The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) at Central Library has made changes to its space, including interactive kiosks and a new interactive website that gives visitors an opportunity to take a deeper dive into information on Black history, Black literature, Black culture, the Black diaspora, and Black librarianship.

The new CBLC website, which can be found at cblc.indypl.org, allows visitors to view 3D artifacts related to Black history, watch videos of local Black leaders such as Amos Brown and Tamika Catchings, learn more about influential literary figures like Mari Evans and Etheridge Knight, and view photo galleries that explore the history of local Black librarians.

“These stories and artifacts present a different viewpoint than what is often told when people talk about our city,” said Nichelle M. Hayes, Founding Director of the CBLC. “I hope people who view the website get an in-depth understanding of the incredible and rich Black experience in Indianapolis.”

All entries on the digital kiosk displays are available to view online on the new CBLC website.

“We want patrons to discover new, engaging ways to learn this important history,” said Amira Malcom, the CBLC’s multimedia projects manager. Malcom worked with IndyPL librarians and local organizations such as the State Museum and the Crispus Attucks Museum to acquire information for the website and kiosk displays. “Thanks to the website they can access this information anywhere. It's a step towards greater accessibility.”

The CBLC is in the process of updating its website and digital kiosk displays with new information. By the end of 2022, Malcom says they will double the 36 current entries.

Learn more about the CBLC at indypl.org/cblc.