UNESCO/Jijki Memory of the World Prize
AUC's Rare Books and Special Collections Library Wins 2022 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize
Following the recommendation of an international jury of experts who reviewed 55 nominations from 41 countries, The American University in Cairo's (AUC) Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT) was unanimously selected as the winner of the 2022 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize for the efforts of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) in preserving documentary heritage.
For decades the RBSCL has been collecting and preserving collections in various formats, such as archival documents, books and magazines, photographs, maps, architectural plans, drawings, audiovisual media and so on. Built on the personal library of Islamic art and architecture scholar and photographer K.A.C. Creswell, RBSCL has become the steward for collections of major figures in Egyptian society, culture, and the arts, including pioneering feminist Huda Sharaawi, renowned architect Hassan Fathy, and art photographer Van-Leo. The prize also recognizes RBSCL for making these resources accessible to the AUC community and researchers worldwide, including through its digital initiatives.
The prize was created in 2004 to commemorate the inscription of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol — the oldest known book printed using moveable metal type in the world — on the Memory of the World International Register. This $30,000 award is given every two years to honor an individual or institution for their contributions toward preserving and making accessible recorded history, known as documentary heritage, which is the quintessential function of the RBSCL at AUC.
Check out the RBSCL's Cultural Heritage and Digital Research Services video here.