Press Release

Rasmussen College Library System Awarded Cultural Book Collection

Book and DVD collection will help educate students on Muslim beliefs and practices

January 30, 2013

Erin Werthman
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Bloomington, Minn. (Jan. 30, 2013) – The Rasmussen College Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize the public with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the Unites States and around the world.

“We are thrilled to be one of just 259 college libraries to receive this unique collection,” said Emily O’Connor, Director of Library and Learning Services at Rasmussen College. “These resources are the beginning of a dialogue with faculty, staff and students to extend several quarters, culminating in our One College, One Book diversity program in the Fall Quarter. We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to sharing these resources and related programs with our College community.”

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection is made up of twenty-five books, three documentary films, a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online and a DVD of short films titled Islamic Art Spots.

“I received a brochure to apply for the collection in the mail last summer and knew this would be a valuable addition to our library,” said Dennis Johnson, Rasmussen College Librarian. “It’s important for our students to understand the Muslim culture and its diverse history.”

The collection will be shared with all Rasmussen College campus libraries. To learn more about the Rasmussen College Library and Learning Center visit .

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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