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8th HBCU Library Alliance Membership Meeting

Format and Partners

The Membership Meeting format is changing, re-framing to greater highlight member contributions and to welcome partners. It is in this way that our partners will gain exposure to the wealth of knowledge, commitment and expertise within the HBCU Library Alliance. In addition to sessions by members, there will be an opportunity for our partners to celebrate the value of HBCU Library Alliance. Bethany Nowviskie, Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), will join us. As you recall, the HBCU Library Alliance partnered with the DLF for their 2017 unconference and forum. Fifteen (15) fellowships were awarded to our community to attend and participate in the forum. Melissa Tedone, Associate Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (DE) and primary investigator for the Winterthur/HBCU Library Alliance Summer 2018 Intern Program, will join us as well. Six (6) distinguished HBCU undergraduates are interning this summer at prestigious preservation/conservation sites around the country. Marilyn Dunn, Executive Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (MA) and Julianna Richardson, Executive Director, The HistoryMakers¸ will join us. It is Julianna’s connection to Harvard that created an opportunity for HBCU Library Alliance Board Chair Monika Rhue to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Radcliffe Archival Advisory Board. HBCU Library Alliance members were invited to an invitation-only Leadership Institute and program at Schlesinger Library that brought together scholars, archivists, librarians and national leaders.

Fundraising Strategies for HBCUs - Sunday, October 7, 1:00 – 5:00
Fee: $150.00

HBCU Library Alliance Board member Debra Hess Norris, University of Delaware and Lee Price, Director of Development, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts will present a session on fundraising strategies to support the HBCU Library Alliance community. Session materials will be made available for each attendee. The $150.00 fee is non-refundable, but transferable to another attendee. Click here for session details. You don’t want to miss this!!!

Keynote Speaker

Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, Library of Congress, will keynote the session. Thanks to Board member Deanna Marcum for the connection. I’ve enjoyed sharing with Jake the work of the HBCU Library Alliance, the contributions of HBCUs and their value to history and culture. He is excited to join us in October.

I’ve previously shared that The Library of Congress is sponsoring an HBCU Library Alliance intern this summer. Miranda Clinton, North Carolina Central University, accepted the placement and has begun the eight-week internship.

Funders Panel

A Funders Panel is being organized for members to directly question and share their concerns regarding issues and processes for grant opportunities. This will be a moderated session; members should access this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZT8B9TY to add their questions in advance of the meeting. Nikki Ferraiolo, Senior Program Officer, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), James Neal, Senior Program Officer, Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Reginald Chappelle, Division Chief, Office of Partnerships & Philanthropic Stewardship, National Park Service, have confirmed their participation. Joel Wurl, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),has tentatively accepted our invitation as a strong possibility; we await his confirmation. Patricia Hwse, Program Officer, Scholarly Communications, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has also tentatively accepted our invitation as a strong possibility. We are connecting with the Knight Foundation in July and will share their response.

The Funders Panel survey will be available until September 28th for your questions.

Share the Funders Panel information with your library’s Development Office. We would welcome their attendance at the Membership Meeting.


Click here for information on sponsorships and share with your community. There are several opportunities to support the HBCU Library Alliance.

Decade of Investment…And More

Click here and scroll down to Decade of Investment to process your contribution. Thanks for sharing your financial resources.

What We Need from You


The registration fee is $350.00 and remains unchanged since 2016.
Follow this link http://www.hbculibraries.org/2018meeting-form.html to register for the membership meeting, pre-conference session and to secure hotel accommodations.

My Library, Value and Significance, In My Words

The Membership Meeting will open on Monday with djembe drumming. Follow this survey monkey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NQRX5NH and respond as requested describing the value and significance of your library. Each participating library and director will be announced. I encourage your participation, respond no later than Monday, September 17th.

Conference Presentations: Broadcast News

Follow this link http://www.hbculibraries.org/2018presentation-form.html
to submit your abstracts. Monday, August 6th is the finish-line for required documentation. The sessions are limited to ten minutes including q&a. Decisions will be announced on Monday, August 13th. I encourage you to submit materials and share with the community your work in relation to the revisit, refocus and reframe theme.

Poster Sessions: In the Spotlight

Follow this link http://www.hbculibraries.org/2018poster-form.html to submit your abstract. Monday, July 30th is the finish-line for required documentation. Decisions will be announced on Monday, August 6th.

In Summary

The HBCU Library Alliance is transforming! My team is so excited about this meeting, its potential to strengthen the HBCU Library Alliance and broader library community and the many possibilities for learning and sharing.