HBCU Library Alliance HBCU Library Alliance

“We serve the unique and indispensable role as gatekeepers for history, culture and the African-American experience...”


 

Mission

The HBCU Library Alliance works to transform and strengthen its membership by developing leaders, preserving collections and planning for the future.

 

Vision

Transforming for Tomorrow while Preserving the Past.

 

About Us

The HBCU Library Alliance is a consortium that supports the collaboration of information professionals dedicated to providing an array of resources designed to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their constituents.
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Library Leadership: Deans & Directors

Need a contact? Find out who the deans & directors are of libraries at Historically Black College and Universities and additional information about these institutions.

 

 

HBCU Library Alliance 2021 Summer Internship Program

The Winterthur University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, received a fourth-round funding to coordinate six fully-funded, virtual six-week summer internships in library and archives preservation during 2021, at nationally-recognized library preservation/conservation laboratories. Winterthur’s Melissa Tedone, Ph.D., Associate Conservator for Books and Libraries, is Primary Investigator for this project.

Read more about the interns...

 

 

Stephon BoykinLibrary of Congress/HBCU Library Alliance Summer 2021 Intern Program

The Library of Congress has contracted with the HBCU Library Alliance to coordinate two virtual fully-funded six-week 2021 summer internships in library conservation and preservation. This is the fourth summer contract with Library of Congress where interns gain exposure at the largest library in the world. Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, will serve as site supervisor and mentor. Arnold Bhebe, Alabama State University (AL) and Darshai Hollie, Spelman College (GA) have accepted these placements.

Read more about the interns...

 

 

Thanks to 9th Membership Meeting sponsors!


Platinum
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

 

 

Platinum
Association of College and Research Libraries
Association of College and Research Libraries
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 10,200 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (the largest division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community.

 

 

Platinum
OCLC
OCLC
OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large. We are librarians, technologists, researchers, pioneers, leaders and learners. With thousands of library members in more than 100 countries, we come together as OCLC to make information more accessible and more useful.

 

 

Platinum
ProQuest
ProQuest
ProQuest is committed to empowering researchers and librarians around the world. The company’s portfolio of assets -- including content, technologies and deep expertise -- drives better research outcomes for users and greater efficiency for the libraries and organizations that serve them.

 

 

Silver
LYRASIS
LYRASIS
LYRASIS is a leader in open technologies, hosting, data-migration, content licensing, and community supported software programs for libraries, archives, museums and research organizations worldwide.

 

 

HBCU Library Alliance 9th Membership Meeting

Theme: So You Know Who We Are: HBCU Libraries In Full View
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 1-2, 2021


Let’s connect to reflect, learn and share experiences. Follow this link for registration details, conference sessions, sponsorship opportunities and an exhibit hall. See you in June!

9th Membership Meeting Program E-Booklet

 

 

HBCU Library Alliance Summer 2021 Library Conservation/Preservation Internship Program

The HBCU Library Alliance Conservation/Preservation Internship Program continues to add value and impact the undergraduate educational experience! Let’s continue this work that aims to diversify the library profession and provide HBCU undergraduate interns with key library preservation skills.

The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, has received a fourth round of funding to coordinate eight fully-funded, virtual six-week summer internships in library and archives preservation in 2021 at seven nationally recognized library preservation/conservation laboratories.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR Announce Appointment of Project Researchers

The HBCU Library Alliance and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) are pleased to introduce three highly skilled and knowledgeable consultants/researchers who will lead a series of focus groups and interviews with HBCU library leaders and staff. Their work, funded by a planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation titled “Creating Access to HBCU Library Alliance Archives: Needs, Capacity, and Technical Planning,” will help the HBCU Library Alliance to envision how its 76 member institutions can work together to preserve, describe, and digitize their unique collections. Selected through a highly competitive process, these researchers will work closely with Sandra Phoenix, executive director of the HBCU Library Alliance, throughout the project. 

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HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR Receive Grant to Study Feasibility for Large-Scale Survey of HBCU Archives


The HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR are excited to announce a $75,000 planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the project “Creating Access to HBCU Library Alliance Archives: Needs, Capacity, and Technical Planning.”  The project will identify common barriers and shared visions for creating access to historic collections held by libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The seventeen-month project ends March 2022.

 

Major project activities are:

1. A series of online focus groups with library directors and deans at HBCU Library Alliance institutions about the significance of institutional archives and related needs and aspirations; and

2. A series of in-depth interviews about special collections and archival holdings, technical capacity, and researcher needs with a select group of library staff (archivists, systems librarians, and IT specialists) and faculty at five HBCU Library Alliance institutions.

 

Project outcomes are:

1. A public report of the findings of the focus group conversations that outlines shared and diverging values, priorities, and needs among the HBCU Library Alliance members’ leadership, and 

2. An internal report that includes a set of technical requirements and user profiles that could inform the design of shared technical infrastructure that would suit the needs and priorities of member institutions. 


Project Team

This project team includes a focus group facilitator and consulting interviewer. Descriptions are listed below:
Interviewer
Focus Group Facilitator
Focus Group Facilitator & Interviewer

 

 

2020 HBCU Library Alliance Summer Internship Final Session Presentations

Clarke Bagsby, Fisk University (TN)

Amarah Ennis, Hampton University (VA)

Sydnee Jackson, Southern University New Orleans (LA)

Taryn-Marie J. Jenkins, Hampton University (VA)

Camryn Johnson, Hampton University (VA)

Beyonce Lundy, Benedict College (SC)

Jasmine Malone, Xavier University (LA)

Carline Valmond, Grambling State University (LA)

 

 

 

Thanks to 8th Membership Meeting sponsors!


Vibranium
North Carolina Central University School of Law


Platinum
Emerald Publishing Group

 

Gold

Association of Research Libraries

Silver

OCLC

 

Bronze

LYRASIS




LYRASIS
Group photo of Membership Meeting attendees, Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (GA)

 

 

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2019 HBCU Library Alliance Summer Internship Highlights

- Student Feature- Stephon Boykin, '20
- Summer intern project highlights the Library of Congress holdings of
The Negro Travelers’ Green Books: Published August 23, 2019 by the Library of Congress
- Stephon Boykin, Claflin University (SC)
- Still Stunning After All These Years – Layla Huff, Morgan State University (MD)


 

HBCU Library Alliance 2019 Summer Internship Program

The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, has received a second round of funding to coordinate six fully-funded, eight-week summer internships in library and archives preservation in 2019 at six nationally recognized library preservation/conservation laboratories.

Read more about the interns...

 

 

Stephon BoykinLibrary of Congress/HBCU Library Alliance Summer 2019 Intern Program

The Library of Congress has contracted with the HBCU Library Alliance to coordinate one fully-funded eight-week 2019 summer internship in library conservation and preservation. This is the second summer contract with the Library of Congress for an intern to work and gain exposure at the largest library in the world. Thanks to Board Member Deanna Marcum, Ithaka S+R (NY), for the connection to Library of Congress. Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, will serve as site supervisor and mentor. Stephon Boykin, Claflin University (SC), has accepted the placement.

 

 

HBCU Library Alliance 2018 Conservation Intern Program

The Winterthur University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, received funding to coordinate five fully-funded, eight-week summer internships in library and archives preservation during 2018, at five nationally-recognized library preservation/conservation laboratories. Winterthur’s Melissa Tedone, Ph.D, Associate Conservator for Books and Libraries, is Primary Investigator for this project.
 
Thanks to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the University of Delaware College of Arts and Science, the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (DE) for funding this internship project. Thanks to Board member Debbie Hess Norris, University of Delaware, for securing this funding.

Read more about the interns...

 

 

Miranda ClintonLibrary of Congress/HBCU Library Alliance Summer Intern Program

The Library of Congress has contracted with the HBCU Library Alliance to coordinate one fully-funded eight-week 2018 summer internship in library conservation and preservation.  Thanks to Board Member Deanna Marcum, Ithaka S+R (NY), for the connection to Library of Congress.  Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, will serve as site supervisor and mentor.  Miranda Clinton, North Carolina Central University, has accepted the placement.

 

 

HBCU Library Alliance Preservation Internship Program
Progress Report – June 22, 2018

Read this AMAZING first progress report from HBCU Library Alliance Preservation Internship Program primary investigator Melissa Tedone. Kudos to Board member Debbie Hess Norris, University of Delaware, primary investigator Melissa Tedone, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (DE), Board Steering Committee Member Tasha Lucas Youmans, Bethune-Cookman University (FL) and all who collaborated on this very important initiative.

 

Click here to read the report.

 

Harvard Library Leadership Institute, Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA April 12-13, 2018

HBCU Library Alliance colleagues participated in the April 12-13 Harvard Library Leadership Institute in Cambridge, MA. The Leadership Institute was followed by the Radcliffe Workshop on Technology and Archival Processing program “A More Complete Record: The Case for Archival Partnerships.” HBCU Library Alliance Board Chair Monika Rhue presented at both sessions.

View more photos from the sessions.