LYRASIS and the HBCU Library Alliance Receive $600,000 Grant to Continue Leadership Program at HBCUs

ATLANTA – (July 13, 2011) – LYRASIS and the HBCU Library Alliance were awarded a $600,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and support effective library leadership at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Three successful leadership development programs have been completed via the LYRASIS-HBCU Library Alliance partnership, reaching senior library staff at 51 HBCUs. This new grant award provides the funding needed to build on previous successes and further strengthen HBCU libraries through Phase IV of the Program, which will include:

-Updating and teaching the Leadership Institute, a nine-month series of mentoring, coaching, and face-to-face and web-based classes, for a new group of HBCU librarians;
-Continuing a staff exchange program with host sites from the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and HBCU Library Alliance;
-Providing a conference and mini-grants to selected HBCUs to strengthen service quality through implementation of effective assessment strategies;
-Providing programs for current library deans and directors to help foster staff and leadership development locally; and
-Developing a plan for post-grant sustainability of the Leadership Program.

“Strong leaders inspire library staff to reach beyond traditional boundaries of service, collaborate with faculty and students in the educational process, and transform the library from a repository of books to a dynamic learning environment that is critical to the college and university mission,” stated Kate Nevins, CEO of LYRASIS. “We are pleased to support the HBCU Library Alliance in this important initiative.”

Phase IV of the Leadership Program is a two-year project slated to begin in July 2011. “HBCU libraries are stronger, better positioned to meet the educational needs of students and faculty, and more integrated into the mission of the college/university because of the HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Program,” added Mary Jo Fayoyin, Director of Library Services at Savannah State University and Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors.

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