HBCU Library Alliance Announces Update to State of Libraries Report

Atlanta, Georgia – August 16, 2011 – The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance has updated its State of Libraries report. This update includes current information and data about HBCU libraries, and contributes to the understanding of the current HBCU library environment.
Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the report is an assessment of the state of libraries at HBCUs. The statistical study uses data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics through its biennial Academic Libraries Survey to describe levels of support for and services from HBCU libraries. In addition, it compares data from HBCUs to other peer academic libraries within the U.S., and provides a baseline for future comparison of HBCU and non-HBCU institutions. The goal of the report is to provide data that can be used to strengthen libraries at HBCUs, individually and as a group. The report is available online at www.hbculibraries.org.

Loretta Parham, CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library and past chair of the HBCU Library Alliance, says of the report, “Understanding the expectations of the library’s stakeholders is information that can be used to inform strategic priorities. With an understanding of the way in which our libraries are viewed and used, and knowing the figures that define our inputs and outputs, this information equips library administrators with input for vision and decision-making. These strategic decisions make it possible to support both the college/university mission and that of the academic library.”

For more information about the HBCU Library Alliance, please visit www.hbculibraries.org.

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