The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance held its annual membership meeting on October 21-23, 2012. The membership meeting was a celebration of the first 10 years of service for the HBCU Library Alliance, with a focus on the next 10 years of service promoting excellence in library leadership and services.
The theme of the meeting was Protecting Our Legacy, Preserving Our Story: A Decade of Investment in HBCU Libraries. Held in New Orleans, LA, members from many HBCU libraries attended the meeting to discuss ways to enhance the academic experience by integrating services with learning and technology. Speakers and panelists included HBCU Library Alliance members, community experts on preservation, digitization and sustainability, and the Associate Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Ron Blakely.
The membership meeting also served as the first fundraiser for the Alliance, with $7,000 raised from individuals at HBCU Library Alliance member institutions and the community at large. The meeting kicked off the decade of investment challenge, called the 100 Plan, which encourages individuals to donate a minimum of $100 to the Alliance, with monies supporting the work of the HBCU Library Alliance as a standalone non-profit membership organization.
“We had a wonderful celebration of the first 10 years, culminating in a substantial amount of dollars raised and a renewed sense of purpose to challenge ourselves over the next 10 years to take the HBCU Library Alliance and its members to the next level of librarianship,” states Mary Jo Fayoyin, Director of Library Services at Savannah State University (GA) and Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors.
Founding member Loretta Parham, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (GA) says, “So much has been accomplished in these 10 years! The projects, training and collaborations have contributed greatly to the advancement of HBCU library leadership, to institutional preservation and to faculty goals of quality teaching and learning. The Atlanta University Center is very proud to be a longstanding member of this organization.”
“I am pleased with the excitement and support for the Alliance and our community. I look forward to furthering our goal of enhancing education through librarianship and working together over the next decade,” says Sandra Phoenix, HBCU Library Alliance Executive Director.
For more information about the HBCU Library Alliance, please visit www.hbculibraries.org.
(Editors note: The folks at the HBCU Library Alliance guest edited the February 2012 (v. 24 #1) issue of Against the Grain)