At the first and second virtual DLF Forums, Partner Sessions provided a chance for staff who work in and with HBCU libraries to share news about ongoing digital library and archives work, initiatives, and programs.
In November 2020, the HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR received a $75,000 planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project titled “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.
Thanks to a grant from IMLS (RE-70-18-0121-18), DLF and the HBCU Library Alliance will award 45 fellowships to HBCU librarians over the course of this program. Authenticity Project Fellows will participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development programs with representatives of Alliance and DLF member organizations and be fully funded to attend the DLF Forum in their fellowship year.
In 2022, CLIR’s podcast Material Memory will spotlight people and collections at six HBCU libraries and offer insights about these cornerstones of culture and historical knowledge. Focusing on the cultural memory and historical documentation of the institutions and individuals at Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Fisk University, Morgan State University, Southern University at New Orleans, and Tuskegee University, the season will shine a light on the hidden gems within their vast collections.
These fellowships, self-funded by DLF, were open to HBCU Library Alliance-affiliated librarians, faculty, and other employees of HBCUs; library practitioners with HBCU backgrounds or experience who work in liberal arts colleges or serve undergraduates in other types of institutions; and HBCU students interested in library and information careers.
In 2017, DLF hosted a Liberal Arts Colleges + HBCUs Pre-Conference preceding its annual Forum. During the daylong meeting, our communities met to explore the potential of digital libraries as common ground and digital library-based pedagogy as a common mission among our memberships. The event was supported by IMLS grant #RE-87-17-0079-17. "This partnership posed, for us, a special chance for our communities to work together at the spot where social justice-minded digital library pedagogy and collections development, curation, and use intersects with questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the future of the profession."