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 International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science Vol. 2(2), pp. 1421, February, ISSN: 2360-7858 ©2014 Academic Research Journals




A Decade of Achievement, a Call to Excellence: The History and Contributions of the HBCU Library Alliance


Marlene D. Allen and Shanesha R. F. Brooks-Tatum


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Accepted 19 January, 2014




Many contemporary philosophers, educators, academics, and other thinkers have begun speculating upon possible consequences of the “digital divide,” the term used to denote the division between people who have consistent access to technology and those who do not. As technology continues to transform the way we live our contemporary existences, we must also stop and think about how it can affect our relationships with the past. Artifacts and documents that tell important stories about our histories can be lost forever without due diligence in properly preserving these items. Libraries play weighty roles as preservers of relics from the past and providers of information literacy training. Yet, despite playing these essential roles in America today, many libraries are threatened as state and federal governments have decreased financial support and slashed budgets for purchasing books, computers, and other resources. The libraries associated with the United States’ 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been especially hard-hit in these areas for a number of reasons. Increasing numbers of African American students opt to attend predominantly or traditionally white institutions with the opening up of new educational opportunities; many students also find it difficult to afford the tuition costs to attend private HBCUs and instead must select less expensive colleges or opt not to attend college at all.

Key Words: Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); HBCU libraries; African Americans; colleges; universities; preservation; digitization; photographic preservation; training; librarians; students; faculty; information literacy



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