Lyrasis Shows Continued Support for the HBCU Library Alliance

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Lyrasis Shows Continued Support for the HBCU Library Alliance

Atlanta, GA, — August 13, 2009 — Lyrasis demonstrates continued support for the HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities) Library Alliance by actively participating in the organization’s recent conference and upcoming Leadership Development Institute.


Kate Nevins, Lyrasis CEO, spoke at the “Leadershift: Redefining Leadership for the 21st Century Librarian conference held at Evergreen Resort and Conference Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia on August 2-4, 2009. During her talk on Environmental Scanning, she discussed previous and current trends in the library field, and the importance of outside-of-the-box thinking. “Lyrasis’ partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance supports the development of skilled leaders who are willing to consider new possibilities and implement strategies to bring them to fruition.”

The conference was the kickoff to a nine-month leadership development initiative funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to afford theoretical instruction and practical lessons to HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute participants.

In addition to serving as the fiscal agent for the HBCU Library Alliance, Lyrasis will provide the technological training needed to administer some of the Institute’s web-based and live online classes. “Lyrasis has been a longtime supporter of the HBCU Library Alliance. We appreciate Kate Nevins and the staff at Lyrasis for their ongoing commitment to foster excellence in librarianship in all information institutions, including libraries at HBCUs,” said Loretta Parham, Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance and CEO of the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center.

HBCU Library Alliance
The HBCU Library Alliance is a consortium that supports the collaboration of institutions dedicated to providing resources designed to strengthen the libraries of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their constituents. The purpose of the HBCU Alliance is to ensure the excellence in HBCU Libraries and the development, coordination, and promotion of programs and activities to enhance member libraries. For more information, please contact Sandra Phoenix, Director, HBCU Library Alliance or visit www.hbculibraries.org.

About Lyrasis
A regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals, Lyrasis facilitates their success today and tomorrow by providing access to shared knowledge and expertise, innovative products and services, and customized solutions to serve their communities effectively and, by working together, advance the profession. Lyrasis is the new organization resulting from the merger of PALINET and SOLINET, and currently serves nearly a third of the U.S., including 16 states east of the Mississippi, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.
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