The HBCU Library Alliance in partnership with the University of Delaware, the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (DE) and the Library of Congress (DC) piloted a program to recruit students interested in the humanities for fully-funded eight-week internships in library conservation/preservation at leading national library preservation labs. Humanities collections within HBCU institutions document leadership, scholarship, community service, and history through the papers of prominent HBCU Presidents, faculty and alumni; documents related to World War II and the Civil Rights movement; and collections about organizational involvement with the Black Presbyterian Church and Worker's Conference, to name a few.
Six students were accepted into the program representing Fisk University (TN), Florida A&M University, Hampton University (VA), Morgan State University (MD), North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State University (NC).
Host sites for the pilot were the American Philosophical Society Library (PA), Duke University Libraries (NC), The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Library of Congress (DC), Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (DE) and Yale University (CT).
These internships provided an introduction to library preservation as a career choice, familiarized students with cultural heritage conservation best practices, and engaged students with practical, hands-on training in library preservation/conservation.
This poster presentation will share the success, challenges, impact and potential of these partnerships and internships.
Sandra Phoenix– Executive Director, HBCU Library Alliance