The HBCU Library Alliance and Digital Library Federation have jointly launched a new fellowship and networking program:


Generously supported by the IMLS, the Authenticity Project will provide mentoring, learning, and leadership opportunities for 45 early- to mid-career library staff from American HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), along with opportunities to build more genuine exchange and authentic connections among participants from HBCUs and PWIs (predominantly white institutions). The fellowship application is open now through November 16th.


Each year, 15 Fellows will:


Who’s eligible:
Authenticity Project Fellows will be early- to mid-career librarians, archivists, or any other library employees who currently work at HBCUs and are interested in advancing their knowledge, skills, and professional connections in digital library work. Fellows will commit to participating in the program for one full year, from January-December 2019.


How to apply as a Fellow:

Interested individuals should submit a brief statement of purpose that addresses their interest in the program and in digital library topics, a curriculum vitae or resume, and a letter of support from the library dean or director at the applicant’s place of employment:


How to volunteer as a mentor or partner:

We are currently seeking volunteers from the HBCU Library Alliance and DLF communities to act as Authenticity Project mentors and conversation partners in the program’s inaugural year. Mentors should be senior HBCU librarians interested in fostering a new generation of library workers. Conversation partners should be peers at early- and mid-career levels, doing digital library work at a PWI and interested in mutual learning and exchange. Volunteers who are matched with a Fellow will participate in quarterly phone or video chat discussions on provided topics, receive access to a supportive community of peers, and will be granted small annual stipends in acknowledgment of their time and commitment to the program. Mentors from HBCUs will additionally receive free registration to the DLF Forum or an equal amount in discretionary travel funding to help support an optional in-person meeting with their mentees:  


Full program details are available on DLF’s website.


Fellowship applications and expressions of interest from volunteers will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on November 16th.


Feel free to get in touch with questions—and thanks for reading!



Becca Quon

Program Associate for Advancement & Awards

Digital Library Federation (DLF) | | @CLIRDLF |she/her/hers


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