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Expanding Library Support for Faculty Research

The following reports were produced as a result of the “Expanding Library Support for Faculty Research” project. In partnership with the HBCU Faculty Development and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project’s goal was to foster improved library services on individual HBCU campuses and develop collaborative approaches to expand HBCU community-wide library support for faculty research.

2015 Library Survey Report, by Sandra M. Phoenix, Executive Director, HBCU Library Alliance (GA)
2015 Faculty Survey Report, by Dr. Sharon Freeman, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Mississippi Valley State University
2015 Comparative Report, by Sandra M. Phoenix, Executive Director, HBCU Library Alliance (GA)


The survey results were presented at the 2014 HBCU Faculty Development Network conference in Raleigh (NC), at the 2014 HBCU Library Alliance Membership meeting in Atlanta (GA), at the 2015 American Library Association conference in San Francisco (CA), and at the 2015 National Conference of African American Librarians conference in St. Louis (MO).
Click here to access the Survey Says: Expanded Library Support for Faculty Research presentation.


Sub-grants were awarded to 8 member libraries to help support development or expansion of programs to improve library services. Abstracts and recordings for two sub-grant webinars are listed below.

Publish or Perish: An Academic Writing Institute, Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (GA)

- http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p56i871wd8c/

Academic libraries, as scholarly hubs, are well positioned to assist junior faculty members in navigating the world of academic writing and publishing. Paramount to maintaining a successfully publishing faculty is the need to provide a nurturing research environment while assisting them in addressing their unique publishing needs. In 2014 the AUC Woodruff Library offered a new and emerging type of research support by hosting a two-day academic writing institute, funded by the HBCU Library Alliance's Expanding Library Support for Faculty Research in HBCUs grant, to address the research and writing needs of junior faculty affiliated with the four campuses the Library serves. In this webinar, Dr. Rosaline Odom, Head, Discovery & Access Services Department, and Ms. Emy Nelson Decker, Unit Head, E-Learning Technologies, will present their project, entitled, "Publish or Perish? An Academic Writing Institute for Atlanta University Center Junior Faculty," and describe the ways in which librarians developed the writing institute in direct response to the need for research and writing support as demonstrated by junior faculty. The webinar will also provide an overview of the writing institute as it was conducted, briefly analyze the assessment results, and provide information for how this project will continue to evolve within this environment.

Affordable Learning at Savannah State University (GA)

- http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p96f87a3837/

Between 2002 through 2013, the cost of college textbooks rose 82%. And in a survey of more than 2,000 students from 150 campuses conducted in 2014 by the Student Public Interest Research Groups, http://www.uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/

1. 65% said they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive
2. 48% said the cost of books had an impact on how many or which classes they took
3. 94% of the students who had skipped buying a required book said they were concerned that doing this would hurt their grade in that course

Given the response to the survey, it is reasonable to suggest that retention, progression and graduation rates of college students are adversely affected by the high cost of textbooks. Various means of addressing this problem is being looked into locally and at the national level. The Affordable College Textbook Act was introduced in the US Senate in 2013 and directs “the Secretary of Education to make competitive grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to support pilot programs that expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students”. At the campus level, many universities are invested in supporting the use and development of high-quality open textbooks for their students by encouraging their faculty’s research to develop and evaluate OERs. In this webinar, Mary Jo Fayoyin, Dean of Library Services, will report on the planning, development and evaluation of the Open Educational Resources mini-grant awarded to Savannah State University.

Educational Programming

Twenty-six webinars were presented to members on topics related to library support of faculty research. Classes were presented by experts within the HBCU Library Alliance community as well as non-HBCU Library Alliance partners. Several class recordings are listed below.

View from Both Sides: Expanded Library Support for Faculty Research – Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director, HBCU Library Alliance (GA) http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p25btu2c2mb/

Communication + Collaboration = Successful Library Services – Shatiqua Mosby-Wilson, Director of Library Services, Southern University New Orleans (LA) http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p4ycqhduwr0/

In Motion: Providing Faculty Research Support – Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian, Prairie View A&M University (TX) http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p1gin3v3xvp/

Lincoln University's Inman Page Library: Innovation in Library Support - Rinalda Farrar, Director of Library Services, Lincoln University (MO) http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p4i1s0yumc6/

Scholarly Communications: How Scholarship is Changing – Lisa Macklin, Director of Scholarly Communications, Emory University (GA) http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p88qy0n7e4u/