About the Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project, hosted jointly by the HBCU Library Alliance and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)/Digital Library Federation (DLF), is an IMLS-funded mentoring and professional development program for HBCU library workers.

The goal of the program is to build a more diverse, inclusive, collaborative, and cohesive next-generation digital library workforce, ready to work across types of institutions in building infrastructure of various kinds (social and technological) in service to a wide array of communities.

In 2019, 15 Fellows were matched with one Mentor and one Conversation partner. In 2022, 10 Fellows were matched with two Mentors.

The 2022 Cohort included program facilitators who led discussions on topics such as:

During the interim session for the 2022 Cohort, mentors & other participants led professional development sessions on the following topics:

Outcomes for Fellows

The following outcomes were outlined for Fellows:

The mentorship program also emphasized the importance of the reciprocal relationship between mentor and mentee.

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