Atlanta, GA - August 6, 2015 - The Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Library Alliance announces two newly elected members and one newly re-appointed member of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors. Rinalda L. Farrar, Ph.D. and Judith Rogers, MLIS are newly elected board members, and Monika Rhue, MLIS was elected to serve a second term. Elections were held in June for all members in good standing of the HBCU Library Alliance, and elected members serve 3-year appointments.
Dr. Rinalda L. Farrar is the Director of Library Services and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Missouri. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Coordinator of the Information Commons, and First Year Experience Librarian for the last six years. Dr. Farrar also serves as the Library Science Department Head. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stillman College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville University, a Master of Arts in Education from Lindenwood University, a Master of Science in Management from National-Louis University, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Aspen Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Aspen Theological Seminary.
Judith Rogers is Director of Libraries at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). She has been employed at UVI since 1991 and assumed managerial responsibility for the St. Croix library in 1994. She received a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina and has continued her professional development through numerous workshops and training institutes including Harvard Graduate School of Education, Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians; HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute; and ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy.
Monika Rhue, MLIS is the Director of the James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and has been re-elected to a second term on the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors. Mrs. Rhue received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from JCSU in Telecommunications and Journalism and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a recipient of the ACRL Harvard Leadership Institute Scholarship, a participant of the HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute, and was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors College Library Director's Mentor Program and the Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and NC LIVE PAC committee.
"We welcome these new and returning board members, and look forward to their participation and contributions," says Mantra Henderson, Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors
Sandra M. Phoenix, Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance, says, "We are excited about the knowledge, talent and breadth of experience that these new and returning members bring to the Board of Directors. The HBCU Library Alliance has a long history of transforming and strengthening libraries within HBCU and offering vibrant programs that help us preserve our rich collections and collective histories while moving these institutions into the future. These board members, with the support of our HBCU Library Alliance members, are perfectly poised to allow us to continue fulfilling our mission into the future."
About the 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 and archives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their constituents. The purpose of the HBCU Alliance is to ensure excellence in HBCU Libraries and the development, coordination, and promotion of programs and activities to enhance member libraries.