On Authenticity

The concept of authenticity has been a touchstone for the HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR in advancing our organizational partnership and considering the impact we want to have, together, on the wider digital library community. The Authenticity Project is designed to help us “get real,” one conversation at a time: contributing to systemic change in the profession and improving the ability of PWIs and HBCUs to collaborate more fruitfully, equitably, and genuinely.

Program Facilitators

Dr. Flavia Eldemire

Dr. Eldemire holds the academic rank of Associate Professor, and is currently serving in the role of Associate V.P. for Counseling & Placement at Allen University, located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Her area of specialty is in leadership development, more specifically self-leadership, organizational change, crisis, and turnaround management, and she has previously contributed to leadership programming for the HBCU Library Alliance.

Cotina Jones headshot: Wearing a dark jacket, dark top, glasses, long hair, necklace with cross.

Cotina Jones

Cotina Jones has worked in libraries since 1997, as a public library branch manager, school librarian, health sciences librarian, academic library administration,  and deputy director of public libraries. Since June 2021 she has served as the Director of Library Development at the State Library of North Carolina.

She has presented at local, state, and national conferences.  She has served on state and national library committees. 

Along the way she has met many library administrators who took a vested interest in her and her career. Because of them, she has focused her career on her passion — which is to help develop new librarians through coaching, interview preparation and mentorship.  Jones is a former Authenticity Project mentor who participated in the program in 2019.

Reginald White

Reginald H. White is an HR executive with deep experience in Human Resources, including strategy development, diversity equity and inclusion, organizational development, compensation, employee relations, coaching, and training. 

In his work, he creates training and coaching programs with a particular focus on empowering individuals to achieve success, and diversity and inclusion topics. He has previously worked on leadership programming for the HBCU Library Alliance. He is currently Senior Director of Human Resources for the Research Divison at Cornell University.

Meet our Advisors

The Authenticity Project’s advisory board is made up of members of both the DLF and HBCU Library Alliance communities:

Catherine A. Aster (2019 conversation partner) 
Services Manager, Digital Library Systems and Services, Stanford University

Justin De La Cruz (2019 fellow)
Program Specialist, National Center for Data Services, New York University Health Sciences Library

Phyllis Earles (2019 mentor)
University Archivist & Head of Special Collections/Archives, Prairie View A&M University

Sandra Phoenix
Executive Director, HBCU Library Alliance

Yvette Ramírez
PhD Candidate, University of Michigan, School of Information

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant RE‐70‐18‐0121. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

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