May 16, 2022

Just Launched Season of CLIR’s “Material Memory” Podcast Takes an “Audio Road Trip to Explore the Libraries, Archives, and Museums at Six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)”

From a Council on Library and Information Resources E-Mail:

Dear Friend,

My name is Sharon M. Burney, CLIR program officer and host of Material Memory. I invite you to listen to a project very close to my heart, the HBCU Library Alliance Tour, a podcast season focused on the rich histories held by Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In each episode, you will hear from the archivists, curators, and librarians who care for and preserve the records of our past. We also explore the vital role libraries have in Black communities.

My father, a proud HBCU alumnus, instilled in me the importance of controlling our historical narrative, so please help me spread the news about this podcast season—where history and primary documents collide in the storytelling of us.

—Sharon M. Burney, CLIR program officer

About Season Three

Season Three includes eight episodes and it launched on March 23 with a conversation with Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance, and Monika Rhue, recent Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance Board and Project Manager at Bunche Center, UCLA.

  • April 6 – Southern University at New Orleans – Erika Witt, Interim Circulation Librarian, Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library
  • April 13 – Bonus Episode – Interview with Kofi Horne, creator this season’s theme music
  • April 20Morgan State University – Ida E. Jones, University Archivist
  • May 4Alcorn State University – Blanche Sanders, Dean, University Libraries
  • May 18Tuskegee University – Dana R. Chandler, University Archivist
  • June 1Benedict College – Wanda Scott Kinney, Coordinator of Archives and Institutional Records
  • June 15Fisk University – DeLisa Minor Harris, Assistant Director of Library Services

Listen to CLIR’s Material Memory Podcast/HBCU Library Alliance Tour

Learn More About Season Three

Preview Video: Season Three of Material Memory

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.