Music Information Literacy Advocacy at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

ECSU Author/Contributor (non-ECSU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nurhak Tuncer-Bayramli, Librarian (Music), Cataloger (Creator)
Juliet Boykins, Professor (Contributor)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States have a rich history of educating many leaders, including the Vice President of Kamala Harris, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King, and many more. Today, there are approximately a hundred HBCUs in the nation, and they play an essential part in educating the upcoming young generation of people. The historical perspective of HBCUs offers a unique lens into today's music information literacy advocacy needs. The HBCU marching band has been cited as one of the main factors in the decisions to attend or work there, by over fifty percent of incoming, current, and former students and faculty. HBCU bands have focused on performing popular music, R&B, and hip hop music compared to traditional marching band music that has its roots in marching military style. This chapter will touch on several factors of the importance of music information literacy advocacy from the perspective of a music librarian and music professor at an HBCU. Our positions offer unique insights into the experiences and challenges of bringing music information literacy to a young generation of HBCU students.

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Language: English
Date: 2023
music information literacy, HBCU's, advocacy, music library instruction

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