African American Librarians in the Far West: Pioneers and Trailblazers
Binnie Tate Wilkin
Scarecrow Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
Historically, African American librarians have faced the same problems of discrimination as other African American professionals: a lack of respect for professionalism; placement of African Americans in only African American communities; failure to receive promotions to administrative positions, especially those requiring supervision of white counterparts; and failure to recognize contributions to the work organization and to the profession. This volume includes biographies of twenty-two librarians who practiced their profession in the western United States and Hawaii and have made contributions to the advancement of African Americans in the profession, to the library, to the general community, and to the profession of Library and Information Science. Those included are considered to be "pioneers" and "trailblazers" because they were the "firsts," forging the way and eliminating barriers for African American librarians to follow. Each participant submitted his or her personal biography in addition to various personal narratives and instructive information. This volume is a first step, which, with past and future records, can offer encouragement to those entering the complex arena of information purveying.
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TRIBUTE TO MIRIAM MATTHEWS First Trained African American Librarian in California
BARBARA L ANDERSON Retired County Librarian San Bernardino County Library San Bernardino California
BETTY BLACKMAN Retired Dean of the University Library California State University Dominguez Hills
TYRONE CANNON Dean of University Libraries University of San Francisco
JAMES E CRAYTON Former Division Dean Community Education Center Pasadena California
LORETTA DOWELL Manager Fisher Childrens Center San Francisco Public Library
KAYCEE HALE Director of Digital Research and Resources Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise Los Angeles California
MONTERIA HIGHTOWER Retired State Librarian of Nevada AND Former State Librarian of Missouri
CHRIS POOLEJONES Educational Consultant Retired School Administrator and Librarian Portland Public Schools Portland Oregon
JUDITH DICKENS REGISTER Former Director of the Scottsdale Public Library and First African American General Manager for the City of Scottsd...
KELLY RICHARDS Former Branch Administrator Las VegasClark County Library District Currently Assistant Director Genesee District Library Flint...
OSCAR SIMS Former Bibliographer AND Social Science Bibliographer Emeritus University of California Los Angeles
BOBBIE SMITH Former Coordinator of Libraries Long Beach City College AND Recently Retired Member and President Long Beach Unified Scho...
JOYCE SUMBI Retired Regional Library Administrator Los Angeles County Public Library
ROSEMARY TOWNS Retired Director Richmond Public Library AND Former Systems Coordinator North Bay Cooperative Library System Richmo...
MYRNA YVONNE WILLIAMS Retired System Reference Librarian Portland Community College PCC
MILES JACKSON Professor Emeritus and Former Dean School of Library and Information Science University of Hawaii Honolulu
GUELA GAYTON JOHNSON Retired Manager Social Work Library University of Washington Seattle
RITA W JONES Dean of Library and Learning Resources City College of San Francisco
GLORIA LEONARD Director Washington Talking Book Braille Library Seattle Washington
EFFIE LEE MORRIS Retired Childrens Services Coordinator San Francisco Public Library
BARBARA MURRAY Director Oxnard Public Library Oxnard California
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