African American Librarians in the Far West: Pioneers and Trailblazers

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Binnie Tate Wilkin
Scarecrow Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
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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
1
BARBARA L ANDERSON Retired County Librarian San Bernardino County Library San Bernardino California
8
BETTY BLACKMAN Retired Dean of the University Library California State University Dominguez Hills
18
TYRONE CANNON Dean of University Libraries University of San Francisco
33
JAMES E CRAYTON Former Division Dean Community Education Center Pasadena California
43
LORETTA DOWELL Manager Fisher Childrens Center San Francisco Public Library
56
KAYCEE HALE Director of Digital Research and Resources Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise Los Angeles California
66
MONTERIA HIGHTOWER Retired State Librarian of Nevada AND Former State Librarian of Missouri
80
CHRIS POOLEJONES Educational Consultant Retired School Administrator and Librarian Portland Public Schools Portland Oregon
171
JUDITH DICKENS REGISTER Former Director of the Scottsdale Public Library and First African American General Manager for the City of Scottsd...
179
KELLY RICHARDS Former Branch Administrator Las VegasClark County Library District Currently Assistant Director Genesee District Library Flint...
192
OSCAR SIMS Former Bibliographer AND Social Science Bibliographer Emeritus University of California Los Angeles
209
BOBBIE SMITH Former Coordinator of Libraries Long Beach City College AND Recently Retired Member and President Long Beach Unified Scho...
221
JOYCE SUMBI Retired Regional Library Administrator Los Angeles County Public Library
229
ROSEMARY TOWNS Retired Director Richmond Public Library AND Former Systems Coordinator North Bay Cooperative Library System Richmo...
243
MYRNA YVONNE WILLIAMS Retired System Reference Librarian Portland Community College PCC
267

MILES JACKSON Professor Emeritus and Former Dean School of Library and Information Science University of Hawaii Honolulu
90
GUELA GAYTON JOHNSON Retired Manager Social Work Library University of Washington Seattle
109
RITA W JONES Dean of Library and Learning Resources City College of San Francisco
122
GLORIA LEONARD Director Washington Talking Book Braille Library Seattle Washington
135
EFFIE LEE MORRIS Retired Childrens Services Coordinator San Francisco Public Library
148
BARBARA MURRAY Director Oxnard Public Library Oxnard California
162
LUCY WILSON Retired Public Services Librarian Laney Community College Oakland California
279
ADDED ENTRIES ON THE LINE SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF SELECTED CALIFORNIA LIBRARIANS
286
INDEX
317
ABOUT THE EDITOR
329
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About the author (2006)

Binnie Tate Wilkin has taught courses as full-time and part-time Adjunct Faculty at schools of library and information science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of California at Berkeley and at Los Angeles, California State College at Fullerton, the University of Hawaii at Honolulu, and Columbia University in New York. She has written several articles in library literature and authored two editions of Survival Themes in Literature for Children and Young People. She now writes original children's stories, which she prints and distributes to children at story programs.