Listee Features — Library Science

Dana Hummel

DANA DARWIN MALLETT HUMMEL

Dana Darwin Mallett Hummel is a retired research librarian and information technology specialist, having a diverse career with the military, U.S. Embassies and Washington, DC, “think tanks.” Fluent in Spanish, she helped abused women who had escaped deplorable conditions from embassies in Washington. Ms. Hummel also taught Spanish at high schools and English as a second language. Originally from Oklahoma, Ms. Hummel graduated from East Denver High School in Colorado in 1953. There, she was awarded the school’s highest academic award – the Virgil Medal for Latin, after which she chose to take the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)’s exam for Smith College in Latin. In 1957, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in art history, with an emphasis in

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Virginia Kinney

VIRGINIA L. KINNEY

With nearly 55 years of professional experience, Virginia L. Kinney excelled as a librarian with the Miami County Public Library from 1978 to 2011 and the Newton Local School from 1984 to 2002. In addition to her primary roles, she worked as an instructor of GED preparation for Troy Continuing Education from 1988 to 2009, an instructor of English as a Second Language from 2004 to 2009 and an instructor in the Newton Local School Chapter 1 program from 1978 to 1988. She previously served as a teacher with Barnesville Elementary School from 1961 to 1962 and with Union Local Head Start in 1965. Ms. Kinney began her career as an instructor with the Ohio State University County Extension agent

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Harriet Foley

HARRIET E. FOLEY

Now retired from a long and distinguished career in education and library science, Harriet E. Foley, née Fealy, worked with the Carlisle Public Schools in Carlisle, Ohio, for over 25 years. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she began teaching, initially to elementary students for four years and then secondary French for an additional two years. However, after just a few years in the classroom, Ms. Foley developed a strong desire to work in the library. Attending summer school while teaching full-time, she completed a Master of Library Science and was fortunate to quickly transition into the role of a school librarian within the district, where she remained for more than 20 years until her retirement in

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LUCILLE M. ROSA

Working part-time in the library as an undergraduate student, Lucille M. Rosa decided to pursue the field after she enjoyed it so much. She began her professional career teaching at St. Bernadette’s Elementary School in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1970, remaining in this role for two years before cataloging at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence from 1976 to 1980. She then served as a rare book cataloger at Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library from 1980 to 1984 and catalog librarian at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, from 1984 to 1986, later becoming the head of cataloging at the State Library of Massachusetts from 1986 to 1988. Transferring as the associate head of cataloging at the Massachusetts

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Melanie Freese

MELANIE L. FREESE

As a student, Melanie L. Freese attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Education in elementary education in 1967 and went on to earn a Master of Education in elementary education in 1969. She became a certified teacher from nursery to sixth grade in the State of New York, and worked as an elementary school teacher in Roosevelt and Massapequa, New York, until 1971. She started working for the Swirbul Library at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, serving in various capacities, including assistant to social work librarian, assistant to acquisitions librarian and biographical searcher, and circulation assistant before her departure in 1983. In 1977, Ms. Freese earned a Master of Library Science

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Nichelle Hayes

NICHELLE M. HAYES

Since 2016, Nichelle M. Hayes has excelled as the leader of the Center for Black Literature and Culture at the Indianapolis Public Library. Additionally, she has flourished as the chief executive officer to her successful business, Hayes Consulting, since 1989. Moreover, she has blogged for “The Ties That Blind” since 2014 and has been an invited guest speaker at the Indiana School of Education since 2018. For those unfamiliar, The Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. The aforementioned center serves as a space for those interested in exploring the rich heritage that has influenced nations across the globe. Ms. Hayes

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MARGARET E.C. HOWLAND

Now retired, Margaret E.C. Howland excelled professionally as a librarian for more than four decades. At the start of her career, she worked for Combustion Engineering Inc. in Windsor, Connecticut, as librarian from 1957 to 1961. She furthered her career as a law cataloguer with the Connecticut State Library in Hartford in 1961 and progressed to the role of librarian for the Factory Insurance Association in Hartford for one year. Ms. Howland then joined the Travelers Research Center, Inc., as librarian from 1962 to 1968. During Ms. Howland’s employment in Connecticut, she was an active member of the Connecticut Valley chapter of the Special Libraries Association, where she served as president for one year. Ms. Howland found success as director

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Jeanne Plitt

JEANNE GIVEN PLITT

Always having a strong love for reading, Jeanne Given Plitt is retired from her former position as director of the Alexandria Public Library in Virginia, which she maintained from 1970 to 1992. She previously served the library from reference librarian to assistant director between 1967 and 1970. She began her professional career as a library assistant in the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army in 1949, remaining in this role for two years before teaching at various secondary schools in Maryland and Virginia from 1951 to 1967. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Plitt chaired the librarian’s technical committee of the Council of Governments in Washington, DC, from 1971 to 1972 and from 1980 to 1981. Prior to the

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Mary Morgan

MARY D. MORGAN

Specializing in collection development, Mary D. Morgan became involved in her profession from her mother, who inspired her to go into teaching. She was always attracted to the library because of her high school mentor, Idele Wilson. When she moved to Kentucky, there were no school library positions available so she went into the classroom. After she retired from education, she went into social work. Overseeing a team of nine inmates, Ms. Morgan currently serves as a librarian at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky, since 2000. She began her professional career in the same position within Ascension Parish Schools in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in 1966, remaining in this role for two years before transferring to Jefferson County Schools

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CAROL BENNETT

Having been an English and theatre major in college, Carol Bennett found herself at an employment agency when she graduated. The agency sent her to a library job in the reference department at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her boss had traveled extensively working with U.S. Army Libraries and encouraged her to get a degree and do the same. Ms. Bennett subsequently traveled to Germany with the U.S. Army, where she was responsible for several military libraries. Ms. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and a Bachelor of Library Science from McGill University in Montreal, obtained in 1960 and 1962, respectively. From 1962 to 1964,

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