Listee Features — Library Science

Harriet Foley

HARRIET E. FEALY FOLEY

Now retired from a long and distinguished career in education and library science, Harriet E. Fealy Foley worked with the Carlisle Public Schools in Carlisle 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 1982. A

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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 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, for which she is also active as a business librarian. 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

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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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JANICE L. COLMER WESTON

Active in her profession for nearly three decades, Janice L. Colmer Weston most recently served as the chief librarian of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland from 1972 until her retirement in 1994. She began her professional career as a library clerk and education librarian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1966, remaining in this position for one year before becoming a reference librarian at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia, and branch librarian at Chester Library – Chesterfield County Public Library from 1969 to 1970. She then served as a librarian for U.S. Army General Equipment Test Activity at Fort Lee, Virginia, from 1970 to 1971 and reference

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Carolyn Robison

CAROLYN LOVE ROBISON

Initially an English major in college, Carolyn Love Robison, PhD, has loved literature for as long as she can remember. She wanted to find some way to incorporate her passion into her career, but she discovered early on that teaching wasn’t for her. While looking into other options, Dr. Robison came across the library science program at Emory University. She decided to give it a shot, and quickly found that she had made the right decision. She ended up graduating with a Master of Library Science in 1965. Degree in hand, Dr. Robison got to work making her dreams a reality. She started out by getting a job as an assistant librarian, an architecture librarian and a lecturer at the

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