Born in the Philippines, Laura Balatbat Corpuz grew up with a deep appreciation for academia and the arts. She knew she wanted to contribute to the fields herself, so she obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines, in 1966. Ms. Corpuz spent the next three years as a teacher at Philippine Public School. She really liked her work, but she was looking for something more. When her friend suggested she move to the United States and find a job there, she decided to give it a shot. Ms. Corpuz proceeded to take U.S. history and library courses and completed tests to become a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. She also
Initially an English major in college, Carolyn Love Robison 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 Georgia
Born in Alaska, Julianna Elise Braund-Allen always loved taking trips to the “lower 48” states when she was younger because she was amazed by the amount of libraries they had. Libraries, to her, are about education, knowledge, transmissions, and freedom. She also loves both literature and helping others, so a career in library science seemed only natural. Goal in mind, Ms. Braund-Allen got to work. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 1977 and a Master of Library Science, summa cum laude, from Louisiana State University in 1986. She then obtained her first job in the field, reference librarian at the Anchorage Municipal Library, and the rest was history. Ms. Braund-Allen’s devotion
Passionate about both books and people, Lois C. Olsrud always felt at home in the library. She liked digging up answers and growing her knowledge, and felt driven to help others. Ms. Olsrud felt the best way to combine the two was by becoming a librarian and working in schools. Once she earned a Master of Arts in library science from Indiana University in 1966, she joined the University of Arizona as a humanities librarian and the rest was history. Ms. Olsrud really enjoyed her work, so much so that she remained with the institution until her retirement in 1996. Some of the other capacities she served in there were central reference librarian and fine arts librarian. One of the
Knowledgeable and helpful, Mary K. Spore Alhadef is a cherished part of the Redwood City Public Library community. She joined the institution as an audio-visual librarian in 1978, and transferred to become a general reference and local history and archives librarian in 2006. She continues to serve in the latter role to this day. Her responsibilities include cataloguing and running programs. Ms. Spore Alhadef prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in 1965 and a Master of Library Science from Peabody College in 1966. She then garnered hands-on experience as the assistant director of libraries at Boston College, a librarian at the Weston College School of Theology and at St. Patrick’s Seminary, and a
When Judith A. Sessions was young, she developed a passion for books and reading. She knew she wanted to pursue literature professionally in some capacity, so she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Central Florida University in 1970 and a Master of Library Science from Florida State University in 1971. Her first position in the field was head librarian at the University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie, followed by director of the Library and Learning Resources Center at Mount Vernon College and planning and systems librarian at The George Washington University. During this time, computerization was growing, and Ms. Session was excited at the prospect of joining the front lines of the changes that were coming to libraries across the country.
Passionate about literature and poetry, Ursula M. Chirico-Elkins is thrilled to have spent her career surrounded by what she loves. She started her professional journey as a library assistant at Princeton University and at the David Sarnoff Research Center, and was promoted to senior library assistant of the latter in 1983. Ms. Chirico-Elkins then became the principal assistant at Rider University from 1987 to 1989 and again from 1990 to 1993, and a librarian at the St. Francis Medical Center from 1993 to 1996. She really appreciated the opportunity to aid library patrons seeking vital information in their field of occupation. Over the years, Ms. Chirico-Elkins decided to contribute her own work to the field. She authored “Falling Snow,”
Focused on inspiring children to become lifelong readers and library patrons, Sharon Sappington has spent more than five decades working toward her goal. She had always loved books, and used to gather the neighborhood kids to read aloud to them. When it came time to choose a career, she felt like becoming a teacher and librarian was her destiny. Ms. Sappington proceeded to complete coursework at Florida Southern College between 1962 and 1964 and to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Florida in 1966. She furthered her education with postgraduate work at the University of Alabama in 1980. Now, Ms. Sappington is using her expertise as a member of the Tale Tellers of St.
Known as “The Book Doctor,” Mary Jo Kelly-Nix has dedicated her life to bringing books to life for other people. Her goal is to help every child she meets become a lifelong learner, and to teach them how to think, research, and be creative. She prepared for her endeavors by earning an EdD, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 1980, 1973, and 1970, respectively. She then became a certified English teacher, social studies teacher, city materials media center director, and school librarian. Now, Dr. Kelly-Nix is living out her dream as a librarian in the Dufrocq Elementary School Library and in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. She previously garnered experience
In the eyes of Annabel K. Stephens, public libraries and librarians provide great benefits to individuals and communities. She decided she wanted to be a part of that world at a young age, and, after decades of experience, continues to thrive. She started out as a librarian at Muscle Shoals Regional Library and Memphis Public Library, and then became a branch head at the latter and the director of the Jennie Stephens Smith Public Library. Dr. Stephens proceeded to join the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama in 1984, where she found her niche. As both a librarian and professor, she has the privilege of helping people use public libraries and of preparing future librarians