Listee Features — Library Science

Barbara Pickthorn


Barbara Pickthorn is a university librarian and educator celebrating more than 50 years of dedication to library and information science and over three decades with Cameron University. As a child, Ms. Pickthorn enjoyed organizing photographs and small items for her mother, and recalls being fascinated by her middle and high school libraries. She describes library science as “something she always felt led to do,” and as a teen, she was an enthusiastic volunteer in the children’s department of the Fort Worth Library. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Ms. Pickthorn earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and her Master of Library Science in 1974. Ms. Pickthorn began her career working in university libraries in 1968, and settled

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Joyce Radcliff


An accomplished librarian, Joyce Bullard Radcliff embarked on her professional journey at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and became involved with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Following this achievement, she joined the university as staff, serving as a technology assistant from 1974 to 1999. During this time, she obtained her Master of Library Science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1996 and spent time as a consultant for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as a cataloging librarian with the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, and concurrently held a position on the executive board of the School of

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Kathleen Blazar


Holding considerable expertise in library science and health science, Kathleen Casteel Blazar, MSLS, was inspired to her career by her aunt, who was a nursing administrator, as well as by her own inquisitive mind and desire to help others. She embarked on her studies at Pennsylvania State University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in French, with distinction and honors, in 1972. She then joined Case Western Reserve University, where she received a stipend from the National Institutes of Health to train as a health science librarian. Achieving her Master of Science in library science in 1973, Ms. Blazar has also received certification from the Academy of Health Information Professionals of the Medical Library Association and advanced training in the

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Dana Hummel


Dana Darwin Mallett Hummel is a retired research librarian and information technology specialist who had a diverse career with the military, U.S. Embassies and Washington D.C. think tanks. She assisted her husband who was the U.S. Embassy military attaché in several Hispanic countries. She was a member and distinguished president of the Fairfax County Public Library Board. Four large libraries were built under her leadership. She was active politically and served as a delegate to a Virginia state convention. She was a leading fund raiser for two U.S. universities. She taught Spanish at high schools and English as a second language. In her retirement, over a 14-year period she was a board member and ten-year president of her condominium association.

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Virginia 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


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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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


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


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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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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