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
In love with books and reading for as long as she can remember, Valerie J. Morehouse has never regretted pursuing library science. She started by obtaining an Associate of Arts from Taft College in 1966, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968, and a Master of Science in library science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Science in 1977, and continued on to become a certified professional librarian in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Degrees in hand, Ms. Morehouse joined Plymouth Public Librarians as an assistant librarian and director, and she advanced rapidly from there. Other positions include assistant executive director of the Southeastern Librarians Cooperative, librarian automation consultant for the North Dakota
Passionate about literature, Lucinda D. Conger has always felt at home in the library. That’s why, when it came time to choose a career, she felt library science would be the perfect fit. Ms. Conger proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard College in 1963 and a Master of Library Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1964. The degrees propelled her immediately into her first job as a reference librarian with the University of California, Davis, where she stayed for a year. In 1965, Ms. Conger transferred to the Library of Congress as a cataloger, and in 1966, she was promoted to the role of reference librarian with
Passionate and dedicated, Mary Dykstra Lynch is celebrating more than four decades of excellence at Dalhousie University. Her tenure with the school started in 1970, when she graduated with a Master of Library Science and began working as a head cataloger for the Dalhousie University Library. She quickly realized she had found a home with the institution, and her talent and hardworking nature made her an invaluable addition to their staff. Dr. Dykstra Lynch was continually selected for promotions, and she rose from assistant professor at the School of Library Service to associate professor of the School of Library and Information Studies. From 1986 to 1995, she served as the director of the School of Library and Information Studies, and
Growing up, Diane Elizabeth Dixson lived all over the world with her father, who had to travel for his job with the State Department. She picked up a number of different languages along her journey, including German, French, and Russian, which proved to be a huge asset upon her return to the U.S. She joined the Library of Congress as an acquisition specialist, and the rest was history. She remained in that position with the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution for more than four decades, furthering their mission of being the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge and providing unparalleled resources to Congress and the American people. One of the biggest milestones of Ms. Dixson’s career was creating subject tours