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Women's History Month is observed every March in the United States. During Women's History Month, let’s remember our innovating librarians of the past, in particular the female librarians who are not documented in our history books, and we honor their contributions to the field of librarianship by building upon their valuable insight and lessons left behind. From Eliza Atkins Gleason the first African-American librarian awarded the first Ph.D. in librarianship to Carla Hayden the 14th Librarian of Congress the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library women have made their mark on the world as the first in many areas. In addition, the numerous librarians who provided invaluable resources to communities of color from the “Turn of the century” to today’s “Digital Age”.

This month as we celebrate Women’s History Month, please join us in celebrating our very own Carol Gilliam on being named the 2017 Honorable Mention of the Zora Neale Hurston Award! Congratulations!!!

http://rusa.ala.org/update/2017/02/carol-gilliam-named-honorable-mention-of-zora-neale-hurston-award/

Warm Regards,
S. Michele Echols, President 2016 -2018

 

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NYBLC Member Recognition Corner

Carol Gilliam, Black Heritage Librarian, Roosevelt Public Library

Carol P. Gilliam is a retired School Library Media Specialist in the Freeport School district. She held that position for 28 yrs. presently; she is the Black Heritage Librarian at the Roosevelt Public Library, which has the third largest Black Heritage Collection in the state of New York.

Her motto is" If you choose a job that you love, you will never have to work hard another day in your life".
Prior to her jobs in the Freeport and Roosevelt communities, Mrs. Gilliam worked for the New York Public Library, Harlem branch, and all other libraries in the Harlem area.

Carol came to New York from Nashville, Tennessee, where she attended Fisk University, a historically Black University. This is where she developed her love and passion for Black history and culture. She graduated with honors and came to New York to pursue other careers besides librarianship. It was only after being laid off as a teacher, she began working in a public library. Fortunately, she was able to get a fellowship to Queens College Library School and the rest is history.

Mrs.Gilliam is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., American Library Association, Nassau County Library Association, Freeport Sports Boosters, Advisory Board of L.A.D.Y. (Lifetime Attributes for Developing Youth), a mentoring program that instills lifetime skills in young women of Freeport, Black Educators' of Freeport, Inc. and a member of the Long Island Library Council.

When Carol is not being active in all of the above communities, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, especially her 8 yr. old granddaughter, Jaela.

Mrs. Gilliam has won numerous awards including the trailblazer award for "Outstanding Librarian" at the Roosevelt Public Library in 2014. She is deeply grateful and honored to be recognized for the Zora Neal Hurston Award.

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