Important Information and New Message

Well, the summer season is slowly coming to a close and the children are getting ready for back to school. I have enjoyed my summer travels and it’s time to focus on the upcoming season and the remainder of the year. I am excited to announce that our Librarians’ Scholarship Ball is all planned and ready to celebrate our honorees and distinguished guests. Our new date is Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm at Harlem’s finest - the Allambra Ballroom.

Several members and I attended the BCALA – NCAAL conference 2017, and what a great time we had in Atlanta, GA. The workshops, special guests, opening and closing sessions were phenomenal.

Our next general meeting is scheduled for Saturday September 16, 2017 11 am – 1pm at NYPL – Countee Cullen Library located at 104 West 136th St, New York, NY 10030. Please join us as - we are seeking volunteers to assist with the Scholarship Ball.

All the best,
Sandra Michele Echols, President 2016-2018


Upcoming Meetings

Saturday September 16, 2017 11am – 1:00pm
NYPL – Countee Cullen Library
104 W 136th St, New York, NY 10030
(212) 491-2070

Saturday December 9, 2017 11am – 1:00pm
Location: TBA


Please join: The New York Black Librarians’ Caucus, Inc. at our Scholarship Ball to support the Donna Hoke Scholarship for Librarians’, announcing the Andrew P. Jackson Scholarship for Support Staff and celebrate our Distinguish Author Book Awards to Javaka Steptoe and Kwan.

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Website last updated on: August 29 , 2017

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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