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Dissertation Information for James Vinson Carmichael Jr.

- James Vinson Carmichael Jr.

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) (1988)

- Edward G. Holley

- Haynes McMullen
- Lester E. Asheim
- Barbara B. Moran
- George B. Tindall

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Tommie Dora Barker and southern librarianship

Abstract: Tommie Dora Barker (1888-1978) was one of the pioneering leaders in southern librarianship during a long and varied career (1909- 1954). While she was Director of the Carnegie Library of Atlanta (1915-1930), the library grew in spite of financial hardships and lack of cooperation from the city's government. Barker opened the first Black branch in Atlanta in 1921, and effected a move of the Library School of the Carnegie Library of Atlanta from its old quarters in the library to Emory University in 1930.

From 1930 to 1936, under a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, she occupied the unique position of Regional Field Agent For the South for the American Library Association (ALA). Through her, southern librarians, who had remained largely outside the affairs of the ALA, became involved, and the ALA became aware of the political, economic, and social reasons behind the poor state of the South's libraries.

The third phase of Barker's career was devoted to library education. As Dean (1936-1948), later Director (1948-1954) of the Library School and the Division of Librarianship of Emory University, she upgraded the school's faculty and curriculum. The school began offering a Master's degree program in 1948. Her greatest legacy to southern librarians, besides her leadership role in the Southeastern Library Association, was the counsel and inspiration she gave to the graduates of the Atlanta school throughout her career. Modest about her achievements, she was twice nominated to national office in ALA, and twice defeated. Like most southern librarians of the era, she lacked name recognition in ALA. Far from being discouraged, she consistently represented the southern point of view through the difficult years of segregation and economic decline, as well as through the transitional phases of integration and budding prosperity. She thus served a vital role as liaison between southern separatist librarians and ALA.

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