Name: Glenda Alvin
Title: Assistant Director for Collection Management and Administration
Organization: Brown-Daniel Library, Tennessee State University
Address: 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Born and lived: Landstuhl, Germany; Air Force family: California, Mississippi, District of Columbia, Okinawa, Ohio, IL
Early Life: East St. Louis Senior High School, Kent State Univ. (BA), Atlanta University (MSLS), U of South FL (MA)
Professional Career and Activities: Youth Specialist and Fine Arts Librarian, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian positions at the St. Petersburg Jr. College, University of Central Arkansas, The College of New Jersey and Tennessee State University
Family: Mother (Mildred), Sister (Bettie), Brother(John), Nephews (Jay and Andrew)
In My Spare Time: I make bed quilts and wall hangings from African, Asian and novelty theme fabrics. I am also manage my church’s bookstore and I coordinate the book club.
Favorite Books: The Woman’s Study Bible (Nelson), Jubilee (Margaret Walker), Third Life of Grange Copeland (Alice Walker), The Hand I Fan With (Tina McElroy Ansa), Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks(Rebecca Skloot), the Yada Yada Prayer Group Series (Neta Jackson) , and The Daniel Fast (Susan Gregory). I collect books and magazines on African American quilting and quilters, which I have put in LibraryThing.
Pet Peeves: selfishness, telemarketers
Philosophy: treat people the way I want to be treated
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Editing the RFP for our ILS system
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years From Now: To have a home with a large of enough space for a separate quilting studio and dining room.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I see less print books and periodicals in libraries and public life. I see a the coming of a more online access environment with fewer library staff.
ATG: Tell us about your job at Tennessee State.
GA: I wear two hats: I am Head of Acquisitions and Serials as well as the Assistant Director. Our department purchases everything from office supplies to databases.
ATG: How many people work in your department?
GA: Cataloging (3), Acquisitions and Serials (6)
ATG: What is your materials budget?
GA: Capital outlay from state budget: $1,464,000; I supervise and additional $500,000 spent from Title III accounts for databases and periodicals.
ATG: Are you buying books and journals?
GA: Yes, both print and electronic
ATG: Are you buying eBooks? If so in packages or individually?
ATG: Who’s your favorite author?
GA: I don’t have one
ATG: Anything else you want to add?
GA: I am a member of ACRL: Editorial Board of CHOICE and African American Studies Section; I am also an active member of the Black Caucus of ALA, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Zuri Quilting Circle