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
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.