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David Foster Clapp

David Foster Clapp, American librarian. Recipient Outstanding Public Service award Friends Chicago Public Library., 1987; Josie B. Houchens fellow University Illinois, 1979.


  • Clapp, David Foster was born on July 17, 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of Merwin Bailey and Katherine Lorraine (Aderholt) Clapp.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Classical Languages, Tulane University, 1975. Master of Science in Liberal Studies, University Illinois, 1980. Certified advanced study in information management, University Chicago, 1987.


    • Assistant manager Kroch's & Brentano's Bookstore, Chicago, 1976-1979. Library I acquisitions department Chicago Public Library., 1980-1982, library II, 1st assistant Walker branch, 1982-1983, library II, head Clearing branch, 1983-1984, library III, head Rogers Park branch, 1984-1989. Assistant director for extension services Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library., 1989—2002, director, since 2002.


    Member American Library Association, Public Library. Association, Library. Administration and Management Association, Tennessee Library.

    Association (executive board 1991-1992), Chattanooga Area Library. Association (president 1991-1992), Mensa, Beta Phi Mu, Kiwanis of Chattanooga (vice president 2009-2010), RE:Strategic Arms Reduction Talks - The Center Adult Education (board member).



    Genealogy, history, development and philosophy of religions, ancient history.


    • Married Sara Louise Stephan, September 18, 1982.
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    Born July 17, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1975
      Tulane University
    • 1980
      University Illinois
    • 1987
      University Chicago
    • 1976 - 1979
      Assistant, manager Kroch's & Brentano's Bookstore
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1980 - 1982
      library I acquisitions department Chicago Public Library
    • 1983 - 1984
      library I acquisitions department Chicago Public Library
    • 1984 - 1989
      library I acquisitions department Chicago Public Library
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