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Martha J. Sims

Martha J. Sims, American library director.


  • Sims, Martha J. was born on October 29, 1946 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in English, Mary Baldwin College, 1968. Master of Science in Library. Science, University North Carolina, 1969.

      Master of Business Administration in Public Administration, Old Dominion University, 1979.


    • Reference assistant University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1968-1969. Library art and music department Richmond Public Library., 1969-1971. Branch library Virginia Beach Public Library., 1971-1974, assistant director, 1974-1976, director, since 1976.

      Member advisory board New Virginia Review, 1976-1980.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Board directors Virginia Beach Arts Center, 1971-1982, treasurer, 1974-1975. Member Virginia Beach Bicentennial Commission, 1975-1976, Junior League Norfolk, Virginia Beach, 1976-1982. Secretary Tidewater Area Library.

    Director's Council, 1984-1985. Board directors Boys Club Norfolk/Virginia Beach, 1986-1990, Literacy Action South Hampton Roads, since 1988, Virginia Center for the Book, since 1987, president since 1995, Virginia Literacy Foundation, since 1989. Member steering committee Virginia Beach Roundtable, 1988-1992.

    Census chairperson Mayor's Complete Count Committee 1990, 1989-1990. Lead agent region 12 literacy coordinator committee State Office Adult Literacy, 1989-1992. Trustee, secretary Virginia Beach Public Library.

    Endowment Foundation, since 1982. Member advisory board Tidewater Literacy Council, 1984-1990. Teacher Sunday school 1st Presbyterian Church, since 1988.

    Member steering committee Adult Literacy Lab, Adult Lng. Center Virginia Beach Public Schools, since 1989. Keel division leader United Way, 1991-1992.

    Board trustees Norfolk Academy, since 1991. Keel club chairperson United Way, Virginia Beach, 1992-1993. City chairman United Way, Virginia Beach, 1995.

    Member American Library Association, American Society Public Administrators, Southeastern Library. Association, Virginia Library. Association (secretary 1976-1978, legislation committee 1979-1985, local arrangements 1982 convention 1981-1982, chairman public library section 1982-1984, state library board liaison committee 1984-1988).


    • Married Hunter Sims; children: Hunter, Clara.
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    Born October 29, 1946
    (age 71)
    • 1968
      Mary Baldwin College
    • 1969
      University North Carolina
    • 1979
      Old Dominion University
    • 1968 - 1969
      Reference assistant, University North Carolina
      Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
    • 1969 - 1971
      library art and music department Richmond Public Library