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James Henry Fish

James Henry Fish, American library director. Decorated Commendation medal; recipient Distinguished Service award Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 1979, Distinguished Alumni award Indiana University School Library and Information Science, 2006, SirsiDynix-American Library Association-Allied Professional Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library. Workers, 2006.


  • Fish, James Henry was born on February 21, 1947 in Leominster, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Danny Mack and Doris Grace (Harvey) Fish.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Massachusetts, 1968. Master of Library Science, Indiana University, 1971. Master of Business Administration, Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, 1980.


    • Director libraries Levi Heywood Memorial Library., Gardner, Massachusetts, 1971—1972. Director Leominster Public Library., 1972—1977, Robbins Library., Arlington, Massachusetts, 1977—1980, Springfield City Library., 1982—1990, Baltimore County Public Library., since 1996. State library Massachusetts State Library., Boston, 1980—1982.

      City library San Jose Public Library., 1990—1996. With United States Army, 1969-1971.


    • Author library reports and consultant projects community analysis, planning and evaluation.


    Board directors United Fund Leominster, 1974-1976, Visiting Nurses Association, Leominster, 1974-1976, Leominster chapter American Red Cross, 1975-1977, Santa Clara Valley Young Men’s Christian Association, 1991-1994. Chairman Leominster Bicentennial Committee, 1975-1976. Member American Library Association, Public Library.

    Association (new standards task force 1986-1987, advisory committee chairman public library data service, member conference progressive committee 1988-1990, 90-91, member nominating committee 1993, member common concerns committee 1994, member partners progressive 1994, member executive board 1998, member issues and concerns steering committee 1998), California Library. Association (member committee 1993-1996, conference planning committee 1994-1995, chair local arrangements committee 1994-1995), Urban Libraries Council (symposium planning committee chair 1998, steering committee 1994-1997, video training project 1994-1997, strategic directors committee, board directors Online Computer Library Center advisory committee public libraries 1998, vice chair, chair elect 2001), Beta Phi Museum.


    • father: Danny Mack Fish
    • mother: Doris Grace (Harvey) Fish
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    Born February 21, 1947
    (age 69)
    • 1968
      University Massachusetts
    • 1971
      Indiana University
    • 1980
      Anna Maria College
    • 1971 - 1972
      Director, libraries Levi Heywood Memorial Library
      Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1972 - 1977
      director, Leominster Public Library
    • 1977 - 1980
      director, Leominster Public Library
      Arlington, Virginia, United States
    • 1980 - 1982
      state library Massachusetts State Library
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1982 - 1990
      director, Leominster Public Library
    • 1990 - 1996
      city library San Jose Public Library
    • 1996
      director, Leominster Public Library
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