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Judith Altman Drescher

Judith Altman Drescher, American library director. Paul Harris fellow Rotary, Memphis, 2002; recipient Government Leader award University Illinois Young Women’s Christian Association, 1981, Communicator of Year award Public Relations Society of America, 1992, Humanitarian award National Conference of Christians and Jews, Memphis, 2003, Charlie Robinson award Public Library. Association, 2003; named Library. Council Library of the Year, 2002.

Background

  • Drescher, Judith Altman was born on July 6, 1946 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Joseph Grier and Sarah Margaret (Hewitt) Altman.

  • Education

    • AB, Grove City College, 1968. Master of Library Science, University Pittsburgh, 1971.

    Career

    • Teacher Hempfield School District, Greensburg, 1968—1971. Children's library Cincinnati Public Library., 1971—1972, branch manager, 1972—1974. Director Rolling Meadows Public Library., Illinois, 1974—1979, Champaign Public Library., 1979—1985.

      Director libraries Memphis Public Library and Information Center, 1985—2008. Tennessee delegate White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services Task Force, 1991-1992. Member Tennessee Secretary of State's Commission on Technology and Resource Sharing, 1991, 93, steering committee Tennessee Information and Infrastructure, 1994-1997, national advisory panel for assessment of role of school public libraries United States Department Education, 1995-1998.

    Membership

    Commission on 21st century Rhodes College, Memphis, 1986-1988, presidential advisory committee, 1992-2000. Active Leadership Memphis, since 1987, selection committee, 1992-1996. Active Memphis Arts Council, 1989-1994.

    Board directors Literacy Council, 1986-1991, Memphis National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1989-1993, Memphis Grants Information Center, 1992-1997, secretary, 1993-1995. Board directors Memphis Literacy Foundation, 1988-1992, vice president, 1989-1990. Board directors Goals for Memphis, 1988-1993, chair education committee, 1989-1991, chair nominating committee, 1992, leadership academy, since 1999.

    Board directors University Memphis Society, 1998-2004. Board member Community Services Agency, 2000-2005, finance committee, 2002, board directors, 2002-2005, vice president, 2003-2005. Executive advisory board Children's Museum, 1988-1994, executive advisory council University Memphis, 1989-1999.

    Allocations subcommittee United Way, 1989-1991, allocations committee Memphis Arts Council, 100 for the Arts, 1989-1991, Library. Self-study Committee University Memphis. President advisory council Lemoyne College.

    Search committee for dean libraries University Memphis, 1999-2001. Advisory committee Memphis Symphony Orchestra, since 2003. Vice president Tennshare, 2004-2005, president, 2005-2007.

    Board member, treasurer Mid South Reads, 2004-2006, member board governors, since 2006. Member of American Library Association (chairman intellectual freedom committee 1985-1987, member council 1992-1999, member nominating committee 2001-2002), Association Public Administrators (midsouth chapter, Administrator of Year 2002), Public Library. Association (vice president, president 1994-1995), Memphis Library.

    Council, Urban Libraries Council, Tennessee Library. Association, Rotary (board directors 1992-1994, secretary 1993-1994, chair membership development committee 1994-1995, board directors 2004-2006), Beta Phi Mu.

    Connections

    • Married Robert A. Drescher, August 10, 1968 (divorced 1980). Married David G. Lindstrom, January 10, 1981.
    • father: Joseph Grier Altman
    • mother: Sarah Margaret (Hewitt) Altman
    • spouses: Robert A. Drescher
    • David G. Lindstrom
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    Born July 6, 1946
    (age 70)
    Nationality
    • 1968
      Grove City College
    • 1971
      University Pittsburgh
    • 1968 - 1971
      Teacher, Hempfield School District
      Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1974 - 1979
      director, Rolling Meadows Public Library
      Illinois, United States
    • 1979 - 1985
      director, Rolling Meadows Public Library
    • 1985 - 2008
      director, libraries Memphis Public Library and Information Center