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Barbara Jean Ford, American librarian, educator. Celia M. Howard fellow Tufts University, 1969; senior fellow University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School Library and Information Science, 1993.


Ford, Barbara Jean was born on December 5, 1946 in Dixon, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor magna cum laude with honors, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1968. Master of Arts in International Relations, Tufts University, 1969. Master of Science in Library.

Science, University Illinois, 1973.


Director Soybean Insect Research Information Center Illinois Natural History Survey, Urbana, 1973-1975. From assistant to associate professor University Illinois, Chicago, 1975-1984, assistant documents library, 1975-1979, documents library, department head, 1979-1984, acting audiovisual library, 1983-1984. Assistant director public services Trinity University, San Antonio, 1984-1986, associate professor, associate director, 1986-1991, acting director libraries, 1989, 91.

Professor, director university library services Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 1991-1998. Assistant commissioner Chicago Public Library., 1998—2002. Director, distinguished professor Mortenson Center International Library.

Programs, University Illinois, Urbana, since 2003. Women's re-entry advisory board University Illinois, Chicago, 1980-1982, student affairs committee, 1978-1980, student admissions, records, college relations committee, 1981-1984, university senate, 1976-1978, 82-84, chancellor's library council services committee 1984, campus lecturers committee 1982-1983. Admissions interviewer for prospective students Trinity University, 1987-1991, reader for international affairs theses, 1985-1991, library self-study committee, 1985-1986, international affairs committee, 1986-1991, inter-American studies committee, 1986-1991, faculty senate, 1987-1990.

Library working group United States/Mexico Commission Cultural Cooperative, 1990. Presenter in field.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors Friends of San Antonio Public Library., 1989-1991. Advisory committee chair Office for Library. Personnel Resources, 1994-1995.

Steering committee Virtual Library. Virginia, 1994-1998, chair user services committee, 1995-1996. Member American Library Association (conference program committee 1985-1991, library education assembly 1983-1984, membership committee 1978-1979, status of women in librarianship committee 1983-1985, exec board, 1996-1999, Lippincott Award Jury 1979-1980, Shirley Olofson Memorial award 1977), American Library Association Council (at-large councilor 1985-1989, chapter councilor Illinois Library.

Association 1980-1984, committee on committees 1987-1988, special council orientation committee 1982-1983, American Library Association executive board, 1996-1999, president- elect 1996-1997, president 1997-1998, Forest Press award 2008), Association College and Research Libraries (board directors 1989-1992, president-elect 1989-1990, president 1990-1991, publications committee 1990-1991, conference program planning 1990-1991), National Association State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (commission information technical 1992-1994), International Federation Library. Associations and Institutions (secretary official publications section, general information committee 1985 conference, moderator Latin American seminar on official publications 1991, university and other research libraries section standing committee 1999-2007, governing board 2005-2009), Special Libraries Association (program committee 1976-1977, 80-82, publicity committee 1977-1979, chair 1978-1979, chair special projects committee 1981-1982, secretary/treasurer division social science international affairs section 1984-1986), Library Association Information Science Education (chair local arrangements conference planning committee 1988, 92), Illinois Library. Association (chair election committee 1976-1977, executive board 1978-1979, 80-84, board government documents round table 1976-1979, chair 1978-1979, long range planning committee 1980-1984), Texas Library.

Association (publications committee 1985-1987, legislation committee 1986-1987, judge best of exhibits award 1987, task force Amigos Fellowship 1990, delegate conference on libraries and information services, 1991), Virginia Library. Association (ad hoc. committee distance learning 1992), Virginia State Library. and Archives (Virginia library and information services task force 1991-1993, steering committee Arbuthnot lecture 1992-1993, cooperative continuing education advisory committee 1992-1994), VIVA (steering committee 1994-1998), Chicago Library. Club (Second vice president 1983-1984), Richmond Academy Library.

Consortium (vice president 1991-1992, president 1992-1993), Beta Phi Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi, CHinese American Library. Association (President award 2009).