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Barbara S. Darden, American library director. Recipient Phillips award Kent State University, 1970.


Darden, Barbara S. was born on April 6, 1947 in Cleveland. Daughter of Curley and Cora (Chambliss) Brown.


Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University, 1967. Master of Science in Educational Media, Kent State University, 1971. Master of Library Science, Kent State University, 1971.

Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, 2002.


Administrative supervisor Cleveland Public Schools, 1968-1970. Library Cuyahoga Community College, 1972-1975, coordinator, 1975-1977, interim director, 1977-1978, assistant dean, 1978-1980, director, 1980-1984. Director library Kean College, Union, New Jersey, since 1984.

Consultant Dembsy Associates, Boston, 1967-1981. Editorial consultant Max Public Company, New York City, 1967-1981. Consultant reader United States Office Education, Washington, 1979-1980.

Editorial consultant Jossey-Bass Public Company, 1979.



Board directors New Jersey Advisory Board on Status of Women, 1988, Africana Studies, 1988. Member New Jersey State Library. Advisory Board; board directors New Jersey Educational Activities Task Force Library.

Committee; Member American Library Association (chairman pay equity committee 1996, chair LAMA-COLA 1999), Higher Education Representatives, New Jersey Academy Library. Network (chairman 1987, board directors since 1995), Council New Jersey Libraries (press since 1987), New Jersey Library. Association, Oral History Society, New Jersey History Society, Library.

Administration Management Association (chair 1997-1999, board directors 1999), Council New Jersey College and University Library. Directors (president since 1999), Junior League (Cleveland vice chairman 1981, 83), Concerned Parents Club (president 1984), Women's City Club (advisory board since 1997).


  • Other Interests

    Music, reading.


Married Joseph S. Darden. Children: Michelle, Crystal.

Curley Brown

Cora (Chambliss) Brown

Joseph S. Darden

Michelle Darden

Crystal Darden