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Delma-Jane Heck Batton Edit Profile


Delma-Jane Heck Batton, American librarian.


Batton, Delma-Jane Heck was born on December 10, 1915 in Tampa, Florida, United States. Daughter of William Claude and Myfanwy (James) Heck.


Student, New Jersey State Teachers College, 1936. Student, College of William and Mary, 1938. Student, University Pennsylvania, 1946.

Bachelor of Science in Library Science, University Illinois, 1950. Postgraduate, University Illinois, 1951.


Assistant Princeton (New Jersey) Public Library, 1930-1932. Librarian State Home for Girls, Trenton, New Jersey, 1934-1935. Assistant acquisitions and circulation Princeton University Library, 1935-1937.

Assistant children's and adult sections Free Library of Philadelphia, 1938-1943. Assistant librarian United States Naval Hospital Library, Philadelphia, 1943-1946. Order librarian Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, 1946-1948.

Catalog assistant University Illinois Library, 1948-1951. Field consultant State Library Commission, Dover, Delaware, 1961-1968, acting state librarian, 1964-1965, 67-68. Director Dover Public Library, since 1968.

Member State Advisory Council on Right to Read, 1973-1979. Member American Library Association/American Book Council Advisory Committee Children's Reading, 1980-1982.


Educational representative Delaware Association Retarded Children, 1963-1964. President Parents-Friends Association of Dover Day Care Center for Retarded, 1964-1967. Member American Library Association (advisory committee good reading project), Delaware Library Association (editor Bulletin 1965-1966, 72-74, president 1969-1970, president public library division 1970-1973), National Education Association, League of Women Voters (executive committee 1984-1986), American Association of University Women, Storytellers League (president since 1974) Clubs: Soroptimist of Dover (secretary 1973-1974, president 1978-1979), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (treasurer Colonel Haslet chapter 1979– State librarian 1983-1986).


Married James Harold Batton, July 21, 1951. Children– David Jeffrey, Nancy Janine, Thomas William.

William Claude Heck

Myfanwy (James) Heck

James Harold Batton

David Jeffrey Batton

Nancy Janine Batton

Thomas William Batton