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Elonnie Junius Josey Edit Profile

also known as E.J. Josey

educator , Librarian , state administrator

Elonnie Junius Josey, American Librarian, educator, former state administrator.


Josey, Elonnie Junius was born on January 20, 1924 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Son of Willie and Frances (Bailey) Josey.


AB, Howard University, 1949. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1950. Master of Library Science, State University of New York, Albany, 1953.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Shaw University, 1973. DPS, University Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1987. HHD, North Carolina Center University, 1989.

Doctor of Letters, Clark Atlanta University, 1995. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2001.


Desk assistant, Columbia University Libraries, 1950-1952; library technical assistant central branch, New York Public Library., New York City, 1952; library I, Free Library., Philadelphia, 1953-1954; instructor social science, Savannah State College, 1954-1955; library, associate professor, Savannah State College, 1959-1966; library, assistant professor, Delaware State College, 1955-1959; associate division library development, New York State Education Department, Albany, 1966-1968; chief, Bureau Academy and Research Libraries, 1968-1976; chief, Bureau Specialist Library. Superior vena cava syndrome, 1976-1986; professor, U. Pittsburgh School Library. and Information Sciences, 1986-1995; professor emeritus, U. Pittsburgh School Library. and Information Sciences, since 1995. Member board advisors Children's Book Review Service, Brooklyn, since 1972.



Member Albany Interracial Council, 1972-1986. Member Executive Board Savannah (Georgia) branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1960-1966. State youth advisor Georgia Conference, 1962-1966.

Member Executive Board Albany branch, 1968-1986, treasurer, 1970-1972, 1st vice president, 1981-1982, president, 1982-1986, life member, since 1971, chairman program committee, 1972-1976, also trustee. Member technical task force Economics Opportunity Authority of Savannah, 1964-1966. Board directors Correta Scott King Award.

Trustee Minority Edition and Development Agency, Central Islip, New York, 1973. Board of managers Savannah Public Library, 1962-1966. Member of advisory council School Library Science, North Carolina Central U., School Library and Information Science, State University of New York-Albany, School Library and Information Science, Queen's College, CUNY.

Member Executive Board Albany County Opportunity Authority. Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Active Freedom to Read Foundation Board,1987-1991.

Member American Library Association (John Cotton Dana award 1962, 64, founder, chairman Black Caucus 1970-1971, member county since 1970, Executive Board 1979-1986, vice president/president-elect 1983-1984, president 1984-1985, member Freedom to Read Foundation Board since 1987, Black Caucus award 1979, American Library Association Equality award 1991, Black Caucus of American Library Association Demco award for distinguished service to librarianship 1994, American Library Association Washington Office award since 1996, Humphrey/Online Computer Library Center/Forest Press award for contributions to international librarianship 1998), American Association of University Professors, American Civil Liberties Union, Pennsylvania Library. Association (Distinguished Svc. award 1996), Association Study Afro-American Life and History, American Academy Political and SocialSci., New York Library. Association (Distinguished Svc. award 1985), Freedom to Read Foundation, New York Library.

Club, International Platform Association, American Society Information Sciences, Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Phi Kappa, Sigma Pi Phi.


Married Dorothy Johnson, September 11, 1954 (divorced December 1961). 1 daughter, Elaine Jacqueline.

Willie Josey

Frances (Bailey) Josey

Dorothy Johnson