Bachelor, Jackson State University, Mississippi. Educational Specialist, Jackson State University, Mississippi. Master of Library Science, University Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Pittsburgh, 1989.
Instructor, library science, assistant library, humanities library Jackson State University, 1974—1987, acting dean, libraries, associate professor, library science, 1989—1991, director, libraries, professor, library science, 1991—2001, library emeritus, professor, education, since 2002. Member Faxon Subscription Services Client Advisory Boarf, Boston, University Michigan, School Library. Science Scholarship and Awards Committee, 1973—1974, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Steering Committee, 2000—2001.
Summer intern Fund Improvement Post-Secondary Education, Atlanta, 1985—1988. President School Library and Information Science Doctoral Guild, Pittsburgh, 1988—1989, American Library Association Chapter, Pittsburgh, 1988—1989. Liaison to affiliates American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable, 1988.
Chair American Society Information Science Information Analysis and Evaluation, 1990—1991, Mississippi Library. Directors Council, 1990—1998. Representative, 2nd congressional district Mississippi Center Books Board Directors, 2000—2002.
Member Jackson Public Schools, Parent-Teacher-Student Association, 1982—1994, executive board member, 1991—1994, chairman, Bond Oversight Committee, 1992—1997. Trustee Jackson Hinds Public Library., 1985—1987. Executive secretary Jackson Hinds Library.
Trustee Board, 1986—1987. Life member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Mississippi, 1980. Member of American Library Association, Library.
Deans Council (president), Mississippi Library. Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
1 child Nicol K. Hemphill.