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General Information

Name:  Barbara M Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



Illinois Connection

Jones works in Chicago. She was the Head of the Rare Book and Special Collections Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1996 to 2003.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barbara Jones has a rich background in library administration, scholarship and intellectual freedom advocacy. From 2003-2009 she was the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian and Deans’ Council Member at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She held previous library directorships at Union College, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), as well as administrative positions at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Minnesota Historical Society, New York University and Teachers College Library, Columbia University.She was named director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and its new executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, in 2009.

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