About us BCALA's Mission, Vision and Values

  • About us

    BCALA's purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the American Library Association actions on the needs of Black librarians which will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions; and to provide information on qualifications of Black librarians.

our history BCALA History from its founding to the present day

  • History

    In 1969, E.J. Josey was appointed to the American Library Association Nominating Committee. Josey encouraged black librarians to come together at the ALA 1970 Midwinter meeting in an effort to find socially responsible black and white candidates for the 1971 ALA Council. At the meeting it was decided that ALA was not serving the needs of black library professionals and a Black Caucus was formed to address concerns. E.J. Josey was elected chairman of the Black Caucus and the first two goals of the organization were to present a formal Statement of Concern to the ALA and to submit a resolution to the ALA Council that would censure libraries and librarians providing materials and services to private segregated schools that were formed in order to avoid integration.


    In 1992 the Black Caucus became formally affiliated with ALA and a scholarship fund named after E.J. Josey was created to provide African Americans with financial assistance for the persuit of a graduate level library and information studies degree. This year also marked the first National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL). In 1995 the group celebrated its 25th anniversary and revised its mission statement to read as it currently does today.


    BCALA Mission: The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

  • Past Presidents

    E.J. Josey, 1970-1971

    William D. Cunningham, 1971-1973

    James R. Wright, 1973-1974

    Harry Robinson, Jr., 1974-1976

    Avery Williams, 1976-1978

    Dr. George C. Grant, 1978-1980

    Doreitha R. Madden, 1980-1982

    Robert L. Wright, 1982-1984

    Barbara Williams Jenkins, 1984-1986

    Marva L. DeLoach, 1986-1988

    Edith M. Fisher, 1988-1990

    John C. Tyson, 1990-1992

    D. Alex Boyd, 1992-1994

    Stanton F. Biddle, 1994-1996

    Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, 1996-1998

    Gregory Reese, 1998-2000

    Gladys Smiley Bell, 2000-2002

    Bobby Player, 2002-2004

    Andrew P. Jackson, (Sekou Molefi Baako) 2004-2006

    Wanda Brown, 2006-2008

    Karolyn S. Thompson, 2008-2010

    Jos N. Holman, 2010-2012 

    Jerome Offord, Jr, 2012-2014

    Kelvin A. Watson, 2014-2016

job opportunities The BCALA Career Center

  • Coming Soon: A new way to post, search and secure job opportunities for library professionals...

    As part of our new Internet presence, BCALA is launching an improved job posting, searching and application solution:

    • Employers can post job opportunities and search resumes
    • Job seekers can post resumes and browse opportunities by category
    • Full calendaring and scheduling capabilities
    • No cost to job seekers to post resumes
    • Affordable and easy to use solution for employers

    To find out more or to register for notification of the official launch of the Job search tool, please use our Contact Us form.

the highest level of professionalism BCALA Executive Leadership and Board Members

  • Kelvin A. Watson

    Kelvin A. Watson

    Kelvin A. Watson is the President of BCALA

  • Denyvetta Davis

    Denyvetta Davis, President-Elect 2014 - 2016

  • kYmberly Keeton

    kYmberly Keeton

    kYmberley Keeton is a 2014 - 2016 National Secretary of BCALA

  • Jerome Offord, Jr.

    Jerome Offord, Jr.

    Jerome Offord, Jr. is the past President of BCALA