Dr Mary K Chelton

A well-known and well-regarded advocate for young adult librarianship, Dr. Mary K. Chelton is a voice for all underserved library populations. A professor of library and information studies at Queens College, City College of New York, Dr. Chelton teaches courses in collection development, reader’s advisory, as well as the planning and delivery of public library services.  Dr. Chelton received both her MLS and PhD from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has taught library science courses at Queens, Rutgers and Emporia State University in Kansas.

Over the course of her career, Chelton has focused much of her publishing efforts on improving library services and user interaction for both adults and adolescents. She has produced articles for such publications as Library Journal, American Libraries, and School Library Journal. Her primary research focus is on marginalized or stigmatized library users and their relationship with the public library.

Dr. Chelton’s reputation in library services stems directly from distinguished career in the field. Over the years, she has worked in several highly esteemed libraries including the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in Hyattsville, Maryland, and the Virginia Beach Public Library in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Most recently, she served as the Coordinator of Library Programs for Adult and Young Adult Services at the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries in Rockville, Maryland.

Chelton has been recognized several times for her work. In 1994, she was given the Grolier Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by the American Library Association (ALA), an award that recognizes librarians whose “unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.” In 1995, she was honored as the Romance Writers of America’s Librarian of the Year. Then she was awarded by the ALA again in 1999, this time being named an Honoree for Intellectual Freedom.


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