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Alvin Bailey Named Assistant Director of the Library

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Alvin Bailey, Assistant Director of the Library

Alvin Bailey has been named Assistant Director of the Library. Bailey has served as the Librarian for Grayson College for the last seven years. Prior to that, he spent 33 years as the Director of Library and Information Technology for the City of Denison.

“Alvin is what we call the Renaissance man of information,” says Director of Library Lisa Hebert. “Really, the staff are considering creating an ‘Ask Alvin’ app. Alvin has a servant's heart not just for his job, but for his community. He works consistently to make a difference in all people's lives.”

He holds two Master’s Degrees: one in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce and the other in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Texas in Austin. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Government from Wofford College.

Mr. Bailey has professional memberships with the American Library Association and the American Studies Association. He also served as the President for the National Librarian’s Association, President of the Public Library Administrators of North Texas and the Conference Program Chair for the Texas Library Association.

His community involvement is vast, ranging from the Sherman Community Players, Workforce Solutions Texoma and the Denison Rotary Club. Ever the one to promote reading, he is well known in his neighborhood for handing out books to children for Halloween.

“This new position recognizes the growing complexity and breadth of library services in the 21st-century educational infrastructure. The growing expansion of needs and services requires more planning and organization,” says Bailey. “The opportunity to help lead and direct the library staff in the best practices that promote student success energizes me. I look forward to improving and developing library services for the whole Viking community.”