Title: General Library Program Director
Company: United States Department of the Army
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Nellie B. Strickland, General Library Program Director at U.S. Department of Army, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library administration.
Now retired after more than 40 years of excellence in his field, Ms. Strickland had found much success as the director of the general library program for the United States Department of the Army in Washington, D.C. between 1974 and 1994. Prior to his appointment, she was active as the director of the library program for the U.S. Army Pacific from 1973 to 1974. She previously excelled in a number of library posts with the U.S. Army, including as a field librarian in Japan from 1957 to 1959, an area librarian in Europe from 1960 to 1966, a staff librarian for the Southern Command from 1966 to 1967, an area librarian in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, a chief librarian at Fort Benning in Georgia from 1970 to 1971, and a staff librarian in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. Ms. Strickland began her career as a reference librarian at Murray State College in 1954 before accepting a position as an assistant librarian for the United States Department of the Army in Fort Stewart, Georgia from 1955 to 1956.
Ms. Strickland initially pursued an education at Murray State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1954. She later concluded her studies at George Peabody College for Teachers, from which she graduated with a Master of Library Science in 1971. Following her retirement from full-time professional activity, she has volunteered with libraries for various schools within the Alexandria Public School System between 1997 and 2006. Ms. Strickland has been additionally affiliated with the American Library Association, Kappa Delta Phi, and Alpha Sigma Alpha.
In recognition of her exemplary professional efforts, Ms. Strickland has been presented with the Outstanding Performance Award from Fort Benning, Georgia in 1970, a grant from the United States Department of the Army in 1971, and the Order of the White Plume Award. Receiving an Achievement Citation from the U.S. Army in 1982 and 1994, she was honored with a Decoration for Exceptional Civil Service from the United States Department of the Army in 1994 as well. Moreover, Ms. Strickland accepted the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Veterans Education Association in 1999.
Hailing from a family of educators, Ms. Strickland was drawn to library science during her undergraduate coursework as well as her desire to travel. She is incredibly proud to have established an international library and working around the globe, especially her fourth term in Vietnam in which she was able to scout locations for libraries on the Cambodian border and prove herself as an independent and self-sufficient professional in light of the lack of resources available at the time. She was notably mentored by Liz Schwartz, a staff librarian in France who helped foster her sensibilities and acumen in the field. Looking toward the future, Ms. Strickland hopes to continue cementing her legacy as an accomplished librarian while enjoying her well-deserved retirement.
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