The institution ensures an adequate number of professional and other staff with appropriate education or experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources to accomplish the mission of the institution.




    Compliance     Non-Compliance     Partial Compliance




North Carolina A&T State University employs a sufficient number of faculty and staff, with appropriate library and related education and experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources to accomplish its mission.  The university accomplishes this by attracting, hiring, developing and retaining qualified personnel for the library as guided by its mission, and by following the standards of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).


The ACRL standard for academic librarians is given in its Statement on the Certification and Licensing of Academic Librarians, which reads


The Association of College and Research Libraries has affirmed that the master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from an international institution with a formal accreditation process identified by ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office is the appropriate terminal professional degree for academic librarians.


All of the professional librarians at N.C. A&T meet the minimum educational requirements as defined by ACRL, since all have earned the master’s degree from a library science, or information science program, at an institution accredited by ALA. The university currently employs fourteen highly qualified and experienced faculty librarians at the campus in order to provide its community with access to a comprehensive range of library resources, services, and facilities. Table 11.2-i shows that the size of the university’s library team compares fairly well with that of our UNC peer institutions.  And, Table 11.2-ii lists the institution’s library team, with links to their vitae.



Table 11.2-i: Bluford Library Personnel Compared with UNC Peer Institutions




Other Support Staff


Ratio Students: Librarians

N.C. A&T





UNC Greensboro





UNC Wilmington





East Carolina University






Table 11.2-ii: Bluford Library Librarians with Links to Vitae


Library Personnel

Highest Qualification

Faculty Status

Stephen Bollinger

M.S.I., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Associate Professor

Arneice Bowen

M.L.S., North Carolina Central University

Associate Professor

Joanie Chavis

M.L.I.S., Louisiana State University

Associate Professor

Vicki Coleman

M.I.L.S., The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Professor and Dean

Netta Cox

M.L.S., Catholic University

Associate Professor


Forrest Foster

M.L.S., North Carolina Central University

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean

Harvey Long

M.L.I.S., iSchool University of Wisconsin-Madison


Assistant Professor

Elsie ‘Francene’ Moore

M.L.S., North Carolina Central University

Assistant Professor

David Rachlin

M.L.I.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Assistant Professor

Franklin Robinson

M.L.I.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Assistant Professor

Tiffany Russell

M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Associate Professor

Kate Silton

M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Professor

Iyanna Sims

M.L.S., Clark Atlanta University

Associate Professor

Octavious Spruill

M.L.S., North Carolina Central University

Associate Professor

James R. Stewart

M.L.I.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Assistant Professor

John Teleha

M.L.I.S., Kent State University

Associate Professor


The library is committed to adhering to the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education to ensure that all library employees are able to contribute to the best practices for today’s academic library environment. As a result, the library maintains a sufficient quantity of personnel, and ensures that personnel have sufficient training, education and experience to support the delivery of resources and services for an institution of higher education at the level of a research institution. Library Services’ commitment to recruiting and developing qualified library staff in a quantity sufficient to accomplish the mission of the university is also evidenced by the inclusion of the library’s strategic initiative to: “Invest in developing and recruiting staff to provide new skills in support of evolving university needs” (Goal 1: 1.4 of the Bluford Library’s Strategic Plan).


All faculty librarians are provided with opportunities to participate in continuing education and ongoing professional development through professional conferences, webinars and training events.  Library Services expended $20,546 during the 2017-2018 academic year on travel for professional development and conferences, and $22,964 in 2016-17 and $14,853 in 2019-2020.  One or more librarians attended the regional and national conferences listed below:


         Agriculture Network Information Center Annual Meeting, 2017

         American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, 2017-18

         American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference, 2017

         American Society for Engineering Education – 2017-18

         Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual - 2018

         Association for Recorded Sound Collections Annual Conference - 2018

         Carolina Consortium Annual Meeting – 2017-18

         Elsevier Scopus Certification Program for Librarians - 2018

         Empirical Librarians Conference – 2017-18

         Greensboro Bound: Greensboro Literary Festival - 2018

         National Conference of African American Librarians - 2017

         NC A&T-Center for Leadership & Organizational Excellence, Executive Leadership Development Program – 2016-18

         NC LIVE Annual Conference – 2017-18

         North Carolina Serials Conference – 2017-18

         Triad Area Library Association – 2017-18

         University Librarians Advisory Council – 2017-19

         LYRASIS Regional Leadership Summit – 2019

         North Carolina Library Association Workshops or Conference – 2017-19

         Scholarly Communication Symposium – 2019

         American Institute of Physics, Workshop on Scientific Archives - 2019


Non-Professional Staff


As of July 2020, the university library employs twenty-three support staff members. These figures do not include vacancies that are being advertised and/or screened. Other library staff include four temporary employees who work on an as-needed basis and 2.0 FTE work study student workers, who are employed during the fall and spring semester to work at the library’s service desk. The support staff, who work primarily in the library support positions, are listed below:


         Administrative Support Associate – 1

         Administrative Support Specialist - 1

         Executive Assistant - 1

         Technology Support Analyst - 1

         University Library Specialist – 1

         University Program Specialist—1

         University Library Technician - 17


The support staff are well qualified to perform their responsibilities. The quality and quantity of staff allows the library to meet the programmatic and service needs of the university, especially its students and faculty. 


Training and Workshop Opportunities


Together with opportunities to attend off-campus meetings and workshops, all library staff, librarians and non-professional staff, are encouraged and enabled to take advantage of opportunities for training that are designed to increase employee knowledge, skills and proficiency. Library staff participate in in-house workshops and training events offered by the university’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence (CLOE), as well as workshops offered by various regional library organizations. Below is a sampling of training activities in which library staff participated during the past two years:


Regional Workshops:

         North Carolina Library Association - Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns: Ask the Professionals

         Triad Area Library Association – Annual Paraprofessional Conference

         Triad NC LIVE Regional Workshops: Leadership and Resource Training

N.C. A&T Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence (CLOE):

         Interviewer/hiring committee EEOI training, NCAT HR, December, 2017

         Institutional Review Board certification refresh, 2018

         Title IX Training – Preventing discrimination and sexual violence – 2019

         Stress management

         Safety in the workplace


Library Services Workshops:

         Assessing and tracking faculty research impact

         Best practices for reporting technical issues with public and student computers

         Converting audio and video to digital format

         Introduction to LibGuides v2

         Laptop Boot Camp

         LibGuide Improvement Project Kick-off

         Microsoft Office 365

         Scholarly Communication Services @ Bluford Library

         Using Cloud Services and the Library’s Shared Drives to Keep your Work Safe

         VPN 101: How to be On-campus, Anywhere in the World

The university has sufficiently large and very qualified staff to support its teaching, learning, research, and service activities of the university. Therefore, North Carolina A&T State University is in compliance with the standard. The university provides a sufficient number of faculty and staff, with appropriate library education and professional experiences to accomplish its mission.




1.      Bluford Library’s Strategic Plan

2.      Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

3.      American Library Association