The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Should Be Proud of Main Library Naming

Alexia Hudson-Ward, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries

February 8, 2019

To the Editors: Mary Church Terrell (OC ’1884, MA 1888, HON 1948) was one of the first black women to earn a four year degree in the United States. Typifying how “one person can change the world,” she became a prominent suffragette, educator, and civil rights leader, serving as a founding charter member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and National Association of Colored Women. Both of these organizations remain at the vanguard of social justice and civil rights efforts in America. Mary also believed in the transformative power of academic libraries for democratized learning and informal dialogue. Consequently, she gifted the NAACP’s magazine, The Crisis, to several academic...

Oberlin Selects New Director of Libraries

April 1, 2016

Oberlin will officially welcome Alexia Hudson-Ward as the new Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries on July 1, but she has already received warm greetings from students, faculty and staff. “Ms. Hudson-Ward’s vision for the college library system, broad professional experience and enthusiasm were unmatched in a very competitive pool of candidates,” Associate Dean Pablo Mitchell, chair of the library director search committee, wrote in an email to the Review. “As library director, she is g...

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