Carolyn Taylor Wilson

Carolyn Wilson

Title: Librarian (Retired)
Company: Lipscomb University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Carolyn Taylor Wilson, Retired Librarian at Lipscomb University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library sciences.

Amassing more than five decades of professional experience in the field of library science, Ms. Wilson was a venerated and versatile figure prior to her retirement from the industry in 2014. Most recently serving as the director of the Beaman Library at Lipscomb University from 1999 to 2014, she formerly held the role of acting director at the library in 1998. Prior to these positions, she was an assistant librarian at the United Methodist Publishing House from 1978 to 1980, a serials cataloger at Vanderbilt University Library from 1974 to 1977, and an English teacher at Fulton County Schools from 1957 to 1959.

Alongside her primary endeavors, Ms. Wilson served on the board of directors of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, was a representative in the Tennessee Advisory Council of Librarians with the Academy of Librarians, and was a project director with the Tennessee Humanities Council Grant. Likewise, she has been a project director of the Tennessee’s Literature Legacy with the Tennessee Humanities Council and a consultant and researcher in the field.

Equally passionate about her community, Ms. Wilson has served in a number of civic organizations, including with a summer grant for Growing Up Southern since 1996, the American Library Association Grant for The Frontier in American Culture since 1996, and as a volunteer coordinator and advisory board member with the Southern Festival of Books since 1990. Featured in “Second and Church” in 2013 and 2016, Ms. Wilson was previously a research assistant for the Handbook of Tennessee Labor History and a columnist for “21st Century Christian.” She has further been featured in numerous literary publications.

In an effort to remain aware of changes in the industry, Ms. Wilson has been affiliated with numerous organizations throughout her career, including as a secretary of the executive board of the Southeastern Library Association since 1997, on the board of directors of the Tennessee Writers Alliance since 1995, as president, vice president and awards chairman of the Women’s National Book Association since 1980, and on the board of directors of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society from 2002 to 2008. She additionally remains associated with the American Library Association, the Tennessee Historical Society and the Tennessee Library Association.

In recognition of her exceptional contributions to library sciences, Ms. Wilson has accrued a number of accolades throughout her career. Nominated for the Athena Award in 1992, 2011, and 2012, she was the recipient of the MIHOW Award from Women Mentoring Women in 2008 and the Frances Neel Cheney Award from the Tennessee Library Association in 1992. In addition, she won the International Honor Society Award from Beta Phi Mu in 1980 and the National Honor Society Award from Phi Alpha Theta in 1956.

Married to the late Larry Wilson, Ms. Wilson is the proud mother of two daughters and three grandchildren. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lipscomb University and a Master of Library Science from George Peabody College.

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