Title: Associate Professor Emerita
Company: The University of Alabama
Location: Northport, Alabama, United States
Annabel Stephens, Associate Professor Emerita at The University of Alabama, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in communication and information sciences education.
Public libraries provide great benefits to individuals and communities. As a professional librarian and as a professor, Dr. Stephens has had the privilege of both helping people use public libraries and preparing future librarians to make incredible differences in the lives of individuals and communities. As a profession, librarians continue to offer worlds of information and knowledge that should be available to all. She has been with the faculty at The University of Alabama since 1984, when she originally joined as a part-time instructor. Through the years, Dr. Stephens garnered a bigger standing within the community, becoming an Assistant Professor in 1985 and an Associate Professor in 1995. She earned the honored Associate Professor Emerita title upon her retirement from the institution in 2007.
With an early love of education, Dr. Stephens first earned a Bachelor of Arts at the Mississippi University for Women in 1968. She continued learning at Vanderbilt University, receiving an MLS in 1970. Always committed to a life of education, she earned a DLS from Columbia University in 1988. She launched her career as a children’s librarian with the Muscle Shoals Regional Library and then ventured to the Memphis Public Library in the 1970’s, where she served as librarian of two different branch libraries. From 1982 to 1983, she was the director of the Jennie Stephens Smith Public Library in Mississippi. After this position, she began her career in academia. She has received honors for her work in library sciences and academia such as the Beta Phi Mu Award for Distinguished Service in Library Education from the American Library Association, induction into her college’s Hall of Fame, and the Humanitarian and Eminent Librarian Awards from the Alabama Library Association, which also gave her a lifetime achievement award. She maintains membership with the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, and the Alabama Library Association.
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