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Gleniece Robinson

Gleniece Robinson

Gleniece graduated from Foley High School in 1967 and was one of two African Americas to integrate the all-white school. But something amazing happened at Foley High: Gleniece took a half-credit library science class and worked in the school library, thus the magic! She fell in love with libraries and decided that would be her profession, earning a master's with a focus on academic libraries.  But after working for the Dallas Public Library for three years, she knew that public libraries were the place for her. Therefore she returned to Michigan to earn her PhD with a concentrated focus on public libraries. The rest is history. She has spent 40 years in a profession that she didn’t necessarily choose but a profession that chose her. During this time she did a short stint at the Library of Congress, earned archival administration certifications from both the Georgia State Archives/Emory University and the National Archives/the American University and traveled to Cape Town, South Africa (1 of 10 persons from the United States) to join librarians from 30 other countries to attend the Global Libraries Conference sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She earned a BS from Alabama State University and, of course, both a master's and doctorate degree from the University of Michigan. She has spent her professional life primarily at the Dallas and Fort Worth Public Libraries.

She chose not to become active in a large number of professional organizations but rather to focus her attention to assure good quality work. Therefore she has been very active in her state library association, the Texas Library Association TLA), becoming the first African American to serve as president. TLA is the largest state library association in the country. Additionally she is still active in her participation and involvement with the Urban Libraries Council.

Though not active in a number of professional organizations, she has devoted her time to her local community through the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, Read Fort Worth, Union Gospel Mission, Tarrant County Food Bank and the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Association (TCHBGS).

Her work has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions such as Great Women of Texas (Fort Worth Business Press), 6th Lifetime Achievement (Texas Library Association), Bold Woman (Girls Inc), Woman of Action (Girl Scouts of Texas & Oklahoma Plains), and Distinguished Service (TCHBGS), to name just a few!