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Aisha Johnson

About

As a graduate student, Johnson investigated diversity needs in the field of Library and Information Science, which sparked her commitment to improve the field’s diversity needs and conditions of HBCU archives. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Information Studies at Florida State University, where she examines southern public library history within African-American history. Her dissertation Access Denied: The Negro Struggle for Library Equality explores the contributions of the Julius Rosenwald Fund to the development of libraries in the South. In 2011, Johnson’s article, “Service to African Americans,” in The American Public Library Handbook emphasized the African-American struggle to access the library structure and the collections. She has presented at several national conferences, including the National Rosenwald School Conference, Society of American Archivists and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History concerning the challenges HBCU archives and special collections face in this constantly evolving information age. In addition, she has taught diverse courses including African-American Studies, Management of Information Organizations, Management of Information Collections and Assessing Information Needs.

Research

Current Research Interests
African-American History
Archival Studies
Julius Rosenwald Library Fund
Library and Information Science
Preservation

Publications

  1. Johnson, A. (2011). “Service to African Americans” in The American Public Library Handbook, Guy Marco (Ed.). Goleta, CA: ABC-CLIO (Libraries Unlimited).

  2. Johnson, A. (accepted). “Ruby Berkley Goodwin” in Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era, Lean’tin L. Bracks and Jessie Carney Smith (Eds.). Scarecrow Press.

  3. Johnson, A. (accepted). “Lillian Lewis Tucker” in Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era, Lean’tin L. Bracks and Jessie Carney Smith (Eds.). Scarecrow Press

Aisha Johnson
Special Collections Librarian
Special Collections and Archives

Education
BS in Political Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee. FL
MLIS in Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee. FL

Contact
John Hope and Aurelia Elizabeth Franklin Library
1000 17th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37208
Office: 615.329.8646