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READING THE FUTURE: LIBRARIES, LITERACY & POLITICS
9:00-10:30 a.m.
at the
2005 Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference

Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako). Andrew Jackson has been Executive Director of Queens Borough Public Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center for almost 22 years. He is responsible for the overall budgeting and administration of the library as well as proposal writing for and coordinating its cultural arts program. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CUNY’s York College and a Master of Library Science from Queens College.

Jackson received his African name, Sekou Molefi Baakoi (Sekou [say-koo] "warrior," Molefi [mo-lef-ee] "he keeps tradition", and Baako [baa-ko] "first born"), in 1994 in recognition of his dedication and his service to the community-at-large.

Jackson performs extensive community outreach, ongoing visits to schools, colleges, civic, community and cultural organizations, churches, city correctional facilities and State prisons. He is a popular lecturer on Africana history and culture, and an advocate for reading, education and libraries. He has also received numerous awards including: African American of Distinction from former Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994; York College’s 1996 Distinguished Alumnus; Queens Borough Public Library’s 1999 Lamplighter of the Year and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Library Advocate Award in 1999; a Citation of Honor from former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman in 2001. Jackson was recently recognized by New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer for his distinguished leadership at the Langston Hughes Library. He has served as Chair of the Queens Borough President’s African American Heritage Celebration for the past three years. A bust in his likeness was presented by the Concourse Branch of Key Women of America, Inc. for his twenty-two years of service to the library and community.

Jackson was recently elected Vice-President/President-elect of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) for the 2002-2004 term, and will assume the BCALA presidency in July 2004 following the ALA Annual Conference and serve a two-year term as president.

An Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY’s York College, Jackson teaches a course on the “Cultural Diversity of Africa.” As an author, he has published many essays and articles on Africana history, Kwanzaa and the Langston Hughes Library in professional publications as well as collegiate and public newspapers. Of his many writing project, Jackson recently wrote the foreward for the upcoming 9th edition of the African American Almanac, and wrote a chapter for the second edition of Dr. E. J. Josey’s Handbook of Black Librarianship, entitled “Library Services to Black Americans “ published in 2000; and is currently working on his latest project entitled, Queens, New York, A Work in Progress, Facts about the Forgotten Borough, Queens, New York.