Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Dianne McAfee Hopkins

Dianne McAfee Hopkins, 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
in Hall of Fame
Dianne McAfee Hopkins will be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame at the Wisconsin Library Association annual meeting in Milwaukee on October 27, 2016.
hopkins-new-72Hopkins, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), has influenced the practice of librarianship, especially school librarianship, not only in Wisconsin, but nationally and even internationally. Following positions in Houston, Texas, and in Michigan, Hopkins began her contributions to Wisconsin libraries when she became the director of the Bureau for Instructional Media and Technology at the Department of Public Instruction in 1977, a position she held until she joined the faculty of SLIS in 1987 as its first African-American faculty member. While at SLIS she taught chiefly in the areas of school library media administration and intellectual freedom, influencing large numbers of librarians in Wisconsin and across the United States. 
Her highly cited research focuses on challenges to materials in school library media centers, including factors that influence the outcomes of those challenges. Regarded as an expert on intellectual freedom, she garnered a number of grants and awards for her research, was invited to present at many prestigious venues and served on numerous committees. Notable among those were ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and the President-elect’s advisory committee.  She assisted in the revision of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual. For the American Association of School Librarians her service was both broad and deep: She served on the Vision Committee for School Library Media Standards; chaired the Educators of School Library Media Specialists Section; and chaired the AASL White House Conference on Library and Information Services Implementation Committee, to name just a few. She was a trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation and a member of the executive committee of its board of directors. Prof. Hopkins has also been a member of WLA’s School Libraries Division; Children and Young Adult Services and Education Sections; and its Intellectual Freedom Round Table.
In addition to her teaching and mentoring of masters and doctoral students, Prof. Hopkins had many service responsibilities.  From 1989 until her retirement, she represented the SLIS faculty on the board of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Among her other contributions, the most notable are those that promoted the diversity of the library profession. She was a member of the SLIS Diversity Task Force, the University Library System Diversity Committee, the faculty minority liaison to the College of Letters and Science, and SLIS’s Access and Accommodation coordinator. After her retirement in 2002 the School honored Prof. Hopkins for her exceptional leadership by establishing the Dianne McAfee Hopkins Diversity Award. This award is intended to recognize a student whose SLIS and extra-curricular activities carry on Prof. Hopkins commitment to a more diverse profession. 
Both Professor Hopkins’s work in school library media services—in which she had played a major role in setting standards and evaluating impact—and in intellectual freedom—in which she has provided effective methods for handling challenges and served as an expert consultant for the ACLU in such cases as the Olathe, KS, Annie on My Mind case—has had a major influence on the practice not only of school librarianship, on the ability of librarians in many situations to uphold their intellectual freedom values. Her articles remain important sources for students in LIS programs across the U.S. 
Hopkins was born in Houston, Texas on December 30, 1944. She earned her B.A. in elementary education from Fisk University, Nashville, in 1966; her M.S.L.S. in Library Service from Atlanta University in 1967; an Ed. S. in Librarianship at Western Michigan University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison in 1981. 
Louise Robbins was the compiler of this Hall of Fame entry.
Recent Comments Show all comments
  • Linda Braunschweig says #
    Dianne, It was a pleasure to see the award being presented to you at WLA. Your leadership in Wisconsin Public School libraries...
  • Sandra Martin Parham '76 says #
    Professor Hopkins, Congratulations! There are many of us who graduated from Fisk in various programs and went on to earn degrees i...
  • Mike Fletcher says #
    Well deserved Congratulations! Mike Fletcher


Popular Tags

Jerome P. Daniels Middleton Public Library books-by-mail Public libraries Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2009 Charles Bunge UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies 21 Portage Public Library Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Hall of Fame 2012 American Library Association Wisconsin State Law Library Anniversaries Library people Postcards library education Events & Meetings Hall of Fame 2013 Cam Hall of Fame 2014 Historical Register Hall of Fame 2010 library legislation bookworm traveling libraries J. D. Witter Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library Trustees Postcards Hartford Public Library membership libraries WLA 125 Dorothea M. Krause Milwaukee Art Museum ca Edward Asahel Birge Postcards background School of Library and Information Studies Ripon Public Library Peter G. Hamon cam archives World War I caly film Uncategorized Library celebrations WLA 125 Irene W. Newman Campaign 14 Hall American Library Association Library War Service Soughton Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Library people Council on Library and Network Development Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library 20 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries 27 Jane K. Billings Brown Deer Public Library Inform Wisconsin Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Oshkosh Public Library 11 John Miller Chancellor Delia Ovitz I Love Libraries Hall of Fame 2011 Wisconsin Rapids Frank Avery Hutchins Wisconsin Free Library Commission Zona Gale State Law Library Gertrude Thurow National Library Week Academic Librarians campaign Academic Libraries Lutie Eugenia Stearns Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2015 Nolan I. Neds WLA 125 28 Hall of Fame 2016 library memorabilia Digital Collections Matthew S. Dudgeon McMillan Memorial Library Sarah Janice Kee White House Conference on Library and Information Services Public libraries 24 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Special libraries Dianne McAfee Hopkins Rusk County Community Library Ice Storm Clinton Public Library caly film Wisconsin Library Bulletin campaign S. Janice Kee UW-Madison school of library and information studies Ruth Ann Montgomery Hall of Fame 2012 bed and breakfast 22 Library Buidlings Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Bookmobiles Eager Free Public Library Katharine MacDonald Jones Hall of Fame 2008 James Huff Stout caly film Brown Deer Public Library Library History Pinback buttons Events Library Buildings Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Capitol Fire 1904 Anniversaries CCBC Bernard Schwab Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Appleton Public Library WHCLIS library exhibit Carl Spitzweg Centennial Clarence Brown Lester Richard E. Krug Library People Exhibits Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Beaver Dam Public Library Larry T. Nix 10 Milwaukee Public Library presentations anniversaries Public library systems National Bookmobile Day Tower Hill Wisconsin WAAL School libraries Increase A. Lapham 23 Wisconsin Free Library Commission Evansville Wisconsin Suring Area Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Black River Falls Public Library hall of Campaign Black River Falls trav Gerald A. Somers UW-Milwaukee Libraries Amer WLA 125 Postcards Library Artifacts Parcel post Brown County Library Library Systems campa Elroy Public Library DeForest Area Public Library Marketing-Publicity Hall fo Fame 2012 Meter mail slogans campaign Superior Carnegie Libraries Klaus Linderfelt Hall of Fame 2015 Beloit Public Library Lutie Stearns James Duane Doty Wisconsin Historical Society buil Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Buttons Events & Meetings Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Cooperative Children's Book Center Milwaukee Public Library Hall of Fame 2012 state historical society Gilbert H. Doane Campaign WWI Library War Service Wayne A. Wiegand COLAND Carnegie libraries Cornelia Marving Pierce Pewaukee Public Library Manitowoc Public Library Madison Public Library Woman's Congress Wisconsin Library Association Orrilla Blackshear Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Publications Eratus Swift Wilcox William J. Wilson People T. B. Scott Free Public Library

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo