Anderson, Sherri M.
University of South Florida Libraries
Oral history interview with Darlene Harris, a librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. Harris was born in West Tampa in 1960 and attended local schools, including the University of South Florida, where she majored in social work. She did an internship at the Tampa Housing Authority, but transferred to the library system as a library assistant. Harris quickly worked her way up the paraprofessional ranks and was encouraged to go to library school for her MLS, which she did. In 1996, two years after getting her degree, she became a branch manager. In 2000, she became principal librarian for the Urban Libraries. Harris is extremely interested in collaboration and partnership, which is especially beneficial for the Urban Libraries and their patrons. She has also contributed to several local history projects, including the libraries' Central Avenue Oral History Project. In this interview, Harris recounts her childhood experiences in West Tampa and describes some of her accomplishments in the library system. She also discusses her religious faith, which she cites as the source of these accomplishments.
African American librarians, Interviews, African American women librarians, African Americans and libraries, Florida, Tampa, Libraries and community, Library outreach programs, Libraries and metropolitan areas, Social life and customs, History
1 sound file (68 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;
African American librarians--Interviews; African American women librarians--Interviews; African Americans and libraries--Florida--Tampa; Libraries and community--Florida--Tampa; Library outreach programs--Florida--Tampa; Libraries and metropolitan areas--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--Social life and customs--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--History--Florida--Tampa
West Tampa (Fla.)
Oral histories; Online audio
Interview conducted November 9, 2005. Interviewed by Sherri Anderson.
University of South Florida
Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida oral history project
Harris, Darlene; University of South Florida Libraries -- Florida Studies Center.|Oral History Program; and University of South Florida -- Tampa Library, "Darlene Harris oral history interview" (2011). Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project. 67.