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Linda Lucas Walling, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus
School of Library and Information Science, College of Mass Communication and Information Services
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208


Degrees held:

  • University of Illinois; Ph.D.; Library Science, 1980;
  • University of Washington; M. Libr.; Librarianship, 1966;
  • University of Northern Iowa; B.A.; Library Science, 1961.

Experience in libraries:

Assistant Professor and Head, Gifts and Exchange Section; Library; Iowa State University. 1971-1973.
Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian in Charge, Interlibrary Loan; Library; Iowa State University. 1969-1971.
Instructor and Reference Librarian; Library, Iowa State University. 1966-1969.
Assistant Librarian; Minot (ND) High School. 1962-1965.
Librarian; Sidney (MT) Senior High School. 1961-1962.
Library Assistant; Matilda J. Gibson Library; Creston, Iowa; Summers. 1959, 1960.

Other work experience:

Professor; College of Library and Information Science; University of South Carolina. 1987-2003.
Associate Professor; College of Library and Information Science; University of South Carolina. 1983-1987.
Assistant Professor; College of Librarianship; University of South Carolina. 1977-1983.
Teaching Assistant; teaching beginning reference; humanities and social science sources; Graduate School of Library and Information Science; University of Illinois. 1975-1976.
Research Associate; supervise and work on contract research; Library Research Center; University of Illinois. 1974-1975.

Selected Publications:

Walling, Linda Lucas. 2004. Educating Students to Serve Information Seekers with Disabilities. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.(Spring), p. 137-148.

Walling, Linda Lucas. 2001. Ability, Disability and Picture Books. School Libraries Worldwide

Walling, Linda Lucas, comp. 2001. Library Services for the Sandwich Generation and Serial Caregivers. Chicago: ALA/ASCLA

Walling, Linda Lucas. Public Libraries and People with Mental Retardation. 2001. Public Libraries (March/April)

Walling, Linda Lucas. 1996. Going the Distance: Equal Education, Off Campus or On. Library Journal (December), p. 59-62.
_____, ed. 1996. Hidden Abilities in Higher Education. Columbia, SC: Institute for the Study of The Freshman Year Experience.
_____ and Marilyn M. Irwin, eds. 1995.
Information Services for People with Developmental Disabilities: A Librarian’s Handbook. Greenwood Publishing, Inc.
_____ and Marilyn H. Karrenbrock. Disabilities, Children, and Libraries. Libraries Unlimited, 1993.
Granting Each Equal Access: Adapting School Media Center Facilities for Mainstreaming,” School Library Media Quarterly, v. 20, no. 4 (Summer, 1992), pp. 216-222.
_____ and Marilyn H. Karrenbrock. 1986. Libraries and Disabled Persons: A Review of Selected Research, Advances in Library Administration and Organization, 1986.
_____ and Marilyn H. Karrenbrock. 1983. The Disabled Child in the Library: Moving into the Mainstream. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1983.
_____. 1982. Reading Interests, Life Interests, and Life Styles, Public Library Quarterly, Winter.
_____. Library Services to Developmentally Disabled Children and Adults. Editor, ASCLA Occasional Paper, no. 1. Chicago: ASCLA, 1982.

Selected Presentations:

“Access Issues for Students and Others with Disabilities,” University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, November 9, 2004

One-day session with six Visiting Fellows sponsored by the Soros

Foundation and the Network Library Program of the Open Society Institute [six librarians from Eastern Europe who are involved in library services for people with disabilities] National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC, April 30, 2001

“Access Issues for Students and Others with Disabilities,” University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, February 16, 2001

Disabilities, Children, and Libraries: Some Communications Issues, all-day workshop for librarians in the South Central Library System based in Madison, Wisconsin, April 7, 2000.

Children’s Books for Adults, South Carolina Department of Corrections Librarians, SC Women’s Correctional Institution, December 9, 1999.

Readers Advisory in the Electronic Age, Maine Library Association, Orono, Maine, May 1999.

Coping with Kids and Their Parents, Panning for Gold workshop, March 19, 1999.

Working with Children Who Have Disabilities,” in-service for Columbia County, GA, School Library Media Specialists, Evans, GA, November 8, 1998.

Literary Biography in Libraries,” (panel moderator) for Matthew Bruccoli’s Celebration of Literary Biography Conference, USC, November 13, 1998.

Multicultural Issues for Institution Librarians, SC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, November 5, 1998.

People Just Keep Getting Peoplier, Panning for Gold workshop, Spring 1998.

Working with People with Multiple Disabilities, Conference for Librarians at Schools for the Blind in the Southeast, SC School for the Deaf and Blind, Spartanburg, SC, November 14, 1997.

Libraries Serving the Sandwich Generation, panel member, American Library Association, San Francisco, June 1997.

A Ramp is Not Enough, SUCCEEDS [association of staff members working with students with disabilities in South Carolina colleges and universities], March 28, 1997.

Barrier-free Services, Freshman Year Experience Annual Conference, February 17, 1996.

Barrier-full/Barrier-free Library Service, Thomas Cooper Library, USC Columbia, offered 4 times in November, 1995.

__________ Robert M. Cooper Library, Clemson University, May 25, 1995; repeated May, 1996.

“Help! They’re Mainstreaming the Library” SCASL seminar and session, March 17 and 18, Hilton Head, SC. (with Marilyn K. Stauffer)

“Extending Library Service to Children with Disabilities: The Basics and Beyond,” (with Marilyn Karrenbrock), Joint Meeting of the Southern Conference of Librarians Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped and The Second Florida Biennial Conference on Library Services for People with Disabilities, June 4 and 5, 1991.

Moderator: “Managing Effective Programs for Library Users with Disabilities.” At American Library Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, July 11, 1988.

Selected honors:

Listed in Who’s Who of American Women, 25th Silver Anniversary Edition.

Linda Lucas Walling Collection of materials for and about children with disabilities, USC SLIS BEST Center.

Listed in Who’s Who in America 2003.

ALA/ASCLA Exceptional Service Award 2001.

Beta Phi Mu (Library Science honorary).

The Disabled Child in the Library was designated for a book award by the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, May, 1985.

Listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1992/1993.

Listed in Who’s Who of American Women, 1999/2000.

Selected professional activities:

American Library Association, 1974-03, member.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, 1978-03.

Executive Board, 1983-85; 1989-1991. Standards Review Committee, member 1991-95, chair 1993-94; liaison to subcommittee developing guidelines for libraries serving the deaf community; liaison to subcommittee developing guidelines for libraries serving people with developmental disabilities, 1992-99; chair of a subcommittee developing guidelines for library service to people with mental illness, 2001-03. Decade of Disabled Persons Committee, Chair 1987-1988.

ASCLA Libraries Serving Special Populations Section, 1984-present; Interim Chair, 1984-86; Nomination Committee Chair, 1986-87; Organization and Bylaws Committee, 1991-93; Ad hoc Committee on Recruitment of People with Disabilities, 1999-03; Committee on the Century Scholarship, 1999-03;

Academic Librarians Assisting the Disabled Discussion Group, 1982-present; Chair, 1983-84.

Membership Activity Group on Library Services to Developmentally Disabled Persons, 1978-present; Chair, 1982-83.

Library Services to the Impaired Elderly Forum, 1978-03;Chair, 1983-84; 1997-98.

Association of Library and Information Science Educators, 1974-03; Member, Communications and Public Relations Committee, 1986-88; Editorial Board, 1994-00; Committee to Select JELIS Editor, 1995.

South Carolina Library Association, 1977-03.

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