Meet Richard

Richard E. Ashby Jr.
CEO/ LiteracyNation


Summary of Skills:


  • Comprehensive expertise of library policies and procedures.
  • Plan, supervise and evaluate the work of supervisory library personnel, ongoing efforts to enhance both productivity and morale.
  • Extensive knowledge of modern public library organization, materials, methods and services.
  • Thorough knowledge of bibliographical tools and sources.
  • Background in acquiring knowledge of the needs and makeup of a library district population.
  • Suggest and implement improvements in services and collections.
  • Experienced with planning and estimating budget needs for a large department.
  • Conduct training sessions and address community groups effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with library patrons, members of professional library organizations and members of the community.
  • Provide clear, concise and effective communications, both orally and in writing.


Work Experience:

 Wyandanch Public Library, Wyandanch, NY          2005 – 2011

Supervisor of Library Operations

Manage overall library operations, including Head of the Circulation department in a large public library.  Plan, direct, and evaluate the operation of the departments and performance of departmental staff.


  • Plan, recommend and implement new types of library services.
  • Develops library fiscal budget
  • Responsible for all Library publicity and public relations.
  • Recommend departmental policies.
  • Interview and hire job candidates.
  • Prepare and submit departmental budget for approval.
  • Perform complex and detailed informational, reference and referral services.
  • Act as consultant and advisor to patrons.
  • Meet with community groups and school officials.
  • Review the selection of books and other library materials.
  • Represent the library at community and professional meetings.
  • Conduct staff meetings and participate in in-service training programs.
  • Create numerous programs which fall under Literacy Promotion, Senior Center Outreach, Children’s Services & Young Adults, and Adult Services.
  • Attend conferences and workshops to maintain knowledge of current professional developments.

Other positions held at Wyandanch Public Library:


Head of Circulation/Page Supervisor                           January 2005 – February 2005

Page Supervisor                                                              November 2002 – January 2005

Lead Page                                                                        May 1995 – June 2000

Page                                                                                  April 1992 – May 1995

Custodian                                                                         November 1991 – April 1992

Security Guard                                                                October 1989 – November 1991



Computer Experience:

Experienced with all programs within Microsoft Office Suite

  • Lexis Nexis research database
  • ERIC research database
  • ProQuest database
  • Awards:
  • Wyandanch Public Library – Community Service Awards, 2004, 2005
  • Wyandanch Family Community Organization Community Service Awards, 1999, 2006
  • Town of Babylon Community Service Award, 2006
  • Suffolk County Community Service Award, 2006
  • Community Service Awards, Wyandanch School District, 2003 – 2007
  • Feed African People Service Awards, 2005 – 2007
  • North American Black Business Woman Service Award/Ethiopian Embassy Washington DC, 2009
  • Martin Luther King Elementary Librarian Service Award-2010
  • Attended Conferences:
  • Youth Summit, Reaching and Encouraging Youth, Philadelphia, PA, May 2008
  • OCLC, Arlington, VA, April 2008
  • Public Library Association (PLA), Minneapolis, MN, March 2008
  • American Library Association (ALA) Mid Winter, Philadelphia, PA January 2008
  • Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA), Fort Worth, TX, June 2007
  • ALA, Washington DC, May 2007
  • ALA, Chicago May 2009
  • ALA, Washington DC, June 2010
  • Memberships: President-New York Black Librarian Caucus-Present
  • Member, American Library Association, Black Caucus Llibrary Association,Young Adult Services Library AssociationMember, Community Watch, June 2000 -- Present
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., May 1978 – Present
  • Leadership Training Institute Inc Mentoring advisory Board-2009-PresentBoard of Trustee: New beginnings Halfway House- Present
  • Education:
  • Queens College (Accredited), Flushing, NY- MLS - May 2009
  • New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY - B.S. Political Science - May 2007
  • Certified GED Tutor
  • Certified Adult Literacy Tutor





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