Q. I was just reading Theodore Jones' "Carnegie Libraries Across America" (Wiley, 1997) and saw a reference to Gladys Powers who served as the librarian in the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library for 67 years (from 1921 to 1988). Is that a record?
A. I don't know--but it looks like it might be. Such records simply are not kept. By going through library histories retrieved with a Google search, I have been able to identify several long-term library directors. But this is hardly a definitive or complete search ... just anecdotal. It is likely there are many more librarians who have served in their libraries for periods of time like these, some perhaps longer.
Lucedale-George County Public Library (Mississippi)
Alma Lumpkin, 1939-1971 (32 years)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Ralph Munn, 1928-1964 (36 years)
Middleborough Public Library (Massachusetts)
Mertie A. Witbeck, 1925–1963 (38 years)
Dover Public Library (New Hampshire)
Caroline Garland, 1883-1933 (50 years)
Lincoln County Libraries, Libby, Montana
Inez Ratekin Herrig -1929-1990 (62 years)