Election Candidate: Dora U. Sims

Dora U. Sims  Dora U. Sims

   Vice-President/President-Elect Candidate for 2014-2015





Current Position:

Trustee, Birmngham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama

Previous Positions:

Secretary/Mercury Express, Birmingham News - 1973-1983
Administrative Secretary, City Manager, Birmngham News - 1983-2003
Special Ed - Para Professional, Birmingham City Schools - 2003 - 2010

Degrees and Certificates:

Lawson State Community College, AAS Degree, Business Administration, Secretarial Science Degree - 1968
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Birmingham-Southern College - 1984
University of Alabama at Birmingham - Paralegal Certification 2002

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA/COO - Committee on Organization - 2008-2011 - Member
ALA/ALTAFF - Advocacy, Legislation, Intellectual Freedom - 2008-2011 - Member ALA/ALTAFF/UFL - Newsletter & Website Committee - 2009-2010, 2013-2014 - Member ALA/ALTAFF- Leaders' Orientation Committee - 2009-2010 - Member
ALA/ALTAFF/UFL - Annual Conference Program Committee - 2012-2013 - Co-Chair
ALA/ALTAFF - Awards Committee - 2010-2011 - Member
ALA/UFL - Nominating Committee - 2012-2013 - Member

Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:

Birmingham Public Library, President, Friends of Birmingham Public Library, 2006-2010; Birmingham Public Library, Trustee, Chair, Friends/Advocacy Committee - 2006 present Birmingham Public Library, Foundation Board Member - 2006-2010; Birmingham Public Library, Vice-president, Trustee Board – 2011; Imperial Club Inc. Treasurer 2004-2008/Financial Secretary - 2008-2011; Bush Hills N/A, Secretary - 1990-2000; Five Points West Community, Secretary - 1990-2010; Five Points West Community, Vice-president - 2010-2012

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

1966 Honor - English/Plane Geometry, Chilton County Training School; 1968 Honor - Scholarly Composition/Research, Wenonah Junior College; 1984 Honor - Birmingham-Southern College, Graudate "Cum Laude"; 1993 Award - Outstanding Community Service, State Representative Sundra Escott; 2003 Award - Outstanding Community Service, Senator Rodger (Judge Carole) Smitherman; 2004 Award - Outstanding Volunteerism/Family Involvement, Birmingham City Schools; 2011 Honor - Who's Who in Black Birmingham - Inaugural Edition; 2012 Leadership Jefferson County "Believer's Award" - Metro Birmingham NAACP; 2013 "Star of Month" Service and Commitment to Library Board; 2013 Outstanding Service, President, Bush Hills Academy PTA

Major Accomplishments:

As President of Friends of Birmingham Public Library, led a successful membership drive of 100 new members that grossed +$3,000 revenue. The Friends received first Proclamation from the City of Birmingham, and recognized nationally by ALTAFF at Mid-winter Gala Tea 2010 with a certificate and monetary award. As Library Board Trustee, Chair of Advocacy, Public Relations, Fundraising Committee, recommended establishing Board Fund for trustees to donate and partner with Friends and Foundation to host an Appreciation for Mayor/Council, Patrons, other elected city/municipal leaders (2010), established weekly eNewsletter (2011), Initiative for sponsorship of three staff Awards and P.E.L. Grant incentive to encourage staff morale and to create innovative programs to support the library's mission (2012), Launched new BPL Logo (2012), and board approval of next Mayor-Council Appreciation scheduled for February 2014.


Author, "Change is in the Air: How Intellectual Freedom Affects You in Your Life." The Voice for America's Libraries, Volume 10, Issue 5, 2009.
Author. "The Importance of Committees to Board Development" The VOICE for Americas's Libraries, Volume 12, Issue 5, 2011.

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Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

I am humbled to have served in a dual role as Trustee and President of Friends on the local library board. This opportunity has enabled me to forge a partnership with trustees, friends, and foundation members to serve as advocates to encourage stakeholders, patrons, elected leaders and community leaders to donate and support funding for library programs and services. A vote for ME as President-Elect will ensure that you have a united VOICE for America's Libraries to promote United for Libraries' mission: "To support the development of effective library service for all people in all types of communities and in all types of libraries."

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