2016 James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award

The 2016 James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award will be presented to Dr. Arthuree Wright at the Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science on October 21, 2016.

Dr. Arthuree McLaughlin Wright currently works on Capitol Hill for the Women’s & Children’s Advocacy Division of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. For 33 years, however, she held a variety of administrative positions in the Howard University Libraries System. Her tenure as Associate Director of Information Services spanned 14 years and she served as Interim Director for two years. Arthuree began her library career in the Science Library at MIT in Cambridge after earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Indiana University and the Master of Library Science degree at Rutgers University.  While at MIT, Arthuree served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Cambridge YWCA.  After relocating to Maryland she completed her doctoral studies in bibliometrics and served as an adjunct lecturer in UMCP’s College of Library and Information Services for two years.

At Howard University Dr. Wright served on the Undergraduate Core Curriculum Review Committee; the Task Force on Distance Education Policies; the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Committee;  the Mellon Interdisciplinary Grant Planning Group; the Middle States Reaccreditation Self Study; and Project Expand Consumer Health Information Access. She also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Negro Education and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Wesley Foundation at Howard.  Arthuree is especially pleased about the broad support she received in 1998 when she launched the Heritage Exploration Cybercamp for middle school students.   For five summers Dr. Wright oversaw all aspects of the computer camp which was based in the main library but included public and school librarians, federal agencies, local businesses, as well as Howard faculty, staff, and students.

Nationally, Dr. Wright chaired the Research Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and served on the Committee on Accreditation for the American Library Association.  She has published articles in professional journals and in the African American National Biography.

From 2004 to 2012 Arthuree Wright, who is an ordained deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Conference (BWC) of the United Methodist Church, chaired the BWC Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry.  From 2014 to 2015 she chaired the BWC’s School-Church Partnership Task Force which compiled information from churches throughout Maryland and DC.  In 2014 Arthuree was appointed to Search Committee for the iSchool Dean, and she was a panelist for the iSchool’s 50th Anniversary in 2015.

On July 5th of this year, Dr. Arthuree Wright was sworn in as a member of the Prince George’s County Library Board of Trustees.   This South Carolina native is the wife of the Reverend Obie Wright, Jr., a Californian.  They have one adult son who teaches history at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.