Felton Thomas, Jr.

Director, Cleveland Public Lib

 Felton Thomas, Jr.

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Named one of the Movers & Shakers by Library Journal in 2002, Felton Thomas, Jr. has just been named the new Director of the Cleveland Public Library. He had worked in Nevada libraries for over twenty years, and previously held the position of Regional Branch Services Director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Awarded numerous commendations for his work in Las Vegas' African-American community, Felton served as a Fellow in the Urban Library Council's Executive Leadership Institute in 2003/2004. Felton was also elected in 2003, to become the first African-American ever to serve as President of the Nevada Library Association. He received the President's Award from the Nevada Library Association in 2005 for his long-time commitment to the organization. A native of Las Vegas, Felton has dedicated his career to providing library services to underserved populations. More recently, Felton has explored the concept of library leadership and has worked to recruit, advise, and mentor librarians of color throughout the nation. He has presented programs for the Mountain Plains Library Association, Public Library Association and American Library Association to promote diversity issues within the profession. Felton received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Hawaii. He is a member of numerous library organizations and is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.