Dr. John Y. Cole, Director Center for the Book, Library of Congress
In 2014, librarian and historian Dr. John Y. Cole marked 50 years of U.S government service. As a U.S. Army second lieutenant, he was chief of the library branch of the U.S. Army Intelligence School from 1964 to 1966. Since 1966 he has served the Library of Congress in several important capacities and special assignments.
He was the founding director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. He is the first chair of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Cole is recognized as the leading historian of the Library of Congress.
Cole is a tireless promoter of books, reading and literacy. He has been instrumental in shaping many significant programs of national significance, particularly the Center for the Book, a catalytic public-private partnership that promotes books, reading and literacy. Other programs include Letters About Literature (1992); the Library's monthly Books & Beyond author series (1996); the Library of Congress bicentennial celebration in 2000; the National Book Festival (2001), the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (2008), the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (2009) and the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.
In 2000 the American Library Association presented him the Lippincott Award. In 2003, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins dedicated his poem "Voyage" to Cole. This surprise gift was published as an illustrated children's book in 2014 by Bunker Hill Publishing. Cole is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. in history, 1962, master's in Librarianship, 1963); Johns Hopkins University (master's in Liberal Arts, 1966) and George Washington University (Ph.D. in American Civilization, 1971).
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