Richard Ashby Jr.
Director of the Sharon Hill Public Library

Photo of Richard Ashby Jr., a Black man wearing a dark blue suit.

Richard E. Ashby, Jr. is a dedicated librarian and community leader who has made a significant impact in the field of librarianship. His passion for making a difference in people’s lives has driven his remarkable journey.

Let’s explore his accomplishments, awards, and offices held:

Professional Background

  • Co-Founder and Director of Literacy Nation Inc.
  • President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
  • President of the Pennsylvania Black Librarians Association (PaBLC).
  • Founder and President of Literacy Nation Inc.
  • Affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA): Richard actively collaborates with the ALA, participating in its programs and initiatives to enhance library services and promote diversity.
  • Chair-Elect for the Ethnics Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)
  • Past President of the Black Caucus American Library Association American librarians.
  • Past President of the New York Black Librarians Caucus


  • Bachelor of Science Degree: Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY.
  • Master of Library Science Degree: He furthered his education by obtaining a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College in Flushing, NY.

Awards and Presentations

Richard E. Ashby, Jr. has received numerous awards and has been a sought-after speaker at various conferences and events. Here are some highlights:

  • 2014 BCALA Librarian of The Year
  • Library Journal: Mover and Shaker 2016

Personal Philosophy

Richard believes that compassion and resiliency are essential qualities for librarians. His libraries serve as community hubs, connecting people and providing tangible support. His journey has been marked by peaks and valleys, allowing him to relate well to individuals from all walks of life.

Motto: “With Literacy and Justice for All”