December 12, 1990
William Stanley Hoole was born in 1903 in Darlington, South Carolina, and earned a doctorate in English from Duke University in 1934. He briefly taught English at Alabama Teachers College (now Jacksonville State University) and then Birmingham-Southern College, where he got his first job as a librarian. Hoole left Alabama for Texas in 1937, returning in 1944 to join the University of Alabama as director of libraries. Over time, he turned a disjointed system with six libraries into one with a single budget, secured academic status for library professional staff with higher pay and fringe benefits and established new libraries. His efforts led to the library’s membership in the Association of Research Libraries. Hoole also created a special collection of rare books, books about Alabama, serials and manuscripts, which was renamed in his honor in 1977. He died on this day in 1990.
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