Tracey Joel Hunter Hayes
My mission is to be a servant leader and provide an intentional welcoming and accommodating access to information and research.
The Reverend Tracey Joel Hunter Hayes is a career librarian with experience in public, special and academic libraries spanning 26 years (since 1989). Rev. Hunter Hayes describes his library philosophy in one word, “Welcome,” which in library-speak translates to access and accommodation.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Lincoln University (PA). He earned his MLS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MDiv. at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University. He is an ordained American Baptist minister and was consecrated a bishop by the Philadelphia Council of Clergy.
He served as an Executive Minister of St. Paul’s Baptist, Senior Pastor of Christian Street Baptist and currently serves as the Minister of Christian Education at Zion Baptist Church all in Philadelphia.
Hunter Hayes launched his academic library career and assessment experience while serving as the first African American male American Library Association fellow in 1992.
He has a passion for libraries and was appointed to his first directorship in 1999 at a military library, and served in library leadership positions at several universities most recently as the Interim Dean for one year. He is an advocate for libraries and has facilitated multimillion dollars renovation at many libraries including his undergraduate alma mater where he has held three positions; first, as a Special Collections Librarian, then as the Director of Alumni Relations, raising more than $12 million, and as the Library Director/Associate Professor earning tenure in 2009. In this capacity, he directed Lincoln University into earning a Middle States Commendation and facilitated a $17 million renovation project of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.
Rev. Hunter Hayes denotes that, he “accept this appointment with great pride, passion, and a strong belief in the power of prayer and the importance of formal theological education.” He asserts that he shares the NBTS commitment to academic excellence, support for personal faith and engagement in the surrounding area, which strongly resonated with him.
Mr. Hunter Hayes comes to the New Brunswick Theological Seminary as a progressive servant who believes that creating access opportunities for patrons is the cornerstone of library services.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD, January 2015 – January 2016
Interim Dean, Library Services. Direct and lead a team of nine faculty librarians and nineteen staff at the Frederick Douglass Library. Facilitate structure assessment principals too effectively and efficiently improve the service and accessibility of research materials; administer the budget and develop team building approaches to services and access.
Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA, 2014 – January 2015
Director of the Library and Learning Research Center/Associate Professor. Direct and coordinated all activities of the L. Douglass Wilder Library which include supervising faculty librarians and staff. Provided curriculum based research materials for advancing campus wide information literacy and the accessibility of research materials to support the campus’ academic mission.
Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA, 2007 – 2013
Library Director/Graduate Center Librarian and Associate Professor. Directed and coordinated all activities of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library which included faculty librarians, assistants and clerical/unionized staff along with student assistants. Developed assessment measures for all activities in the library; attended weekly meetings with the Vice President and Academic Deans. A “Commendation for the Library” was received in 2008 from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation agency during the reaffirmation. Organized the move and return of the library after a $14 million multi-year renovation project to prepare for emerging services and technology. (Earned tenure, June 2009).
Courses taught: Introduction to Religion (Religion 200) Adjunct, Philosophy and Religion Department; African American Experience (SOS 151) Adjunct, History and Political Science Department.
Committee assignments: Library Committee, Lectures and Recitals Committee, and Assessment Committee
Academic Coach: The College Bowl sponsorship of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge annually gathering of 48 teams of gifted students.
Legacy Books, LLC Philadelphia, PA 2002 – Present
Partner and Curator. Antiquary and purchaser of significant books and manuscripts related to Historically Black Colleges and Universities development and histories in the twentieth century. The materials acquired focused on the manuscripts, official historical studies, and catalogs. These materials were exhibited, shared with researchers, and historians to assist them with their research needs.
Delaware State University, Dover, DE, 2003 to 2005
Assistant Director of Testing and Assessment. Provided management and operational support for a comprehensive testing administration program provided by the Delaware State University Testing Center. The testing administration program included national standardized tests (PRAXIS, GRE, NCC, Foreign Service Test, LSAT, GED, and CLEP), external courtesy testing, computer-based testing, university placement testing, university departmental requested test administrations, etc. Computer based testing facility was upgraded and expanded to accommodate 25 individual testing stations.
Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA, 2000 to 2002 and 2005
Director of Alumni Relations / Advancement Officer. Provided leadership and support for alumni and directed all aspects for securing funds to assist in the development of financially supportive alumni. I raised over $2 million through direct solicitations. Planned and facilitated alumni programs and events, wrote appeal letters and articles. Acquired and assessed two major library collections. Established and funded a Library Endowment Fund with a $15K cash donation to support library operations and resources at Lincoln.
Served on the following search committees: Vice President of Student Affairs, 2001; Dean of Students, 2001; and Vice President of Development and External Relations, 2001. Member, Commencement Committee 2001 – 2005. Sanad Support Technologies Rockville, MD 1/1999 – 12/1999
Director of Libraries (Contractor). Directed the McGuire Air Force Base Library and provided service for 2,000 families by searching electronic databases, suggesting print and media resources and materials. Compiled reports, responded to conformance reports, and developed a plan of action for the future use of the library.
Hampton University, Hampton, VA, 1998 – 1999
Assistant Director of Public Services/Associate Professor. Directed the public services departments (Reference, Periodicals, Governments Documents, and Interlibrary Loan) and served as the Curator of the Peabody Collection for African American materials. Completed reports and administered the library budget of $2 million and supervised five faculty librarians and seven paraprofessionals. Authored the first Collection Development Policy for the library that was adopted by faculty librarians and the Provost’s Office.
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1996 – 1998. Reference and Collection Development Librarian/Associate Professor. Performed reference, bibliographic services, and held collection development duties for the areas of Education, Social Administration, and Reference. Administered a $2 million dollars materials budget. Supervised staff in the Zahn Library for Social Administration and was responsible for the selection of materials and writing and updating the strategic plan. Facilitated a diversity program that brought the first African American male president of the American Library Association (Dr. E. J. Josey) to the campus.
Committee Assignments: Search Committee for the Director of Libraries, 1997; Chairman, Merit Pay Committee for Librarians, 1998;
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Carbondale, IL 1995 – 1996
Assistant Undergraduate Librarian / Associate Professor. Performed reference work in the undergraduate library and taught a class for academic credit for new students as a Faculty Librarian. Assisted patrons with research utilizing electronic databases and print resources. Administered a one million dollar collection development budget for Philosophy, History, and Reference.
Taught – Librarian Instruction (LIS 100 – 3 credits – university core requirement) for three semesters as a member of the Library Faculty, Library Affairs Department.
Committee Assignments: Search Committee for the Reference Librarian, 1995; Periodical Review and Selection Committee, 1996. Retrospective Materials Conversion Committee, 1995-1996.
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY, 1993 – 1995
Assistant Director of Reference and Access Services / Associate Professor. Taught and served undergraduates and graduates students in the use of library resources and materials, and directed the public service departments with a $450K budget. Supervised employees and served as the liaison and researcher to the campus Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans.
Committee Assignments: Search Committees for three Librarians, 1994; and Professor of Education, 1995; Served as Faculty Senator, 1994 -1995.
The American Library Association Chicago, IL 1992 – 1993
ALA Research Fellow. Served as the first African American male librarian to conduct original research for the largest library association in the world with 60, 000 members. I was selected from a national search to research the recruitment of minorities to professional librarianship careers. I authored a final report and provided recommendations and the research findings during the 1993 library national conference.
Langston Hughes Memorial Library Lincoln University, PA 1992 – 1993
Special Collections Librarian / Assistant Professor. Taught the use of library materials to undergraduate students and directed the Special Collections and Archives departments to aid patrons on the availability of special and valuable research materials. Publicized the collection in regional media resources and wrote a plan of action. (Academic leave for ALA fellowship)
Lincoln Journal of Social and Political Thought. Book Review. Tavis Smiley. Death of a King: The real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s’ final year. Spring 2015 (In Press).
Lincoln Journal of Social and Political Thought. Book Review. David Mendell, Obama: From Promise to Power. Fall 2008, Vol. 6, No 2.
Hunter Hayes, Tracey J. “Collection Development Policy” which examines and selects materials to be discarded, repaired, or replaced for the Langston Hughes Memorial Library – Lincoln University. Fall 2007.
Lincoln Journal of Social and Political Thought. Book Review. Steve Cole, The Black Church: The Root of the Problems of the Black Community. Fall 2007, Vol. 5, No 2.
Hunter Hayes, Tracey J. “Hampton University – Collection Development Policy” for the William and Norma Harvey Library – Hampton University. Spring 1999.
Hunter Hayes, Tracey J. & et al. Multicultural Review. (December 1994). A View of Academic Curriculum and Instructional Media Library Centers in Educating Future Elementary School Teachers.
Hunter Hayes, Tracey J. (August 1994). Black Caucus American Library Association, 2nd National Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Conference Proceedings. Professional Development: Just Do It!
Hunter Hayes, Tracey J. (October 1993, Published Report). Not New – Just Different: An Assessment and Future Outlook of the Recruitment of People of Color from ALA Minority Fellow’s Perspective. American Library Association, Chicago, IL.
PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Richmond, VA – Virginia Union University, “Critical Research skills for the 21st Century” (2014)
Lincoln University – “Library research skills for database navigating of the Humanities” (2012)
Lincoln University, PA – Fulbright Orientation Program “Utilizing Library and Information Databases for Research.” (July 2008)
Lincoln University, PA – Report on Horace Mann Bond the first alumnus president: “His Legacy and Impact on Lincoln University.” (June 2008)
Anaheim, CA – Presentation, “Assessment of the African American Male Librarian” Annual American Library Association. (June 2008)
Lincoln University, Horace Mann Bond Honors: Keynote Speaker, “Build Upon this Honors Experience for Excellence and Greatness” (April 2008)
Lincoln University, Division of Student Enrollment and Management (SEAM), “Freshman Orientation,” Keynote Speaker (2001, 2004 – 2006)
Lincoln University, School of Humanities Honors Keynote Speaker, “The Humanities: a foundation for success in research careers.” (April 2005)
Temple University Libraries, Summer Trio Program; Topic: “View the Library as a Lifetime Resource.” (July 1997)
Southern Illinois University, Leadership Week, Topic: “Successful Library Research!” (September 1996)
Kentucky State University, Education Conference (October 1994), Topic: “Appropriate Techniques for Research and Collection Development”.
Illinois Library Association (April 1993), Topic: “Professional Development in Librarianship.”
COMMUNITY SERVICE AFFILIATIONS
The Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Member, Board of Trustees (2002 – 2007)
Chairman, Student Affairs Committee (2005 – 2007)
Executive Committee, (2005 – 2007); Audit Committee, (2005 – 2007)
Educational Policy and Academic Affairs Committee (2002 – 2007)
Information Technology and the Library Committee (2002 – 2007)
Member, Carbondale Illinois Club (1995 – 1996)
Member, Capital City Rotary Club of Frankfort, KY (1994 – 1995)
Chairman of the Scholarship Committee 1995
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
The American Library Association
Member (1990-Present); Chairman, OCLC Forrest Press Award, Jury (1997 – 1998); International Relations Committee (1994 – 96); Constitution and Bylaws Committee (1994 – 1996); President’s Committee on Diversity (1991 – 93); Social Responsibilities Round Table (1990 – Present)
Keystone Library Network
Member, (2007 – present); Council (appointed, 2010 – Present)
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Member (1989 – Present); Financial Life Member (2008); Executive Board Member (1993 – 1995); E. J. Josey Scholarship Committee (1995 – 1999)
The Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries
Member (1991 – 1995); Board of Directors, Member (1992 – 1994)
The State Library of Pennsylvania
Member, Task Force on Serving Multiethnic Communities (1993)
The Carbondale Illinois Public Library Board of Trustees
Member (1996 -1998)
The International Federation of Library Associations
Committee on Library Services to the Aging, (1995 – 1997); Member, Library Services to Multicultural Populations, (1991 – 1995)
Virginia Union University – Title III Award $139K, “Enhancing the Archives and Library Collections” (2014); Lincoln University – Title III Award $512K, “Strengthening the Curriculum and Access Services”; Lincoln University (2009 – 2012) Faculty Development grant – awarded $3, 050.00. An annotated Bibliography. (2008 – 2009)
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi induction UMES – Chapter 312 April 2015
Virginia Union University, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Graduated with Honors – Richmond, VA May 2004
Lincoln University, PA, Walter Fales Memorial Prize in Philosophy, “Highest GPA in senior class” Fall 1986
AWARDS AND HONORS
Lincoln University Board of Trustees, “The Soraya M. Coley Distinguished Service Faculty Award” – Lincoln University of the Commonwealth System of Pennsylvania (2010)
Alumni Association of Lincoln University (AALU), “Leaders and Legends Award” National Fundraiser on the Spirit of Philadelphia” (2007)
Alumni Association of Lincoln University (AALU), “Dr. H. Alfred Farrell Alumni Award, for Service to Lincoln University” (2007)
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), “Distinguish Alumni Award for Distinction in your Profession” (2007)
Lincoln University of the Commonwealth System of Pennsylvania, “Founders Day Alumni Achievement Award” (2006)
Lincoln University of the Commonwealth System of Pennsylvania, “Alumni Trustee Achievement Service Award” (2004)
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) “Men Making a Difference Award” (1998)
Black Caucus American Library Association “Achievement Award” (1994 – 1995)
Philadelphia Mayor’s Office (The Honorable W. Wilson Goode) “Community Service Recognition Award” (1990)
Outstanding Americans, Inc. of Montgomery, AL, “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” (1989 – 1990)
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS (SELECTED)
American Library Association Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, various cities (1990 – present)
Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE), Baltimore, MD (2005)
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Moscow, USSR; Voting Delegate (1991), Istanbul, Turkey; Member (1995)
Black Caucus American Library Association, National Conference, Milwaukee, WI (1994), Columbus, OH (1992)
White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services II, Washington, DC; Delegate (1991)
LEADERSHIP TRAINING (SELECTED)
HBCU Library Alliance – 3rd Membership Meeting, Charlotte NC, Library Directors Leadership Council (2008)
Association of Research Libraries – Leadership and Development Program, Florida, California, and Washington, DC, The Inaugural Group (1997 – 1998)
Snowbird Leadership Institute for Librarians, Snowbird, Utah (1993)