Barbara Kelly serves as the main campus (Gus Nichols Library) Director of Libraries. Kelly is a tenured professor, and she taught Informatics with Faulkner’s Department of Computer Sciences from 2012 – 2018. She was employed by Faulkner in 1996, and worked in various departments in Gus Nichols Library before taking its directorship in 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Faulkner University, and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama.
Kelly has served on several SACSCOC reaffirmation committees, offsite and onsite, as well as SACSCOC substantive change committees. She has served on committees and held offices in the Christian College Librarians (CCL), and has presented at its conferences. She has served on committees and panels with the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL). Kelly has had book reviews published with the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), and with the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). Associations with which Kelly holds active memberships include the Christian College Librarians, Association of Christian Librarians, the Southeastern Library Association, and she is an institutional member of the American Library Association (ALA) and Association of College and Research Librarians (ACRL).
Kelly enjoys working with Faulkner for many reasons but most of all because of its mission, “to educate the whole person”. She views this mission as an opportunity to reach people with information that will assist them with their future physical lives, and information that will aid their spiritual wellbeing. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books”. Whatever the format, books will always contain information, and information will guide our lives, our choices, and our souls.