FLORENCE---Linda D. Becote, associate professor and technical services librarian in the James A. Rogers Library at Francis Marion University, has been appointed by the president upon the nomination of the library faculty to the Betty Jean Windham Greer Chair in Library Science.
Becote has been with FMU since 1978, serving first as a staff member and then as a member of the faculty. She is now head of technical services where she and her staff are responsible for the acquisition of new books and electronic resources as well as cataloging the library’s collection.
"It is a great honor and privilege to be the first to hold the Greer Chair in Library Science," said Becote. "I would like to sincerely thank my colleagues for recommending this appointment.”
Grady Greer of Florence established the Betty Jean Windham Greer Chair in Library Science this month, in honor of his wife.
Endowed for $100,000, the purpose of the chair is to honor current or future members of the faculty of the James A. Rogers Library for academic excellence, integrity and professionalism in their field. The awarding of the chair may also be used as a recruiting incentive for new members of the library faculty.
A native of Pamplico, Becote earned a bachelor’s degree in business education at South Carolina State College in 1977 and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina.
“We are pleased that the Greers have established this endowed faculty chair that will honor Linda’s leadership and generous mentoring of colleagues,” said Paul Dove, dean of Roger’s Library.
Becote served on several library committees at FMU. She is also the president of the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition, where she has served as vice-president and in various other capacities. Becote has been an adviser for freshmen seminar at FMU as well.
In her community, she has worked with parent-teacher organizations at Hannah-Pamplico Elementary and Middle School. She is also a very active member of her church, Mill Branch A.M.E. Becote is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Becote’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Library Association and the American Library Association.
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