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Houghton Memorial Library (Huntingdon College) Web Site: Eric A. Kidwell


M.L.S., Vanderbilt University

B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Finance) Magna Cum Laude

B.A., Huntingdon College (Art)

Harvard University, ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute


Beta Phi Mu (International Library & Information Science Society)


Alabama Library Association, Intellectual Freedom Award

Alabama chapter Association of College & Research Libraries, Sue O. Medina Significant Contribution Award (2015)

Eric A. Kidwell - Professor/Director of the Library

Contact Information: 


telephone:            (334) 833-4512    

Title IX Coordinator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association
    • Association of College and Research Libraries
      • Arts Section, Chair (2007-08), variety of additional offices and committee chairmanships, including 2010 national conference program planning committee co-chair, "How We Memorialize: the Art & Politics of Public Memorialization." Also founder, contributor to and editor of electronic publication ArtsGuides.
      • College Libraries Section, Leadership Committee, 2014 Conference Program Planning Committee (American Library Association Annual Conference), Chair
      • Distance Learning Section, Instruction Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, (Past Members)
      • Professional Development Committee, Member
      • Leadership Discussion Group, Member
    • Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Member
    • GLBT Round Table, Member
    • Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), ACRL/LLAMA Interdivisional Committee on Building Resources, Member
    • State Coordinator, National Library Legislative Day
  • Alabama Association of College & Research Libraries
    • Legislative Liaison
    • Government Relations Committee, Chair

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* ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators)

Professional Development

American Library Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom & Ford Foundation, "Law for Librarians."

Council of Independent Colleges, "Transforming the College Library."


Alabama Library Association Annual Conference, April 2017, presentation, "Title IX and the Academic Library: What's the Connection and Why Should I Care?"

Alabama Library Association Annual Conference, April 2017, presentation, CUS/AACRL Best Practices, "Discovering the Benefits of Partnerships," co-presented with Ms. Paige Crumbley. (Presenters discussed partnership with Huntingdon's Communication Studies program to develop a Special Topics course in fall 2016, in which students worked with the Library as "client" to develop and administer a student survey on the Library.)

Montgomery Higher Education (MHEC) Academic Library Research Forum, December 2016, presentation. "The Evolving Academic Library Service Philosophy: Perspectives from the New and Not-So-New Librarian," co-presented with Ms. Paige Crumbley. 

Huntingdon College, "Power & Gender: What Makes a Hero?" conference (sponsored by the Houghton Memorial Library), October 2016, "The Secret History of Wonder Woman."

Montgomery Higher Education (MHEC) Academic Library Research Forum, December 2015, presentation, "The Value of the Academic Library."

Alabama Association of College & Research Libraries (AACRL) and College, University, Special Libraries Division of the Alabama Library Association, online workshop, "Subject Specialists: A Conversation About the Varied Roles of Subject Liaisons in Academic Libraries," December 2015, presentation, 

Alabama Library Association, Annual Conference, April 2012, presentation, "The Library Building Project: A 20+ Year Perspective on Two Academic Library Construction Initiatives," co-presentor, Dr. Janice Franklin, library dean, Alabama State University.

American Library Association, Annual Conference, June 2011, panel presentation (Pecha Kucha), "Academic Librarian Lightning Round: Innovative New Roles," College Libraries Section and University Libraries Section.  Presention focus: Innovative roles assumed by academic librarians within their campus environments.

Association of College & Research Libraries, 2009 National Conference, Seattle, presentation, "Advancing Your Claim to Campus Leadership" (3-member panel on cultural leadership).

"Program Connects First-Year Students and Their Families to the College Community." M. Terry Conkle, Eric A. Kidwell, Maureen K. Murphy.  E-Source for College Transitions (publication of the National Resource Center For the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition), September 2008 (v.6, #1). Article discusses an early communications program for first-year students and their families.

Alabama Library Association, Annual Conference, April 2007, Poster Session, The Status of Librarians at NAAL (Network of Alabama Academic Libraries) Institutions.

20thInternational Conference on the First-Year Experience, Big Island, Hawaii, June 2007, The Evolution of a First-Year Experience Program: Balancing Academic Need with Fiscal Reality

25th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Atlanta, February, 2006, Bringing Together First-Year Students and the College Library, co-presenter with Margaret Kinney.

Alabama Association of College & Research Libraries, October 2005, Millennials in the Library: Today's Student Library Worker, co-presenter with Margaret Kinney.

Alabama Independent School Association, October 2005, Millennials in the Schools: Today's Generation of Students, co-presenter with Margaret Kinney.

Some Favorite Quotes

Art attempts to find in the universe...what is fundamental, enduring, essential.
-Saul Bellow

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.
-Clare Booth Luce

You know how it is in the kid's book world: It's just bunny eat bunny.

Clare Booth Luce

Favorite Book and Movie

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (young adult)

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (children's)

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The Birds

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner