Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, April 5, 2019
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        

Jim Baggett, BPL Archivist, wins Alabama Library Association award

Birmingham, Ala.- Longtime Birmingham Public Library Archivist Jim Baggett received the 2019 Eminent Librarian Award Thursday, April 4, during the Alabama Library Association annual conference in Point Clear, Ala.

The recognition is in honor of his many contributions to the library industry in Alabama as head of BPL's Department of Archives and Manuscripts, and as archivist for the City of Birmingham. Baggett holds a Masters of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of Alabama a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Baggett has served as president of the Society of Alabama Archivists, Chair of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, and as a trustee for several historical associations. Known for his knowledge of the civil rights movement in Birmingham and other historical events in Alabama, Baggett has presented lectures across the United States and Europe.

He has been featured on Alabama Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN. Baggett has written two books about Alabama history, edited three others, and written downs of articles in various publications. Baggett also writes the "Reading Birmingham" book column for the online news site BirminghamWatch.  

Baggett lives in Birmingham with his wife and daughter.
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