Carole J. McCollough is a retired associate professor and dean of the Library and Information Science program at Wayne State University. She is currently an auxiliary faculty, trainer, and curriculum committee member for the Children's Defense Fund. In this capacity, she conducts workshops for college interns training to run summer literacy (Freedom School) programs. She has served as chair of both the CSK Book Award Committee and jury. She was a reviewer for the Multicultural Literature Review Journal and a contributing reviewer to all four editions of The Coretta Scott King Awards book. Her undergraduate degree and teaching certificate are from Eastern Michigan University. Her master's degree and PhD in library and information science are both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She currently serves on two library boards: Southfield Public Library, Southfield, Michigan, and the Langston Hughes Library, Clinton, Tennessee.