Midgette Spence inspires love for reading


Juanita Midgette Spence is director of library services at Elizabeth City State University. Interacting with students is one of the best parts of her job, she said.


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, May 12, 2018

As director of Library Services at Elizabeth City State University, Juanita Midgette Spence strives to help students, faculty and staff locate information resources and engage in leisure reading activities.

“I really love the contact I have with the faculty, staff and students,” said Midgette Spence.

Midgette Spence, who has served as the director of library services at ECSU’s G.R. Little Library since 2006, has worked at the university for more than 26 years.

Midgette Spence said one of the best aspects of her job is being able to interact with students.

“Students don’t realize the power in reading,” according to Midgette Spence. “What’s written inside of those pages can take you to worlds beyond.”

Ebooks, electronic databases, DVDs, reference consultations, printing and computer access are some of the myriad of services available at the G.R. Little Library.

Midgette Spence said many library patrons check out books and print materials for leisure reading, and she is looking forward to a new activity at the library. Called “Library Book Talk,” the activity allows patrons the opportunity to select, read and engage in book discussions twice a semester.

Originally from Roper, Midgette Spence graduated from Plymouth High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from ECSU. She commuted from Elizabeth City to North Carolina Central University in Durham three days a week to earn her master’s degree in library science. Midgette Spence earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership and higher education administration from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.

Midgette Spence’s own fondness for books and reading began at a young age. She fondly recalls reading fairy tales.

“I fell in love with reading,” she said.

“I read all different types of books,” said Midgette Spence, adding that her favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Booker T. Washington.

Midgette Spence is an active member at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, serving on the trustee board and in the usher and deaconess ministries. She is a member of Zeta Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Midgette Spence enjoys spending time with her sons, Tony and Antonio, both of whom are teachers in Oxford, her daughters-in-law, Elaina and Kristy, and her grandson, Tony Jr.

For more information about services and programs at G.R. Little Library, visit http://www.ecsu.edu/library/.