Hall of Fame
Madison M. Mosley Jr.2020 Inductee
Madison M. Molsey Jr. is a 1992 graduate of Stetson University College of Law. Prior to attending Stetson, he earned a bachelor’s degree in library science and English from Florida State University in 1971, a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1974, and a doctorate in library science from Florida State University in 1980.
Mosley spent his early professional career in various librarian roles before becoming director of the library at Florida Community College in Avon Park from 1982 to 1989.
He was an active member of the community, serving two years on the Avon Park City Council before moving to St. Petersburg to attend Stetson Law, where he earned the best speaker award in his research and writing section. He joined the Stetson Law staff after graduation in 1993, serving as reference librarian and associate director before being appointed library director in February 2001.
Mosley remained heavily engaged in professional and civic organizations. He served as co-chair of the St. Petersburg’s Citizens Review Committee for the Police Department, and the parliamentarian of the city’s African-American Voter Education Committee. He was an active member of the American Library Association and the ALA’s Black Caucus; the American Association of Law Libraries and the AALL’s Southeastern Chapter; the Florida Library Association; the Association of College and Research Libraries; the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative; The Florida Bar; and the National Bar Association.
Mosley’s most prolific work was as an executive board member of the Florida Library Association, also known as FLA. He was named to the organization’s Transformers Honor Roll in 1996 for his efforts to improve the quality of service to library users. He served as president from 1999 to 2000. He championed plans to establish a Spouse or Partner category for annual conference registration, moved to establish a standing committee on leadership development, and recognized the need for electronic access to FLA information. He tried to visit every Friends of the Library group he could reach to encourage their participation and support.
Mosley was considered a leader in the field who made significant contributions to libraries and librarianship. He mentored many students and other librarians throughout his service to Stetson, the community, and the profession. Mosley continued these efforts and his service as library director until his unexpected and untimely death on March 29, 2005, at the age of 55.