Mary  'Mary Jo' Fayoyin

Mary 'Mary Jo' Fayoyin

Title: Assistant Professor, Dean of Library & Media Services
Department: Library
Office: Library Rm. 121
Phone: 912.358.4329
Fax: 912.358.4832


Currently, I serve as Dean of Library Services (Audio-Visual Center, Special Collections) at Savannah State University and Assistant Professor in the Department of Library Services. My professional experiences include thirty-three years experience as a librarian, twenty-two of which have been at the Dean/ Director level. My professional experience has been in every department of an academic library including cataloguing, reference, and periodicals. During my career I have successfully carried out a library renovation project, two library systems conversion projects and retrospective conversion/ barcode project. I have also served as a tenured faculty member and department chair of the undergraduate Library Science Program, School of Education, Fairmont State University (West Virginia). My passion is developing information literacy programs which target under-served population and minority students. I have presented at national and state conferences on information technology, teaching-learning, and pre-college education. My awards include Johnnie Ruth Clark Award for Excellence in Administration, National Council of Black American Affairs – Southern Region, the Rotary Service Award, and University System of Georgia Board of Regents recognitions including the Minority Advising Program Administrator of the Year and the Post-secondary Readiness Enrichment Program Administrator of the Year award. I have been involved in grant activities as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator for several awards related to information literacy including the UNCFSP/NLM E-Literacy grant; the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read project; and the Health Education and Outreach Initiative, University of Kentucky, Center for Poverty.

Research Interests

Information Literacy, Library Leadership, Open Educational Resources


MLS, Library Science - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
BA, Elementary Education - Fairmont State College

Awards & Honors

Name: American Library Association Academic Librarian - I Love My Librarian
Organization: ALA, Carnegie Corporation, New York Public Library
Date: 11/20/2017
Recognized for leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. One of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception to be held this evening in New York City. The ceremony is hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians. As part of the award process, library users are invited to nominate librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year 1,125 nominations were submitted by library users nationwide.

Name: Digital Library Federation Fellow
Organization: Digital Library Federation
Date: 10/22/2017
Dean Fayoyin Selected As Digital Library Federation Fellow Dean Mary Jo Fayoyin has been selected as one of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) HBCU Fellows. Formed in 1995, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) that brings together a consortium of college and university libraries, public libraries, museums, and related institutions with the stated mission of "advancing research, learning, social justice, and the public good through digital library technologies." Travel expenses for the 2017 DLF Liberal Arts/HBCUs Preconference and Forum has been paid for by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The conference, which will be held in Pittsburgh, will focus on digital libraries and library-based teaching as a common mission and common ground between liberal arts colleges or programs and HBCUs. The DLF Forum will be keynoted by Afrofuturist writer, lawyer, and community organizer Rasheedah Phillips. Click on this link for more information about the conference: More information about the DLF HBCU Fellows can be found here:

Name: Savannah State University Alumni Association Presidential Medallion of Excellence Award
Organization: Savannah State University National Alumni Association
Date: 10/6/2017
Highest honor bestowed by the national Alumni Association president.

Name: Featured Advocate
Organization: University Systemof Georgia Affordable Learning Georgia
Date: 3/1/2015
In 2014, Ms. Fayoyin worked with the Director of the Center for Academic Success and the First-Year Experience Faculty Coordinator to transform the First-Year Experience course materials from a $70 commercial textbook to a $0 open textbook. Ms. Fayoyin searched for and evaluated many OER for the course, and provided a recommended textbook, College Success, published by the Saylor Foundation. The coordinator approved it, and as of Fall 2014, the required course with over 1400 students enrolled per year now saves students $70 in textbook costs, which is nearly $100,000 annually in estimated student savings.

Name: Recognition Awards for Innovation and Early Success In Textbook Transformation
Organization: University System of Georgia Affordable Learning Initiative
Date: 12/1/2014
Recognized by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia's Affordable Learning Georgia initiative for your work in transforming your use of the textbook.

Name: Nominated for Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award
Organization: University System of Georgia
Date: 10/1/2014

Name: Minority Advising Program (University System of Georgia) Administrator of the Year, 2001
Organization: USG
Date: 1/1/2001

Name: Rotary Service Award
Organization: Rotary
Date: 1/1/1999

Name: Johnnie Ruth Clarke Award for Excellence in Administration
Organization: National Council of Black American Affairs
Date: 1/1/1999


Title: "PREP-IT-UP! Post-Secondary Readiness Enrichment Program"
Publication Date: 1/1/1999
Type: Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Mary Jo Fayoyin,