Milton S. Byam was the first African American director of the District of Columbia Public Library (1972). He later became the first African American director of the Queens Borough Public Library System (1974). Mr. Byam also authored several articles:
Byam, Milton S. "A Librarian Grows in Brooklyn." The Black Librarian in America. Ed. E.J. Josey. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1970. 50-68. Print.
Byam, Milton S. "Brooklyn Public Library's District Library Scheme." Wilson Library Bulletin 35 (1961): 365-367. Print.
Byam, Milton S. "Consulting in Staff Development." Library Trends 28.3 (1980): 399-409. Print.
Byam, Milton S. "History of Branch Libraries." Library Trends 14.4 (1966): 368-373. Print.
Byam, Milton S. "Implications for Public Libraries." Collective Bargaining in Libraries. Ed. Frederick A. Schlipf. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, 1975. 117-121. Print.
In addition, Mr. Byam also served as chairman of the Department of Library Science at St. John's University (appointed July 1, 1968); deputy director of the Brooklyn Public Library; and was a graduate of the Columbia University School of Library Science (the school closed in 1992).
Sources: "Top Negro Librarians Air Views on Library Segregation." Jet 20.5 (1961): 24-25. Print. ; "Speaking of People." Ebony 23.12 (1968): 7. Print. ; "Washington, D.C., Public Library." Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Ed. Allen, Kent, Harold Lancour, and Jay Daily. Vol. 32. New York: Dekker, 1981. 397-398. Print. ; Byam, Milton S. "A Librarian Grows in Brooklyn." The Black Librarian in America. Ed. E.J. Josey. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1970. 50-68. Print. ; "Dr. Philip Shiver is Keynote Speaker: Speakers Set for OLA Meeting." Ohio Libraries: Newsletter of the Ohio Library Association 6.6 (1976): 1, 6. Print ; "Public Library Open Sundays." D.C. Gazette 4.5 (1972): 14. Print. ; Jordan, Casper LeRoy and E.J. Josey. "A Chronology of Events in Black Librarianship." Handbook of Black Librarianship. Ed. E.J. Josey and Marva L. DeLoach. 2nd ed. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2000. 10, 12. Print.