Omar Chapman is the new Director of the Bessemer Public Library. A native of Bessemer, Al, he has a passion for his hometown and the public library in which he patronized in his early years as a student. After graduating from Mcadory High School, Omar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Alabama A&M University. He began his career with the Bessemer Public Library in 2014 and has operated in many capacities to ensure the continued growth of the Bessemer Public Library. Omar believes that education is a key factor to developments in literacy and that libraries play a critical role in the educational process. To further pursue his mission to provide equitable resources to the community and library, he obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Library Science (MLS) from North Carolina Central University. Omar is a proud two-time HBCU graduate and encourages others to pursue all educational opportunities for advancement.