Lilleth Beckford started in the library world right out of high school, working for three years at the St. James Parish Library in Montego Bay, Jamaica, as well as its Cambridge and Mt. Salem Branches. She received a Jamaica Library Service Scholarship to attend the newly formed Library School at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and was one of its first students.
Upon grduation, she went on to work in the St. Thomas Parish Library system, and became very active in the Jamaica Library Association. In five years there, Lilleth emphasized promotion of the library's services in rural communities. One of her achievements was the creation of a local history collection featuring artifacts found in excavations, information from documents in the National Archives, and interviews with the area's oldest residents.
At the GraceKennedy Group, Lilleth established the organization's first business library. At 33, Lilleth became one of the youngest presidents of the Jamaica Library Association. She was instrumental in establishing the JLA's Special Libraries Section and served as its first chairperson.
After migrating to the United States, Lilleth earned an M.A. in Urban Studies from Queens College and an M.L.S. from St. John's University. She has worked as adjunct faculty at New York University's Bobst Library, and helped revitalize the HIV Resource Library of the New York City Department of Health.
Lilleth serves as Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at the Gill Library branch on the Co-op City Campus, where she also teaches a course called Research and Information Literacy.