2017 West Virginia Library Legislative Day

 

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Library Legislative Day

Monday, February 27, 2017

About the Day

  • Exhibits in the WV Capitol Upper Rotunda 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • A reception for legislators will be held in the Reading Room of the West Virginia Library Commission from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Legislative Committee wants to insure that every Senator and Delegate gets a personal visit that day from one of their constituents and is encouraged to attend the reception where he or she will have additional opportunities to talk with “their people”.

We also want to present exhibits in the Rotunda that highlight the contributions libraries make to the economic, educational and cultural success of our communities and the State of WV.

We need you to do 2 things:

  1. Look over the list of service tables and people to contact.  Pick one you feel you can contribute to – something you feel your library does especially well – email or call the person listed and sign on to help with that display.  It is important that every county be represented in this effort so that when representatives come looking for constituents there will be someone there!   WVLA will prepare a master list of all the counties and the location of the tables where they are located within the Rotunda which will be provided to legislators.
  2. Email wvlaleg.day2017@gmail.com and tell us who your representatives are (there are new ones and no master list yet) and which of them you have already talked to and which ones you will be visiting on Feb 27th.

Tell us which of the services you are helping with so that we can include your county on the list for legislators.

Service Tables (11 am – 4 pm Upper Rotunda)

  1. Business support – Christy Carver, Greenbrier County Public Library 304-647-7568 carverc@mail.mln.lib.wv.us  (Greenbrier County)
  1. Referral services and e-government services – such as FAFSA, ACA, SSI, etc. David Owens, Cabell County PL 304-528-5700dowens@cabell.lib.wv.us  (Cabell County)
  1. Children’s services –  Amy Stover, Raleigh County Public Library Phone 304-255-0511stovera@raleigh.lib.wv.us  (Raleigh County)
  1. Programming – Bonnie Dwire  304-291-7425dwireb@clark.lib.wv.us (Monongalia County & Brooke County)
  1. Reading materials – books, magazines, newspapers – Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County  304-343-4646 ext. 1229 elizabeth.fraser@kanawhalibrary.org (Kanawha County)
  1. E-services; WV-READS – Sara Ramezan sramezan@cabell.lib.wv.us and WVDeli- Toni Blessing  Kanawha County (Cabell County & Kanawha County)
  1. Local collections –Catherine Clevenger, Clarksburg Harrison 304-627-2236  cathy.clevenger@clark.lib.wv.us (Harrison County)
  1. ABE/ Literacy – Margaret Smith, Hamlin-Lincoln County, 304-824-5481 msmith@cabell.lib.wv.us  and Paulette Kirby, Monroe County PL (Lincoln County & Monroe County)
  1. Educational support – books for curriculum support, tutoring, bookmobile visits, class visits, classroom visits, proctoring, class cards, deposit collections, etc.  Sarah Palfrey, Summersville Public Library 304-872-0844sarahc@mail.mln.lib.wv.us        (Nicholas County & Summers County)
  1. Job services – resume creation, job applications, job testing  Elizabeth Tackett, Buffalo Creek Memorial Library etackett@cabell.lib.wv.us 304-583-7887
  1. Public access computing – Christy Carver, Greenbrier County Public Library  carverc@mail.mln.lib.wv.us 304-647-7568
  1. Extension/OutReach  services – Judy Gunsaulis, Fayette County Public Library 304-465-0121gunsaulj@mail.mln.lib.wv.us (Fayette County)
  1. Reference – statewide databases – Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County 304-343-4646 ext. 1229elizabeth.fraser@kanawhalibrary.org (Kanawha County)
  1. Community center, meeting areas, etc. – Dottie Thomas, Ohio Co. 304-232-0244thomasd@weirton.lib.wv.us (Ohio County)
  1. Non-book collections – oddities, yearbooks, curiosities -Carol McClung, Rupert Public Library 304-392-6158 mcclung@mail.mln.lib.wv.us (Greenbrier County)
  1. Special Libraries – WV State Law Library – Kaye L. Maerz is developing this table.
  1. School Libraries – School Library Division – Suzie Martin librarynbct@gmail.com
  1. Academic Libraries – WVLA Academic Library Division- Martha Yancey martha.yancey@mail.wvu.edu
  2. Maker Spaces – Sarah Palfrey is looking for those who would be interested in creating a maker space table please contact Sarah at sarahc@mail.mln.lib.wv.us

Goals for this 2017 session:

  • State grant-in-aid and Library Commission Funding. Assistance from the Library Commission, including per capita Grants-in-aid enables all libraries to offer a consistent level of service. The West Virginia Library Association [WVLA] encourages the Legislature to at least maintain the current level of funding.
  • Passage of legislation allowing a Library Facilities Improvement Fund. Libraries in the state are aging and there is presently no funding available on the state or federal level to assist in construction, renovation, maintenance and repair of buildings. This legislation would provide for the establishment of fund where grants could be sought from outside entities to provide such assistance on a state-wide basis. It will permit the Library Commission to develop necessary rules and regulations to govern the administration of the program.
  • Simple majority approval for all excess levies. Excess levies provide short-term predictable funding streams for approximately 1/3 of the 97 library systems in the state. However, the 60 per cent majority required for passage of these and other levies is difficult. All excess levies should be on an equal footing and require a simple majority to pass. An amendment to the WV Constitution should be placed on the next state-wide ballot.

Long-Term Goals:

  • Dedicated funding for all public libraries. Libraries must have adequate, predictable, sustainable funding to provide the full range of services needed by West Virginians. West Virginia ranks fiftieth in total funding for public libraries and that is because the local funding is deficient in many cases. The WV Library Association strongly supports legislation resulting in dedicated local funding for public libraries.
  • School libraries and certified librarians in every school. School libraries and school librarians are essential to quality education but too few of the public schools in the state have at least a part-time Library Media Specialist. West Virginia students need school libraries in order to achieve.

In conclusion:

Contact Ann Farr, Chair of WVLA Legislative Committe with any questions

wvlaleg.day2017@gmail.com

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Chuck Jones To Present On Bookmobile And Outreach Services At The WVLA Annual

chuckwvlaChuck Jones is the Bookmobile Associate at the Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, WV.  We asked him a few questions about his career and upcoming presentation at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.

Mr. Jones, please describe your position. What do you do?

I operate the bookmobile in Mercer County

What is your session title?

Brief Overview of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Annual Conference

Please tell us what your session is about.

This session will touch on some useful information and interesting strategies to increase outreach service to our respective communities as discussed at the ABOS conference.

Which audience is this session intended for?

Public Library

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

WVLA conference attendees with bookmobiles or who are involved in other outreach services may find some of the information beneficial to their programs.

When you are not working, what is your favorite way to spend your free time?

with my family

Thank you Chuck Jones for sharing your presentation information with us!



The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Chuck Jones as a presenter at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We hope that you will join us on Friday, October 7 at 10:15 pm to attend his presentation.

This year’s conference will be held at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV from October 5-7th.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1469214352
http://www.gladesprings.com/

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Telling Your Library’s Story: Belinda Anderson To Speak At The WVLA Annual

belindaBelinda Anderson, an author from Asbury, WV, will be presenting three different sessions at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We asked her a few questions about her career and one of the upcoming presentations titled Telling Your Library’s Story.

Belinda, please describe your position. What do you do?

In addition to my four books of fiction, I have an extensive background in journalism, including news articles. I have often written library publicity items, from book sales to salad luncheons to fund drives to special programs.

What is your session title?

Telling Your Library’s Story

Please tell us what your session is about.

Librarians often are asked to tell their stories.  What does that mean?  The presenter answers that question with tips and tools from her journalistic background and experience with library publicity.  Learn how to expand from listing services to sharing success stories that show how your library benefits its patrons.

Which audience is this session intended for?

All staff in the following libraries:  academic, public, special, school, also trustees and friends.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

By learning more about specific ways you can inform the public of the services you are providing, you will be better able to elicit public support for your library.

When you are not working, what is your favorite way to spend your free time?

Going to my public library is one of my favorite recreations. As soon as I’m through the door, the atmosphere relaxes me. Then I get energized by the anticipation of what I might find. When I check out a book, it’s like a shopping high, but even better, because it’s free! I enjoy listening to books as well as reading them in print.

Do you have a website/blog link and/or social media handles (ex. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) you would like to share?

www.BelindaAnderson.com

Thank you Belinda Anderson for sharing your presentation information with us!




The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Belinda Anderson as a presenter at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We hope that you will join us on Thursday, October 6 at 2:45 pm to attend Telling Your Library’s Story.

This year’s conference will be held at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV from October 5-7th.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1469214352
http://www.gladesprings.com/

Interested in promoting your program for the WVLA Annual Conference? Fill out the form here and send a photo to Sandy Gekosky at  gekosky@gmail.com.

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Explore Library Narratives With Dr. Charles Julian

chuck-julianDr. Charles Julian is the Director of the Mary F. Shipper Library, and the Associate University Librarian of the Potomac State College of WVU, in Keyser, West Virginia.  We asked him a few questions about his career and upcoming presentation at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.

Dr. Julian, please describe your position. What do you do?

Responsible for leadership and growth of the Mary F. Shipper Library Team, supporting a service-oriented, user-centric environment which proactively supports excellence in teaching and learning.  I enable the definition and articulation of the vision, mission, strategic directions, and priorities for the future of the library within a team that values creativity, teamwork, and innovation.  Planning, budgeting, communication, and user support are key components of my position.

How long have you been a member of WVLA?

In some form or another (while residing in the state) since 1975

Do you serve on any of the Board, roundtables, committees, or divisions of the WVLA?

Not currently (have been back in WV for a year) but previously have served in various positions

What is your session title?

Uncovering Local Compelling Narratives By Writing Your Library’s Story

Please tell us what your session is about.

In their growth and development, libraries throughout the state create compelling narratives — historical insights into the challenges, quirky events, and interesting people who have been responsible for the growth and development of West Virginia libraries.  This session will explore some of those compelling narratives and provide hints, tips, and techniques for libraries wishing to identify, document, and preserve the historical impact they’ve had in their communities.

Which audience are your sessions intended for?

All staff in the following libraries:  academic, public, special, school, also trustees and friends.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

Attendees who subsequently choose to act upon identifying their local compelling library narratives will actively contribute to the historical tapestry of the state’s library and information community.

When you are not working, what is your favorite way to spend your free time?

Who has free time?  The exploration of local history has been a lifelong passion.

Thank you Dr. Charles Julian for sharing your presentation information with us!



The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Dr. Charles Julian as a presenter at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We hope that you will join us on Friday, October 7 at 11:30 am to attend this presentation.

This year’s conference will be held at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV from October 5-7th.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1469214352
http://www.gladesprings.com/

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Follow The Midland Trail With Belinda Anderson At The WVLA Annual!

anderson2Belinda Anderson, an author from Asbury, WV, will be presenting three different sessions at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We asked her a few questions about her career and one of the upcoming presentations titled Follow The Midland Trail.

Please describe your position. What do you do?

I’m the author of four books and was included on the first Literary Map of West Virginia, published by Fairmont State University. That was thrilling, as was having my name selected by the West Virginia Library Commission for a 2013 poster honoring West Virginia Women Writers for National Library Week!

What is your session title?

Follow the Midland Trail

Belinda, please tell us what your session is about.

 Join the author on a literary journey along Route 60.  We begin in Huntington with a college dropout’s searing Great Depression novel and end at the home of one of West Virginia’s most successful female authors – and we’re not talking about Pearl S. Buck.  This program debuted at the White Sulphur Springs Public Library.

Which audience is this session intended for?

All staff in the following libraries:  academic, public, special, school, also trustees and friends.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

This session is intended to provide you with an enjoyable experience and  professional edification, and to serve as an example of a programming approach that can be used as a lecture or expanded. The public library in Hillsboro turned a version of this program into a community dinner, with community members reading selections from the featured authors.

Do you have a website/blog link and/or social media handles (ex. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) you would like to share?

www.BelindaAnderson.com

When you are not working, what is your favorite way to spend your free time?

Learning about West Virginia authors has become an interest ever since I was named to the state’s first literary map — and was chagrined at how many names were unfamiliar to me. Under the tutelage of Phyllis Wilson Moore, I started learning more of this state’s literary heritage and to appreciate the themes of the state’s authors, such as justice and freedom. There’s a lot of forbearance, too, often laced with humor.

Thank you Belinda Anderson for sharing your presentation information with us!




The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Belinda Anderson as a presenter at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We hope that you will join us on Thursday, October 6 at 10:15 am to attend the Follow The Midland Trail presentation.

This year’s conference will be held at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV from October 5-7th.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1469214352
http://www.gladesprings.com/

Interested in promoting your program for the WVLA Annual Conference? Fill out the form here and send a photo to Sandy Gekosky at  gekosky@gmail.com.

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Steve Bremer To Represent EBSCO At The WVLA Annual Conference

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Steve Bremer, an EBSCO Regional Sales Manager, is coming from Richmond, VA to present at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We asked him a few questions about his career and upcoming presentation.

Steve, please describe your position. What do you do?

I represent EBSCO’s database, discovery and eBook division to public libraries and schools in West Virginia

What is your session title?

Open Doors

Please tell us what your session is about.

We aim to give libraries the tools to empower their patrons to engage with the vast resources already at their fingertips; resources that are often underappreciated simply because they’re challenging to even find. Furthermore, we aim to give libraries the tools to project their offerings beyond their existing patron community, ideally creating patrons out of non-patrons. Our overarching aim is to Open the Doors of your library and greet the public with an accessible and valuable experience relevant to anyone seeking knowledge.

Which audience is this session intended for?

All staff in the following libraries: academic, public, special, school, also trustees and friends.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

Libraries often face challenges in making the abundance of content they provide both relevant and easy to access to their patrons. We recognize that challenge as a significant barrier to usage, and we strive to help libraries steer patrons to as many relevant resources as possible during a patron’s experience at the library. We want to improve your electronic resource usage and to steer your patrons to content that they value.

When you are not working, what is your favorite way to spend your free time?

I enjoy brewing beer, and when I can, winning medals in competitions for beer that I brew! It’s a hobby that requires an understanding of many things I don’t find intuitive: biology, chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics… and still allows for a measure of artistry and creativity!

Thank you Steve Bremer for sharing your presentation information with us!



 

The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Steve Bremer as a presenter at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016. With the assistance of his colleague, Ann Murdock, they will discuss options that will make your library more visible. We hope that you will join us on Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 am to attend their presentation.

This year’s conference will be held at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV from October 5-7th.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1469214352
http://www.gladesprings.com/

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Sarah Palfrey To Present On Programming For Tiny Budgets

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Sarah Palfrey is the Director of the Summersville Public Library in Summersville, WV.  We asked her a few questions about her career and upcoming presentation at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.

Ms. Palfrey, please describe your position. What do you do?

Everything but cataloging.

 

How long have you been a member of WVLA?

12 years

Do you serve on any of the Board, roundtables, committees, or divisions of the WVLA?

Have served as Public Libraries chair, 2nd VP and currently on the Legislative Committee

What is your session title?

Programming for Tiny Budgets

Please tell us what your session is about.

It’s about seeing programming in a whole new way, without increasing your budget.  It’s not just about storytime (not that there’s anything wrong with storytime) but seeing your programming activities as a way to advocate for your library.  And then get loud about it, toot your horn and show off a little, we are doing amazing things and everyone needs to know about it.

Which audience is this session intended for?

Public Library

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

I hope it will inspire people to try something new, to look at what you’re doing and either shake it up (if it needs it) or shout about it in a very un-librarian way.

Do you have a website/blog link and/or social media handles (ex. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) you would like to share?

https://www.facebook.com/sarah.c.palfrey
https://www.facebook.com/Summersville-Public-Library-313633512323/
I am pretty Twitter-illiterate
@SummersvillePL on Instagram

When you are not working, what is your favorite way to spend your free time?

Going on adventures with my kids, baking, watching movies and of course reading.

Thank you Sarah Palfrey for sharing your presentation information with us!



The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Sarah Palfrey as a presenter at the WVLA Annual Conference 2016.  We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, October 5 at 3:45 pm to attend her presentation.

This year’s conference will be held at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV from October 5-7th.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1469214352
http://www.gladesprings.com/

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