Sharyn McCrumb Announced as Opening Session Speaker of WVLA/SELA Joint Conference Nov. 8-10, 2017

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The conference committee is dutifully evaluating conferences session submissions and a preliminary conference program will be out within a few weeks.

However, we are very excited to announce that bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will serve as the opening session speaker of the 100th Annual WVLA/SELA Joint Conference November 8-10, 2017 at the beautiful Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Ms. McCrumb will also be discussing her newest book The Unquiet Grave which hits the shelves in September.

Read more about Sharyn below and/or visit her website for information: http://www.sharynmccrumb.com/

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times Best Sellers: The Ballad of Tom Dooley, She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. The Unquiet Grave is a well-researched history of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Ghost.

 

In 2014, Sharyn McCrumb was awarded the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature by North Carolina’s Chowan University. Named a “Virginia Woman of History” in 2008 for Achievement in Literature, she was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C. in 2006. In April 2017, the national DAR named her a “Woman in the Arts” for literary achievement.  

 

 Her novels, studied in universities throughout the world, have been translated into eleven languages, including French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Arabic, and Italian. She has lectured on her work at universities and museums throughout the US, as well as at Oxford University, the University of Bonn-Germany, and at the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. McCrumb taught a writers workshop in Paris, and has served as writer in residence at King College in Tennessee and at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.   

            

            Sharyn McCrumb’s other best-selling novels include The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the story of the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina. Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the mountains of western North Carolina, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature given by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Audie Award for Best Recorded Book.

 

            McCrumb’s other honors include: AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award; the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature; the Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel. She was named “Best Mountain Writer 2013” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine. A graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, with an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech, McCrumb was the first writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee. In 2005 she honored as the Writer of the Year at Emory & Henry College.

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Submit your proposals now for the 100th Annual WVLA Conference Nov 8-10, 2017

We invite you to submit proposals for panels, performances, workshops, or sessions that highlight every aspect of libraries, librarianship, scholarship and/or education—all of which are integral components to the mission of the West Virginia Library Association.

 

The 100th Annual West Virginia Library Association (WVLA) Conference this year a Joint Conference with the Southeastern Library Association (SELA)

 

Interconnectedness: The State of Being Connected with Each Other

 

November 8-10, 2017 at The Greenbrier, 300 Main Street, White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia 24986.

 

This year, you will be able to submit (the preferred method) your proposal electronically, just follow the Submit Request For Proposal link on the following website http://mds.marshall.edu/wvla_conference/

 

There is also a downloadable form on the website if needed.

 

Watch this website http://mds.marshall.edu/wvla_conference/ for further information as we get closer to the conference.

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Spring Fling 2017 – Schedule of Events

(Schedule is subject to change)

Spring Fling Schedule – Thursday, April 6

 

8:30-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:30 1st Breakout

  • Future-Proofing your library: Assessing Community and Programming needs –Melissa Brown (Continuing Education Consultant for the WVLC)
    • Learn the steps to align the needs of the community with library programming.
  • Making the C.R.A.A.P. Test Less Crappy: Teaching Source Evaluation- Sabrina Thomas (Instruction and Reference Librarian), Eryn Roles (Instruction and Reference Librarian), and Kat Philips (Librarian)
    • This Library and Instruction Round Table (LIRT) sponsored panel presentation will discuss the uses and misuses of the C.R.A.P. test, and developing teaching source evaluation to include the new Information Literacy Framework. Join us for fresh insights in helping our patrons understand and evaluate the information they use every day and helping them develop a critical eye for the information that surrounds us.
  • Connecting Public Libraries with Community Emergency Responders-Dale Petry (Director of Homeland Security Emergency Management Kanawha County Commission)
    • Learn how your library can help in an emergency. (Public)
  • Annual Report and MOE Refresher –Susan Hoskins (Planning and Programs Consultant/State Data Coordinator) and Jennifer Johnson (Library Administrative Services Director)
    • WV Public Library directors are required to submit an annual report to the WVLC yearly. Session would provide directors, or whoever they designate, an opportunity to view the software we have firsthand and provide them an opportunity to ask questions about the maintenance effort requirements. (Public)

10:45-11:45 2nd Breakout

  • Be Our Guest: Making Academic Libraries Welcoming Spaces- Rebeca Newman (Reference and Instruction Librarian) and Anna Hughes (Health Sciences Librarian)
    • Learn and identify the various policies and programs that the Schoenbaum library uses to engage and welcome students (Academic)
  • Marc Edit Made Easy-Gretchen Claypool (Technical Services Librarian)
    • Learn how the freeware program Marc Edit assist copy catalogers to modify records in batches through the efficient use of creating task streams and z39.50 enabled catalog searches.
  • Bugs! –Sara Ramezani (Assistant Director for Popular Services), Dana Smook (Dunbar Branch Manager), Tim Vernitsanos (Facilities Manager), Jason Meador (Alford Sales Rep), and moderated by Megan Tarbett (Director of Putnam County Public Library)
    • Bedbugs, cockroaches, etc.… How do you deal with bugs at your library?
  • Capturing, Celebrating & Communicating the “Why”-Jeanette Rowsey (Cabell County Public Library Trustee)
    • A “show and tell” presentation will illustrate how to capture and communicate what is unique and essential about your library. A “virtual tour” of West Virginia libraries highlights the potential for data, stories and pictures to communicate your benefit to funders, lawmakers and the entire community. (Trustee/Public)

11:45-1:00 Vendors, Lunch

1:00-2:00 3rd Breakout

  • Expect More: Listening-Melissa Brown (Continuing Education Consultant for the WVLC)
    • Do you listen or just hear? Know the difference, because your library depends on it.
  • The Value of Census Data in Your Community-Timothy A. Sarko (Data Dissemination Specialist)
    • Learn about several different types of census data: Decennial Census, American Community Survey (ACS) and economic program data. It will show the value of census data for cities and towns, businesses and research. The presentation will emphasize the usefulness of American Community Survey data in successful grant writing.
  • Uno De Solamente Cuatro-Dr. Monica Brooks (Associate VP for Libraries)
    • Two decades ago, Neely and Abif published a book entitled, In Our Own Voices: The Changing Face of Librarianship. In 2017, Neely and López-McKnight will provide a new volume revisiting concepts still relevant today. I will discuss barriers to recruiting Hispanics in librarianship and issues pertaining to migration, education, and cultural influences that impact achievement or professional advancement. (Academic)
  • Library Trustee Fiduciary Duties-Dennis C. Taylor (Cabell County Public Library Trustee)
    • This session will educate library trustees and directors about trustees’ fiduciary duties to their libraries and discuss some of the most common situations in which fiduciary issues arise with an emphasis on financial issues. (Public/Trustee/Friend)

2:15-3:15 4th Breakout

  • Making Professional Looking Promotional Materials-Megan Shanholtz (Library Director at Hampshire County Public Library)
    • Get an overview of Canva, Piktochart, and Plotly—how they function and how they benefit libraries/librarians. Samples will be provided.
  • Holding a civil discourse event: Mistakes and Triumphs-Jackie Diorio (Archivist and Records Management Librarian)
    • Recently, Marshall University held a civil discourse event. Learn what they did, what worked, and what didn’t. Civil discourse is sure to be a big topic in the upcoming months, so it’s important to talk about.
  • Legal Resources Available to the Public: What Reference Librarians Need to Know-Kate White (Access to Services manager, Legal Aid of West Virginia)
    • Seeking to improve access to legal information, Legal Aid of West Virginia has developed a number of free legal resources available to the public online or by phone. This presentation will provide an overview of those resources, as well information about Legal Aid and other programs which may assist library patrons with legal problems.
  • Opioid Antagonist Training-Kimberly Snedegar (Paramedic and WVOEMS Endorsed Instructor)
    • The training being offered will teach the individuals about the opioid antagonist Naloxone. It will educate participants on the indications, contraindications, dosing, administration and reporting requirements as directed by West Virginia Senate Bill 335.

3:30 – 4:00 Break/Vendors Cookies provided

4:00-5:00 5th Breakout

  • Digital Projects: A Primer for the Beginner-David Owens (Reference and Extension Librarian) and April Morrison (Library Associate in Marketing)
    • Digitizing local history projects requires time to investigate the best methods of sustaining your digital collection, how to recognize and acknowledge gifts and donations, and technical skills which are easily learned. This session focuses on these, while also examining some of the perils and pitfalls of starting a digitization project. (Public)
  • Accounting for State Grants-in-Aid-Karen Goff (Executive Secretary of West Virginia Library Commission)
    • On recommendation of the Legislative Auditor, the Library Commission will require libraries to account for all state Grants-in-Aid expenditures beginning with the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This session will provide and explanation of why this is being implemented and how to set up financial records to be able to submit the required reports. (Public)
  • Connecting with Local Media- Rob Johnson (WSAZ)
    • Learn the most effective ways of dealing with the media and getting your information out to the public.
  • Allies Supporting Autism Spectrum Diversity Training-Hillary Adams (College Program Student Support Specialist)
    • The WV ATC’s Allies Supporting Autism Spectrum Diversity project works to inform and educate individuals or groups who wish to provide a safe and accepting environment for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our mission is to advocate for diversity and promote understanding in order to support and develop awareness.

5:15-5:45 Roundtables

  • NorLn Cataloging Committee-Paul Norko (Cataloger)
  • Community College Librarians Discussion on Database-Heather Lauer (Director of Library Services)
  • ILL/Reference Roundtable
  • WV Foundation Center Librarians
  • Tech Services Roundtable
  • Preservation Roundtable
  • Literacy Roundtable
  • Library Instruction Roundtable

Spring Fling Schedule – Friday, April 7

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:00 1st Breakout

  • We Need Diverse Books: A Recap of the 2016 YALSA Symposium-Megan Tarbett (Director of Putnam County Public Library)
    • Recap and Takeaways from the 2016 YALSA Symposium that was held in Pittsburgh, PA. The over-arching theme of the panels and discussions was “We Need Diverse Books.”
  • Story Hour Spectacular-Stacy Richardson Bond (Children Specialist from Cabell County Public Library)
    • Are you new to story hour or a veteran looking for fresh ideas? Join us for a session filled with tons of story hour fun. We will go over the basics, suggest great books to read, showcase wonderful craft and prop examples, and more!
  • Community Learning Spaces- Beyond Sesame Street-Kate Fitzgerald (Education Director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
    • West Virginia Public Broadcasting is looking to partner with libraries to bring its award winning educational content to community space4s. Explore the ways that libraries, traditional community gathering spaces, can offer great PBS kids programming through digital and hands on activities, as well as adult education and family interaction.

10:10-11:10 2nd Breakout

  • How to Start a Teen Anime Club (When You Know Nothing about Anime)-Michelle Ross (Teen Services Librarian for Kanawha County Public Library)
    • Want to attract a crowd of teens into your library? Anime clubs are an excellent way to draw them in. Don’t know anything about anime? Never fear! This session will cover all the basics: obtaining screening licenses, finding the perfect anime to show, and fun activities for your group.
  • Great Reading Apps for Kids-Kim Kirwan (Salt Rock Branch Manager)
    • Enhance your Story Time, or use on the go! Help the kids in your life have fun reading while learning with these great literacy apps for tablets or phones. From early- literacy to older readers, we’ll sort through the newest must- have apps to the time-tested ones that will enable your kids to create and use their imagination while sharpening their reading skills and confidence.
  • Imagination Library and other partnership projects-Lena Burdette (Director of Education Initiatives of United Way of the River Cities)
    • Learn about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program and other projects your library can do with your local United Way and other non-profit agencies. We all want to promote literacy, especially emergent or early literacy. There are many ways we can partner to reach more parents and children.

11:10-11:30 Vendors

11:30-12:30 3rd Breakout

Escape the Library- Stacy Richardson Bond (Children Specialist from Cabell County Public Library)

Take part in this fun program that is sweeping the nation! Can you figure out how to escape the room? Join us as we solve different puzzles by using locks, hidden contraptions, timers, keys, and more to help you escape!

Tech Time-Angela Arthur (Cox Landing Branch Manager)

Join us as we explore modern library technology trends for children and young adults. We will discuss iPads, 3-d pens, robots, and more!

Where the Marketing Things Are-Lisa Hechesky (Research Librarian for the WVLC)

How to design a creative and fun marketing strategy for your Children’s Services Department. Workshop includes tips, tricks, and secrets to success for your marketing plan.

12:30 – 1:45 Vendors, Lunch

1:45-2:45 4th Breakout

  • Pokémon Go! And Your Library-Amy Stover (Director of Raleigh County Public Library)
    • Pokémon Go may have turned your library into a pokéstop, but it can also turn into a crowd pleasing program for your library. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of Pokémon programming and try some hands on poke projects.
  • Craft-a-Palooza
    • Have a blast while making various crafts!
  • Project Outcome and Summer Reading- Melissa Brown (Continuing Education Consultant for the WVLC)
    • PLA has created a number of surveys for free use in an attempt to calculate the impact libraries are making. For Summer Reading 2017, WVLC is requesting we use the same survey to gain important information in a unified manner.

2:45-2:50 Break/Refreshments

2:50-3:50 Closing Session

  • We will close the conference with a discussion about Summer Reading. The Children’s Roundtable will meet near the end of the session.

 

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Call to Action! Save IMLS and MLS Funding

Urgent! Action needed!

 

As you may know, the President’s America First budget plan defunds the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The majority of federal library program funds are distributed through the Institute of Museum and Library Services to each state. The West Virginia Library Commission receives $1.3M annually to be used for programs and activities that support the purposes and priorities of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Schedule of action needed:

By April 3rd contact our representatives. Please spread the word; family, friends’ patrons, social media, handouts at your library. We need the community to be involved.

Call: Evan Jenkins 202-225-3452

David McKinley 202-225-4172

Alex Mooney 202-225-2711

 

Following is a script that can be used.

 

“Hello, I’m a constituent. Please ask Representative  ________ to sign both the FY 2018 LSTA and IAL ‘Dear Appropriator’ letters circulating for signature before April 3.”

 

Use the links below from ALA to send them an email or tweet and to get more information.

 

The American Library Association is encouraging library supporters to contact their Congressmen and requesting them to sign on to a “Dear Appropriator” letter to support IMLS/LSTA funding.  The following links are provided by ALA for initiating contacts.    Send an Email  Make a Call

 

April 10-17 – Representatives will be home. Try to get them into your libraries or make appointments to discuss how important federal funding is and what it’s used for.

 

The Library Commission uses the funds to:

  • Provide all West Virginians access to online statewide databases that are reliable sources of information for students of all ages, for adults seeking to improve job skills, for job seekers, and for lifelong learners.  The databases are used by K-12 schools to supplement classroom instruction, by academic libraries to expand the depth of online resources they can offer, and by public libraries to assure access to quality information regardless of the library’s ability to pay for such resources.  The statewide project is the most economical and efficient method of providing access to West Virginians.

 

  • Pay telecommunication costs for all libraries on State Library Network.  Without these funds, most of these libraries would be unable to provide public internet services to their communities. Libraries that could afford access would have to comply with all the procedures necessary to apply for and receive reimbursement through the FCC e-rate program, another service currently provided by the Library Commission.  They would lose access to their internet based integrated library systems that affect the acquisition, cataloging, and circulation of library materials.

 

  • Support five library automation consortia in the state.  These consortia are made up of primarily public libraries but include academic and K-12 libraries.  The consortia arrangement enables the libraries in each consortia to provide library users access to the collections in all member libraries, to provide uniform staff training, and to manage their collections efficiently.  A stand-alone library automation system for a medium sized library cost approximately $15,000.  The consortia system and Federal funds allow the Library Commission to provide library automation services for approximately a third of this cost.

 

  • Deliver statewide continuing education on trends and best practices to library directors, staff, and trustees.  This program is essential since West Virginia does not have a graduate level school of library and information science.  Continuing education programs are provided online, on site, through third party presenters, and through scholarships to regional and national conferences.

 

  • Provide consulting services to libraries statewide on all aspects of library management from personnel to planning, to collection development.   Programming and services for adults and children receive specific attention.

 

  • Support services to blind and visually impaired West Virginians through enhanced reader’s advisory and technology assistance.

 

April 17thWhen the representatives go back continue to call and write letters.

 

Following is a link from ALA that continues to be updated with the representatives’ sign on. Once you see one of our representatives have said yes, call or write a thank you letter.  https://airtable.com/shruwZPRyL5f2CbQS/tbl3v3Ts6KMDMSyJ1

 

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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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