Dr. Charles A. “Chuck” Julian is a 1971 graduate of Warwood High School (Wheeling) and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Glenville State College. He attended the University of Sheffield, England on a Rotary International Fellowship where he earned a master’s degree in information studies. He obtained a master’s in library science degree from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University and completed a doctor of philosophy degree in library science from the Florida State University.
Previously, Julian worked as a library/information specialist at Adena High School in Frankfort, Ohio; Moundsville Junior High School; Parkersburg Community College; and at Glenville State College. In 1992, he joined the staff at the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) at Wheeling Jesuit University where he served 19 years before assuming the directorship of the Paul Meek Library at the University of Tennessee-Martin. In August 2015, Julian returned to West Virginia and became Director of the Mary F. Shipper Library/Associate University Librarian at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
Over the years, Dr. Julian, a native West Virginian, has participated in a number of professional associations including the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Special Libraries Association, and the West Virginia Library Association. He has previously served as and is currently a gubernatorial appointee to the West Virginia Library Commission. Julian is active in the Keyser community as a member of the Rotary Club and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He is a frequent presenter at professional and other organizations.
Julian is a WVLA Life Member. Previous WVLA offices have included: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Chair-Junior Members Round Table, Chair-College and University Section, and service on numerous committees. In 1986, he received the WVLA Junior Member Round Table’s Outstanding Library Service Award and in 1991 the WVLA Dora Ruth Parks Award.
Statement of Concern
Within the state of West Virginia, there have always been challenges and opportunities for libraries and library professionals. But, too frequently, we forget the influence and impact that libraries have upon our fellow citizens. We can get blinded by the trees in the forest — it’s hard to be philosophical or inspirational when struggling to garner enough dollars to meet local maintenance of effort funding. However, libraries do truly transform!
The American Library Association has it right when it proclaims that we need a “clear, energetic voice for our profession, showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age.” The West Virginia Library Association should take the lead in our state to be one of those clear voices – to assist those library supporters in the effective telling of our story through initiatives that address awareness, perception, and engagement.
Within the Association, we can better serve members by functioning as a clearinghouse for advocacy issues and information and by improving our communication with WVLA members. We need to sharpen our website and to consider innovative ways to deliver our message. If travel budgets shrink, we need to be more proactive in online and virtual meetings and conferences. We need to demonstrate the value that the Association brings to its members in real and tangible ways. Also, we need our members to fully engage with the West Virginia Library Association.
As a long-time WVLA member, during my decades-long affiliations there have been exceptionally innovative years, times of upheaval, and periods of dullness. But, for anyone wishing to make a professional difference, the Association can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
After 40 years as an active library/information professional, I still joyfully go to work every day. Becoming a librarian has been one of the best decisions of my life!
Ultimately serving again as your WVLA President would be both an honor and a privilege.