2019 WVLA Slate of Candidates

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(Voting will be August 1, 2019 through August 16, 2019)


2019 WVLA Slate


1st VP - Todd Duncan


Todd Duncan is the Director of the South Charleston Public Library. He has worked as a Youth Services Librarian, Teen/Reference Librarian, and as a High School Librarian. He received a BA in History from Ohio University and an MLIS from Kent State University. He is a member of ALA, WVLA, and serves on the WVLA Legislative Committee. Todd is also the current 2nd Vice President of WVLA. He serves on the board of the South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the South Charleston Community Advisory Panel.


2nd VP - Breana Bowen


Breana Bowen is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Jewish Studies. She also received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University. She is a member of WVLA, ALA, PLA, SELA, YALSA, and the ALSC. Breana has held positions in many facets of libraries including: library services aide, customer service specialist, homework help center coordinator, reference librarian, and youth services staff. Currently, she is the Assistant Director for Youth Services at the Cabell County Public Library. While working in West Virginia, Breana has been active in the West Virginia Library Association by serving as the chair of the WVLA children’s roundtable for the 2015 and 2017 Spring Fling Conferences, and she has served as the SELA Rep to the WVLA Executive Board from 2015-2019. She has also been active in lobbying for West Virginia libraries at the state legislative level, and she has presented programs at Spring Fling and Fall Conference. Breana serves local literacy needs as a board member and chair of Read Aloud West Virginia, Cabell County and as a member of the group Education Matters and Success by Six. She also serves as a member of Leaders of Literacy, a group dedicated to helping achieve the states campaign for grade level reading. Breana believes that modern libraries should serve as both a community space and place, and she also believes that libraries must meet societies evolving educational, recreational, informational, and technological needs to stay relevant in the 21st century.


Secretary - Virginia Kline


Virginia is an Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser, West Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas. She studied in Germany and the Czech Republic at International Schools acting as a consultant. Her team built a library from scratch for a new school in Karlovy Vary. In recent years, Virginia served for almost two years as the Chair of the Academic Division, and she really enjoyed that experience. In addition to WVLA, she is an active member of WPWVC/ACRL and a Mineral County Master Gardener. If she were to be elected WVLA Secretary, she is interested in holding a strategic planning session during our first board meeting and working closely with other members to ensure goals are set and met. She believes we have a lot of potential, and she would like to see this organization grow and become stronger.


Treasurer - Erika (Reed) Connelly


Erika (Reed) Connelly has been a West Virginia public library director for over twenty years, mostly at the Marion County Public Library System. Her passion for public service, providing excellent customer care, and cultivating imaginative programming started at the Doddridge County Public Library as a clerk in 1998, into her first directorship at the Taylor County Public Library. She has been influenced over the years by her many relationships with North Central WV libraries. She enjoys traveling, learning new technologies, and brainstorming with other librarians to push the boundaries of the modern public library patron experience. She has a BA from Fairmont State University and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina.


Treasurer - Sarah Mitchell


Sarah Mitchell, Main Library Public Service Manager, joined Kanawha County Public Library in 2015. She is responsible for all Public Service Departments (Popular Materials, Reference, Children, and Teens) at the Main Branch and all system wide programming. In addition, Sarah worked at Cabell County Public Library from 2010 till 2015. Sarah has taken multiple accounting classes at Huntington Junior College. Sarah has served on the WVLA Executive Board as the Public Service Chair. She has also presented program sessions at Spring Fling.


SELA Rep - Elizabeth “Beth” Anderson


Beth is the mother of three boys: Doug is 20, Aaron is 11 and Josh is 9. She is very active in her community and volunteers her time with several organizations. Professionally, Beth has worked in library settings since late March, 2015 when she started as the on-call person at the Burnsville Public Library. She was given the opportunity to serve as the library director starting July 1, 2015. During her tenure, the library programs have grown immensely, and the library has received several national grants from PLA, OCLC, the Gilder Lehrman Foundation and others, as well as lots of local grants. Beth has attended national conferences such as PLA 2018 and RIPL 2018, as well as many other in state, professional development conferences, trainings and meetings. She has presented on webinars for PLA programs iii and Project Outcome. She will be co-presenter for an upcoming SELA (South East Library Association) PLS (Public Library Section) webinar on Summer Reading. The Burnsville Public Library is also one of Project Outcomes nationwide case studies. Beth is currently serving a WVLA Public Libraries Division Chair and will serve next year as chair for the Directors Roundtable. She is also chair-elect for SELA PLS and will serve as chair during the next biennium.


SELA Rep - David Owens


David Owens received his MLS from Texas Woman’s University. He has worked in the James Francis Art Research Library at the Huntington Museum of Art and is currently the Reference and Extension Librarian at the Cabell County Public Library. He has been a member of WVLA for years. Most recently, he as served as the Roundtable Representative. David has also worked tirelessly to lobby for West Virginia Libraries, helping with Library Day at the Legislature for several years. He has presented sessions both at Spring Fling and Fall Conference, and he has attended several national library conferences through the Public Library Association and American Library Association. David also instructs college courses through Marshall University, Mid-Ohio Valley Center. He is an avid historian and highly euthanasic about libraries and what they offer to the community.

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