A vision of 21st Century Libraries

Dr. S.K. Hastings will offer the keynote address for our awards banquet at the WVLA Conference in Shepherdstown.  Energetic, enthusiastic and e-saavy to the nth degree we can expected to entertained and educated.  What more could we ask?

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Samantha Hastings, Ph.D.
Director, Professor

Dr. S. K. Hastings has been the director of the School of Library and Information Science since August 2006. Previously she directed the digital image management program of study at the University of North Texas, School of Library and Information Sciences and served as interim dean 2004-2005. She holds a MLIS from USF Tampa and a Ph.D. from Florida State.

Sam’s research interests in the retrieval of digital images, cultural heritage, telecommunications and evaluation of networked information services influence how she views the changing roles for information professionals. “Without library and information scientists, there is little hope that people will be able to find the information and knowledge needed to flourish in the digital environment.”

Sam has worked as a consultant and built full-text and image databases for accountants, dentists, doctors, lawyers and county and state governments. Along the way, Sam has worked to help public libraries and museums connect to the Internet and share their cultural objects in a digital environment. Her current research in partnership with Arius3D, Inc. explores use of 3D digital objects in learning environments.

She served as president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2004 and served five years as the acquisitions editor for the ASIS&T Monograph series, published by Information Today, Inc. Recently she launched a new annual review for Cultural Heritage Informatics with editor Charles Harmon of Rowan Littlefield.

Dr. Hasting’s whit and sense of humor should give us and enjoyable evening while we soak up lots of thoughts about our ubiquitous




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Annual conference registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2013 West Virginia Library Association Annual Conference in Shepherdstown, October 9-11.  The Clarion Hotel is offering a special conference rate of $89 + 12% taxes per night for registration made by September 20, 2013.  (Yes!  September 20th -- just around the corner!)  WVLA is offering an early bird discount conference rate for members whose registrations are received by September 21st.  Conference registration can be submitted by mail, fax, or directly online at .  To receive the early bird member rate in the online registration system, you must log in.  Because our online system is new, you will need to use the Forgot username/password link below the log-in fields to reset your password.  Enter the e-mail you listed on your last WVLA membership renewal for your username.  Loading the membership data was…messy…to say the least.  If you run into any problems with your password reset, please contact Jessica Tapia, Webmaster, or Beth Royall, 1st Vice-president.   [ [email protected] (304) 293-0312; [email protected] (304) 293-9755]  And if you would rather not deal with the online system, feel free to use the printable registration form and mail or fax it in.  Also available at the conference website are a draft program schedule, along with information on the 4 exceptional  Wednesday morning tours being offered by the Local Arrangements Committee.  These no-cost tours require pre-registration as space is limited.  Please take a look now, and contact the listed hosts to indicate your interest.

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