1:00 PM – 2:15 PM.




2:30-3:45 PM

Get it Together! Librarians Deserve Respect - Mary Monaghan, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Intro to EBSCO’s New Interface – EBSCO Representative

Retirement Plus  - John Fisher, WV Department of Treasury

Graphic Novels A-Z  -  Amy Stover, Raleigh County Public Library

4:00-5:00 PM

Going Beyond Operations, Susan Hoskins, Molly Krichten, & Suzy McGinley, WVLC

Student-Centered Academic Library - Beth Royall & Linda Blake, WVU Libraries

Librarians as Knowledge Creators and Navigators: Dipping Our Toe into Academe Charles Julian, Mary F. Shipper Library, Potomac State College of WVU

Taming the E-Book Beast, Christine Lewis & Gretchen Beach, Marshall University Libraries

Best Practices of Effective Library Boards  - Ann Farr, Greenbrier County Public Library

5:00 -

MLN Meeting

NorLN Meeting – Circulation followed by Cataloging

Academic Division

GovDocs RT and Public Libraries


8 a.m. – Past President’s Breakfast


9:00 - 10:00 AM

Legal Issues Facing Your Library – Karen Goff, WVLC

Sticks and Stones May Break my Bones but Words Will Never Hurt Me? : Micro Aggressions in Every Day Life - Barbara Hengemihle & Chanelle Pickens, WVU

The Customer Isn’t Always Right, but Neither Are You - Molly Krichten, WVLC

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Archiving WV: Creating a Local History Archive and Connecting Collections - Sean Duffy & Erin Rothenbuehler

10:00 - 10:15 AM


10:00 AM  –  3:45 PM

Explora: EBSCO’s New Interface (Hourly sessions)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Digitization Workshop – Nat DeBruin, MU (This is a reserve your spot event)

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Directors’ RT

Foundation Center RT

Children’s RT

Preservation RT

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

So You Want a Bookmobile? - Amy Smith & Robert Poole, Raleigh County Public Library

Community Planning and Grant Writing - Rik Rekowski, Mary H. Weir Public Library & John Deskins, WVU

Go Fund Yourself!  Hali Taylor, Shepherdstown Public Library

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Unconference 2.0 - Molly Krichten, WVLC

If You Pin it, Bake it, Make it, or Caffeinate it, They Will Come: Marketing and Outreach at Your Library -Kat Phillips, Lynne Edington & Christine Lewis, MU

This Place Matters: Using Clio, a Location-Based Mobile App, to Bring History Alive - Monica Brooks, MU

2:45 - 3:30 PM

OCLC Member Update - Meryl Cinnamon, OCLC


WV READS Meeting

3:45 – 4:45 PM

Library Friend or Library Frenemy? - Molly Krichten, WVLC

Pulp Fiction 101 - John Adkins, UC, & Melissa Adkins, Kanawha County

Make the Case for Your Library with a Data-Based Elevator Speech - Heather Campbell-Shock, WVLC

MEETINGS: 4:45-5:30

Friends Division—Hawthorne

SR RT/ILL Reference RT—Birch

Tech Services RT/Digital RT—Elm

Schools Division/Trustees Division—Willow



Cash Bar/Hors D’ouevres/Music: 5:30-6:30



Banquet/Second General Session: 6:30-9:00

Storyteller, Joe McHugh

“Slaying the Gorgon: How the Various Mediums of Storytelling Shape How We Think and Act”



8:00-9:30: Buffet Breakfast

8:45-9:15: State of the State Address-Karen Goff

9:15-11:00: Business Meeting/Third General Session - Ivonne Martinez, Amy Lilly, and Joan Armbruster






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Announcing the winners of the 2015 election

Congratulations to the newly elected WVLA Board Members:

1st Vice President: Gretchen Beach
2nd Vice President: Megan Tarbett
Secretary: Jessica Tapia
Treasurer: Brian Raitz
SELA Representative: Breana Bowen
ALA Councilor: Majed Khader

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Looking for a challenging and rewarding career?

Due to retirement, the position of Director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries will be open on January 1, 2016. Serving a population of over 104,000 people, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries are located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia ninety miles from the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland.  With a budget of $1.2 million, the library system supports the main library in downtown Martinsburg and three branch libraries.

Berkeley County, WV is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and as such has a growing demand for library services, with one new library dedicated in 2014.Capital campaigns for additional libraries are part of our five-year plan. With over 48,000 registered borrowers, 214,000 items, and a circulation of 325,053, the library and its programs are an active part of the community.

As the director of the library, this person must not only manage a staff of nearly 60 employees but also represent the library in the community and with funding agencies. The challenge will be to increase funding to meet the growing demands of the community.

The applicant must have an ALA-accredited MLS and a minimum of 5 years’ experience as the director of a library, preferably with multiple sites. The applicant for this job should be detail oriented, able to multi-task & to meet deadlines.

The salary range is $60,000 to $95,000 depending on education and experience.

Please respond with cover letter, resume and 3 letters of recommendation by October 16, 2015 to [email protected] or Attn: Chair of Personnel Committee, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries, 101 W. King St; Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Does this sound like the job opportunity for you? Visit our website to learn more at

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WVLA Seeks Newsletter Editor

The West Virginia Library Association Executive Board invites applications for the position of Editor, West Virginia Libraries.  The editor is in charge of calling for submissions, editing the content, and producing the layout of the association's newsletter.  Issued bi-monthly, the newsletter will be electronic-only as of January 2016.   The Editor receives an honorarium of $100 per issue.  Please send letters of interest to Beth Royall, WVLA Immediate Past President, at [email protected]. Applications arriving before September 30th, 2015, will receive first consideration.  Appointment is made by the President, with the approval of the Executive Board. 

Applications should consist of a letter of interest that includes qualifications, and knowledge of and involvement with libraries and WVLA.  The Editor must be proficient with e-mail, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Acrobat Pro, and must provide his/her own hardware, software, and Internet access.

The West Virginia Libraries digital edition will be hosted on Marshall University’s institutional repository, Marshall Digital Scholar.  (For an example of what this might look like, see Appalink, the newsletter of the Appalachian Studies Association.)  The West Virginia Libraries editor is an ex-officio member of the WVLA Executive Board, which meets 5 times a year, and serves on the Awards Committee.  The editor’s term is open-ended, based on reappointment by each President.  

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