What's Your New Year's
January and resolutions go hand in hand. Most resolutions address
personal improvement. We resolve to eat less, exercise more, organize our
paperwork, spend carefully, clean closets, etc. Some libraries even hold
classes on making and keeping resolutions. If your track record is
like mine, by Valentine’s Day at the latest, New Year’s resolutions are history.
But what if we resolved to make this year the best ever for our
libraries; to make more people aware of the library; to offer more
What would it take?
Here are a few suggestions. I know you will think of more. If
you want to share, post them on the Library Commission’s Facebook page
and/or Twitter link.
Use what you
have…and find what you don’t.
Exercise more – out
in the community
Step out of your
Apply for a grant or
Get chased by
Happy New Year!
WVLC Executive Secretary
In a perfect world, library Boards meet regularly, discuss civilly, and
decide wisely. In the real world, that is not always the case.
In the real world, Boards occasionally must navigate troubled
waters. It happens often enough that United for Libraries has made
available a webinar titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and
Led by Sally Gardner Reed, former Executive Director of United for
Libraries; Trustee Jo Beckwith from Illinois; and Stephen Bero, Director
of the Algonquin (IL) Public Library, the webinar discusses:
The cost of the webinar is $75; $50
for United for Libraries and Public Library Association members.
Registration information is available at http://www.ala.org/united/training/webinars/troubledboards.
If not a member, you will need to create a free ALA account.
If webinar cost is a barrier, apply for a WVLC Continuing Education
scholarship at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018cg.
Don’t let the “Application for Conference Grants” title stop you.
Just enter “Troubled Library Boards webinar in the box titled
New Awards for 2018
WVLC is accepting
nominations for two new awards for 2018 - Library Champions and Librarian of the Year.
Both awards are designed to honor librarians and others who have made
significant contributions to the state's library community in the past
Champions award is designed to recognize individuals,
other than librarians and state and federal elected officials, who
promoted Public Libraries in West Virginia in the past year. Up to
5 nominees will be selected to
receive the award. Librarian
of the Year will honor a single employee of a Public
Library for his or her contributions to the library community in
Both awards will be presented on February 5, 2018 during the WVLA Library
Day Reception at the Culture Center. You can make nominations to
both by completing the Library Champions Nomination
Form and the Librarian of the Year
The deadline for
submission is January 16, 2018.
The West Virginia
Library Commission would like to congratulate Network Services Director
Harlan White on his well-earned retirement. After 23 years developing and
building the State Library Network, Harlan decided to hang up his
internet spurs on December 22nd.
Harlan began his career with the WVLC in 1994, and over the next two
decades was a driving force in the creation of the state library network,
which now provides internet service to 148 libraries in West
Virginia. In retirement, Harlan is expected to keep himself busy
hiking, fishing, and handling whatever chores his wife Sharon has planned
Harlan, thank you for the expertise you brought to the State Library
Network, your hard work, and of course, your humor. The WVLC won't be the same without
WVLC Welcomes New Team Members
West Virginia Library Commission would like to welcome the newest members
of the WVLC family.
Ashley, Crystal, and Gina...welcome to the WVLC!
White Sulphur Springs Public Library
Launches Annual Fundraising Drive
The White Sulphur
Springs PL hopes to raise $28,000 in its 2018 fund drive. Director
Joann Hartzell says the money will be used to match the dollars provided
by the WVLC and will cover annual operating costs. The fund raising
drive includes donations from the public, book sales, renting the
library's meeting room, and charges to makes copies and send faxes.
The library is housed in the recently renamed Katherine Coleman Johnson
building in White Sulphur Springs.
Anderson Wins Scholarship
Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) has awarded one of 20 national
scholarships to Beth Anderson, Director of the Burnsville Public
Library. The scholarships are available to staff working in rural
and small public libraries in the U.S. It allows Beth to take part
in a three day RIPL event in Atlanta, Georgia which offers
intensive, hands-on workshops focusing on strategic planning, management,
and communication. Congratulations, Beth!
2017 WVLC Reports Now Available
2017 Annual Report and the 2017 Statistical Report are now available on
the WVLC website. To view the latest reports, please visit the Library Commission
Publications page. Annual and Statistical Reports from
prior years, as well as archived Library Lookout editions, are also
Thoughts and Prayers to the Family of
Public Library Director Bruce Cressler died last month after a long
illness. Bruce spent 8 years as director of the library before
retiring in 2017.
Prior to his library career, he worked as a news journalist, editor and
photographer in the 1970s. Later, he pursued a career in product
development, marketing, and sales of pathology and biomedical laboratory
equipment and software throughout the United States, Canada, and the United
Kingdom. He was also an amateur radio operator.
was 66 years old.