June 2015


Southern Virginia University

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STEPHANIE HARDY, left, has been promoted to the position of Director of Library Services at Southern Virginia University. Southern Virginia’s former Director of Library Services, CHRISTOPHER RICHARDSON, right, will serve as Library Director and Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Union Presbyterian Seminary after June 15.

Roanoke College, Fintel Library

ELIZABETH MCCLENNEY has accepted Roanoke College’s offer to be the next Director of Fintel Library. She will begin her duties on Monday, July 27, 2015. Ms. McClenney is presently the Deputy Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, which provides library service to four historically black colleges and universities in metro-Atlanta: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and the Interdenominational Theological Center. She has served in several library positions since 1984 at a variety of colleges and universities, including the University of California — Santa Barbara, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary. Ms. McClenney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the College of William and Mary and her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Augusta County Library

Tammy CoalterTAMMY COALTER, Children's Services Librarian for the Augusta County Library, was selected as Augusta County Employee of the Year - Merit. In the past year, Tammy was very successful in expanding the reach of the library's limited staff and budget by developing new partnerships in the community.


Washington County Public Library


After 37 years of service, DEBBIE LEDBETTER, left, retired from the Washington County Public Library in July 2014. ROBERT COLBAUGH, right, replaced her as Head of Technical Services in February 2015.

Also from Washington County Public Library, Technical Services Assistant KIM BLAYLOCK earned her ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification in October 2014.

James L. Hamner Public Library

masonThe James L. Hamner Public Library is pleased to announce the promotion of CATHY MASON from Library Assistant to Public Services & Programming Librarian. After seven years of service in a part-time, non-degreed position, during which Cathy earned her MLIS, she was promoted to a full-time degreed position. When confronted with a new task, Cathy’s response is always, “I don’t know how to do that, but I’ll try.” This attitude makes her a valued staff member and the library looks forward to her success in her new role.

University of Richmond School of Law Library

TIMOTHY L. COGGINS, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law Library, will retire from his position at the Law School, effective August 31, 2015. Tim has served as a member of the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee for many years.

Hampden-Sydney College, Bortz Library

Bortz Library of Hampden-Sydney College recognizes the excellent service of TONI HAMLETT, Technical Services Librarian, who retires on June 30. Toni’s position will be filled by MARYSKA CONNOLLY-BROWN, who comes to us from Georgia Regents University, where she has been Serials Resources Librarian. Maryska has been active as a writer and speaker, and we expect her to be a valuable addition to Virginia’s library community.

Roanoke County Public Library System

CARLY BUDZYNSKI has joined Roanoke County Public Library System as a cataloger in the Cataloging & Technical Services Department. Carly is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky's Library School, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the UK Library's Cataloging Department. She also worked at the Council of State Governments in Lexington, KY while pursuing her degree.


Suffolk Public Library

Over the last year, Suffolk Public Library started connecting with their community through the POP-UP LIBRARY. This initiative has allowed the library to meet people at places they are already going within the city such as the grocery store, YMCA or community event. It has allowed them to provide valuable resources to citizens and increased library awareness. Recently Distinction Magazine wrote a great story on the efforts in Suffolk which you can read by visiting http://distinctionhr.com/2015/05/suffolk-library/.

Lynchburg Public Library

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The Lynchburg Public Library has added a new space to their building. The LYNN DODGE STORYTIME ROOM is a dedicated space for both children's programs and quiet reading for children and their parents/caregivers. The project began in 2011, with a $150,000 gift from St. John's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg. The room is named after former director, Ms. LYNN DODGE, whose illustrious career began with the Lynchburg Public Library in 1974. She also made a personal donation of over $100,000. Other major sources of funding include the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library, a grant from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, a $10,000 gift from the City of Lynchburg, and a land donation from Liberty University. The room was designed by Lynchburg-based CJMW Architecture and constructed by Centurion Solutions Group of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Special features include a large, multicultural-themed rug that mimics the diversity of the city's population, sliding doors that double as bulletin boards to hide storage space, cushioned benches, high ceilings, bright colors, and walls made of kalwall, which filters in natural daylight without glare or distraction.

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