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2019 VLA Election of Officers:
Candidate Statements & Biographies

The election of the 2019 Virginia Library Association (VLA) Officers opens July 25, 2018 and will close on August 24, 2018.


Remember, in order to vote in the election you MUST BE A MEMBER OF VLA (Individual or Life Member.) You are always welcome to become a member or renew your membership.


Good luck to all of our candidates! The winners of the election will join the following previously-elected members of the VLA Executive Committee.

2019 VLA Candidate Biographical Information & Candidate Statements

Candidates for Vice President/President Elect (3-year position):

Shaunna Hunter (Hampden-Sydney College)

Shaunna Hunter

      • Shaunna Hunter's Biographical Information:
        • Shaunna Hunter is currently Director of the Walter M. Bortz III Library at Hampden-Sydney College, where she started as Public Services Librarian in 2002. Shaunna is a current member of VLA, ALA/ACRL, and the VIVA Collections Committee. She served as 2015 VLA Conference Co-Chair and VLA Treasurer from 2015-2017.
      • Shaunna Hunter's Candidate Statement:

I’ve always felt proud to work in a library and known I’ve chosen the right vocation, but becoming active in VLA has given me a new appreciation for the amazing work taking place in libraries. The first time I really became aware of the creative and inclusive programming across Virginia was during a session selection meeting while serving as VLA Conference Co-Chair in 2015. I was so impressed by the variety of sessions proposed by public, academic, and special libraries. I love my work as the Director of the Bortz Library at Hampden-Sydney College, but to see what my library colleagues where offering their communities all across the Commonwealth, often with limited resources and staff, I cannot remember being prouder to be a part of it.

After joining the Executive Committee and attending Council as VLA Treasurer, I got to see more. I saw members organizing to promote intellectual freedom and communicate their message effectively, I saw members volunteering hours of time to the Association updating the website, planning programming, judging for literary awards, fundraising for scholarships, and advocating for libraries directly to our lawmakers. I saw the Association recognizing the need to do more to promote diversity in hiring, services, and collections. But what I truly saw was an Association living up to its purpose to “develop, promote, and improve library services, library staff” and “to advance literacy and learning and to ensure access to information in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

I would be very proud to serve as your VLA President, and I will work hard to responsibly fulfill my duties in the same way I do at work – by listening openly, and including (and appreciating), the voices and contributions of my library colleagues. I will work with our talented Executive Director and Committee, and VLA Council to continue exploring ways to increase membership, improve communication, and pursue strategies to ensure the financial strength of VLA. The future of libraries is bright, and together as an Association we can continue to serve our communities, support our staff through professional development, and communicate our value and impact to stakeholders.

Jennifer Resor-Whicker (Radford University)

Jennifer Resor-Whicker

      • Jennifer Resor-Whicker's Biographical Information:
        • Jennifer Resor-Whicker is the Coordinator of Information Literacy at Radford University’s McConnell Library, where she has been employed since 2010. She holds the faculty rank of assistant professor. She is an active member of the Radford University campus community, serving on various faculty committees and search committees. Her BA in English literature and MLIS are both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a graduate of the 2012 ACRL Teacher Track Immersion Program. She has published in Virginia Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Synergy and Internet Reference Services Quarterly. ALA’s Library Instruction Roundtable selected an article she co-authored with her RU colleagues on web evaluation as one of the top 20 articles of 2013.

          Jennifer has been a member of VLA since 2008. She served as Secretary/Treasurer of VLACRL from 2013-2015. She served as co-chair to The Innovative Library Classroom conference for the 2014-2018 conferences. She served as volunteer coordinator for the 2015 and 2016 VLA Annual Conferences. In 2017, she served as the VLA Annual Conference Chair for the conference held in Norfolk, VA. She is currently serving on Executive Committee as the Secretary of VLA.
      • Jennifer Resor-Whicker’s Candidate Statement:

VLA has been a huge part of my growth as a librarian since I began my professional career in 2010. It has helped me find my passion as a librarian, and that passion is service through VLA. Once I began attending VLA sponsored events, I knew I wanted to give back in service to the wonderful librarian community that Virginia has. VLA has given me many opportunities to serve in the profession, including serving as VLACRL Secretary/Treasurer, VLA Secretary, and the 2017 VLA Annual Conference Committee Chair. Chairing the 2017 VLA Annual Conference that was held in Norfolk, VA was one of the proudest moments in my career.

It is an honor to be nominated for VLA President-Elect. I believe that my work leading many large projects in VLA and at Radford University, has prepared me for this position. I have learned a great deal about VLA serving in VLACRL, on numerous conference committees, and on the VLA Executive Committee. If elected, I will continue the invaluable work that has been done by the previous VLA presidents. I will continue to advocate for continuing education and professional development opportunities for VLA members. I will also continue to work with the legislative committee to develop relationships with members of the General Assembly that will help fund our libraries and meet challenges to access to information. Thank you for this opportunity to continue to serve VLA.

Candidates for VLA Secretary (2-year position):

Kayla Payne (Staunton Public Library)

Kayla Payne

      • Kayla Payne’s Biographical Information:
        • Kayla Payne currently serves as the Technology Services Librarian for the Staunton Public Library. Employed since December 2012, she has also held various positions within the library in the Circulation, Reference, and Youth Services Departments. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from James Madison University and received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina.
      • Kayla Payne’s Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be considered for the nomination for VLA Secretary. I had the pleasure of attending the Virginia Library Leadership Academy (VALLA) in 2014. My leadership project involved training staff on the promotion and usage of electronic resources. This experience encouraged me to become more involved in the Virginia Library Association. I served on the 2016 Jefferson Cup Committee and have participated in the Leadership Development Forum, Continuing Education Committee, and the Collections & Technical Services Forum.

I believe I have the skills necessary to fulfill the duties of VLA Secretary. In my position as Technology Services Librarian, I compile usage statistics, develop training procedures and necessary documentation, coordinate acquisitions, cataloging, and processing activities, and maintain the Library’s website, newsletter, and social media presence. These activities require attention to detail and demand clear, concise communication to ensure consistent workflows for patrons and staff alike. As Secretary, I promise to preserve and disseminate content related to the Association in a timely and efficient manner.

Serving on the VLA Council would be a valuable opportunity to learn more about the organization and contribute to librarianship in the Commonwealth. Thank you for your consideration.

Adrienne Davis (Handley Regional Library)

Adrienne Davis

      • Adrienne Davis's Biographical Information:
        • Adrienne Davis joined the Handley Regional Library system as a paraprofessional Reference Assistant in 2003. After receiving her MLIS from Florida State University in 2012, she worked as a Reference Librarian for two years. In 2014, Adrienne was promoted to the position of system wide Adult Services Division Head. As division head, Adrienne manages the Library’s two Information Desks and the public Internet stations. She supervises a staff of eleven; oversees department services from meeting rooms to Interlibrary Loans; and department programs including the Adult Summer Reading Program. She also co-chairs the Library’s Marketing Committee and manages the Music CD collection.

          Strategically, she focuses her energies on helping people connect with and utilize the best library resources that meet their needs. Resources include services and collections available within library branches and the growing services available online, from articles and research to downloading eBooks. In addition to determining best resources, Adrienne focuses on increasing awareness of those resources in the community, and providing ongoing instruction on how to use them.

          Before joining Handley Regional Library, Adrienne worked in nonprofit management as the development officer for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). She managed the annual fund, special event fundraisers, foundation grants, and corporate contributions as well as assisted with the organization’s public awareness campaigns.
      • Adrienne Davis's Candidate Statement:

The common thread in all my various roles (past, present, and future) in a public library is the opportunity I have to make connections for people and with information.  The Virginia Library Association has helped me in that endeavor and all that it involves; most importantly by connecting me with the resources, education and people I need to determine what contributions I can make and where I want to lead. The VLA’s programs support all the people that make libraries work. VLA provides not only essential tools and learning opportunities, but also the space for library workers to come and be together to collaborate, share our experiences, and inspire each other. I am honored to be nominated for this office and would happily contribute my skills and energy however needed to ensure the continued success and effectiveness of the state library association.


Candidate for VLA Life Membership:

Margaret Beattie (Central Rappahannock Regional Library)

Kayla Payne

      • Margaret Beattie's Biographical Information:
        • Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Margaret J. Beattie was a newlywed fresh from college when she took on her first job at Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) in 1978 as a cataloger. Over her nearly 40-year career at CRRL, Margaret would work as a cataloger, head of the library’s juvenile department, and branch manager of the Headquarters facility, a position from which she would retire. She received her MLIS from Catholic University.

          Along with paraprofessional coworker Lee Adams, in 1979 Margaret was a brainchild behind the development of the Paraprofessional Forum in the Virginia Library Association, now known as the Professional Associates Forum.

          With her characteristic boundless enthusiasm for public service, Margaret encouraged her customers in the pursuit of knowledge and the arts.

          Margaret kept the library running while the historic old Headquarters building and its Virginiana collection went through renovations, large and small; suffered earthquakes and tornadoes, and risked floods.

          To her coworkers, Margaret was an indomitable spirit. She mentored younger employees and made certain they were given every opportunity to hone their own skills. Even employees who didn’t work directly with or for Margaret considered her to be an indispensable asset as she was quick to help in any situation and could be counted on to find a solution to nearly any problem. If Margaret’s years at CRRL could be easily summed up in a single phrase, it would simply be “she was committed to lifelong learning and building community”. She has left an indelible mark on Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

          Margaret raised her three children in the bosom of the library family, and now has three grandchildren to adore in retirement.


The election of the 2019 Virginia Library Association (VLA) Officers opens July 25, 2018 and will close on August 24, 2018.



VLA Youth Services Forum Workshop Planned for Aug. 24

Youth Services Forum to hold workshop in August

Don't miss the August Workshop from the Youth Services Forum! With a focus on youth programming, this workshop is a day of learning and networking beneficial for all youth services staff.


When: August 24, 2018
Where: Haymarket Gainesville Community Library
14870 Lightner Rd. Haymarket, VA 20169
Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


MORNING—Three 45-minute sessions

Session I: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Highlighting the importance of STEAM
Get ideas for STEAM lessons for school age children!

For the first half of the presentation, Laini Bostian will be present four STEAM lessons geared towards first and second graders. Lessons will include magnetism, bubble and fizz, UV pony beads, and others.
For the second half of the presentation, Delwyn will be presenting the importance of the “A” in STEAM. It seems like STEM is around every corner — children have the opportunity to explore electricity, physics, chemistry and biology in elaborate and exciting prepackaged programs with a perfect/successful outcome guaranteed every time. How do Public Libraries afford to enter the STEM game? And should we? Creativity, innovation, experimentation and resiliency are an important part of STEM thinking too and we have the unique ability to provide a risk free environment in which children can explore scientific principles without judgement, grading, or ever present learning outcomes and marking criteria. Allowing children (and parents) to indulge in experimenting with tape, scissors, recycled materials, free thinking prompts and guided learning encourages scientific thinking and maker skills not freely available in many other contexts.
Presenters: Laini Bostian—Culpeper County Library
Delwyn Elizabeth—Prince William Public Library

Session II: 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
“Dumb Ideas” Do Work: Changing Our Conventional Views on Youth Programming
Have you ever thought “this will never work?” Maybe it’s too hard, it’s not age-appropriate, or they will never like it? If you are willing to go beyond traditionally accepted limits for age, gender, and ability, you can create unique, appealing programs for youth of any age.
Presenters: Jaimie Crawford—Loudon County Public Library
Patricia Pacheco—Loudon County Public Library

Session III: 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Best Bang for Your Buck from the Library of Virginia
Learn how to leverage LVA resources for your patrons and your own professional development! Explore the latest resources and preview upcoming projects, hosted by LVA's new Youth Services Consultant, Sue LaParo.
Presenter: Sue LaParo—Library of Virginia

---Lunch: 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. (On Your Own)---

Networking Round Tables: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Summer Reading Program: Things that went well and things that did not
  • Performers worth having and those that were not
  • Back to School Ideas: Reading programs, visiting schools, and connecting with preschools. How do you do it and what do you do when you are there?

—Updated July 23, 2018


Letter from VLA President Todd Elliott: July 2018

Greetings VLA Colleagues!

No matter what kind of library you work in, there is always going to be one of “those” customers/patrons/students that require a bit more patience then normal… or is that just me? Susan Henricks, in her article on problem patrons, rates them in three classes: Class I / Dangerous; Class II / Potentially Serious; and Class III / Nuisances. I hope that most of these problematic types fall in the latter category for you. Sometimes you can get a little annoyed when working with a patron but you just smile through it and serve that person. Besides, the best library stories often come from these very folks! If you care to guess, I just finished a conversation with a regular who can settle for no less than the director when he feels there is a problem. No sweat.
Some of you were fortunate enough to get to American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans… the rest of us stayed behind and enjoyed the images that went up all over social media (#ALAAC18, for those who want to look over it). Conferences are a great way to learn and connect. From the celebrity speakers to our own Lisa Varga in her dinosaur costume, everyone seemed to be having so much fun! ALA Annual will be close to home in Washington, DC next summer so here’s to getting there in 2019.

You say you want a “revolution?” Get ready for Virginia Library Association 2018 Annual Conference! Online registration went live recently so check out all the offerings available, and I look forward to seeing you at Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg September 26-28. We are fast approaching the July 16 deadline to win one of fifteen $100 stipend to VLA 2018 and made available by the Fundraising/Development Committee. Winners chosen randomly and notified by Friday, July 27. Hurry!

I am apologizing to John Lennon for the opening of that previous paragraph. Back in my youth librarian days, it was a common practice for me to enlist my two sons as helpers during Summer Reading Programs – oh, the times that dad embarrassed them while giving silly performances to large groups of their peers. Those expressions were priceless! Continue to enjoy summer where you are.

Hit me up at [email protected]. Thanks to my VLA colleagues who give the occasional shout. I enjoy hearing from you.

Citation: Henricks, Susan. "The Problem Patron." Library Administrator's Digest 36.8 (2001): 57. ProQuest. Web. 11 July 2018.


Tiffany Duck and Dorothy Hargett: 2018 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Travel Grant Winners

This year, VLA offered two Travel Grants (at $1400) apiece for two Virginians to attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 26-30. We would like to congratulate Tiffany Duck and Dorothy Hargett and wish them a fantastic experience at JCLC!


Tiffany Duck is a native of the Tidewater area and has worked in various positions within public, community college, and academic libraries for over 8 years. She spent most of her professional career working at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library as a Regional Circulation Manager and as a Branch Manager. There, she launched the “Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Library” program, an intergenerational program that facilitates bonding between grandparents and grandchildren.  Today, Tiffany proudly serves as the Manager of Library Locations at the Suffolk Public Library, providing  leadership and oversight to the front-line operations of Suffolk's branches.

Tiffany is active professionally, serving as the Chair of the eBook Awards Committee (the first of its kind) for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and as Co-chair of the Literary Awards Committee. In addition to being active in ALA, she serves on the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Earning her M.L.I.S from San Jose State University in 2013, Tiffany's areas of interest include community engagement, customer service and access, library advocacy, and intellectual freedom.

In August 2017, Tiffany won the prestigious Dr. John C. Tyson Leadership Award, named after the first African-American State Librarian of Virginia.

"I am thrilled to have won the JCLC travel grant from the Virginia Library Association. This conference experience is invaluable because of the way that all the ethnic caucuses are coming together to learn and discuss methods to further embrace our communities. I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity and share all the valuable resources and discussions with my Executive Team and Suffolk Pubic Library family after the conference."


Dorothy Hargett

Dorothy Hargett is an Assistant Librarian and Head of Access Services, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. As the Head of Access Services she is responsible for providing leadership and overseeing all aspects of the management and functions of the Circulation and Interlibrary Loan departments.

Dorothy has served on many local and national library planning committees and deemed an expert in the field of Access Services.  She has received commendations for her work as a literacy tutor and mentor for elementary students from Title I Schools in Hampton Roads.

Ms. Hargett’s passion for customer service and effective leadership in the workplace has provided many opportunities to present at various venues on these topics. She obtained a Masters of Library Information Science from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling from Regent University.

"I am very excited and honored to attend the 2018 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color.  I am filled with enthusiasm to be present at a conference with a goal to share programs and agendas that will focus on diverse communities. I am always looking for innovative ways to serve, encourage and inspire library patrons, no matter age, color or nationality.  My expectations in attending this conference are to interact and learn from librarians from different parts of the world.  I am eager to gain knowledge about new programs and creative ideas that I can share with my colleagues in order to effectively serve an increasingly diverse community.  I believe that every patron who walks through the doors of the library should feel welcome."


Letter from VLA President Todd Elliott: June 2018

Todd ElliottGreetings VLA Colleagues!

With June underway, many of you are imagining vacations and “staycations” that might include a visit to a beach or hiking a trail. Me? I’m not working on my tan, so I tend to spend more time in nice, cool movie theaters! Meanwhile, your friends in public libraries across the Commonwealth are geared up for Summer Reading Programs (SRP), ready to combat the dreaded “summer slide” for our children. Portsmouth is ready and I hope that all of the other PLs are, too!

A big “thank you” to the VLA Professional Associates Forum for a job well done in bringing “Other Duties as Assigned” to Newport News Marriott at City Center! Keynote speaker Mauricio Velasquez gave a presentation, “Toxic Employees – Toxic Workplaces,” that was so engaging. Everyone that I spoke with enjoyed the networking opportunities as well as learning new things to take back to their workplaces. It was especially memorable for me because I won the birdfeeder basket in the scholarship raffle, which was donated to a local community garden.

Summer also heralds upcoming elections for Virginia Library Association. Elections are held for Vice-President/President-Elect and Secretary, and will be held online between July and August -- watch your email for ballot details! Each officer serves as a member of the Executive Committee and VLA Council. Please refer to the Association Manual and By-Laws for detailed information and responsibilities located – where else? -  on the website.

Speaking of the annual conference, get ready for Virginia Library Association Revolution, the 2018 Annual Conference. The event will be held at Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg September 26-28. Your colleagues on the Conference Committee have worked hard to make your experience meaningful through a revolutionary selection of workshops, concurrent sessions, speakers, presentations, and special events that allow you to take charge of your professional path.

When the weather turns hot, I am reminded of the time that my oldest son, Daryll, went on a school field trip to Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter, SC, that my wife and I chaperoned. After numerous warnings about staying away from the water, guess who was the only student who fell in the lake that day? Messed up isn’t it? He’s 32 now, so he survived but I don’t think that his parents’ reputations did that year. Take your eyes off a child one second… a cautionary tale to remind our youth staff to look sharp and enjoy SRP!

Finally, as in any season, be sure to do something fun just for you. Enjoy but be careful, y’all! Thanks, as always, for supporting VLA! Feel free to give me a shout at [email protected].


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