People & Happenings

After a short hiatus, People & Happenings is back!

Have you recently received a promotion? Has your library system hired new staff? Is your building undergoing a renovation or are you adding a new location? Or do you want to celebrate your staff's hard work on a recent event? VLA wants to know!

Anyone in Virginia can share their library updates to be posted on our “People & Happenings” page. Send your news in by the 15th of each month. Please keep your news items brief and please do include any relevant photographs, such as headshots for people and in-progress shots of renovations and new buildings. Please send your items to [email protected].

October/November/December 2018

Special Annual Wrap-up Edition


Campbell County Public Library: Jordan Welborn New Library Director







(RUSTBURG, VA) Jordan Welborn has been named director of the Campbell County Public Library System, effective May 1, 2018. Welborn formerly served as a Public Services Librarian for the locality since 2010, and succeeds Nan Carmack, who retired in October of 2017. In 2014, she was recognized with the Campbell County Employee Excellence Award, and in 2016, was recognized as one of the prestigious “Top 20 under 40 Millenials on the Move” by Lynchburg Business Magazine.
“Jordan has been outstanding in serving the library in numerous ways,” said Sandra Lichtenberger, Chair, Library Board of Trustees. “With her broad range of experience and passion for blending technology with public library service, we look forward to having her lead our library system to the next level.”

William & Mary Libraries is thrilled to welcome its new Music and Arts Librarian, Morgan Davis (formerly of Towson University); and Instruction & Research Librarians, Liz Bellamy (formerly of Radford University), Jessica Ramey (formerly of SUNY Potsdam), and Mary Oberlies (formerly of University of Oregon). All started their new positions in the Research department this fall.











Left to right: Morgan Davis, Liz Bellamy, Jessica Ramey, and Mary Oberlie

Changing of the Guard at Powhatan County Public Library: Whitney Berriman, New Director
Berriman joined the library in 2016. According to the Board of Trustees chair, Holly Stallworth, Berriman has really “shown her leadership, the ability to jump right in and help with programming, staff development and collection development.”

Peggy Martin (left) was Powhattan County Library Director. She retired on May 4 after more than 40 years of service. Whitney Berriman, the new Director is on the right. Photo: Laura McFarland News Editor, Richmond Times Dispatch, May 2, 2018.



Tidewater Library Peeps Dine Around

Easter DiGangi of Portsmouth Public Library organized the first Dine around at Freemason Abbey on Nov 8, 2018. The following libraries are represented in the photo below: Chrysler Museum Library, Hampton Public Library, Norfolk Public Library, Stratford University Newport News Campus Library, Suffolk Public Library, and others. Lisa Vargas brought some swag and we all learned how to make charming table tents among other things. 





January/February/March 2018


Central Rappahannock Regional Library


Alisha BarnesALISHA BARNES is Head of Adult Research at the Fredericksburg Branch.

Michelle BondesenMICHELLE BONDESEN is Adult Research Librarian at the Salem Church Branch.
Chuck GrayCHUCK GRAY is Interim Branch Manager at the Snow Branch.
Christie HoernemanCHRISTIE HOERNEMAN is Adult Services Coordinator at the Library Administration Center.
Rachel PlacchettiRACHEL PLACCHETTI is Head of Adult Research at the Porter Branch.
Pamela SmithPAMELA SMITH is Branch Manager at the Salem Church Branch. 

October/November/December 2017

Special Annual Wrap-up Edition


Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Central Rappahannock Logo

Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has said a fond farewell to retirees MARGARET BEATTIE (Branch Manager, Fredericksburg Branch), JEFFREY EDMONDS (Adult Services, Fredericksburg Branch), SCOTT PHILLIPS (Adult and Youth Services, Howell Branch), and CANDACE SCHMIDT (Customer Service, Porter Branch), which allowed for the promotion of many long-time staff.

As a result, CRRL has welcomed new librarians from throughout the country: ERIC ANDERSON (Adult Services, Salem Church Branch), ALISHA BARNES (Adult Services, Howell Branch), ANNIE BRULATOUR (Youth Services, Salem Church Branch), QUETTARA DRAYTON (Youth Services, Howell Branch), SARAH HUTCHINSON (Youth Services, Fredericksburg Branch), and MEGAN NORTHCOTE (Youth Services, Salem Church Branch).



July/August/September 2017


Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Tina Metzger

TINA METZGER has joined the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing as the College Librarian. She was formerly library assistant branch manager at the Midlothian Library, Chesterfield County Public Library. She holds an MSIS from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is located in Richmond, Virginia. 


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