2016-2017 Board of Directors
Joshua has been working in libraries since he was 16 years old, when he was a volunteer at the Palm Springs Elementary School’s media center. From there he went on to become a student employee at the Main Library of the Palm Beach County Library System. While attending college, Joshua worked for the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, which is part of the St Johns County Public Library System. Currently, Joshua is a Collection Development Librarian for the Palm Beach County Library System, specializing in audiovisual and electronic services. Joshua has worked in just about every department a library has to offer over the years, and is very passionate about providing excellent service and expanding the role libraries play in the community.
He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Florida, and his MLIS degree from Florida State University. While completing his MLIS degree, Joshua also earned a certificate in Information Architecture from FSU. Joshua is a huge proponent of technology and digital literacy, and has dedicated much of his career, as well as education, to furthering his—and others’—knowledge of technology.
Joshua has been the Technology and Communications Committee Chair for the past two years, and was the Vice-President last year. He has had an active role in promoting and planning PBCLA events, and put together PBCLA's new website. Joshua is also currently a member of the SEFLIN Conference Planning Committee. When he is away from the library, he enjoys spending time with his wife and stepdaughters, futilely watching his favorite sports teams, and comics.
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Dawn has worked in both education and libraries for over 20 years. After her graduation from the University of Oklahoma in 1992, she taught math to youth offenders at the Florida Ocean Sciences Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. In 2002, she started her library career as the Glades Adult Literacy Specialist for PBCLS, a library associate position. While working for the county, she was awarded the ELSUN scholarship (Education of Librarians to Serve the Underserved) which provided an educational experience with an emphasis on outreach to multicultural library patrons. In 2007, she earned her MLIS degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After graduation, Dawn shifted from the public sector to the private, and was employed at Keiser University in West Palm Beach as the director of the campus library. While in that position she served as the SEFLIN training coordinator and participated in the state-wide virtual reference program, Ask-A-Librarian.
Dawn has been an active member of PBCLA since 2007 and has served on the Board as the Director for Academic Libraries. She has also chaired the Nomination committee and co-chaired both the Technology and Bylaws committees. She is an Instruction and Reference Librarian for South University in Royal Palm Beach. Dawn’s primary focus is research training and assistance to both the Bachelors and Masters level nursing students and faculty. To meet the growing needs of the student and faculty population Dawn has created and maintained many course and subject specific LibGuides. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog Layla, old school 80’s roller skating, and hiking Big Sur, California.
David hails from the “Great White North”, a.k.a. Canada. He was born, raised and educated in Southern Ontario (Toronto, Stratford, Waterloo and London) before he ventured south of the border in 1998.
David graduated from Waterloo University with a B. A. in History in 1989. His first library job was in a part-time capacity at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London, Ontario with their Regional Archives collection. From there it was a natural step to London Public Library (LPL) in a full-time capacity as a Library Associate. During David’s eight year tenure at LPL, he gained a greater appreciation for the critical role of libraries in the community, what they had to offer and how he could best contribute. The logical next step was to attain a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario which he completed in 1997. LPL and Southern Ontario were not able to hold him for long and his adventure south was soon to begin.
David joined Palm Beach County Library System in September 1998 at the Gardens Branch (formerly North County Regional). In the Fall of 2000 he was promoted to Manager of the Greenacres Branch Library and has held the position ever since. During his time at PBCLS, David has served on several Long Range Planning Committees including the county-wide “Library Cooperative & PBCLA Job Exchange Program” for which the Committee received a SEFLIN Vista Award. In 2003-2004 David “graduated” from the Sun Seekers SEFLIN Leadership Institute.
Amanda earned her Bachelor’s in Information Studies from Florida State University. She began working for the Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) in May 2001 as a Library Associate II in the Serials department. In February 2006, she was promoted to Library Technician in Serials. After graduating in 2012 with a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, Amanda was promoted to Reference Librarian at the Acreage branch of PBCLS where she currently works teaching computers classes and hosting programs in addition to reference work. Amanda has been a member of PBCLA since 2013 and is involved in the fundraising committee.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University on a full academic scholarship in 2010 with degree in Public Administration and a minor in Sociology, Elizabeth studied aboard in Italy for semester. It was there she had an epiphany. As she was surrounded my great works of art, amazing food, and a vibrant culture she found herself visiting every Italian city’s public and private libraries. She knew she had found her calling and sought to pursue her dreams in libraries thereafter.
She got her start in the Palm Beach County Library System in 2012 where she was hired as a library associate I in circulation at the Main Library. She was then promoted to a library associate II the following year at the Wellington Library. She was promoted again in the same year, as the Adult Literacy Coordinator for the Belle Glade Library where she heads the Adult Literacy Project and the English Exchange/ESL programs in the Glades. Literacy and community outreach became a personal passion for Elizabeth as she seeks every opportunity to promote library programs and literacy within the community.
Director - Public Libraries
After several years of being a teacher in New York, Cheryl Fishman decided to pursue her Master of Library and Information Science from Queens College, City University of New York. She was among the first group of graduate students to earn a post-graduate certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Public Library Services.
Upon her graduation from Queens College in 2006, Cheryl and her husband Neil moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, where she became the Youth Services Librarian for the Boynton Beach City Library. During her seven years of service to this library, Cheryl became active in several different library organizations and initiatives; specifically the Florida Library Youth Services Network (FLYSN), a network of local municipal youth librarians in Florida, as well as the Florida Library Association.
In 2008, she graduated from the SEFLIN Sun Seeker Leadership Institute. Also in 2008, she was awarded the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Penguin Young Readers Group Award, which enabled her to go to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. As co-chair of FLYSN, Cheryl was able to organize, develop and execute several performers’ showcases for South Florida libraries; the first of its kind in the area. The Florida Library Association recognized the importance of this type of event and reached out to her and FLYSN with the hopes that a performers’ showcase could be done at their annual conference. Cheryl became the committee chair for FLA’s Performers’ Showcase in 2010 and 2011.
Cheryl joined the Palm Beach County Library System in 2013 and is currently the Head of Youth Services at the Royal Palm Beach Branch Library. She is looking forward to representing the Youth Services division as well as public libraries in general in PBCLA.
Director - Public Libraries
Clifton is a Palm Beach County native and has been an active long time library supporter. He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Anthropology and History at FAU’s Honors College in 2009. He soon found his calling during a summer internship at the college’s special collection and archives departments. He also began volunteering for the PBC Library System in 2011. Clifton received his MLIS from Florida State University in 2012, where he gained a certification in Information Architecture. He was hired as a Librarian by the PBCLS Acreage Branch library in 2014 and is currently working at the system's West Boynton Branch location.
Clifton currently serves the public as a Research Services Librarian. Among his many duties, he is West Boynton’s Technology Trainer, responsible for public and staff training by providing over 20 different computer and electronic resource courses. He is also an Embedded Librarian. Finally, Clifton is a member of several library organizations and the Committee Chair for PBCLA Programming, were he oversees quarterly meetings and the popular monthly Talk & Taste’s series.
Director - Academic Libraries
Michelle Keba is the Reference Librarian for education, psychology, athletic training, and student success at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute. Prior to joining Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2015, she served as a reference and instructional librarian at Nova Southeastern University and as a fifth and sixth grade English language arts teacher in South Texas. Though she is new to PBCLA, she grew up in Palm Beach County and is excited to become an active member of the PBCLA community.
As an active member of ACRL, ALA, and SEFLIN, Michelle has served on committees in the ACRL Instruction and Distance Learning Sections, the ALA Library Instruction Round Table, and has chaired the SEFLIN Conference Planning Committee. She has also presented at both local and national conferences, including the American Library Association Annual Conference, the Distance Library Services Conference, FACRL Annual Program, FLA Annual Conference, and the SEFLIN Conference and has published in the Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning. In 2015, she and her co-workers at Nova Southeastern University won the Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Innovation Award for their work creating LibraryLearn, a mobile-first platform for storing and displaying instructional videos.
Director - Academic Libraries
Janet has worked in libraries, archives and museums for nearly twenty years. She earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Florida Atlantic University and a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Janet worked at the Boynton Beach City Library for fifteen years, initially as a Library Associate, and later as the Library Archivist for the Schoolhouse Children's Museum and Local History & Archives Departments.
In 2012, Janet transitioned to the academic library environment, working as a Library Technician II, Archives & Reference Services at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus. In 2016, she joined the PBSC faculty as Associate Professor, Librarian, where she is an Instructional Librarian, Director of the College Archives and the Student/Faculty Liaison for the Bachelor Degree Programs.
An active PBCLA member since 2011, Janet has served on the Programming and Bylaws Committees, volunteered at advocacy events, and created a digital archive of PBCLA organizational records. Janet is on the Mentorship committee for the Society of American Archivists, Secretary for the Society of Florida Archivists, immediate Past President of the Boynton Beach Historical Society, author of seven books, and co-creator of the wildly popular moonlight history cemetery tours in West Palm Beach. She credits her passion for libraries and research to the fictional sleuth, Nancy Drew.
Director - At Large
Graham was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. With a strong interest in literature, local history and technology, he has had an interest in libraries since his first library job as a Media Archives Assistant at the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives when they were housed by the Miami-Dade Public Library System. From there he went on to work at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach during their 2009 move from their old facility to their new state of the art facility where he was on the forefront of one of the earlier switches to RFID technology and a large implementation of new technology programming that came with the new facility.
Graham then spent five years working at the Apple Store at The Gardens Mall as a "Product Expert" where he trained staff, worked with local businesses, taught one-on-one and group workshops during the rise of the smartphone and tablet world.
After his library hiatus, Graham spent some time working at the Riviera Beach Public Library and now is the Technology Librarian at the Joseph and Gioconda King Library at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. In this position he explores new and unique ways to bring technology programming and usage into the library. He has begun some hands-on work with digitization of Addison Mizner's personal scrapbook collection housed by the library, migrating the libary's automation system to the open source Koha system, and has been an asset in creating some new teen outreach programs the library has been working on. He recently graduated with his MLIS from Florida State University and also holds a Bachelors in Public Administration from Florida International University.
Graham has also been a technology columnist for the Palm Beach Post and has been a member of PBCLA since 2011.
Chris Jankow started as a Reference Librarian at the Palm Beach County Library System’s Acreage Branch in late 2013, where he enjoyed providing public service, planning library activities, and providing technological instruction. In March of this year, he became the library system’s Community Engagement Coordinator, responsible for the execution of system wide events and fostering community partnerships. Chris is a lifelong lover of libraries and has been a PBCLA member since 2011.