2018-2019 Board of Directors
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 2009.
Vice President/President Elect
Elizabeth has been working in libraries for over 15 years. Her career started as a library assistant while attending Tuskegee University. She graduated from Tuskegee University with a B. A. in English in 2001. She started her library career with Palm Beach County Library System in 2002 at The Clarence E. Anthony Branch in South Bay.
While at PBCLS, her services focused on literacy and education of children, families and seniors in The Glades. In 2009, Elizabeth’s efforts were recognized by receiving an Employee Recognition Award form Palm Beach County Library System and a Proclamation from the City of South Bay, Fl. In 2017, Elizabeth received an ERA for assisting in planning and creating events for the 25thanniversary for the Clarence E. Anthony Library.
In 2017, Elizabeth graduated with an M.L.I.S from Drexel University. Presently she is a Reference and Research Librarian with Palm Beach Library System. She is active an active member of PBCLA, South Florida Tuskegee Alumni Club, and Take Stock Mentoring Program.
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 the Palm Beach County Library System. 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 public libraries to academic and is currently the Collection Development Librarian at Florida Atlantic University.
Dawn has been an active member of PBCLA since 2007 and has served on the Board as Vice-President and as the Director for Academic Libraries. She has also chaired the Nomination committee and co-chaired both the Technology and Bylaws committees. In 2017, Dawn completed her Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog Layla and hiking Big Sur, California.
Josh has been working in libraries since he was sixteen years old, when he was a student employee at the Palm Beach County Library System’s Main Library. Over the years he has worked for several different libraries as a Circulation Associate, Serials Associate, Reference Librarian, Collection Development Librarian, and has been the Director of Digital Services at SEFLIN since 2017.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of North Florida, and an MLIS degree from Florida State University. While completing his MLIS degree, Joshua also earned a certificate in Information Architecture from FSU. Joshua has dedicated much of his career to expanding technology and digital literacy in the community. Joshua is part of the inaugural cohort of the Library Freedom Institute, a program designed to help librarians become advocates for online privacy and security.
Joshua has been an active PBCLA member for years, and was the PBCLA President from 2016-2017.
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 from Florida State University with a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, Amanda started as Reference Librarian at the Acreage branch of PBCLS where she taught computer classes and hosted programs in addition to reference work. In October 2017, Amanda was promoted to Collection Development Librarian for PBCLS and her focus is on ebooks, e-audiobooks, dvds, and cds. Amanda is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute; has received several Employee Recognition Awards and a Golden Palm; currently serves on the SEFLIN Regional Conference Planning Committee; and has been a member of PBCLA since 2013.
Director - Public Libraries
Michelle is a reference librarian at the Delray Beach Public Library. She was formerly the archivist at the Delray Beach Historical Society, and before that, a news librarian, researcher, and data interactive editor at the Palm Beach Post for nearly 20 years. She keeps one hand in the news business doing freelance research for The Coastal Star, a monthly newspaper covering the coastal communities in southern Palm Beach County.
After receiving a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Michelle worked as a law librarian in Madison, WI, and then — after she moved to Florida in 1987 — at the Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach, followed by a two-year stint as Government Research Service Librarian for the Palm Beach County Library System.
Michelle has been an active member of the (now sadly defunct) Florida News Library Association, the News Division of the Special Libraries Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting. She’s been a member of PBCLA on and off since 1990, and has presented at local, state, and national conferences.
When she’s not at the reference desk, Michelle enjoys photography, the beach, riding her bike around town, cooking, and paddling in the Florida Keys
Director - Public Libraries
Russell began his career in libraries when he was just sixteen years old, working as a page for the Village of Palm Springs library. Two years later, in August of 2004, he began working for the Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) as a student employee in the Serials department of the Main Library. In June 2007, he left PBCLS to complete his Bachelor's degree in Jacksonville, FL. At that time, he also began working for the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch library of the St. Johns County Public Library System as a circulation assistant. Russell then worked as a photographer for Fanatics, Inc., the official, licensed distributor for NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, NCAA teamshops online. And then in 2011, he returned to PBCLS as a Library Associate II at the Wellington Branch Library. After a few years he was promoted to a Library Associate III and then to a circulation supervisor at the Lantana Road Branch Library. During this time, he completed work on a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. In June 2016, he was promoted to the position of Children's Librarian at the Gardens branch of PBCLS where he currently teaches coding classes to children, and runs popular chess and math clubs. Russell is also the current chair of PBCLS's Coding Interest Group.
Director - Academic Libraries
Alyse has been an avid lover and supporter of libraries her whole life, having "grown up" in one while living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She has spent the last 17 years volunteering, interning, training, or working in public, special, and academic libraries. Alyse's first experience working in libraries began with her volunteer work on a Mobile Library bus (Biblioteca Movil Probigua) in Antigua, Guatemala and its neighboring villages. During this time, she also ass isted the Proyecto Bibliotecas Guatemala (part of PROBIGUA) with both setting up small libraries and technology areas in community centers.
Presently Alyse is a reference and instruction librarian at the Palm Beach State College Harold C. Manor Library in at the Lake Worth main campus. Her other primary work function is to coordinate all electronic resources and print periodicals for the College’s four year, two year, vocational, and certificate programs.
Alyse also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to moving to Palm Beach State College in summer 2015, Alyse was the Social Sciences Librarian at FAU Libraries for almost 8 years. Throughout her library career, Alyse has been involved in and served on various committees through the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), the PBCLA, and the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). Alyse has been involved in various committee leadership positions through the American Library Association (ALA) New Member Round Table (NMRT) for the last several years. She has also been involved in committee work through the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) and the Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS). She has published and presented at local, state and national conferences on diverse subjects.
Director - Academic Libraries
Bruce is the Government Information Librarian and Head of the Government Information and Maps Department at Florida Atlantic University Libraries. In addition, he works as one of the Business Librarians assisting students and faculty of the College of Business. Bruce began his work at the Boca Raton Campus in 2003. He earned his MLIS degree from the University of South Florida and worked previously at the Broward County Main Library in Ft. Lauderdale. Bruce is an active member of PBCLA and is currently serving on the Advocacy & Outreach Committee.
Chandra was born and raised in the western communities of Palm Beach County. She started her career at the Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) in 2005 as a Library Associate II in Member Services. In 2008, Chandra transferred to Talking Books a subsidiary of Outreach Services, where she truly found her niche. Chandra’s inquisitive mind and passion toward accessibility for all has led to a number of acknowledgments for herself and her coworkers. Chandra was the recipient of the 2016 Julie Klauber Award from Keystone Systems. She and her coworkers were recognized as the 2013 Subregional Talking Books Library of the Year by the National Library Service, a division of the Library of Congress. In 2016 they also received and Honorable Mention from the Urban Libraries Council. Chandra has presented on accessibility for the visually and physically handicapped in the library system at the KLAS User’s Conference and participated in table discussions at the Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference. Chandra will serve as the incoming Vice President of the KLAS User’s Group for the 2017-2019 terms. Chandra enjoys family, food, and travel.
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. 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.