2016-2017 Board of Directors

Dawn Frood
President

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 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 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. 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. 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, old school 80’s roller skating, and hiking Big Sur, California. 

Graham Brunk
Vice President/President Elect

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.

Joshua Stone
Past President

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.

Amanda Woolf
Treasurer

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 computer 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.

 

 

Elizabeth Braunworth
Secretary

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.    

Elizabeth began with the Palm Beach County Library System in 2012 where she was hired as a library associate I in member services at the Main Library. Shortly after, she became the Glades Area Literacy Coordinator in Belle Glade where she focused on promoting literacy within the community. After completing her master’s degree in information sciences from Florida State University in 2016 she was promoted to children’s librarian I at the Main Library.  

Russell Gift
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.

Clifton Barefoot
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 has also participated in the PBC Library Embedded Librarian program for 2 years and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute, Year 13.

Alyse McKeal
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 Palm Beach State College, Harold Manor Library in Lake Worth.  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.

Michelle Keba
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.

Chandra Thorton
Director At-Large

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.

Chris Jankow
Membership Chair

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.