2019-2020 Board of Directors
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.
Vice President / President Elect
Simone has worked in libraries since her undergraduate days at Florida International University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Women’s Studies from Florida International University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History/Art Theory from the University of Otago and a Master’s of Science in Information from Florida State University.
Simone has worked at FAU University Libraries for twelve years in Access Services, Technical Services as a Cataloger, and is now with Special Collections. With a background in the visual arts, having trained as a ceramicist, she tries to make art when she can. In her (other) spare time, she knits and watches films. Simone has been an active PBCLA member for a few years and is on the Professional Development Committee.
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.
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 research librarian at the Palm Beach County Library System’s main library. Before that she worked as a reference librarian at the Delray Beach Public Library, and was 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 - 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.
Ellen has a long history of working in education, and with children and families, from her early years of promoting children’s books at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Crown Publishing in New York City, to her present position, working with children and teens at the Loula V. York branch of the Palm Beach County Library System. After moving to Palm Beach County in 1991, Ellen worked and volunteered with several nonprofit organizations including Toward a More Perfect Union, Community Compact and the Episcopal Church. She has served on the board of Community Compact for nine years, providing educational opportunities for underserved high school and college students, most notably a summer enrichment program at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York.
Ellen enjoys providing engaging and educational programs for children and families with the PBC Library System and beyond. She has worked in Pahokee for six years and has an understanding of the challenges that families living in poverty face. In addition to outreach programs through the library, Ellen was inspired to organize Just Mercy PBC with two partners, and bring Bryan Stevenson, the author of “Just Mercy” and the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, for a speaking engagement in West Palm Beach in October 2016.
Currently, Ellen serves on the Employee Recognition Committee for the Palm Beach County Library System, promoting the creative efforts and innovative programs of her colleagues. For the past year, she has served as the Publicity Chairperson for the acclaimed Icons in Transformation Art Exhibit at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach. Ellen was recently inducted into Alpha Delta Kappa, an educators’ service sorority, which provides outreach services and funding to educators and nonprofit organizations in the community.
Ellen is a graduate of the University of Florida and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
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.