MALiA Spring Meeting

The MALiA Spring Meeting will be Friday, May 15th from 10am to 2pm at Hampden-Sydney College’s Bortz Library.

Morning session: For Your Eyes Only: Self-Assessment in Information Literacy Instruction presented by Maryke Barber, Public Services and Arts Liaison Librarian, Hollins Library

Afternoon session: Should Libraries be in the Revenue Generating Business?: Options, Advantages, and Pitfalls, presented by Penny Lloyd, Marketing and Information Manager, Roanoke County Public Library

Register online:

Please bring $9 to cover the cost of your boxed lunch.

MALiA Spring Meeting

Youth MALiA Meeting April 24

The next MALiA Youth meeting will be Friday, April 24 at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg.

Tentative agenda:
Budget: Summer reading incentives
Roundtable discussions: Teen programming & Library resources and programs for homeschoolers

Youth MALiA Meeting November 14

The next MALiA Youth meeting will be Friday November 14th at 10:30 am at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg, Virginia.

There are two great activity/demonstrations lined up for our upcoming meeting:

  • Wendy Rancier from Roanoke County will be presenting a Guerilla Storytime.
  • Rebecca Bennett from Wythe Grayson will be showing us how to put on a Ukrainian Egg Decorating program that is perfect for tweens, teens and adults.

Please RSVP to Amanda Bailey, and if you’d like to have an Early Literacy Exchange at the end of the meeting let her know what theme your library has.

MALiA Fall Meeting and Program

Old-School Tactics, New Media & Partnership Possibilities: Marketing Strategies for Today’s Libraries

MALiA Fall Meeting and Program Flyer

Christine Brantley, Community Relations & Development Manager, Virginia Beach Public Library Sarah Greene, Interim Director, Tidewater Community College/Joint-Use Library Neva White, Community Services Manager, Virginia Beach Public Library/Joint-Use Library 

Where: Brown Library, Virginia Western Community College When: Friday, November 14, 2014, 10 am to 2:30 pm

You know what an awesome resource your library is. If only everyone else knew, too! It’s harder than ever to grab attention in today’s world. So, how do you generate awareness? And how do you get people to see your library as it is, beyond the stereotypes and beyond books? Whether your customers are on campus or throughout your community, this trio has tips and ideas to help you spread the word. They’ll share marketing ideas and what’s worked for them, especially in the last year as they’ve partnered to open and market a joint academic/public library, the Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library. You’ll come away with actionable ideas you can implement at both public and academic libraries.

RSVP Online at:

Lunch Cost is $10 and is payable at check-in.


Christine Brantley has more than 20 years of marketing and public relations experience including six years at Virginia Beach Public Library. As community relations and development manager, she oversees all marketing, communication and fundraising on behalf of the library, including its collections, programs and services at 10 locations and online. She has a successful record of pitching stories, generating news and building buzz. Before joining the world of libraries, she was marketing coordinator for Old Dominion University’s Office of Distance Learning in Norfolk, Va., and  Director of Communication at National Cinema Network (now National CineMedia), formerly in Alexandria, Va. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Neva White is the community services manager for the Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library. She has been involved with the project since the very beginning when the feasibility study was originally conducted. She was also the facilitator for developing the Memoranda of Understanding between the City and the College, worked with the Interior Designs architect, and assisted in developing the staffing plan and budget for the City portion of the building. She is trained as an organization development facilitator and as such facilitates the City of Virginia Beach’s Quality Organization Strategic Issue Team. Her previous work experience includes time at the San Antonio and Fort Worth Public Libraries in Texas as well as the Horn Book, Inc. in Boston, Mass. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Sarah Greene is interim director for the Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, where she oversees building operations, technology services and academic services. She’s been employed at Tidewater Community College for eight years, as a librarian, and then Coordinator of Technology and Library Operations for the Joint-Use Library, prior to her current role. She was project manager for the ILS Connector in use at the Joint Use Library and member of the team that oversaw development of technology applications. Before joining TCC, she was a librarian at Florida Keys Community College in Key West, FL. She has a master’s in library science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Youth MALiA Meeting August 22

The next Youth MALiA meeting will be Friday, August 22 at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg. New start time: 10:30am

Tentative Agenda:

Summer Reading 2014 – Triumphs & Failures

Winter/Summer Reading 2015 – upcoming themes

Youth MALiA Meeting April 11

The next Youth MALiA meeting will be Friday, April 11 at Tazewell County Public Library

We’ll be partnering with Enid for the regional exchange of the Early Literacy Activity Centers and Training on Apps in the Library.


10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Drop off Early Literacy Centers and Introduction

10: 30 to 12:30 training on using Apps and iPads in the Library

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30 pick up new early literacy center materials

MALiA Spring Meeting

The MALiA Spring Meeting will be held Friday, May 16 from 10am to 2pm at Hollins University’s Wyndham Robertson Library. Click here for the poster, or see below.

We are pleased that we have had such a good response for the MALiA Spring Meeting. We have reached capacity and registration is now closed.

Innovation, Renovation, Conservation: Designing Library Spaces for the Future

Friday, May 16, 2014, 10 am– 2:30 pm
Hollins University’s Wyndham Robertson Library


Panel Discussion on planning, designing and executing new or renovated spaces for contemporary library uses. Speakers include:

Diana Rosapepe, Director, Roanoke Co. Public Libraries
Luke Vilelle, University Librarian, Hollins University
Betsy Fowler, Consultant, 2013 CLIPPY award winner for library redesign

Poster Session –Library Spaces: competitively selected, participants are invited to submit a poster sharing their success.

Lunch at Hollin’s dining hall ($8 at the door)

Green Libraries: Tips & Trends with Amanda Adams, AIA, LEED certified architect with CJMW Architecture


Register here by May 10th:

Submit a poster application here by April 11th

For directions and a campus map, click here.

MALiA Spring Meeting Parking Information for Hollins University:

Parking will be available in the Visitor lot located next to the library as well as in the East lot (the library visitor lot only has a dozen or so spaces).  To get to the East lot, you pass the visitor lot, turn right at the stop sign, then drive through a Faculty/Staff lot to reach the East student lot. The Campus map is here:

MALiA Fall Meeting

The MALiA Fall meeting will be held Friday, November 8, 2013 at South County Public Library in Roanoke, Virginia.


Click here for the MALiA Fall meeting flyer.


Speaker: Nathan Flinchum

Virginia Room Librarian, Roanoke Public Libraries, previously Technology Center Librarian at RPL. MLIS, Syracuse University


Millions of Stories Waiting to be Found: Genealogy for the Non-Genealogist

Many library staff find themselves faced with questions about genealogy that they don’t even know how to begin answering. Let an “accidental genealogist” help you understand the needs of family history researchers and start discovering the stories of the past that are hiding in our libraries’ collections.


Choosing the Best Free Web Apps for your Organization

With thousands of cheap and free online tools available, which ones should you choose for yourself and/or your organization?



10 am Welcome and Check-In

10:30am Business Meeting

11am-12pm Genealogy for the Non-Genealogist

12pm-1pm Lunch* & Explore the New Library

1pm-2pm Best Web Apps

2pm Adjourn


*Registration required for boxed lunches from Mill Mountain Café.

Register Online at:

Please register by 10/25 if you plan to attend this event.

Cost for lunch: $10 to be paid on site.

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients

The Mid-Atlantic Library Alliance (MALiA) recently awarded four scholarships to people who are continuing their education in library and information science.  Each recipient was awarded $1,000.  Candidates for MALIA scholarships are required to be employed at a MALiA library and must be accepted in a graduate program of library and/or information studies.

The four scholarship recipients are:

  1. Tonia Kestner who is enrolled at the University of Tennessee.
  2. Rocio Rueda who is enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University.
  3. Holly McCormick who is enrolled at San Jose State University
  4. Rachel Burcham who is enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi

MALiA’s Scholarship Committee is pleased to congratulate all of our recipients and to encourage other potential candidates to apply for the next cycle of scholarships.  The deadline for applying for the next scholarship cycle is November 1.  Information and forms are available at the Scholarships tab on the MALiA web site.

Youth MALiA Meeting Friday, August 23

The next Youth MALiA meeting is Friday, August 23, 10:00am at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg.


  • Summer Reading Program – triumphs and failures
  • Online Registration – did it work for your library?
  • So long CSLP – welcome iREAD – upcoming themes
  • Genrefying the Library – do we do away with dewey?
  • Flooring for your storytime space – what works best?

If you can’t attend but would like to share any thoughts on the agenda topics with the group please contact Amanda Bailey.