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Meet Marguerite Dube, 2015 PaLA Treasurer

Posted By Marguerite Dube, Thursday, August 6, 2015


I’m Marguerite Dube, Director of the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Branch Libraries in Exton, PA. I have been a member of PaLA since 2006, and am presently serving on the Board as Treasurer.

I have received many benefits from this wonderful organization. As an MLIS student at Drexel University, I received a substantial tuition discount through my membership.  In 2010, I was fortunate to be chosen to participate in the PaLA Leadership Academy (PALS), which helped me significantly in developing my leadership skills as a new library director and while serving on the board of PaLA’s Southeast chapter

Through my participating in PaLA, I have met an energetic, talented and fun group of individuals who are committed to providing excellent library services to the citizens of Pennsylvania.  I have learned a lot from them, and once my term is up as Treasurer, I look forward to serving with them in some capacity in the future. 

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Meet Melissa Rowse, PaLA Membership Chair 2015-2017

Posted By Melissa Rowse, Friday, July 10, 2015
Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

I have a confession ~ I love change and no other profession changes as much as we do.

Not only do we metamorphose daily from decoding a reference question to singing songs at storytime to delivering presentation, but also over time our profession has fully embraced the rapid changes in technology. 

I am proud to be a librarian and even happier to be member of PaLA.  When I am not touting the benefits of libraries, you can catch me on a run, vacuuming, or surrounded by canines.  I volunteer and foster for a rescue organization called Haven to Home.  True to my breed (of favorite dogs - that is), I am friendly, loyal, and need daily exercise and water. 

I am so happy to be a pack member moving PA Forward.

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Meet Dana Barber, PaLA Director at Large and Library Director

Posted By Dana Barber, Friday, June 26, 2015
Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

I am the Director of the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library in Bristol, PA and proudly serving as PaLA’s Director-at-Large.

A few points about me:

  • Honest, loyal, and always armed with a smile
  • Proud mother of two bright and beautiful girls
  • Avid music enthusiast with a complete lack of musical talent
  • Passionate about library service and free and equal access for all
  • Committed to lifelong learning and to building strong communities

My Personal goal: Make the world a better place in whatever way I can

Why I joined PaLA:

The voice of libraries is stronger when delivered through PaLA. I believe the only way to make a true and monumental difference is to do it together. PaLA members are not only committed to library service and passionate about what they do, they also have an astounding generosity of spirit. I am so grateful to have them in my life as advisors, mentors, sounding boards, and cheerleaders.

That is why I belong. I am in it for libraries, I am in it for the community I serve, and I am in it for me.

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Meet Elizabeth Davis, PaLA Director at Large

Posted By Elizabeth David, Friday, June 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

PaLA is not just a professional organization, but a great big library family. As a new librarian I joined PaLA because I wanted a way to meet fellow librarians in my community and learn more about the profession.  As a member of the Northeast Chapter, I was able to work on small projects that affected the local chapter of the organization as well as learn from other librarians in my field. 

Joining at the beginning of my career aided in my development as a librarian. Through presentations and poster sessions at local and annual conferences, I was able to share what I was learning with fellow librarians.  I was also able to build a network of colleagues who shared similar interests and could rely on for help with library projects. I was able to take on leadership roles early in my career with the local chapter and statewide PaLA committees and the YSD Division

I was honored to be awarded the New Librarian Honor Award in 2010, participated in the Academy of Leadership Studies in 2010 and most recently elected to the Board of Director as a Director at Large.

Just like a supportive family, PaLA has helped me and I’m glad to return the flavor. 

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Meet Josh Berk, PaLA Director at Large and Bethlehem Public Library Director

Posted By Josh Berk, Friday, May 22, 2015
Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

I’m a second-generation Pennsylvania librarian. Both Mom (Rita) and Dad (Jack) worked for many years in PA libraries. The Bethlehem Area Public Library, where I am now Executive Director, was my dad’s library for 34 years and a second home to me.

I’ve taken after him in other ways as well, including my love for baseball and passion for all things Phillies. He will insist that he’s far better looking, but as you can see, I at least have hair.

I’m currently kept very busy with my job, writing books, and raising the next generation of Bethlehem Library directors. It will either be my five year-old daughter or eight year-old son. Both of them love the library, books, and reading, but it is my daughter who really seems to have the knack for administration. She certainly enjoys telling me what to do!

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