Friday, August 26, 2011

West Virginia Library Commission Announces the Selection of New Secretary

After a nationwide search, the West Virginia Library Commission has selected Karen Goff, Library Development Director of the WVLC to serve as the new Secretary for the Commission. Goff has been acting as Interim Secretary since the retirement of previous Secretary, J.D. Waggoner, in March of 2011.

Goff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 1969 from the University of Pittsburgh and in 1971, she earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, also from the University of Pittsburgh. Goff has been employed by WVLC since 1972, where she began as head of reference services and later operated in several key positions throughout the agency.

After her selection as Secretary, Goff stated, “My entire professional career has been spent at the West Virginia Library Commission. I feel that the knowledge, experience, skills, and relationships gained during this career uniquely equip me to lead the Commission.”

Prior to the announcement, many candidates displayed a valuable knowledge and skill set, however, Goff’s 39-years of experience and positive relationships with state libraries proved a solid foundation for the position while her visions for the future offered the forward thinking needed to continue building collaborations and encouraging libraries to become vital centers in their communities.

Goff is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, current Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the West Virginia Library Association, and past President and past Secretary of WVLA, Former Editor of West Virginia Libraries, and the Recipient of 1999 Dora Ruth Parks Award for Outstanding Service to Libraries and Librarianship in West Virginia.

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