BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan College's director of library services, Paula McGrew, has been appointed to the James W. Curry Library Board.
She was appointed to the position by the Upshur County Commission during a 9 a.m. meeting Thursday.
McGrew has an extensive background as a librarian. She has been a librarian in the public school system, as well as at a public library. She also served as the health sciences librarian at United Hospital Center.
"In each case, I have found that libraries serve important roles for very specialized audiences. It would be my hope to provide some perspective and to share expertise with the board and to provide support for the efforts of this library," she told the Commission in her letter of intent to seek the position.
County Administrator Kelley Cunningham made the recommendation to appoint McGrew after reviewing multiple letters of interest in the position.
Cunningham told the Commission she believes McGrew's experience would make her a good addition to the board.
"I thought her background could help the library grow," she said.
Commissioner Donnie Tenney agreed.
"I think she could bring a new perspective to the board. I also believe Mr. Curry would be pleased with what's happening with the library," he said.
McGrew said she was happy to be appointed and is eager to get started.
"I would just like to get my feet on the ground a little bit," she said.
She said libraries enrich their communities.
"They can be very empowering," McGrew said.
Her connection with West Virginia Wesleyan College also will help strengthen the relationship between the school and the community, McGrew said.
"We're always looking for ways to be engaged in the community. This did seem to be a good fit for me. The community can only get better with strong libraries," she said.
In other business:
- Commissioners approved a request by Thomas O'Neill to be removed as fiduciary commissioner.
O'Neill is closing Tom O'Neill and Associates to accept a position as general counsel to a private company. O'Neill requested that all of his fiduciary files be assigned to other fiduciary commissioners.
- The Commission approved the full-time employment of Carol S. Potts as a tax deputy with an hourly wage of $8.
- Commissioners approved the advertisement of a part-time housekeeping position to replace a custodian who has been terminated.
- The Commission approved the employment of David Campbell as a part-time, temporary outpatient facilitator for Community Corrections. Campbell will teach a six-week class totaling 54 hours. Cambell's salary will be $15 an hour, which will be paid from the Community Corrections local match account.