Julie Elliott Short has been selected to lead the Lonesome Pine Regional Library System.
Following a nationwide search to name a successor for the retiring Amy C. Bond, the Library Board of Trustees selected leadership from within its own organization.
“We are pleased to welcome Julie as the leader of our team,” said Dr. Lu Ellsworth, chair of the library board. “Her combination of experience, leadership, and creativity opens an exciting new chapter for us going forward. Julie will provide valuable guidance in helping us achieve our mission to enrich lives and build community.”
A native of Wise and a current resident of Big Stone Gap, Julie has served in the library system for 29 years, most recently in a dual position as the system’s assistant director and branch librarian of Wise County Public Library. During those years she focused her career on children’s and outreach service and is well known for leading dynamic community reading programs.
A Virginia certified librarian, she holds a B.S. in business administration with a minor in school library media from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a M.S. in library and information studies from Florida State University.
One of Short’s top priorities is to move the library outside its walls and into the communities both digitally and through face-to-face outreach services.
“I look forward to continuing our journey in an innovative direction that propels us to the center of our communities,” Short said. “The success of Lonesome Pine lies in the strength of its committed board of trustees, Friends of Library advocacy groups, and an exceptional team. As library director, it is my privilege to give my whole heart to the people of our region, for it is true that they are my family and there is no place like home!”
Short is eager to hear ideas from community members and invites area residents to contact her at 276/328-8325 or at email@example.com to offer input. And, she encourages everyone to visit www.lprlibrary.org.
Lonesome Pine Regional Library, established in 1964, serves the city of Norton and the counties of Wise, Dickenson, Lee and Scott. The system employs 65 people and manages a budget of more than $2 million. It is touted as one of the largest regional systems in Virginia, covering the widest geographic territory in the state. The library system serves 105,700 residents.