Growing up in Pittsburgh, I thought everyone had two Carnegie Library Branches within 1.5 miles; and where you could visit dinosaur bones as you cut through Carnegie Museum on your way to the Main Library. My mother always said that I should just take a cot to the Carrick Branch since I spent so much time there; it was obvious to everyone what I was going to be when I grew up. I received an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and earned my Masters in Library Science there in 1971. A year in academic libraries at the beginning of my career led to a job as Director of the Benedum Civic Center Library in Bridgeport in 1972 which was renamed the Bridgeport Public Library when we moved across town to the former All State Insurance Building in 1994. I am a member of the West Virginia Library Association where I was President in 2002; I am currently Chair of the Director’s Roundtable. I am also a member of the American Library Association. In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, and spoil my toy poodle puppy.