Clinch Region




Barbara Jones

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Amy Karnes

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Member Spotlight on Barbara Jones

Where is your favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is in the Mediterranean

What would you do if you were not a librarian?

I think I would be a hairstylist.  I would save loads of money on getting my roots done. 

If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?

My husband (he can do the hunting and fishing)

Wine (to compliment the fresh fish and wild island plants)

Chocolate (well, chocolate makes everyone happy)

Favorite movie line/quote:

“The B--le-s-s-i-n-g”

If you could choose anyone - alive or dead - as a mentor, who would you pick?

Maya Angelou

She was not only a strong female who overcame great obstacles and hardship; she kept her joy.

What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Scream!!!!  Check the number a million times to make sure I wasn’t wrong.

Cash it into the lottery officials.  Then, I would faint!!!!

What music did you listen to this week?

Rag’N’Bone Man “Human”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Authentic Self

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Sophia Lauren.  She is older, but a classic beauty.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Hermione Granger

What advice do you give students who haven’t read a book in a while?

I always ask them what they like to do when they are not reading.  If they love to cook, check out a cookbook. 

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

The first woman to vote, Lydia Taft in 1756.  She empowered women to have a voice. 

My personal motto or mantra:

All who wander are not lost 

What was the last book you read?

The new Dogman Fetch-22.

 Elementary librarian

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with family and friends

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?


What librarian job duty has surprised you the most?


Finish this sentence:  I am happiest when...

I am happiest when I have encouraged  a child to spark their own creativity

How do you balance your career and family?

When I am at work, I work hard.

When I am home I am all about my family.  

If you could transform one part of your library, what would you change?

I have an open library and it would be nice to have walls.



Each region is represented with two votes on the Board of Directors by the Regional Director and the Regional Director-Elect. A term of office is 2 years. Each year a new Director-Elect is elected for each region by the general VAASL membership.

The main role of each position is to represent the librarians and interests of the region on the board.  The Director coordinates the Regional Spring Conference and the Director-Elect coordinates the selection of the region's School Librarian of the Year. Each director contributes content through VAASL's communication channels. Interested in joining the VAASL Board of Directors? Nominate yourself or another person for your region's Director-Elect. The ballot slate is filled each spring by the VAASL Past-President. Additionally, each summer/fall, committees are filled for the following year by the Executive Board.


The next Clinch Spring Conference is scheduled for March 8, 2021.

School Librarian of the Year

Applications for the School Librarian of the Year are due January 31st of each year. A copy of the application is available in PDF for download. Final applications are submitted online.

Previous Recipients

       2020  unawarded   2019 Barbara Jones
2018 Jessica Buchanan   2017 Virginia Hollifield   2016 Melissa Bledsoe
2015 Earlene Lester    2014 Lisa Henderson    2013 Barbara Gillespie 
2012 Jill Jessee   2011 Brenda Collins   2010 Linda Davis
2009 Marilyn Garnto   2008 Gail Gilland   2007 unawarded
2006 unawarded   2005 Kathleen Overbay   2004 Linda Lewis
2003 Kim Hobbs   2002 Pamela Lester   2001 Helen Barbrow


 School Districts in the Clinch Region

Virginia members belong to the region of their work location.

Bland County Public Schools Bristol Virginia Public Schools Buchanan County Public Schools
Carroll County Public Schools Dickenson County Public Schools Galax City Public Schools
Grayson County Public Schools Lee County Public Schools Norton City Schools
Russell County Public Schools Scott County Public Schools Smyth County Schools
Tazewell County Public Schools Washington County Public Schools Wise County Public Schools