Potomac State College Library Director Appointed To West Virginia Library Commission

Charles A. Julian

Presenting Potomac State College’s Library Director Charles Julian, Ph.D., with his certificate of appointment to the West Virginia Library Commission is Connie Sutton, director of the Keyser- Mineral County Public Library.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Delegate Gary G. Howell recently announced the appointment of Keyser resident, Charles A. Julian, Ph.D. to a two-year term on the West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC). Julian previously served on the WVLC from July 2000 through 2013.

The gubernatorial appointment, by and with the consent of the West Virginia State Senate, makes Dr. Julian one of nine West Virginia citizens who serve as state library commissioners.   Julian’s appointment was supported by Delegate Howell.

The Library Commission grants assistance, advice, and counsel to all school, state-institutional, free, and public libraries, and to all communities in the state which may propose the establishment of libraries. In cooperation and through partnerships with other public and private organizations, agencies, and institutions, the Commission provides access to and use of a wide variety of information resources to citizens of West Virginia.

Delegate Howell noted, "I am pleased that Dr. Julian will be joining his colleagues on the Commission to offer advice, counsel, and assistance in the provision of dynamic services, programs, and resources to libraries throughout the state.  Libraries are places of opportunity and in West Virginia there are 172 libraries throughout the state that provide opportunities which encourage lifelong learning, individual empowerment, civic engagement and an enriched quality of life on a daily basis."

Dr. Julian is a 1971 graduate of Warwood High School, Wheeling, W.Va., and received a bachelor's degree in education from Glenville State College. He attended the University of Sheffield, England on a Rotary International Fellowship where he earned a master's degree in information studies. He obtained a master's in library science degree from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University and completed a doctor of philosophy degree in library science from the Florida State University.

Previously, Dr. Julian worked as a library/information specialist at Adena High School in Frankfort, Ohio; Moundsville Junior High School; Parkersburg Community College; and at Glenville State College. In 1992, he joined the staff at the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) at Wheeling Jesuit University where he served 19 years before assuming the directorship of the Paul Meek Library at the University of Tennessee-Martin. In August 2015, Dr. Julian became Director of the Mary F. Shipper Library/Associate University Librarian at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

Dr. Julian, a native West Virginian, has participated in a number of professional associations including the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Special Libraries Association, and the West Virginia Library Association. Dr. Julian is active in the Keyser community as a member of the Rotary Club and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He is a frequent presenter at professional and other organizations.