Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and EveryLibrary hosts Summit to Demonstrate Vital Role of Libraries

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in partnership with EveryLibrary will sponsor the 2019 Library Summit, “The People’s Accelerator: Libraries and the Entrepreneurship Pipeline.”

“Advancing communities through education and business development are at the very core of our mission,” said Dr. Chuck Terrell, President, Eastern WVCTC. “We are honored to partner with EveryLibrary, Ed2Go and the West Virginia Library Commission to bring the 2019 Summit to our college, and spark interest in entrepreneurial endeavors for our students and the communities we serve.” 

The event will be held Tuesday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. on Eastern West Virginia’s campus, 316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield. Attendees are invited to register online at www.tinyurl.com/wvlibrarysummit

“From highspeed computer access that allows people to create their own online stores to the business reference services that give entrepreneurs actionable insights into their marketplace, librarians in West Virginia help power the local entrepreneurship economy,” said John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary. “Libraries are at the forefront helping people shape good ideas for new businesses, products, and opportunities into thriving enterprises. This summit will connect you with best-practices and free resources to help you build a more thriving and prosperous local community.” 

Attendees will have the opportunity to discover how West Virginia’s libraries can serve as a resource for small business and entrepreneurship development and move West Virginia’s economy forward. The summit will include a presentation on available resources and programming from the West Virginia Library Commission, as well as discussions regarding funding, training for library staff, and resources and challenges. The event also features Ed2Go online training and resources, and the opportunity to meet a local author and a local entrepreneur. 

The featured local author for the summit will be Eastern faculty member and assessment facilitator, Joe McGee. McGee penned children’s picture books Peanut Butter & Brains, Peanut Butter & Aliens, and Peanut Butter & Santa Claus, as well as books 1-4 of the chapter book series, Junior Monster Scouts, books 1-3 the Creature Campers series, and books 1-4 of the forthcoming Night Frights books series.
As part of Eastern’s English faculty, McGee is responsible for the overall development, coordination, implementation and scheduling of English courses, student performance in English and transitional classes and recruiting English adjunct faculty and teaching assistants. As the college’s assessment facilitator, he serves on the college’s Assessment Committee and WV Higher Education Assessment Council College, facilitate assessment meetings and provide direction for interdepartmental assessment activities, and assist with the implementation of assessment activities.

All participating libraries will receive an HP printer to use in their library. 

For more information, please contact Tina Metzer at tina.metzer@easternwv.edu.