James Region





Karla Collins

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Jen Spisak

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Member Spotlight on Karla Collins


What is one thing you cannot resist?


And babies. 

Both are so sweet and smell so good (usually!)

Where is your favorite place to be?

I love the mountains, but really anywhere with a view, so I can see a lovely sunset.

What is the weirdest job you ever had?

I lead tours in Endless Caverns when I was a student at JMU. I never imagined myself as someone who would calm down others when bats were flying around their heads!

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Oh, so many places! My recent favorites are varied: Athens, Greece; Sedona, Arizona; the Oregon Coast.

What would you do if you were not a librarian?

I would be teaching. It’s all I know and all I ever thought I would be.

Favorite movie line/quote:

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." ~The Princess Bride. Best Movie EVER!!

What music did you listen to this week?

Contemporary Christian

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Trust me...You do not want to be in my head!

What was the last book you read?

The Hand on the Wall. by Maureen Johnson - Book #3 in the Truly Devious series

What do you like to do on your days off?

Crafts, sewing, fiber art of all sorts - I love learning new techniques!

Finish this sentence:  I am happiest when:

My family is all under one roof, playing games and laughing together.

How do you balance your career and family?

I reserve Sundays for my family and myself. Even if I am home by myself, I try very hard to stay off of the computer on Sundays! The rest of the week, the computer goes off when others get home.



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 James Spring Conference is scheduled for March 23, 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  Katie Kier   2019 Judy Deichman
2018 Lara Ivey*   2017  Shannon Hyman   2016  Heather Murfee
2015 Brook Davis    2014 Kathleen Roberts   2013 Jeannie Graham 
2012 Jen Spisak   2011 Tracy Aitken   2010  
2009 Laura Hoel   2008 Andrea Clarke   2007 Gladys Wilder
2006 John Thomas   2005 Shelor Smith & Wendy Sellors   2004 Pam Tuggle
2003 Nancy Furr   2002 Julie Tate   2001 Pam Tinsley, Kit Vaughan


 School Districts in the James Region

Virginia members belong to the Region of their work location.

Amelia County Public Schools Appomattox County Public Schools Brunswick County Public Schools
Charles City County Public Schools  Charlotte County Public Schools Chesterfield County Public Schools
Colonial Heights City Schools Cumberland County Public Schools Dinwiddie County Public Schools
Goochland County Public Schools Halifax County Public Schools Hanover County Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools Lunenburg County Public Schools Mecklenburg County Public Schools
New Kent County Public Schools  Nottoway Public Schools  Petersburg City Public Schools
Powhatan County Public Schools Prince Edward County Public Schools Prince George County Public Schools
Richmond Public Schools