Beverly James, began her professional library career in
Campbell County, Kentucky where she directed a federal
library demonstration project that resulted in countywide
tax support for public library service. As Branch Services
Director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library, she was
involved with the construction and renovation of several
During her 12-year tenure in Roanoke, Virginia as Director of Libraries, Bev served on the city's economic development team that oversaw the construction of a conference center connected to the historic Hotel Roanoke.
Bev has been the Executive Director of the Greenville County (SC) Library System since 2000. She has a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech.
A SELA member her entire career, Bev has served on the Outstanding Southeastern Library Program Award Committee and the Outstanding Southeastern Author Award Committee and chaired the Awards Committee. She was first elected treasurer of SELA in 2011.