Beveryly James is Executive Director of the Greenville County Library System which consists of 11 locations and a bookmobile, with a staff of over 200 and a current operating budget of $14 million.
Her professional library career began 34 years ago in Campbell County, Kentucky where she directed a library demonstration project that resulted in countywide tax support for public library service. She then became the Branch Services Director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library where she was involved with the construction and renovation of several library branches.
Bev came to Greenville in September 2000 from Roanoke, Virginia where she served as Director of Libraries. During her tenure there, she also served on the city's economic development team that oversaw the construction of a new conference center connected to the historic Hotel Roanoke.
Bev has a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. She is a volunteer tutor of English as a Second Language for the Greenville Literacy Association, a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville, and enjoys salsa dancing.
Bev has been an active member of SELA her entire library career, serving on various committees over the years including the Outstanding Southeastern Library Program Award Committee, the Outstanding Southeastern Author Award Committee, and the Awards Committee.