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Area Managers

The Prince George's County Memorial Library System has five area managers. Their names, areas, branches served, contact information and a brief bio are listed below.

Blane Halliday, North Area Manager

Bowie, Beltsville, Greenbelt & Laurel

Phone: (301) 262-7000 

 

Blane Halliday received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Youngstown State University and a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University. Having worked in public libraries for more than 15 years, Blane brings a wide range of professional experience to the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, including work for large urban systems and small town libraries as well as sprawling suburban systems. He has worked in the capacity of a reference librarian, subject department head, internal department supervisor and branch manager. Blane’s professional interests include non-print media, intellectual freedom, equal access for all library customers and collection development. He has served on the American Library Association’s Video Roundtable Notable Videos for Adults committee and is a graduate of the State Library of Florida’s Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute. Blane has served as an area manager since 2013.

Melanie Townsend Diggs, South Area Manager

Oxon Hill, Surratts-Clinton, Accokeek & Baden

Phone: (301) 839-2400

 

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson, West Area Manager

HYATTSVILLE, NEW CARROLLTON, BLADENSBURG & MOUNT RAINIER

Phone:  (301) 985-4690

  

Heather Jackson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland. Heather brings a diverse skill set to Prince George's County Memorial Library System due to her past work as a crisis social worker in Tucson and as a teacher for ages ranging from children to adults. Her library experience ranges from special collections to her most recent role as Assistant Branch Manager for the New Carrollton Branch. Her professional interests include accessibility, community engagement, and outreach to underserved populations. Heather has served as an area manager since 2016.

Luis Labra, East Area Manager

South Bowie, Largo-Kettering & Upper Marlboro

Phone: (301) 850-0475

 

Luis Labra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Maryland in 1988. Luis began his library career working as a library page at the Bladensburg library. After college, he was hired as a library associate at the Beltsville library and while working there attended Catholic University and obtained a Master in Library Science degree in 1993. Luis has worked as a librarian at the New Carrollton Branch and as an assistant branch manager with the Fairfax County Library system. In 1997, he became a branch manager in the Alexandria Library System, where he remained until 2011 when he returned to Prince George’s County Memorial Library System as a branch manager at the Bowie Branch Library. Luis has served as an area manager since 2013.

Victoria L. Johnson, Central Area Manager

Spauldings, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, & Hillcrest Heights

Phone: (301) 817-3750

 

Victoria L. Johnson received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and her Master of Library Science degree from Catholic University. She has worked for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for more than 25 years. She began her career as a library associate at the Oxon Hill branch in the Children’s Department. She has since worked at Glenarden, Bladensburg, New Carrollton and now the Spauldings branch. In the past, she has served as president of the former PGCMLS Staff Association, as a shop steward and as a member of various committees including the strategic planning committee. Victoria has served as an area manager since 2013.