Faye C. Roberts

Editing and Proofreading

  • Proofreader, Capitol Crimes Anthology 2017 published by Sisters in Crime
  • Proofreader, The King of Karaoke & Other Stories by Bob Sylva
  • Proofreader, Blow Up on Murder: A Spirit Lake Mystery by Linda Townsdin
  • Online editing with Ediket for academic and business writers for whom English is not the first language, 2015 – Present
  • Copyediting grant proposals and reports
  • Copyediting and proofreading, Florida Libraries, Florida Library Association, 2014–Present



  • Columnist, “Eschew Obfuscation” (grammar column) in First Draft, bimonthly newsletter of the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime, 2017 – present
  • Columnist, “Along the Web” feature of e-Volunteerism,, 2016 – present
  • Author of “Help for Our Friends,” Florida Libraries, Spring, 2017
  • Author of two chapters in the anthology, Library Volunteers Welcome! Strategies for Attracting, Retaining and Making the Most of Willing Helpers, McFarland, 2016
  • Author of winners’ and finalists’ summaries, Caliber Awards and Community Involvement Awards, Broward County Public Schools, 2016
  • Author, “Press Kits and News Release,” and “Writing a Newspaper Column,” Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook, American Library Association, 2010
  • Co–author, “A Perfect Storm in Public Funding for Florida Libraries,” Florida Libraries 52, no.1 (2009)
  • Author, “Hiring for Outreach,” From Outreach to Equity, American Library Association, 2004
  • Columnist, “At the Library” weekly newspaper column about local library resources, issues and activities published in the Lake City Reporter, 1998–2004
  • Author, “The Rest of the Story: Training for Non–Professionals,” Florida Libraries 36 (Aug.–Sept. 1991)
  • Editor, Florida Reader (semi–monthly children’s tabloid about Florida history), 1986–1987

Previous Work Experience

Executive Director, Florida Library Association, 2008–2014. Major accomplishments:

  • Managed all aspects of 1000-member, statewide professional association with 501(c)3 status
  • Through effective budget management, significantly improved association’s financial position despite difficult economic times
  • Oversaw multi-day annual conferences with attendance of more than 600
  • Coordinated work of 15 committees and over 20 affinity groups comprising hundreds of volunteers
  • Developed web site content and coordinated all communications

Management Analyst, Division of Library and Information Services, Florida Department of State, 2004–2008. Major accomplishments:

  • Consulted on library development with public officials across Florida
  • Assisted library boards and administrators in developing community-based long-range plans and implementing organizational improvements
  • Developed and coordinated statewide workshops and customized training for library managers and supporters
  • Prepared draft legislation, developed written materials for publication, and made presentations to agency officials and public library community
  • Provided technical assistance to grant applicants
  • Developed and edited web site content

Library Director, Columbia County (FL) Public Library, 1994–2004

Administered all aspects of county-wide library system with three outlets, directing staff of 30 persons (26 FTE) plus volunteers. Administered annual multi-department budgets totaling $1.2 million in local funds and wrote multiple successful grant applications.


  • “Extending Your Library’s Reach,” Northeast Florida Library Information Network
  • “Public Library Funding in Florida,” Southwest Florida Library Network
  • “Staffing for Results” (multiple presentations)
  • “Cultivating Friends and Volunteers,” Georgia Conference of Media Organizations
  • “Hiring for Outreach” presented at American Library Association annual conference
  • “Volunteers in Libraries” (multiple presentations)
  • Frequent talks to community groups (Rotary, Lions, Altrusa, Senior Services, church groups and others) on library topics


  • ACES – The Society for Editing
  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Sisters in Crime, Guppy and Florida Chapters
  • American Library Association
  • Florida Library Association (Honorary Lifetime Member)
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