Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, September 8, 2015
CONTACT: Agela Fisher Hall, Director
Birmingham Public Library System            
Phone: (205) 226-3616            
Library Hires New PR Director and Circulation Manager for Regional Branch Library
Birmingham, Alabama—Just in time for several upcoming annual events, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has hired a new public relations director, as well as a circulation manager for one of its larger regional libraries.  Additionally, three full-time employees have been hired in other positions throughout the system. 

Roy L. Williams is a 27-year veteran journalist who now serves as public relations director for the BPL system. Prior to his selection for this position, Roy spent the previous six months with Starnes Publishing as a community reporter for the Hoover Sun and 280 Living. A native of Jacksonville, Alabama and a graduate of Jacksonville State University, Roy received a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in communications. He began his early career at The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia in January 1988 until joining The Birmingham News in December 1989. Roy's journalism honors include several Associated Press awards for reporting in Georgia and Alabama.  Roy built a loyal following of readers, mostly as a business writer, during a nearly 23-year career at The Birmingham News until October 2012. He then spent 18 months as marketing director at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham before founding Williams Writing Solutions, a consulting firm whose clients included Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell.

Samuel C. Rumore has been promoted to a position as the new Circulation Manager at BPL’s Springville Road Regional Branch Library. The Birmingham native graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Sam went on to receive a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama (UA). He has worked for the BPL system for 9 years in several capacities including a part-time Library Assistant III (LAIII) in the Business, Science and Technology Department at the Central Library and a full-time LAIII in the Circulation Department at the Five Points West Regional Branch Library. Sam is a member of Central Alabama Mensa and a member of Beta Phi Mu—Beta Kappa Chapter at UA.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family. When not at work, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and cooking.


Central Library
Martez Harris has worked for BPL in several capacities since 2007.  He began his tenure as a part-time Library Assistant II working in the Information/Circulation Department at the Central Library and later at the Southside Branch Library.  Wanting to work in the downtown area again, Martez transferred to the Central Library as a part-time Building Service Worker(BSW). Within a year’s time, he would be promoted to a full-time BSW position. Always looking to improve himself and his skills, Martez was promoted to a Library Courier position in the Central Library’s Page Room on August 22, 2015.

Maurice Harley first came to BPL as a work-study student from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) in 2009. He later accepted a position as a part-time Library Assistant I in the Page Room at the Central Library working in that area from 2010 until June 2013. After receiving a degree in Health Care from UAB, Maurice joined the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (renamed Public Libraries In Jefferson County) as a part-time Library Assistant III (LAIII) assigned to BPL’s Central Library in the  Computer Commons. On August 22, 2015, Maurice began working in the same department as a full-time LAIII with BPL.

Eastwood Branch Library
Claire Stanton was promoted to a full-⁠time Library Assistant III (LAIII) position at the Eastwood Branch Library on September 5, 2015. After receiving her BA in English from James Madison University in 2005, she moved to Alabama in 2010 for school, and started at BPL in April of 2011 as an LA I in the Southern History Department. In March 2013 Claire was promoted to an LA II in the same department.  She received her MLIS from the University of Alabama in May of 2012. Claire worked continuously in Southern History until she was promoted to an LA III in the Youth Department in July of 2014, where she worked until she started the full-⁠time LA III job at Eastwood in September of 2015.

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with nineteen locations and serving the community for 128 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.


MEDIA:  The Birmingham Public Library appreciates the opportunity to share news of these promotions in print and through electronic sources. If additional information is needed, please contact Angela Fisher Hall at (205) 226-3616 or by e-mail at Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations for the Birmingham Public Library, can be reached by e-mail at
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