Edward J. Sheary, Chair Elect

Edward Sheary 11.13.15

Ed is an Asheville native and lifelong librarian. From high school until his retirement in 2014 he has worked in North Carolina public libraries. Ed began his career in public library programming while working as an assistant to the late John Bridges at Pack Memorial Library in the early 1970’s. Ed attended parochial schools and graduated from UNC-Asheville with a degree in Political Science. He earned his Masters in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and continued with postgraduate coursework in Public Administration through North Carolina State University and the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Ed has worked for libraries in various positions in Concord, Elkin and Goldsboro finally returning to Asheville as director of Buncombe County Public Libraries (1990 – 2014). His programming experience includes film and book discussions, Chautauqua, exhibitions and he was a member of the very first group of the Council’s Let’s Talk About It facilitators. He has worked with the Council on many projects through the years, most recently the exposition of “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970” featuring the photographs of Andrea Clark, which won the Council’s 2014 Harlan Joel Gradin award winning

Ed lives in Weaverville, North Carolina with his wife, Peggy Weaver and has two grown stepdaughters.  In retirement, he maintains a consulting practice specializing in public library space planning.