FLS Elections

FLS 2019 Executive Board Elections 

FLS 2019 Election Information

The FLS Board is pleased to announce that the candidates on the 2019 slate have been elected by the FLS membership. The election results were certified by the FLS Executive Board at their annual in-person meeting on August 2.. Thank you to each of the candidates for your willingness to volunteer your time and talent to the Section.  

The library system listed with each candidate’s hometown indicates the person’s residency.

Please click on the Profile link for additional information on each person, or click here for all of the profiles.

These candidates will be installed on the FLS Executive Board at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Section to be held on Friday, November 15 during the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. The membership meeting will take place during the FLS Meet-up Cafe.

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2019 Slate for the FLS Executive Board

President/Immediate Past President - filling an unexpired term due to vacancy, Incumbent (vote for one)
Term Ending:  November 2021
Lisa C. Wemett
Macedon (Pioneer Library System)
Read Lisa's profile here

First Vice President/President Elect (vote for one)
Term Ending:  November 2022
Karen Sperrazza
Sauquoit (Mid York Library System)
Read Karen's profile here

Secretary, Incumbent (vote for one)
Term Ending:  November 2021
Lynne Madden
Forestport (Mid York Library System)
Read Lynne's profile here

Member At Large, Incumbents (vote for four)
Term Ending:  November 2021
Kerstin Cruger
Poughkeepsie (Mid-Hudson Library System)
Read Kerstin's profile here

Patricia L. Loughan
Plattsburgh (Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System)
Read Pat's profile here

Terry Morris
DeWitt (Onondaga County Public Library)
Read Terry's profile here

Marie Orlando
Valatie (Mid-Hudson Library System)
Read Marie's profile here

Elections Information

The FLS Nominating Committee nominates candidates from among FLS members for the position of president-elect (annually), for the position of 2nd vice president, secretary or treasurer (every two years), and for Members At Large of the Executive Board (annually).  The office of President is a three-year term, first serving as First Vice President/President-Elect, then Section President, and then Immediate Past President.  Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition.

Petition Candidates

Article VII, Nominations and Elections, Section B. of the FLS By-Laws states that additional nominations of Section members may be added to the slate of candidates by petition signed by ten members.  The petition must be submitted by May 31, prior to the scheduled issuing of the ballot by NYLA on June 15.

Individuals wishing to appear on the 2019 ballot as a petition candidate for the office of FLS President-Elect, Secretary, or Member At Large must complete a petition along with a candidate profile sheet and submit both to Rebecca Fuss, Chair, FLS Nominating Committee, by email at Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org no later than Thursday, May 31, 2019.  Job descriptions for these elected positions and a candidate profile sheet can be found below.

Election Schedule

In 2015, FLS began holding its election for the Executive Board exclusively online.  Those members without Internet access at home or at work can access NYLA’s election process by visiting their local public library.

In mid-June, notification of the election is sent to all NYLA members eligible to vote via an e-mail blast, detailing the log in process for casting ballots through the NYLA Online Membership Center.  To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of June 14.

Only the primary contact person of a Friends Group that is an organizational member of NYLA / FLS is eligible to vote on behalf of the group.  (Elected officers registered with NYLA through a Friends group’s organizational membership are not eligible to take part in the election.)

The elections open on June 15 and close on July 15.  Results are announced in late July via the FLS listserv and published in the fall issue of the FLS newsletter.  

Job Descriptions for Elected Officers of the FLS Executive Board:

Vice President/President Elect
Immediate Past President
Second Vice President
Member At Large

2019 FLS Candidate Profile Sheet PDF version or Word (.docx) version


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