Members on the Move

Alicia Abdul, high school librarian at Albany High School will be on the William C. Morris Award committee with Young Adult Library Services Association for 2019.

On Thursday, November 9th, Jen Cannell completed her doctoral studies at The Sage Colleges in Albany, NY. Jen defended her dissertation, Development of the Leadership Capacity of School Librarians in New York State, in July.  Her group study, Professional Development as a Means to Change Beliefs, was presented at a colloquium held at Capital Region BOCES in November. Jen was recognized by her cohort members with the Anthony Clement Memorial Award for embodying the qualities of acceptance, collaboration, and community building... a natural fit for a school librarian.  Jen is the School Library System and Arts Coordinator at Capital Region BOCES.

Lauren Comito will be joining the Brooklyn Public Library to start as a Neighborhood Library Supervisor at the Mill Basin Branch. 

Sue Considine, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library has been elected as one of two United States representatives to the Public Library Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She is also honored to accept the nomination and run for the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors as a Counselor at Large. Most recently Sue was named to the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Board.

Muriel Feldshuh was honored to be named a 2017 Picture Book Champion. She was featured on November 8th. You can read about Muriel and other Picture Book Champions at:

Rebecca Fuss was recently elected President of the NYLA Friends of Libraries Section.

Jessica Kerr, Director of the Woodstock Library Public Library, and Ellie Kassner, President of the Board of Trustees of the Tomkins Cove Public Library and a trustee of the Ramapo Catskill Library System Board, have been selected and are participating in a fellowship with the Good Work Institute. The Good Work Institute, established by an original founder of Etsy, works to "educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places." Specifically, this cohort of the GWI seeks to explore and implement active regeneration projects in the Hudson Valley that welcome new community members and visitors, while honoring those who have always called the Hudson Valley home. This year's cohort is focused on four hubs: Newburgh / Beacon, Hudson, Kingston and Poughkeepsie. The fellowship runs from October 2017 through March 2018.

Middle Country Public Library hosted its first Veterans Resources Fair. More than 250 attendees were able to speak with representatives from 35 organizations dedicated to providing support and resources to veterans.

From left, Gerry Manginelli, president, Calverton Cemetery Support Committee; Ryan Gessner, assistant director, Middle Country Public Library; Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore; Dennis Sullivan, New York State Quartermaster, Veterans of Foreign Wars; James Ward, librarian, Middle Country Public Library

The Ossining Public Library is pleased to announce that James Trapasso has been named the 2017 Ossining Public Library Employee of the Year. This recognition, an annual tradition sponsored by the Ossining Rotary Club, recognizes employees from Ossining agencies and organizations who embody the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

The Patchogue-Medford Library has promoted Jessica Oechler and Jose Hernandez to Co-Coordinators of the Adult Department.

Queens Library’s New Americans Program celebrated its 40th Anniversary on November 19 at the Flushing Library with a day of music, dance, crafts and food.  To kick-off the day, Councilman Peter Koo of the NY City Council presented President & CEO Dennis Walcott with a proclamation signed by the Queens Council Delegation recognizing the importance of the program’s essential services to Queens immigrant communities.  In a surprise announcement, President Walcott presented Fred Gitner, Assistant Director of the Program, with a Certificate of Recognition for “over 20 years of dedication to providing library services to immigrant communities.” Fred Gitner also recently had an article entitled “Le programme des nouveaux arrivants (New Americans Program) à la Queens Library” (The New Americans Program at the Queens Library) published in France, as part of the new book “Migrations et Bibliothèques” (Migration and libraries) published by Cercle de la Librairie. Fred’s contribution was the only one from the United States included in the book.

 The 2017 Suffolk County Library Association Excellence in Library Service Award was given to Darlene Brush.

On Sunday, October 15th Brentwood Public Library’s Adult Reference Librarian, Myrna Velez was recognized by Legislator Monica Martinez for her contribution to the Hispanic Community. The ceremony took place at the Yerbabruja Arts Center where community members met with local vendors, enjoyed food, created crafts and selected individuals were honored for their contribution to the Hispanic Community.

 Colleen Whittall is pleased to become Saratoga Springs Public Library's new Teen Services Librarian, joining them from Central Florida, where she previously served as Public Services Librarian at Maitland Public Library. Colleen received her M.S.I.S. degree from the University at Albany, SUNY, in 2014 and has a background and undergraduate degree in fine arts (B.F.A.). She is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute (SSLLI), a 10-month professional development program, and was awarded her leadership certification in July 2017.