Deanna DiCarlo
PLS President
Upper Hudson Library System

Get to Know Deanna DiCarlo

How did you first get involved with NYLA?
I first joined NYLA as a grad student at UAlbany--a professor passed out that paper tri-fold brochure with a discount rate to join both NYLA and ALA; it was one of the best decisions of my career.

What do you wish people knew about NYLA?
The ability to widen your professional network statewide with NYLA is invaluable--especially if you are the only practitioner of your kind at your library. Presenting together, networking, and serving on boards and committees are all great opportunities to grow your career and be a part of statewide organizing and conversations about libraries.

What is the best part of being on NYLA Council (or NYLA in general)?
NYLA members having a voice as to how our professional association is run--and using it-- is so critical. I am a new section rep on Council, and I am finding that the opportunity to bring our concerns forward and share back the Council agenda with the board is a crucial two-way communication flow that we all need to succeed together in way that reflects everyone's concerns.

What do you do when you aren’t being a librarian?
I love to grow vegetables and am looking forward to planting season, and I make a hobby out of getting creative with our weekly farm share, especially over the winter. Here in Albany a local cidery has a "26er" challenge (a play on the Adirondacks 46 high peaks), so every other week you will find me and my partner and several of our friends at a tasting of the latest small batch.

What advice would you give to a librarian who is just starting out?
Get active in NYLA! Active involvement will widen your lens and create valuable contacts that could lead to great opportunities. Do it even if it's out of your comfort zone to network--it will grow that skill, too. Also--wrap your head around civil service and take as many exams as you can afford--getting on that list is an opportunity; not getting on that list is an opportunity lost. Also--you made a great decision to join a profession that is about education, freedom of information, and equity of access--one of the last non-consumer driven gigs out there. So, be proud, and be patient and kind--as a former supervisor used to remind our team, an interaction with us may be the best part of a student or patron's otherwise crappy day. Practice what has become a mantra for our field: Libraries are for Everyone.

What is your favorite thing about your local library?
So many things! My local library has a float in the local Pride Parade every year, and that public demonstration of its commitment to library services for the LGBTQ community is very dear to my heart and deeply appreciated.

Coffee or Tea? Why?
I'm more of a both/and kind of gal. Caffeine is one of my few vices, so I'm pretty non-partisan.

Cats or Dogs? Why?
I share a home with both a sweet, 40-pound Chusky (Chow/Husky) and a giant, 20-pound Tuxedo cat. So...small dogs, big cats?

Cardigans - Yes or No? Why?
Do not EVER let anyone tell you that you are not rocking that cardigan because you SO are.

eBook or Print? Why?
eBook for fiction--I like the portability, and my bad eyes like the increased font and the lack of glare on an eInk screen. For nonfiction where formatting is key to the content, I tend to stick to print.

Dewey or LOC? Why?
Oh, I've had love affairs and painful disputes with both classification systems, neither of which is perfect. I spend more time with Dewey in my work life, and more time with LOC in my research life.

And finally, the most important question....what is your favorite dessert?
I make a mean vegan carrot cake, just ask my coworkers. : )