Candidate for Councilor-at-Large (School) 2019-2022
Middle School Librarian, Rush-Henrietta Central Schools
From my days studying at Syracuse University’s iSchool for my MLIS, through my early days as part-time private school librarian working more hours than I was paid for to the start of my career at Rush-Henrietta Central School District, membership in NYLA has provided me with access to essential advocacy resources, opportunities for professional development and helped me build vitally important relationships with peers. I deeply value the work NYLA does on behalf of all librarians and library workers in New York State. I am thankful for the opportunities to serve on the NYLA SSL/YSS Three Apples Awards Committee and to give back to my colleagues by presenting at NYLA and NYLA SSL’s annual conferences.
All Libraries, school, public, special, corporate and academic play an important role in our communities but our ability to provide needed services is often under threat due to budget and staff shortfalls. As Bi Latinx (Puerto Rican) school librarian, working in a diverse school district with a large population of immigrant and refugee families, I am passionate about making sure libraries and librarianship strive to for greater inclusivity and are centers for equity in our communities. I would love to serve as your representative on the NYLA Council, and work on your behalf to make sure that NYLA continues to be a vibrant and essential organization serving the ever-changing needs of the New York State Library community.