2019 Election Results
Congratulations to our new officers, and thanks to all candidates for their willingness to serve YSS.
The officers will start their positions after the NYLA Annual Conference in November.
1st Vice President/President-Elect
Jennifer Burke (running unopposed)
Children’s Librarian at Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, DeWitt, NY, 2008 - present
University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY / M.S. in Information Science, Library and Information Services, 2008
Wells College, Aurora, NY / B.A. in English Literature, 2001
Professional Activities and Affiliations
Director, 2015-2018, Youth Services Section of New York Library Association
South Asia Book Award, Committee Member 2011-present, Chair 2015, South Asia National Outreach Consortium
Empire State Award, Committee Member 2011-2012, Chair 2013, Youth Services Section of New York Library Association
Member, New York Library Association (NYLA), 2006 - present
Member, Youth Services Section of NYLA, 2008 – present
Member, Public Libraries Section of NYLA, 2014 - present
Member, Pop Culture Roundtable of NYLA, 2018 - present
Is there a better job than working in Youth Services at a public library? It’s very rewarding connecting children with books, teaching early literacy skills to parents in storytime, and making connections within the communities we serve. Oh, and planning and presenting awesome programs is pretty sweet, too! In my career, I am always striving to learn more, and I love networking with fellow library colleagues and getting new ideas, and YSS has helped me tremendously!
During my career, I’ve been involved in YSS in many capacities - presenting Table Talks, serving on a committee, and most recently, serving on the YSS Board, which I really enjoyed! As the 1st Vice-President/President-Elect, I would bring my creativity and commitment for our profession to foster the sharing of ideas among our members that increase programming and services to children and teens. I’d also work on offering professional development opportunities, and advocating for our members in our ever-changing field of work.
Assistant Community Manager at Queens Library’s Queensboro Hill Community Library
Prior Professional Experience
2014-2018 Children’s Services Librarian, Queens Library
2014-2015 Librarian Consultant, Books for Kids Foundation, New York, NY
Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA- 2013
BA, Communication Arts and Sciences, Queens College, Flushing, NY
Professional Activities and Affiliations
Member, ALA, 2010- present
Member, ALSC, 2010- present
ALSC Everyday Advocacy Participant, 2016-2018
Panelist, “Let’s Get Graphic”, NYLA Annual 2017
Panelist, “Building Relationships with Authors and Publishers Through Blogging, KidLitCon, 2017
ALSC Blogger, ALA Midwinter, 2017
Member, NYLA, 2010-2011, 2017-present
NYLA Pop Culture Round Table, 2017-present
NYLA YSS, 2017-present
ALA GAMERT, 2016
ALA GAMERT Eisner Growth Grant Juror, 2016
Panelist, “The Image of Librarians and the Librarian’s Image”, Long Island PopCon, 2015
Secretary, ALA Student Chapter (ALASC), San Jose State University, 2011-2013
CYBILS Awards Judge, 2011-2012, 2014, 2016-2018
Reviewer/Blogger, MomReadIt Blog, 2011-present
I am interested in running for the NYLA Youth Services Section secretarial seat. I have been a children’s librarian both at Queens Library and Books for Kids, a nonprofit organization that uses corporate fundraising to put libraries in daycares and preschools in underserved neighborhoods, since 2014. I previously had a career in publishing. I believe that early childhood literacy and making literacy available to all is a critical part of success in life and the overall betterment of society.
My passion for literacy, advocacy, and the right to read leads me to want to do more. Being part of the Youth Services Section will allow me to be more involved and help make others aware of how to get involved, how to increase awareness and understanding, and how to make learning accessible and enjoyable for kids, families, and educators. I have held a secretarial position with the San Jose State University Student ALA Council in the past, keep meticulous notes, and am always available via e-mail, text, and social media. I appreciate the opportunity to be your next YSS Secretary.