Members on the Move

April 2012

Please join NYLA in congratulating the following members on their accomplishments so far this year!

Betty Albright has been named a new Access Clerk at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library.

Alisa Auchmoedy-Finck, school librarian at the Marbletown Elementary School in Stone Ridge is the 2012 recipient of AASL’s Frances Henne Award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO. This award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators.

Peter Benson has been appointed the new Library Director for the Saranac Lake Free Library.

The Cairo Public Library, currently under construction, was featured on WRGB, a Schenectady TV Station, as an “All American Made" Library.

Lisa Carr has been named director of the Seymour Library. Carr has been a librarian at Seymour Library since 2003 and has worked in all aspects of library operations with a focus on collection development, staff training and readers’ advisory services. She replaces Sheila Mikkelson, who left Seymour Library to accept a library directorship in Delaware.

Elizabeth Dejean, School Library Media Specialist at P.S. 360, announces that the School Library has been awarded a makeover by Target and Heart of America. The grant includes new furniture, décor, and books.

Claudia Depkin, former Director of the Tuxedo Park Library, has been selected as the new Director of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library.

Judy Doyle will be assuming responsibilities as Senior Librarian at Hudson Correctional Facility beginning in April. She is a member of the CORT and is current Vice President of GIRT.

East Meadow Public Library is one of only ten libraries in the country chosen to host Discover Earth: A Century of Change traveling exhibit. The exhibit that will arrive in East Meadow in November 2012 focuses on local earth science topics—such as weather, water cycle, and ecosystem changes—as well as a global view of our changing planet and features interactive, multimedia displays that will allow exhibit visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives on our planet.

Muriel Feldshuh's Traveling Literary Quilt Exhibit Celebrating Children's Books are on exhibit at The Brooklyn Children's Museum. Her quilts have been traveling to Children's Museums across the United States for the last ten years. The exhibit consists of six quilts and the amazing art of 165 children's book illustrators and quotes from children's book authors

Kathie Flynn has been appointed the new Director of the Glen Cove Public Library.

The Gates Public Library was named an Honorable mention in the Rochester Regional Library Council Library of the Year contest.

Lynne Golliher, Community Relations Specialist at Ellenville Public Library & Museum is the recipient of the 2012 Ulster BOCES School Library System’s Friend of the School Libraries Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to school library media programs and school librarianship in a school district.

Anna Lee Giraldo, the former manager of the Albany Public Library’s Public Computing Center's Broadband Technology and Opportunities Program, is the new director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library.

Locust Valley Library has appointed Susan Sloan as the new Director.

The Lorette Wilmot Library of Nazareth College is pleased to announce the opening of the College Archives in their own dedicated space within the Library.

Genellen McGrath has retired as the Director of the Gold Coast Public Library.

Corinne Neary, Senior Librarian at the NYPL’s Jefferson Market Library, announces that the library has begun the Jefferson Market Library Free Classroom. This program offers free multi-session courses in screenwriting, French, Italian, a course on the science of food, and the history of Italian cinema. All materials are provided and the instructors are professionals from neighborhood institutions.

The Massena Public Library and St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SLL-BOCES) celebrated the grand opening of a new adult education program that is housed downstairs at the library in the new Center for Career and Community Engagement. The Gateway program is designed to help adults gain the education and skills needed to transition into college, training programs or a new career.

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) recently hired Anne Karle-Zenith as the new Digital Services Manager.

Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo was awarded $1,000 toward a Communications Audit with the goal to develop a comprehensive marketing plan, incorporating lessons learned from attendance at the Library Marketing Institute.

Monroe County Library System is sponsoring the Comics, Libraries, and Education: Literacy Without Conference, organized by a group of librarians and educators in Monroe County who are passionate about comics, on April 27, 2012. The conference aims to offer professional expertise to promote the idea that comics and other forms of graphic novels enrich literacy development, provide opportunities to better understand and connect with the world, and foster dispositions of life-long reading.

Michael Morea has been appointed the new Director of the Gold Coast Public Library.

Chrissie Morrison, Tween & Teen Librarian at the East Greenbush Community Library, recently had a letter to the editor published in PC World magazine, (PCW Forum -- page 10, March 2012 issue) in response to the article, "Download Free Ebooks" by Michael King in PC World January 2012 issue. The article included places to legally obtain free ebooks. Public libraries were not included.

Elizabeth Pollicino Murphy has been appointed Director of the Callahan Library at St. Joseph's College. She was most recently Associate Director of the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John's University.

Belinda O’Brien, Director Library Media Specialist Program, St. John Fisher College School of Education, is working at a newly created teacher-librarian program that focuses on technology, guided inquiry, common core and all digital literacies to prepare candidates to collaborate and coach teaching colleagues in K-12 schools.

Alison O’Reilly is now the director of the Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library.

The Penfield Public Library received an Outstanding Asset-Builder Award from Bob Zinck, Executive Director of the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau, and Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive.

The Port Washington Public Library received a $1000 award and citation for providing services for people with disabilities from the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). “Books for Dessert” is in its 8th year, and is unique in that it is a book club for developmentally disabled adults over 21 who have little or no reading ability.

Susan Quinn has been appointed the new Director at the East Williston Public Library.

Stanley A. Ransom will retire on May 31st after four years as Director of the Plattsburgh Public Library. He was President of NYLA from 1972-1973, and served as Conference Chair in 1971, Vice-Chair of the Legislative Committee from 1976-80, and as Chair of the Vitality Fund Committee in 1984, and produced a “Library of Favorite Recipes from New York State.” He was formerly Director of the Huntington Public Library and the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System.

Jennifer Ries-Taggert, Director of the Brighton Memorial Library, accepts the Public Library of the Year award from Kathy Miller, Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Library Council.

Jennifer Ries-Taggert

Alice A. Robinson, Librarian at West Babylon JHS, taught “Organization and Management: Library Media Centers,” at Queens College Fall 2011. Arising out of this grant assignment, two students successfully won “Library Reach: The Fund for Public Schools” grants for best representing the theme, “Bridging Literacy across Content Areas.”

For the third year in a row, the Rochester Regional Library Council has doubled the number of library users participating in its Library of the Year contest. "We wanted a way to let our community know how much it loves its libraries" said Kathy Miller, Executive Director, RRLC and former NYLA President. "We thought the best way was to ask library users - 'Do you love your library? Tell us why!" Over 750 library patrons did."

Tracy Salvage was hired as a Reference & Circulation Librarian at Columbia-Greene Community College where she is a full-time faculty member.

Zahra Baird (Z)

Debbie Shoup, Youth Services Librarian, retired from the Guilderland Public Library.

Tracy Van Dyne has been named the Head of Teen Services at the Brentwood Public Library.

Mary Anne Waltz is Project Manager and Instructor for Digital Literacy New York, a program funded by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and administered by NYLA to train public librarians to teach digital literacy classes in their home libraries.

Jennifer Whittaker has been appointed the new Assistant Director at the Southworth Library.

Z (aka, Zahra Baird) is now The Teen and Technology Librarian at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.

Danielle Zubiller, formerly of the Brentwood Library, is the new director of the Westhampton Free Library.

In Memoriam

Arthur Cooper – Retired Librarian, South Huntington Public Library

Walter Mintz Merrick Library Trustee

Betsy Whitefield – Director, Saranac Free Library

Congratulations to NYLA members named 2012 Library Journal Movers and Shakers

Emily Clasper, System Operations and Training Manager, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Christian Zabriskie, Founder & CEO, Urban Librarians Unite; Assistant Coordinator, Young Adult Services, Queens Library - Woodside