NYLA Council Election 2014

The 2014 NYLA Council Election is now complete.

The NYLA members have elected:

Many thanks to our other candidates:

  1. Jill Dixon
  2. Cassie Guthrie
  3. Katie Bertrand
  4. Eric Trahan


Section Elections

Coinciding with the NYLA Council election, each of NYLA's Sections will be voting to elect officers.  An overview of the candidates can be found here. Details on the candidates for each Section election can be found on the Section's web pages.  When accessing the NYLA Council Ballot, all additional Section ballots that you are eligible to participate in will be displayed.


Details on Newly Elected Officers

President‐Elect (2014‐15) / President (2015‐16)




Deborah Emerson, Executive Director, Central NY Library Resources Council



The New York Library Association (NYLA) is vital on multiple levels. It is our advocacy organization, the “voice of the library community in New York State”. As such, NYLA works tirelessly to support library-positive legislation and raise awareness among our legislators. But first and foremost, NYLA is our professional association. It is because of your involvement in NYLA that you can easily connect with your library colleagues from all over the state. You get to meet up with them in person at least once a year at the annual conference, and more frequently if you’re involved with any of the many sections or roundtables. These opportunities to network with others in the profession are invaluable. Through your NYLA connections, you know who to call when you need help or when you want to bounce a new idea off of someone. NYLA is a whole network of professional consultants at your beck and call.

Thanks to a former colleague who convinced me to join NYLA while I was still in library school, and another who convinced me that the RASS board needed my help, I’ve been involved with the organization for more years than I care to admit. I have held several positions on both the ASLS and RASS boards, am a member of the Continuing Education Committee and the Legislative Committee, and served two terms on NYLA Council. Each of these roles has been a learning experience and has contributed to my professional growth, helping to prepare me for my current position as Executive Director of the Central New York Library Resources Council. I look at the NYLA Presidency as a way to give back to the organization that has been so helpful to me throughout my library career.

As your president, I would do my best to make sure all library workers – and libraries – understand the value of NYLA. If they are not already members, I would encourage them to join; and if they ARE members, I would help them find ways to be more involved. By listening to our members and prospective members, and being able to answer the “What’s in it for me?” question, we can help NYLA become an even stronger and more effective organization.

Debby Emerson Resume (PDF)


Claudia Depkin



Claudia Depkin, Director, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library




I am honored to have been asked to run for NYLA Treasurer. While serving as President of the NYLA Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) in 2012-13, I really enjoyed the passion and drive of that diverse group. As a public library director, I don't often get to work directly with school, special and academic librarians, but on NYLA Council our differences meld together in perfect unison. I am eager to continue bringing my experience to bear there beyond my tenure as LAMS President.

As Library Director of the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, I plan and manage an annual operating budget of over $5 million, which is five times NYLA’s budget. I serve on the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, motivated by a sincere interest in the health and well-being of libraries in New York State. I feel strongly that my experience will help strengthen NYLA Council, which will make our Voice of the Library Community™ ring louder across the state.

When I’m not librarianing-it-up, I’m hanging out with my family in the Hudson Valley, trying to get our lawn to grow, reading great books and singing karaoke.

Thank you for your support.

Councilors‐at‐Large (2014 – 2017)


Rebecca Lubin




Rebecca Lubin, Assistant Director, Voorheesville Public Library



I believe that the library field is constantly evolving, and therefore I am committed to the continuing education of librarians and library staff, and I support the New York Library Association provides quality educational opportunities to every segment of the library world. For libraries to continue to matter to their communities and the populations they serve, they must constantly adapt to the changing needs of their customers and communities while maintaining the high level of knowledge, communication and quality of service expected from libraries. It is this challenge that drives librarians to constantly seek out ways to educate themselves and subsequently pass that knowledge on to their customers.
Although librarianship is my second career, I believe that this is the career I was always meant to have. I find it exhilarating to be part of a profession that places such a high value on qualities such as knowledge, education, privacy, and intellectual freedom. I believe that in this day and age when, despite globalization, the things that divide and separate us gain greater attention than what brings us together, public libraries, and libraries in general, are the great equalizers. They open the world of knowledge to anyone who seeks to partake - regardless of age, race, religion, sex, or economic circumstances - with welcoming arms and encouragement.





Susan Kowalski, School Librarian, East Syracuse Minoa School District



Strong school libraries build strong students.  It is our obligation, both personally and as a profession, to keep our stakeholders informed, educated, aware, and inspired by the impact of effective school library programs on teaching and learning.  Advocacy through leadership and action will ensure that our partners fully comprehend how school libraries can empower success through literature, technology, and leadership. With the leadership of a certified full-time librarian, a school library program offers authentic and relevant connections to an entire school community.  Effective school library programs are comprehensive, challenging, purposeful, integrated, and standards-based.  They support academic excellence across all content areas, personal development, and prepare students to be career and college ready.

It will be my mission to align myself with partners in and beyond and the school library community to LEAD OUT LOUD and raise the level of awareness and advocate for the impact of strong school library programs run by a full time certified librarian.

I am the librarian at Pine Grove Middle School in East Syracuse, NY.   I have been actively involved with NYLA, SSL, AASL, ALA through Executive Board Leadership (President SSL 2012), NYLA Council, numerous task forces, committees, projects, and events.   Pine Grove Library was the recipient of the 2011 AASL National School Library Program of the Year and I was honored by ALA as an “I Love My Librarian” recipient in 2012.