In this column, we celebrate our NYLA Members that have good news to share - whether it be a promotion, a job change, or even a new exciting project - no news is too small for Members On The Move! Want to submit your news to Members On The Move? Fill out this form and your news will be posted in the next issue of The NYLA Voice.
Danielle Yeomans (she/her) is the new Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center at Ulster BOCES
Timothy Furgal (he/him) formerly of the Fayetteville Free Library, has accepted a Librarian 2 position with the Camarillo Public Library (CA), where he will oversee public service, marketing, and adult literacy services. In addition, Tim has been selected as a 2022 ALA Emerging Leader and will be sponsored by the International Relations Round Table (IRRT).
Jessica Pacciotti (she/her) recently left her position as Director of the Perry Library and accepted a position as the Director of the Warner Library in Tarrytown, NY.
Jennifer Freedman (she/her) was promoted from Library Media Specialist at Lindenhurst Middle School to Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Library Media Specialists.
Kimberly Mitchell (she/her) was appointed editor-in-chief of Public Services Quarterly, a Taylor & Francis journal devoted to public services in academic libraries. We welcome your manuscript submissions!
Laurie Dreyer (she/hers) started as the Branch Manager of the Lansingburgh Branch on December 8, 2021.
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan (she/her) who is the Director of the SUNY EmTech Team recently has been honored and awarded a National Education Association (NEA) Learning and Leadership grant along with my colleagues: Cherie van Putten (Binghamton University), Nicole Simon (Nassau Community College), Christine Marchese (Nassau Community College, and Jessica Kruger (University at Buffalo).
Now more than ever, 21st-century skills are critical in the world of education. The State University of New York’s Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmtechMOOC; http://suny.edu/emtech ) is an online learning opportunity that encourages college students, faculty, current and career-seeking professionals, and anyone from across the globe with a desire to learn how to use emerging technologies to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. The goal of the NEA grant is to extend EmTech's reach to more specifically target the needs of P12 instructors. This project introduces educators to innovative ways of building lifelong learning and 21st-century skill development in their students through virtual mentoring, facilitators guide instructors through scaffolded activities that encourage instructors to adopt emerging technologies into their own teaching. This self-paced online training is available for SUNY alumni and New York residents who are either unemployed or underemployed to earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and Digital Badges for free.
Dr. Timothy Horan (he/him) had his third book published in November. It is titled 'Let's Create Writers: Writing Lessons for Grades Seven and Eight.'
Edward Elsner (he/him) stepped in as Interim Director for America's oldest public library still in its original building. This is his first time as an Interim after a dozen years as Librarian. Prior to New York, he had seven years running the Crawford County Library then the Delton District Library, both in his home state of Michigan.
The philosophy for our period between Directors is to make Oswego Public Library the best resource possible for the area! We can't do everything, but we can make available entertaining and enlightening reading, movies, and more; make it easy for people to interact with the library whether in person, on the phone, or online. Let's find a way to say YES!
Debbie De Louise (she/her) has published her poetry book, MEOWS AND PURRS, a collection of cat poems published by Next Chapter Publishing. She was also shortlisted for the Chanticleer 2021 Mystery and Mayhem International Book Awards for NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED, the 5th book of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series featuring a librarian and library cat. This book is published by Solstice Publishing. her time-travel book, TIME'S RELATIVE, that tells the story of a librarian in 1998 who accepts a job where she ends up traveling to the past and future and viewing events such as Y2K, 9/11, and the COVID-19 pandemic, was also featured in a full-page article in Mystery Scene Magazine.
Meg Backus (she/her) has teamed up with Margo Gustina (doc student, University of NM) and Ozy Aloziem (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Denver Public Library) on an IMLS National Leadership Grant to document how libraries participate within local networks to contribute to social wellbeing in their communities. The work will produce an economic model incorporating wellbeing valuations, translated into an interactive calculator for evaluating current or potential service provisions. It will be good! NY libraries are involved in the research, along with Alaska, South Carolina, and Texas. Follow along at https://nnyln.org/about/imls-research21-24.
Natalie McDonough (she/her) has been promoted to Library Development Specialist 2 at the New York State Library. She will be overseeing the Public Library System Services team, which includes working with public libraries and systems on the State Aid for Library Construction program.