Developing Leaders Program (DLP)
2022-23 Cohort

NYLA is thrilled to introduce the 2022-2023 Developing Leaders Program (DLP) Cohort! Please see below our 12 DLP cohort members. At the end of the 9-month intensive program, this page will feature each of the team projects developed throughout the course of the program.  To learn more about the Developing Leaders Program (DLP), click here

Team Novel Idea

As we are all reference librarians, we have noticed a disconnect between the 18-25 age group and the library and the basis of our project is essentially how to correct that through programming, accessibility, collection materials, community engagement, etc.

Advisor: James Richeson

Team Members:

Colin Vautrinot,
New York Public Library

Jill Sollazzo,
East Hampton Library

Katelyn Hara-Moss,
Central Islip Public Library 

Patricia Yannuzzi,
Nassau Public Library. 


Capstone Presentation

Slide Deck

Resource Page

Team Forward Thinking

The modern library is so much more than books or even e-books. Libraries across the country circulate non-traditional items from their Libraries of Things, provide access to equipment and training in their Makerspaces, hire social workers to help at-risk community members, and more. The process of deciding which services to introduce, getting staff on board, determining policy, and marketing these resources can seem daunting if you are starting from scratch. We will create a toolkit for library staff to help them select and implement non-traditional resources and services in their library, step-by-step.

Advisor: Gillian Murphy

Team Members:

Angele DeNeve,
Queens Public Library

Nicole Brown,
Buffalo/Erie Town of Tonawanda Kenmore Branch

Richard Morbeth,
Finkelstein Memorial Library

Tabitha Kirshey,
Patchogue-Medford Public Library


Capstone Presentation

Slide Deck

Wiki Link

Team Marigolds

What’s What of Library Things; A list or guide of things that might not be familiar or traditional loaning materials that libraries have to offer.  Examples; Seed Library, Instrument Collection, Museum Passes, Story Walk Kits, and Sewing.

Advisor: Alana Mutum

Team Members:

Beth Zak-Cohen,
Newark Public Library

Tamelee Young,
Uniondale Public Library

Rita Banellis,
Brookhaven Free Library

Jessica Pacciotti,
Warner Library


Capstone Presentation

Slide Deck