Candidate for NYLA Councilor-at-Large for School Libraries (2022-25)
Director of the St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System
Ever since my very first real job shelving books in a middle school library, I’ve been attracted to the principles of lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, equity, democracy, and service, as well as the people who help our organizations reflect these beliefs. As a Councilor-at-Large during uncertain times, I’ve often contemplated how these values can help inform my reactions and decisions as well as what it means to be a good organizational steward and how to sustain NYLA for the future.
Prior to my current position as the Director of the St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System, I was the School Library Media Specialist at tiny Clifton-Fine Central School in Star Lake, and before that, the Children’s Librarian at the largest public library in our region, Flower Memorial Library in Watertown. Having experience in both school and public libraries has given me an appreciation for collaboration. The North Country region where I live and work has a great tradition of teamwork and communication, and I’ve tried to model these values during my current term on the NYLA Council.
Because NYLA Council is still navigating through a period of instability, I feel that providing continuity is important in holding ourselves accountable for the goals we have set. I am currently filling in for a partial term and would like to continue to contribute to Council's forward movement by serving a full term of my own. I believe strongly in the principles of professionalism and service, and I’ve tried to bring this to my work on the NYLA Council. If elected, I will continue to advocate for professional and efficient meetings, encourage library leaders to utilize the strengths we have within our membership and seek out opportunities to re-evaluate and affirm the principles that hold us together. I’m honored to be considered for the opportunity to serve as an NYLA Councilor-at-Large.
Since shelving books as a teen, I’ve held a support staff position at an academic library, been both a Reference and a Children’s Librarian at a public library, and worked as a certified School Library Media Specialist in a small public school. I’m now very happy in my position as the Director of the St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System. I love this profession because even though these roles have been very different, the core values of librarianship have been evident in each and the opportunity for leadership has been constant. My husband and I live in rural Northern New York, where we both grew up. I am the mom of three girls, two dogs, and a hamster, although technically the hamster belongs to my youngest daughter, so I am the hamster-grandma.