April 2024: A NYLA Voice Update


Congratulations to Sam Berry-Sullivan!

It's hard to say goodbyes - especially at NYLA - but we are so proud of our very own NYLA Voice Writer, Sam Berry-Sullivan, for landing a paid writing gig with CHOICE Magazine's new platform - Toward Inclusive Excellence. Since 2021, Sam has been a staple for The NYLA Voice with their column, Little Boxes, which explored the nuances of diversity, accessibility, race, gender, and cultural shifts and phenomena facing our libraries today. We will miss them dearly as a contributor but will be cheering them on in their next writing endeavor!
See below a testimonial from Sam about their experience writing for The NYLA Voice:
"As an early career librarian, I felt very nervous about publishing anything. I hadn’t written anything long form, academic or otherwise, since graduating with my Masters. Becoming a columnist for the NYLA Voice was the perfect venue to gain confidence in my writing, and to communicate with my colleagues across New York State on topics of incredible personal and professional importance. I was able to adjust how often I was featured so writing the column never felt like ‘one more thing’ on an already overflowing to-do list, and the monthly reminder emails from C helped keep me on track with my submissions. Writing Little Boxes often helped me think through problems occurring on my campus, and gave me an outlet to suggest approaches and solutions that I felt wouldn’t be heard on my campus, hoping I could help people elsewhere. Writing for the NYLA Voice led to being asked to present on the topic of one of my columns for the Long Island Library Resource Council, a council I have long admired for its excellent programming around diversity and accessibility topics. Giving that presentation led to being asked to present on the topic at the upcoming SUNYLA conference in August. Writing Little Boxes gave me the experience and the confidence in my writing to accept a paid writer opportunity for CHOICE magazine’s new platform Toward Inclusive Excellence. Thank you New York Library Association, thank you C Romeo, and thank you to my wonderful colleagues across the Empire State." 
Want to check out Sam's latest piece and future pieces in CHOICE Magazine? Click here. Again, congratulations, Sam and we will miss you!

Welcome To The NYLA Voice!

Earlier this year, we once again opened up applications to join The NYLA Voice as a writer! Out of the 11 impressive applications we received, we only had 5 slots to fill. We are so thrilled to welcome the following writers to The NYLA Voice:
  1. Sine Rofofsky (he/him) is a Part-Time Reference Librarian at SUNY Schenectady Community College and writes the Beyond Boxes column.
  2. Tova Harris (she/they) is a full-time MLIS student at the University at Buffalo while also working in the makerspaces at Sachem Public Library and Longwood Public Library. They write the A Tale of Two Makerspaces column.
  3. Kimberly Parry (she/her) is the Head of Adult and Teen Services at Amagansett Free Library. She writes the Interviews Behind-The-Stacks column.
  4. Naomi Yamada (she/her) is the Senior Reference Librarian at the Great Neck Library. She writes the Librariana's Trench column. 
  5. Rachael Ciancarelli (she/her) is the Public Services Librarian at the Bethlehem Public Library. She writes the Nobody Knows the Everything Place column.
Again, welcome to The NYLA Voice! We cannot wait to read your columns in the issues you're featured in.
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