Kelly Harris

Candidate for Treasurer-Elect (2022-25)

Director, Hampton Library

My 25-year career in “Library Land” began like most Library careers do, as a Page in the Children’s Department of my local Library. Barbara Moore, my mentor and Children’s Librarian at the Mattituck-Laurel Library on Long Island’s North Fork insisted she was going to “grow a Librarian.” As a high school student, I found this rather amusing… looking back I am incredibly thankful Mrs. Moore invested her time and energy encouraging me to get my MLIS. She truly grew a Librarian. I like to think she is smiling down at me knowing I have thrown my “hat in the ring” to run for Treasurer-Elect of NYLA.

I have held just about every position in a public library before becoming the Executive Director of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, over the last decade I have taken an active role in the Public Library Directors Association of Suffolk County (PLDA) recently serving as President from 2019-2020. I have also co-chaired PLDA’s annual fundraiser for many years, an event that benefits the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC, NYLA’s Sustainability Initiative, and Legal Fund. In 2020 PLDA partnered with our colleagues in Nassau County to create a committee to address issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries. 

I believe in Libraries. Libraries are a place where everyone belongs and our patrons’ ever-evolving needs are met. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that Libraries can pivot quickly and effectively to serve our communities. Libraries are models of resiliency and agents of change.  

As a passionate advocate of Libraries, I dedicate a lot of time and energy to promoting Libraries to my community as well as state and local representatives. I believe NYLA does a great many things to improve and promote our profession and as Treasurer-Elect I hope to bring my experience to the table, listen to the membership and to provide meaningful opportunities for engagement. 

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