Candidate for NYLA ALA Chapter Councilor (2022-25)
Outreach Consultant for the Southern Tier Library System
I am excited about the opportunity to help support and represent the New York State library community through the role of NYLA ALA Chapter Councilor. I have been active as a member of ALA for over twelve years and have been part of efforts to explore the ALA governing structure and decision-making process as an At-Large member of the ALA Council. I have been able to observe and participate in much of the progress being made to update the governance structure of ALA to provide a more inclusive and supportive professional organization for library workers. The library community in New York and across the nation are facing a mounting number of pressures including intellectual freedom challenges, political polarization, and social justice issues. This is why it is extremely important for libraries to have the support of strong and caring professional organizations. NYLA and its members deserve to have a passionate and committed advocate to represent their concerns on the national level and to support the vital work of libraries.
Keturah Cappadonia is the Outreach Consultant for the Southern Tier Library System where she assists 48 public libraries in a five-county area on projects related to outreach services, underserved populations, grant writing, adult services, partnership building, and strategic planning. Previously she worked as a Children’s Librarian and as a Library Director. Keturah holds an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA from the University of Rochester. She is the Vice-President of the NYLA Rural Libraries Roundtable and the Vice-President of the South Central Regional Library Council Board of Trustees. She is an active member of the American Library Association and has served as a Councilor-at-Large on ALA Council and as a member of the ALA Council Orientation Committee, the Forward Together Resolutions Working Group, the Committee on Library Advocacy, and the Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee.