Candidate for NYLA President (Representing a School Library) (2022-23)
Librarian, Maple Hill Senior High School, Schodack Central School District
In the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, “the libraries of America are and must ever remain the home of free and enquiring minds.” If the past several years have taught us nothing else, they have shown us that the fight against disinformation is more important than ever, and libraries and librarians need to be leading that charge. This work is too important to be done in isolation or within silos; librarians of all types will need to work together to ensure that our democracy endures. Through its mission to lead, educate, and advocate for the library community, NYLA has the unique ability to bring New York librarians and library workers together to achieve this goal.
NYLA has played an integral role in my professional growth. I was fortunate to have many mentors and role models that taught me the importance of professional organizations and encouraged me to become active in them. I have been a member since 2009, when I was a student at Syracuse University. Currently I serve on the NYLA/SSL board as Membership Chair, and as a member of NYLA’s Membership Committee, and I served as registration chair for the 2016 NYLA/SSL conference in Albany. My role as a school librarian relies on collaborating and communicating with other teachers, librarians, and administrators.
I am committed to NYLA’s mission and using our power as New York’s library community to uphold our professional and democratic ideals. I am humbled by this opportunity to lead NYLA, and would be honored by your support.