Members on the Move – December 2014
Helen Anderson and Konstantin Gurevich, of the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, have been honored for their translation of the Russian novel Bury Me behind the Baseboard. Their translation was recently named the top “book that inspired the world since 1989” in World Literature Today.
Lisa Areford, Library Development Specialist, is retiring from the New York State Library on December 17th after more than 14 years of service.
Mary Lou Carolan, Director of the Wallkill Public Library, was interviewed regarding the library's participation in both OCLC's Geek the Library and Outside the Box community outreach efforts. Mary Lou was also a guest speaker for the second annual Project for Public Spaces Leadership Council meeting. The library was one of a handful of U.S. libraries showcased for its outreach efforts in the first digital 2014 OCLC Annual Report.
Susan Currie, Director of the Tompkins County Public Library, reports the library has been celebrating its Sesquicentennial celebration this year. Visit the library’s 150th website.
Nik Dragovic, Melissa Iamonico, Amanda Ingalls and Alexandra Janvey were announced as New York State’s 2015 ALA Emerging Leaders.
The Fulton Public Library and the Moon Library, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Technology were each awarded a $5000 grant by the NY 3Rs Association for projects that show "Libraries as Publishers." Details here, including photos of the directors of the winning libraries.
Beth Geatrakas and Mary Ellen Burt, Morrisville-Eaton Central School District staff members were recognized as Outstanding Educators at the Genesis Group’s ninth annual Celebration of Education.
The Hampton Bays Public Library received a 2014 Top Fundraiser Award from the Southampton Animal Shelter and raised over $3300 for the shelter. The library hosted programs to benefit the local animal shelter during September and October. In the photo pictured from left to right: Teen Librarian Christine Fitzgerald, Library page Caelin Schult, Teen Librarian Laura Austin, Teen Librarian Jackie Dunn, Teen Services Manager Theresa Owens, Special Events Coordinator Gina Martini, Special Events Coordinator Gina Martini, Library Page Jocelyn Schult.
Andrew Jackson, Past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), will be honored in December by the Louis Armstrong House Museum. He will receive their annual "Louie Award."
Melissa Jacobs-Israel announced that the New York City Department of Education's Office of Library Services/New York City School Library System was awarded a $712,474 Innovative Approaches to Literacy federal grant.
Scott Jarzombek, Albany Public Library’s new Director, has a resume that reads like an adventure tale.
Sue Kowalski has been elected to the Board of Trustees for Northern Onondaga County Public Library (NOPL). Sue, also, was recently published in Teacher Librarian. The article, “iStaff: A Judgment Free Zone,” shares about the student leadership program and how it empowers students of all learning abilities to lead in and through the Pine Grove MS School Library community.
Sheri Levasseur, currently a Teacher Librarian at the Nanuet School District and a Reference Librarian at the Tappan Public Library, is completing her final piece of a week-long Library of Congress 2014 Summer Seminar Program "Teaching with Primary Source Documents." Levasseur along with 20+ other teacher librarians and classroom teachers from all over the country will meet up with Library of Congress Instructors via live webinar in early December to share reflections on their implemented instructional units which they began building at the LOC Summer Seminar in Washington DC. This final piece completes Levasseur's experience as one of 75 teachers selected to attend the week-long on-site teaching seminar.
Rebecca Lubin, Head of Branches for the Albany Public Library, is one of thirty-two nationwide public librarians chosen to attend the upcoming ALA’s PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change • Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. PLA Leadership Academy.
Natalie McDonough has joined the staff of the Bethlehem Public Library in the newly created position, Manager of Programming and Outreach, part of the library’s new Public Services Department.
Susan Mitchell recently began her tenure as Executive Director of the Onondaga County Public Library. She will oversee operations of the Robert P. Kinchen Central Library, city branches, and the OCPL System. Previously, she served as library program manager in the University of Wisconsin System Administration. Mitchell graduated from Niagara University and the State University New York at Buffalo. She is a native of Old Forge.
Chinasa I. Seyse, a recent MLS graduate from SUNY Albany, is now the Branch Librarian at the John A. Howe Branch of the Albany Public Library.
Lou Ann Stewart, Adult Services Librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, has been appointed the new Head of Adult Services at the library. Lou Ann is taking over responsibility for the Adult Services Department upon the December retirement of Annette Kovic.
Pamela Stocking, Director of the Ellenville Public Library & Museum, reports that the library combined advocacy, collaboration and public grants to benefit their community. Thanks to a grant from The New York Council for the Humanities the library is sponsoring “Into the Light,” a multi-cultural holiday spectacular featuring music, dance and song from around the world, this December. “Into the Light” will take place at Ellenville’s historic Shadowland Theatre. The performance includes local children who took dance workshops at the library, thanks to funding from Arts Mid-Hudson.
Melinda Taormina, Youth Services Librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, has been appointed the new Head of the Youth Services at the library.
Herbert Kurz, the recipient of NYLA’s 2007 Intellectual Freedom Award, died November 24, 2014.