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Members on the Move – February 2015

Lois Bulger is retiring as a Children’s Librarian from the David A. Howe Public Library.

Edward Falcone, Deputy Director of the Yonkers Public Library, has been appointed interim director after the retirement of Stephen Force on 1/15/15 after 18 years in that position.

Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), Executive Director of Queens Library's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, received "The Louie Award" at the Louis Armstrong Museum and Archive Annual Gala on Dec 8, 2014.

Laura Lintz has been hired as an Adult Services Librarian at the Newark Public Library.

Megan Mack, Communications Project Manager, announced several staff updates at The University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries:

  • Ralph Arbelo assumed the role of Head of AV/IT Services on February 1, 2015;
  • Kimberly Davies Hoffman, formerly of SUNY Geneseo, joined the RCL as Head of Outreach, Learning, and Research Services in January 2015;
  • Kathryn Festa joined the RCL as Library Advancement Program Manager in December 2014;
  • James Kuhn, Director of Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer, Rare Books Special Collections and Preservation (RBSCP), assumed the role of Assistant Dean, Special Collections and Preservation on February 1, 2015. He will retain his Directorship role for RBSCP.
  • Alan Lupack, director of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library and the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, will retire on February 6, 2015 after 26 years of service
  • Rochelle Mazar, formerly of the University of Toronto Libraries, joined the RCL as Coordinator of the Digital Academy in January 2015; and
  • Kathleen Metz assumed the role of Coordinator of Patron Services in January 2015.

Elizabeth Pollicino Murphy has been appointed director of the St. Joseph's College Library after the retirement of William Meng.

Karen Porcella is the new director of the Oceanside Library as of 1/5/2015, replacing Evelyn Rothchild.

Rocco Staino, NYLA past president, director of the Empire State Center for the Book, and host of StoryMakers on KidLit.TV, has been named to the board of Literary Manhattan. Literary Manhattan was formed to promote literacy, the benefits of reading and to bolster the general public’s awareness of Manhattan’s rich literary history.  

Don Watkins announced the progress made by the Blount Library’s grant committee, formed in February of 2014. The committee has written a technology plan and successfully applied for E-Rate funding to upgraded internet bandwidth, received a community grant from Wal-Mart to purchase a 32 inch LCD monitor, successfully applied for a mini-grant from the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System to purchase two Apple iPads, added an AWE Early Literacy Station to the children's room, purchased ten new Dell Optiplex All-in-One computers, planned and carried out digital literacy for patrons using the diglitny.org curriculum, and began a Makerspace for younger patrons.

Ashleigh Whitfield has been appointed as Local History Librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, effective January 12th.  

Jake Widrick is the new director of the D.R. Evarts Library.