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Members on the Move

April 2015

Stephen Almasi, Senior Librarian at Coxsackie Correctional Facility Library, hosted Jamaican-born educator and author Dr. Mildred Smith-Chang for a Black History Month presentation on March 25th entitled “Albany’s World War I Hero Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson Soon to be Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor.”

Laurie Buckley is the new Outreach and Marketing Consultant at for the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS). Laurie most recently worked at the, Albany Public Library, Howe Branch, and was also a volunteer digital literacy tutor for Bethlehem Public Library’s Computer Partners Program. She will be overseeing SALS’ communications and will be involved with supporting outreach in its service area.

Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library Executive Director, received an Impact Award during the 7th annual 2015 Nonprofit Awards, presented by M&T Bank, with support from Business Journal News Network, ABC Creative Group and BizEventz. The ceremony highlights and awards nonprofits, companies, and individuals who keep nonprofits in the CNY region thriving. 

Muriel Feldshuh has 16 Poetry Banners displayed at the Sheepshead Bay Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in honor of Poetry Month. Poetry Banners is a creative way to help children learn a poem. The poem is placed on a colorful felt banner and makes the poem a visual treat. Each banner has a pocket on the back filled with the poem that is handed out to library visitors.  The project has attracted the attention of young children and adults at many libraries.

Joseph Easterly, formerly of SUNY Geneseo, joined the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries as Digital Humanities Librarian on February 27, 2015.

Phyllis Keaton, Director of the Howland Public Library in Beacon, will be honored at the Howland Public Library's seventh annual Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon. Phyllis recently announced that she will officially retire as library director in June 2015, marking 15 years of service to the library.

Emalee Krulish, formerly of the Oliver Archives Center at Chautauqua Institution, joined the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries as Collection Services Library Assistant in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation on February 9, 2015.

The LaGrange Association Library held a Life Size Candy Land Game during spring break. Local teenagers from the high school, middle school and home school community helped paint the characters for the big day.

Terry Z. Lucas, formerly of the Rogers Memorial Library, has been appointed the new director of the Shelter Island Public Library, effective April 15, 2015.

The Middle Country Public Library has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make exceptional contributions to their communities. The IMLS press release can be read here.

Amanda Perrine has been promoted to Interim Access Services Manager at Syracuse University Libraries.

The University of Rochester Libraries have become one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a worldwide partnership of more than one hundred major research institutions and libraries working to preserve and provide access to the cultural record in digital form. The University’s membership offers users access to nearly five million books in the public domain. Read more.

The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries has been awarded a $100,672 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a pilot program designed to strengthen librarians’ competencies in digital scholarship. “21st Century Skills: Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians” will launch during the summer of 2015 at the University of Rochester. Read more.

NYLA Members Named Library Journal 2015 Movers and Shakers

Tracy LaStella, Youth Services Coordinator for Middle Country Public Library.

Melissa Jacobs-Israel, Coordinator, Office of Library Services, New York City School Library System.

Lauren Comito, Job & Business Academy Manager, Queens Library.

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Comito Jacobs-Israel LaStella