Members on the Move
Hope Decker joined the Pioneer Library System team as the new Member Library Liaison. Prior to her new position, Ms. Decker was the Director of the Cohocton Public Library for over nine years. Her experience paired with enthusiasm about libraries and the communities they serve has been a fantastic addition to Pioneer and its member libraries.
Kerry Carlson is the newest addition to the full-time librarian staff at the Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus. She officially began her role as Instructor of Library Science in the fall of 2015.
The Fayetteville Free Library has earned a Library Journal 5 star rating in the $1,000,000 - $4,999,999 operating budget range for the seventh year in a row.
Muriel Feldshuh, retired NYLA member, reports that her eight handmade Fall Poetry banners, a creative way to help children learn a poem in rhyme or verse, are being exhibited by the Sheepshead Bay Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Karen LaRocca-Fels, previously the Director of Cornwall Public Library, was appointed the Director of the Ossining Public Library on September 1, 2015.
Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, and, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System, co-authored the recently published Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State 2015 Edition.
University of Rochester Trustee Barbara J. Burger (’83) has committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries for the creation and implementation of the iZone, a collaborative, technology-rich space that will provide students with programs, services, and resources to explore their ideas and develop innovative projects for social, cultural, community, and economic impact. Upon completion of the project, the space will be dedicated as the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the River Campus Libraries.
Somers Library and Somers Historical Society won the 2015 Award of Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network for the partnership between Somers Library (Seed Lending Library) and Somers Historical Society, benefiting St. Luke’s Food Pantry. The Greater Hudson Heritage Network explores the ways in which heritage and history organizations can think creatively - to connect to new audiences, new funding sources, new stories to tell, and new ways to engage with their communities.
Beth Zambito has been promoted to Head of Adult Services at the Newburgh Free Library, where she formerly filled the role of Early Childhood Librarian.
Mohammed Jahed Sarwar, York College student, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of the LACUNY Dália Leonardo Scholarship for Library School Students.