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Brentwood Public Library page, Josh Ramirez, won the Suffolk County B.E.S.T. Award (Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens) at the 2016 Long Island Library Conference.

Laurie Buckley, former Marketing & Outreach Consultant & NYS Outreach Coordinator for the Southern Adirondack Library System, has been appointed the Director of the Dover Plains Public Library.

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library unveiled its new high-tech bookmobile “Library on Wheels.” Outfitted with a collection of approximately 3,000 books and DVDs, a Wi-Fi hotspot, laptop computers and more, the ADA-compliant bookmobile will make regular stops to cities, towns and rural locations, to community centers and town halls, as well as to special events such as those at Canalside. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, and other local leaders joined members of the library’s staff for the event.

Dara L. Berkwits, teacher-librarian at P.S. 36x in the Bronx and recent MLS graduate from the University at Buffalo was awarded the Joseph B. Rounds Scholarship during her studies. This scholarship is awarded for academic excellence and commitment to the field of librarianship. 

Kate DeVoe, Youth Services Librarian and Kelly Doolittle, Library Assistant at the Tompkins County Public Library were recognized with the 2016 ALA Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies/Keystone Library Automation System and National Organization on Disability Award.

Kelli L. Huggins has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Empire State Library Network's Empire State Writing Competition for her paper titled "Flocks of Kittens and Litters of Chicks: Interspecies Adoption in New York, 1880-1920." As the competition winner, Ms. Huggins will receive a one thousand dollar prize and recognition at the upcoming New York Archives Conference. The winning entry was judged for depth and quality of scholarship, originality of topic and treatment, and use of digital services as research resources. The winning entry can be read on the Empire State Library Network website.

Julia Hannibal, William Floyd Middle School librarian, was recently selected as the recipient of a $500 award from the Suffolk School Library Media Association 2016 Open-source Automated Library System – Media Flex Technology Grant.

The Guilderland Public Library’s innovative and popular program series – “Hudson Valley Beer: From Hops to Home,” which featured an unprecedented beer-tasting in a library – has won the 2015 Adult Program of the Year Award, conferred by the Upper Hudson Library System, the consortium of 29 public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties.  The two librarians behind the inspiration for the program were Kristina Ronald and Ann Wemple-Person, pictured with local author Craig Gravina.

The Guilderland Public Library, spearheaded by librarian Ann Wemple-Person and the Guilderland Police Department, teamed up for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, a one-day collaborative effort between the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  GPL was the only public library in the area participating in the event.  According to the DEA, the total weight collected at GPL was a record 836 pounds of medications.

Professor David Mitchell received the Distinguished Service Award from the Hudson Mohawk Library Association.  HMLA President Ann-Marie Heldorfer, Youth Services Librarian at the William K. Sanford Town Library, is shown with David and his award.

Eric Mikols, David A. Howe Public Library’s Teen Coordinator, has created a successful new teen programming division.  He has expanded the selection of manga and young adult books and created a growing weekly Teen Anime Club.  This has led to not only an increase in circulation of materials geared towards teens, but an influx of teens coming in for library cards and participating in other library programming.

Niagara Falls Public Library LaSalle Branch was chosen to be a part of the film “Marshall” about Thurgood Marshall.

Debbie Podolski, Farmingdale Public Library Director, was the recipient of this year's LDA award, which was presented at the 2016 Long Island Library Conference. This award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to libraries on Long Island.

Queens Library Makes Key Executive Appointments - Nicolas Buron, most recently the Vice President of Public Library Services, has been selected to be Chief Librarian and Senior Vice President. Kelvin A. Watson, most recently the Library's Vice President/Chief Information and Technology Officer, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. Gitte Peng, previously served as the Senior Education Policy Advisor for the Mayor's Office, has joined the library as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President.

Ellen Rubin, NYLA Conference Chair, has been elected to the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council Board of Trustees and will begin her five year term on July 1st.


Congratulations to the 2016 Rochester Regional Library Council’s Library of the Year winners:

  • Sully Branch Rochester Public Library - Dennis Williams, Director
  • Charles J. Meder Library, Finger Lakes Community College - Sarah Moon, Director
  • Canandaigua Middle School Library - Melanie Dyroff, Director
  • Library of the Year Honorable Mentions:
  • Fairport Public Library - Betsy Gilbert, Director
  • Irondequoit Public Library - Terry Buford, Director
  • Martha Brown Middle School Library - Colleen Woods
  • Golisano Library, Roberts Wesleyan College/Northeastern Seminary - Esther Gillie, Director