PLS Elections

Congratulations to our new 2018 board members! And many thanks to all who ran for office this year.

Vice President/President-Elect

Sarah Clark

With twelve years experience working for Albany Public Library, I am convinced of the power of public libraries to transform communities. The strength of libraries comes from librarians, and our commitment to make connections. We connect people with materials, people to programs, and people to each other. We provide space for learning and creating, for economic advancement, and personal enrichment. NYLA, through its individual members, roundtables, and sections, makes connections for us working in the field, strengthening us as professionals and providing a network of information and expertise.

I am currently the Conference Program Curator for RASS, and served in the same role in 2016. This role has afforded me the opportunity to connect with other curators, and together we have listened to our members to provide the best programs that represent our diverse libraries and showcase our greatest innovators. I would like to offer my experience as a Conference Curator and NYLA Leadership and Management Academy graduate to the Vice President/President-Elect position in PLS, where I would have the opportunity to serve a greater scope of New York's amazing public libraries.

2nd Vice President

Dawn Peters

Dawn Peters has been the Assistant Deputy Director of Public Services for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library since 2012 after having served as the Library Director of the Orchard Park Public Library from 2007-2012. Dawn possesses a diverse background from the B&ECPL having worked over thirty-three years in nearly every Central Library Department; city branches and a member library. In her current position, she is responsible for library services at the Central Library and eight city branch libraries.
Committee work over the years include: Western New York Library Resources Council: Leadership Institute Committee, Awards Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Preservation Committee and currently NYLA’s PLS Board and Communication Committee.
As a Public Librarian, I believe it is imperative to keep up with current trends, explore and apply what is learned to practical situations and improve leadership and customer service skills in the workplace. If elected, I will do my best to bring skills acquired from past and present experiences which are fundamental in crafting and initiating integrated strategies to develop and expand existing customer service and current library trends and evolutions.


Stephanie Langer - PLS 2017 Candidate for Secretary

Stephanie Langer

I’m Stephanie and I’m running for the secretary position in the NYLA-PLS board.  I am relatively new to the library field.  I used to work as an architectural drafter although as an undergrad I worked in the reference department of my college library.  A few years ago I decided to change course, and begin a new career path in the library field.  At the time I was volunteering in a research library in Ithaca, and I realized that this was something I wanted to do for a living.  After applying to a few different library schools I enrolled at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.  During my time in the online program at Rutgers I focused my coursework primarily on digital libraries.  I completed my MLIS from Rutgers this January, 2017.  Currently, I am the director of Tappan-Spaulding Memorial Library in Newark Valley, located in rural Tioga County.  I’m also on the board for Durland Alternatives library on Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY.  This Spring I completed a digitization internship with South Central Regional Library Council.  So far I am enjoying the challenges that come with being a director, however it can feel isolating at times.  I’m hopeful that serving as secretary for the board will allow me to build new connections with other professionals.  I believe this is an excellent opportunity for me to become more involved with NYLA.  As well as a way to gain new experiences, and become better informed.

1st Year Director

Jennifer Byrnes