Members on the Move
Dara Berkwits, SLMS, has accepted a position at Mahopac High School in Putnam County, NY where she will serve 1,600 high students as their library media specialist. Her move comes after having completed two years as the library media specialist in a Title I elementary school in the Bronx where she was instrumental in increasing circulation among students, parents, and staff as well as increasing parent involvement. New to the secondary level, Dara is working on increasing circulation among this population and looking for new and exciting ways to engage young adults.
Brentwood Public Library’s Francis Picart, is this year’s recipient of the NYS State Senator Thomas D. Croci Hispanic Heritage Award. Francis' strong desire and commitment to serve has led him to be active in developing services for those in his communities. He has served as a Board Member of the Brentwood Public Library since 1995, and a member of the Suffolk County Cooperative Library System, serving in various positions on the Board from 1997-2012. He was the Director on the Board of the Library Trustee Association of NY, Board Member of the Trustee Division of the National American Library Association, and member of the NYS Council on the Arts, just to name a few.
Francis (left) worked as a senior research support staff member at the Rockefeller University in New York from 1981-1992. In 1992, he became the Coordinator of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility at the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University.
Cira Olivia Branigan (right), the Career Development Center librarian at the Brentwood Public Library, was honored by the Town of Islip at the Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Cira has instituted bilingual career counseling, onsite job recruiting events, and career orientation sessions. She also finds it rewarding to help Hispanic patrons study to obtain American citizenship. This is a growing project and is supported by the Brentwood Public Library.
Muriel Feldshuh’s Fall Poetry Banners for children are on exhibit at Poets House, in Manhattan. Muriel uses these banner as a fun and creative way to help children learn a poem in rhyme or verse.
Patti McCall accepted a position as Science Librarian at Rollins College, in Winter Park Florida after nearly five years at the University of Central Florida.
In her 18th year of teaching Michelle Pava is pursuing National Board Certification. She has completed 2 of the 4 components. She hopes the path to certification will challenge her to creatively accomplish her teaching goals, while providing excellent lessons for her students.
Stacey Rattner, is Schodack Central School District’s Teacher of the Year. Read all about Stacey, her love of surprises and the much deserved title of Teacher of the Year on her blog, “Librarian Leaps”
Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, was recently elected as Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Jessica Lacher-Feldman has been appointed Assistant Dean & Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation. River Campus Libraries librarian, Sharon Briggs Head of the Acquisition Department, has been awarded the 2016 Messinger Award for Outstanding Service. Todd Smith, Library Section Supervisor, Department of Patron Services, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Service Award.
Kathy Stempel, library assistant for youth services at the Berne Public Library, was the recipient of the Rural Library Round Table Conference Scholarship Award.
On August 1st Carl Vitevitch was named the School Library System Director for Eastern Suffolk BOCES, on Long Island. This area includes 51 school districts which range from two of the largest school districts in NYS to three districts which are located on ferry accessible islands, with many in between.
The Westchester Library System held its’ third annual Battle of the Books. Rye Free Reading Room’s, “Rye Rockets” are the grade 4-6 champions. Somers Library’s “Popcornians” are the grade 6-10 champions.
Lorie Wies has been appointed Local History Librarian at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. She recently retired from Union College where she served as the Adirondack Research/ Continuing Resources Librarian.