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Library Development Specialist Karen Balsen is retiring after ten years of service at the New York State Library effective June 1, 2017. Ms. Balsen first joined the New York State Library’s Library Development Team in 2007.  Over the past decade, she has worked closely with the 23 public library system youth services coordinators, the leadership of the New York Library Association’s Youth Services Section, the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, colleagues in other units within the State Education Department and dozens of other state and national partners to improve the quality of library services for New York’s children and teens. Her creative and effective use of online resources, social media and other communications tools and her efforts to reach out to diverse audiences and partners have resulted in increased visibility for and use of New York’s libraries.

Jennifer Bort is CLRC's new Research & Development Librarian. She started with CLRC at the end of February.

Donna Burton has been promoted to Full Professor on the Union College Library Faculty after 32 years at the college.

Dale Carpenter’s book Computer Software Evaluation: Balancing User's Needs & Wants was published this past March. In it he details the historical process of how you find out what your “needs” and “wants” are and how can you compare multiple software programs to find the one which fits you best. Included in this book are such resources as process owner information audit questionnaires, user surveys, functional requirements listings based on the audits and surveys, a value weighting spreadsheet, a return on investment (ROI) presentation, a line item quote example, a capital expense report example, and a management project proposal example. Dale Carpenter has almost 40 years’ experience in creating and modernizing corporate libraries in the aerospace/defense, telecommunications, executive outplacement, and pharmaceutical industries.  

Debby Emerson has left the Central NY Library Resources Council in Syracuse to begin a new position as Director of Wadsworth Library in Geneseo, NY. Debby is replacing Anna Grace, who is retiring effective March 23.

Anna Grace who has been the director of the Wadsworth Library in Geneseo for the last 15 years, will be retiring this month. In her tenure, she served as president of the Pioneer library System Directors Advisory Council. She was instrumental in securing long term funding by asking the community to recharter the library as a school district public library. The library staff has grown to 10 full and part time persons during her stay which has allowed Wadsworth library to be open longer hours enabling the library to better serve the community. Anna recruited volunteers to create a friends group in 2004, Friends of Wadsworth library (FOWL) which offers a diverse selection of programs for the patrons of the library. Under Anna’s guidance the library was chosen as the Rochester Regional Councils Public library of the year in 2013. Anna’s support and dedication to the library was widespread and deeply appreciated. She has been a tremendous leader.  We will miss her and wish her good fortune in her retirement. To read more about Anna Grace, click here.

The Youth Services Department at the Washington Avenue Branch of the Albany Public Library has welcomed Amy Hathaway to our staff as a Library Assistant. She was previously a Library Clerk at the Pine Hills and Bach Branches.  Amy is also pursuing her MSLIS degree from Syracuse University and plans to graduate this May.

Deirdre Joyce, formerly Assistant Director at CLRC, starts as the Metadata Specialist at Syracuse University's Bird Library on April 1.

The Kennedy Free Library is thrilled to share that since their move from an undersized, gloomy basement area in the town hall to a brand-new facility (2014), they are the fastest growing library in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, over the past five years. The facility, state of the art computers and, plush furnishings were accomplished through the receipt of five grants. Located in an economically depressed area many residents don't have access to computers or wi-fi in their homes. The library is happy to provide a safe environment for the avid teen computer users. The Kennedy Free library is a two person show; a director and an assistant. Open only 30 hours weekly, they serve an average of 750 patrons every month.  Since 2011, attendance has tripled; from around 3,200 annually to just over 10,000 annually. In the same period circulation, has gone from 10,000 items to over 19,000 annually. Kennedy Free library attributes its success to their personalized service, a welcoming environment and the direction of their very progressive, professional Library Board of Trustees led by Board President Tim Mead.

Jane W. Minotti joined the staff of the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development as a Library Development Specialist on February 9, 2017.  Ms. Minotti will be providing program management assistance and leadership in the administration of State funding for libraries and library systems. She will also serve as New York State’s Data Coordinator for Library Data and will be the State Library’s official liaison to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services for public library data initiatives. Ms. Minotti will also serve as a regional liaison from the State Library for multiple school library systems and public library systems. Ms. Minotti’s background includes over twenty years of experience in public, school and special libraries.  Most recently, she was Senior Librarian for the New York State Department of Transportation.

Katherine Moss has been promoted to Head of Reference, Instruction and Outreach at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Rosen Publishing is pleased to announce its recent hire of Richard Hasenyager who will join the Rosen team as the Associate Director of Curriculum Solutions. Within his new role, Dr. Hasenyager will assist in the curation, development, marketing, sales, and professional development of new
Rosen Classroom products. "My relationship with the company began when I was a school librarian in Houston, TX. I have always respected the commitment and responsiveness that Rosen Publishing has for the library and education communities," Dr. Hasenyager said. "I believe this role will allow me to make a positive impact on assisting those serving in libraries, schools and districts to solve curriculum challenges that will allow all of their students to succeed." Dr. Hasenyager comes to Rosen Publishing with over 20 years of education experience in Texas and New York, including that of a classroom teacher, school library media specialist and director of library services. Dr. Hasenyager's latest appointment has been Director of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education. There he led the school library program serving over 1.1 million students, in which a large portion of his responsibilities was the procurement, creation and support of instructional resources aligned to local, state, and national standards.

Frank Rees joined the staff of the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development as a Library Development Specialist on March 9, 2017. Mr. Rees will be providing program management assistance and leadership in the administration of the State Aid for Library Construction program and will assist in the management of the New York Online Virtual Library (NOVELNY) program. He will also provide oversight for the Public Librarian Certification program and serve as continuing education coordinator. Mr. Rees will also serve as a regional liaison from the State Library for multiple public library systems. Each of New York State’s 73 library systems is assigned a State Library staff member as their regional liaison. Mr. Rees’s background includes over twenty years of experience as a public library director in special district, association, school district and municipal libraries.  Most recently, he was the director of the Saugerties Public Library where he developed a capital spending plan, improved IT infrastructure, implemented a museum pass program and started a Little Free Library program that will place twelve Little Free Libraries throughout the Saugerties community.  Mr. Rees also serves on the Board of the New York Library Association’s Leadership and Management section.

Patricia Sarles was promoted to Coordinator of Library Services for North Brooklyn in the Office of Library Services, NYC School Library System. Patricia was previously a School Librarian at the Jerome Parker Campus Library on Staten Island.

Gina Seymour made Library Journal’s 2017 Mover & Shaker list.

Andrea Snyder is the new Outreach & Training Coordinator for the Pioneer Library System. Her responsibilities include overseeing System outreach activities, managing the Owwl2Go Digital Collections, coordinating System training, and marketing library services across the four counties.  She most recently was the Outreach Service Specialist for the Nassau Library System on Long Island and prior to that she worked for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She grew up outside of Buffalo, went to SUNY Geneseo for undergrad and earned her MLS from SUNY Buffalo. Andrea is passionate about supporting and empowering library staff, enabling them to provide the best services and resources to their communities!

Frank Sykes, Livonia Public Library director for the past eight years, was awarded the Library Visionary Award. Presented annually by the Pioneer Library System to the director of one of its 42 member libraries, the award is given in recognition of a library director “who acted strategically, with imagination and wisdom during the past 12 months".