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Jai Blackburn has joined the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision as a Librarian II. She previously worked for NYS DHSES at the New York State Academy of Fire Science.

Brighton Memorial Library dedicated a memorial bench and plaque in the library’s Children’s Literary Garden to Dorothy (Dottie) Pitlick. Dottie passed away April 12, 2013 at age 90. She was a strong supporter of Brighton Memorial Library (BML) and was on the Friends of BML Board for ten years. She served on multiple committees, including Books Sandwiched In; staffed the Friends membership and Friends Week tables; and worked at numerous book sales.

Donna Burton, Reference and Government Documents Librarian at Schaffer Library, Union College, has been promoted to full professor, effective September 1, 2017. She's been part of the library faculty since 1985.

David Fairlie passed away following a long illness. He is survived by his wife Donna.

Christina Gavin received a $5,000 Inspire Collection Development Grant from AASL to purchase new books for the Jane Addams Campus Library.

The Gloversville Public Library has moved to its temporary location, 34 West Fulton Street, Glovesville, while its 1904 Carnegie Beaux Arts building receives an $8 million renovation.  Construction is expected to take a little more than a year.

Arlene Laverde is the new Graduate Advisor for Library Media Specialist & Coordinator of Library Media Specialist Programs at Queens College as well as an Adjunct Lecturer in the School Media Program.

Linda Meglio, Head of Young Adult Services at Harborfields Public Library and newly appointed full time librarian Kimberly McCarthy, recently celebrated the grand opening of Harborfields Library’s newly renovated Teen’Scape. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and book signing of The Memory of Things by local author Gae Polisner. After a little over a year of planning and construction, Harborfields teens now have a brand new, state-of-the-art room that is just for them. Art and writing workshops, 3D printing, stop-motion animation, video games and, of course books – all this and more can be found at Teen’Scape. Teen’Scape combines the best of traditional library resources with the latest technology, all in a welcoming vibrant space.

Middle Country Public Library is proud to share awards received by two staff members. Kathleen Deerr, Middle Country Public Library assistant director and national coordinator for Family Place Libraries™ is the 2017 recipient of the Emily Fenichel Award presented at the New York Zero-to-Three Network's Annual Spring Conference on May 12th in New York City.  This award recognizes leaders who devote their professional lives to the healthy development of very young children and families. Elizabeth Malafi received the American Library Association’s 2017 BRASS Mergent Excellence in Business Librarianship award for her numerous and significant achievements in supporting the business communities of Long Island in her role as Coordinator of the Miller Business Center at the Middle Country Public Library, and for her contributions to business librarianship.

Laurie Shedrick
The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) has announced the appointment of Laurie Shedrick to the position of Technology Operations Manager. Ms. Shedrick will join MHLS on June 5, 2017. Ms. Shedrick has held the position of Business Manager since 2011 with Innovative Interfaces Inc. (III), a leading library technology solutions company serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide. At III, she managed account plans for libraries throughout the northeast including MHLS, the Nassau Library System, and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. She served as the MHLS Automation Systems Manager 2002-2011 and as the Library Director of the Town of Ulster Public Library 1994-2002. Ms. Shedrick was awarded a Master in Library Science degree from the State University of New York in Albany, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in History degree from the State University of New York in New Paltz.

Prof. Michael J. Miller, Chief Librarian of Bronx Community College of The City University of New York has received a grant award for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program for summer 2017.

On behalf of the Niagara Falls Public Library Board of Trustees, Board President Carmen Granto is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah M. Potwin to the position of Niagara Falls Public Library Executive Library Director commencing July 1, 2017.  Sarah comes to NFPL with previous library administrative experience in the communities of Bradenton, Florida; Winooski, Vermont; Massena, New York; Cornwall, Ontario and most recently Lagrange Association Library, Lagrange, New York.  Sarah holds a Masters of Library Sciences degree from the University of Alberta, (an American Library Association accredited school), a Bachelor’s degree in Theory and History of Art from the University of Ottawa as well as a certified New York State Public Librarian certificate. Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and a healthy dose of enthusiasm to the Niagara Falls Public Library position. 
Sarah Potwin
Jennifer Tolley Terry Morris & Raena Pelllichet
Northern Onondaga Public Libraries (NOPL) recently welcomed Terry Morris and Raena Pelllichet as new Teen Librarians, and Jennifer Tolley as the new Outreach Librarian. Terry was previously working for NOPL as a Substitute Librarian. She has also held positions at Polaris Library Systems, Gale/Cengage Learning and Bibliotheca.  While attending Syracuse University's iSchool, Raena was a clerk at NOPL’s North Syracuse branch. She graduated with her MLIS in May, 2016.  Terry and Raena will work together to improve teen services at all three NOPL branches. Jennifer has worked at NOPL since 2013 in various capacities.  As the Outreach Librarian, she'll coordinate the schedule for NOPL's Pop-Up Library. The Pop-Up Library visits senior centers, parks, festivals, and concerts to connect with the community and promote library resources.

Pat Pederson was appointed Librarian 1 at Onondaga County Public Library's Central Library children's department, KidSpace. I had previously been a substitute librarian for OCPL. Pat had previously been a substitute librarian for OCPL

River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester has hired Lauren Di Monte as Data and Research Impact Librarian and Lindsay Cronk as Head of Collection Strategies.
Lauren Di Monte Lindsay Cronk

As of March 13th, Todd Schlitt is the New Head of Reference Services at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library.

Carol Ann Tack was recently featured in an interview with BookBrowse online magazine. The interview focuses on the success of Carol Ann’s book discussion group at the Merrick Library.

On June 2, 2017, Wood Library received the 2017 Service Award from the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce.  This annual award is presented to a Chamber member organization that is making a significant difference in the Greater Canandaigua community.  A member of the Pioneer Library System, Wood Library is a full-service community-focused library located in Canandaigua, New York.  The library is a highly-valued and well-used resource.