NYLA Council Election 2017 Results

The New York Library Association is pleased to announce the results of this year’s Council Election, and to report 608 votes cast (15.6% of eligible voters).

Congratulations to our new Council members!

President-Elect (2017-18) / President (2018-19)

Michelle Young, Director of Libraries, Clarkson University

Playing an active role in professional organizations is imperative for not only the librarian but the profession itself.  It is with this professional activity that we remain informed, relevant, and engaged. From the beginning of my career to date, I have been actively involved with library and higher education organizations at the national, state, regional, and local levels.

Having been a member of NYLA starting as a student and during the years I have been in the State of New York, I know the value of the organization for all library types.  NYLA give us a voice in the profession, in state government, and breaks down the silos of library types, uniting us with our common mission, to serve our clientele and communities, giving people access to information literacy skills, communication skills, access to information resources, and much more.

I am currently the Academic and Special Libraries Section (ASLS) President and to me, the next natural step is to become the NYLA President. My mission is to start a proactive open access initiative, engaging all library types, researchers, and vendors in the discussion.  In today’s climate, we need an open dialogue and equal access to information. Prominent advocacy from the state organization opens up many opportunities and I intend to help lead this important charge as NYLA President.

I have worked in the academic libraries for over 16 years excelling in all areas of the profession including but not limited to early promotion, tenure, and advancement into library administration. My credentials reveal evidence of strong and effective leadership and management, financial management and budgeting expertise, networking and collaboration skills that span departments, institutions, and locals, a high level of organizational abilities, an assortment of technology skills, and excellent public service skills. I am experienced in staff development, strategic planning, construction and renovation projects, as well as policy and planning work. I have extensive involvement working with a variety of committees, teams, and boards that span the academic spectrum. Additionally, I have successfully been involved organizational governance, publishing, presenting, and fund raising activities.  

In my current role as Director of Libraries and Associate Professor at Clarkson University, I report directly to the Sr. Vice President/Provost and serve on the President’s Cabinet. As an information professional, I strive to constantly seek opportunities for knowledge, growth, and never-ending self-improvement.  Upon arriving at Clarkson University in 2008, my goal was to set in motion, the University Libraries’ transformation towards continual and excelling academic excellence through the implementation of programs, policies, and strategies geared towards the innovative vision of libraries in the 21st century. This plan was visionary and nothing that Clarkson had seen before. To date, I can proudly report that the library is excelling in all of these areas and received the Phalanx Distinguished Service Award for the Library, 2011, an award from the University’s highest honorary society, recognizing a department or organization that goes above and beyond the activities for which it was established.

Prior to Clarkson (2001-2008), I served as a College Librarian at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the Department of Research and Instructional Services. I was a direct Report to Director of Research and Instructional Services Primary areas of responsibility (not an all-inclusive list): Public services duties including but not limited to instruction, outreach, reference, collection development, university and library governance roles, technology projects, and mentor junior colleagues.

A copy of my curriculum vitae is available upon request. Please email me at myoung@clarkson.edu for additional information and supporting documentation for my candidacy.

Michelle Young Resume (PDF)

Councilor at Large (Public) 2017-2020

Lauren Moore, Executive Director, Pioneer Library System

Librarianship isn’t a responsibility I take lightly.  I truly believe that democracy relies on the participation of an informed citizenry, and libraries are the institution by which we guarantee that every citizen has access to the educational resources she needs to participate.   Working as a librarian, on behalf of such a critical mission, is a humbling privilege.  That is why I have made a professional commitment to helping libraries build the strong infrastructure they need to succeed in even tumultuous times and to endure for many future generations. 

As the Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System, I work with the staff and trustees of 42 small and rural member libraries to create a network of libraries stronger together than they could be on their own.  By working together, at scale, we are creating a library culture that is change-ready and change-capable.

As a member of NYLA’s Legislative Committee and a volunteer on the Steering Committee of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee, I have the pleasure of working with brilliant colleagues who understand the inherently political nature of our profession.  Serving these groups is important to me, because through our collaborative efforts we are not merely advocating for libraries and library funding.  Instead, we are constructing a political apparatus that ensures libraries’ interests are represented in Albany and in our local communities.

And when I present on topics including trustee development, strategic planning, and library budgeting and finances, my hope is always that I can help library leaders feel empowered and emboldened.  If as a profession, we can work now to lay a strong organizational groundwork, there is no limit to what libraries can create, build, or become.

I am proud to be a member of the New York Library Association, which creates opportunities for the library community to share resources, share expertise, and, perhaps most importantly, share a single voice.  NYLA provides the infrastructure we need to grow and succeed as a profession.   It would be my sincere pleasure to continue serving NYLA and the library community as a Councilor at Large.  I thank you for your consideration.

Councilor at Large (School) 2016-2019

Stacey Rattner, School Librarian, Castleton Elementary School

As the “Leaping Librarian” at Castleton Elementary School, one of my greatest missions each year is to foster a constant love of reading in all of my students.  I do this across my six grade levels by inviting many illustrator and authors into my building (in 2016-17 we had seven), Skyping with even more, throwing birthday parties on book release days, and collaborating with teachers on multiple Mock ALA youth media award programs.

My library is 100% flexibly scheduled, giving me the time and opportunity to collaborate with every teacher in my school.  This is unusual at the elementary level.  If I am selected to be on the NYLA Council, I will work diligently to advocate to not only mandate for every elementary school in New York State to have a full time certified school librarian but also explore moving into a schedule that allows for teachers and librarians to collaborate regularly. I believe my success is mostly due to my flexible schedule. I have had my administrator’s support throughout my tenure at Castleton and because of this, in 2015 nominated him (which he deservedly won) for the Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator’s award.  

I strongly believe that librarians all have common goals and we can all learn from one another.  Not only am I the VP of Conferences for NYLA/SSL but am also a member of AASL, ALSC and TLA/TASL.  I look forward to attending library conferences to meet and gain knowledge from colleagues in different library areas and beyond. I look forward to sharing this collective philosophy to the NYLA Council.

I am a regular columnist for School Library Connection, guest blogger for ALSC and this summer for Guessing Geisel. I share my reviews and projects on my own blog, librarianleaps.blogspot.com and am active on Twitter @staceybethr.  I was honored by my colleagues as the Schodack Central School District Teacher of the Year in November 2016.

Treasurer-Elect (2017-19) / Treasurer (2019-21)

Roger Reyes, Assistant Director for Business & Operations, Suffolk Cooperative Library System

I would like your support in my pursuit of the NYLA Treasurer-Elect position. I have served on Boards and Committees locally on Long Island (Suffolk County Library Association-Support Staff Division-Member at Large, Long Island Library Resource Council-Treasurer) and have become more active on the State level in recent years. I have worked closely with the Public Library System Directors Organization (PULISDO), assisting with finances, and am a member of the NYLA-Sustainability Initiative. Working with these groups has allowed me to see the “big picture” in library services in New York and I wish to pursue a position where I can use my skill-set to help further libraries in New York.

My strong background in finance, business and facility operations allows me to bring a different perspective to the various roles in which I have served. After 20 years of private industry work, I started my career in the library industry, 8 years ago, with no industry experience. Today I am proud to say I have earned my MLS (2014) and have immersed myself in the industry. I have been an active member of SCLA, NYLA, and ALA and have participated in numerous events across the State and Country on behalf of the Suffolk County Libraries.

It would be an honor to serve NYLA and the membership across New York State in the role of Treasurer-Elect. Thank you for your support!

Thank you to all of our 2017 Council Candidates!

Sarah Maximiek,
President-Elect / President
Judith Wines,
Councilor at Large (Public)
Jen Cannell,
Councilor at Large (School)
Erica Freudenberger,
Treasurer-Elect / Treasurer

Section & Round Table Elections

Coinciding with the NYLA Council election, each of NYLA's Sections will be voting to elect officers.  An overview of the candidates can be found here. Details on the candidates for each Section election can be found on the Section's web pages.  When accessing the NYLA Council Ballot, all additional Section ballots that you are eligible to participate in will be displayed.  Also happening concurrently, the Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA) Ballot - click here for details.