NYLA Council Election 2018
The ballot is now open! Voting runs from June 15 - July 15, 2018
This year NYLA members will be electing:
- A President-Elect, who will serve from Nov. 2018 – Nov. 2019 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2019 – Nov. 2020.
- Two Councilors at Large who will each serve from Nov. 2018 – Nov. 2021
The Nominating Committee identified the following slate of candidates.
|Dr. Jen Cannell
NYLA welcomes petition candidates for office on the upcoming NYLA Council election ballot.
In order to secure a spot on the NYLA ballot, you must be a current NYLA member, submit a signed letter stating your acceptance of the nomination, and a petition of no fewer than 41* signatures of current NYLA members endorsing your candidacy. A petition candidate’s materials must be received by the NYLA office no later than May 1.
* 54 represents 1% of the total NYLA membership as of 12-31-16.
Update: No petitions for NYLA office were received.
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.
Details on Candidates
President-Elect (2018-19) / President (2019-20)
Dr. Jen Cannell, School Library System and Arts Coordinator, Capital Region BOCES
||As library professionals, we all have a huge responsibility. Every day is a mix of meeting the needs of our patrons while trying to move our profession forward. We must be respectful of the past, honor the present, but strive for improvements for the future. Enacting the core values of librarianship in a world that does not always seem to understand or accept our beliefs of access, intellectual freedom, the public good, or even social responsibility can be a daunting task. This work is too big for any one of us to try to accomplish alone so we must look to our professional organization and the system of support it provides.
NYLA has been a critical part of my success as a librarian and administrator. I am passionate about my work, about continuous learning, and about leadership. With NYLA, I have grown through participation on committees, attendance at conferences, and networking with librarians from school, public, academic, and special libraries. I have learned skills that have empowered me to be a strong advocate and communicate more clearly with stakeholders. Through each part of my career, from eager student to experienced director, NYLA has been with me.
My professional career began in Fairport, NY where I worked as a middle school librarian. As someone who is always open to interesting and thought provoking opportunities, I found myself working with the three different library systems in the area: school, public, and reference and research library resources. Expanding my knowledge and understanding of all types of libraries led me to a position as a School Library System Director. Throughout my journey, seeds were planted by my supervisors and colleagues that motivated me to pursue my doctorate in Educational Leadership.
As a lifelong learner and someone whose passion is her profession, I thank you for this incredible opportunity and ask for your support. Thank you.
Dr. Jen Cannell CV (PDF)
Dr. Jen Cannel Resume (PDF)
Michelle Miller, Library Media Specialist, Marcus Whitman Central School District
||I believe in the importance of building bridges and working together for a greater good. As President of the Section of School Librarians last year, I placed a focus on partnerships among our stakeholders because together, we are stronger. As librarians, we have common tenets that bind us; love of literature, service to all, intellectual freedom, media literacy and equity. Regardless of our area of concentration, we strive daily to meet the needs of our ‘customers’ in all of these areas.
Our profession has shifted over the last twenty years or so and the need for us to work together to strengthen our role within our library environment and serve our stakeholders is as important as ever. The role of NYLA and our core mission to lead, educate and advocate continues to be our why. Why are we committed to the NYLA organization and its vision? Because collectively we are stronger.
The importance for us to support each other and work to build, repair or strengthen our bridges that connect us is paramount. The chance to support and enhance partnerships across the state is challenging, but necessary and I would value the opportunity to listen to your ideas, create solutions and strengthen our bridges. There are many great collaborations among a wide variety of librarians that achieve great things for the patrons; these should be celebrated and replicated.
I have been a member of NYLA and ALA since graduating from Syracuse University in 2006. I have worked in the Marcus Whitman Central School district since graduating. In that time, I have completed my Advanced Degree in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University in 2015. As a member of NYLA/SSL I have been the Secretary, Vice President of Communications and President. I was also a NYLA Council Member from 2016-2017.
I am honored and humbled to be on a ballot for President of NYLA. Thank you for your consideration and it would be a privilege to represent the librarians of New York State.
Michelle Miller Resume (PDF)
Councilor at Large (Public) 2018-2021
Jennifer Bollerman, Assistant Director, Patchogue-Medford Library
||While the library field is constantly evolving and adapting to the changing needs of our communities, the core purpose of the public library remains the same: to provide all members of the community with equal opportunities. Our work is empowering all citizens to reach their highest potential and to help them achieve their goals.
As Assistant Director of the Patchogue-Medford Library, my duties vary, but my day to day focus and what I consider the most important part of my job is staff development. I am particularly interested in the changing roles and opportunities of adult librarians present and future and previously held the position of Head of Central Reference at the Patchogue-Medford Library. I have presented the programs Mentoring & Coaching Demystified and Staff Training for Success at previous NYLA Conferences and believe that continuous learning and growth is of primary importance for our profession today. Everyone in an organization has the capability to lead, and NYLA has provided me and members of my staff with opportunities to learn and do so.
I have been a proud member of the New York Library Association since 2005. I particularly admire NYLA’s ability to evolve and meet the changing needs of the profession as well as its ability to advocate on behalf of libraries so successfully. I am currently serving on the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and have previously served on the Board of the Public Libraries Section and the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. Colleagues that I have worked with would tell you that I take all of my commitments seriously and can be counted on to follow through. I am hardworking and passionate about library work and possess qualifications and skills that I believe would be beneficial to NYLA Council. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity to serve as Counselor-at-Large for Public Libraries.
Tom Vitale, Outreach Coordinator, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
||Joining NYLA as a student member in April of 2013 was one of the best decisions of my life! The organization opened up the world of librarianship to me, and many of my fellow classmates. Through NYLA, I found the job listing for the position I currently occupy, which is Outreach Coordinator for the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System. About a month after joining, my good friend Elena Falcone brought me in to assist with revitalizing the Round Table for Library Special Populations, now: the Library Access Round Table. I’ve met so many amazing colleagues in our field through NYLA’s numerous groups, meetings, webinars, and annual conference. I feel incredibly honored to call myself a New York librarian – we are such a strong, tight-knit group of superheroes, going beyond in our communities every day to watch democracy flourish.
Currently I serve the NYLA membership in a few roles. I am an active member of RLRT, CORT, PLRT and ESRT. I am a member of PLS, and RASS. I served as Marketing Committee Chair for RLRT in 2016, and then as Vice President and Programming Chair in 2017. I have been President of the Library Access Round Table for two-years, and have been proactive with coordinating our programming for conference. This past year, NYLA President Tim Burke appointed me to serve as a member-at-large on the Continuing Education Committee. This has been a wonderful privilege, primarily because we get to plan professional development opportunities that the membership wants to see happen. I also currently serve on the Western New York Regional Library Council’s Continuing Education Committee as chair.
I have presented twice at NYLA, once on the topic of libraries as social service centers in 2016, and again last year on developing cultural institution passes for our communities. I have also been invited over the last two years to several library systems in our State to speak about marketing, community engagement, and customer service/boundaries. I attended SUNY Fredonia for my B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education, SUNY Stony Brook for my MSW, and Clarion University of PA for my B.S. in Liberal Studies, and Master of Science in Library Science. Currently I am enrolled with Long Island University’s Palmer School in the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Library Administration.
As a service oriented individual it is my greatest hope to be able to serve ALL members of our library family in New York State. Though I am running as member-at-large for a public library seat on Council, I want you ALL to know that I am here to serve EVERY single one of YOU, whether you be one of our highly skilled para-librarians, detail oriented support staff, fabulous librarians (school, public, special, corporate, academic), or outstanding administrators. I am here for you, and I always will be – my email and phone are always on, and I want to hear from you about the things you want to see happening in the New York Library community!
Councilor at Large (Academic) 2018-2021
Ryan Perry, Digital Collections Librarian, Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC)
||I am running for NYLA council because I believe all types of libraries should have a voice in the organization. Through my roles and involvement in the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC), New York Heritage Digital Collections, and NYLA’s Academic & Special Libraries Section (ASLS), I am well-positioned to advocate on behalf of a diverse set of institutions across the state.
I became a librarian because I have a passion for helping people. During my time in the profession, I have gained appreciation for the strong position libraries currently hold. Libraries are platforms for access, conduits for intellectual curiosity, and an integral facet of our cultural infrastructure. Libraries can also be more. Our impact deepens when we position ourselves as indispensable cornerstones of our communities. Advocacy efforts, such as those employed by NYLA, are integral to our ability to demonstrate value.
As the Digital Collections Librarian for the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC), I am fortunate to have a platform for helping partner libraries every day. I collaborate with all types of libraries to promote access to their historical collections. I perform site visits and consult with librarians to maximize the impact of their time and efforts. I also serve as the Project Coordinator for New York Heritage Digital Collections. In this role, I work with my colleagues from across the state to develop long-term strategies and help with everyday operations. As with any collaborative project, keeping on track involves creativity and flexibility. Academic and special libraries are in need of infrastructure to support their collections. My work on various digital platforms makes it possible for these institutions to share their resources.
I have served as Historian for ASLS since November 2016. This role has allowed me to learn more about NYLA operations and make an impact in the organization. While I remain committed to advocating on behalf of all libraries, I recognize there's room for academic and special libraries to step up their advocacy game. I’m here to help.
Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
||Throughout my 20+ years as a librarian I have had wonderful experiences working in public, special and academic libraries. Within each position I had the opportunity to work alongside colleagues that mentored me and outside of my positions - I met exceptional library colleagues through my work with NYLA, SUNYLA, CLRC and many other library organizations that provide a network and support system.
I started my library career as a clerk in a small public neighborhood library and my work there established my deep respect of how important library services are to a wide variety of patrons and how the library creates a sense of comfort for many patrons. While working on my Masters in Library Science and there-after I worked in special libraries (the S.U. Law Library) and the private sector (Gaylord Brothers) and public libraries (the Onondaga County Public Library). I am currently an Associate Librarian at the F. Franklin Moon Library at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Since joining SUNY ESF as a librarian in 1998 I have served on the NYLA ASLS Academic and Special Libraries section board as Director, Vice President, President and Past President, have presented at NYLA conferences and was recognized by NYLA in 2013 by receiving the Excellence in Library Innovation Award for my creative and innovative work with creating and teaching online library courses for SUNY ESF. I have also served as the delegate for SUNYLA - the SUNY Librarians Association - for my campus since 1998 and attend SUNYLA Council Meetings and present at SUNYLA conferences. I've learned that it is important to serve in all the ways you can - by providing leadership and guidance for organizations like NYLA and SUNYLA but to also take time to share experiences and information you have via conference presentations, workshops and mentoring.
Beyond SUNYLA and NYLA I am actively involved with CLRC - The Central NY Library Resources Council and was a board member and then Vice President, President and Past President of the board from 2013-2017. Since my term on the CLRC board ended I have been serving on the CLRC Library Resources Services Committee that reviewed and made recommendations for the 2018 CLRC RBDB grant applications. I also currently serve on the CLRC NYS Fair Planning Committee. Serving on committees such as these allows me to use my many facets - my expertise in understanding grant applications and planning and my belief that we can teach the public about libraries anywhere - like a state fair and make it fun.
As the 2017-2018 academic year comes to a close and the summer begins I am feeling refreshed and looking forward to continuing my library work with new perspectives and a greater appreciation. In the fall of 2017 I was nominated for and received the CLRC Academic Library All Star of the Year Award which recognized one librarian in academia from within the 4 county area that CLRC serves of Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, and Onondaga county. Then in May of 2018 I completed a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and was also awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship for my work with re-opening our archives and special collections. I advocated for 3 years to re-open our archives and special collections that was closed and inaccessible - and am so proud I was persistent and ultimately successful. We are now on our 4th year of being re-opened and have made great strides with writing and receiving grants, digitizing historical materials, providing reference and making our students, faculty and alumni aware of the incredible resources we have in our archives and special collections. Advocating for libraries and staff in all types of libraries and in all areas of libraries is something I feel strongly about and I hope to use my experience and skills once again for NYLA. The support and mentoring from organizations such as NYLA tremendously helped me to become the librarian I am and I hope to continue to give back and share what I have learned to others in the profession.
To learn more about Jane - visit her SUNY ESF webpage Jane M. Verostek | Moon Library | SUNY-ESF or her LinkedIn page Jane Verostek - Associate Librarian and Faculty, Tenured - SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry - Franklin Moon Library | LinkedIn