NYLA Council Election 2012

The New York Library Association is pleased to announce the results of this year’s Council Election.

Sara Kelly Johns will serve as President-Elect, from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2014.

Susan Considine and Marcy Strong will serve as Councilors at Large from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2015.

Tim Burke will serve as Treasurer-Elect, from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013, and then as NYLA Treasurer from Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2015.

Congratulations to our new Councilors!

Thanks to all who participated in the election process, your vote has helped to shape the future of NYLA.

Many thanks to our other candidates:

Catherine E. Marriott
Frank J. McKenna
John L. Shaloiko
Geoffrey S. Kirkpatrick

Details on the results of the PLS and YSS elections will be posted by the leaders of those groups directly.

Previously distributed election information:

This year NYLA members will be electing:

The Nominating Committee has identified the following slate of candidates.

NYLA President

Cathie Marriott

Sara Kelly Johns

Councilor at Large

Sue Considine

Frank McKenna

Councilor at Large

John Shaloiko

Marcy Strong

NYLA Treasurer-Elect

Geoff Kirkpatrick

Timothy Burke



Details on Candidates

Tim Burke Tim Burke (for NYLA Treasurer-Elect)

I would like the opportunity to continue my service to New York’s library community as the Treasurer of NYLA.  I have significant experience managing complex library organizations, including their finances and am confident that I have the necessary skills to successfully carry out the duties of this position.  We are entering a critical time in the life of the association with a new executive director taking over in the next few months and I think my experience in a variety of committee and leadership roles with NYLA will help to make the association’s leadership transition a smooth and successful one.  I appreciate your support for my candidacy for the position of NYLA Treasurer.

Resume (PDF)

Sue Considine Sue Considine (for Councilor-at-Large)

I am honored to be nominated for NYLA councilor-at-Large.

It is an exciting time to be a Librarian, but isn’t it always?  As Librarians we are in a unique position to understand the contemporary needs, concerns, challenges and aspirations of our communities of users.  Libraries are uniquely positioned to be catalysts for transformation and change in our communities and in individual’s lives.   Every day, we create pathways to that change on behalf of our users.   By creating access to collections, learning opportunities, job and career support, emerging and advanced technologies, learning and social spaces and each other, we make lives better, every day.  We are essential in our communities and we are essential in the lives of individuals who need us, every day.

NYLA has an important role to play in support of this continual transformation.  NYLA creates opportunities for all types of Librarians and Libraries to think about Library evolution through the same lens.  NYLA members work together to create an extraordinarily powerful network that contributes to and supports learning and development for all types of Libraries, Librarians, Library staff and Library stakeholders.  One area of particular interest to me is the identification and development of library emerging leaders.  It is essential to our profession that NYLA take an active role in the engagement of library science students, new graduates and new professionals.  I am interested in the development of NYLA leadership opportunities for these emerging leaders; these are the Librarians who will continue and evolve the great work of those who came before.  These are the Librarians who will teach our communities of users to expect more from our Libraries.  Our current relevance does not need to be proven so much as our users need to be involved in determining our current and future course.  Let’s take an active role in preparing our Leaders for this unique opportunity to make lives better, every day.

Sara Kelly JohnsSara Kelly Johns (for NYLA President-Elect)

As a longtime school librarian, an adjunct professor for bibliographic instruction at SUNY Plattsburgh and former trustee and board president for the Saranac Lake Free Library, I have had a unique opportunity to witness and participate in much of NYLA’s work on behalf of every type of library, every librarian, library assistant and trustee in the state. If the word “library” is there, NYLA is there. And I am ready to be the spokesman and leader for NYLA’s future work on your behalf.

It is such an honor to be nominated as a candidate for NYLA President! 

It is very important to our state’s libraries and to the citizens who use them—babies, toddlers, school children, young adults, business people, tourists, senior citizens—that NYLA represents them all. And NYLA takes the lead to make sure that everyone who uses our libraries has equal opportunities for learning and for a better quality of life.

It is very important to our state’s libraries, their library staffs, trustees and the citizens who use them that they meet the evolving needs of their communities, that communities understand the importance of libraries and that there is the best state funding possible to support the ever-changing opportunities for libraries to make a difference.  The strength of NYLA is the cooperation, collaboration and leadership it provides to advance libraries; it is the one organization that represents all of New York State—its libraries and its 8 million people.

I have had an interest in advocacy, diversity and intellectual freedom--personal and organizational--during my entire career. I have found those values to be NYLA’s values. I have turned to NYLA and ALA to keep my professional knowledge current and deep. I have worked as a member of the Legislative Committee and as a section leader to develop legislative priorities and then attend as often as possible the NYLA Legislative Day in Albany. 

As president of NYLA, I will support the strategic plan accepted by Council in November, 2011 and will help focus NYLA’s work on the plan’s goals: marketing the value of libraries, continuing education, advocacy, building NYLA’s library community and increasing the role of NYLA to convene conversations that matter.

I see the role of NYLA president as that of a transformer, leading an organization that empowers its members to develop a core of advocates through strong marketing skills and tools. NYLA needs to make it easy for librarians, library staff and trustees to lead community conversation about the central role of libraries of all types, using every type of media and multiple voices for promotion and marketing.   NYLA needs to make it crucial for decision makers to support the growth of libraries. NYLA members need to speak together and for each other, to understand the ecological balance of public, school, college and university, special libraries for robust, healthy communities. NYLA needs to lead the transformation of our libraries and thus transform our communities.

I am excited about the opportunities NYLA provides and will appreciate your vote for NYLA President.

Resume (PDF)

Geoff Kirkpatrick Geoff Kirkpatrick (for NYLA Treasurer-Elect)

I am excited to have the opportunity to run for NYLA Treasurer.  As Public Libraries Section Treasurer I worked closely with the NYLA Accounting Director regularly; I have an excellent understanding of the financial procedures of the organization.  As PLS President I was a member of the NYLA Council; I have a ground-level understanding of how our association is run.  I am deeply committed to the success of NYLA and I understand that a key component of that success is financial stability.  I look forward to working with the new Executive Director and current and incoming council members towards an even more successful NYLA.

Cathie Marriott (for NYLA President-Elect)

What a thrill to be asked to serve the New York Library Association!

I never could have imagined that the stairs to the Cazenovia public library with my first library card in hand would have led me to this wonderful profession. From the Caz branch I discovered that the Dudley branch was in walking distance from my home. Oh joy; I was sandwiched in between 2 libraries. Public libraries were very important to me, since I attended elementary parochial schools where the library was a closet, that Sister Bernard rarely unlocked to let us take one of the outdated fiction books to read.  When I started high school I was delighted to find that the Mount had a library that served my needs with what I believed were appropriate reference materials, until I joined the Debate team.  It was then that I turned to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s Central building, then college libraries and in my mind, the Nirvana of libraries at the University of Buffalo. This l did before I became a freshman at UB.  Thank goodness, the librarians did not ask for identification, I think they recognized someone who had a thirst for knowledge. When I realized that I did not want to spend my personal time correcting essays, I applied to the fledgling library school at the University of Buffalo and earned my MLS.  I was soon to discover the many joys and challenges of librarianship. 

It was the summer of 1974, the year I began my tenure in the Orchard Park Central School District.  I had come in before the start of the school year to scope out the library and prepare for September. I was going to be the third librarian in four years. A red light should have gone on when I discovered that, but I was excited to have a job at a time when districts were not hiring and a bit anxious having resigned my position as a Middle School Teacher to begin a new career.  The library was located in a corner on the second floor of the Lincoln Elementary Building, now the home of the Boys and Girls Club, EduKids and village apartments, far from the main office.   Even though the building was old, it had the charm of high ceilings and squeaky wooden floors that echoed the passage of generations of students.  The library was a converted classroom and filled with books squeezed onto floor to ceiling bookshelves that lined all the available wall space. We have all had the experience of being startled when we are focused on an activity.  It was no different for me that late August as I explored the many treasures on that hot, dusty and hauntingly quiet morning, working diligently to avoid falling books as I removed individual titles from the packed shelves, when an adolescent voice frightened me.  I almost jumped out of my skin. Turning around, I was greeted by a smiling 12 year old toting a galvanized aluminum pail filled with snakes!  Now, I had spent a couple of years working with seventh and eighth graders and knew that showing fear was not an option. I did not want to find snakes tucked in crevices in the library for the entire school year.  Gulping back a scream, I calmly asked how can I help you?  Jon needed help identifying his writhing catch.  So we located the snake books and did the best we could.  That was my first forewarning of what was to come. 

Over the years those snakes morphed into many challenges, some as venomous as a King cobra: 4 weeks of locomotion in front of Lincoln as part of the staff exercising their right for a fair contract, slithering lines of voters defeating tech bond projects, fangs instantly extended, then retracted over challenged books and years of defeated school budgets that eliminated library funding and staff.  Some of the snakes were as benign as the garter snakes in Jon’s bucket: panic-stricken technology users, unplugged cables, lost library books, and high-maintenance patrons.  Some snakes have helped keep the rodent population in abeyance:  morphing data into digital content, transmitting digital resources through category 5 cabling to all areas of learning, digital content and overcoming obstacles to assist students and staff in the use of web 2.0 applications. 

The challenges morphed my career as I moved from the elementary library, to the middle school to the district office.  My title changed from library media specialist to coordinator to Director of Information Services and Chief Information Officer. Throughout all these changes, my passion has continued to be libraries.  Orchard Park School District was the first in the state to have an online accessible, Union Catalog. Two successful SARA grants enabled all school records from the beginning of the twentieth century to be digitized and School Librarians used data to improve instruction. I encouraged quality in folks pursuing their MLS as an adjunct at UB for ten years, served the profession at the local, state and national level as a presenter at conferences on a number of “library” topics, a committee member, conference chair, officer and advocate.  On August 1, 2011, the first day of my retirement, I enjoyed the company of 100 school library colleagues at the Carol A Kearney Leadership Institute at Cornell University. Even though retirement distances me from the physical library I do represent region 2 (New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia) on the American Association of School Librarians’ Board and am a member of ALA council.                      

In January I had the opportunity to apply for a part time job – Director of the Erie Catt Teacher Center.  I have found myself back in a library, albeit a special library.  I have begun the process of automating the resource collection after doing a diligent weeding, organizing resources, assisting consortium members with technical issues, suggesting professional books and developing professional development opportunities.  

Throughout my career I have practiced the values that focus my work: commitment, teamwork, and the implementation of plans that help to prepare students for a world we cannot even imagine.  

I can bring to NYLA, strong leadership skills as evidenced by my extensive experience with local, state and national organizations.    

I can bring to NYLA strong communication skills: verbal, written and presentation. I am proud of the professional learning communities I have helped to build and would be honored to serve NYLA’s professional learning community as a council member.

I can bring to NYLA the experiences I have had working with a variety of groups to solve problems and resolve conflicts while maintaining collegial relationships.
I can bring to NYLA my years of working with technical staff and technical organizations.  I rarely agree with “it can’t be done” and work with the appropriate folks to make it happen.

I can bring to NYLA my years of working with community groups. 

I can bring to NYLA my support for the recently adopted strategic plan and will work diligently to implement it. I am ready to face all the challenges of today’s library profession as NYLA president-elect. I hope that you will consider my Candidacy. 

Resume (PDF)

Frank McKenna Frank McKenna (for Councilor-at-Large)

It is indeed an honor to be nominated as a candidate for the Councilor-at-Large position. Being an active member of NYLA since 1993 I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people who contribute so much to this dynamic and constantly evolving profession and association. The challenges we face in our libraries and communities are multi-faceted but there is no doubt we will continue to meet the intellectual, recreational, educational and cultural needs and wants of our current and potential patrons, customers, students and communities at large. Working with a new executive director of NYLA and the other Council members would be an exciting experience as we bring NYLA to even higher levels of effectiveness and relevance, and along with providing our members more opportunities to serve.


John Shaloiko John Shaloiko (for Councilor-at-Large)

It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for Councilor-at-Large of the New York Library Association.  I have been a member of NYLA since 1977 and presently a member of ASLS and LAMS.  I was past chair of the NYLA Awards Committee, as well as chair of the Continuing Education Committee in the 1980’s.

Many organizations are operating under challenging times in this environment of fiscal constraint. The New York Library Association is no exception, much like the libraries and library systems in the state.  If elected, I will bring 34 years of library experience to Council (the majority of which was within this great state of New York). Much of my career has been in the library system environment, although I do have experience in the public and academic library community. Presently, I am the Executive Director of the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, having worked for this 3R Council since 1993. SENYLRC has gone through many changes, and I know what is like to work for and with a Board of Trustees to achieve continuing success and to evolve in an ever-changing environment. The incoming Executive Director of NYLA will truly benefit from a supportive Council that is open to tackling new challenges as well as dealing with change. I am ready to participate in this process.

It is imperative that NYLA remain a financially sound organization in order to continue its important services, including an annual conference with strong and relevant programs. NYLA Council must continue play close attention to the Association’s revenues and expenditures to ensure that NYLA remains a robust and viable organization.  A sound fiscal management strategy is critical, and I believe an engaged Council is ever so important in this regard.

Resume (PDF)

 Marcy Strong Marcy Strong (for Councilor-at-Large)

NYLA has been with me since the start of my career in libraries. As a recent library school graduate adapting to my first professional position, I applied for an award from NMRT and attended my first NYLA conference. Seven years later, I have served as President of both NMRT and SMART, and am finishing my term as Director-at-Large for ASLS. NYLA is a warm and welcoming place, full of people who care about libraries and share their ideas for making them better. I wouldn’t have continued my NYLA involvement over the years if I didn’t love the people I met and take an interest in the issues for which they stand.

I have made a career in academic libraries and in technical services, which perhaps makes me a non-traditional NYLA member. However, there is value in NYLA for all types of librarians; the opportunity for professional development, the chance to meet colleagues from across the state and learn about the issues that are affecting them, and the momentum to take a stand and lobby for change. There is also value for NYLA when a diverse group of librarians come together. Representation from a range of libraries and librarians infuses the organization with better ideas and interesting opportunities for collaboration. NYLA’s diversity makes it a stronger organization. 

I am excited to be running for Council and if elected, I would do my best to represent the voices of New York libraries.

Resume (PDF)