SMART 2018-2019 Candidates
The NYLA and Section ballots will be available soon.
Rosemarie Gatzek, Director of Irvington Public Library
I have been working in public libraries for twenty years and can say with certainty that we are at an exciting time in our field. New technologies make it easier to serve our patrons, not only in the library, but also, increasingly, outside our traditional sphere as on-line and downloadable services become more common and easier to use. As the director of a small public library in Irvington that sits directly across the street from a Metro-North station, I have worked hard to increase my community’s awareness of our relevance and usefulness. It is through the technological advances that touch all of our lives, and that the SMART section works hard to explain, that we all are able to serve the public. Increasingly, our patrons require access to materials during all hours of the day and night and in various formats.
I fear that many NYLA members think of SMART as “the catalogers’ section.” Although it may once have been true that the cataloging/technical services department of a library was the one that was the most technologically driven, now technology touches all of our lives and is an integral part of library work in every corner of the library. The topics for SMART conference sessions have acknowledged this more and more in recent years, and our increased partnership with other sections in presenting sessions has begun to raise the awareness of our relevance to members of the organization at large. I would like to continue this trend, and as SMART Vice President I will focus on increasing awareness of who we are and of our section’s relevance to everyone.
Treasurer (term: 2018-2020)
Mary Lindner, Associate Professor / Cataloging & Reference Librarian, The College of Saint Rose
I have been cataloging items at The College of St. Rose since I became a librarian in 2003. Starting as a part-time cataloger of curriculum materials, I have grown professionally so that now I am the head of cataloging at the college. My involvement with NYLA began soon after I became a librarian. For several years I served on the SMART Board and the Board of the New Members Round Table in various capacities. The past 4 years I have been the SMART Treasurer, and I especially like holding this position. I enjoy using my organizational skills and attention to detail in a concrete way to support all the good work SMART and NYLA does for our profession.
Director at Large (term: 2018-2021)
Kariann Kakeh, Program & Communications Coordinator, Capital District Library Council
Kariann Kakeh is currently the Program and Communications Manager for the Capital District Library Council in Albany, NY. She is responsible for the oversight and management of all CDLC communications and marketing as well as the ongoing assessment of current and potential programs and services offered. Her favorite parts of the job are cleaning up the website, finding efficient ways to manipulate data, and creating statistics. Prior to this, she was the Circulation Supervisor at Siena College’s Standish Library where she oversaw all things circulation related including the hiring, training, and supervising of over 35 student employees, the library’s ILS, student payroll, and troubleshooting things when they went the wrong way. When she can, she fills in as a substitute librarian at the Albany Public Library, a relationship that started in 2005 when she was hired as a clerk. This position allows her to maintain her ties to the neighborhoods she loves and in which she lives.
While only recently receiving her MSIS from the University at Albany in 2014, she has been working as a “librarian” since 1985 when she created her first home library in order to lend books to her brother. Her favorite hobbies are “figuring things out” and watching things grow. She also likes to buy food-related ephemera and has even created a small digital library called Culinary Pamphlets Online. Too often, she worries that she has sent one too many emails.