2017 Elections

More information on voting to come soon. Meet the candidates:



Name:  Rebecca Verhayden Darling

Nominee For:  First Vice President/President Elect

Present Position:    
Head of Youth Services, Librarian II at the Town of Ballston Community Library (full time) 
July 2015 - Present

Prior Professional Experience:
Youth Services Librarian, Librarian I at the Town of Ballston Community Library (full time) January 2008 – July 2015

SUNY Albany, MSIS: Information Studies (December 2007)
Saint Bonaventure University, BA: English (May 2006)
Study Abroad: Summerville College, Oxford University (2005)

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
YSS Conference Planner 2015-2016
Booth Chair NYLA New Members Engagement Subcommittee 2011-2012
Vice President of Student Chapter of ALA/NYLA SUNY Albany Branch 2006-2007
Member NYLA/YSS 2006-2017
Member ALA/YALSA 2006-2013

Position Statement:
I feel so blessed to be able to work every day with children.  My position allows me to work with kids of all ages; it’s not unusual to start my day with a baby story time and end it at a teen book club.  There’s nothing I love more than finding the right book for the right child.   Through the conference planning process I had the opportunity to meet librarians from all over New York State and learn about the wonderful programs and resources they provide.  I look forward to working with YSS to share ideas and bring services to children.




Name:  Lisa Neuman

Nominee For:  1st Vice President – President Elect

Present Position:    
Head of Youth Services – Albany Public Library, Washington Ave Branch, Albany NY

Prior Professional Experience:
Branch Librarian – Albany Public Library, Delaware Ave. Branch, Albany NY
Youth Services Librarian – STEM Outreach Programing – Albany Public Library – All branch service areas
Public Service Librarian – Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland NY (Part-time)
Youth Services Librarian – Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar NY (Part-time)
Library Assistant – Albany Public Library – Washington Ave. Branch (Part-time) 
Assistant Library Manager – Youth Services Person – Menands Public Library – Menands NY    `

SUNY University at Albany, Master of Science Information Science
SUNY University at Albany, Bachelors of Arts - History
Columbia Greene Community College, Associates Applied Sciences

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
NYLA YSS – 2nd Vice President Membership 2015 - present
NYLA YSS, LAMS, PLS member 2005 - present
Student Chapter ALA-NYLA joint membership, University at Albany; chapter secretary, webmaster and Graduate Student Organization Representative 2010 to 2012 

Other Notable Volunteer Involvement:
Menands School PTA - Past Membership Chairperson: Increased membership 35%, other positions included President of the Association, Chairperson – Family Literacy Nights and By-Law Review Committee

Position Statement:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the YSS board; learning how the board functions, how much hard work all the members put in, and reaching out to many members though email to help them become more involved in NYLA and YSS. As the 1st Vice President – President Elect I would bring my creativity, enthusiasm, determination, and sense of fun to continue the board’s work on growing NYLA-YSS, our important advocacy efforts and helping the membership find and attend the professional development they need to succeed in our ever changing field.



Name:  Chinasa Izeogu Seyse

Nominee For:  2nd VP/Membership

Present Position:    
Librarian II: Youth Services Librarian, Schenectady Public Library (Full-Time)

Prior Professional Experience:
Librarian I: Branch Librarian (Adult and Youth Services) Albany Public Library (Full-Time)

MLS Degree, SUNY Albany, Graduate School of Information Science, Public Librarian Certificate
BA, English Writing; minor in Global Studies and Music, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, 

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
2015-2017 Pied Piper Committee
•    2016 committee chair achievement - updated the Pied Piper artwork
2016 YSS Conference Committee Member - Finding Your Stride, Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY
•    Conference day social media coverage and photography; other duties as assigned.
2015 Leadership and Management Academy (Admitted)
Member NYLA/YSS (Dec. 1, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2017)
Member NYLA/NMRT (Dec. 1, 2010-Nov. 30, 2011)
Member YSS Member ALA/YALSA (Sept. 2009 - Nov. 30, 2016)

Position Statement:
Serving my community and my colleagues has been in a part of who I am since I was a child. From providing tours at my high school and undergraduate college to serving as class reporter, I have always known that keeping active is the best way to establish life-long connections and contribute to a larger purpose. I would like to contribute my energy to YSS and invite, retain and persuade our colleagues to take part in our annual activities. Our voice and our stance as a whole is formidable in the face of challenges facing libraries today. For the greater good of our profession and the constituents we serve in New York State, I promise to work with the Board to reach our membership goals during my term.



Name: Kimberly Zettwoch

Nominee For: Second Vice President/Membership

Present Position:
Head of Children’s Services , Port Jefferson Free Library, Port Jefferson, NY

Prior Professional Experience:
Head of Adult and Young Adult Services , Hampton Library in Bridgehampton,
Bridgehampton, NY
Project Manager, Jasco/MG Concepts, Central Islip NY
Kindergarten Teacher , William Floyd School District, Mastic Beach, NY

Public Library Administrators Certificate (Currently Enrolled), Long Island University CW
Post Campus
Masters in Library and Information Science with duel concentration in Youth Services
and Library & Information Services , Drexel University iSchool, Philadelphia, PA
Masters in Liberal Studies with concentration in Education, Stony Brook University, Stony
Brook, NY
Bachelors in Child Study with minor in Psychology, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
Member of CLASC, Children’s Library Association of Suffolk County, Current Corresponding
Secretary in Charge of Membership
Member of NYLA/YSS/LAMS, current
YSS 2014 – 2016 Empire State Award Committee, Chaired the committee for the 25 th
Anniversary (2016)
YSS 2014 Spring Conference Planning Committee and Presenter
SCLA 2014 Community Services Committee Chair
Previous Member of SCLA/YASD/RASD, previous (Vice President, President, Past President)
Previous Member of ALA/YALSA, previous

Position Statement:
Since becoming a Librarian, I have always been an active member of Librarian Associations,
county, state and country wide. With a background in education, I believe in the importance of
remaining a lifelong learner, no matter what field you work in. With the rapidly changing role of
the modern librarian, staying educated on current trends and practices in youth services, is
more critical than ever. Library organizations like YSS offer many professional development
opportunities to its members. If elected to serve on the Executive Board, I look forwarding to
sharing my dedication to our profession and education to help provide innovative and
informative programing to the members of YSS.



Name:  Angela Newman

Nominee For:  1st Year Director

Present Position:    
Youth Services and Outreach Consultant, North Country Library System, Watertown, NY

Prior Professional Experience: 
Children’s Librarian, Tredyffrin Public Library, Strafford, PA
Library Assistant, Haverford Township Free Library, Havertown, PA (Part-time)

Drexel University, MSLIS, with a concentration in Youth Services, Philadelphia, PA
York College of Pennsylvania, BA in English, York, PA

Professional Activities and Affiliations: 
Member of the 2015 Sibert Committee (ALSC)
Member of NYLA, YSS since 2013

Position Statement:
By investing in youth services, we are investing in the future of libraries. With every engaging program, every shared resource, every community partnership, librarians who work with children, teens, and families are helping to create an environment that values learning. Knowing that we can rely on the collective experience and moral support of our peers and mentors is critical to our success in doing so. Providing the resources and support that libraries need to build strong youth services programs is a significant part of my role at the public library system, and contributing professionally to an organization with the same goal would be an honor and a joy.