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Members on the Move

Stephen Almasi, Senior Librarian at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, took advantage of the new NYLA partnership with Book Expo America, riding the complimentary bus from Albany to a one-day session of BEA on June 6 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.  He obtained a reading copy of the newly translated Auschwitz Volunteer by Captain Witold Pilecki from the publisher, Aquila Polonica.  The book, a well-illustrated account, written by the only person ever to volunteer to become a prisoner at the infamous German camp, while on a military mission seeking to organize its victims as participants in the Polish wartime resistance, is under consideration to be included in the Books in a Bag initiative.  

Peter Benson is the new Director of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

Steve Bolton, outgoing board member of the North Country Library System, and Ewa Jankowska, outgoing board member of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, were honored by the Northern New York Library Network for their years of dedicated service.

The Briarcliff Manor Public Library is one of ten Westchester Library System members to win a Creative Aging Grant in 2012. The award will be used for an 8-session workshop program entitled "Face to Face: Creative Portraits."  Patrons over 55 years of age will be invited to participate in eight instructional sessions in October and November 2012 and will then exhibit their work in December 2012. Creative Aging – The New York State Libraries Project is a National Leadership demonstration project funded through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional funding provided by the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Over the next two years, the project will support programming in four New York State library systems – serving 1800 older adults in 60 libraries – including twenty Westchester County libraries - through 2013.  Additional partnering library systems include Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in northern New York State.

The new Cairo Public Library is now open. It is a totally made in America project.

Sue Considine, Executive Director of Fayetteville Free Library, has been appointed to the LLAMA Executive Committee for a three year term, as Division Councilor.  Committee members will act for the board of directors and make decisions on matters which require action before the next board meeting, act for the board in the administration of established policies and programs, and make recommendations to the board with respect to matters of policy and operations; and to review LLAMA activities and programs and recommend priorities in light of the LLAMA strategic plan.  

Elaine Dunne-Thayer, currently Youth Services Librarian & Assistant Director at Massena Public Library, has been promoted to Library Director, Massena Public Library, effective Monday August 6th.

Debra Engelhardt is the new Director of the Comsewogue Public Library.

Polly-Alida Farrington co-authored the book Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies. The book will be published in August and is available from ALA.

Fayetteville Free Library has introduced the 3M Cloud Library System, an innovative eBook lending service to patrons. It is the first library in New York to offer this service to their patrons. FFL Patrons can use the service on the go or at the library using the 3M Discovery Terminal pictured right.

Kristina A. Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School School Library Media Specialist, moderates the Common Core Conversation, Edmodo, an online learning community of more than 1,400 members. It connects librarians and teachers nationwide to discuss how to address the Common Core Standards in the classroom.

Charles McMorran, most recently Executive Director of the New City Library, is the new Assistant City Librarian of the New Orleans Public Library.

Eileen Minogue retired as the Director of the Northport-East Northport Public Library on July 1, 2012.

James Olney is the new Director of the Northport-East Northport Public Library.

Karen Porcella, former Assistant Director of the Peninsula Public Library, has been appointed the Director.

Christina Ransom, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Librarian received the Northern New York Library Network’s 22nd Annual Award for Excellence in Library Service.

Art Sacharoff and Donna Rosenblum have been appointed trustees by The Merrick Library Board of Trustees to fill two recently vacated seats.  

Ann Sayers, Family Literacy Consultant for the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, recently wrote a piece, A Shaker Family Story, for the spring issue of the New York Archives Magazine.

Kathleen Spitzer, school librarian at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the North Syracuse Central School District since 1997, is now the school librarian at KWS Bear Rd. Elementary School (K-4) in the same school district.

Mark Sullivan is the new Information Delivery Services Project Executive Director. He is responsible for providing overall organizational management of the IDS Project’s operations and services, guiding the development and overall supervision of IDS Project events including:  institutes, webinars, workshops, and an annual conference. Sullivan helped to create the IDS Project in 2004 and they travelled throughout the state talking about the benefits of cooperative optimization, innovation, mentoring libraries, etc.  For more information on the IDS Project, please go to or send an email to

Kelly Wilson, Hugh C. Williams High School’s School Library Media Specialist, is the proud new parent of baby Mara Rose, born July 9, 2012.

Michelle Young is the new Director of the Island Park Public Library.