2018 ASLS Board Elections
Vice-President / President-Elect
I am a library and information management professional located in New York City. I currently work in the Research and Information Services Department of Shearman & Sterling LLP, a large, international law firm. I previously worked at The Morgan Library & Museum for a number of years. I am extensively involved in librarianship and serve on: the ALA/ACRL Government Relations Committee; the Special Libraries Association’s Public Policy Task Force; and LLAGNY’s Student Relations Committee.
I am pleased to be running for Director on the ASLS board. I am a reference and instruction librarian in a community college; I have served as president and conference curator of NYLA’s Information Literacy Round Table (ILRT) since 2016. I greatly value the important work of the organization in advocating for libraries and in providing professional development opportunities through programming and networking. My career as a librarian has been focused on academic library issues; I would be a strong advocate for the interests and concerns of academic and special libraries within NYLA, and work conscientiously with fellow ASLS board members to achieve the section’s goals.
I am excited about this opportunity to contribute to the work of the Academic and Special Libraries Section of NYLA. Over the course of my 12-year career as an academic librarian at various universities in the Northeast, I have been exposed to many of the issues and interests of librarians serving a postsecondary population and I am committed to creating meaningful and engaging programs for learning and career growth for this subgroup of librarians. As an Information Literacy Librarian, I am particularly interested in the librarian’s role as educator as we seek to empower our users to effectively and critically navigate an increasingly complex infosphere.
Over the years I have acquired experience serving on numerous committees that support the work of academic librarians, in a variety of leadership and participant capacities, at the local, state, and national level. Since taking up my position at Colgate in 2015, membership in NYLA and ENY/ACRL has enabled me to meet and work with a variety of academic librarians in New York and I would welcome the chance to collaborate more fully with my colleagues across the region as we engage with the present challenges of our profession and prepare ourselves for future opportunities.
I love libraries. While my current job is Head of Reference, Instruction and Outreach at the College of Saint Rose, I have been working in various libraries since I was 13 years old, (37 years ago)! I am a member of the ENY/ACRL program planning committee and I am providing vendor support for upcoming conference. I also co-lead a monthly Capital District Library Council special interest group: “Reference, Instruction and Outreach”. Our meetings are lively and include academic, special and public librarians. We share ideas and best practices, and brainstorm difficulties that we all face. I am also hosting a CDLC “Info Mingle” at Saint Rose in June (I hope you will attend).
I have a wide variety of experience serving on ALA committees, from the Committee on Legislation on which I currently serve, to the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Membership Committee, and I believe my experience there would be useful to the academic library community in NYLA. Working to provide better engagement with and experiences for our community, especially early-career librarians, is vital if we are to survive and thrive as a profession.
I am very excited to run for ASLS secretary. I have been on the ASLS board for almost two years, serving as the Communications Chair and Webmaster. As part of this position, I manage our social media pages and website. It has also provided me the opportunity to serve as the ASLS representative on NYLA’s Communications Committee, which has been working to establish organization-wide communication policies. Being involved with ASLS has been very rewarding. I have met incredible librarians and gained a broader understanding of the issues affecting special and academic libraries across New York. I am excited for the chance to serve ASLS in a new capacity.