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Members on the Move

Kourtney P. Blackburn has joined the Rochester Regional Library Council staff as Librarian working on digital initiatives for NY Heritage (CONTENTdm) and the Rochester Area Historical Newspapers.

Lauren Britton, Fayetteville Free Library Director of Transliteracy Development, will take on the responsibility to facilitate the continuous improvement and evolution of the Library’s services to families.

Pete Cioppa, Fayetteville Free Library Librarian, will take on new responsibilities as the Director of Technology Integration.

Arthur Friedman, Ed.D. has returned to full-time service (Reference) in the Nassau Community College Library after 21 years as Coordinator of Distance Education.

Adrienne Furness has accepted a new position as the Director of the Henrietta Public Library. Adrienne previously was the Children’s Librarian at Webster Public Library.

Kristina A. Holzweiss, School Library Media Specialist, Bay Shore Middle School, was recently selected as an Ambassador for Edmodo, a social media learning environment, moderating a group of about 1,800 educators nationwide called the "Common Core Conversation." She also moderates another group called "Freebies for Teachers" of about 1,100 educators. Kristina has developed a website for teachers to help them search for free resources to help them address the Common Core State Standards: At the Education Nation Teacher Town Hall in NYC on Sunday, September 23rd Kristina spoke about the problems our students are facing.  She speaks at around the 43 minute mark:

Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, has been appointed to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries by the New York State Board of Regents for a five year term beginning October 1, 2012.

Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove Middle School Librarian in the East Syracuse Minoa School District, had a feature article, "Raising the Bar: Engaging Staff and Students in a Culture of Participation,” in the September issue of Knowledge Quest: the Journal of the American Association of School Librarians.  Sue is the President Elect of NYLA-SSL.  

Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Young Adult Librarian at Uniondale Public Library, is pleased to announce that Best Buy and the Best Buy Children's Foundation have partnered with the Library to provide teens access to technology. Uniondale Public Library has been awarded a $6,000 community grant from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation. The grant monies will be used to fund the “Uniondale Public Library – Technology Academy for Teens” in 2013. Young adults in 6th -12th grade are eligible to apply for entrance into the Technology Academy.  Applications will be available in the Youth Services department at Uniondale Public Library in December 2012.

Robin Lacagnina has been appointed Children’s Librarian at the Brighton Memorial Library.

Meredith Levine, Fayetteville Free Library staff member and current Syracuse University iSchool student, will take on new responsibilities as the Family Engagement Coordinator.

Natalie McDonough (pictured left) has joined the Guilderland Public Library as head of the Programming and Public Services department. In this capacity, Natalie manages the day-to-day operation of the professional library staff to ensure that the Library fulfills its mission of providing “quality library materials and services to the Guilderland community for lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment.” Prior to this appointment, Natalie was a Reference and Adult Services Librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

Christine McDonald, former Director of the Crandall Public Library, retired August 31, 2012.

Mary McGregor
is the new K-5 Library Media Specialist at P.S. 158 - The Bayard Taylor School.

Congratulations to Frank and Donna McKenna on the birth of their twin daughters Maeve Elaine & Kate Lorraine on May 26, 2012. Frank is the Director of the Seaford Library and Donna is the Director of the Williston Park Library.

Jennifer (Jendy) Murphy, previous Head of Youth Services at the Albany Public Library, has been appointed the Head of Collection Management Services.

Kathleen U. Naftaly, the former Assistant Director, has been appointed the Interim Director of the Crandall Public Library.

Charles O'Bryan, previously the School Library System Director of DCMO BOCES, has been appointed Library Director of the Milne Library at SUNY College at Oneonta.

Joan Pellikka
is the new Librarian at the Watertown Correctional Facility. She will remain with The North Country Library System on a part-time basis.

The Penfield Public Library hosted the 18-wheel-tractor-trailer Overdrive Digital Bookmobile,  A total of over 650 patrons of all ages stepped on board the special bookmobile where Penfield Public Library staff and several Overdrive, Inc. staff helped them download eBooks from the system through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos.

Lonna Pierce (pictured left), MacArthur Elementary School Librarian, poses on the Library's Bookmobile, newly filled with cataloged books and 18 Folkmanis puppets. The bookmobile existence is due to the efforts of 140 Binghamton University School of Management Scholars who gutted and refurbished a donated Ford E-450 hospital bus and organized students to paint the outside with their hand prints, in addition to NYC artist Julia Rivera's work. The MacArthur Elementary School Library was destroyed in a September, 2011 flood and lost over 11,000 books. Many people have donated (including $3,500 from NYLA) to fill the bus with books in anticipation of a brand-new replacement library in about 3 years.

Margaret Portier, Fayetteville Free Library support staff member and recent Syracuse University iSchool graduate, has been hired as the Director of Innovative Family Services.

Prattsburg Free Library’s (pictured left) Board of Trustees members and Library volunteers manned a refreshment stand for the Highlander Bike Charity Tour despite the very wet and very windy (note the shelter on top of the shelter) weather.

Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel, New York Public Library, Dorot Jewish Division, presented the paper, Yiddish Drama and the Work of Nahum Stutchkoff at the symposium "The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish American" at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, September 6-7, 2012.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich presented “Sustainable Thinking: Passageways to Better Buildings, Budgets and Beyond” at the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim, CA, and, also, won “Audience Choice” at ALA Battledecks: Annihilation in Anaheim. Of note, NYLA member Christian Zabriskie and Rebecca tied to win Battledecks overall, however Rebecca conceded once they called for a “dance off.”  Rebecca also recently had an article published in Library Journal’s Library by Design publication, “How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention.”

The Main Library of the Smithtown Special Library District has been officially designated as a Patent and Trademark resource Center by the United States patent and Trademark office.

Katherine St. Laurent, Fayetteville Free Library Support Staff member, has graduated from the Syracuse University iSchool with a Masters in Library Information Science, and has accepted a position with the Utica BOCES.

Jacquelyn Thresher, Director of the Nassau Library System, has been appointed to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries by the New York State Board of Regents for a five year term beginning October 1, 2012.

Linda Todd and Mary Ann Stiefvater, of the New York State Library, were contributing authors to the recently published Advances in Librarianship: (vol 35): Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship. Their chapter explains the history and integration of the use of OBE evaluation in New York's libraries.

Tracy Van Dyne, previous Head of Teen Services at the Brentwood Public Library, is the new Head of Children's Services at the Half Hollow Community Library.

Kenneth Wierzbowski has joined the Library at the College at Brockport as an Assessment and Systems Librarian. Previously he worked as an outreach librarian at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo.