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Members on the Move

Steven J. Bachman has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Four County Library System. Mr. Bachman has been the director of Your Home Public Library in Johnson City for the past eight years. He will be replacing David J. Karre, who is retiring April 19 after 23 years as executive director and 38 years overall in public libraries.

Dr. Cheryl L. Branche became a 2012 NYLA-Dewey Scholar. She is a student at Queens College, CUNY. She is interested in medical librarianship and is looking forward to working in New York after graduation.

Kim McNeil Capers, a Youth Counselor at Queens Library for Teens, is the 2013 PASEsetter (Partnership for After School Education) award winner. The PASEsetter Award celebrates afterschool educators whose commitment, energy and creativity have had an indelible impact on the children and youth of New York City.

Mary Lou Carolan, Director of the Wallkill Public Library in Ulster County, NY, has been chosen as one of the Inaugural Members of the Placemaking Leadership Council. Placemaking is an international movement designed to help entities work together to create vibrant, pedestrian friendly, and economically successful public places in cities worldwide. Carolan will strive to include libraries into these discussions as integral partners to building strong, educated, and connected communities.

Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library Executive Director, received the WCNY-TV "Women Who Make America" Award. See complete story at

Kim Donius, Librarian at the Alfred Almond Central School, reads one of the original H.A. and Margret Rey’s works during a three week community read aloud program entitled, “Get Curious at Your School Library”. Community workers were invited to read stories related to their occupations.

Erminio D’Onofrio has retired as Head of Information Services at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library. 

Meghan Day, is the new children's librarian at The Mamaroneck Public Library.

Kristina Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School Librarian, was recently chosen to be an Edmodo Ambassador. Edmodo is a free social learning platform that incorporates a student management system with a professional learning network. Holzweiss was also named an Edmodo Distinguished Mentor, conducting online professional development courses for districts using the site, and was recently published in School Library Monthly:

Nancy Howe was recently named the Public Relations/Outreach Librarian for the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has been named to the prestigious list of Western New York’s 200 Most Influential People. She was ranked number 84 as announced by Buffalo Business First.

Tracy Priest, formerly the Director of the Phoenicia Library Association, has been appointed the new Director of the Pawling Library.

Somers Library has added a seed lending library to its many services. Seed lending libraries are sprouting up all over the country. Somers Library patrons may select which heirloom plants they wish to grow by selecting from a variety of vegetable and ornamental seeds. Patrons check the seeds out by filling out a registration form, and indicating which seeds they have chosen. They will then grow and harvest their plants, and are asked to save and return some of the seeds to the library for others to enjoy during the next growing season. The main objective is to inspire patrons to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about sustainable gardening. In addition to providing free seeds, the library will support gardeners and encourage seed savers from beginner to expert.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System Coordinator for Library Sustainability, has been named to the Steering Committee of the American Library Association’s (ALA) newly formed Sustainability Roundtable.

Karen Strang, Library Support Staff at the Brunswick Community Library, was awarded an Enrollment Assistance Award (EAA).  EAA awards are offered each year by The New York State Library, New York Library Association (NYLA), and New York State Library Assistants' Association (NYSLAA) to provide financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the American Library Association's Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. .

Amy Starr Zuch has been appointed the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Library System after working as a Consultant at the North Country Library System in Watertown for 9 years. 

In Memoriam

Lori A. Bresnahan, a 1992 graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science - School Media program, was killed in an act of violence on March 14 in the town of Clay, NY.

Bresnahan had been a librarian in the Liverpool (NY) School District, serving at Willow Field Elementary School, and previously at Chestnut Hill Elementary School. Her undergraduate degree was in childhood education from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Dr. Ruth Small, director of the iSchool's School Media Program, shared “For those of you who knew Lori as a student, classmate, colleague, internship supervisor, and/or friend, you may remember her contagious smile, engaging personality and her strong commitment to her chosen profession."

A memorial fund has been established. This fund is a cooperative effort among the United Liverpool Faculty Association, the Liverpool Central School District and Edge Federal Credit Union. The name of the fund is the "Lori Bresnahan Memorial Fund" and all of the donated proceeds will be saved in a trust for Bresnahan's family. 

To make a donation to the "Lori Bresnahan Memorial Fund" send a check to Edge Federal Memorial Fund at 7545 Morgan Road, Liverpool, NY 13090.

Florence Harshe, the first Director of the Southern Adirondack Library System, passed away on St. Patrick’s 2013 at the age of 95. It was her vision, intelligence and energy that helped develop public library systems and the work they provide for public libraries in New York State. Harshe was also the Director of the New York State Regional Library Center (to later become the North Country Library System). Active professionally, holding offices in NYLA and ALA, Harshe also served with distinction on the board of the Capital District Library Council.

eva efron (she spelled her name in lower case), well known Long Island school librarian,  passed away on March 20, 2013 at the age of 65, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  At the time of her death, efron was a candidate for the position of Supervisor Section Representative to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Executive Board and was currently serving as chair of the AASL Supervisors Section. In her tenth year as School Library Services Supervisor at the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Westbury, NY, efron headed the School Library System, which coordinates library activities among the county’s 56 school districts and private schools.

Amalia Ivry Connolly, who worked as a library media specialist at Mohansic Elementary School, passed away on March 22, 2013. She was 52.