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Elections

The SMART (Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology) Board’s 2013 slate of candidates is as follows:

Vice President/President Elect:
April Steenburgh holds two positions, Reference Librarian at Broome Community College and Director, Public Computing Center at George F. Johnson Memorial Library.  April was the 2012 recipient of a NYLA Dewey Fellows grant.  She previously served as Library Manager of the Deposit Free Library.

Secretary:
Laura Osterhout is Member Services Librarian at the Rochester Regional Library Council in Fairport, NY. She manages the Council’s continuing education program, training center, information technology services, and resource sharing. She collaborates with other Library Councils in New York State on the statewide digital heritage website, http://www.newyorkheritage.org. Laura’s previous library experience includes positions as Regional Services Manager at the Western New York Library Resources Council, Assistant Librarian at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and Government Documents Specialist at the Elmira College Library.

Director-at-large:
Michael Sweeney is Head of Library Systems for the University Libraries at the University at Albany.  He oversees the IT staff and systems for the University, Dewey, Special Collection and Archives and Science libraries.  Mike’s previous library experience includes ten years at the Guilderland Public Library as Head of the Information Technology Department and which included collaborative work with the Upper Hudson Library System.

Annual Awards

The SMART Board is also seeking nominations for our annual awards.  The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2013. Descriptions of the award and links to the nomination forms are below:

1.)    SMART Ellen C. Rappaport Professional Achievement Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding professional achievements of a current or former member of the Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology (SMART). A recipient shall have been a member of the Section for a minimum of three years and shall have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas: acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, collection management, conservation/preservation, serials control, or automation. The recipient selected by the Section’s award committee will receive a plaque and award of $100 to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference.

To apply, please supply:

•    Nominee’s name, title, employer, e-mail,  work address and telephone number
•    Briefly describe, in an accompanying letter, the candidate’s contributions.

Submit your nomination (by July 1) using this online form.

2.)    Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology
Teresa Strozik exemplified leadership within the New York State library community through innovations in technical services.  In 2009, the SMART Board created this award to honor Teresa and those who follow in her path.

This award recognizes a current NYLA member for the innovative use of technology in a library or information setting.  The recipient of this award is one who embraces new and emerging technologies by incorporating them into their work and/or programs.    For the purposes of this award, technology may be defined as traditional library technologies (cataloging, ILL, ILS, etc.) or other technologies (websites, communication tools, etc.).  The recipient selected by the Section’s award committee will receive a plaque and award of $100 to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference.   The recipient will also be asked to give a brief overview of his or her technology innovation during the NYLA Annual Conference.

To apply, please supply:

•    Nominee’s name, title, employer, e-mail,  work address and telephone number
•    Brief employment history
•    A description of the candidate’s innovative use of technology    stating the benefits or impact of the  technology usage

Submit your nomination (by July 1) using this online form.

3.)    SMART Fellow Award
Apply now and receive funds to attend the NYLA Conference September 25-28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, NY!
This award recognizes a Technical or Computer Services Librarian who is looking to gain professional benefits from the continuing education and professional contacts with librarians and vendors provided by attendance at the NYLA Annual Conference. The award is given based on the applicant’s professional activities in her/his place of employment, and future potential in this area. This award is designed for new SMART members with under 5 years of membership.
The award includes full conference registration, lodging, meals, and transportation up to a maximum of $250.

To apply, please supply:

•    Nominee’s name, title, employer, e-mail,  work address and telephone number
•    Brief employment history
•    Statement on how candidate will benefit from attendance at the Conference;

Submit your nomination (by July 1) using this online form.