Candidate for Councilor-at-Large (Representing a Public Library) (2021-24)
Adult and Outreach Services Manager, Upper Hudson Library System
I am excited and honored to be nominated for election to the NYLA 2021 Public Library Councilor-at-Large position. I know public libraries from nearly every possible angle. Since I currently serve as the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) Adult Services & Outreach Manager under Tim Burke, I know systems. I know management since I’ve been Director of both the Brunswick Community Library and the Grafton Community Library simultaneously. I know Boards, since I’ve served as a Trustee of the Altamont Free Library and the UHLS , while in library school. I have worked as a Youth Services Librarian, a clerk, a Friend, and a volunteer. I am very passionate about advancing our profession and have served on many committees and boards within NYLA, PLS, FLS, and UHLS and I am a graduate of the NYLA Leadership Academy.
In short, I have worked in nearly every type of job that public libraries offer, and now I want to work for you. Given the breadth of my experience, I believe I would be a great advocate for the personal wellbeing of library workers. I am profoundly concerned about the toll that the pandemic has taken on our library communities and as a member of the NYLA Council, I will be a strong voice for the concerns of library frontline workers.
I encourage you to contact me at Natalie.Hurteau@uhls.org with your ideas. In short, whether you vote for me or any other candidate, VOTE. Your vote allows you a voice, and I hear you.