Monday, October 20, 2008

Regents Appoint Library Advisory Council Members

The New York State Board of Regents has appointed Bridget Quinn-Carey and John P. Monahan to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. Terms for both will extend through September 2013.

Ms. Quinn-Carey is currently the Director at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Prior to this appointment, she was the Directorof the Essex Library Association in Essex, Connecticut. She earned her Master of Arts in Library Science at St. John’s University. Ms. Quinn-Carey is the President of the Board of Directors of Libraries Online, Inc. and won the New York Times Librarian Award in 2003. She has also been Director of the Washington Public Library in Washington, Iowa and information transaction coordinator at the Connecticut State Library. She was the president of the Iowa Small Libraries Association.

Mr. Monahan is the Director of the School Library System at the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Monahan was an Adjunct Professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. He earned his Certificate of Advanced Study at SUNY New Paltz and his Masters of Library Science at Queens College, City University of New York. Mr. Monahan is an Advisory Board Member of Metropolitan New York Library Council, was on the initial New York State Library’s NOVEL Steering Committee, and was a recipient of the School Library System Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

The twelve-member Council advises the Regents on State policy regarding the New York State Library, library development programs, legislation and library aid programs. Other members of the Council are: Lucretia McClure, Chair, Countway Library of Medicine-Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Norman Jacknis, Vice Chair, Cisco Systems, Cortlandt Manor; Ellen Bach, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP, Albany; David Ferriero, The New York Public Library, New York City; Barbara Hamlin, Wood Library Board of Trustees, Canandaigua; Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates, Syracuse; Sara Kelly Johns, Lake Placid Middle/Senior High School, Lake Placid; Tim Johnson, New York University Libraries, New York City; Gerald Nichols, Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management, Brookville; and Sam Simon, Ramapo Catskill Library System, South Nyack. Carol Tauriello and Mary Lou Caskey have completed their five-year terms with distinction, leading the Regents Advisory Council effort to provide information about New York’s libraries to legislators and other decision makers.

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries works with the officers of the State Education Department in developing a comprehensive statewide library and information policy, and makes recommendations to the Regents concerning the implementation of the program. The Council is broadly representative of libraries and statewide constituencies served by the New York State Library.

Nominations for appointments to the Council and other advisory panels are welcomed by the Education Department. They should be sent to the Office of the State Librarian, New York State Library, Room 10C34 Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York 12230.

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