Thursday, July 02, 2009

New Executive Director Joins Albany Public Library

Albany Public Library welcomes Executive Director Carol A. Nersinger to her post as leader of the six-location library system serving residents of the city of Albany.

Nersinger was appointed by the library Board of Trustees on May 12 after a national search to fill the newly created executive director position. She comes to Albany from East Brunswick Public Library in New Jersey. Last year, Nersinger was named New Jersey’s Librarian of the Year for her innovative leadership in creating a library that serves as a role model to other organizations.

"I’m thrilled to be joining Albany Public Library at such an exciting time," Nersinger said. "We’re building or renovating five neighborhood branch libraries, which will all open between this fall and next summer. These new and improved libraries will greatly expand our collections, technology, and services to better meet our customers’ needs. I’m looking forward to leading the library through this period of growth as we work to integrate the new branches into our comprehensive library system for Albany."

Nersinger has led libraries for more than 20 years. During her four years at East Brunswick Public Library, Nersinger expanded hours without increasing expenditures, expanded programming to reflect a diverse constituency, developed a leading-edge teen center, developed a comprehensive strategic plan, and increased the library’s public awareness initiatives. She previously served as director of the Rochester Public Library, director of the library development bureau at the New Jersey State Library, executive director of the Highlands Regional Library Cooperative in New Jersey, and director of the Irondequoit Public Library in New York. Nersinger holds a master of library science degree from SUNY Geneseo.

Albany Public Library educates, entertains, and empowers our community. The library currently operates six locations serving the residents of Albany, New York. Each month, close to 70,000 people use the libraries to borrow materials, attend programs, access computers, and research information. Almost 90,000 books, DVDs, and other materials are circulated each month. The library is creating five new branches—opening between Fall 2009 and Summer 2010—to better serve customers. Visit Albany Public Library online at

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