2018 - 2019 NJLA Executive Board Candidate Slate

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT ELECT

Jennifer Schureman Brenner

BIO

I, Jennifer Schureman Brenner, Head of Youth Services at the Gloucester County Library System, would like to be considered to be nominated to fill the position of First Vice President/President Elect on the NJLA Executive Board.

I spent the first 14 years of my library career as a Library Assistant, first in academic libraries and then as a Library Associate at the Ocean City Free Public Library. In 2009, I graduated with my MLS from Drexel University, and began working for the Gloucester County Library System soon after. I have also worked as a part-time Adjunct Reference Librarian at Rowan University for several years. Currently I am a trustee on the Free Public Library of Monroe Township Library Board. With experience as a library assistant, a librarian (both in public and academic libraries), as well as a library trustee, I have insight into the many different worlds of library workers and stakeholders. I believe this makes me a uniquely qualified candidate.

Professional involvement–the ability to share and connect with my colleagues–has always been important to me. As an active and dedicated member of NJLA, I have served on the following sections and committees:

  • NJLA Executive Board - Member-At-Large 2016-Present
  • Co-Project Manager of Diversity and Outreach Conference 2018
  • YA Section - Secretary 2013-14
  • CSS Section
  • NJLA Conference Committee 2012-15
  • Diversity & Outreach Section - Member-At-Large 2014-15, 2015-16; Vice President 2016-17; President 2017-18; Past President 2018-19
  • Professional Development Committee - Co-Vice Chair 2014-15, Co-Chair 2015-2016
  • Youth Services Forum Planning Committee - member 2010-2013, Co-Project Manager 2016, Project Manager 2017

I have presented and moderated programs at many NJLA Annual Conferences and workshops. I participated in LLNJ’s Super Supervisor Training, was an NJLA Rising Star in 2013, and was awarded the Amy Job Partnership Award in 2012.

Additionally, I am a member of the American Library Association and the following divisions and roundtables: YALSA, GLBTQ RT, Gaming RT, PLA, and SRRT. In 2014, I was a member of YALSA’s Local Arrangements Taskforce in 2014, and recently completed my term as the GLBTQRT liaison to PLA. I presented a program on diversity in ethnicity and language in young adult books at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

STATEMENT

However, my involvement in NJLA is about more than these lists of experiences. NJLA is where I found my voice and place in librarianship; it is where I explored my passion for diversity and became an advocate for inclusion. I am extremely passionate about representing southern New Jersey and giving a voice to the library staff from this region. As a parent of a daughter with a developmental disability, I actively advocate for ways in which library staff can better include our developmentally and/or physically disabled community members. This organization has allowed me the opportunity to assist other members in their journeys and raise up those who have found their voices so that they too can be heard.

We can become better leaders through making positive changes to our communities and to our professional organization. As First Vice-President/President Elect, I will work toward bringing more diversity to our organization by breaking down barriers that continue to make it difficult for individuals to not only participate, but to access information and services available to them. NJLA’s value lies in its members, and I wish to continue to provide our members with a voice. If elected, I will strive to keep working to make NJLA more inclusive and welcoming to all.

Amy Babcock Landry

BIO

Education

MLIS, Rutgers University
BA, Naropa University

Work Experience

Director, Livingston Public Library, Livingston, NJ 2014-Present
Director, Alfred H. Baumann Public Library, Woodland Park NJ, 2011-2014
Library Manager, New York Public Library, Seward Park Branch, 2009-2011
Librarian, New York Public Library, 2006-2009

Professional Activities

New Jersey Library Association: Treasurer, 2018-present
New Jersey Library Association: Executive Board Member at large, 2014- 2017
New Jersey Library Association: Strategic Planning Committee, present
New Jersey Library Association: Public Policy Committee, 2012- 2017
New Jersey Library Association: Construction Bond Task Force, 2016- 2017
New Jersey Library Association: Intellectual Freedom Committee, Chair 2016

Public Library Association: 2017 Leadership Academy

Bergen County Cooperative Library System: Co-chair, Government Relations Committee, Present
Bergen County Cooperative Library System: Strategic Planning Committee 2016- 2017

STATEMENT

I believe that libraries are an essential part of every community. During my tenure on the NJLA Executive Board and the Public Policy Committee I have developed and advocated for legislation to increase state aid and develop capital construction funding that will give all NJ libraries the resources they need to fully serve their constituents. My experiences in a variety of libraries -- small and large, urban and suburban -- have shown me that while different libraries have unique needs, in order to best serve our patrons, we all must have access to an appropriate level of funding. If our libraries are going to continue to grow and thrive this advocacy must become a fundamental part of the work that we do as individual libraries, as citizens, and as a professional association.

If elected I will encourage NJLA to reaffirm its commitment to advocate for libraries and promote inclusion in the profession. I am dedicated to advancing an organizational conversation about the need for more effective diversity recruitment efforts in MLIS programs and in libraries. We as an organization should take advantage of strategic partnerships with other professional associations to develop best practices for incorporating equity and inclusion into the framework of our organizational culture.

In the face of uncertainty and change, an increased focus on advocacy and inclusion will strengthen our professional association as a valuable resource for libraries, librarians, and the communities we serve.

 

SECRETARY

Kate Jaggers

BIO

Experience and Education

Associate Director, Piscataway Public Library, 2018-present
Previously at Piscataway Library: Supervising Librarian, User Services Department (2013-2018), Gen X/Y Librarian (2011-2013)
Teen Librarian, Franklin Lakes Public Library, 2005-2011

MLIS, Rutgers University
BA, Psychology, The College of New Jersey

Professional Affiliations, Activities & Awards

New Jersey Library Association: Executive Board Member-at-Large, 2013-2019; Bylaws Subcommittee (Chair 2018-2019); Fundraising Committee (Chair 2018-2019) Conference Committee (Chair 2015-2018); Young Adult Section (Executive Board 2007-2012, Section President 2010-2011); Member Communications Committee & Newsletter Editorial Board; NJLA President’s Award, 2013

Outside NJLA: New Jersey Makers Day Executive Board (Secretary 2017-present); Harwood Public Innovators Lab, 2015; Libraries of Middlesex Circulation Protocols Committee (Chair 2018-present); LibraryLinkNJ & NJ State Library Leadership Academy, 2014; LibraryLinkNJ Super Supervisors training, 2016

STATEMENT

The New Jersey Library Association has kept me focused, invigorated, inspired, and steadfastly passionate about libraries throughout my involvement as a librarian and manager over the past 15 years. I became involved with the Young Adult Section as an LIS student, and I took my first real plunge into committee work in 2006 as a member of the now-defunct One Book New Jersey Task Force. I assumed my first professional leadership role in 2008 and now credit NJLA with my confidence, leadership skills, and continuing desire to be actively involved in supporting NJLA. I am vested in the strength of NJLA not only for the sake of NJ libraries in general, but also for those new and continuing professional librarians seeking to enhance themselves, their careers, and their libraries.

I have had the great privilege of sitting at the NJLA Executive Board table the past six years, learning the inner workings of a complex membership organization and interacting with an incredible diversity of librarians, library workers, and library supporters. Yes, I am passionate about libraries, but I am also particularly impassioned about the work of NJLA and all that it offers to those in and around our profession. I would be honored to continue to serve alongside my colleagues, and to continue to give back to this Association in a tangible way, as Secretary of the NJLA Executive Board.

Kerry Weinstein

BIO

My name is Kerry Weinstein, and I am the Programming/Reference Librarian at Fort Lee Public Library. Previously I was a Reference Librarian at Hoboken Public Library. I worked in publishing at John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken) before changing careers. I am a lifelong New Jersey resident, and earned my BA and MLIS from Rutgers University. Outside of librarianship, I have many interests, including book clubs, podcasts, and spending time with my friends and family.

STATEMENT

I am running for NJLA Secretary to continue my involvement with the New Jersey library professional community. I was a member of NJLA’s 2014–2015 Emerging Leaders class, and for the past two years have held a leadership role with the Reference Section. My other committee work was with the American Library Association’s Publishing Committee, where I kept meeting minutes. I belonged to the Public Library Association’s Membership Advisory Group, which led to an appointment as a Member Mentor to the ALA Emerging Leaders 2016 class. Please vote for me so I may continue my service to NJLA and my colleagues.

 

ALA COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Samantha McCoy

BIO

Experience

West Caldwell Public Library, Director 2014- present
Lee Memorial Library, Director 2013-14
Franklin Lakes Public Library, Local History Librarian 2006- 2013

Education

  • MSLIS, Pratt Institute
  • BA, William Paterson University
  • BCCLS Collection Development and Reference Committee 2013-14
  • BCCLS Electronic Task Force, Chair 2014-16
  • BCCLS Billing Task Force 2017
  • BCCLS Strategic Planning Committee 2017
  • BCCLS eBCCLS Co-Chair, 2016-18
  • BCCLS Treasurer 2016-18 BCCLS Executive Board 2016-18
  • BCCLS Policy and Procedures 2019
  • 2014 -16 Doughmain Financial Literacy Foundation, Executive Board Member, Princeton, NJ
  • 2016 - 17 Lacordaire Academy Parent Association Executive Board, Montclair, NJ
  • Rotary Club of the Caldwells Caldwell, NJ
  • 2015-16 Secretary
  • 2016-17 Vice-President
  • 2017-18 President- Elect
  • 2018-19 President

Professional Experience

  • BCCLS Collection Development and Reference Committee 2013-14 BCCLS Electronic Task Force, Chair 2014-16
  • BCCLS Billing Task Force 2017
  • BCCLS Strategic Planning Committee 2017
  • BCCLS eBCCLS Co-Chair, 2016-18 BCCLS Treasurer 2016-18
  • BCCLS Executive Board 2016-18 BCCLS Policy and Procedures 2019

Affiliations

  • American Library Association
  • Public Library Association
  • NJLA

STATEMENT

During the last ten years, New Jersey libraries have remained strong, bolstered by committed library professionals who have shifted our thinking about the way our libraries live and work with the communities we serve. I am excited to see where we are headed! Our state has renewed a commitment to bring our libraries forward with a historic bond initiative and we, the library professionals of our state, are poised to take us into the future. I think it’s important to celebrate the partnerships we have made with our community groups and explore ways we can continue to all work together.

New Jersey is a dynamic state, with a strong history of standing in the trenches of intellectual freedom and social progress. New Jersey needs to be at the table and partner with ALA in all of those initiatives that impact us as a profession as a whole across the nation. I would like to serve on the NJLA Executive Board as ALA Councilor because I think that New Jersey has so much to offer on a national level and I want to help foster those changes to make NJLA stronger. In the past year we have seen great shifts in ALA policy and New Jersey should be on the forefront of those changes as an active member on ALA Council. My commitment to both of these efforts can be seen in my attendance at both Midwinter and Annual meetings regularly and my consistent following of current debates and policies at ALA Council sessions.

I have had wonderful opportunities to work on library committees including numerous BCCLS committees but it is my outward looking experience that makes me well positioned to serve as a strong ALA Councilor for NJLA. My experiences outside libraries and working with community groups will give me an advantage when working together with different types of libraries and ideas and help me to build strong alliances among different constituencies.

If elected I will work hard to make sure New Jersey and NJLA’s messages are heard while making sure that NJLA is sustainable for the years to come.

Eileen Palmer

BIO

Executive Director, Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium

Education

Master of Science in Library Science, Villanova University, 1983
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Dayton, 1981

Association Activities

  • NJLA 2006-
  • Treasurer 2015 - 2016
  • President 2013 - 2014
  • Executive Board 2010 - 2016
  • 2010 NJLA President’s Award
  • Public Policy Committee 2007- 2017; Chair 2008-2010; 2015
  • Intellectual Freedom SubCommittee 2008 – 2015; Chair 2015
  • Michigan Library Association 1993-2006
  • ALA Chapter Councilor, 2004-2006
  • Chair, Public Policy Committee, 2004
  • Award of Excellence, 2002
  • Chair, Technology Policy Committee, 1998-1999
  • Chair, Library Technologies Division, 1997
  • NII Task Force, 1993 - 1994
  • American Library Association 1982-
  • ALA Council Committee on Legislation 2016 - 2019
  • Grassroots Advisory Committee 2011- 2013
  • E-Rate Task Force, 2000 - 2004
  • Pennsylvania Library Association 1982-1990
  • Co-Chair, Legislative Day, 1985, 1987
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, 1986
  • Treasurer, Southeast Chapter, 1985 – 1987

STATEMENT

As an NJLA member my professional concerns have centered around advocacy, funding, Internet/net neutrality issues, and assuring that NJLA is a strong and vibrant organization. Serving as NJLA’s ALA Chapter Councilor would allow me to continue to contribute to NJLA as well as to contribute to ALA’s growth in ways that will assure it is as valuable to future generations of librarians and library users as it has been during the bulk of my professional career. 

I believe my previous NJLA leadership experience, my Council experience (MI chapter councilor 2004-2006) and my more recent experience on the Committee on Legislation (2015-2019) prepare me to serve NJLA through election to Council.  ALA is undergoing a crucial and necessary re-alignment of structure, purpose, and governance, not unlike NJLA.  During this time it is important that Council actively work to engage the membership on all levels.  Realigning ALA's traditional relationships with members, divisions, chapters and staff is an important part of any successful change.  Chapter Councilors must actively participate in changing the ALA and must assure that our national association builds stronger ties to its state chapters.   I feel I have the experience and the commitment to both NJLA and ALA to serve in this position and would welcome this opportunity.

 

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Danielle Cesena

BIO

Education

  • MLIS, Drexel University, 2011
  • BA in English, Montclair State University, 2008

Work Experience

  • Head of Children’s Services, Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 2009-2015
  • Supervising Children’s Librarian, Glen Rock Public Library, 2015-present

Professional Committees

  • Chair, Member Services, New Jersey Library Association,  2017 - 2018
  • Vice Chair, Member Services, New Jersey Library Association, 2016 - 2017
  • Member, Member Services,  New Jersey Library Association, 2012 - present
  • Member, Public Policy, New Jersey Library Association, 2018 - present
  • Member, Personnel and Administration, New Jersey Library Association | 2015 - 2017
  • Member, Youth Services, Bergen County Cooperative Library System,  2015 - 2018
  • Member, Collection Development and Reference, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, 2015 - 2018
  • Member, Tech, Bergen County Cooperative Library System | 2018 - 2019

Awards

PR & Marketing Award for Information Literacy| NJLA Conference 2018

STATEMENT

Since joining NJLA, it has been my mission to get involved and to get others equally as involved.  As an active member and later Chair of Member Services, I have reached out to professionals across the state by organizing networking events and by promoting the association’s services.  Through these NJLA networking opportunities, I was mentored by other professionals advising me to which actions to take in my career. These professional relationships supported me to move forward and grow within this field.

As a current member of Public Policy, we serve the New Jersey library community by vigorously obtaining sponsorships from the state’s legislature in order to advocate and support our members. If I am elected to the Executive Board, I would promote transparency and encourage those to not only be more involved, but understand what we, as an association, do and can do to accomplish this advocacy and support.

Pham Condello

BIO

Education

MLIS, Rutgers University
BA in Anthropology, Rutgers University

Work Experience

Managing Librarian of Youth Services, Old Bridge Public Library, 2015 – present
Children’s Coordinator, Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii Public Library System, 2014-2015
Teen Services Coordinator, Ocean County Library, 2010-2014Teen Services Librarian, Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library, 2006-2010
NJ Library Link On Site- On Demand Trainer, 2015- present
Trainer and Presenter on adolescent development, the teen brain, diversity in the workplace and teen customer service in the library. 

Professional Activities

NJLA Children’s Services President 2018-2019
NJLA Children’s Services Vice President/ President Elect, 2017-2018
Libraries of Middlesex County Consortium Children’s Services President 2017-2018
NJLA Conference Committee, 2015-2017
NJLA Member 2006-2014, 2015-present
NJLA Garden State Teen Book Award Reader
American Library Association member 2005- present
ALA Young Adult Library Services Association member 2005-present
Youth Participation Coordinator for YALSA at ALA Midwinter Conference, 2014
Chair, Ocean County Services to at Risk Youth, 2009-2014
Ocean County Opiate Task Force, 2013-2014
Ocean County Children’s Inter Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC), 2012-2014

STATEMENT

In 1974, my mom came to this country from Vietnam and couldn’t believe that libraries provided books and services for free.  Since then she has become a strong advocate for libraries and has passed down that passion to me.  I am consistently promoting the library, specifically the need for children and teens to have access to all services that will assist the diverse needs that they may have, whether it be for homeschoolers, children with special needs, or at-risk teens. It is vital that we have someone on the Executive Board that has the passion, knowledge and charisma to be that voice for the children and teens of New Jersey. 

Corey Fleming

BIO

Education

State University at Albany
Masters of Library Science
Bachelor of Arts – Sociology and Criminal Justice

New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate

New Jersey State Public Librarian Certificate

Experience

Paterson Free Public Library - Paterson, NJ                                         2016-Present
Director

Hartford Public Library - Hartford, CT                                                   2011-2016
Director, Public Services

Hudson Area Association Library - Hudson, NY                                  2009-2011
Director

Wyandanch Public Library - Wyandanch, NY                                      2006-2009
Director

New York State Library - Albany, NY                                                     2001-2006
Library Development
CORE Reference Librarian

Schenectady Community College - Schenectady, NY                       2004-2006
Web/Reference Librarian

Professional Development

American Library Association - Chicago, IL                                          2015
Libraries Transforming Communities – Public Innovators Cohort

Public Library Association Leadership Academy - Charleston, SC 2015
Navigating Change – Building Community

Leadership Greater Hartford - Hartford, CT                                         2013
Leadership Greater Hartford Quest Class

Learning Dynamics - Hartford, CT                                                           2013
Leadership Development Series Program

New York Library Association - Albany, NY                                          2009    
Leadership & Management Academy

Active Membership / Committees

American Library Association
Public Library Association
New Jersey Library Association
New Jersey Statewide Services Taskforce
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

STATEMENT

I’m Corey M. Fleming, Director of the Paterson Free Public Library, an urban library system that truly values public service and understands the driving progress of the customers. I am writing the following to express my keen interest in serving as a member at large on the NJLA Executive Board.

With over 16 years of experience, my diverse background includes a myriad of segments – legal, government, special, academic, and public libraries. My extensive experience and success enable me to collaborate within many areas of modern practices as they relate to urban public library service. Throughout my tenure, I continue to develop modern technologies and creative innovations in library service to meet the distinctive information needs of today’s customers. I am a seasoned leader with extensive experience working with diversified communities and constituencies. I develop and cultivate relationships with officials on various levels of government. I have in-depth knowledge of innovations in multiple service delivery models, which meets the ever changing and unique requirements of the customers. I have a driving passion for libraries and communities that is unmatched. With my dedication and experience, I will be an invaluable asset to the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA).  I commit to expanding the work of NJLA and I will ardently advocate for libraries on local, State and National levels.

Kate Russo

BIO

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association
New Jersey Library Association
NJLA Executive Board Secretary 2017 to 2018
NJLA Small Libraries: Member at Large 2018-present, Chair 2016 to 2018, Co-chair 2015-2016, Member 2014
NJLA Emerging Leaders, Class of 2017
LibraryLinkNJ Super Supervisor, Class of 2016
Libraries of Middlesex Adult Services Librarian Committee Member 2012-present

Experience and Education

South River Public Library: Adult Services Librarian 2012-present, Library Intern 2010-2011, Library Assistant 2009-2010

Sacred Heart School: Media Specialist 2008-2009

Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library: Paraprofessional 2008-2009

STATEMENT

The past 2 years have proven to be monumental for libraries, and a crucial time for The New Jersey Library Association. Recording important developments as secretary during 2017-2018, put me in a prime position to advocate for your concerns. The detailed organization required of an effective NJLA Executive Board Secretary have more than prepared me to serve as Member at Large. Additionally, my background as a paraprofessional, media specialist, intern, part-time librarian, and full-time librarian have given me a greater perspective into the varied needs of my colleagues.

I would be honored for the chance to serve again. Thank you for your consideration.

Susanne Sacchetti

BIO

A life-long resident of New Jersey, born and raised in a rural part of Galloway Township, in southern New Jersey, I have extensive experience in both the education and library professions. I have worked in a variety of library settings--as the saying goes "Variety is the spice of life!" I have found my various experiences an asset to me as a public library director. I first entered the library profession in 2002, as an Associate Educational Media Specialist. Additionally, I have experience at the college-level, as a Library Specialist, then a Reference Librarian, and an Online Librarian. I have also taught graduate-level library science courses, as an online adjunct, for Drexel University's iSchool. Prior to becoming the Library Director of the Cumberland County Library in April of 2017, I was the Library Director of the Deptford Free Public Library for 5 years. I have enjoyed a multitude of experiences throughout my career, including virtual reference, programming and information literacy instruction, community outreach and business partnership. I have been a long-time member of the NJLA and am on the Leadership and Education Subcommittee. I am President of the LOGIN consortium (which consists of libraries from Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem counties) and have also served as Vice President of our consortium. I have served on the LibraryLinkNJ Advocacy Task Force and am a member of the State Library’s Library Network Review Board and Database Advisory Committee.

STATEMENT

I take great pride in our state’s libraries and am interested in finding additional avenues of funding for them, so that we can continue to provide exceptional library services to our state’s residents and build upon those services in new and innovative ways. I would like to see us find ways of providing more equitable access and more equitable library service to residents across the state. I would like to see us find ways to better serve the under-served of our state. These are issues that affect all of our state's libraries. My varied experiences would serve our organization well, in serving for you, as a Member-At-Large on the NJLA Executive Board. I thank you for your consideration and support.

Eric Schwarz

BIO

Experience and Education

Reference Librarian, Newark Public Library, 2018-present
Reference Librarian, Clarence Dillon Public Library, 2009-present
Lecturer (Principles of Searching course), Rutgers University, 2010-2015
Rutgers University, Master of Library and Information Science
Rutgers University, Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Mass Media, and English)

Professional Affiliations/Activities

New Jersey State Library, Library Leadership Academy, 2018-2019
SLA, Information Outlook Advisory Council, 2013-2014
SLA, Chair, Diversity Leadership Development Committee, 2011-2012
SLA, Membership Chair, Business and Finance Division, 2011-2012
SLA, President, New Jersey Chapter, 2009
SLA, Chapter Structure Assessment Task Force, 2009

STATEMENT

I came to librarianship via a non-traditional path. I started my career as a newspaper reporter and editor, and found that I enjoyed the background research and analysis as much as (or maybe more than) conducting interviews and developing breaking news. So a librarian friend recommended that I join a database company (Dow Jones/Factiva), where I worked as a research specialist for more than a decade, then a report editor. During my tenure there I earned my library degree, and became a part-time reference librarian and lecturer for Rutgers’ MLIS program. I also became active in SLA, serving as the New Jersey Chapter President, and in several other leadership roles.

I left the corporate world in 2018 to pursue a full-time career as a librarian. I currently serve as a reference librarian in both a small, suburban community (Bedminster and Far Hills) and in a large, urban city (Newark).

While relatively new to NJLA, I have used the past year to go to every workshop and professional development opportunity I could, including the State Library’s Library Leadership Academy and the Mentor NJ tech meet-ups.

I would bring to the member at-large position my enthusiasm for libraries as a fundamental part of a democratic, informed, empowered, and connected society, as well as a knowledge and appreciation of the challenges libraries face in meeting those goals. I would like to help NJLA help librarians to identify and obtain the resources they need to develop their careers and the services they provide to their communities.

 

MEMBER-AT-LARGE (ACADEMIC)

Adriana Mamay

BIO

Work Experience

I began at Middlesex County College in September 2011 as a part time Reference and Instruction Librarian and took up a full time position in the same role the following year. In 2017, I was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor and granted tenure. Previously, I was a Project Archivist at Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives and an Archival Processor at Rutgers Law Library and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. During and immediately after completing my Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree, I interned at the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division, The Ukrainian Institute of America, and New York University’s Bobst Library. I have interned and worked in libraries since 2009 and look forward to continuing to do so for the duration of my professional career.

Education

Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
  • Concentration in Rare Books and Special Collections

Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, New York, NY

  • Master of Arts in World History

Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, High Honors in History
  • Majors in Art History, History, and Political Science
  • Certificate in Historic Preservation, Department of Art History

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • NJLA Annual Conference Co-Chair, 2017 – present
  • NJLA Annual Conference Committee, 2014 – present
  • NJLA Professional Development Committee, 2015 – 2017
  • NJLA Emerging Leaders, 2015
  • NJLA Emerging Leaders Panel Speaker, 2016 & 2018
  • NJLA Annual Conference Speaker, 2016
  • ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS Executive Board Honors and Awards Liaison, 2017 – present
  • ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS Executive Board Legislative Representative, 2013 – 2017
  • VALE (Virtual Academic Library Environment of New Jersey) Users’ Conference
  • Committee, 2016 & 2017
  • VALE Users’ Conference Poster Presenter, 2015 & 2017

STATEMENT

As the Academic Member-at-Large, I look forward to representing New Jersey’s college and university librarians and ensuring that our unique voices are heard. I truly believe in the united mission of every librarian to guide students and the public towards success in their academic and personal pursuits. NJLA represents and advocates for all librarians and I will make certain that this truth becomes even more of a reality.

I believe that my experience serving on the Executive Board of ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS will serve me well as I take on the challenge of this new role. I am familiar with the organization to whom I will be reporting and the librarians I will be representing. I feel passionately about the necessity and vibrancy of NJLA and hope to play a pivotal role in its growth this upcoming year and beyond.

Nicole Potdevin

BIO

Education

M.L.I.S., 2014, Rutgers University
M.A. in Archaeology and Art History, 2009, New York University – Institute of Fine Arts
B.A. in Classics, 2007, Boston College

Experience

Acting Associate University Librarian – Director of Public Services, Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus Library, 2017-present
Research and Instruction Librarian, Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus Library, 2016-present

Professional Activities/Affiliations

ALA-ACRL member 2011-present
NJLA, Emerging Leaders Class of 2018-2019, member 2011-present
VALE Members Council, 2018-present

STATEMENT

I am a dedicated advocate for libraries.  Libraries of all types are chronically misunderstood, undervalued, and underfunded.  In particular, the role of the library in all levels of education, including K-12, higher education, continuing education, and public/civil settings, is seen as peripheral rather than crucial.  I want to change this.  I believe that we need to value and aid each other if we expect others to value and aid us.  Since public, academic, school, and special libraries all share the same fundamental values, I would like to work to facilitate greater collaboration and communication between libraries of all types.  Building these relationships across different types of libraries would not only benefit and strengthen the libraries themselves, but also provide a stronger and more unified front to our governing bodies and greater resources for our patrons. 

I am passionate about universal access to information and literacy in every sense of the word.  In my role as an academic librarian, I strive daily to close the digital divide and provide information and media literacy instruction for my students.  I believe these tenets of academic librarianship are essential in all libraries if we want to have an informed, discerning, and educated society.

I strongly support mentoring and encouraging new librarians to succeed and bring fresh and innovative perspectives to our field.  I believe that promoting diversity is also extremely important to our profession in order to not only bring together valuable viewpoints in librarianship, but to also keep libraries relevant to and inclusive of our communities.