ABLE Administering Better Libraries - Educate

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Meet the ABLE Designers/Trainers


Mary L. Brink

Mary L. Brink received her BA in History/Political Science from the College of Saint Rose (Albany) in 1972 and her MLS from Rutgers University in 1973. She worked at the Wayne (N.J) Public Library from July 1973-October 1975 as a Children’s, Young Adult and Reference Librarian. In November 1975 Mary was appointed Children’s Consultant at the Nioga Library System and served in various consultant positions and as Executive Director until she retired in December 2005.

Mary has been a member of NYLA since 1976 and was very active in the Youth Services Section serving on the Board of the Section in various positions including President in 1982-83. She also served on NYLA’s Legislative Committee, on the Board of the Western New York Library Resources Council, the Regents Advisory Committee on Libraries and as Chair of PULISDO. Mary received training through an LSTA grant in how to facilitate the New Planning for Results process and has recently been appointed to the Steering Committee of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee.

Mary A. Brown

Mary A. Brown retired recently from the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in Plattsburgh, New York, where she was the Director for 9 years. During that time she assisted 30 small libraries with a wide variety of issues, including financial and political matters. Prior to that, she was the director of public libraries in Mount Vernon, North Castle, and Rye, New York.

In addition to the financial work which falls to any library director, she served as Treasurer of the New York Library Association for 2 terms. Additionally she has been and is currently on the boards of several non-profit community organizations.

She believes that successful financial work supports successful libraries. She also believes that the political work necessary to secure adequate funding for a library is key to successful financial work. In her workshop she will present the basics of budgeting, financial management, and accounting; followed by discussion of individual library situations.

Mary lives in Saranac Lake, New York, where she rows an Adirondack guideboat and is team coordinator for the local wilderness search and rescue team.

Marisa Iacobucci

Marisa received her MLS degrees from SUNY at Albany in 1987, when non-techie pencil pushers such as she, were an acceptable subspecies in the library world. It took becoming the director of a small non-automated public library to make her a semi-convert.

After eight and a half fun and challenging years of helping to draw that small library into the 20th century, she moved to Ithaca in 2000, to fill her current position as the Adult Services Coordinator of the Finger Lakes Library System. Her strengths lie in her knowledge of intellectual freedom and library management, and her empathy for all of the hard working library people she serves out in the libraries.

Diana McFarland

As a child, Diana McFarland lived in a town with one stop light and no library. Every other week the Frederick County Library Bookmobile came rolling in, and for an hour or so, she would lose herself in the swirl of stories that rolled in with it. It was librarians who secured the funding for the bookmobile, who chose the books on its shelves, and who put the stories in her hands. In many ways, she lives a life that librarians built.

As an adult, Diana has served as a children’s librarian for the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA and the Youth Services Consultant for the Finger Lakes Library System, in Ithaca, NY. She currently works in the youth and reference departments of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, ME. She is also honored to give back to her profession by providing consultant services for public librarians. She is certified as a library media specialist and holds a degree in library science from Simmons College.

Gerald Nichols

Jerry Nichols, Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management at Long Island University is responsible for the development of the Advanced Certificate Program in Public Library Administration, the first such program in the nation.

A former Director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, one of the country’s busiest public library systems, Jerry also served as the Director of the Half Hollow Hills, Freeport and Babylon Public Libraries on Long Island.

A recipient of the New York Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Libraries Award, Mr. Nichols was also a member of the New York State Regents’ Commission on Library Services and has served as Chair of the Public Library System Directors’ Organization of New York State. He is also the editor of the 2006 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. Degrees: B.A. Springfield College, Mass., M.L.S. Long Island University

As a library consultant his areas of expertise include public library management, construction, finance and law.

Ellen Reynolds

Ellen currently serves as the Collection Management Librarian for Pioneer Library System and provides consultant services in the areas of collection management and development, adult services, youth services, and catalog and holdings training for the system’s Integrated Library System. Prior to joining the PLS staff in 1998 she was Central Library Coordinator for the Geneva Free Library, the central library for PLS, where she was responsible for overseeing the library’s ILS, acquisitions, cataloging, adult collection development, and the system-wide interlibrary loan service. Ellen was director of the Ontario Public Library in Ontario, New York for 14 years prior to joining the Geneva staff.

Patricia Stocker

Patricia Stocker knew she wanted to be a librarian at the age of ten. Many, many years later she’s still glad she made the choice at such a tender age. She has over twenty-five years of library experience as a School Librarian, Public Library Director, Library System Outreach Coordinator and as Pioneer Library System Assistant Director. After retiring from Pioneer in late 2004 she began a library consulting business that focuses on her areas of expertise: long range planning, project management, grants review, focus group facilitation and topics related to library facilities. Currently she is working with eight public libraries, five public library systems and she recently was a reviewer for the State Library for LSTA and Adult Literacy Services grant applications.

Patty Uttaro

Patty Uttaro has worked in the Monroe County Library System in various positions since 1984. She has been at the Ogden Farmers' Library in Spencerport, NY since 1996, first as a Youth Services librarian, and as Director since 1999. She spent two years studying at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and completed her BA at SUNY Empire State College. She received her MLS from the University at Buffalo in 1997. Her current areas of interest in the library field all involve the library's place in the community -- preservation and accessibility of community history, the library's role in community economic development, the community library as a meeting place, community advisory boards, and the use of social software applications in community libraries.

Lisa C. Wemett

Lisa C. Wemett is the Assistant Director for Reference and Teen Services at the Webster Public Library, a suburb of Rochester. A graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lisa has worked for fifteen years as both a teen specialist for collection development and programming as well as a member of the management team of two large suburban libraries.

Her expertise includes staff training, grant writing, public relations, personnel management, working with Friends of the Library, development of policies and procedures, and strategic planning. A member of the American Library Association and the New York Library Association, Lisa has served as President of the Youth Services Section of NYLA and a Councilor-at-Large. She has published articles on teen services in VOYA, Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, and School Library Journal and has presented numerous programs and workshops within New York State and nationally as a YALSA Serving the Underserved trainer.


Training Session Scenes

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