Posts Tagged ‘Librarian’

Retirement of Rhoda Gushue

April 10th, 2014 No comments


Elise Burke, Maurice (Mitch) Freedman, and Terry Kirchner

Elise Burke, Maurice (Mitch) Freedman, and Terry Kirchner

I recently received this picture taken of me with former WLS Director Mitch Freedman and current WLS Director Terry Kirchner at the Jazz Reception held to honor Rhoda Gushue upon her retirement as Director from the Bedford Hills Free Library.  Although the event was held almost a month ago (3/13), it still resonates in my mind.  Rhoda served the library and community of Bedford Hills for 43 years!  That got me to thinking–will I be working for WLS that long?  In this day and age, when new models of computers and software come out faster than when you can get used to the last one, I think that longevity is often under appreciated.  Do we really understand the dedication and love that one must have to “go the distance”?

In my workings with Rhoda over many NYS Annual Reports, I knew first-hand that Rhoda had a special commitment and loyalty to her work and profession; but it was wonderful to see how this event captured Rhoda’s spirit and shared her love of jazz, and to hear how others were touched by Rhoda’s career as well. I commend all who took part in putting together such a wonderful tribute.

During this National Library Week, these thoughts lead me to say a heartfelt thank you to the many other library workers throughout this County that display true dedication and commitment to their profession.  Your efforts are long-lasting–and that’s a great thing.

For more photos from Rhoda’s Jazz Reception, click on the link below:


And the librarian recommends… Quiet!

December 19th, 2012 No comments

Looking for the perfect book to buy someone? I highly recommend Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. The author provides a fascinating and quick read about the experiences of introverts in an extroverted world.

This book is a great gift for both introverts and extroverts alike – each can learn something about the other, and how to communicate better with each other, by reading this interesting and at times humorous book.

As an introvert working in a profession dominated by introverts, I found it very helpful to think about how extroverts might tackle many of the daily challenges that I face at work. And for extroverts, this book would provide insight on introverted approaches to problem solving – there are some advantages to the introverted approaches.

And if you want to give yourself a gift, check out the book at your local library!

Happy reading.

Terry Kirchner, Executive Director


Free Professional Development Webinars

October 1st, 2012 No comments

For all of you current and future librarians… mark your calendars. Here are some professional development webinars that might be of interest. All of these webinars are free of cost – yes, that’s right, they’re free!

Oct 2 – Tuesday @ 10-11am:                       Business Insights: Essentials +

Oct 2 – Tuesday @ 1-2pm:                           Graphic Novels for Teens and Tweens *

Oct 2 – Tuesday @ 2-3pm:                           Booklist Webinar—What’s New in Series Nonfiction: Fall 2012

Oct 11 – Thursday @ 2-3pm:                       Booklist Webinar—Warm Up to Reading: Getting Kids Hooked on Books

Oct 15 – Monday @ 2-3pm:                         Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service – Westport (CT) Public Library

Oct 16 – Tuesday @ 3:30-4:30pm:             Booklist Webinar—Common Core & More: Surprising Reasons to Go Graphic

Nov 19 – Monday @ 2-3pm:                        Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service – Cleveland Public Library

Dec 3 – Monday @ 2-3pm:                           Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service – Detroit Public Library

Jan 7, 2013 – Monday @ 2-3pm:                Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service – Carnegie Library (Pittsburgh, PA)

* provided by New York State Library & the New York Council for the Humanities

+ NOVEL ny database provided at no additional cost to NYS libraries and residents


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