Membership Letter

Hello Colleague,

It’s that time of year again - to begin or renew your SLMSSENY membership!

We know you are all as busy as we are, planning collaborations, building makerspaces, engaging students in loving literature, and wearing all of the other hats that we wear! While you are busy with all of your many responsibilities, we hope you will find some time to participate in some of the amazing things we do.  A SLSMSSENY membership is a great way to stay in touch and reconnect with colleagues.

One of eight regional affiliates that comprise the New York Library Association/Section of School Librarians, SLMSSENY is your local professional organization. We provide support, collegiality, scholarships and grants, professional development opportunities, and social engagements for library media specialists and their colleagues throughout the Hudson Valley.

Renewing your membership or joining SLMSSENY is easier than ever. Simply visit the membership page on our website at, fill out the online form, choose a one- or two-year membership, and select a payment option.  Some of the exciting benefits of membership include:

  • Access to SLMSSENY members only awards and grants (Deadline March 31st - Apply Now!)

  • A network of local colleagues in your field

  • Discounted participation in professional development and events with opportunities to obtain CTLE

  • Immediate access to out online community to connect, collaborate, and share with your school library colleagues

Upcoming SLMSSENY events include:

It is more important than ever to remain connected to others in our field.  Many of us are without other school librarians in our buildings and even districts, leaving us with few options for professional learning networks that suit our very specific needs.  Too many of our colleagues are currently fighting for their jobs, others trying to prove their value. Membership in professional organizations such as SLMSSENY provides members with immediate opportunities to connect with colleagues who provide support, encouragement, tools, tips, and tricks to help us grow professionally and become stronger than ever. Remember, together we are stronger than alone.  Let us use SLMSSENY to its full advantage, and build it into a regional presence that brings support, professional growth, camaraderie, and visibility to our work.

I look forward to hearing from you and connecting with you at our events.  

Dara Berkwits


Past President: Sheri McNair

President Elect: Melissa Iamonico

Secretary: Jenna Thorn

Treasurer: Hilda Cioffi

County Representatives: Aileen Behringer, Tracey Ebenhoe (Orange); Teka McCabe, Sudha Narsipur (Putnam/N. Westchester); Kelsey Cohen (S. Westchester); Amanda Ingalls (Dutchess) Deborah Rosenfeld and Sari Grandstaff (Ulster); Sara Haynes  (Sullivan)

Advocacy Chair: Susan Polos, Melissa Heckler

Awards Chair: Teri Richardson, Sheri McNair, Shannon Mersand

Technology Chair: Terri Sudol