Congratulations to Becky Leathersich, NYS Outstanding Librarian!

Becky Leathersich, Research Instruction Librarian/Liaison to the School of Education, was named a NYS Outstanding Librarian.

NYS Senator Iwen Chu, Chair of the Libraries Committee, solicited nominations from across the state for librarians who go above and beyond to serve their communities. The announcement came during National Library Week (April 23-29, 2023).

Becky’s nomination noted, “Becky has been active in helping school librarians make good choices about diverse reading and AAPI books especially. She is a co-author of the APALA Rubric to Evaluate Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Literature, which is incredibly helpful. She organized “Shake Up Your Shelves with Authentic Voices” which brought many librarians, faculty and authors to discuss and teach how to incorporate diverse voices in the library.”

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