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Leadership

The Albany Public Library is led by a team devoted to connecting you with the information you need to improve and enrich your life.

In addition to the leadership team, we have about 120 full- and part-time employees and dozens of volunteers who help make it possible for us to bring so many resources, programs, and events to Albany, New York residents.

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Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director

Scott Jarzombek grew up as a loyal patron of his local public library, spending the bulk of his childhood poring over history books and attending comic book club. During high school, Scott combined his penchant for skateboarding and music with his interest in multimedia and photography as a member of the school library’s audiovisual club. During his junior year of college he became a “jack of all trades” for his college library director, which led him to apply to SUNY Albany’s Library Science Program. During his second semester in library school, Scott was hired at Albany Public Library and worked here as branch librarian for nine years. After leaving the organization in 2009 to develop his career, he returned to Albany in 2014 as the executive director.

Melanie Metzger, Assistant Director

Full of boundless energy, Melanie Metzger acts as Scott’s right-hand-woman and oversees the library’s public service departments. She’s the library’s policy (and procedures) wonk and our go-to person for customer service issues. Melanie came to Albany in 2013 by way of Texas, where she spent 11 years building her resume in youth services and management, while working to keep her Central New York accent. Melanie likes to say she “fell into” the library world when, after trying different math, science, and arts majors as an undergrad at Syracuse University, she found that library science combined all of her interests into one career path. A native of Horseheads, NY, Melanie is an alumna of Syracuse University’s graduate program in library and information science.

Rebecca Lubin, Head of Branches (Delaware, Howe, North Albany)

Rebecca Lubin currently oversees the Delaware, Howe, and North Albany branches, but is probably best known, especially to our younger patrons, as “Miss Rebecca,” the super-awesome librarian at Delaware. After almost seven years nurturing young readers and making that branch into a neighborhood destination, she left Albany to build her leadership skills as an assistant director. Now that she’s back, Rebecca’s special touch with community outreach and customer service are being spread throughout the library’s branches. With a previous career as an urban planner, she brings a unique skill set (not to mention a great love of animals) to her work. Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in urban studies from Vassar College, as well as a master’s in city and regional planning from Cornell University and a master’s in library and information science from Syracuse University.

Mary Coon, Head of Branches (Bach, Pine Hills)

With steady calm and quiet authority, Mary Coon has been a branch manager since 2011 and currently oversees the Bach and Pine Hills locations. During her 15 years here, she spent eight years in charge of the library’s collection management services, ensuring that we had the books and other materials our users want and need on the shelves. Mary’s earlier experience as a reference librarian made her into a customer service maven and knowledgeable resource (especially about hockey, football, and NASCAR). She has always loved libraries and reading, with fond childhood memories of visits to the Yonkers Public Library in Getty Square and teaching a friend to read when she was a youngster. Mary has an undergraduate degree from Pace University and graduate degree in library science from the University at Albany.

Sarah Clark, Head of Branches (Arbor Hill/West Hill, Washington Avenue)

Sarah Clark has worked in adult and public service since joining Albany Public Library in 2005. She currently oversees operations at the Washington Ave. and Arbor Hill/West Hill branches. Sarah, a talented musician and songwriter who performs with several bands, may be best known for her unique and award-winning programming. As a librarian, she created the Silent Film Spectacular, a series during which classic silent films are shown accompanied by local bands performing live, original scores, and Garage Bands in the Garage, a summer concert series featuring local rock, hip hop, and alternative bands that takes place in the garage at the Washington Ave. Branch. Sarah honed her customer service skills as head of the Readers Services Department where she spearheaded efforts to streamline and ease the process to get a library card. During her time as head of the Creative Services Department, she developed the Albany Made Creative Lab, which brings creative arts materials and digital technology tools to patrons, and created the fan-favorite Albany Made podcast. A native of Old Forge, NY, Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Hartwick College and a master’s degree in library science from the University at Albany.

Board of Trustees

The library’s nine-member Board of Trustees is charged with ensuring that the library fulfills its mission in a fiscally and operationally responsible way. The board is governed by a set of bylaws, which is regularly reviewed and amended as needed.

Library trustees are Albany residents who are elected to five-year terms. They receive no compensation and represent the interests of the community.

Library trustee elections are held the third Tuesday in May. 

Current Trustees

  • Karen Strong, President
  • Andrew Bechard, Vice President
  • Alison Calacone, Vice President for Finance
  • Brenda Robinson, Secretary
  • Elissa Kane
  • Michael Neppl
  • Matthew Finn
  • Jenna Pitera
  • Sarah Shearer

View the updated board meeting schedule for 2017

View the board meeting schedule for 2018

Board Committees

The board’s committees meet regularly to discuss library business. These meetings are open to the public and posted on the calendar.

Executive Committee: Karen Strong (President), Andrew Bechard (Vice President), Alison Calacone (Vice President for Finance), Brenda Robinson (Secretary)

Finance Committee: Alison Calacone (Chair), Michael Neppl, Sarah Shearer

Policy & Governance Committee: Brenda Robinson (Chair), Jenna Pitera, Sarah Shearer

Personnel Committee: Karen Strong (Chair), Brenda Robinson, Jenna Pitera

Facilities & Construction Committee: Matthew Finn (Chair), Andrew Bechard, Elissa Kane

Nominating Committee: Elissa Kane (Chair), Matthew Finn, Michael Neppl

Ad Hoc Committee on North Albany Branch: Alison Calacone (Chair), Matthew Finn, Sarah Shearer, Brenda Robinson

Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Plan: Karen Strong (Chair), Brenda Robinson, Elissa Kane, Michael Neppl

 

Board Meetings and Minutes

2017 Board Meetings

January 2017

Jan. 10, 2017 | 6 pm

Howe Branch | 105 Schuyler St.

January meeting video on YouTube

March 2017

March 15* (Wednesday), 2017 | 6 pm

Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.

*Date changed due to library closure during snowstorm

March meeting video on YouTube

May 2017

May 9, 2017 | 6 pm

Pine Hills Branch | 517 Western Ave.

June 2017 -- Special

June 27, 2017 | Washington Ave. Branch

6:00 pm | 161 Washington Ave.

August 2017

Aug. 8, 2017 | 6 pm

Howe Branch | 105 Schuyler St.

October 2017

Oct. 10, 2017 | 6 pm

Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.

December 2017

Dec. 5, 2017 | 6 pm

Pine Hills Branch | 517 Western Ave.

(Note: This date is a change from the original schedule, and was approved by the Board on Jan. 10. 2017.)

February 2017

Feb. 14, 2017 | 6 pm

Bach Branch | 455 New Scotland Ave.

February meeting video on YouTube

April 2017

April 4, 2017 | 6 pm

Delaware Branch | 331 Delaware Ave.

(Note: This date is a change from the original schedule, and was approved by the Board on Jan. 10. 2017.)

June 2017

June 13, 2017 | 6 pm

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch | 148 Henry Johnson Blvd.

July 2017

July 11, 2017 | 6 pm

North Albany Branch | 616 North Pearl St.

September 2017

Sept. 12, 2017 | 6 pm

Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.

2nd Floor | Tompkins Room

(Note: This is a location change from the original schedule.)

November 2017

Nov. 14, 2017 | 6 pm

Delaware Branch | 331 Delaware Ave.

2016 Board Meetings

October 24, 2016 (special meeting)

6 pm at Washington Ave. Branch

February 2016

February 9, 2016 -- 6 pm

Bach Branch

April 2016

June 2016

June 14, 2016 -- 6 pm

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

June meeting video on YouTube

August 2016

October 2016

October 11, 2016 -- 6 pm

Pine Hills Branch

October meeting video on YouTube

December 2016

December 13, 2016 -- 6 pm

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

December meeting video on YouTube

January 2016

January 12, 2016 -- 6 pm

Washington Ave. Branch

March 2016

March 8, 2016 -- 6 pm

North Albany Branch

March meeting video on YouTube

May 2016

May 10, 2016 -- 6 pm

Pine Hills Branch

May meeting video on YouTube

July 2016

September 2016

September 13, 2016 -- 6 pm

Washington Ave. Branch

September meeting video on YouTube

November 2016

November 8, 2016 -- 6 pm

Delaware Branch

November meeting on YouTube

2015 Board Meetings

January 2015

January 13, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Bach Branch
455 New Scotland Avenue

March 2015

March 10, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch
148 Henry Johnson Boulevard

May 2015

May 12, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Howe Branch
105 Schuyler Street

July 2015

July 14, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.

Washington Avenue Branch
161 Washington Avenue
(2nd floor community room)

September 2015

September 8, 2015 - 6 p.m.

Pine Hills Branch
517 Western Avenue

November 2015

November 10, 2015 - 6 p.m.

Delaware Branch
331 Delaware Avenue

December 2016

December 13, 2016 -- 6 pm

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

December meeting video on YouTube

February 2015

February 10, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Pine Hills Branch
517 Western Avenue

April 2015

April 14, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Delaware Branch
331 Delaware Avenue

June 2015

June 9, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. 

North Albany Branch

616 North Pearl Street

August 2015

August 11, 2015 - 6 p.m.

Bach Branch
455 New Scotland Avenue

October 2015

October 13, 2015 - 6 p.m.

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch
148 Henry Johnson Boulevard

December 2015

December 8, 2015 - 6 p.m. 

Howe Branch
105 Schuyler Street

 

2014 Board Meetings

January 2014

March 2014

July 2014

September 2014

December 2016

December 13, 2016 -- 6 pm

Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

December meeting video on YouTube