Upstate Health Sciences Library, librarian earn honors from regional library panel

The honor comes from the Central New York Library Resources Council,which represents 61 libraries in four area counties: Herkimer, Madison,Oneida and Onondaga.

Judges, who represent library systems from across the state, said theHealth Systems Library goes “above and beyond” what librariesoffer.

“The library’s services extend far beyond the walls of the physicalbuilding. There is extensive outreach and collaboration with thecommunity,” the judges noted. “The library has been an advocate forbroader campus-wide issues such as racial intolerance and LGBTQ issues.The library serves not only clinical staff and students, but thecommunity at large.”

In addition to its main campus library, the Health Sciences Libraryalso maintains Family Resource Centers in Upstate Golisano Children’sHospital and the Upstate Cancer Center, which provide medical and healthinformation resources to patients and families where they receive care.The library regularly holds art exhibitions to highlight student andstaff artwork, de-stress events for students, and collaborates withother area libraries to promote wellness.

Judges looked at several criteria in considering library of the yearhonors, including responsiveness to the community, user conveniences, skill level of staff, sustainable practices and ability to provideresearch assistance.

Tsistinas was named top academic library staff member in recognitionof her work and assistance with Upstate’s clinical services. She hasadjusted her schedule to support clinical staff members depending ontheir shift. Tsistinas joined the Health Sciences Library staff in 2007.

In honoring library staff, judges reviewedprofessional excellence, community engagement and ability to assistpatrons, among other attributes.

The awards were presented Oct. 8

Judges included Barbara Kay Stripling, president elect of the NewYork Library Association (NYLA) and senior associate dean and associateprofessor at Syracuse University’s iSchool; Geoff Kirkpatrick, pastpresident of NYLA and director of the Bethlehem Public Library; andSally Collins, Livonia Public Library Board of Trustees and Friends ofthe Livonia Library, and a staff member at the Rochester RegionalLibrary Council.

Caption:  Staff members of the Health Sciences Library are, firstrow, from left, Olivia Tsistinas, who was named Academic Library StaffAll Star of 2016, and Cristina Pope, director. Second row, from left:Devin Kerr, Ilhan Gowdha, Mike Curtis, Mike Colella. Third row, fromleft: Kim Nolan, Deidre Brennan, Nancy Burtis, Amy Slutzky, Cara Howe. Fourth row, from left: Tim Nett, Rebecca Kindon, Liliana Barros. Fifthrow, from left: Ishmael Hawkins, Laura Schlueler, Sherry Wlodarski,Wendi Ackerman