Fayetteville Sue Considine, executive director of the Fayetteville Free Library, has received the Mary Bobinski Innovative Public Library Director award from the New York Library Association. The award was announced at the 2012 NYLA Conference on Nov 9.
The award is given to a public library director who during the past two years developed or implemented an innovative program leading to an increase in financial support and/or usage of their library.
Considine is a pioneer in the field of new librarianship who has worked to redefine the role of a librarian at the FFL by creating opportunities for staff to lead at all levels.
She has forged a partnership with staff and faculty of the MLIS program at the iSchool at Syracuse University. Through the partnership, students from the MLIS program apply and work in support staff positions at the FFL circulation desk while in school as full members of the FFL team. They also participate at significant levels on the team planning and executing evolving and new services alongside experienced professionals. This dynamic relationship allows students to grow and learn and the FFL community to benefit from the fresh perspective and cutting edge thinking of these soon to be librarians.
“From my perspective, this recognition is a direct result of a staffing model that reaches out, identifies and engages the best and brightest in the field,” Considine said. “It creates an incubator-type of environment that promotes free exchange of ideas, risk-taking and relentless innovation.”
Considine and the FFL team have been on the leading edge of developing libraries as places where innovation flourishes. Sue leads with vision and with purpose, and her staff believes in her mission, that “by creating equal and open access for individuals to cutting-edge technology, unique and innovative programs and powerful ideas, they will transform their own lives.”