Tessa Killian Selected to be Executive Director of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
“The Board is very pleased to have a skilled professional with Tessa’s experience and ability take on the leadership of the Council,” said Barbara Petruzzelli, President of the Board of Trustees and Director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at Mount Saint Mary College. “Having conducted a national search for our new executive director, we are supremely confident that Tessa is the most qualified person to move us forward.”
Killian will carry forward the mission of SENYLRC, which is to support its members in the Mid-Hudson Valley by enriching their services and enhancing access to information for their users. SENYLRC’s vision is to help its membership of over 100 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions achieve excellence. The council does this by thoughtfully applying emerging technologies to resource sharing, collection building, information access and communications. In addition, SENYLRC provides imaginative, accessible and relevant professional development opportunities for member staff at all levels.
In addition to these core services, the council is unique for its ability to bring local professionals together. Killian stated that she “plans to further SENYLRC’s reputation for creating an environment both internally and with our members that fosters a focus on people and their skills, networking, and establishing new partners and relationships. The council is a place where people can exchange innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. I know that going forward we will facilitate dialogue of that nature, because we are already doing it.”
As the Interim Executive Director, Killian has successfully administered all functions of the council including managing and hiring staff, coordinating the annual audit process, and facilitating budget preparations for the upcoming fiscal year. During her tenure as Associate Director she assisted major council activities including the strategic planning process, the council’s feasibility study, and the membership survey. Previously, she managed council services including the hospital gateway pages, the special library catalog, digitization services (Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH) and the HRVH Historical Newspapers), and professional development.
Killian’s appointment as Executive Director comes at a time when changing technology means that there are many new opportunities for member libraries to provide services to their users. In a presentation to the Trustees, Killian highlighted potential areas of development to maintain a vibrant and relevant council. In addition to a firm commitment to continued service, council activities may expand to include support for Encoded Archival Description (EAD), institutional repositories and scholarly communication, and digital preservation. Additionally, the council will stay committed to also sharing services with the other eight councils in the state that together make up the NY 3Rs Association, Inc.