Breaking Down Barriers: Rethinking Fines
Learn how Rochester- area libraries have worked to bring children and families back to the library by eliminating fines. In Rochester 54% of children lived below the poverty level. Director of the Rochester Public Library, Patricia Uttaro will lead a panel of her colleagues from the Monroe County Library System as they share information that led to the decision to eliminate fines for children and teens in mid-2016. They will discuss the climate and research that led to the decision, methods used to measure success, and they will share stories from the front lines demonstrating the real impact this decision has had on the library’s most vulnerable users.
Patricia Uttaro is the Director of both the Rochester Public Library and the Monroe County Library System. Her work as a Director of a library system that includes urban, suburban, and rural members, focuses on clearing obstacles so staff and directors can deliver high quality, valuable services to our community.
Tonia Burton is the Children’s Services Consultant for the Rochester Public Library and the Monroe County Library System. Cynthia Dana is the Circulation Supervisor for the Rochester Public Library. Dennis Williams is a Branch Manager for the Rochester Public Library.
Librarians Mending Fences in a Divided Country
Through discussion of different services and programs, and without specific political slant, Adult Services Librarian at Penn Yan Public Library Alex Andrasik will highlight how librarians can successfully address the pressing issues popping up more and more within our communities since Election Day.
Alex Andrasik is the Adult Services Librarian at Penn Yan Public Library, where he focuses on programming and outreach; he is also active in the community as a co-founder of an LGBTQ advocacy group and the county Young Democrats chapter, among other efforts. He holds an MLS from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in French and creative writing from Lycoming College. He loves board games, superheroes, epic fantasy, and Jon Snow’s curly hair.