Zimmerman to Head New York Library Association

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: July 14, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nancy P. Zimmerman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Information and Library Studies and coordinator of its School Library Media Program, has been elected president of the New York Library Association (NYLA).

The NYLA, founded in 1890, is affiliated with the American Library Association as its New York State chapter. The more than 3,000 members of the NYLA include librarians of public, system, school, college and university, and special libraries, library trustees and other friends of libraries.

A member of the UB faculty since 1993, Zimmerman is an expert in the areas of children's and young-adult services and literature, as well as computer applications for libraries and the integration of information technologies into the instructional process.

Her research involves education for librarianship, children's services, innovation diffusion and technology integration into the K-12 curriculum, graduate library education and communication channels of school-library media specialists. She conducts workshops on information technology and information policy for those in the profession.

Zimmerman, who received a 1998 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, recently was selected from hundreds of distinguished nominees nationwide to serve on the Library Media Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

She serves as the treasurer and an executive board member of the American Association of School Librarians and on the national executive council of Beta Phi Mu, the national library science honor society. She was an invited participant in the "White House Online Internet Summit: Focus on Children" in 1997 and was listed in Who's Who in America from 1995-97.

A graduate of Carlow College, Zimmerman holds a master's degree in computer education and cognitive systems from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in library studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She received a doctorate in library and information studies from Texas Woman's University.

She resides in East Amherst.