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Same Great Place, New Friendly Faces

Friday, August 9, 2019

We're fortunate to attract top-notch people to join our stellar staff. Please join us in welcoming our newest New York Society Library staffers and be sure to say hello next time you see them around the building!

Hanna Brownlee-Holbrook (below, right) recently joined the Children's Library staff as Assistant Children's & YA Librarian. Currently a graduate student at Syracuse University pursuing her Master's of Library and Information Science, she holds a BS in Biology from the University of Cincinnati. Hanna hales from Ohio and previously worked for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and in the New York Public Library’s after-school program. Hanna enjoys reading many different genres, especially biographies and YA. Below she is pictured with her favorite story from childhood.

Scott Carlton (below, middle) has joined the Library as a Bibliographic Assistant in the Cataloging department. He currently shares his time between the New York Society Library and Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he works as the Library Associate for Electronic Resources. Scott is pursuing his MLS at Queens College. He holds an MA in Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Film Studies and Psychology from Wesleyan University. Scott’s most recent position prior to his current jobs was as an investigator of NYC police misconduct for the Civilian Complaint Review Board. As the rare librarian who reads very slowly, Scott has an enormous backlog of books he looks forward to reading, but welcomes all questions about books, movies, and even NYC police misconduct.

Chris Henry (below, left) is our new building superintendent. For the past 17 years he has worked in the building adjacent to the Library. His background is in building services and, with all the years of experience he’s garnered, Chris looks forward to applying his skills here at the Library, making a comfortable environment for the members and staff.

Freddy Kpeli (below, right) became the Circulation Supervisor at the Library after ten years at Columbia University and Rutgers University libraries. During his career, he has gained experience working in technical services (acquisitions and finance) and access services (circulation and collection management). He is also a graduate of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and calls New Jersey home. In his free time, Freddy enjoys visiting museums, art galleries (fun fact: he worked as an intern at the MoMA while in graduate school), and is an avid cinephile. He also enjoys reading fantasy and non-fiction the most, with George R. R. Martin and Malcolm Gladwell being some of his favorite authors.

William Willis (below, left) joined the library as Circulation Assistant after working as a copyeditor and editorial assistant for W.W. Norton & Company. William grew up just outside of New Orleans before attending college at Yale and then moving to the city. He enjoys all kinds of books, but has a special love for poetry (old and new) as well as historical nonfiction.


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