State Librarian

June 12, 2019

Lauren Moore Appointed as State Librarian

Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education Mark Schaming today announced that the Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia have appointed Lauren Moore as the Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and New York State Librarian. Ms. Moore will lead the operations of the New York State Library and serve as the primary representative of the New York State Library and for libraries across the state. She will assume her new responsibilities on August 1.

The New York State Library provides access to information and library services through its Research Library and the Division of Library Development. Ms.Moore will have oversight responsibility for a $12 million operating budget, 100 employees, over 20 million collection items and nearly $140 million in State and federal aid to libraries.

Ms. Moore has served in various leadership positions at public libraries and library systems throughout her career. Most recently, she has served as the Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System where she leads the development of 42 small and rural libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston Counties by coordinating shared services. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Library System and the Deputy Director of the Southern Tier Library System. Ms. Moore has also served in leadership positions for various library professional organizations as well as for local, regional and statewide community service groups, including most recently, The New York State Complete Count Commission. The Commission was created to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the upcoming 2020 Census.

Ms. Moore earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University.

Ms. Moore will assume her new responsibilities on August 1. In the interim, please continue to direct questions related to the State Library and its operations as follows:

  • Research Library and the Talking Book and Braille Library Services - Please direct questions to Liza Duncan, Principal Librarian
  • Statewide Library Services - Please direct questions to Carol Desch, Coordinator of Statewide Library Services and Director of the Division of Library Development

If you are unsure as to where to direct your questions, first contact Paula Paolucci in the Office of the State Librarian and she will put you in touch with the appropriate State Library staff member.


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Last Updated: June 13, 2019