Meet Our 2016 NYLA-Dewey Award Winner

Written by Daphne Jorgensen
Published by the UAlbany College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

University at Albany’s 2016 NYLA-Dewey Scholarship Award winner, Charlene Martoni, is no stranger to winning… and giving back to others.

Information Science student Charlene Martoni has been selected as a recipient of the NYLA-Dewey Scholarship. This award of $1,000 is sponsored by the Lake Placid Educational Foundation and the New York Library Association. It is awarded each year to students pursuing a master’s degree in a program in New York State that is accredited by the American Library Association. Successful candidates are selected based on evidence of strong scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to work in a library or library system in New York State for at least two years after graduation. References writing in support of Ms. Martoni’s application for the award praised her leadership and supervisory skills, one calling her “a bright, talented and motivated leader in her field.”“My main career aspiration is to support marginalized and struggling people through library and information science, education, and literature,” said Martoni.

Charlene is no stranger to triumph, and her desire to give back to her community extends far beyond her professional aspirations. Since recovering from cancer, she has participated in the annual Brooklyn TEAL Walk for Ovarian Cancer. She explains, “I do this because I feel that, as a survivor, it is my responsibility to spread awareness and support research about ovarian cancer so that other people have a higher chance of early diagnosis like I had.”

Charlene is currently enrolled in the dual master’s program in information science and English. Within the M.S.I.S. program, she is in the school library media specialist track. She works as the Evening and Weekend Circulation Supervisor, Social Media Manager, and Textbook Collection Manager for the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz, where she did her undergraduate work. Charlene also worked at the Sojourner Truth Library while an undergraduate. She serves as a volunteer on the One Book/One New Paltz committee as a library representative and was the committee chair in 2015 and 2016. Her hobbies include reading nonfiction books and memoirs. She says, “I’m always looking to learn something new and understand the world from others’ perspectives.”