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November 28, 2011

40th Anniversary Alumni Spotlight: Carol Berry ’80; Library Professional Named Woman of Distinction by NYS Senate

Carol Berry ’80 graduated from the Genesee Valley Center with a B.S. in educational studies.
Carol Berry

She was honored this past June by Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, as part of the New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction program. One person from O’Mara’s 53rd Senate District – which includes Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler Yates and Tompkins counties – is honored each year under the program.

Berry’s biography and photo now are on display in a Women of Distinction exhibit in the Capitol in Albany. Her biography begins, “Wherever Carol Berry goes, a high-quality library is sure to follow.”

Berry has been director of the Dormann Library in Bath, N.Y. since 2003. According to Lorraine Patti, board president at the library, the organization has flourished during Berry’s tenure.

“She has provided great vision, which has allowed the library to expand its programs and services for patrons significantly,” Patti said. “We are certainly fortunate to benefit from her vast knowledge and expertise, and it is because of her hard work and dedication that our library continues to grow.”

Berry, who resides in Hornell, has had a distinguished career as a library professional. She started her career as the school librarian at Hornell High School, and later held several supervisory positions at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES library system. Her resumé also includes stints as president of the School Library Systems Association, a representative to the New York State Staff and Curriculum Development Network; and as treasurer of the New York State Council of Educational Associations. She’s also a member of the Hornell City School Board and serves as adjunct faculty at the University at Buffalo.

In honor of the college's 40th anniversary year, we will spotlight alumni from across the college, celebrating the range of academic, career and personal paths; geographic locations; modes of learning; and life circumstances and experiences supported by a SUNY Empire State College degree program.

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