New York State Board of Regents appoint Alicia Thompson to the Advisory Council on Libraries

April 13, 2021 ~ NYSED News release

At their March meeting, the New York State Board of Regents appointed Alicia J. Thompson to the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, filling a partial term beginning immediately and ending September 30, 2024.

Alicia J. Thompson is the Director of the Erie 1 BOCES School Library System and Supervisor for Library Automation Service for the Western New York Regional Information Center. She holds a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from Canisius College and both an advanced Masters degree and a Masters degree of Library Science from the University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to beginning her work as an education administrator at Erie 1 BOCES in 2013, she worked for some ten years as a K-12 school librarian at the Cheektowaga Central and the Iroquois Central School Districts. She began her career as a public librarian within the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system, working in both city and suburban branches. Ms. Thompson has held several leadership positions including serving on the Boards of Trustees for the Western New York Library Resources Council and Trocaire College. She also serves on the Executive Board of the School Library Systems Association of New York State, Inc. With more than twenty-five years of experience as a librarian and educator, Ms. Thompson is dedicated to bringing together librarians and students, information professionals and patrons, and other vested stakeholders in promoting collaboration, connecting spaces and access, opportunities and resources and unified services for all students’ educational and lifelong learning needs.

Other members of the Council are: Meg Backus, Potsdam; Greg Benoit, Rochester; Tatiana Bryant, Garden City; AnnaLee Dragon, Kinderhook; Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Ithaca; Chancey Fleet, New York City; Brian Hildreth, Painted Post; Nate Hill, New York City (Chair); Susan Kowalski, Brewerton; Susan Polos, Katonah; Grace Riario, Middletown (Vice Chair); Juan Rivera, New York City; Charles Shatzkin, New Woodstock; and Dr. Jamie D. Smith, Williamsville.

The Regents Advisory Council on Libraries works with the officers of the State Education Department in developing comprehensive statewide library and information policy and makes recommendations to the Regents concerning the implementation of the program. The Council is broadly representative of libraries and statewide constituencies served by the New York State Library. For more information about the Regents Advisory Council, visit the State Library’s website .

Nominations for future appointments to the Council are welcomed by the State Education Department. They should be sent to the Office of the State Librarian, New York State Library, Room 10C34 Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York 12230; or email to