Board Member Bios

Gili Warsett, President (2019-2021)

Gili Warsett joined Brooklyn Friends School as a Pre and Lower School Librarian in the fall of 2016. Prior to BFS, she worked as a school librarian in a New York City public school, and in a Montessori school, and as an academic librarian in Brooklyn. Before becoming a librarian, Gili taught Creative Writing and English to students ranging from the middle school to graduate school levels. She has served on the board of Friends of the Brooklyn Public Library for the past four years. Her writing has been published in various publications including Bookslut, The Rumpus, and The New York Times, and she sporadically blogs at juniorshelfie.com. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Library and Information Science. She maintains an ever-growing list of children’s book ideas with every intention to get those words on the page someday soon. Gili lives with her partner, children, and basset hound in Manhattan. When she’s not in the stacks, she is frequently swimming at the Y, where she imagines she’s training to become the next Gertrude Ederle, “Queen of the Waves.” She has found that being a librarian is the best outlet for her information insatiability.

Cheryl Wolf, Vice President (2018-2020)

Cheryl Wolf is the librarian for The Neighborhood School (PS 363) and Star Academy (PS 63), two co-located elementary schools in the East Village. She earned her M.L.I.S. from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining the field of librarianship, she was a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  She studied painting (Bard College (B.A.); Art History (Hunter College, M.A.) and Curatorial Studies at The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her work as a parent volunteer at the Collegiate School library, under the tutelage of Maggie Dixon, was her introduction to the field of school librarianship. In 2009-10 she was Co-President of the New York City School LIbrarian Association (NYSCLA). She is partial to picture books, and maintains the premiere collection of children’s cookbooks and food-related books in New York City, through the Cooperative Collection Development (CCD) program. Cheryl lives with her husband on the LES and has two grown sons. As a public school librarian, she is looking forward to help bridging the NYCSLA and HVLA communities. Cheryl enjoys looking at art and making textiles (weaving, knitting, sewing).

Christine Nassar, Vice President (2019-2021)

Christine Nassar is a librarian at The Dalton School, working with grades K-3. She obtained her Master’s of Information from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Library and Information Sciences, and a specialization in School Media. She is a lover of graphic novels and picture books. Some of Christine’s favorites are Journey, by Aaron Becker, Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers, and Cardboard Kingdom, by Chad Sell. Christine speaks English, French, Arabic, and some rather rusty Italian, which she is always happy to practice.

Patty Aakre, Recording Secretary (2018-2020)

Patricia Markert was born and grew up in Syracuse, New York. She was educated in Catholic schools her whole life until she left Georgetown University in her sophomore year, and transferred to the University of Iowa, where she studied English, continued her French major, and took writing classes with Denis Johnson, Marvin Bell, and other poets.  She moved to New York City where she worked in publishing for over ten years, mostly at McGraw Hill. She began her library career with a “lone ranger” position at the Town School, teaching pre-K through eighth grade classes, managing all A-V requests, and processing catalog records. She moved to Little Red School House as a high school librarian, and finally joined the Brearley School, first as an A-V librarian, moving into the head librarian position, and most recently teaching classes in all three divisions.   She writes poetry, appreciates birds, and works in a community garden in her neighborhood.

Anna Murphy, Treasurer (2018-2020)

Anna Murphy is the Upper School Librarian at The Berkeley Carroll School where she also teachers the 8th grade digital literacy course. She received her MLIS with New York State Teaching Certification from Pratt in 2016. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU and a BA in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Georgetown. She loves to read about the intersection of humanity and technology, as well as memoirs and graphic novels of all kinds.

Bethany Martin, Communications Coordinator (2019-2021)

Bethany Martin is a “Navy brat” who studied sociology at New College of Florida, before moving to New York City. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt and worked as the Director of Library Services at Dwight School for ten years before becoming Director of Libraries at Trinity School. She’s spent quite a bit of time thinking about using games to teach research skills. Predictably, Bethany enjoys reading. She lives in Queens with her husband and son. She is usually up for a board game or a cup of tea, and her Instagram feed is full of different playgrounds she’s visited with her son and odd books she’s weeded from her library’s collection.

Lisa Norberg, Membership Coordinator (2019-2021)

 

Lisa Norberg is the Library Director and College Advisor for La Scuola d’Italia “Guglielmo Marconi”. She loves working with faculty to find new ways to integrate the library into the curriculum and collaborating on the unending challenge of making students discerning information consumers. Before transitioning to school librarianship, Lisa spent over 20 years in academic libraries, holding positions at Barnard College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Penn State Harrisburg, and George Mason University. She has a M.L.S. from Indiana University at Bloomington and a B.S. from the University of Wyoming. She is an advocate for open access publishing, a lover of jazz and an Italian organic farmer wannabe.