Library Development Specialist Mary Linda Todd is retiring in early April 2016 after more than 15 years of service at the New York State Library.

During her tenure at the State Library, Ms. Todd led numerous statewide technology efforts that significantly increased public access computing, broadband connectivity and digital literacy services in all of New York’s 1,080 public library buildings.  She provided outstanding and innovative leadership in statewide technology initiatives, especially her work in leading the three year $14.9 million federal NTIA BTOP grant project “Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary“.  In her role as technology innovator at the State Library, Ms. Todd worked closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology Policy, the Governor’s Office for Technology, the New York State Broadband Office, and as the leader of the Advisory Group for the New York Library Association’s Digital Literacy initiative.

An expert in grants and program evaluation, Ms. Todd has successfully written and obtained a number of grants to fund innovative projects at the State Library.  Her work over the past 15 years has resulted in millions of federal, state, local and private dollars for New York State public libraries and library systems for the creation of innovative public access computing programs and services.  She is the 2013 recipient of NYLA’s Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology. This prestigious state-level award is given annually to a current NYLA member for the innovative use of technology in a library or information setting.

In addition to her work in leading the State Library’s statewide technology initiatives, she has also been the New York State Library’s federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Program Coordinator, the leader of the State Library’s statewide Outcome-Based Evaluation Initiative, a contributing member of the State Library’s New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) Internal Team, the program manager for the State Aid for Library Construction Program and most recently, the program manager for the School Library System program and New York State’s ILEAD program.

Immediately prior to joining the staff of the State Library’s Division of Library Development in 2000, Ms. Todd spent six years as a School Media Specialist at the Cairo-Durham Middle School-High School and was awarded Teacher of the Year from that district.  A  Rutgers University graduate, Ms. Todd began her library career in the 1960’s, and is retiring with 50+ years of experience working with libraries.  She has worked the majority of that time in public and school libraries in New Jersey, New York, and California as a library director and children services coordinator.

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States for almost 198 years.  In its leadership role, the State Library works in partnership with the State’s 73 library systems to bring cost-effective, high-quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 libraries.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and is located in Albany, New York.