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Lucinda Manning

Board Member - 3rd term, expires 2020

Lucinda Manning grew up in small rural towns in Kansas and Oklahoma during the 1950s and ’60s. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and then moved to the east coast for graduate school. A resident of Ossining since 1988, she previously lived in Boston and Providence before moving from Brooklyn to Ossining with her husband, John Mingle — a commercial appraiser — and their daughter Emily, now an art teacher in Boston.

Lucinda has worked as both a professional archivist and librarian since 1980 in various historical societies, and in college and university libraries, including URI, NYU, Barnard, and Teachers College at Columbia University. For twelve years, she directed the UFT Archives & Records Center for the United Federation of Teachers labor union in NYC. More recently, she has consulted on archives projects, been the Curator of Archives for the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich and was Consulting Archivist for the National Office of the ACLU in NYC.

Her academic background includes an undergraduate degree in journalism / graphic design; graduate study in U.S. history (with an emphasis on 19th and 20th C. social change movements); and an MLS in academic libraries and special collections from the University of Rhode Island. She currently serves on the NYC Archivist Round Table’s Advocacy Committee and on the SAA Diversity Committee, as well as participating in many local and community activities.

Previously, Lucinda served one term as OPL Library Trustee from 2007 to 2010. She began a second Trustee term in July, 2012 as an elected replacement for another board member’s resignation one year into that term. During Lucinda’s first term, she helped to professionalize the OPL Board and in coming years is interested in helping to plan for the increasing library funding challenges; the on-going library technological revolution; and the enormous pressures on public libraries to re-invent themselves as all-purpose community and jobs centers.

Some of her prior accomplishments on the Board include: pushing for pay equity for staff (with other similar libraries’ pay scales in Westchester County) (2007); advocating for the development of OPL Board committees, esp. Policy and Finance Committees (2007); pushing for review (and adaptation) of new and older library policies, including adaptation of the ALA’s long-standing Intellectual Freedom policies (2007-); pressing for the revitalization of the Library Foundation (2007-); and pushing for the creation of a Friends of the Library group (founded in 2010) so that the Friends group can apply for grants and funding through the national Trustees, Friends and Foundation group — United for Libraries — formerly called ALTAFF.

In 2007, Lucinda also advocated for the establishment of an Annual Library Meeting (honoring staff and with a Report to the community) and for an annual Board Planning Retreat (both scheduled for the first time in 2010). In her second term (2012-2013), she was elected to the position of Secretary for the OPL Board of Trustees and this year she serves as the Board’s Vice-President for 2013-2014.