As a membership organization, the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus Inc. depends on the dedication and commitment of its members to ensure the vitality of association programs. Each year, several members serve on the association’s committees.

Committee’s are established by the NYBLC Executive Council to oversee activities of the association. This currently includes constitution & bylaws committee, fundraising committee, Donna Hoke luncheon committee, membership and recruiting committee, and public relations/publicity committee. Most of these committees report bi-monthly to the council and the general members. Committee activities provide invaluable networking that can build your leadership skills as you advance through your career.

Suggesting Members for Committee Appointments

Members who would like to suggest themselves or other members for appointment to particular committees write to with the following information: name of the member suggested, affiliation, field(s) of specialization, a short listing of professional activities and and a brief statement of the person’s qualifications. The council makes appointments each year, with terms generally beginning on July 1st. Members should consult the list of association committees to determine expected vacancies.

Committee Listings

Constitution & By-laws

Function: The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall be in charge of reviewing and updating the Bylaws and recommend needed changes to the Executive Board and membership.

Committee members:
Tiffany Alston, Richard Ashby & S. Michele Echols


Function: The Fundraising Committee shall plan and implements activities to raise funds for the programs and general operations of the NYBLC. The committee shall also raise funds by soliciting individuals, businesses, and corporations.

Committee members:
Cheryl Branche & S. Michele Echols

Donna Hoke Luncheon

Function: The Luncheon Committee shall plan, organize, and implement the annual luncheon to raise money for the Donna Hoke Scholarship Fund.

Committee members:
Tiffany Alston, Richard Ashby, Linda Bannerman-Martin, Sandra Michele Echols, Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Enyi Okezie, Phyllis Mack, Aletta Seales, & Shauntee Simpson

Membership & Recruiting

Function: The Membership and Recruiting Committee shall actively promote membership in the NYBLC. To establish general policies, programs, and procedures to secure new members; to be responsible for the implementation of these programs; to coordinate membership promotion activities, to make recommendations concerning membership dues; to prepare and maintain a Membership Directory; to welcome new members by recommending ways to acknowledge new members and to encourage participation in NYBLC activities.

Committee members:
Cheryl Branche, Andrew Jackson & Shauntee Simpson


The Program Committee shall propose, plan and implement programs for the benefit of the NYBLC membership and the community; review and select presentations.

Committee members:
Richard Ashby, Sheilah Bobo, Enyi Okezie, Donald Peebles, Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Aletta Seales, Shauntee Burns- Simpson & Simone L. Yearwood

Public Relations/ Publicity

The Public Relations Committee shall orchestrate all aspects of organizing and disseminating information about the NYBLC events and activities to the community via the listserv, website, social networking platforms and other promotional materials.

Committee members:
Donald Peebles & Shauntee Simpson


The Scholarship Committee shall publicize the Donna Hoke Scholarship to potential candidates, library schools, etc. Evaluate the nominees for the scholarship and to select the recipients following established guidelines and coordinates the formal presentation of the scholarship award(s) at the Annual Luncheon Fundraiser. The committee also serves as a mentoring body to support the growth and development of scholarship recipients and applicants.

Committee members:
Tracy Crawford & Simone L. Yearwood


Mission Statement


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