NOPL at North Syracuse
100 Trolley Barn Lane
North Syracuse NY 13212
Organized and sponsored by the Friends of NOPL at North Syracuse.
NOPL has recently hired Bill Hastings to fill the new assistant director position at the library. Bill has been a librarian for 17 years. He will be managing the North Syracuse branch of NOPL and working closely with director Kate McCaffrey and the Board of Trustees to continue implementing effective library services for Northern Onondaga County.
Bill currently lives in Camillus, NY, the same town where he grew up. He lives with his wife and their cat, Jitters (aka Mr. J. Bugs). (This is good; can you really trust someone whose pet only has one name?) He graduated from West Genesee Senior High School and earned a BA in History from St. Bonaventure University and his Masters of Library Science from SUNY at Albany. Before coming to NOPL, Bill was the assistant director of the DeWitt Community Library. We are excited to have Bill’s creativity, experience, skills, and sense of humor in the NOPL administration, and excited for our patrons to become familiar with him. Here’s an initial introduction to this new character at your library. Welcome, Bill!
What kinds of books do you usually like? Any favorite titles? I enjoy reading historical fiction and nonfiction books. One of my favorite books is The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and I first read it during the aftermath of a hurricane. We had no power and couldn’t leave our apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina for several days. I was so glad that I had my books with me.
What newspapers or magazines do you like to read? I read the Syracuse Post-Standard every day. In addition, I like to read online articles from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various other newspapers. As far as magazines go, I have subscriptions to Runner’s World and American History.??What do you like to do for fun? Any hobbies? For the past twenty years or so, I have enjoyed running and have participated in several local runs and races.
What is something you are proud of accomplishing in your work? At the end of 2007, I was responsible for coordinating the installation of all telecommunications services during a library move. At the same time, I worked with the library director to implement a plan to place adult nonfiction books in a hybrid Dewey system that utilizes bookstore style categories. I believe that we were the first library in New York State to use such a system.
What’s something that has caught your interest recently, or something you wish you knew more about? I am very interested in photography. A longtime friend and I travel to different places in Central New York to run and I started snapping photos to document our experiences. Somewhere along the way, I have become mildly obsessed with taking pictures.
If you had to pick a career/occupation/profession other than the one you currently have, what could you see yourself doing? When I decided to enter library school, I intended on becoming an archivist. I also considered being a social studies teacher.
Who are your three people you’d invite to dinner (living or not)? Over the last year and a half, my family has lost three very important members. If I had the chance to have such a dinner, I would want my mother-in-law, grandmother and sister to be there. There are so many things that I would like to talk with them about and it would be so wonderful to see them again.