Woman of the Year 2012

Library Director Darby O’Brien was one of three recipients of the Woman of the Year award for 2012, given each October by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women

Inc. Recipients were honored at a dinner on October 23rd at the Radisson Hotel.

Darby has been director of the library since 1990.

Darby serves on several boards including the board of the Thea Bowman House, UNHS NeighborWorks and the Downtown Utica Development Association. She also is active in the Utica Rotary Club and is a graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley. Her degrees include a bachelor’s in English Literature from St. Bonaventure University, a master of library science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a master of science in organizational management from Central Connecticut State University.

Utica Library board member Sonia Martinez was also one of the award recipients. Sonia was instrumental in establishing the Mohawk Valley Latino Association and continues to work actively on the organization’s behalf. She also serves on several area boards and is employed by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Utica.


Business of the Year 2012

The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce named the library its Non-Profit Business of the Year at a luncheon on December 13th at Twin Ponds County Club. The award was for the category of non-profits with less than 50 employees.

Awards are given in four categories, and are meant to recognize businesses that have demonstrated “staying power,” commitment to the Mohawk Valley and to the Chamber of Commerce. Businesses must be nominated for the awards and are selected through a committee process.

Library Director Darby O’Brien accepted the award on behalf of the library and encouraged attendees to read to children.