Librarian Legend Retires for the Second Time

Bittersweet Reception for Betty Lane

Batavia, New York — It will be a bittersweet moment when Elizabeth (Betty) Lane, a Genesee Community College employee with more than 40 years of service, is honored at a special tea reception recognizing her retirement from the Alfred C. O’Connell Library. The special ceremony will occur on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM in the Library Media Room. The public and members of the College community are invited to attend, as well as members of Betty’s family and her circle of close friends.

President Steiner noted that this is actually Betty’s second time for retiring from Genesee. She joined the College in 1967 when the institution first opened its doors and she helped to establish the original library at the West Main Street address. As Associate Dean of Library Resources for many years, she was instrumental in helping relocate the library to its permanent and current home on One College Road, and developing it into a multi-faceted learning center.  She helped initiate the library’s long-term commitment of adopting and adapting many new facets of technology that enable effective and efficient research and state-of-the-art library services.

After 23 years of services, she announced her first retirement in 1990. However, Betty’s commitment and dedication to library services was as strong as the respect and admiration she had earned from her colleagues through the years. She approached President Steiner about the importance of chronicling the College's history and was invited back to the Library on a part-time basis to help establish the college Archives. She accepted the invitation and continued to work part-time for another 18 years, from 1990 to 2008, as the College Archivist. Today, the history of the college is preserved in the Archives through the careful collection and organization of numerous materials including the minutes of Board of Trustee meetings, student newspapers, commencement programs, photographs, contact sheets and negatives, accreditation reports, and much more.

A native of Burlington, Vermont, Betty received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Math from the University of Vermont and moved to LeRoy when her husband, William, became Director of Music in the LeRoy School District.


"With five kids, I knew I had to get a job," she confided, and embarked on her Master's Degree in Library Science from SUNY Geneseo. Betty is an avid reader, enjoys sewing and knitting, and with ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren she keeps very busy. She served on the Board of Trustees for Woodward Memorial Library in LeRoy, and she is a long-term member of the Batavia-Genesee County Zonta Club. She continues to reside in LeRoy, New York.