Elizabeth Lathrop Named Director of Libraries at The Strong

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

January 29, 2014

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Elizabeth Lathrop Named
Director of Libraries
at The Strong

The Strong is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Lathrop has been hired as director of libraries. In this role, Lathrop will oversee The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, a 150,000-volume research library, and its Grada Hopeman Gelser Library, a mini-branch of the Rochester Public Library. Lathrop is tasked with advancing the libraries’ collections, services, and visibility.

“The position of director of libraries is key to The Strong’s mission in so many ways—from collecting and preserving key historical materials about play and its history to serving internal and external researchers and the public in general,” says Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections.

Prior to joining The Strong, Lathrop worked for more than four years at the Geneva Public Library, where she most recently served as its executive director. As executive director, Lathrop oversaw the operation of the library, worked closely with its board of trustees, implemented library services, and promoted the libraries’ visibility in the community. Prior to that, she managed a branch of the Beaufort Country Library in South Carolina and served as the collections development librarian at Bridgewater College in Virginia.

Lathrop is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a master’s degree in library science from the University at Buffalo. She also holds a certificate in non-profit management from St. John Fisher College. Lathrop is a resident of Fairport, New York, where she lives with her husband and four children.

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.  Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

Independent and not-for-profit, The Strong is situated in Rochester, New York, where it collects and cares for hundreds of thousands of objects including toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games, and other objects that illuminate the meaning and importance of play. Together, these materials enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.