AU Welcomes New Librarian

Kevin Adams Joins Alfred University Libraries

Alfred University Libraries is pleased to welcome the newest member of our team, Kevin Adams.  As the Information Literacy Librarian, Kevin is here to help students navigate the deluge of content available to researchers in the information age.  Whether you need  help starting a paper or research project, evaluating the quality of your search results or creating citations for a bibliography Kevin is here to help.

Kevin will also be reinvigorating our Library Liaison program which connects our AU Librarians to each of the University’s majors and minors in order to provide content specific research support, instruction and library collection development.  For more information about this program or to schedule an appointment with Kevin email: adamska@alfred.edu

Q&A with Kevin:

What was your background before Alfred University?  adams_kevin

Education: I studied History and Philosophy at Purdue University, then I got my MS in Library and Information Science and the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.  

Work: I have mostly worked in restaurants and libraries. To name a few positions, I have worked as a delivery biker, delivery driver, server, kitchen prep, line cook, archivist, reference librarian, and a comic book cataloger. 

What interests you about your current position?  I am excited to engage with the students and find creative ways to center them as we explore information literacy concepts! 

Favorite social media platform?  Twitter! 

What are you reading or listening to?  As I write this, I am listening to Charles Mingus. The book I most recently picked up is Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon.  

What do you like to do to for fun?   I like to read, hike, fish (very amateurly), play video games, and cook. 

What is something would you like to learn?   I would like to learn to play an instrument! 

What has gotten you through quarantine and pandemic times? Hunkering down with my fiancée Sara Kramer and my two cats and dog. 

Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know?  I love punk music. Before quarantine I would frequently go to basement shows and start the occasional mosh pit.  

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AU Libraries Commitment to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression

Alfred University Libraries stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and global movements responding to the systemic racism and anti-Black violence that recently claimed the lives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and innumerable others. We recognize that this movement is intersectional and essential to dismantling oppression. We appreciate and endorse the statements of Alfred University and the American Library Association, which show support for all marginalized communities, especially the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community.

Affirming that Black Lives Matter engages with our Libraries’ value of supporting “intellectual and cultural diversity” and recommits us to the strategic goals of recruiting and retaining “a diverse and talented staff” and to developing “library programming that makes the libraries a center for intellectual discussion.” We recognize, however, that this is not enough.

The Libraries acknowledge that an ongoing history of oppression occurs not just in areas such as policing, housing, employment, and healthcare, but also in library services, where there are many examples of libraries being complacent or complicit in the oppression  of BIPOC. Alfred University Libraries do not claim immunity from complicity in this history of systemic racism.

Current events show us that unvoiced support for marginalized communities is only slightly better than no support at all, so we are actively adding our voice. However, this is only the first step. We also commit to “walking the walk” in order to create a more equitable, inclusive, and empowering environment, and a more just society. As a start, we will take the following concrete steps:

Creating a more inclusive environment:

  • Solicit feedback from students on “What would make you feel more welcome and/or comfortable in the Alfred University Libraries?” Partner with the Institute for Cultural Unity to ensure students from marginalized groups are aware that we are asking for their feedback.
  • Require all library personnel to participate in implicit bias and bystander intervention training (see Appendix).
  • Strongly encourage library personnel to participate in Psychological First-Aid (PFA) and Safe Zone training (see Appendix).
  • Evaluate the library search and hiring process to reduce bias and increase equity and to incorporate best-practices.
  • Integrate anti-racist and/or anti-oppression values and language into the AU Libraries Mission, Vision, and Values.

Creating more inclusive collections: 

  • Actively add the work of BIPOC scholars to library collections.
  • Add resources to support anti-oppression research and work to library collections.
  • Solicit suggestions from students on collecting library materials by and/or about BIPOC.
  • Whenever possible, ensure that library displays include works by marginalized creators/authors.
  • Expand collaboration with student groups for library displays and events.

Educating ourselves:

  • Begin a discussion group for library personnel focusing on works from a list of anti-racist resources or a list of anti-oppression readings focused on libraries and librarianship (see Appendix).
  • Create a resource guide focused on anti-oppression (see Appendix).

We commit to regularly evaluating our progress and continuing to build on this statement and commitment. We welcome input from our patrons and our community on additional steps we can take as we work toward improving ourselves as professionals and as the Alfred University Libraries.

AppendixExample Trainings and Resources

To guide the implementation of the actionable steps in our commitment, Alfred University Libraries recommend these examples and resources to be used as appropriate.

 

Libraries Announce Reopening Dates

Alfred University Libraries will reopen to students, faculty and staff on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

The best source of up-to-date information, including the complete reopening plan, is the AU Libraries Services for Fall 2020 Guide (https://libguides.alfred.edu/covid).

Both Herrick Library and Scholes Library will reopen on Sunday, August 23, at 2pm.  Complete building hours for Fall 2020 are listed below.

At this time, due to the unique demands of this coming semester, our reduced building services will initially be directed toward the academic support of AU students, faculty and staff.  Community members are valued library patrons and we look forward to welcoming the community for item pickup and appointments as early as Monday, September 7th, 2020.  Watch for separate announcements regarding these services.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect this semester:

What’s available?

  • Library books and media for pick up via an online request system (coming soon!)
  • Research assistance with Librarians by Zoom or email
  • PCs, printers and scanners, but with reduced seats and capacity to support distancing
  • Article databases, Kanopy (video streaming) and ebooks
  • Interlibrary Loan (Electronic requests available now, print material returning soon!)
  • Scanning pages from Library periodicals or books (amount may be limited due to copyright restrictions)

What’s not available?

  • Shelf browsing
  • Study rooms and conference rooms
  • The 24 hour study rooms
  • Reserve Books (email libraries@alfred.edu and we will assist you via scanning or locating electronic alternatives)
  • Shareable items like headphones, laptops, chargers, and markers
    Programming and events
    Please email us any questions you have at libraries@alfred.edu.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Let us know how we can help make this semester a success for you and your students!

Fiat Bibliotheca!

AU Library Hours for Fall 2020

Scholes

Herrick

Sunday

2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Monday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am 5:00 pm

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Closed

Virtual Stress Busting for Finals Week

The Alfred University Libraries have a long tradition of sponsoring a variety of activities to help relieve finals week stress.  This year we’ve adjusted to remote delivery.

In the past, the Libraries have provided coloring pages and puzzles, a Lego table, massage night, and therapy dogs, in addition to free cookies and coffee.

Although we are all spread far and wide right now, we can still enjoy some free, virtual finals week study breaks together.  Here is a collection of some stress-busting ideas:

 

https://libguides.alfred.edu/COVID/stressbusting

Remember, Librarians and staff are still reachable at libraries@alfred.edu for questions if you need help during finals week.

You can also follow AU Libraries on Instagram or Facebook.

 

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Libraries response to COVID-19

As of Wednesday, March 18, Herrick Library and Scholes Library are closed for an indefinite period of time.

Even though our buildings are closed, the Alfred University Libraries are still here to assist you!

The Herrick Library and Scholes Library webpages remain the gateway to millions of articles, ebooks, videos, databases, and other resources, most of which are not freely available elsewhere.

In addition, we have created a guide for Alfred University Libraries Remote Support that contains the most essential information for connecting with our resources, services, and people, including:

– Tips for accessing electronic resources remotely

– Accessing our print collection

– Accessing materials on Reserve

– Continuation of Library Instruction to classes and one-one research assistance

We will continue to update our online guide with additional information throughout the remainder of the Spring semester.

Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions and needs at libraries@alfred.edu. We are here to support you and help you have a successful semester.

The Alfred University Librarians and Library Staff

Welcome Laura!

Alfred University Libraries is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Laura Habecker for the position of Digital Projects and Archives Assistant. You can find Laura in Scholes, in the digitization lab near the Mac Lab, or on the 3rd floor in the College Archives.  We are very happy to add Laura to the Library family. habecker

AU Libraries Apex Intern Haleigh Youll asked Laura some questions to help Alfred students and staff get to know what a great addition she truely is.

What was your background before Alfred University?

I came from Houghton College where I was the College’s Archivist for 3 years, my husband has worked therein ITS for 6 years. Before that we were missionaries in Alaska for 9 years in a small town of 500 people called Glennallen, 4 hours east of Anchorage.

What is your educational background?  

I have a BS in Communications (Major: Mass Communications, Minor: Interpersonal Communications) from Ohio University and a MA in Christian Thought (Theology and Church History) from Biblical Theological Seminary

 What are you excited to accomplish in your new role? 

I love how inclusive the archival philosophy is here. All Faculty and Students can end up having their work included in the College of Ceramic’s story. I also want to learn more about digitizing those works.

 What areyou most proud of?

My boys. Chris is 16 and Jon is 12, or the fact that we are still together as a family after we crossed this continent 3 times in our mini van starting when the boys were 2 and 5 1/2 years old. 2 weeks of driving 9-5, then a hotel with a pool, repeat. I don’t go anywhere without duct tape, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Ever.

Who is your biggest supporter?

Jesus

 Do you have any pets?

Wrangell (named after a volcano in Alaska, the name means “weather stopper”). He is probably 10-11 years old, was abused and rescued. It took him 2 years to bark (though he is part chihuahua) and we had to teach him to eat dog food. His favorite food is pizza and veggies.

 One thing you wish you knew when you were 20?

At 20, I had been a Christian for 2 years. Life as an adult can get really really hard. I wish I had understood how much better life is with Jesus at the center of my life, not just on Sundays.

 What do you do to relax?

Read, garden, fiber arts, family time (often spent watching one of my boys in soccer, basketball, band, art exhibits…)

 What is a skill or hobby you’d like to learn?

Watercolor

 What is your favorite place in the libraries?

Libraries are my happy place…I have to choose one spot?!

Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know?

My time in Alaska is chuck full of crazy stuff.  I’ve eaten roadkill (moose, caribou and salmon). Come ask me and I’ll tell you how you get roadkill salmon. The coldest we lived through was -56F. The scariest earthquake we had scored a 5.6. My kids didn’t get a snow day until is was -50F…but they could have outdoor recess until -20F. My son Chris’s nickname is Eagle Bait. Our first spring there he was 15 months old and sitting in the driveway while I was in the garage. I looked over and saw a bald eagle flying right at him. I realized he weighed less than a salmon! and had to chase it off like a momma bear. I had no weapon. Just my voice and my waving arms. It was only afterwards that I realized I had taken on a bird of prey with a 7.5 foot wing span, and nothing to fight with.

Beginning a New Role

Alfred University Libraries welcomes Rebecca (Becky) Stewart as Technical Services Assistant.  Becky is learning cataloging and other specialized skills that help get library materials into students’ hands.  Becky is not new to AU, but we are celebrating her new role with the libraries.

AU Library Apex intern, Haleigh Youll, collected some fun facts about Becky and her life!

What was your background before Alfred University?  stewartr

Retail that led into being a general manager for 8 years.  I decided to take on a slower role shortly after the birth of my twins. Most recently before coming to AU, I worked as a pre-school teacher. 

What is your educational background?  

I graduated Hornell High School, Class of 1999. Wildwood Education Center – Automated Office Practice -1999. Olean Business Institute – Business Management 2006. Eastern Gateway Community College – Accounting, Currently enrolled. Several Trainings for Child care safety, First Aid, Food/Nutrition classes. Currently enrolled in ALCTS – Fundamentals of Cataloging online course.

What are you excited to accomplish in your new role? 

Order/organization in the various holdings throughout the library.

What are you most proud of?

I started my career at AU as a Janitor. I want to learn as much as possible to support AU all the way around.

Who is your biggest supporter? 

My mom – forever my best friend.

Do you have any pets?

I have several: 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 goats, 8 ducks, 1 potbellied pig, 1 bearded dragon, and too many chickens to count.

One thing you wish you knew when you were 20?

The importance of developing a personal relationship rather than trying to be strictly professional at all times with coworkers.

What do you do to relax? 

I enjoy reading. Gardening.

What is a skill or hobby you’d like to learn? 

How to sew.

What is your favorite place in the libraries?

1st floor and the various art placed around.

The Ripple Effect

Currently on display in the Scholes Library Project Space

The Ripple Effect: A student curated show in the Scholes Project Space. Available through March 6th, during regular library hours. The show draws from the work created during Stephanie McMahon’s Fall 2019 Water Based Media class.

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Artists include:

Lauren Boshart, Clare Stephenson, Brianna Wacenske, Jaclyn Doyle, Angela Childs, Carrie Dugan, Jessica Lake, Brigitte Denome, Cynthia Stasio, Tim Sears ,Ryn Sczudlo, and Paige Wetherwax.

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