Building Inclusive Community Through Diversity and Anti-Bias in Children’s Literature

Herrick Library is hosting an exhibit organized by Professor Susan Morehouse and students in English 217, Blood, and Guts and Alphabets: The Gory Truth about Children’s Literature.

IMG_7993The exhibit includes books from Herrick Library’s Children’s Collection, selected for their demonstration (in both text and images) of diversity and anti-bias in early literature for children.

The students stated, “We believe that if children learn appreciation for other people, cultures, places, and beliefs alongside their abc’s they will have the power to change the world.”

As part of the group project and exhibit, the students developed “5 Do’s for Creating an Anti-Bias Early Reader Library.”

DO the books in your library reflect diverse cultures and diverse lifestyles?

  • Do they show the values and beliefs of different cultures that reflect the contemporary world? Do they inspire students to learn more about diverse cultures? Is history also accurately represented?

IMG_7996DO the books in your library reflect the truth of cultures, lifestyles, and abilities?

  • Do they avoid injurious or demeaning stereotypes? Do they avoid tokenism, showing a diversity of cultures and abilities as a regular part of life?

DO your books include authors from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities?

  • Do they include the visions and voices of writers and artists of diverse cultures?

DO the books in your library cover people, places, cultures, etc. in your everyday life?

  • Do they show women and men, and girls and boys, in non-traditional or non-gender-typed roles?

DO you have a wide variety of family dynamics visible in your library?IMG_8015

  • Families are more ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse than half a generation ago. Does your library reflect this?

The books and related documentation will be on exhibit in Herrick through the end of the fall 2019 semester.

Library Plant Giveaway is Back!

Back by popular demand, the Alfred University Libraries will be hosting its second annual plant giveaway.

Come down to either Herrick or Scholes Library on Wednesday, October 2nd starting at 10am to learn about library services and receive a free plant for your office or residence hall room.

These are no ordinary plants! succulant

Each plant is a cutting or root division from one of the many plants living in Herrick or Scholes Library.  Each day they plants bring the warmth of nature into our library environment.  Now you can take a small piece of that with you to your daily environment

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The plant cuttings and divisions were started in recycled K-Cups from the libraries’ Keurig coffee machine in an effort to reduce waste.

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Changes to Library Searching

AU Joins SUNY-Wide Roll Out of New Search Interface, Primo

The AU Libraries have migrated to a new search interface called Primo, which will improve library services to the campus. The Library staff will also be using a corresponding new platform, called Alma, which manages all of the libraries’ back-office functions, including circulation, the acquisition and cataloging of print and electronic resources, and resource sharing within SUNY.

Alma/Primo offers library users with several new features, including:

  • Mobile-friendly design
  • An integrated search of physical and print materials at both Scholes and Herrick (videos, articles, books, databases, etc.)
  • Ability to login to your account and renew materials from your home or office.
  • Ability to save favorite searches or articles as well as manage personal accounts for renewals and other circulation functions
  • Ability to search across the collections of all SUNY Libraries (and beyond) with links to request materials for inter-library loan
  • Ability to return AU Library materials to either Herrick or Scholes

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The library staff have been working over the last year to prepare for this transition and ensure only minimal disruptions to our patrons. This transition brings exciting changes, so we appreciate your patience as we expand and improve our services. We are aware of some issues with Primo and are working with SUNY and the vendor, Ex Libris, to improve performance.

If you have any questions, please contact us. If you would like to a walk-through regarding Primo and its new features or if you need to report a problem, please don’t hesitate to contact the libraries directly at libraries@alfred.edu or 607-871-2184 (Herrick) or 607-871-2492 (Scholes).

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Mechele Romanchock appointed Director of Libraries

The Alfred University Libraries are pleased to announce that Mechele Romanchock is the new Director of Libraries.

In this role, Mechele will be responsible for managing the internal day-to-day operations of the University Libraries, working alongside Brian Sullivan, romanchockm Dean of Libraries, to lead our talented and dedicated group of staff and librarians at Herrick and Scholes.

Mechele has served as the User Services Librarian at Scholes Library since 2016. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of academic, school, and public libraries, bringing a rich user experience, customer service, and leadership background to this position.

Mechele obtained an M.S. in Library Science from Clarion University in 2010, and is an Alfred alumna who earned a B.A. in Comparative Cultures in 2002.

Mechele will be sharing her time between our two libraries. She can be found either in Scholes 114 or Herrick 110, or contacted at romanchockm@alfred.edu.

Please join us in congratulating Mechele on her new role!

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Summer Library Hours

Alfred University Libraries will be open the following hours for Summer 2019:

 

Herrick LibrarySummer Hours

Monday, May 20 – Sunday, August 25

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Saturday – Sunday
CLOSED

Scholes Library

Monday, May 20 – Sunday, August 25

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday
CLOSED
Both Libraries will be Closed:
Thursday, July 4 / Independence Day
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Brian Sullivan appointed dean of libraries

Alfred University announces the appointment of Brian Sullivan to the position of dean of libraries. Sullivan, who had been serving since 2018 as interim director of libraries, takes over for Steve Crandall, who retired after a 41-year career at the University.

Sullivan has been at Alfred University for 11 years, serving as instructional librarian at Herrick Library from 2008-12 and as information literacy librarian, also at Herrick Library, from 2012-18.

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As interim director, Sullivan’s responsibilities included: managing all day to day operations; collaborating with Crandall to co-lead the strategic planning and assessment process; assisting the dean with managing the libraries budget; facilitating professional development for library faculty and staff; and coordinating all aspects of general library operations and facilities management.

His duties as instructional and information literacy librarian included leading development of the Alfred University Libraries reorganization plan; managing the library’s instructional program; chairing the Libraries Assessment Team; and leading the Task Force on Information Literacy and Assessment.

Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Fredonia in 2000 and a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo in 2003.

He has taught a variety of library instruction sessions at Alfred University since 2008, including Writing I and II and First Year Experience, and in 2014 and 2015 taught an honors course, Create Your Own Religion.

Sullivan came to Alfred University in 2008 from Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL, where he was head of Public Services from 2006-07 and instructional services and electronic resources librarian from 2005-06. He was librarian at Hamlin (NY) Public Library for a year, in 2003.

Sullivan earned a master’s degree in theological studies from the Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College in 2002. He served as a theological library consultant at the Golisano Library, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan, from 2016-18. He also served as an instructor at the Seminary during those years, teaching classes in library research for Seminary students and leading Doctor of Ministry dissertation workshops and new graduate student library orientations. His prior teaching experience also includes new graduate student orientations and graduate theology library orientations at Ave Maria University.

AU Libraries announce upcoming systems migration

The AU Libraries are pleased to announce an upcoming systems migration in early July that will improve services to the campus. A new library services platform, called Alma, manages all of the libraries’ back-office functions, including circulation, the acquisition and cataloging of print and electronic resources, and resource sharing within SUNY.

The library staff have been working over the last year to prepare for this transition. While we expect disruptions to be minimal, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this upgrade.

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Library patrons will have access to an improved public search interface called Primo which has several new features:
* Mobile-friendly design
* An integrated search of physical and print materials at both Scholes and Herrick (videos, articles, books, databases, etc.)
* The ability to save favorite searches or articles as well as manage personal accounts for renewals and other circulation functions
* The ability to search across the collections of all SUNY Libraries (and beyond) with links to request materials for inter-library loan

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of the librarians.