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.

Scholes Post-Renovation Reception

You won’t even recognize the place!

Join us in celebration of the completion of the year-long renovation to our Public Services area.  We’re ready to celebrate and thank all the people that worked hard on this project! Please come enjoy the beautiful new space and increased functionality to better serve students, faculty and staff.

We will be hosting a reception and open house event:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019   

11:45 am-12:00 pm  ~ Thank yous and acknowledgments with refreshments to follow

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Strong Library Showing at Recent Phi Kappa Phi Induction

 

ALFRED, NY — 18 students were recently inducted into the Alfred University chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

The ceremony,  held Tuesday, April 2, was presided over by chapter President Stephen Crandall, dean emeritus of libraries at Alfred University.  He was assisted by Chapter Treasurer Brian Sullivan, interim director of Alfred University Libraries. Herrick Library staffer Natalie Skwarek, assisted with many important behind the scenes preparations.

Herrick Library student workers inducted include juniors Gabrielle A. Griffin of Sterling, NY  and Amanda Meehan of Whitesville, NY.

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A complete list of students inducted this year can be found here.

Congratulations to everyone!


Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education. The Greek letters of Phi Kappa Phi stand for the society’s motto, “Philosophia Krateito Photon,” which is freely translated, “Let the Love of Wisdom Rule Humanity.”

The Alfred University chapter was established in 1970. In its annual initiation ceremony, held in the Herrick Library Bookend Lounge, the chapter honored the academic accomplishments of its newly inducted members.

Pictured in the photo above are newly inducted members of the Alfred University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi: (front from left) Kayleah Aldrich, Megan Alper, Heidi Boettcher, Lauren Germain, Zachary Plesmid; and (back from left) Samantha Kotze, Lyndsey McCoy, Holly Passetti, Sarah Raeman, Aidan Saccucci-Bryan, Natalie Turco, Benjamin Yonko and Gabrielle Griffin. Missing from photo are Charles A. McAllister Jr., Amanda Meehan, Angelica Sudore, Nathaniel Skeele and Zachary Goodwin.

Supply Drive to Benefit the SPCA

Libraries Answer Call of Local Furry Friends

catAre you an animal lover looking to make a difference for animals in need? The Alfred University Libraries are hosting a Pet Supply Drive benefiting the SPCA Serving Allegany County!

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all encouraged to participate! Supplies may be dropped off at Herrick and Scholes Libraries from Monday, April 15th through Monday, April 29th. (See list of supplies needed below.)

Any questions? Please contact Natalie Skwarek at skwarek@alfred.edu or (607) 871-2792. On behalf of all of our animal friends, thank you!

Wish list items include (but are not limited to):

dry and wet kitten and cat food
dry dog food
(the animals are used to Purina brand cat chow or kitten chow or 4Health brand
available at Tractor supply.)
rodent food and bedding
cat and dog treats
cat and dog toys
catnip
wood pellets used for kitty litter
animal brushes
dog collars and leashes
towels and washcloths
paper towels
bleach
dish soap
liquid laundry soap
13 & 39 gallon trash bags
office supplies

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Presentation Times Announced for Dean of Libraries Candidates

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Open Forum presentations to the campus will take place on the dates and times below.  Each forum will take place in the Kenyon/Allen room of the Powell Campus Center.

Additional announcements will be made in Alfred Today prior to each session.

Should you have any questions regarding the candidates and their presentation, please contact Ellen Bahr at bahr@alfred.edu  


Forum Schedule

Thursday, March 28, 11 am – 11:45 am

Monday, April 1, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Thursday, April 4, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

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Scholes Circulation Desks To Be Installed

The New Front Desks Are Coming!

The vision board will become a reality on March 7th and 8th, 2019 as professional  visionboardinstallers from Stevens Office Interiors of Syracuse, NY arrive to complete phase II of the Scholes Library entryway renovation project.

This project has been a collaboration between Alfred University Libraries, Jamie Babcock and the entire Facilities crew and the Procurement department.

The Scholes Library front desk will be temporarily relocated in the Commons area on the first floor.  The library will remain open during construction of the new desks, hours and service will not be affected.

Despite the temporary increase in activity and work noise on the first floor there will still be plenty of quiet spots in the library to study for midterms.

Come by and watch the progress!