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 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

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

Scholes Library

Monday, May 20 – Sunday, August 25

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday
Both Libraries will be Closed:
Thursday, July 4 / Independence Day
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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.


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 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
wood pellets used for kitty litter
animal brushes
dog collars and leashes
towels and washcloths
paper towels
dish soap
liquid laundry soap
13 & 39 gallon trash bags
office supplies

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