Winter Break Hours

Changes to Winter Break Dates Announced

President Mark Zupan has announced an extension of Winter Break to include January 2nd and 3rd, 2020.

Alfred University Libraries will be closed, along with the rest of the University, December 21st- January 5th, 2020.

The Libraries will re-open Monday, January 6th according to the hours below.

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Saturday, December 14 – Sunday, December 15 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday, December 16 – Friday, December 20 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, December 21- Sunday, January 5 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday, January 6 –    Friday, January 10 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, January 11 – Sunday, January 12 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday, January 13 –  Friday, January 17 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday, January 20 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Hiring: Information Literacy Librarian

The Alfred University Libraries seek an innovative Information Literacy Librarian to join a highly engaged team. We are looking for someone with a passion for instruction and fostering success in students from diverse backgrounds.    Herrick_Scholes

The Information Literacy Librarian is a 10-month, tenure-track faculty position with a focus on instruction and student learning assessment. In addition to teaching library instruction, this librarian will also serve as Team Leader for the Alfred University Libraries Instruction and Liaison Team to successfully implement current, research-based, information literacy instruction in the classroom.  As well as provide overall leadership for the planning, programming, delivery, evaluation, and assessment of the Libraries’ instruction program.

book happyAlfred University houses the New York State College of Ceramics, a Statutory College of the State of New York, creating a unique public-private partnership. One result of this solidworks-computers-webdistinctive arrangement is that Alfred’s students, faculty, and staff are served by two libraries: The Samuel R. Scholes Library, which supports the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Design, and Herrick Memorial Library, which supports the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and AUNY (External Programs).

Alfred University is a comprehensive university of 2,000 students, located in Western New York.

For further information regarding this position, contact the search co-chairs John Hosford or Mechele Romanchock

A complete application will include: your resume/Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter outlining how your qualifications and experience will prepare you for success in this position, a statement (up to one page) regarding your philosophy of information literacy instruction and contact information for three professional references (address, phone number, and email).  Review of candidates will begin on January 15th 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Apply or read the full job description

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Val Cushing Glaze Display

Test Tiles Create “Visual Companion”

A collection glaze test tiles, sketchbooks, tools and artifacts of Val Cushing’s Pottery practice are currently on display on the main floor of Scholes Library.  The Test Tiles  represent the painstaking work of the Grinding Room to mix and fire all of the glazes from Cushing’s Handbook, Val Cushing’s 1994 seminal work. The tiles are a visual companion to the recipes in the handbook. The collection of artifacts are loan from Elsie and Eric Cushing.

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Images of the tiles, such as the ones above, are available at the Alfred Grinding Room website.

Val Cushing was born in Rochester, New York, on January 28, 1931. He received his BFA in 1952 from the School of Art & Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He then served two years in the Army during the Korean War. Afterwards, he returned to Alfred to complete his MFA in 1956. After a short stint teaching in Illinois, he again returned to Alfred where he taught until retirement in 1997 when he was designated professor emeritus.

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Cushing was renowned for his utilitarian stoneware vessels, such as the one pictured here, which were included in more than 200 exhibitions over his career. Covered JarHis work can be found in the collections of many public and private museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Everson Museum of Art.

In addition to his studio work, Cushing devoted his life to teaching students at Alfred and various craft schools and schools throughout the world. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council. Additional awards included an artist grant from the National Endowment of the Arts; a Fulbright grant for teaching and research in Manchester, England, and an artist-in-residence grant at the Archie Bray Foundation as well as at the University of Wolverhampton, England.

The display was made possible by the Grinding Room at Alfred University and Scholes Library.


Photo Credits

Val Cushing:
Covered Jar:

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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 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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