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:

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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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 (

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 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

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

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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:

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

You can also follow AU Libraries on Instagram or Facebook.


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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?


 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?


 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.


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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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.

  Herrick Scholes
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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