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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Presentation Times Announced for Dean of Libraries Candidates


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  

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!



Large Group Study Room Now Open

Come on down to Scholes Library and check out our brand-new group study room!

Guest Blogger, Scholes Library Student Worker Haleigh Youll

Located on the 3rd floor (307), this room has plenty of tables and chairs and a rolling whiteboard making this room conBig Group Studyducive for group collaboration or study sessions.  Another great feature of room 307 is that it can be reserved ahead of time.  Please contact one of the following people to make a room reservation:

Deborah Rollins

Mechele Romanchock

John Hosford

Rooms are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

This room is a perfect place to have group study sessions with all of your friends.

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It can also be reserved for club events, like this recent Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Study session.

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Room availability can be found here.

Library Open House

Stop in for some free food, friendly faces and learn what the libraries have to offer…

Come learn how you can save yourself time and effort by connecting with Alfred University library staff and resources.  Librarians, staff and student employees from both Herrick and Scholes will be on hand to show you what’s available and share some tips. Herrick_ScholesNeed space for a study group, club meeting or quiet spot for just you? Tours of Scholes Library will be available during this drop-in event.

Students, faculty and staff welcome.

Thursday, February 28th,

Scholes Library 4:00-6:00pm

Free Food!

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New Printer in Scholes 24 Hour Room!

The News You Have Been Waiting For…

After a long hard battle, tirelessly fought by many brave warriors from ITS, Toshiba, the Libraries and Procurement, victory has been achieved.  There is a NEW printer in the 24 Hour Study Room of Scholes Library.

Thanks to all who refused to give up the fight.

Does it take my fob?


Does it print double sided?


The 24 Hour Study Room is Available to all current Alfred University students.  It has a separate, secure exterior entrance on the south side of the building, across from Harder Hall.  To obtain the access code to this room, show your Alfred University student ID at the front desk.

A similar room is also available in Herrick Library with key code access upon request.

Roll the tape…


Welcome Nicolas Crosby!

Nicolas has recently joined the Alfred University Library team as a Technical Services Assistant.  He is based primarily in Scholes Library where he can be found learning the ropes of serials and acquisitions.  We subjected him to a few introductory questions.

What was your background before Alfred University?  crosbyn

Education: Before coming to Scholes, I dabbled in business, history, and classics and earned a B.A. in Religious Studies (Global) at Pacific Lutheran University.  Then I went on to get an M.S. in Resource Management at Central Washington University.

Work: My first proper job was in a small upstate New York town called Alfred, at a library that focused on Art and Engineering… more recently I’ve interned at the Museum of Popular Culture, working on their Star Trek exhibit, and I had an internship at the Smithsonian in the ethnology artifact collections.

What is most interesting about your current position? So far I’ve loved seeing just how large a collection of serials we have at Scholes, and the range of subjects that they touch upon.  I’m also interested in how they can be integrated into the future plans of the Alfred University Libraries, and other internal initiatives.

What are you most proud of? Personally, I’m most proud of my signed book collection.  Starting in high school (with a gift of a signed copy of the Name of the Wind, from a friend of mine), I made a point and effort to meet as many of my favorite authors as I could, and talk to them, and get personal messages and signatures.  Some of the authors I’m most proud of meeting and getting signatures from include Garth Nix, Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson (at least three times), and Robin Hobb (who I had a delightful cup of tea with once, and scones another).

I’m also quite proud to have worked on the EMP Star Trek exhibit—that’s now traveling the US—and of my work on Balinese ceremonial daggers at the Smithsonian.

What advice would you give to students today? Meet with your professors!  It doesn’t matter if you necessarily talk about classes, or grades, or anything like that, but many professors have led pretty interesting lives (I especially recommend Anthropologists!) and are more than happy to give you sage advice, or at the very least, expand your interests and knowledge.  Who knows when or how they could help you, from anything to homework, to something that’s been looming over you because of your personal life.  Build a rapport—profs are people too!

Favorite social media platform:  Discord—not only do I talk with my friends on it but I also follow several of my favorite authors, starting with Terry Mancour.  My follow up favorite is Facebook, because I talk to friends on it as well, but also because many authors will have book giveaways, and announce them there.

What are you reading? I’m currently rereading the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura, and Ghostwater by Will Wight.  I’m also reading, for the first time, The Wandering Inn a web serial by pirateaba.

What do you like to do to for fun?  In the winter I like to read, watch anime and movies.  During the summer I play badminton and tennis when I can.  I’m also always up for a game of table tennis.

What is something would you like to learn?  I would love to learn a second language.  I took Spanish in high school, and Latin at PLU, but never reached mastery in either, and haven’t used them much since.

What would be your desert island packing list?

1 book: Man vs Ocean: One Man’s Journey to Swim the World’s Toughest Oceans and Change His Life Forever.  Unless for some reason swimming off was completely out of the question.  Then Sabriel by Garth Nix.  I’ve already read it over 20 times, so I know it’s a good read that would just keep giving.

1 album (let’s pretend you have a solar powered audio device of some kind): the Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust OST

1 snack (in endless re-supply): Pandekager with sugar and lemon juice

Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know? Probably how much I’ve traveled in my life.  I spent months at a time in Bali during my childhood with my Anthropologist mother, tagged along with my father when he was a professor on Semester at Sea (Bahamas, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Japan, Korea, and Canada), and then lived with my mom briefly in Australia after returning from SAS.  During the time between then and graduation, I spent several holidays as a tourist in Ireland, Bulgaria, and Greece.  After graduating high school, I took a J-term course studying Classical and Archaic Greece, followed that summer with an archaeological dig in Halmyris, Romania, and spent some time in London and Costa Rica over separate breaks.  I’ve also visited my maternal relatives in Denmark multiple times throughout my life, and have returned to Bali as an adult to visit new and old friends and haunts.

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