Presenting … Allison Brown, Milne’s Digital Publishing Services Manager

BrownAIt’s official — Allison Brown is Milne library’s new Digital Publishing Services Manager.  Allison was the successful candidate in last summer’s nationwide search to fill the newly-created position, bringing with her a proven track record of working with authors, navigating the publishing landscape, and producing a variety of publications.

Before you scratch your head too vigorously, wondering “But hasn’t Allison been here, doing that, long before this past summer?” — yes, she had been functioning as the digital publishing coordinator here in a temporary capacity for several years, and was instrumental in helping Milne build its publishing services from the ground up. The early projects, going back to 2012, include the Genesee Valley Historical Reprints Series (33 titles); Stuart Symington’s memoir, Tagging Along; and the first Proceedings of GREAT Day.

OpenSUNYTextbooksSince then, Allison has continued to produce more from Milne’s “press,” working closely with student groups, faculty, and emeriti at Geneseo and throughout SUNY. Among the current and ongoing projects she’s involved in is Open SUNY Textbooks,  for which she is project manager — working closely with authors and coordinating peer review, editing, and GDProceedingspublishing. She also continues to assist with production of the Proceedings of GREAT Day as well as advise for and coordinate publication of Gandy Dancer, the Geneseo-based, SUNY-wide student literary magazine edited by SUNY Geneseo students. With Gandy Dancer, Allison works closely with English professor Rachel Hall’s Editing & Production Workshop classes, both in and out of the classroom.

As Digital Publishing Services Manager, Allison manages to offer both publication assistance (production, project management, software training, etc.) to authors and experiential learning to the interns with whom she regularly works. She expects both areas to grow as more authors explore alternative publishing options, including open access (OA) publications and digital projects, and more students seek help with producing and managing their publications.

Allison earned a B.A. in English from Houghton College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. Prior to coming to Milne Library, she worked at Boston College’s library as a circulation desk assistant. Allison is an avid consumer of audio books since, she says, she seems to spend a lot of time in her car (much of it driving between her home in Rochester and work in Geneseo), and listening is a good way to use that time.

You can find Allison in her office (Milne 108) on the Library’s lower level, or contact her at [email protected] or 585-245-6020.

Soul of a Citizen

Loeb.DecDon’t miss this upcoming All-College Hour speaker event!

SOUL OF A CITIZEN: HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND YOUR ACTIONS COUNT

PAUL ROGAT LOEB is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times (St Martin’s Press 1999 and 2010, now with 145,000 copies in print), The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (Basic Books, 2004, and named the #3 political book of that year by the History Channel and the American Book Association), Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus (Rutgers University Press, 1994), Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. Both The Impossible and Soul won the Nautilus Award for best social change books of their respective publication years. (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

 

World of Wander: Living With People With Disappearing…

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WORLD OF WANDER: LIVING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISAPPEARING AND UNDER-DOCUMENTED LANGUAGES, AND SHARING STORIES THAT HIGHLIGHT THE POWER OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE.

Kris Dreessen, editor of the SUNY Geneseo alumni magazine and a freelance photographer and writer, gave up most her belongings in 2014 to live her dream: To travel around the world helping to document tribes with disappearing or changing languages, and sharing stories of everyday people who make a difference in the lives of others.  (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

 

Inaugural All-College Lecture

Kuh.OctDon’t miss this upcoming All-College Hour speaker event!  George Kuh’s inaugural lecture serves as the keynote address for Geneseo’s annual ASSESStivus, the event which celebrates and reaffirms Geneseo’s commitment to assessment as central to achieving our mission and goals as a public liberal arts college.

George D. Kuh is adjunct research professor at the University of Illinois and Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University (IU).  He directs the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and was the founding director of IU’s Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) as well as related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty.  (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

 

Brandon West, Our New Social Science Librarian

BWestMilne Library is excited to welcome Brandon West as our new Social Sciences Reference & Instruction Librarian. Brandon joins us from SUNY Oswego where he was the Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian. In addition to teaching information literacy classes he used his extensive knowledge of online teaching and learning, instructional design and pedagogy to help faculty and staff develop and deliver both in-person and online courses.

Here at Geneseo, Brandon will be the liaison to the Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science Departments, and will work closely with faculty, students, and staff to help them with their information literacy, research, and collection development needs.

Prior to working in an academic environment, Brandon worked at the Grand Rapids Public Library in Grand Rapids, MI; he is also a former elementary school teacher, having been a fourth grade teacher in Charleston, SC.

Brandon received his B.A. at Grand Valley State University in English and Elementary Education, his M.Ed. from Grand Valley State University in Educational Technology, and his M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University. As a life-long learner, he is currently pursuing a Certificate of Graduate Study in Online Learning and Teaching from the University at Albany.

In Brandon’s spare time he is the member of many national library committees and teams, such as the ACRL Instruction Session Teaching Methods Committee, the ALA GLBT Round Table, and he co-chairs the ACRL Distance Learning Section Awards Committee. In his spare, spare time he enjoys traveling, taste testing new restaurants, and parenting his two cat children.

Worlds in Translation: The Future Lies in Comparison

MariaLimaDon’t miss this upcoming All-College Hour speaker event!

Maria Helena Lima, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Geneseo, was born in Brazil. Her research and teaching focus on the Caribbean, the African diaspora, and Black British writing. Some of her publications include “The Politics of Teaching Black and British” in Black British Writing (Palgrave 2004) and entries on Andrea Levy, Dorothea Smartt, and Meera Syal in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Vol. 347, 2009). (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

Join us to talk about data!

CelebrationImage2Let’s talk about data!

Wednesday, April 24th, Milne Library will host A Celebration of Data on the upper level of the library from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

This event is one of hundreds being held by over 750 Colleges and Universities worldwide who are hosting discussions surrounding data and statistics as part of The International Year of Statistics 2013.

The campus and Geneseo community are invited to share in a discussion  about how our census and data collection can be most meaningful. Light refreshments will be served.

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering

This summer, Paul Schacht and Joe Easterly traveled to the Thoreau Society’s Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts to present  on Digital Thoreau, which is a project that seeks to build a community of scholarship, learning, and discovery centered on the works of Henry David Thoreau, staring with a digital variorum edition of Walden.

Starting in 2010, the Digital Thoreau project has been establishing a network of scholars interested in collaborative scholarship on Thoreau’s manuscripts. Earlier this year, Digital Thoreau joined the DHCommons, which is a centerNet-funded initiative which provides a place for digital humanities projects to find collaborators, and collaborators to find projects. Check out the pitch video!