Alan Witt, Milne’s New Business Librarian

Milne Library is delighted to welcome our new Business Librarian, Alan Witt, who comes to us from Rivier University, New Hampshire. Alan has B.A.s in Archeology & Medieval Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, & an M.A. in History (Medieval Studies) & a Master’s in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

As you might expect from his educational background, Alan has a wide & eclectic group of interests & activities, including playing board games & gaming in general; acapella music ranging from medieval madrigals to modern pop, aikido (a martial art), baking breads & cookies, & reading, particularly fantasy & sci-fi (e.g., George RR Martin & Jim Butcher). And like many of Milne’s librarians, he is owned by a cat, Alaric.

Since arriving here in Geneseo in November Alan has been working with the faculty of the School of Business to expand the library’s business-related research classes & is looking forward to working with students on their business assignments. You can find Alan on the main floor of Milne Library in the Instruction Librarian “fishbowl,” or reach him at [email protected]. Welcome, Alan…we’re really glad you’re here!

Angela Galvan, Digital Resources & Systems Librarian

AngelaPerhaps you’ve noticed a new face or two here in Milne Library? As of September 10th, Angela Galvan is our new Digital Resources & Systems Librarian. She will be working in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department and is the lead administrator for our discovery services, collection of digital resources and our electronic resource management systems.  Angela has an extensive background in resource sharing and ILLiad management, in addition to other systems work.  Angela comes to us from the Ohio State University Health Sciences Library in Columbus, where she was Head of Interlibrary Services and Digital Reformatting Specialist.  Prior to that, she worked for Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, also in Columbus. She is a fellow at this year’s Digital Library Federation Forum.

So what, exactly, does a “Digital Resources & Systems Librarian” do, you ask? We asked Angela this very question and she replied, “… in essence I establish, monitor, and further integrate digital resources and systems. This requires understanding everything that happens in the library, from circulation, to IDS activity, to how people search our materials, to how they’re taught in classrooms. In a practical sense, I’ve done well when users find what they’re looking for and don’t spend as much time struggling to learn an interface.  It’s one of those jobs where, when done well, no one notices because everything runs efficiently.”

Her interests are varied and include being “something of a gamer,” writing, and crafting handmade soap. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Angela is happy to have landed here in rural Western New York with her cat, Hallie, an 8-year-old domestic shorthair, and a rescue.


She holds an MLIS from Kent State University, where she researched digital memorials and the impact of technology on bereavement. This area of study came about after a friend passed away suddenly and Angela found herself in a curious intersection of personal and professional demands; dealing with thanatosensitive materials. The concept of “thanatosensitivity ” is used to describe an approach that actively integrates the facts of mortality, dying, and death into HCI (human-computer interaction) research and design. She presented on the topic at Code4Lib Midwest and recommends Dying, Death, and Mortality: Towards Thanatosensitivity in HCI as one of the better papers on thanatosensitive information management.

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.

Evenings at Milne Library Receive Consistent Research Support

Our new Academic Excellence Librarian, Daniel Ross

Our new Academic Excellence Librarian, Daniel RossWhile Milne Library welcomes Daniel Ross as our newest librarian, the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) gains essential research coverage in the evenings. The newly created position of Academic Excellence Librarian provides a true win-win situation – both the library and the CAE benefit from evening supervision, extended and dedicated research assistance, and fresh eyes to work on developing programs that bring together all support services offered by the CAE.

Daniel Ross is no stranger to working late night hours at Milne Library – first as a SUNY Geneseo history student (Class of 2009) and then as our most recent part-time Evening/Weekend Manager during Spring 2013. After graduating from Geneseo, Dan completed an MLIS (Master of Library & Information Science) at Drexel University and has now returned to the Rochester area to build his professional career.

As the support services in the CAE –

– continue to grow and strengthen, the development of an Academic Excellence Librarian position seemed the perfect fit to more cohesively tie the CAE together as one unit.  This can be done through evening oversight of the center, marketing and development of center-based workshops, and compilation of usage statistics (i.e., how, when and why students are using the center). To this end, Dan Ross brings fresh ideas, organizational skills, and a solid understanding of what it means to be a Geneseo student.

Dan began his position on September 12 and we are excited to (re) introduce him to the college community.

Milne welcomes twins!

 Milne’s family just grew a little bit bigger! Business and Data Librarian, Justina Elmore and her wife Nickole are proud to welcome their twin girls, Piper Grace and Morgan Elizabeth. Piper was born at 7:38 pm on Thursday October 17, 2012, weighing 7lbs, 10 oz. and measuring 19 1/4 inches long. Morgan was born at 7:39 pm, weighing 7lbs, 9oz. and measuring 19 1/2 inches long.

Justina Elmore switches gears to become our new Business and Data Librarian

Starting this month, Milne Librarian Justina Elmore will take on the role of Business and Data Librarian.

Justina Elmore, Business and Data Librarian
Justina Elmore, Business and Data Librarian

Justina has been with Milne Library since 2006, serving as a reference and instruction librarian and Access Services librarian. In her new role she will be working with students in the School of Business, the Geography department and other social science departments.

Justina will be working with several groups and organizations across campus. She will be helping local entrepreneurs with business research alongside the Small Business Development Center, and partnering with the Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership.

In addition to teaching students about business research and answering reference questions, Justina will be developing the Census and Demographic Data Room on the upper level of Milne Library. This new space will house our collection of Census materials and be used for training, group meetings and one-on-one consultations.

Justina has a BA from the Colorado State University Pueblo and a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo. Justina can be reached by email at [email protected], by phone at 585-245-5193 or in person at her desk in Milne 201A.

Supporting Innovation in Liberal Arts Education

Photo By: Flickr User Interact Egypt – Play Innovation

Milne Library’s very own Mark Sullivan has been accepted by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) as a member of their Innovation Studio Team.  The Innovation Studio offers a format for librarians, information technologists, and others from across the NITLE Network to “tackle thorny challenges facing liberal education.”  The Innovation Studio is charged with producing cutting-edge solutions to critical issues in liberal education and a group of entrepreneurial, knowledgeable leaders who are prepared to build a strong future for liberal education.

Mark Sullivan is perfect for this role and we’re excited to see how this project develops!  As part of the Milne Library Management Team, he has worked to find solutions for maintaining and improving the Library’s level of service in a declining budget.  He’s our secret weapon and “man behind the curtain” for the IDS Project’s systems, the Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) and the open journal system (OJS).  When asked what Mark perceived as a current “thorny issue” he stated that the rising cost of journals is having a big impact on all aspects of the library’s budget.  He thinks we should address this issue with Open Access Journal Systems.

Mark Sullivan, newly-minted member of NITLE’s Innovation Studio

Mark is imaginative and often sees alternatives that others do not.  He is comfortable taking the lead or being a team player and has strong research skills, especially in technology and law (for which he has a J.D.).  Milne Library is fortunate to have had him as the Systems Administrator for twelve years; his responsibilities have included designing and writing several web and desktop applications and the traditional server maintenance.  In January, 2011, Mark became the Chair of the ITS Department in Milne Library, and two of his biggest weaknesses are chocolate and puns!

We should also mention that CIT’s Kirk Anne has also had his proposal accepted for the Innovation Lab! You can read more about both SUNY Geneseo tech wizards here on the Innovation Studio’s blog.

Cyril Oberlander Wins National Award

Cyril Oberlander wins the Boucher Award

Cyril Oberlander, interim director of SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library, is the winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian Award. It’s the first time individuals from the same institution have won the award in succeeding years. Ed Rivenburgh, Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project Director at Milne, received the award last year.

The national award, administered by RUSA’s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS), recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and significant contributions to the fields of interlibrary loan and document delivery and is generously supported by OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative.

The selection committee praised Oberlander for the excellence and scope of his work with the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a resource sharing cooperative within New York State. Members are from public and private academic libraries, New York Public Library and the New York State Library. They also noted his leadership and mentor role as the Internal Project Consultant for the IDS Project team and the GIST team responsible for the Getting it Systems Toolkit (GIST). This innovative approach to ILL(Inter-Library Loan) practice–an important contribution to ILL services for the entire ILL community–is a set of customizable tools and workflows that enhance interlibrary loan, just-in-time acquisitions services, purchase requesting and cooperative collection development efforts.

In addition, the committee recognized Oberlander’s prior work at the University of Virginia and Portland State University, where he created a wireless scanning book truck/mobile library workstation, and as the co-creator of LibStatCAT, a library statistical collection analysis tool, and STATCAT, an interlibrary loan statistical database.

Oberlander received his MLS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent publications include a chapter on the future of ILL in “Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook, 3rd edition,” (American Library Association, 2011), and “Point-of-Need Collection Development: The Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) and a New System for Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Integrated Workflow and Collection Development,” co-authored with Kate Pitcher, Tim Bowersox and Mark Sullivan (all from Milne Library), “Collection Management,” vol 35. (3) 2010, p.222-236, which was republished in “Patron-driven acquisitions: current successes and future directions,” (Routledge, 2011).

The award, a citation, and $2,000 cash prize, will be presented in June at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.

Bill Baker: Profiles of Milne Library Staff

If you are in the library in the evening, you may have seen Bill Baker in the Information Delivery Service (IDS) Office.  Bill has held this position for over ten years here at Milne Library and his areas of responsibility include supervising borrowing, lending and document delivery.

Bill states that it makes him happy when he can “go the extra mile” by sending an email or making a phone call to get materials for a patron.

Ask Bill to see the picture of his son with General Petraeus!