Donna Ayers: Profiles of Milne Library Staff

Donna Ayers is a Keyboard Specialist II and the IDS Lending Manager.  Donna has worked in Milne Library for six years and began in the Acquisitions and Government Documents departments.  She has been in Information Delivery Services for four years and her duties include managing IDS lending operations and working with our IDS Manager to train and supervise student workers.  Donna also selects locations, provides backup assistance with borrowing requests and provides backup for the IDS Manager.

Donna states that she enjoys helping people and working with the students here at Milne.  She can be found in room 108 on the library’s lower level.

Kim Davies Hoffman: Profile of a Milne Librarian

Kim Davies Hoffman bringing theory into practice
Kim Davies Hoffman bringing theory into practice

Kim Davies Hoffman is a tireless instruction & reference librarian, a valuable team player, a careful mentor, and, as of last spring, Coordinator of Instruction & Reference Services at Milne Library. Kim has risen through the ranks fairly quickly during her 12 years as a SUNY librarian (nearly all that time at Geneseo) and was promoted to Full Librarian on Sept. 1 this year. Of her professional growth in that time, she says, “There has definitely been a shift from learning and doing to guiding, mentoring and leading.”

With her extensive list of college committee memberships and outreach efforts, it’s a fair bet that Kim is familiar to many people on this campus, especially the faculty and students in the academic departments she serves as liaison – Anthropology, Sociology and Foreign Languages.  She has taught hundreds of information literacy and research skills classes over the years, but perhaps her most important and fulfilling contribution has been in collaborating with individual professors to integrate long-term, intensive and progressive library instruction within their courses. Her collaborators have included Ellen Kintz (Anthropology), Elaine Cleeton (Sociology) and Cristina Rowley (Spanish), to name just a few.

Kim’s professional reputation extends well beyond Geneseo, through the many presentations she has made at local, state and national conferences, as well as through articles she has written (or co-written), committee memberships and positions she has held, and programs she has been instrumental in creating. It is possible to list only a few here.  “My preference for professional committee work is on a local scale, she says.  “I have been able to make much more of an impact on my fellow colleagues and the profession overall than I would serving as a mere number within a larger national organization.”

In the SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA),  Kim served  for five years as Chair of Membership Development Committee, from which sprang MEOW (Membership Enthusiasm and Outreach Workgroup) which Kim helped formSUNYLA  logo with a few other librarians who were frustrated with the lack of participation in SUNYLA. She also served as Chair of the Working Group for Information Literacy and in that capacity worked with fellow Milne librarian Michelle Costello to design and host a one-day interactive workshop entitled Library Instruction: Teaching Tips from the Trenches, in January 2009. That workshop led to a similar one hosted at the University of Albany plus a follow-up pre-conference workshop at the SUNYLA annual conference, also in 2009. The program evolved, with the help of a $3,500 grant, into LILAC, the acclaimed Library Instruction Leadership Academy. For their work, Kim and Michelle were recognized by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) with its 2011 Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award.

Kim with LILAC co-creator Michelle Costello
Kim with LILAC co-creator Michelle Costello

Among the several other awards Kim has received are the Friend of SUNYLA award and the (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

So where did she come from?  Shortly after she was born, in England, Kim and her family moved to Canada where she lived for the next ten years before moving permanently to the U.S. (she has dual British-U.S. citizenship). She has lived for two years in France, as well – studying abroad in Dijon for a year, and, soon after, for another year as a teaching assistant in Paris. She earned a BA in French and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and, after receiving an MLS from the University of Buffalo in 1997, took off for New Orleans, working first in the public library system and then at the University of New Orleans.  When NOLA’s heat and humidity drove her back north, Kim found a part-time librarian position at SUNY Fredonia (which she supplemented as a barista at Starbucks), until she landed a full-time job as a librarian at UB’s Health Sciences Library. By late summer 1999 Kim was hired by Milne Library as a reference & instruction (with a side of government documents) librarian.  She hit the ground running and hasn’t slowed down since.

As for where she is going from here, her priorities lay, as usual, with finding new and creative ways to increase information literacy among the students – and faculty – at Geneseo, in an increasingly online world.  As Coordinator of Instruction & Reference Service, she will work to refine assessment of the library’s instruction program, not only to prove what she and many others already know – that it IS effective – but to enable it to become even better.  And plans are well underway for LILAC2, which will help empower a fresh crop of new library instructors to “teach it forward.” Citing a commitment to lead by example as one of her greatest strengths, Kim says “The opportunity to co-teach with novice librarians allows me to share my understanding of pedagogical theory and practice without appearing lofty and without exposing their insecurity or uncertainty about teaching.”  She adds, “My fearlessness in the classroom opens the door for others to experiment with new ideas and technology.”

Ed Rivenburgh Awarded National Recognition for IDS Project Work

Former Milne Library Director Ed Rivenburgh is the winner of the 2011 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award, a recognition of his vision and efforts in creating an improved system of resource sharing among libraries in New York State.  The IDS (Information Delivery Services) Project, whose aim is to increase efficiencies in interlibrary loan, has become a model for libraries throughout the state and nation.

Since his retirement from SUNY Geneseo in December, Ed has been able to devote even more of his time, talent and energy to his position as IDS Project Director.  He will receive the award at a ceremony this June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Read the full story here.

Science Librarian Bonnie Swoger on Maternity Leave

 

Bonnie Swoger

From now until about mid-June, Milne Library and the Geneseo campus community will have to excuse Bonnie Swoger while she leaves to have a baby and to attend to all that comes with the momentous event.  It’s not like Bonnie hasn’t done this before — this is her second child — but she would like everyone to know that there are people and resources that can help out in her absence.

For book purchases, journal subscriptions and databases questions relating to the sciences, folks can contact Kate Pitcher ([email protected] or 245-5064); questions concerning IDS, or Information Delivery Services, can be directed to Tim Bowersox ([email protected] or 245-5589); and Kim Hoffman ([email protected] or 245-5046) is the librarian to contact with questions or requests for science-related library instruction.

Of course, Library Guides  are also available for the sciences Bonnie covers — Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics and Computer Science.  Students and others needing research assistance can always request a research consultation or simply stop by the service desk and ask to speak to a reference librarian.

The entire staff at Milne Library wishes Bonnie and her growing family a happy, healthy and restful (?) time!

We bid adieu to three excellent librarians

Barbara Clarke, Donna Howe, Paul MacLean and Diane Johnson

When you stepped into Milne Library this semester, did you notice something missing?  Three of our librarians are retiring, having logged their last days at Milne before the year’s end.  They represent, collectively, 100 years of exeperience at SUNY Geneseo — Barbara Clarke, the Head of Milne’s Teacher Education Resource Center, retiring after 35 years here; Paul MacLean, Head of Information Technology Services, 31 years; and Diane Johnson, Head of Serials, 34 years.  Donna Howe, Secretary to the Library Director, also retired last semester but has returned to Milne on a part-time basis until May.

Be assured that, while Barbara, Paul and Diane and all their excellent work will be missed, the folks at Milne are endeavoring to transition as smoothly as possible and will continue to provide the same high level of service our users expect and appreciate.

To read more about these librarians’ careers and retirement plans, see the front-page article of the Fall 2010 Milne Library Infobits .

Welcome back Kate Pitcher!

It seems like only yesterday that the staff at Milne Library was celebrating the birth of little Silas Goodrich, Collection Development Librarian Kate Pitcher’s second son. The entire family, including big brother Griffin, are thoroughly enjoying their growing clan and life is busy and wonderful.

We welcome Kate back from maternity leave and surround her with lots of support as she jumps right back into the swing of things by leading the library’s first Faculty Luncheon. As the librarian in charge of book budgets and the lofty task of diversifying and balancing Milne Library’s collections, Kate and her fellow library colleagues will host an informal lunch for faculty, comprised mostly of Department Chairs and Library Representatives, on Wednesday April 7 between 12-1:30. Topics to be discussed include scholarly publishing initiatives, material budgets and departmental allocations and a working document of collection development guidelines.

We are so happy to have Kate back in the library!

Kate Pitcher Awarded RRLC Scholarship

Milne Library’s Kate Pitcher was recognized at the Rochester Regional Library Council’s 42nd Annual Membership Meeting as this year’s winner of the RRLC scholarship to attend the Association of Research Librarians Leaderships Institute.

This $1,000 scholarship is to be used to attend the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager. The ARL Library Management Institute is held each summer at SUNY Albany. During three intensive days, participants in this basic Association of Research Libraries core-learning event explore essential aspects of effective leadership and management.

Congratulations, Kate!

Milne Library welcomes our new Associate Director!

Cyril Oberlander, former Director of Interlibrary Services at the University of Virginia and Head of Interlibrary Loan at Portland State University, has joined the staff of Milne Library as Associate Library Director. He started his new position on Monday, January 7th.

Cyril’s library background is interlibrary loan services at academic institutions and he brings to Milne a wealth of experience and expertise in this area. Cyril has published and presented extensively on library interlibrary loan issues and Milne is excited and privileged to have him join our staff. Next time you are in the library, stop by the Administrative Office and say hello!

Kate Pitcher is back from maternity leave

You may have already seen her in the library since the beginning of July, but Kate Pitcher is officially back in Milne Library, working full-time. Although Kate would not describe the months between February and July as “relaxing,” she would certainly tell you how thrilled she was to have time to bond with her baby boy, Griffin.

The staff at Milne Library are happy to have Kate back on a regular basis.