Welcome Marilyn Dueño

Alfred University Libraries is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Marilyn Dueño to the position of Public Services Coordinator.

You may have noticed a new face around Scholes Library.  Marilyn Dueño has recently joined the Alfred University family as the newest member of the library team. In her new role, Marilyn will be managing the front desk and mentoring the student workers in Scholes Library. With her trademark smile and positive attitude Marilyn will enthusiastically uphold the high standards of customer service library patrons have come to expect.  She can occasionally be spotted at Herrick Memorial Library too, so please stop by the libraries and welcome Marilyn to the Alfred University community.

duenoIn the meantime, we asked Marilyn 11 questions because 10 is too predictable.

What was your background before Alfred University?  Prior to working at Scholes Library I was a teller at Serv-U Credit Union. Although I really enjoyed my interactions with the members, I missed my interactions with college students. I have always been a public service representative everywhere I go. Serving the public and putting their needs before mine.
What is your educational background?  I have an Associate degree in Financial Services and a  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Alfred State College.
What is most interesting about your new position?  Working with the students, and being part of a community that puts student success first.
What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?  I hope to impact every student I come in contact with.
What are you most proud of?  One thing I am most proud of is paying off my student loans, and informing others how to do the same.
What advice would you give to students today?  Ask questions, use every resource available to you.
What software/web tools do you use regularly?  Google
Favorite social media platform:  Pinterest
What do you do to relax?  Depending on the day, I enjoy watching criminal investigation shows such as: Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit, as well as medical drama shows such as: The Resident and The Good Doctor. If I have a day to myself I like to bake.
What is a skill or hobby you’d like to learn?  Target shooting
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know?  I know how to thread eyebrows; I thread my own eyebrows.

Celebrating University Press Week


Alfred University Libraries joins schools around the country in celebration of University Press Week, November 12th-17th!

The University Press community amplifies voices, disciplines, and communities.
University presses around the country publish international and local authors writing on subjects that are broad, niche, and every level of inquiry in between. Without university presses, many of these authors or subjects would not be heard so clearly in the marketplace of ideas. [1]
SUNY Press
Since 1966 SUNY Press has published research, writing and scholarly work throughout the State University of New York (SUNY) system.suny-press-logo
SUNY Press sponsors publications in the areas of African American studies, Asian studies, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, Italian American studies, Jewish studies, philosophy, political science, queer studies, religion, transpersonal psychology, and women’s studies.
Through its Excelsior Editions imprint, SUNY Press publishes works for an audience beyond academia with popular titles showcasing the history, diversity and natural beauty of the New York region. [2]
University Press Week
What is University Press Week? In the summer of 1978 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”
The importance of university press publishing continues today.  University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, academia and an informed society at large. [3]
A foyer display in Scholes Library highlights a sampling of SUNY Press publications. Stop by and see what SUNY Press has contributed to the academic conversation.
Can you spot the names of any Alfred University professors in the display?
[1] Association of University Presses 
[2] SUNY Press
[3] University Press Week

November is National Novel Writing Month

Get inspired by the NaNoWriMo Challenge!

What do New York Times Bestsellers Water for Elephants, Wool and Fangirl have in common?

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They all began as a part of National Novel Writing Month’s 30 day challenge. 

Ever wanted to write a book? Take the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in just one month. Time to dust off those story ideas and give yourself a deadline to get that novel finished!  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as an annual, Internet-based creative writing project. Participants can register at nanowrimo.org for support as they attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.
Sound crazy or exhilarating? No pressure if you aren’t ready to commit to an entire novel just yet.
Join other aspiring writers Friday, November 16th at 7pm in the BookEnd Cafe of Herrick Library for an evening of creative writing, discussion, and share your story! 

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