As a result of a self-study and outside consultant report, the Alfred University Libraries are reorganizing and rebranding as a more unified academic unit while simultaneously maintaining their unique identities and core missions.
First steps included creating a new administrative structure with one Dean and one Director overseeing both libraries and the formation of cross-library teams. Following the retirement of Steve Crandall, the role of Interim Dean is currently being filled by Laurie Lounsberry McFadden. She will be focused on more “outward facing” aspects of the libraries, serving on various committees and councils, representing the libraries work with SUNY and the College of Ceramics, advocating for the libraries on various levels, managing the budgets and overseeing strategic planning and assessment.
Brian Sullivan has stepped into the Interim Director position (Mark Smith is on sabbatical and will return in a new role in the spring semester). The newly defined director position will handle more “inward facing” aspects of the libraries: supervising personnel, building/maintenance issues, promotion and tenure, policies and procedures, etc.
During the transition period Laurie and Brian will each continue with their regular responsibilities as much as possible so feel free to continue to reach out to them as usual.
Deb Rollins is now the Administrative Assistant to the Dean and Director and will support the work of the new AU Libraries leadership.
The anticipated outcomes of the process include greater collaboration, the sharing of expertise and time, and better overall efficiency. The ultimate goal of the AU Libraries is to provide the University campus with excellent resources and services that support the success of our students.
Have you ever wished that a Netflix-like streaming service would be freely accessible on campus? Now it is!
Herrick Library has purchased a one year subscription to try out Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service, which provides online access to over 26,000 films from 800 top producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, etc. Its collection grows by roughly 500 films a month, so viewers are regularly presented with new and interesting viewing options.
Kanopy provides educational institutions access to one of the largest collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable.
Its innovative patron-driven acquisition model has been adopted by over 1,500 universities worldwide, now including Alfred University!
You may browse Kanopy’s available films by subject on its website: www.kanopystreaming.com.
To browse Kanopy’s most recent film additions and recommendations, please click here.
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We would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in the end of the semester’s annual Therapy Dog Night and Massage and Acupuncture Night!
There were 62 people who received massages from 5 therapists, 16 people who received acupuncture, and 25 people who interacted with the incredibly sweet and one and only Cole Porter, therapy dog.
Once again, thank you all for a wonderful end to the spring semester!
We wish you a safe, restful, and excellent summer!
Alfred University’s (AU) Herrick Library will present “Selected Paintings 1990-2016 by Stephen Perrone” beginning Friday, March 4 and running through Saturday, April 2. Perrone is a Central New York artist and member of the AU Class of 1982.
Herrick Library will display an array of paintings created by Perrone during his career in the arts. After settling in Sylvan Beach, NY he began taking art classes at Syracuse University and Munson Williams Proctor Institute. Primarily a self-taught artist, Perrone has been participating in exhibitions for the past 30-plus years.
He says in his artist statement: “I enjoy painting on anything that offers an unusual surface and a good feeling between the brush and my hand. There is a rawness to my work that I hope contributes to the nature of each ‘personality’ on display.
“These figures (in the Herrick exhibit) were made with an eye toward the ordinary. I wanted a little unattractiveness in the physical sense, and I wanted body language to be an important consideration in trying to understand each subject. If they seem unrefined and restless, that’s largely what I had in mind.”
Perrone continues, “Finally, my hope is that each painting conveys a measure of simplicity and fragility that I feel is so much a part of the human experience. Life is both pleasant and difficult, and I’m attempting to demonstrate both possibilities with the sensitivity and compassion we all deserve as human beings.”
Most recently, Perrone presented “The Homeless” at Studio 24, Syracuse, and his “Selected Paintings” at the Rome (NY) Art and Community Center. His art has also been shown at the Art For Artists (AFA) Gallery, Scranton, PA,; The Art Etcetera Gallery, West Newton, MA; The Book Mill Gallery, Montague, MA; The Broome Street Gallery and The Ariel Gallery, SoHo, and the Cedar Tavern, New York City; the Roberson Museum, Binghamton; the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn; and The Delavan Center, Syracuse.
Perrone has been a featured artist at the Clinton House Artspace, Ithaca; and at the Joan Lucas Rothenberg Gallery, The Redhouse, Studio 24, and the Szozda Gallery, all in Syracuse.
His work may be found under “Stephen Perrone” at facebook.com.
We would like to thank all those who attended and took part in this semester’s Massage, Acupuncture, and Therapy Dog Night!
There were 55 people who received massages, 26 people who received acupuncture, and dozens of people who met and played with the adorable and one and only Cole Porter, therapy dog.
We thank everyone once again for a wonderful end to the fall semester!
A retrospective of travel photography by the late Caroline Littell of Alfred will be on view Friday, June 12 through Wednesday, July 15 on the main floor of Alfred University’s (AU) Herrick Memorial Library. The public is invited to an opening reception for “Camera Without Borders – the World of Caroline Littell” from 2 to 4 p.m. June 12.
The library’s summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The library is closed weekends.
Littell was a freelance photographer whose images illustrated articles on tourism and travel in several dozen newspapers and magazines in this country and in Europe. For more than 30 years, major publications featuring her photography included The Los Angeles Times, Travel & Leisure Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, The Chicago Sun Times, The Milwaukee Journal, The Athens (Greece) News, The Denver Post, The New Orleans Times Picayune and Ocean Navigator Magazine.
In Western New York, her work appeared regularly in The Buffalo News, The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, The Hornell Sunday Spectator, The Olean Times Herald, and The Alfred Sun.
The 60 black-and-white photographs to be displayed at Herrick portray landscapes and people in locations ranging from Greece, Colombia, Thailand, and Burma to the American West and the plains of East Africa.
Born in Egypt of English parents, Littell was educated in England and later studied languages in France, Spain, Austria, and Greece. She immigrated to the United States in 1962, moving to Alfred in 1968.
As a photographer, Littell was entirely self-taught except for a brief period of instruction at AU. She worked for the most part in film, experimenting with digital formats only at the end of her career. But whether in film or in digital, her photography displayed a technical mastery of a demanding craft as well as an unerring eye for balanced composition.
Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, the French pioneer of modern photojournalism, Littell had the uncanny ability to capture on film that decisive moment of facial expression or body attitude that defines mood or personality.
Littell died earlier this year in Pasadena, CA, after a long illness.
The AU Libraries would like to extend congratulations to all of our senior student workers. You have been a tremendous asset to the success of both libraries and to the AU campus as a whole. We thank you for your continued commitment and enthusiasm to making Herrick and Scholes welcoming and wonderful environments for both our staff and patrons. We appreciate you, we will miss you, and we wish you the very best in the future!
As a small token of appreciation, Herrick has created a book display to honor our senior student workers and their service to the library. Each book and DVD has been chosen by the seniors themselves. The display is set along the wall to the Computer Lab on the main floor of Herrick. We encourage you to check it out!
Three students from the I-Art program displayed a fiber art sculpture on March 3rd-4th in the Book End Lounge. The fiber art was suspended from the central overhead lighting fixture and was a primary focal point for patrons entering the library.
We wish everyone a very happy holiday season! May you all have a wonderful and restful winter recess. See you next year. 🙂
Herrick and Scholes Library