Title: Head of Collection Development
Organization: Union College, Schaffer Library
Phone: (518) 388-6632
Fax: (518) 388-6641
email: <[email protected]> •
Born and lived: Born in Poughkeepsie, NY; lived in Buffalo, NY (2004-2005); Capitol Region of NY (1998-2004; 2005-present): Schenectady, Niskayuna, East Greenbush, Clifton Park.
Early life: 1984 Pleasant Valley Library Read-a-thon Winner.
Professional career and activities: Union College, Schaffer Library as Head of Collection Development 2005-July 2012; Reference Librarian 2001-2004; Soon-to-be “Outreach Librarian” (official title to come), August 2012.
Recent article: Jefts, Kara, and Courtney Seymour. “Partnering with Multicultural Groups to Mount a Juried Art Exhibition.” College & Research Libraries News 73, no. 4 (April 2012): 218-222.
Recent award: Union College, UNITAS Community-Building Award, Co-recipient, 2011.
Family: Husband, two-year-old son.
Pets: Two dogs (boxers).
In my spare time I like to: Run, read, play with my kid and dogs. It’s not spare in the sense of “optional,” though. Those are life commitments, requirements.
Favorite books: Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens); The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald); Cathedral (Raymond Carver).
Pet peeves: what makes me mad: Sense of entitlement, procrastination. Those are two that come to mind right now.
Philosophy: I’m here to support student learning and development.
Most memorable career achievement: Co-curating an annual LGBTQ art exhibition at Union (building cross-campus partnerships with other campus units, both student and staff-run).
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: Planning the ultimate, well-attended library outreach event (that can be replicated).
How/Where do I see the industry in five years: We’ll be accessing more archives online but still struggling to strike the eBook/print book balance.