I  am the Coordinator of LIbrary Instrruction at Siena College.  I was originally hired in 1987 as Serials Librarian at Siena's Jerome Dawson Memorial Library.   Prior to coming to Siena, I worked at Boston College. I received my B.A. in English from Framingham State College (now University) in Massachusetts; a M.L.I.S. (Master of Library & Information Studies) from the University of Rhode Island, and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University at Albany.  The focus of my work is the embedding of information literacy within the currioculum. 

Degree Program University
M.A. Liberal Studies University at Albany
M.L.I.S. University of Rhode Island
B.A. English Framingham State Collge

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

Standish Library Philosophy of Information Literacy

We believe that information literacy is a requireed element of an undergraduate education for all majors.  Siena College graduates must have the essential information literacy competencies to succeed as independent, lifelong learners in their careeers, in civic leadership, and in all aspects of their personal lives.  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of college & research Libraries (ACRL) emphasize the collaborative nature of information literacy: librarians and classroom faculty working together on teaching research and information literacy skills to students.  We recommend an integrated approach to learning throughout the four-year undergraduate experience.  We encourage the setting of information literacy goals as a part of the further refinement of the College's general education program (Core Curriculum and First Year Seminar), as well as departmental learning goals.

What I Love About Siena

  • Siena's students
  • The opportunity to work across disciplines
  • The encouragement for librarians as teachers
  • Great  librarian colleagues
  • The other cool people who work at Siena
  • The Franciscan tradition

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I am more than a little eclectic by nature, so naturally I enjoy working with students taking the First Year Seminar.  Working with English classes from Literary Perspectives through upper-level courses is essential to my well-being.  But I admit a special regard for Great Books, Survey of English Literature, Latino/a Literature, and Sexuality in Literature. My parents encouraged my love of liteature as a child, and I majored in English as an undergraduate.  Makes sense, doesn't it?  I practically insist on doing the library research sessions for Women and Religion.  And I wouldn't completely feel a part of Siena if I didn't teach research sessions for marketing and management classes.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2004 - Now Librarian Siena College
2001 - 2004 Librarian Siena College
1993 - 2001 Associate Librarian Siena College
1987 - 1993 Assistant Librarian Siena College
1984 - 1987 Serials Coordinator/Serials Supervisor Boston College, O'Neill Library
1981 - 1984 Senior Serials Assistant Boston College, O'Neill Library
1979 - 1981 Serials Assistant Boston College, Bapst Library/O'Neill Library

Current Research

My primary area of professional interest is the embedding of information literacy within the undergraduate curriculum. 

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Review of Traces, Codes, and Clues: Reading Race in Crime Fiction, by Maureen T. Reddy
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 12
    June, 2003
  • Review of The Parcel Express Murders, by Bernadette Y. Connor
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 12
    March, 2003
  • Review of Shaman or Sherlock? The Native American Detective, by Gina Macdonald and Andrew Macdonald with MaryAnn Sheridan
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 11
    September, 2002
  • Review of Bitter Sugar, by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 11
    June, 2002
  • Review of Hit Time, by Yolanda Joe, writing as Ardella Garland
    MultiCultural Review
    2002
  • Review of Home Killings, by Marcos McPeek Villatoro
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 10
    December, 2001
  • Review of Paradise Interrupted, by Penny Mickelbury
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 10
    September, 2001
  • Review of High Hand: A Martha Chainey Mystery, by Gary Phillips
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 10
    June, 2001
  • Review of Black Widow's Wardrobe, by Lucha Corpi
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 9
    September, 2000
  • Review of Hidden in Plain View, by Blair S. Walker
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    December, 1999
  • Review of White Sky, Black Ice, by Stan Jones
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    December, 1999
  • Review of The Black Press: New Literary and Historical Essays, edited by Todd Vogel
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    September, 1999
  • Review of The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (video and CD-ROM)
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    September, 1999
  • Think Globally, Collect Locally!: An Interview with James P. Dankey, Editor of African-American Newspapers and Periodicals
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    September, 1999
  • Review of The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    June, 1999
  • Review of Where to Choose, by Penny Micklebury
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
    June, 1999
  • Review of A Toast Before Dying, by Grace F. Edwards
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
    December, 1998
  • Review of Blanche Cleans Up, by Barbara Neely
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
    December, 1998
  • Review of 23 Shades of Black, by K. j. a. Wishnia
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
    September, 1998
  • Review of A Darker Shade of Crimson, by Pamela Thomas-Graham
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
    September, 1998
  • Review of Mama Saves a Victim and Mama Stands Alone, by Nora DeLoach
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
    March, 1998
  • Review of Up Jumped the Devil by Blair S. Walker
    MultiCultural Review
    1998
  • Review of Bloody Shame, by Carolina Garcia- Aquilera
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 6
    December, 1997
  • Review of Tell Me a Tale: A Book About Storytelling, by Joseph Bruchac
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 6
    December, 1997
  • Review of Don't Go Along With the Get Along (audiocassette), by Kala Jo Jo (The Tall Story Teller)
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 6
    September, 1997
  • Review of Who Says? Essays on Pivotal Issues in Contemporary Storytelling, edited by Carol L. Birch and Melissa A. Heckler
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 6
    June, 1997
  • Review of Bloody Waters, by Carolina Garcia-Aquileraq
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 5
    December, 1996
  • On Poetry, War, Language, and Baseball: An Interview with Martin Espada
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
    Spring, 2004
  • Review of A Phat Death: Or, The Last Days of Noir Soul, by Norman Kelley
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
    Summer, 2004
  • Review of A Prayer for the Night: An Ohio Amish Mystery, by P. L. Gaus
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 16
    Spring, 2007
  • Review of Autumn of the Phantoms, by Yasmina Khadra
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Fall, 2006
  • Review of Black Silk Handkerchief: A Hom-Astubby Mystery, by D.L. Birchfield
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Fall, 2006
  • Review of Cold Havana Ground, by Arnaldo Correa
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
    Summer, 2004
  • Review of Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders, by Alicia Gasper de Alba
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
    Winter, 2005
  • Review of Encyclopedia of Multiwthnic American Literature, edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Summer, 2006
  • Review of Garden of Hell, by Nick Wilgus
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 16
    Summer, 2007
  • Review of Inspecting Jews: American Jewish Detective Stories, by Laurence Roth
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
    Fall, 2004
  • Review of Jemez Spring, by Rudolfo Anaya
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
    Winter, 2005
  • Review of Mindfulness and Murder, by Nick Wilgus
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Fall, 2006
  • Review of Murder on the Reservation: American Indian Crime Fiction, by Ray B. Browne
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
    Spring, 2005
  • Review of Mythology for Storytellers, by Josepha Sherman
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
    Spring, 2005
  • Review of Orange Crushed, by Pamela Thomas-Graham
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
    Winter, 2004
  • Review of The Door to Bitterness, by Martin Limon
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
    Winter, 2005
  • Review of The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 19
    Fall, 2010
  • Review of Tick Tock, by Gail Ramsey
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Summer, 2006
  • Review of Under a Crimson Moon, by Lucha Corpi
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
    Winter, 2004
  • Review of We Happy Few, by Rolando Hinojosa
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Winter, 2006
  • Review of Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature by and about Women of Color, edited by Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
    Winter, 2006
  • Review of the Hunter, by Asa Nonami
    MultiCultural Review, vol. 16
    Fall, 2007
  • The Confidentiality of Library Circulation Records
    CSIL: Current Studies in Librarianship, vol. 9
    Spring/Fall, 1985

Awards & Distinctions

  • Teaching Award (Siena College) Disabilities Services Office, 2001
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, 2001

Books & Book Chapters

  • Magazines for Libraries,12th ed.
    Bowker
    2003
  • Magazines for Libraries,11th ed.
    Bowker
    2002
  • Creative Strategies for Library Instruction in the Arts, Literature, and Music
    Library Instruction Publications
    2001
  • Magazines for Libraries,10th ed.
    Bowker
    2000

Presentations

  • Siena College's Information Literacy Faculty Development Grant Program: Facilitating Collaboration and Creating Community
    October, 2013
    Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries Annual Conference for New England Librarians, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • From Information Literacy in the Core Curriculum to Information Fluency in the Major: What Does a Successful Program Look Like?
    March, 2011
    Information Fluency in the Disciplines Workshop in History, San Antonio, Texas
  • Witches, Wicca, and the Contemporary Amateur Detective
    November, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association 20th Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Testing a New Approach to Assessing the Information Literacy Skills of College Freshmen (Poster Session)
    November, 2006
    NYLINK Information Showcase, New York, New York
  • Information Literacy: Secondary Information Sources
    January, 2006
    Applied Business Research and College Teaching & Learning Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • Creating an Information Literacy Plan for First Year Students: Librarians and Faculty Collaborate
    October, 2005
    Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries Annual Conference for New England Librarians, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants: The Siena College Experience
    April, 2005
    Association of College and Research Libraries 12th National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Assessing Information Literacy Skill Levels And Student Progress Using a Skills Inventory (Poster Session)
    December, 2003
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Information Literacy in Business Communications Courses
    April, 2003
    ABC (Association for Business Communication) Spring Conference, Toronto, Canada
  • Gale Gallagher: The Forgotten 1940s Detective
    November, 2000
    Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albany, New York