Catherine L. Crohan

Librarian

Phone: (518) 782‑6731
Email: CROHAN@siena.edu


Degrees:

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

Bio:

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.

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 are:

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.

Professional Experience:

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

Why I chose Siena:

I probably should quote Mony Python to answer this one:

"You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for employing wild animals as librarians."

My current research:

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

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.


Review of The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
MultiCultural Review, vol. 19
Fall, 2010
Review of A Prayer for the Night: An Ohio Amish Mystery, by P. L. Gaus
MultiCultural Review, vol. 16
Spring, 2007
Review of the Hunter, by Asa Nonami
MultiCultural Review, vol. 16
Fall, 2007
Review of Garden of Hell, by Nick Wilgus
MultiCultural Review, vol. 16
Summer, 2007
Review of Tick Tock, by Gail Ramsey
MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
Summer, 2006
Review of Encyclopedia of Multiwthnic American Literature, edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson
MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
Summer, 2006
Review of Black Silk Handkerchief: A Hom-Astubby Mystery, by D.L. Birchfield
MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
Fall, 2006
Review of Autumn of the Phantoms, by Yasmina Khadra
MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
Fall, 2006
Review of Mindfulness and Murder, by Nick Wilgus
MultiCultural Review, vol. 15
Fall, 2006
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 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 Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders, by Alicia Gasper de Alba
MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
Winter, 2005
Review of Jemez Spring, by Rudolfo Anaya
MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
Winter, 2005
Review of The Door to Bitterness, by Martin Limon
MultiCultural Review, vol. 14
Winter, 2005
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 Inspecting Jews: American Jewish Detective Stories, by Laurence Roth
MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
Fall, 2004
Review of Cold Havana Ground, by Arnaldo Correa
MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
Summer, 2004
Review of Under a Crimson Moon, by Lucha Corpi
MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
Winter, 2004
Review of Orange Crushed, by Pamela Thomas-Graham
MultiCultural Review, vol. 13
Winter, 2004
Review of The Parcel Express Murders, by Bernadette Y. Connor
MultiCultural Review, vol. 12
March, 2003
Review of Traces, Codes, and Clues: Reading Race in Crime Fiction, by Maureen T. Reddy
MultiCultural Review, vol. 12
June, 2003
Review of Hit Time, by Yolanda Joe, writing as Ardella Garland
MultiCultural Review
2002
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 Paradise Interrupted, by Penny Mickelbury
MultiCultural Review, vol. 10
September, 2001
Review of Home Killings, by Marcos McPeek Villatoro
MultiCultural Review, vol. 10
December, 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
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 Where to Choose, by Penny Micklebury
MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
June, 1999
Review of The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead
MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
June, 1999
Review of The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (video and CD-ROM)
MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
September, 1999
Review of Hidden in Plain View, by Blair S. Walker
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 White Sky, Black Ice, by Stan Jones
MultiCultural Review, vol. 8
December, 1999
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 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 Blanche Cleans Up, by Barbara Neely
MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
December, 1998
Review of A Toast Before Dying, by Grace F. Edwards
MultiCultural Review, vol. 7
December, 1998
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 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 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 Bloody Waters, by Carolina Garcia-Aquileraq
MultiCultural Review, vol. 5
December, 1996
The Confidentiality of Library Circulation Records
CSIL: Current Studies in Librarianship, vol. 9
Spring/Fall, 1985
Teaching Award (Siena College) Disabilities Services Office, 2001
category: Teaching
Siena College, 2001
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
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
Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants: The Siena College Experience
April, 2005
Association of College and Research Libraries 12th National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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
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