Voting with an Absentee Ballot

Don’t forget your Absentee Ballots are due soon!

If you aren’t able to vote locally, you can still vote with an absentee ballot!!! Make sure they are postmarked Nov. 7th!

How to vote with an Absentee Ballot in New York State:

Absentee Ballot for New York State:

VOTE 2016 Design by Kevin Adams and AIGA Get Out the Vote
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10 Reasons to Support Open Access

Top 10 reasons to support open access

1. Access works anytime, anywhere

Even if you leave the higher education field and no longer have access from your institution

2. Frees your library to spend money on other things, like books and services

3. Free for all with an internet connection

4. Encourages international collaboration

5. Increases impact metrics of your own work

Called the citation advantage

6. Share your research

How many times have you posted a link to your new article on social media, but none of your friends can open it without paying?

7. Reduce barriers to learning outside of higher education

i.e. younger learners and armchair academics engaging with scholarly research

8. Exercise your rights to access funded research

  • Did a government grant pay for that article’s production?
  • Did tuition dollars pay for it?
  • Why should the people who paid for its production have to pay again to read it?

9. Make learning more affordable

10. Accelerate scholarly publishing lifecycle

Share your scholarship sooner through pre-prints, open conference proceedings, and open peer-review

Happy Open Access Week!

Kourtney Blackburn, Access Services Librarian
Ben Hockenberry, Systems Librarian

Being an Informed Voter

In order to be an informed voter, one must be able to sift through bias and punditry, until the truth of the important issues becomes clear. Once you are able to do this, it becomes easier to vote for the candidate you truly believe is the best person for the job.

Here are a few places to go to get information about each of the candidates running for President this November without the political spin: The League of Women Voters

“The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.”

Here is where you can find some general information about the upcoming election, for all levels of government, as well as some information about how to be an informed voter! There is even a two-part voter’s guide pamphlet with helpful information that can be accessed here:

Voters Guide Part I ~ Facts for Voters

Voters Guide Part II ~ Candidate Information

And, if you’re specifically interested in information related to voting as a student in New York State, look no further than Rock the Vote NY! This site is filled with information on how to vote in New York, as well as information about the candidates for districts in New York State.

It can be hard in this political climate to discuss the election without an argument breaking out, but in the end what matters is that you vote, and do so with the knowledge that you are choosing the candidate you feel is best suited to be the next President of the United States.

Remember to vote, November 8th!


Anna Elsloo, Technical Services Assistant

A Greener State of Mind


Many people never see me tucked away in my plant-filled office in the Library, but I get out and about on campus as a long-standing member of the Recycling & Sustainability Committee (RSC). We have led campus cleanups on Earth Day, planted trees for each value of the Fisher Creed, built bird houses for the golf course, and hosted the annual Sustainability Fair and recycling drives. Here are a few other things that my sustainability-minded friends on the committee and I have done:

  • To keep used books out of landfills, the Library has two carousels full of books (and the occasional video) just inside the vestibule. This give-a-book/take-a-book is completely free; just keep it in mind the next time you’re looking to clean up your bookshelves.
  • In the past, hundreds of pounds of wasted food were being thrown out in Ward/Haffey. Volunteers collected the food to clearly show how much food was being wasted. We also encouraged students and faculty to stop using cafeteria trays; they are one more item to be wasrsc-posthed (which wastes water and energy), and make it easier to pile up more food than one person can eat.
  • The Library staff were part of a pilot project to give up individual trash cans under our desks for more centralized bins, saving on plastic liners and saving the housekeepers’ time.
  • Working with the Facilities Department, we created the signs you see at every trash/recycling center, to answer: “Can this be recycled, or is it trash?”
  • When the Library installed a Keurig coffee maker for patron-use, at our request, Library Director Melissa Jadlos agreed to pay to recycle the used pods.
  • The Sustainability Minor Program directed by Mike Boller, another long-time RSC member, encourages students to learn more about how sustainability can be practiced, within many academic fields, and by schools and businesses worldwide.
  • Recycling was made easier by embracing the new Monroe County Recycling Center’s Single-Stream initiative and the additional recycling of plastics labels 3-7.

Information about upcoming green activities on campus and around Monroe County are noted on our Facebook Page. Information about how you can make a difference to your world can be found on our website, Fisher Goes Green. There are many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the things we buy!

Everyday you are expanding your brains, either in class or at Lavery Library; don’t forget to also develop a greener mind. Because Sustainability is so closely related to the long-term health and well-being of humanity, this year we are combining our Sustainability Fair with the Healthy Living Fair. This event, which will include electronics recycling, will be held on Thursday, October 6, 11AM – 2PM, on LeChase Commons in front of Lavery Library. Please join your fellow students, professors, and staff to learn more about going green.


Lynn Seavy, Lavery Library Office Manager

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”  ~Ralph Marston

A little Fisher History . . .

Did you know that St. John Fisher College was once an all-male schoclassroom_60sol?

Would you believe that the Fisher men had to wear a suit and tie to classes and to all campus events, including in the dining hall?

The proof is in the St. John Fisher College Archive, where the campus history is preserved.

In the Freshmen Seminar course, first-year students get a taste of what it’s like to be akearney-lighting-stromn archivist. They get to explore artifacts from the closed collection people rarely get the opportunity to see.  To really know the history of the campus, you need to be a good researcher and critical thinker.students_60s

In the late sixties, St. John Fisher College was a very different place than it is today.  Students wanted change, and they worked to get it.

students-_60sCome back to Letters from Lavery on October 17, 2016 to learn more about these influential students.


Keep Fisher History Alive!


Nancy Greco, Archives Librarian