Where in the world did that book come from?? The story of Interlibrary Loan

There is no way we can own every single article, book, and movie the Fisher Family might need. But luckily, there are still ways to get access to these items! Interlibrary Loan allows us to borrow items from libraries all over the world. This way, you can still get that important book or article, even if Lavery doesn’t have a copy!

Royal Danish Library

While we borrow many items from neighboring libraries like SUNY Brockport, Nazareth, and U of R, Interlibrary Loan is international and allows us to borrow items from not just down the street, but across the country, and around the world! In 2016 alone, we borrowed hundreds of books from libraries throughout the United States and from libraries in New Zealand, England, Scotland, and Germany. We also received copies of articles from libraries like the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, Denmark, and from the British Library in London.

british library
British Library

Since we borrow items from around the world, Lavery Library also returns the favor by lending our own items to libraries that need them. Our books have traveled to universities  such as Yale, Penn State, and Cornell in the United States, but have also been to libraries in Canada, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Australia, and even Thailand. In the past couple years, our small college in Rochester, NY has sent 22 books to libraries in Denmark!

The next time you pick up an Interlibrary Loan book from the Checkout Desk, take a look at the paperwork and see from where in the world your book came! And the next time you check out a book from our collection–who knows—maybe it just came back from a trip around the world.

thank you ILL

This Letter From Lavery was penned by: Alicia Marrese, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

Women’s History Month: First Women of Fisher on Display Now

What do you do with an idea? As with many things, this idea started with a question, followed by taking a risk. More than a year ago, a small group of library staff started thinking about creating a display to honor Women’s History Month, which takes place every March to celebrate the contributions of women to American society. We considered an advanced timeline in order to be ready for March 2016, but decided to wait a year and plan in order to do our best job. It was not lost on us that waiting until 2017 had the possibility of coinciding with our first female President of the United States.

Katherine Keough, 5th President of St. John Fisher College

Our project gradually came to be focused around the role of women, the contributions of women, and the most notable “firsts” from women at St. John Fisher College. Many in the SJFC community are aware of the lasting effect of Fisher’s first and only female President, Katherine Keough, on the campus, but we wanted to draw attention to other types of “firsts”. We narrowed our focus to three areas: Athletics, Faculty and Staff, and Students.


We realized that it would take some time to pull together artifacts covering the long span of the  College’s history. We worked together over the last year to put this display in place.

Uncovered in the College Archives were many curiosity-provoking images, documents, and papers. Who were these women? What was it like to be a woman on this College campus? We may not have all of the answers to these questions, but the College Archives is the place to start to piece together their stories. We also reached out to campus staff and faculty to gather names and information.

We hope you enjoy the First Women of Fisher display in the Library’s Main Floor Learning Commons. One or two females from each category are highlighted, along with posters. The display will be available from Monday, February 27 through Monday, March 27, 2017.

This Letter from Lavery was penned by: Nancy Greco, Kate Ross, & Jenny Bigenwald

Interview: Stacia Maiorani


Name: Stacia Maiorani

Stacia Maiorani

Current job: Education and First-Year Program Librarian

How long have you been at Lavery Library or Fisher: Just about 2 months at this time — and four years as an undergraduate student   : )

How Do You Work?

What is your office/workspace like: I am the only librarian on the lower level of the library. My office usually has music playing, as well as knick-knacks that I love, including some book art pieces, the Lego Librarian, and random items from my travels. There are probably plenty of (neat-ish) piles of papers all over my desk… as well as hopefully a stack (or twenty) of books around! If I am not working with someone in my office or the Curriculum Center, I am most likely typing away at something on the computer.

What is a typical day like for you: One day at work is never the same as the one before, which I love. I am most likely running around campus to work with various classes or meet with professors, or I am on the lower level of Lavery Library — in my office, within the shelves of the Curriculum Center, or teaching in L-100.

What are you reading right now: As I type this, I am reading Diane Chamberlain’s novel, Necessary Lies. It is a historical fiction novel and I am really enjoying it!

What do you appreciate most about Fisher: As an alumna of Fisher, I appreciate how special this college is — the close-knit community and how the college really cares about its students and what they want.

What do you want the students to know about you or the library, or one thing you want students to know: BOOKS AND LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME!

Fun Facts

What is your favorite word: Cucchiaio — “cuck-ee-eye-oh” — it is Italian for the English word spoon (even better — a small spoon for a cappuccino is cucciaino — “cuck-ee-eye-ee-no”)

What is your least favorite word: Any word that puts others down.

What profession other than your own would you love to attempt: Fashion buyer

What profession would you never want to attempt: Chef (…for the safety of others!)

What superpower do you wish you had: Able to fly!

What are you most proud of in your career?

–Teaching internationally.

–Having students tell me that I helped them and taught them something of value.

When you aren’t at work, what are you likely doing: Reading while sipping on a coffee in a cafe; snacking; going on an adventure (big or small).

Father Lavery Wants to Know . . .

If you spend any amount of time in Lavery Library, you must have seen the rolling whiteboard that moves around the building, asking a different question every two weeks. We started the question wall in the fall 2015 semester, and we’ve asked over 30 questions of our students since then.

Our 20-person staff work hard — at service desks, and behind the scenes — to make your experience in the Library the best possible. We know there is always more that can be done, or things we do now that could use some tweaking. We have our own ideas, but most of all we want hear your ideas!

Father Lavery Wall Questions

Questions we have asked include:

  • “What is your ideal study environment?”
  • “What type of furniture would you like more of?”
  • “What should we have available for checkout?”
  • “What does the library need to do better?”
  • “What new movies, games, books should we buy?”
  • “What technology does the library need?”

Some of the changes we have made in direct response to YOUR suggestions:

  • Added Keurig coffee machine with variety of options
  • Changed selection of free refreshments provided during Exam Week
  • Added study tables throughout building
  • Bought a dozen new bean-bag chairs in a more supportive style
  • Moved noisy classroom off Quiet Floor
  • Added sound dampening to doors on the Upper Level to cut down on noise
  • Added charging stations and adapters for laptops/tables to furniture in Learning Commons
  • Added graphing calculators and colored pencils to materials available for Checkout.

How many places that you visit ask what you want — and then actually make those changes? Lavery Library should top your list. Watch for our upcoming questions, and add your responses — even the crazy ones. We want the Library to become your favorite place on campus!


Faculty/Librarian Partnership Profile: Stephen West and Kourtney Blackburn

After catching up on Winter break visits with family and some pointers on how to survive a variety of daycare-induced plagues, Stephen and Kourtney sat down to have a conversation about their collaborations over the last year, which have largely revolved around developing content and information literacy related to literary magazines within creative writing courses. To stay true to their preferred flavor of collaboration, they wrote together in Google Docs: Stephen typing furiously while sipping too much coffee in the Village Bakery while Kourtney tapped away at her desk in Lavery, listening to a “Happy Folk” Spotify playlist. [For an inside look at how Kourtney and Stephen work together in all of its meandering, inefficient-yet-generative glory, here is a link to the Gdoc they worked on together to create this post.]

Stephen and Kourtney

Kourtney: How did we even meet—I think we met virtually at first? You were requesting items you wanted for developing a class, and I reached out to suggest we buy some of the materials for our collection. We then met face-to-face in the English Major’s Seminar on grad school in the Spring.

SJW: Yes! That’s right–and I remember being very, very excited to meet someone at Fisher that was gung ho about purchasing texts related to creative writing… and working to purchase subscriptions to literary magazines! I knew you were an ally right away, and that I would be pestering you for help with relaunching The Angle, as that was a big project I had in mind at the time.

Kourtney: I remember being really excited about how gung ho YOU were, actually! We have some really cool and edgy literary magazines that are available to campus now, like Granta, Black Warrior Review, and DRAFT. I have really enjoyed working together in starting some subscriptions for the library and in your classes.

SJW: Yes, I think it is so wonderful that we have a growing collection of important literary magazines. I know I refer students to them all the time for assignments and inspiration! Another real challenge and rewarding experience that you helped SO MUCH with was when I developed a 7-week online flash fiction course in Spring 2016. I had never taught online before, so to translate a creative writing course with a workshop component into an online forum was tough. While Katie Sabourin helped me with the technicalities of course construction, you were so important to how I made information literacy a crucial part of the learning that course now offers students. I feel like it was a strong collaboration, not only in design, but in the actual teaching, with how integrated you were into that class. You were always chiming in the discussion threads and helping students to see how the knowledge practices connected with the work they were creating and how they were responding to one another within their critiques.

Kourtney: I so enjoyed that course, and I think it was extremely successful. I had never imagined a creative writing course moving online, but you made it a really natural fit! That was my first time being involved in a course where I wasn’t doing just a single session on library resources, but instead being present throughout the length of the course, like you said. It was a strong collaboration, and I think being integrated within the course was good because we learned so much about how the two of us can work together, but it was also valuable for the students—the more I was able to interact with them, the better I could tailor the help I gave each of them in their research and assignments.

SJW: I think it worked exceptionally well, and I wonder how campus-based courses might have faculty and library staff work as collaboratively. The nature of online teaching just allows more consistent “presence” by both faculty and librarian, whereas this is an obstacle in a traditional classroom.  

Kourtney: I think you’re right—it can be difficult in a face-to-face format, but working together throughout your face-to-face Editing and Publishing class last Fall was a good example of how it can be done! 🙂

SJW: Yes, I agree. A lot of that was on your willingness to adjust your schedule to come and sit in class with us. I remember how neat it was to have you there participating in class when the students discussed the aesthetic trends they observed after reading through the representative examples of The Angle across its many decades that Nancy Greco put together for my course. Beyond being game and present in those conversations, your contributions to the resuscitation and redesign of The Angle into ANGLES, Fisher’s new web-based literary magazine, have been and will continue to be vital!

Kourtney: I loved visiting the class! It helped me better get to know the students and how I could help them find and use materials like the lit mags we have in the library. Familiarizing myself with the course from the beginning helped me to expand the information literacy components already present in your course content: the “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” threshold concept relating to the creation of an Editor’s Manual and the “Scholarship as Conversation” threshold concept relating to the direction of ANGLES’ literary focus.  

SJW: Yes, you helped me understand how the students’ creation of the Editor’s Manual was related to information literacy. Our collaboration in designing that assignment helped students see how the work they were doing in creating both ANGLES and the manual that future student-editors will use was related to key knowledge practices. And as we move toward the eventual launch our first new issue, I see many ways that we will continue to collaborate, from updating the Editor’s Manual, to figuring out how to integrate ANGLES into Lavery’s archive in an effective way. If you’re willing, of course. 😀 

Kourtney: Of course, I can’t wait!

SJW: Thanks, Kourtney! We’ve done a ton, and I’m excited to see how these various projects continue to take shape. Off to get a coffee refill…

Kourtney: Me too! Enjoy your caffeine, and see you on the first day back!


Library Newsletter

 Spring 2017 Lavery Library Newsletter

Fisher Scholarship Celebration 2016

Dr. Joellen Maples receives the 7th Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award from the Provost, Dr. Railey.

On October 25th Lavery Library held the annual Fisher Scholarship Celebration, recognizing the work done by Fisher faculty and staff during the prior academic year.  As in past years, the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award was also given out, this year to Dr. Joellen Maples.
Over 65 people submitted approximately 50 works for this event. At that time, over 1800 works had been added to Fisher Digital Publications, and there had been over 400,000 downloads of Fisher scholarly work throughout the world. By now, that number has only grown.  At this event, many Fisher faculty and staff were given the opportunity to share their research with the campus as a whole.

Welcome Stacia Maiorani

Stacia Maiorani

This November we said goodbye to Kathi Sigler and welcomed Stacia Maiorani onto the staff here at Lavery Library. An alumna of Fisher, Stacia has lived and taught in both Vietnam and Milan, and most currently worked as the librarian at Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD.  Keep an eye out for an upcoming post from Letters from Lavery containing an interview with Stacia!

Coming Soon

There will soon be weekly drawings held at the Research Help Desk. Any student who comes to the desk will be entered for a

The Cardinal visits the Research Help Desk!

chance to win a weekly prize. More information coming soon, so keep an eye out! This is a great opportunity to help students see what a wonderful resource the  librarians at the Research Help Desk can be.


New Database

Dynamed Plus: Clinical, point-of-care reference tool for healthcare professionals. Includes clinical criteria, decision trees, statistics calculators, and more.

Questions? Contact Michelle Price, mprice@sjfc.edu.

Book Recommendations from the Blogging Team

With all the new books that have been purchased for our collection, it’s hard to pick out only a few, so members of the blogging team have selected some of their favorites.

Christina Hillman: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

Kourtney Blackburn: Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition edited by Gretchen Schultz

Kate Ross: Russia in World History by Barbara Alpern Engel

Come checkout these books and more here at Lavery!

And finally, some fun facts

  • Since June 2016 we have ordered 134 items requested directly by faculty, students, and staff
  • We have also ordered over 240 items that were put on hold for someone
  • We have added over 1500 items to our collection, in all areas, since June 2016
  • So far this academic year there have been over 600 questions at the Research Help Desk
  • Librarians have taught over 147 groups sessions since June 2016
  • The library had 116,997 total visits last semester
  • Hourly headcounts are at record highs, especially during Tuesday afternoons around 1:00pm and on Monday evenings



Welcome Back!!!

Welcome Back

Hey students, we are so excited you’re back; it was getting a little too quiet in the library. Over break we caught up on a lot of work . . . answering email, attending meetings, ordering new books, reading email, coming up with great new displays, answering email, processing new books, oh, and did I mention the email?

Empty Library
We are excited for you to fill the empty spaces.

Remember, when research assignments start rolling in over the next few weeks, make your life easier and stop at the Research Help Desk; for hours check the library homepage or here. New this semester: weekly prize drawing for students who use the Research Help Desk services. Ask a librarian for details!!!

But really, we did miss all of you, especially the energy you bring to the library. So, welcome back and have a great semester!!

Wrapping up . . .

book-warppedWe at Lavery Library hope all of our Fisher Family had a great fall semester! The library saw one of its busiest semesters yet–hosting nearly 200 people during our peak hours. We love seeing you here, getting the chance to help you learn and grow, and, most of all, we love how you  make the space come to life every day.

Check out some of the highlights from fall 2016 at Lavery Library:

We can’t wait for your return in January!

Final Exams . . . wait, wasn’t it September last week?


Every year Lavery Library is bustling during the week leading up to finals and finals week (Lavery hours). We see record-setting numbers of students at our Research Help Desk, and finding someone hunkered down with their laptop and notes in a quiet corner is common. It can get noisy on the Main Level with students finishing up group projects, late night study sesskearney2ions, and the breaktime chatter. But fear not, the quiet floor is still quiet, and if you desire even more solitude, you might  be able to score a study room. My favorite spot on the Upper Level in L316 — it has a great view of Kearney!

But if you already have your spot picked out and are just wondering what we are offering this year in the way of snacks, here’s a look at the list: finals-week-post

  • Apples
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Drinks

Lest we forget, stress relief:

  • Coloring
  • 10-minute Chair Massages (Tuesday & Wednesday night)!

And if none of these are for you and you just want to use the space and bring your own snacks and drinks, we don’t mind. Just remember, bring enough to share (at least with the library staff).

Original: http://www.quickmeme.com/p/3vqbp9


Lavery Exhibits: Learning Through Displays

In making my way to the back offices of the library, I always pass a table that tells a story with books. I tend to only notice them once: how they’re arranged, what the theme is, and a good look at the covers (I don’t judge the books by that). I’ve never really appreciated the creativity involved in curating these displays until a few weeks ago when I was told that the library received some feedback on them, so I found out who made them, and asked her a few questions.


Our library staffer, Jenny Bigenwald, is the one who takes charge of our displays, and I asked her a few questions about them and her process in putting them together.

K: What is your favorite part about curating them?

J: My favorite part is pulling items (photos, books, etc.) from our archives and creating a whole display around them.  I also love working with other departments and clubs on campus, and creating displays to highlight events they may be holding.


K: What is your hope/goal after you make the exhibits?

J: Depending on the type of display it is, I hope students will either become informed, either about a cause or event on campus, or enjoy learning a bit more about the history of this great college.

K: Where do you get the inspiration to make the displays?

J:  Nancy Greco and our collection in our College Archives have been a great resource.  Searching for ideas online.  Professors, like Tim Madigan, or Yantee Slobert in the Multicultural Affairs offices have contacted me to do various displays for them, and some of my ideas are just passed to me by colleagues in the library.


K: Do you have a favorite display that you’ve made?

J: I think my favorite display I worked on was the one highlighting the life of Tom Way, which was on display during the Fall of 2013.  Tom Way was a 1966 graduate of Fisher who fought in Vietnam and was Fisher’s first casualty of the war.  He died in Vietnam on October 9, 1967, five days after his 23rd birthday.  I had met with his sister and brother-in-law and used personal photos, letters Tom sent home from Vietnam, and other memorabilia that the family loaned us for the exhibit.

K: What can we look forward to seeing in the library next month?

J:  It will be hard to top last year’s display of the 5-foot Christmas tree treemade out of books, which took 367 books to create!  Maybe we will create a smaller tree this year.   I am working on a display for this year’s Day of Celebration, which is held on December 3rd.  I may set this up on the table by the elevator.  I am also in the beginning stages of planning a display for the glass case for next semester, and I’m thinking about doing one on the history of SJFC’s Glee Club (we have some great artifacts in our archives).

I certainly look forward to seeing the exhibits and hopefully learning something from at least the subject of the display. Whether it’s basketball, march-madnessfeminism, or a local hero in Rochester history, Jenny puts these displays out so that we are more informed and the subject matter is even easier to get to and learn about.


If you’re in the library and happen to pass one of the exhibits, take a second to actually look at and appreciate it. And if you see Jenny in the library, make sure to tell her thank you for all the hard work she does in putting the displays together. Thank you, Jenny!

Until next time Fisher Fam,


Kyle Cataldo, SAB President and internet meme enthusiast