Library Outpost To Be Set Up In SASE Building
New Location to Offer Services Directly to Student-centric Area
Buffalo, New York – August 04, 2016 – A library outpost in the School of Arts, Science and Education will soon be established by the intrepid D’Youville College librarians led by the pioneering Debra Lucas-Alfieri, head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at the Montante Family Library.
Planned for the second-floor atrium area, students will have access to library services such as journal article downloads, research instruction and assistance, and triage, where students may be referred to the formal library for additional assistance. Conceived by Ms. Lucas-Alfieri, with the support of Rand Bellavia, library director, and approved by Dr. Arup K. Sen, vice president of Academic Affairs, the concept is expected to be in operation in time for the fall semester.
“Typically, freshmen and sophomore students spend the majority of their time in the new SASE building. This presents a unique opportunity for librarians to be at a location where the students study, as opposed to the traditional model where research librarians hope students stop for instruction,” Lucas-Alfieri said. “Faculty will also be able to refer students attending classes in SASE directly to the outpost.”
“It will basically be a table with a computer to start out, and with its inception, it will be operational on specific times and days of the week or more depending on staffing,” she said.
“It is a part of our student support services and should be very convenient for them.”
Lucas-Alfieri is a prolific author of books and library journal publications. Her latest book, “Marketing the 21st Century: The Time is Now,” was released in June 2015. She is in demand as a guest lecturer, conference presenter, and keynote speaker in the library and research field.