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Sojourner Truth Library is a "one-stop" shop for information

Sojourner Truth Library

The Sojourner Truth Library staff includes (front row, l-r) Megan Coder, Joan Laudicina, Susan Kraat, Chui-chun Lee, Gerlinde Barley, (back row, l-r) Sharon Countryman, Darlene Alessi, Chris Prehn, Joe Stoeckert, Russ Howitt and Judy Blauvelt.

The Sojourner Truth Library continues to evolve and adapt to the constant advances in technology.

"Our goal is to teach students how to find, evaluate and apply information in academic pursuits and future endeavors," said Chui-chun Lee, library director.

The library serves the entire campus and the staff maintains a close working relationship with students, faculty and staff, Lee said.

As technology advances, the library strives to adapt. The Web site was redesigned in 2005 and offers "one-stop shopping" for information in print and online. Visitors can search multiple areas, including online databases, the library catalog and periodical articles via linking technologies called SFX and MetaLibrary.

According to Lee, New Paltz was one of the first SUNY campuses to switch to an automated system, in the late 1980s. The library continues to upgrade the system; last April the new library management system called Aleph was implemented.

Lee said that the library identifies methods to better serve the campus, such as the need for a larger classroom and additional space for meeting, research and quiet study. And recently, the provostís office implemented late-night study hours during midterms and finals, as per student requests.

The library houses 500,000 volumes, in addition to 1 million units of microform, 40 publicaccess computers and more than 120 research databases.

The library, which receives support from the Friends of the Library organization, hosts special programs including a National Library Week celebration in April that will feature a fundraiser to benefit New Orleans libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Story and photo by Kristin Charles

MARCH 13, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 5

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