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Larry Sullivan

Larry Sullivan retired as Chief Librarian in January 2021. He had held that position for a quarter century, and under his leadership the Lloyd Sealy Library became one of the most respected and forward-thinking in the CUNY system. More than anyone else, he is responsible for building our collection into one of the finest and most extensive in the field of criminal justice in the country. Scholars from around the world visit to use our unique resources. He also fostered the development of Special Collections, finding funds for the acquisition of rare books and encouraging the expansion of our manuscript collections. For over a decade he worked to open new spaces for Special Collections, and that effort has finally come to pass.

Dr. Sullivan earned a doctorate in medieval history from Johns Hopkins and then a library degree (MLIS) from Catholic University. His first position as a librarian was in the Maryland State Penitentiary. That experience spurred him to a lifetime interest in the writing of prisoners, and he has built an extensive personal collection. Prior to coming to John Jay, he was the head of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress.

Above all, Larry Sullivan is a scholar, and throughout his career he evidenced a creative and insightful set of interests. He was the editor of The Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (2005) and The SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2009), enticing many John Jay faculty to contribute. He also edited two editions of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual (2014 and 2017), again including contributions from faculty, including the librarians. He was also a co-editor of Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes: Dime Novels, Series Books, and Paperbacks (1996), revealing another dimension of his interests.

Larry was the author of The Prison Reform Movement: Forlorn Hope (1990), Bandits & Bibles: Convict Literature in Nineteenth-century America (2003), and The New-York Historical Society: A Bicentennial History, 1804-2004 (2004) – for a time he had been head librarian there as well. Two other publications must be mentioned. With illustrator D. R. Wakefield he created The Brownsville Boys: Jewish Gangsters of Murder, Inc. (2013), a set of original prints of notorious and forgotten mobsters. It is a beautiful book about remorseless killers. In 2017 he curated an exhibit of courtroom art here, highlighting works in our collection. He “invited” me to contribute the text, and then we turned the exhibit into a book, Rogues Gallery: Forty Year Retrospective of Courtroom Art, from Son of Sam to El Chapo (2017).

Larry always encouraged the scholarly work of us librarians. Where some chief librarians insist that only publications in the field of Library Science would be acceptable, Larry encouraged the librarians here to publish in subject disciplines. Addressing a gathering of CUNY librarians in 2004, he said that publishing is what makes librarians “whole in the eyes of the rest of the college’s faculty and gives them equal stature as faculty.” He believed that a research agenda in a subject was integral to the role of academic librarians, and essential for tenure and promotion. After I published a book in 2010, he repeatedly reminded to me, “Your next book will get you promotion.” That took time, but I accepted the challenge. The best thing he could do as chief librarian, he insisted, was to “create an atmosphere that is conducive to research.” During his tenure at John Jay, Larry Sullivan more than accomplished that goal.

Jeffrey Kroessler, Interim Chief Librarian

Read more from the Spring 2022 issue of Classified Information, the Library's newsletter


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Photograph of Dr. Larry SullivanOn the morning of January 6, 2021 Larry Sullivan announced his retirement, effective immediately at a regular Library faculty meeting. We all thought it would be the most shocking thing that would happen that day. We were wrong about that, but at least we will always remember the anniversary of his retirement.
    I will miss Larry’s deep understanding of academic library administration and management; he always knew when, how and to whom to advocate for the Library when a problem loomed. But the most important lessons I learned from working with Larry was how to practically manage our Special Collections. Under his direction we made significant acquisitions of rare book and archival collections, which have more than doubled in size over these past two decades. As a result, we regularly have been able to report in this publication an average of four to five publications a year resulting from researchers working with our unique primary resources on criminal justice history (broadly defined).
    As work continues finally finishing and opening our new Special Collections reading room and exhibit space, I am also reflecting on how this suite of room was conceptualized as part of “the John Jay Construction Phase II” planning of the New Building three decades ago, well before I arrived in 2004. It took all of the intervening years of Larry advocating for this space to finally make it a reality. While famously technology-adverse, Larry’s support for our robust digitization program from our Special Collections have made content from thousands of items freely available supporting not only those unable to travel to NYC but most importantly student learning directly from primary materials. We have Larry to thank for making the Library’s unique collections accessible, known and used, not only at the College but worldwide. I wish him well on his well-deserved retirement. -- Ellen Belcher

In addition to being a celebrated scholar and mentor, as a chief librarian who oversees the work of library faculty and staff, Larry has also been a compassionate manager who had promoted work-life balance well before it became a management cliche. I am grateful for working with Larry when I was a new mother and my son was a very small child. Among sleepless nights, endless colds, unpredictable child  afflictions, snow day school closures, and other crises, I had always known that Larry would tell me to calm down, take as much time as needed, and pick up the work when I was able to. Thanks to Larry, the library department has embraced a care-work culture where people’s private lives and family obligations were seen as a part of who we are and how we work. Time and time again, Larry supported those of us who had to attend to children, elderly parents, our own health crises, or to others who needed our care by ensuring we knew that he understood and encountered these challenges himself. I wholeheartedly hope that this particular legacy of Larry’s tenure in the Library will continue to shape our work lives. -- Marta Bladek

I am appreciative for his expertise as an administrator who was an able representative among the CUNY and John Jay College administrators and fellow faculty members. He was special in his ability to draw out the best in the library faculty and staff (including custodians) and helped all of us to make a good presentation professionally at the College and elsewhere. -- Marvie Brooks

Larry was and is a scholar, first and foremost, and as chief librarian for over two decades he made a point to hire intellectually curious library faculty in whom he saw the same potential. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to land than John Jay, and I am grateful to Larry for his unflagging support and encouragement of my scholarship en route to tenure and promotion. Working for Larry meant never having a moment’s doubt that he would support his faculty and staff in every way possible. He instilled confidence in me and my colleagues and gave us the freedom to carry on and do our jobs well. In large part due to Larry, my position at John Jay has been the most satisfying work experience of my career. – Kathleen Collins

For many decades, the John Jay College Library and Larry, or Dr. Sullivan, were synonymous terms when faculty were talking about my place of work. Everybody in the college, be it a seasoned professor, a janitor, a 6th floor administrator, a graduate student, a visiting scholar knew Larry and were able to make their way into his office to chat or get advice. His attitude towards library faculty, clerical staff and student workers is always of respect, equality and interest in other person’s life and experience. Larry is always impeccably dressed, has a calming and attentive demeanor and is carrying the most erudite conversations on a vast variety of topics: world travel, literature, theater, history of punishment, crime, educational theories, just to name a few. Larry’s favorite phrase is “to be continued” which I interpret as “problems will be solved, people will move on, reason will prevail.” -- Maria Kiriakova

I am going to miss Larry’s calm and compassionate leadership. He guided so many of us through the stress–inducing tenure process. I appreciated Larry’s trust in our ability to lead and manage our work responsibilities and units. I never doubted that he would support us and the library even through the most difficult times like the pandemic lockdown period. Thank you, Larry, for being there for us! -- Karen Okamoto

As Assistant to the Chief Librarian, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from the exceptional librarians in the John Jay College Library, in particular Bonnie Nelson for excellent computer training, and Janice Dunham and Chief Librarian Larry Sullivan for excellent library training.
-- Carolyn Paden

I first met Larry at about the beginning of the fall 2019 semester when I arrived at John Jay for my interview for the cataloging and metadata librarian position. I had just recently finished my dual MS LIS and MA History degrees and Larry’s scholarship on prisons and prison librarianship filled the bibliography of my theses. I would soon learn that we share even more interests such as rare book cataloging, American traditional tattoos, and a deep admiration for Samuel Steward a.k.a Phil Sparrow. I did not have the pleasure of working with Larry for long. However, Larry has provided me with great support within my research areas, professional development opportunities, and has continually reminded me that I can always reach out to him for support. I am grateful to have worked with him for he is a true scholar, mentor, librarian, and leader. I wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement. -- Patrick J. Raftery Jr.

It is hard to adequately pay tribute to the work of the Chief Librarian who led and shaped the Library for over a quarter of a century. Larry was barely ensconced in the Chief's Chair when I started my career at the library in the mid-nineties. His was a genial and discreet presence, striding the hallways with a single thin braid running over the collar of his dark suit. He arrived as web browser Netscape's Navigator took over from Mosaic, and the CD ROMS stacked in towers beside workstations were our most exciting new technology visible to users. Telephones sat firmly on top of desks. He enlivened the dullest meetings with philosophical asides and anecdotes of the Chicago boys, dive bar tending and prison librarianship. He wrote and taught and talked about punishment and prisons and prisoners and prisoners’ writing. His office was a curio box of vintage dime store novels, religious kitsch, postcards and art, with the resident devils and angels mesmerizing and menacing guests. He steered the Library successfully from card catalog days through three management systems (NOTIS, Aleph, Alma), yet was helpless in front of a beeping photocopier. By the year he retired, most of our users were accessing most library content remotely, many using light handheld devices many times more powerful than our old workstations.
    Larry was generous with distributing writing assignments to the willing, sharing opportunities to publish in the encyclopedias and handbooks he edited. Generous too with tickets to the magnificent annual Armory show on Park Avenue; wandering through the stalls in search of bargain-basement criminal justice treasures was an education; not least chatting with Larry's tattooed and kilted friends amid their eclectic collections.
    He was a steadfast and unfailing advocate for the library within the college and beyond. He led us enthusiastically through times of unimaginable technological change while maintaining a deep reverence for the physical manifestations of books and manuscripts. We miss his stewardship, and wish him all the best and happy travels. -- Ellen Sexton

To Larry, you have touched all hearts in Lloyd Sealy Library. I greatly appreciate your leadership and support system for your employees throughout the years. P.S. don’t forget about us. Thank you so much. -- Debbie Spivey

On paper and in life, Larry’s breadth and depth of knowledge might intimidate the less traveled, both figuratively and literally given his penchant for world travel. And then one gets to know him. Although the library is only one of Larry’s many interests, he always has had the library’s back, knowing when to lead, when to intervene, and when to let the experts do their job. For me, his kindness and efforts to support the people in the library are what I will always remember first when thinking about Larry. -- Maureen Richards

I was honestly surprised when I heard that Larry Sullivan decided to retire. A part of me thought that he'd be here forever. He has been a fixture of the library for the whole of my career and it’s difficult to imagine the place without him. Larry’s time as Chief Librarian has been transformative. It is a period where the way we do business changed completely, moving from card catalogs to computers. I’m deeply appreciative to have had the opportunity to work here while he has been in charge. He helped to make the library an open and friendly place, both for students to study in and for faculty and staff to work in. His retirement is the end of an era but I know that after so many years of hard work, it is also well deserved. Larry, congratulations and best wishes! -- Mark Zubarev



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Larry Sullivan

On the morning of January 6, 2021 Larry Sullivan announced his retirement, effective immediately at a regular Library faculty meeting. We all thought it would be the most shocking thing that would happen that day. We were wrong about that, but at least we will always remember the anniversary of his retirement.
    I will miss Larry’s deep understanding of academic library administration and management; he always knew when, how and to whom to advocate for the Library when a problem loomed. But the most important lessons I learned from working with Larry was how to practically manage our Special Collections. Under his direction we made significant acquisitions of rare book and archival collections, which have more than doubled in size over these past two decades. As a result, we regularly have been able to report in this publication an average of four to five publications a year resulting from researchers working with our unique primary resources on criminal justice history (broadly defined).
    As work continues finally finishing and opening our new Special Collections reading room and exhibit space, I am also reflecting on how this suite of room was conceptualized as part of “the John Jay Construction Phase II” planning of the New Building three decades ago, well before I arrived in 2004. It took all of the intervening years of Larry advocating for this space to finally make it a reality. While famously technology-adverse, Larry’s support for our robust digitization program from our Special Collections have made content from thousands of items freely available supporting not only those unable to travel to NYC but most importantly student learning directly from primary materials. We have Larry to thank for making the Library’s unique collections accessible, known and used, not only at the College but worldwide. I wish him well on his well-deserved retirement. -- Ellen Belcher

In addition to being a celebrated scholar and mentor, as a chief librarian who oversees the work of library faculty and staff, Larry has also been a compassionate manager who had promoted work-life balance well before it became a management cliche. I am grateful for working with Larry when I was a new mother and my son was a very small child. Among sleepless nights, endless colds, unpredictable child  afflictions, snow day school closures, and other crises, I had always known that Larry would tell me to calm down, take as much time as needed, and pick up the work when I was able to. Thanks to Larry, the library department has embraced a care-work culture where people’s private lives and family obligations were seen as a part of who we are and how we work. Time and time again, Larry supported those of us who had to attend to children, elderly parents, our own health crises, or to others who needed our care by ensuring we knew that he understood and encountered these challenges himself. I wholeheartedly hope that this particular legacy of Larry’s tenure in the Library will continue to shape our work lives. -- Marta Bladek

I am appreciative for his expertise as an administrator who was an able representative among the CUNY and John Jay College administrators and fellow faculty members. He was special in his ability to draw out the best in the library faculty and staff (including custodians) and helped all of us to make a good presentation professionally at the College and elsewhere. -- Marvie Brooks

Larry was and is a scholar, first and foremost, and as chief librarian for over two decades he made a point to hire intellectually curious library faculty in whom he saw the same potential. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to land than John Jay, and I am grateful to Larry for his unflagging support and encouragement of my scholarship en route to tenure and promotion. Working for Larry meant never having a moment’s doubt that he would support his faculty and staff in every way possible. He instilled confidence in me and my colleagues and gave us the freedom to carry on and do our jobs well. In large part due to Larry, my position at John Jay has been the most satisfying work experience of my career. – Kathleen Collins

For many decades, the John Jay College Library and Larry, or Dr. Sullivan, were synonymous terms when faculty were talking about my place of work. Everybody in the college, be it a seasoned professor, a janitor, a 6th floor administrator, a graduate student, a visiting scholar knew Larry and were able to make their way into his office to chat or get advice. His attitude towards library faculty, clerical staff and student workers is always of respect, equality and interest in other person’s life and experience. Larry is always impeccably dressed, has a calming and attentive demeanor and is carrying the most erudite conversations on a vast variety of topics: world travel, literature, theater, history of punishment, crime, educational theories, just to name a few. Larry’s favorite phrase is “to be continued” which I interpret as “problems will be solved, people will move on, reason will prevail.” -- Maria Kiriakova

I am going to miss Larry’s calm and compassionate leadership. He guided so many of us through the stress–inducing tenure process. I appreciated Larry’s trust in our ability to lead and manage our work responsibilities and units. I never doubted that he would support us and the library even through the most difficult times like the pandemic lockdown period. Thank you, Larry, for being there for us! -- Karen Okamoto

As Assistant to the Chief Librarian, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from the exceptional librarians in the John Jay College Library, in particular Bonnie Nelson for excellent computer training, and Janice Dunham and Chief Librarian Larry Sullivan for excellent library training.
-- Carolyn Paden

I first met Larry at about the beginning of the fall 2019 semester when I arrived at John Jay for my interview for the cataloging and metadata librarian position. I had just recently finished my dual MS LIS and MA History degrees and Larry’s scholarship on prisons and prison librarianship filled the bibliography of my theses. I would soon learn that we share even more interests such as rare book cataloging, American traditional tattoos, and a deep admiration for Samuel Steward a.k.a Phil Sparrow. I did not have the pleasure of working with Larry for long. However, Larry has provided me with great support within my research areas, professional development opportunities, and has continually reminded me that I can always reach out to him for support. I am grateful to have worked with him for he is a true scholar, mentor, librarian, and leader. I wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement. -- Patrick J. Raftery Jr.

It is hard to adequately pay tribute to the work of the Chief Librarian who led and shaped the Library for over a quarter of a century. Larry was barely ensconced in the Chief's Chair when I started my career at the library in the mid-nineties. His was a genial and discreet presence, striding the hallways with a single thin braid running over the collar of his dark suit. He arrived as web browser Netscape's Navigator took over from Mosaic, and the CD ROMS stacked in towers beside workstations were our most exciting new technology visible to users. Telephones sat firmly on top of desks. He enlivened the dullest meetings with philosophical asides and anecdotes of the Chicago boys, dive bar tending and prison librarianship. He wrote and taught and talked about punishment and prisons and prisoners and prisoners’ writing. His office was a curio box of vintage dime store novels, religious kitsch, postcards and art, with the resident devils and angels mesmerizing and menacing guests. He steered the Library successfully from card catalog days through three management systems (NOTIS, Aleph, Alma), yet was helpless in front of a beeping photocopier. By the year he retired, most of our users were accessing most library content remotely, many using light handheld devices many times more powerful than our old workstations.
    Larry was generous with distributing writing assignments to the willing, sharing opportunities to publish in the encyclopedias and handbooks he edited. Generous too with tickets to the magnificent annual Armory show on Park Avenue; wandering through the stalls in search of bargain-basement criminal justice treasures was an education; not least chatting with Larry's tattooed and kilted friends amid their eclectic collections.
    He was a steadfast and unfailing advocate for the library within the college and beyond. He led us enthusiastically through times of unimaginable technological change while maintaining a deep reverence for the physical manifestations of books and manuscripts. We miss his stewardship, and wish him all the best and happy travels. -- Ellen Sexton

To Larry, you have touched all hearts in Lloyd Sealy Library. I greatly appreciate your leadership and support system for your employees throughout the years. P.S. don’t forget about us. Thank you so much. -- Debbie Spivey

On paper and in life, Larry’s breadth and depth of knowledge might intimidate the less traveled, both figuratively and literally given his penchant for world travel. And then one gets to know him. Although the library is only one of Larry’s many interests, he always has had the library’s back, knowing when to lead, when to intervene, and when to let the experts do their job. For me, his kindness and efforts to support the people in the library are what I will always remember first when thinking about Larry. -- Maureen Richards

I was honestly surprised when I heard that Larry Sullivan decided to retire. A part of me thought that he'd be here forever. He has been a fixture of the library for the whole of my career and it’s difficult to imagine the place without him. Larry’s time as Chief Librarian has been transformative. It is a period where the way we do business changed completely, moving from card catalogs to computers. I’m deeply appreciative to have had the opportunity to work here while he has been in charge. He helped to make the library an open and friendly place, both for students to study in and for faculty and staff to work in. His retirement is the end of an era but I know that after so many years of hard work, it is also well deserved. Larry, congratulations and best wishes! -- Mark Zubarev



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Marta Bladek published “Student well-being matters: Academic library support for the whole student” in The Journal of Academic Librarianship (47.3) and “Students and parents: How academic libraries serve a growing population” in Library Trends (70.2).

Kathleen Collins was a writer-in-residence for two weeks at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho during her Fall 2021 sabbatical and shares her experience in “Big Monastery on the Prairie” at katcoindustries.com/scholastica. Her short story, “Footprint Zero,” was published in the Spring issue of A Plate of Pandemic. She continues to produce Indoor Voices podcast, which she co-founded in 2017, and published the 71st episode in March 2022.

Jeffrey Kroessler published “The Word on Wilding” in the Spring 2022 issue of Academic Questions. The November 18, 2021 issue of The New York Review of Books featured an essay about his recent book, Sunnyside Gardens: Planning and Preservation in a Historic Garden Suburb. In March he gave a talk at the AIA’s Center for Architecture about the book.

 

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Books on Shelf

The Lloyd Sealy Library’s physical space will be open to current John Jay and CUNY students, faculty, and staff starting on Friday 1/28/22. Our remote services will continue as well. 

 

In line with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, please see details below:

Access to the physical library:

Currently, only current CUNY students, faculty, and staff who comply with CUNY’s COVID-19 mitigation protocol can visit the Library. 

 

Visitors (including outside researchers and alumni) must follow the campus access protocol. The special collections room will remain closed. Researchers may inquire about a virtual consultation with the special collections librarian by contacting libspcoll@jjay.cuny.edu 

Library hours:

Please refer to the Library’s calendar for details.

Mask mandate:

Everyone must wear a face mask at all times while in the library, per CUNY guidelines.

Available services for students:

  • Circulating books and reserves.
  • Computer workstations (library computers are not equipped with headphones or microphones)
  • Silent study areas
  • Study spaces for students with their own devices.
  • Printing and scanning.
  • Study rooms will be capped to 2 people at a time.
  • In-person research assistance on the upper level of the library.
  • Remote research help through chat, email, Zoom, and phone.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL), please refer to our ILL policy for details.

Available services for faculty:

  • In-person research assistance on the upper level of the library.
  • Remote research help through chat, email, Zoom and phone.
  • Library instruction.
  • Reserves.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL), please refer to ILL our policy for details.


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For Fall 2021, the Library is expanding its virtual reference assistance. Now, in addition to chat and email students are welcome to consult with librarians live on Zoom.
 
The Zoom drop-ins are equivalent to our face-to-face reference service that provides assistance with forming a research topic and search strategy, finding and accessing sources, and solving any research-related problems.
 
Some of the queries librarians address include the following:
 
*How do I get started with my project?
*What are the keywords I need to get good articles?
*Where should I go to find sources for my paper?
 
Checking in with a librarian, as students often observe, makes research more doable and saves lots of time and frustration. In the remote environment, getting library assistance via Zoom additionally provides guidance in doing research in a context where print sources are not available.
 

We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom.


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Library books on shelves

The Lloyd Sealy Library’s physical space will be open to current John Jay students, faculty, and staff starting on Wednesday 8/25/21. Our remote services will continue as well. 

In line with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, please see details below:

 

Access to the physical library:

At present,  current John Jay students, faculty, and staff are able to visit the Library if the comply with CUNY COVID-19 protocols. Please see more information on campus access.

Other CUNY patrons are allowed as well, as long as they comply with CUNY COVID-19 protocols. Please see more information on campus access.

The Library is not open to outside researchers. 

 

Library hours:

Please refer to our calendar for details.

 

Occupancy limits and social distancing:

The Library will monitor the level of occupancy to prevent overcrowding. In line with social distancing guidelines, limited computer workstations, study carrels and seats are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.  

 

Mask mandate:

Everyone must wear a face mask at all times while in the library, per CUNY policy.

 

Available services for students:

  • Circulating books and reserves. 
  • Limited number of computer workstations (library computers are not equipped with headphones or microphones).
  • Silent study areas.
  • Study spaces for students with their own devices. 
  • Printing and scanning.
  • Study rooms will be capped to 2 people at a time.
  • Zoom library workshops
  • In-person research assistance on the upper level of the library.
  • Remote research help through chat, email, and phone.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL), please refer to our ILL policy for details.

 

Available services for faculty:

 


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PROBLEM:  How do you wear a protective face mask yet use your voice clearly?
How do you maintain a safe social distance yet participate in shaping your community?
SOLUTION:   Vote! 

Despite the challenges of COVID, it’s easy to vote in the upcoming election. We’ve put together a brief guide with links to help you navigate.
Start by making sure you are registered to vote. The guide provides links to register to vote and/or check your registration status online.
This year, you can vote by mail with an absentee ballot. Alternatively, you can vote in-person - either early or on election day. The guide provides links to the absentee ballot application and is an easy place to find the dates and locations of in-person polling places for both early voting and Election Day voting.
In addition, we provide links to help you make informed decisions about the candidates and any ballot measures up for a vote. Our guide helps you find biographical information, policy and issue viewpoints, positions and beliefs, and who exactly is helping to finance a candidate’s campaign.
Your vote and your voice make a difference. Check out our Voting 2021 guide and vote!

 

 

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Since 1998, Rodrigo Hicks shared his joyful personality, generous character and incredible work ethic with the library. He worked part-time in the evening, first in the Circulation Department then later with Interlibrary Loan. Thanks to Rodrigo’s meticulous work scanning and processing library materials, we were able to share our extensive collections with patrons around the world. Rodrigo was also responsible for processing books that arrived for our patrons and returned them to their home libraries. While he worked diligently, Rodrigo would take the time to share a word or two with colleagues and students. Our memories below illustrate how he touched many lives and brightened our days. Here, we share our fond memories of Rodrigo and pay tribute to a dear colleague. (Compiled and written by Karen Okamoto)

 


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This summer, all libraries in CUNY are transitioning to a new software system, Alma. We will be joining more than a thousand libraries around the world that have already adopted this state of the art end-to-end integrated library system for managing the acquisition, cataloging, circulation and sharing of resources in all formats (print, electronic, and digital). In order to ensure the smooth transition of millions of records to the new system, the CUNY libraries have to take a pause in July for processing  and cataloging any new materials and creating records. OneSearch, the discovery system that is the public face of Alma, will be still searchable but will not display any new records or updates until August 10th. Please be patient and contact us with any questions at libref@jjay.cuny.edu


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