Rensselaer Architecture Library
I have been a librarian and subject specialist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the past eighteen years. My current responsibilities include coordinating the Department of Reference & Instructional Services and overseeing the Libraries' collections and services for the School of Architecture, as well as those in the areas of Experimental Media, Visual Resources and the Arts. I manage the only branch library on campus which primarily serves the School of Architecture and is located on the third floor of the Greene Building.
The Architecture library's staff consists of three full time professionals and approximately 20 student assistants. LaVerne Sankey, Library Specialist trains and supervises our student assistants and manages the circulation, reserve and stack operations. The library houses over 30,000 volumes, and has a collection of nearly 160,000 slides, digital images and other visual materials. Jeanne Keefe, Media & Digital Assets Librarian develops and maintains the Media and Visual Resources Collection.
Materials supporting Rensselaer's Electronic Media, Arts and
Communication (EMAC) programs and the Experimental Media and
Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) are housed at Folsom Library.
The Media & Digital Assets Librarian, Jeanne Keefe also
assists in the development and maintenance of those
collections. The Libraries' Collection Development group
(subject specialists and library managers) jointly plan for the
acquisition of electronic resources and services for the entire
I have a Bachelor's degree in Art History from Douglass College
and a Masters degree in Library Service from Rutgers, the State
University of New Jersey. I also received a Masters degree
in Art History from Hunter College, City
University of New York. I am an active member of several
professional organizations including the Art Libraries Society of North
America (ARLIS) and its regional chapters. I have served as
Treasurer of the society from 2006 - 2008 and I am currently a
member of the society's Development Committee. I have also
served as President and Secretary/Treasurer of the ARLIS/NA Western New
York chapter. I am also a dedicated participant in the Association of
Architecture School Librarians, the Eastern New York
chapter of the Association of College and Research
Libraries and the Capital District Library Council of
upstate New York.