Friends of Folsom

Friends of Folsom

The Friends of the Folsom Library is a service organization comprised of Rensselaer faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and interested community members dedicated to enriching the collections, services, and events provided at the Folsom Library.

The generosity of the Friends supports a collection of best-selling fiction and non-fiction, a browsing collection of popular magazines, and an outstanding collection of DVDs. They also underwrite the maintenance of attractive plantings and provide lounge furniture throughout the Folsom Library as well as sponsor occasional exhibits and events, such as talks by local authors. In partnership with the Rensselaer Retirees Forum, the Friends co-sponsor monthly Lunch & Learn presentations on interesting topics during the academic year.

Besides the satisfaction of participating in a service organization that actively supports library programs, members of the Friends enjoy borrowing privileges to the Folsom Library’s and the Architecture Library's general collection books, the Class of '96 Reading Room best sellers and travel books, CD recordings, movie DVDs, plus a subscription to the Friends' newsletter, Folsom Library Unabridged. Members can also avail themselves of the millions of books accessible from the Connect NY consortium and its special expedited borrowing program via the Library's online catalog.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Folsom Library, The Chronicle of Higher Education is now available to the entire campus community via RensSearch. Click here for access!

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Support the Friends of the Folsom Library

To support the Friends of the Folsom Library using a credit card, visit alumni.rpi.edu/folsomfriends.

To support the Friends of the Folsom Library using a check, please make the check payable to “Rensselaer” with “Friends of the Folsom Library in the memo section and send to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3164, Boston, MA 02241-3164.

Friends of Folsom Board of Directors
 


Dr. Charles Boylen (Professor of Biology at Rensselaer)

Ms. Susan Clarke (former Vice President for Administration at Rensselaer)

Mr. John Dojka (Institute Archivist/Head of Special Collections at Rensselaer)

Dr. Ellen Esrock (Associate Professor, Communication and Media at Rensselaer)

Mrs. Ruth Gallagher (immediate Past Chair, former Director of Purchasing at Rensselaer)

Mrs. Margaret Gallien (Alumni News Editor at Rensselaer)

Mr. Chaz Goodwine, B.S. '12 (Rensselaer graduate student)

Mr. Rick Hartt, B.S. '70 (Chair, former Director of the Rensselaer Union)

Mr. John Kolb, B.S. '79 (Vice President for Information Services at Rensselaer)

Dr. Barbara Lewis, Ph.D '99 (Past Chair, Clinical Professor, Communication and Media at Rensselaer)

Dr. Kenneth Miller (retired Professor of Chemistry at Rensselaer)

Mr. Jeffrey Miner, B.S. '78 (Assistant Vice President for Information Services at Rensselaer)

Mr. Peter Pedone (Associate Advancement Officer in Rensselaer's Office of Alumni Relations)

Mr. Irving Stephens (former Manager of Public Services, Rensselaer Libraries)

Dr. Andrew White (Director for Library Information Services at Rensselaer)

Mr. Michael Zwack ’09 (former Grand Marshal at Rensselaer)

 

Organization By-Laws

BY-LAWS OF FRIENDS OF THE FOLSOM LIBRARY

 

ARTICLE 1 – INTRODUCTION

1.1 The name of the organization shall be Friends of the Folsom Library (Friends).

1.2 The Friends is a membership service organization affiliated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

ARTICLE 2 – MISSION

The mission of the Friends shall be to:

a. Enhance the Library’s collections, facilities and services for Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff, as well as the Capital District community at large beyond the Institute’s library budget.

b. Enhance community understanding of the functions of the Library and demonstrate its potential as a resource.

c. Sponsor and support programs and initiatives that demonstrate, promote, complement, and enrich the library as an essential strategic component in Rensselaer's objectives in research, education and innovation.

d. Encourage support for future advancement of the Library operations.

 

ARTICLE 3 – ORGANIZATION

3.1 The Friends shall be governed by a Board of Directors (Board).

3.2 The Board shall be comprised of:

a. Chair

b. Chair-Elect

c. Past Chair

d. Elected or reappointed Directors – minimum of 4

e. Student(s) – minimum of 1

f. Director of the Libraries

g. Institute Archivist

h. Assistant VP for Information Services

i. VP for Information Services

j. Coordinator for the Friends

3.3 All Board members shall be voting members.

3.4 A quorum shall be a majority of Board members present.

3.5 The term for all Board members shall be four years.

3.6 Directors may be reappointed by the Chair to consecutive terms.

3.7 Whenever possible, Directors shall be selected to represent the following groups: alumni, faculty, staff, parents of students, retirees, and citizens of the local community. Nomination of candidates for Director shall be made by Board members and either (a) submitted to the Chair prior to the Board meeting or (b) submitted at a Board meeting. The Chair shall have the discretion to seek approval either at a Board meeting or via an electronic vote.

3.8 Student Director(s) may be nominated by the Grand Marshall or by the Board Chair based on suggestions from current Board member(s). Nomination(s) must be approved by the Board.

3.9 The Chair-Elect shall be approved by the Board every two years.

a. At the conclusion of the two-year term, the Chair-Elect shall succeed as Chair.

b. Should the Chair-Elect succeed the Chair for a partial term (or otherwise leave the office of Chair-Elect vacant prior to completion of his/her term), a new Chair-Elect shall be approved by the Board at its next regular meeting. The new Chair-Elect shall complete the partial term and serve an additional term as Chair-Elect.

c. Should the Chair-Elect be unable or unwilling to complete his/her term of office, a new Chair-Elect shall be nominated by the Chair and approved by the Board at its next regular meeting. The new Chair-Elect shall serve as Chair upon the completion of the Chair’s term.

3.10 The Chair shall succeed from the office of Chair-Elect.

a. The Chair shall serve a two-year term.

b. Should the Chair be unable or unwilling to complete his/her term of office, the Chair-Elect shall complete the current term on his/her behalf and shall serve one additional term as Chair.

3.11 Central administration and coordination for the Friends shall be conducted from the Folsom Library, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street Street, Troy, NY 12180.
 

ARTICLE 4 –JOINING THE FRIENDS

4.1 Any individual or organization who annually donates to the Folsom Library either through outright gifts or gifts-in-kind valued at or above the minimum amount specified by the Board, shall become a Friend.

4.2 The minimum amount required for membership shall be established by formal action of the Board to become effective immediately.

4.3 Membership status shall be based on the following donation levels:

$50 - $99 Friend

$100 - $249 Sponsor

$250+ Patron

4.4 Membership in the Friends shall be for a period of one year from receipt of donation.

4.5 Individual LIFE Friends may be named by the Board at its discretion in recognition of consistent and substantial monetary or voluntary support of the Library.

 

ARTICLE 5 – MEETINGS

5.1 The Board shall hold meetings at least twice each year, in the spring and fall.

5.2 Board meeting dates shall be set by the Chair at the start of his/her term.

5.3 Board attendance must include at least 50 per cent of Board members.

 

ARTICLE 6 – COMMUNICATION/VOTING

6.1 Announcements and other communications can be made to Board members via e-mail.

6.2 E-mail utilization can be informational and/or for voting purposes at the discretion of the Chair.

6.3 For e-mail voting, a majority of the Board members must approve the recommendation in order to proceed.

6.4 Board members must vote within three business days.

6.5 Status of e-mail communications and voting decisions will be included on the Agenda for the next scheduled Board meeting (Interim Actions) so that information and decisions are recorded in the minutes of the next Board meeting.

 

ARTICLE 7 – NEWS AND PUBLICITY

7.1 A Friends’ newsletter will be published once a year. The newsletter will be mailed and/or e-mailed to all Friends.

7.2 A Friends of the Folsom Library blog will be maintained. Members and others can access the blog at the Friends' webpage at any time and, optionally, bookmark it as a "favorite” on their computer or subscribe to it via e-mail or a blog reader. The blog will provide articles and announcements of interest to the Friends of the Folsom Library.

 

ARTICLE 8 – COMMITTEES

Committees may be created by the Chair and/or Board to address special issues, such as programming, nominating, and membership.

 

ARTICLE 9 – PROGRAMS

Under the leadership of the Board, the Friends will sponsor various events throughout each year that shall promote interest in libraries, books, authors, alumni achievements, and history.

 

ARTICLE 10 – FINANCES

10.1 Funds contributed specifically for the use of the Friends shall be maintained in designated Friends of the Folsom Library accounts by the Director of the Libraries for expenditures and investments.

10.2 Expenditure of funds up to $500 shall be at the discretion of the Director of the Libraries.

10.3 Expenditure of funds greater than $500 shall require approval of a majority of those Board members attending a meeting.

10.4 At each Board meeting, the Director of the Libraries shall present a report on the Friends’ budget and designated accounts.

 

ARTICLE 11 – AMENDMENTS

11.1 Proposed amendments to the by-laws must be submitted to the Board at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which they are to be voted on.

11.2 Amendments to the by-laws must be approved by a majority of those Board members attending a meeting, which must include at least 50 per cent of the elected or reappointed Directors or voted on electronically in accordance with Article 6 of these By-Laws.

11.3 Amendments shall be printed in the newsletter and on the Friends’ website.

 

Recent Lunch and Learn Events

Sponsored by the Rensselaer Retirees Forum and Friends of Folsom Library

 

"Charles Darwin: A Life in Science, 1809 - 1882

1/9/2004

Mark Pattison

"Reflections of the Outgoing Mayor of Troy"

2/3/2004

Michael D. Sofka

"Spam, Spyware, Viruses and Spam: A Gentle Guide to Malware"

3/15/2004

Chris Ballantyne

"The Hudson River PCB Cleanup: An Environmentalist's Perspective"

4/9/2004

Randy Rumpf

"The Art of Creative Communications"

5/7/2004

Ed Dague

"Ed Dague's Early 1960's Experiences"

9/17/2004

Diane Litynski

"Anorexia Nervosa - The Ultimate Road Race"

11/5/2004

Earl A. Zimmerman

"Dr. Alzheimer Goes Molecular: Recent Developments in Alzheimer's Research"

12/3/2004

Dr. Michael Halloran

"Picturesque Patriotism: Tourists at the Saratoga Battlefield in the 19th Century"

1/20/2005

Katia Haskins

"Russia and Russians Confront Their Soviet History"

2/11/2005

Dr. Stephen E. Wiberly

"No Ivory Tower"

3/11/2005

Dr. Gill Kandell

"The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Curse the Deaf!"

4/8/2005

Dr. Merritt Abrash

"Utopian Studies"

10/15/2005

Lou Padulla

"New Medicare Options"

11/11/2005

Amy Faca and Lynne Kopka

"Troy's Historic Architecture: Recent Developments in Preservation and Rehabilitation"

12/9/2005

Robert Engel

"Doodles, Drafts and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian"

1/13/2006

Dr. William Brower

"Variegated Remarks on a Trip to Norway via London"

2/10/2006

Dr. Michael Hanna

"Why Biology? Literacy & Pedagogy"

3/29/2006

Dr. Hollis Seamon

"Moving in Mysterious Ways: Reading/Writing Detective Fiction"

5/12/2006

Jorge Vidal

"Renewal of Folsom Library"

9/8/2006

Ellen Sinopoli and Dr. Frances Bronet

"Spill Out!"

10/13/2006

Connie Fritz

"Impressions of the Holy Land"

11/10/2006

Sid Fleisher

"Alley Improvement Project"

12/8/2006

Dr. Henry Bungay

"Personal Computer Entertainment: Music, Videos, Images"

1/12/2007

Dr. Robert McNaughton

"Where Do We Go From Here?: A Review of Two Recent Publications About the War in Iraq"

2/9/2007

Dr. Paul Hohenberg

"The State of the U.S. Economy"

3/9/07

Jeanne M. Keefe

"Irish Immigration to Troy During the 19th Century: A Pictorial Essay"

5/11/07

Judith R. Saidel

"High-Tech Growth and Community Well-Being: Lessons Learned From Austin, TX"

9/14/07

Steve Muller

"The USS Monitor and Troy"

10/12/07

Dr. Richard Siegel

"Nanostructured Materials - Research at Rensselaer"

11/09/07

Kristen Frederick

"Philanthropy for All: How Community Foundations Can Help All of Us Leave Our Mark"

12/14/07

Dr. Larry Kagan

"Discovering a New Visual Language in Steel and Shadow"

2/8/08

Pete Shaver

"Live and Let Die: Famous, Infamous, Favorite, and Unusual Gravestones in New York State"

3/14/08

Christine Dixon

"Wiawaka: The Great Spirit in Woman"

4/11/08

Laura Kratt

"A Victorian Tradition in Modern Times"

5/9/08

Dr. Paul Hohenberg

"The State of the American Economy"

9/12/08

Kathy Sheehan

"The Resourceful Women of Rensselaer County"

10/10/08

Jim Moore '62

"Linked to Lincoln: Ada Hurd, Emma Willard and the Rise of Women's Rights"

11/14/08

Don and Diane Bell

"Take Me to the Kasbah!"

2/13/09

Kaitlin TeBordo Wood

"Conditions on the Ground in Zimbabwe"

 

3/13/09

Arturo Estrella

"The Economic and Financial Crisis: Will It Ever End?"

 

5/8/09

David Griggs-Janower and Sharon Roy

"Choral Music: It's Not What You Think!"

 
       

10/9/09

Wallace Altes

"Economic Changes in the Capital Region/Tech Valley Over the Past 20 Years"

 

12/11/09

Dr. Michael Halloran

“Mr. Cole’s Mythical River: Hudson River School Paintings Viewed from the Bottom of the Poestenkill Falls”

 

2/12/10

Michael Wacholder

“The Historic Dutch Barn at the Rensselaer Technology Park”

 

3/19/10

Amy Williams

“The Arts Center of the Capital Region”

 

4/9/10

Dr. Evan Douglis

“Digital Alchemy”

 

5/9/10

Dr. Roland Hummel

“My Years with George Rickey”

 

9/10/10

Tom Ryan '63

“The Bow Bridge Project in Hadley, NY”

 

10/1/10

Don and Lois Porter

“Eleven Winters in Latin America”

 

12/2/10

Lee Sheldon

“How I Spent My Lifelong Vacation"

 

2/11/11

Donna Wayner

“Hear What You've Been Missing: How to Prevent and Manage Hearing Loss"

 

4/1/11

John L. Carey and Kelly Strack

“Crime Scene Investigations: Reality versus CSI"

 

5/13/11

Bob Mayo

“Citizen Weather Observer Program"

 

9/16/11

Dr. Fran Berman

"Sustaining an Information-Driven World"

 

10/14/11

Dr. David Mendonca

"Fado: A View From Lisbon"

 

11/11/11

Edward Chevrette

"Wings of Fortune"

 

12/9/11

Sara Foss

"Good Stories Are Everywhere"

 

2/10/12

Jim Evans

"Moving Toward the Light--One Family's Journey into Solar Power"

 

3/9/12

Dr. Daniel Lewis

"Fuel Cells and Their Role in Electrochemical Energy Conversion"

 

4/13/12

Bob Mayo

“Granville Hicks: The Man, His Books, and the Controversy”

 

5/11/12

Brandon Graham

"Amateur Radio: A Beginning"

 

9/14/12

Kathleen Helfrich '68, '96

"Amos Eaton's Land"

 

10/12/12

Tom Whalen

“How Are You Using Linkedin? What’s New, What Works and Why Should I Care?”

 

11/9/12

Chuck Boylen

“The Global Dilemma With Invasive Aquatic Species and the Present and Future Prospects for Lake George ”

 

12/7/12

Jim Knowlton

“Athletics at RPI - An Inspiring Story!”

 

2/8/13

Stacy Pomeroy Draper

“The Great Fire of Troy”

 

3/8/13

Jim Bonesteel and Lawrence Howard

“Rensselaer Plateau Alliance"

 

4/12/13

Trudy J. Hanmer

"'Wrought With Steadfast Will' and The Historic Connections Between Emma Willard and Rensselaer"

 

5/10/13

Bram van Heuveln

"Visual Reasoning: Visual Interfaces for Logical Reasoning"

 

9/13/13

Kenneth Miller

“Factors Leading to the American Civil War”

 

10/11/13

Janice Naylor

"Going the Self-Publishing Route: One Woman's Journey"

 

11/8/13

Paul Stewart

“People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice: The Underground Railroad Revisited”

 

12/6/13

Steve Muller

"Troy Iron and the USS Monitor"

 

3/14/14

Zackery Belanger

"Case Studies in Acoustic Architecture"

 

4/11/14

Don Bell

"Money Life$avers: What We All Need to Know About Money"

 

5/9/14

William Gill '03, '11

"Photographing Trains at Night"

 

9/12/14

Judith Barnes '71, '84

"Celebrating a Non-traditional Life"

 

11/14/14

Dr. Paul Hohenberg

"Book Review: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty"

 

12/19/14

Kathryn Sheehan

"Where Family and Friends Gathered in Song: The History of the Fox Hollow Folk Festival"

 

2/6/15

Mike Sofka

"How to Ensure Your Email is Trapped as Spam"

 

3/13/15

Michael Oatman

"My Bibliomania: 30 Years of Art and Source Material"

 

4/10/15

Jenna Peterson Riley

"The Mysteries of the Mabee Farm: Uncovering the Story of a 300 Year Old Farmstead"

 

5/15/15

Michael Barrett

"The Hudson-Mohawk Region: Silicon Valley of the Nineteenth Century"

 

9/11/15

David Borton

"Solar Powered Cargo Boats--Design, Building, and Operation"

 

10/2/15

Mark Bodnar

"Albany Rural Cemetery in the Civil War"

 

11/13/15

Michael Halloran

"Stories of the Revolution, As Told on the Walls of the Saratoga Victory Monument"

 

12/11/15

Michael Sofka

"A Visit to the Land of Fire and Ice"

 

2/12/16

Charles Carletta

"The Philosophy, History and Impact of the American Legal System: A Global Perspective -- Part 1"

 

3/11/16

Charles Carletta

"The Philosophy, History and Impact of the American Legal System: A Global Perspective -- Part 2"

 

4/8/16

Margaret Brodie and Suzanne Hagadorn

"Cancer Screenings--Common Myths and Facts"

 

5/6/16

P. Thomas Carroll

"Charles Darwin: A Life in Science, 1809 - 1882"

 

 

Third Annual Carl A. Westerdahl Forum
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