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NEW LIBRARY DIRECTOR AT
SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY SETS GOALS
ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's new library director, Philip
Tramdack, will shepherd a major technology upgrade at Bailey
Library, including installation of 30 new computers and 36
who succeeded Dr. Barbara Farah, comes to The Rock with 32 years
experience in academic libraries. Most recently, he was associate
dean at The College of New Jersey Library.
taking charge of the 450,000-volume library in December, Tramdack
has met with library faculty to understand their goals and to plan
services, including the technology upgrades. Thirty new computers
will be installed in the reference area this semester. Laptops are
being readied for the wireless access system being installed.
Laptops, available for use anywhere in the library, will provide
students opportunity for use in study carrels or the
feel very comfortable coming to SRU because of the commonality of
the two universities," Tramdacksaid. "Both are strong teacher-education
institutions with similar missions."
three of his six years at The College of New Jersey Library,
Tramdack was chief administrator of the library. Prior to that he
was an assistant dean. Over the years, he has worked as an
assistant library director, automation librarian, modern languages
librarian, head of technical services, head of circulation and
original materials cataloger. He has been an active member of the
American Library Association for 21 years.
library is making the most of recent technology upgrades, including
online databases and links to sister State System of Higher
Education libraries. Its computers will soon be connected to the
EnCompass federated search engine system, allowing increased
efficiency in searching catalogs, indexes and the Internet without
says, “I have been very impressed with both the library
faculty and non-instructional staff. I hope they will be the ones
to come up with new ideas for what we want to do better, or
differently, to make the most of the library’s resources.
These idea and changes will result in better, more complete,
service for students and faculty. We will be working to make the
library more attractive to students,” he says.
Library may host
who holds masters degrees in library science from Drexel University
and French literature from Trinity University, sees the library
becoming even more central to the university’s operation.
“We are considering a café, and we hope to host
exhibitions and casual, informal performances throughout the
semester that will draw the university community to the library.
Our goal is to capture students as soon as they step on campus so
they are comfortable with the library and all of its services and
Librarians can help
often think of the library as a very complicated complex. It has
purchasing functions; organizing and retrieval functions; inventory
functions; and think tank functions in which librarians network
with faculty and students to supply needed information,” he
explains. “We would like to work more with faculty in
developing curriculum that allows faculty to make use of existing
library resources -- or obtain needed resources. I want to
strengthen the role of library faculty – and that will start
with increasing awareness of the kinds of support our librarians do
already, and what we can supply in the future. We will be looking
at ways to collaborate with faculty to promote the information
literacy goals of the institution, and we want to position SRU to
deal with the enormous societal changes being advanced by
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