office of the dean
Office of the Dean
Hello and Welcome to Seton Hall and your library,
I am John Buschman and I extend a special welcome to our newest entering class and our newest graduate students here at Seton Hall. For those of you returning again to the Hall, you will see that we’ve made changes to make more of the Library’s most heavily used 2nd floor space available to students. Additionally, last year we subscribed to 200,000 e-books for our community, inaugurated a document delivery service that delivers well over 90% of your journal requests to your e-mail within 24 hours, and extended hours to 2 A.M. and lengthened the 24/7 period for Finals. And of course, we look to make more improvements this academic year. These initiatives promote “excellence in academics at Seton Hall University [and] the primacy of academics in all endeavors” within your library (from the current University Strategic Plan – “From Strength to Strength”). Specifically, “students’ needs are the library's top priority, faculty find the resources essential for their teaching and research” and we “support excellence in academic and individual work, enable inquiry, foster intellectual and ethical integrity and respect for diverse points of view through user-focused services and robust collections as the intellectual and cultural heart of the University” (from the current Mission, Vision and Values Statement of the University Libraries). This year we are posting plans, documents, and facts and figures about your library on this page.
If you would like to know a little more about me, you can click here. I am looking forward to our work here in the Seton Hall community, and adapting our motto, “despite hazards, the Library will move forward.”
Dr. John Buschman
Dean of University Libraries
Elizabeth Leonard is the Assistant Dean of University Libraries for Information Technologies, Resources Acquisition and Description. She holds a MLIS from Rutgers University, a Masters in Urban Planning from Wagner School of Public Service, and doctoral work in Clinical Psychology with an APA approved program. Additionally she has over 12 years of expereince in Information Technology, specializing in project management, systems development and administration. She is Chair of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Statistics Committee for the Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE) of New Jersey, on the Board of the 2014 Distance Library Services Conference, and a co-founder of the Facebook group, I Need a Library Job. She has published and presented on the subject of Online Libraries, marketing of online library services, and the value of academic libraries.
Naomi Gold is the Assistant Dean for Learning and Outreach Services. Dr. Gold received the Ph.D. from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. Her dissertation, "A Critique of the Theological Use of Winnicottian Psychoanalysis," focused on the ways in which religiously-committed psychoanalytic writers have drawn upon the work of English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott. Her M.A. in Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis focused on Patristic literature and Jewish studies. Her research interests include varieties of Jewish fundamentalism, New Religious Movements, the use of televised media in arts education (for example, Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts), and cultural programming in libraries. In 2006, she was the recipient of an IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) fellowship administered by the University of Alabama Libraries and the School of Library and Information Studies. She served for four years as reference, research and outreach librarian at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, an adjunct professor and instructor at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, and First Year Experience Librarian at The College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Jody Lee Drafta is the Assistant to the Dean of University Libraries Ms. Drafta joined Seton Hall in 2013. Prior to her work at SHU, Jody was the Assistant to the University Librarian at Columbia University from 2002 to 2009. Jody is a visual artist in sculpture and works on paper. She earned a B.A. in German Literature and Humanities from Reed College (Phi Beta Kappa) and in Fine Art from the University of Washington. She has an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and writes on contemporary art.