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 the fruits of nine months’ labor in the Library. In addition to a general facelift with new carpeting and paint, we have completely updated the most heavily used spaces to better accommodate the needs of the modern student. The new soft seating, café tables, and reupholstered seating in the study carrels will provide you with a comfortable place to focus and study, whether you prefer quiet solitude or more social, group work. All new touchscreen computer stations in the Information Commons, Curriculum Resource Center, and Silent Study Room – including ten iMacs – ensure that you are able to get your work done without being hindered by out-of-date machinery.
In the last year, we’ve subscribed to 200,000 e-books for our community, and have access to several million more titles through our partnership with PALCI. We’ve also inaugurated a document delivery service that delivers well over 90% of your journal requests directly to your email within 24 hours. If you’d prefer a hard copy, our inter-library loan services can get a book to you in 4-10 days.
We will look to make even 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 (NYU), and doctoral work in Clinical Psychology with an APA approved program. Elizabeth's background spans over a 15 years working in Information Technology and libraries, including stints for NYU, Coach, and the Department of Defense. She specializes in project management, systems development, digital librarianship, and library administration. Her book, Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment, (with co-editor Erin McCaffrey) was published by ACRL in 2014. She is the Vice-President/President-Elect of ACRL-NJ, and has published and presented on the subject of Online Libraries, virtual embedded librarianship, 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.