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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 of 2020 and our newest graduate students here at Seton Hall. For those of you returning again to the Hall, you will note the extensive work we’ve done in the Library to improve the findability of our materials.  The numbers – so far – are truly staggering:  we have inventoried over 275,000 separate items (almost 13,000 shelves of materials) to make sure that the record you retrieve matches the book on the shelf; we have almost fully inventoried our print periodicals – a process that has taken almost three years and netted us 1.5 miles of shelving to unpack our overcrowded collections; we have removed 10,000 duplicate copies and offered them to various communities for the same reasons; and we’re in the midst of shifting the entire collection to give needed room to organize the materials and for growth.

But that’s not all we do: we subscribed to 250,000 e-books for our community, and have access to several million more titles through our partnership with PALCI.  We provide a hold service so that the book is waiting for you at the circulation desk if you don’t have time to browse and a document delivery service that delivers well over 90% of your journal requests directly to your email within 24 hours.

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

Dr. John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries


Libraries Administration:

Elizabeth Leonard is the Assistant Dean of Information Technologies and Collection Services. 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 20 years working in the fields of information technology and libraries, including stints with NYU, Coach Leatherware, 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 past President 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.


Sebastian Derry is the Assistant Dean for Public Services. Prior to joining SHU, Sebastian served as the Director of the Elizabeth Seton Library at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York, and was the Head of Media Services at Temple University. He earned his MLIS from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island.