October 6, 2016 by Lisa McMahon, M.A.'09
Three NU Alumnae Help Meet the Informational and Lifelong Learning Needs of the Niagara Community
NU alumnae Samantha Gust, M.A.’11, Melissa Langridge, M.S.Ed.’15, and Bridget (Schumacher) Doloresco, ’04, are three of the Niagara library’s six full-time librarians. Having an NU degree on their résumés has helped them to better serve the library’s patrons and given them a unique perspective when working with both students and faculty. Now they’d like to expand their reach into the alumni community.
Samantha already had a master’s degree in library science and a few library jobs under her belt when she obtained a job as reference and interlibrary loan librarian at NU in 1999. But pursuing her master’s degree in Niagara’s interdisciplinary studies program led to her promotion to senior assistant librarian and head of acquisitions, which gives her the responsibility of managing the materials budget to acquire books, DVDs, and online materials. She notes that management and communication courses were especially useful for her new role, and that the information she gained during a grant-writing class helped her write a successful grant.
For Melissa, an internship at the NU library during her MLS studies led to a full-time job. As a reference and information literacy librarian, she was tasked to teach others how to locate, evaluate, use, and communicate information in various formats. As Melissa grew more familiar with her role, she realized a foundation in education would prove beneficial. She earned a master’s degree in secondary education literacy instruction and says that she frequently draws upon the teaching skills she developed in her current position as coordinator of user education.
Bridget realized she greatly enjoyed teaching on a one-on-one basis while she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education. Her advisor recommended she consider taking courses toward a library degree. She returned to Niagara in 2015 as outreach librarian after earning her master’s and working as an information literacy and Web 2.0 librarian at the University at Buffalo. She now works closely with Melissa on instruction and helping connect the NU community to the services the library offers. The two find that their shared NU experience helps them in their work.
“One of the greatest strengths that Bridget had when she was applying for the position was the fact she was an alum of the NU Department of Education,” Melissa says. “I knew we’d have the same perspective and that she would be an incredible collaborator.”
All three women work with students in the classroom in various capacities, and Bridget is also the library’s liaison with the NUSTEP program and teaches local high school students how to perform college research.
Whether it is finding opportunities to collaborate with those who work in local schools and libraries, or assisting alums who want to use the library’s services, the women are hoping to spread the word that there are many ways Purple Eagles can take advantage of all the library has to offer. Local alums and those in the area for on-campus events can visit the library during regular operating hours to check out books and DVDs (you may request a courtesy card at the circulation desk–download an application at http://tinyurl.com/hz6uha9); use library computers to access library research databases, Microsoft Office, and the internet (request a guest login when you arrive); and receive research assistance from reference librarians.
To find out more about the library’s programs and services, visit library.niagara.edu/.