Supporting A Place for Collaboration and Inquiry … and Maybe a Cup of Coffee
Friends of the Blough-Weis Library may be a new organization, but its members have bolstered the work of the library for many years. They have generously earmarked funds for our building campaign, attended library events and donated in-kind gifts. Efforts to expand and improve the library would not have been successful without this support.
More people are visiting the library than ever before, thanks to its flexible space that accommodates a variety of needs.
The first floor was completely redesigned and refreshed in 2014 to make the space more student-focused. Open and airy, there’s comfortable seating for group discussions, helpful library staff who answer questions—even a coffee shop to provide stimulation and sustenance.
During the Fall of 2018, the Dr. Richard E. & Sally F. Caruso Mentoring & Innovation Center had its ribbon-cutting and dedication. The new center integrates technology, teaching and real-world experience by providing a place where students, faculty and mentors can collaborate. Entrepreneurship classes began meeting during the fall of 2018 in the newest space inside the Blough-Weis Library. It has already become a place where entrepreneurs cultivate new ideas and students can be inspired. Check out this new space if you are visiting campus!
The library also hosts art exhibitions, sponsors book clubs, and showcases historical collections and memorabilia throughout the year.
The Blough-Weis Library offers everything a user needs to acquire information and pursue knowledge. Since the Susquehanna curriculum embraces collaborative learning, you’ll find plenty of group study areas equipped with white boards for brainstorming and technology for easy content sharing. Of course, there are places for quiet study as well.
The library’s print, digital and special collections continue to expand, and the library regularly adds articles, presentations and posters by Susquehanna students and faculty to its Scholarly Commons online repository.
Funding from Friends of the Blough-Weis Library helps the staff connect with students at every level of their academic career. They go into classrooms and teach how to research topics in every academic discipline, how to qualify sources, even how to create annotated bibliographies. They have also created an online tutorial to help first-year students hone their research skills.
Additionally, library staff provides one-on-one research consultation for capstone and other research projects. The library also offers 24/7 access during finals week each semester.
Friends of the Blough-Weis Library Committee
Carol Sensenig ’72 Klein: Carol’s first work-study job was as a student assistant in the library, working at the circulation desk. After graduating from Susquehanna, Carol founded the Writing Center and maintained her connection to SU by serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Alex Smith: Alex came to Susquehanna in 1979 to work for admissions, serving as the assistant director. Alex then worked in the registrar’s office for 32 years. Alex believes the library at Susquehanna is central to students’ liberal arts education.
Rob Sieczkiewicz: Rob currently serves as interim university librarian and director of the Blough-Weis Library.
Tamara Erney ’06 Ozlanski: Tammy returned to work for Susquehanna in 2016, and currently serves as the director of gift planning in the advancement office. The library was an integral part of her academic experience as a student.
Craig Stark: Craig is an associate professor in the Department of Communications. Craig served on the Faculty Library Committee where he learned about how the library worked and the services that it offers. Craig has an interest in impacting the library through his involvement with the group and hopes to use the newly formed friends group to connect it to other offices on campus.
Tina Jansen P’17: Tina serves as the administrative assistant at the Blough-Weis Library, offering support to the director and staff members for various programs and initiatives. Her responsibilities within the Steering Committee include contacting alumni, organizing mailings and meetings, and planning the details of Friends’ events.
The Dalton Scholars awards, which launched in spring 2018, recognize the exceptional scholarly work of our students.
Named in honor of librarian emerita Kathleen Dalton, they are presented each semester during the Sandwiches and Scholarship event that Dalton founded.
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Blough-Weis Library, each student receives monetary prize in addition to a certificate of scholarship.
Information about the event and videos of presentations are posted each semester on the Blough-Weis Library Facebook page.
Past honorees included:
- Savannah J. Carlson '19
- Shanon-Imani Benjamin '19
- Zaida Bryant '19
- Kaitlyn McMullen '21
- Nicole Grace '21
- Brianna Watson '20
- Madyson Brown '19
- Laura Long '19
- Christine Hill '21
- Abigail Antoine '21
- Jeremy Kozich '19
- Julie Vincent '19