Sandi Thompson is Head of Suburban Campus Libraries

s_thompson[1].jpe It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Sandi Thompson has accepted the position of Head of Suburban Campus Libraries, effective December 3, 2007.

Sandi began working in the Temple University Libraries in 1969 as a Bibliographic Assistant, first in the Acquisitions Department followed by service in the Business Library, Government Documents, and finally in the Mathematical Sciences Library. In 1985 after earning her M.S.L.S. at Drexel, Sandi was named the Bibliographic Services Librarian at the Ambler Campus Library. In that role, she has been deeply involved in the Ambler campus and its library as well as in many services and activities on the main campus. She has been very active professionally in regional and national library organizations. Since September 2006, she has served as the Interim Head of Suburban Campus Libraries.

Sandi looks forward to continuing her work with faculty and students at both the Ambler and Tyler campuses. She can be contacted at or by telephone at 267-468-8645.

Larry P. Alford, Dean of University Libraries

Dr. Diane Turner is New Curator of Blockson Collection

Today Dr. Diane D. Turner joins the Temple University Libraries as curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.

Please see an announcement from the university’s Office of Communications for more details about her appointment.

I welcome Dr. Turner to our staff, and I greatly look forward to working with her.

Larry P. Alford, Dean of University Libraries

ceLIBration Welcomes New Students To Temple’s Libraries

If you think that libraries are no-fun zones, think again.

On the afternoon of Friday August 24 business was anything but usual at Paley Library. As part of the University’s Welcome Week event, the Temple University Libraries hosted ceLIBration. Offering food, music, and fun, ceLIBration was an opportunity to encourage new students and their parents to visit Paley Library, enjoy the facility, and meet staff members. Several hundred students and their families joined in the festivities.

One of the highlights of ceLIBration was a “Guitar Hero” video game competition. Seven students competed against each other for the title of Paley Guitar Hero Champion and a $100 gift certificate. The winner of the competition was Chris Sekula who amassed a huge score in dominating the competition. Later, a grand finale raffle offered more gift certificates for local restaurants and the Pearl movie theater.

Here are a few pictures of the event, starting with the Guitar Hero competitors:


Guitar Heroes in action.

Even some of the library staff got in on the action.
The DJ and guests at the entrance to Paley Library.

People and food in the reference stacks of Paley.
Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian

Adam Shambaugh is new Business Librarian

I am pleased to welcome Adam Shambaugh, who joins Temple Libraries on September 4, 2007 as our new Business Librarian. Prior to coming to Temple, Adam served as the assistant department head of the Springs Business Library at the University of South Carolina. Before starting a career as a librarian, he served for several years as the assistant director of the university’s Center for Business Communication.

Adam holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina as well as a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the same institution.

Larry P. Alford, Dean of the University Libraries

Sebastian Derry is new Media Services Librarian

I am delighted to welcome Sebastian Derry, who is our new Media Services Librarian, effective August 6, 2007.

In this newly-created position, Sebastian will be responsible for creating and leading a media services unit in Paley Library. He wil be assessing the library’s media collections and resources, bringing them into a single operating unit, and leading the library’s planning for a media center that will offer a full range of services to students, faculty, and the Temple community.

Sebastian formerly served as the Fine Arts Librarian and Media Resources Coordinator at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library. He has also worked at Hostos Community College Library in New York City. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Prince Edward Island, also in Canada.

Larry P. Alford
Vice Provost for Libraries

Mark Darby Appointed Head of Cataloging & Metadata

I am pleased to announce that Mark Darby is the new head of our Cataloging and Metadata Services Department, effective August 1, 2007. This concludes a national search to fill the position.

Mark joined Temple Libraries in 1994 as a special collections cataloger, and since 2001 has led the department’s database management unit. Previously, he was a cataloger and archivist at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He holds an M.S. degree in library science from Drexel University and an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University.

Larry P. Alford,
Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian

Blockson Curator Candidates: CVs and presentations

Three candidates for the position of Curator of the Blockson African American Collection have been invited to campus for interviews. You are cordially invited to attend each candidate’s public presentation on The Future of Special Collections: What is Special About Special Collections and Archives, from10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Paley Library Lecture Hall (ground floor) on the following days. Click on each candidate’s name to view a curriculum vitae (in pdf format).

May 18 Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney
May 31 Kimberly Camp
June 4 Dr. Diane Turner

For more information about the search, consult the following Temple Timesarticles.

October 20, 2006
December 20, 2006

— Carol Lang

D. Washington Appointed Director of External Affairs

I am very pleased to announce that David Washington has accepted the position of Director of Library External Affairs and Advancement for the Temple University Libraries, effective April 10, 2007.

David brings a strong background in institutional advancement, fund raising, marketing, and community relations to the libraries. Most recently he has worked as Director of Planning and Development for the Partnership School Program at Temple University. At the Partnership School program, he was responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive development program as well as for developing alliances with individuals and organizations within and outside of Temple to bring in-kind services and funds to the program.

Prior to his appointment at Temple, David was Senior Program Officer for seven years at The Philadelphia Foundation, a $300 million public charity. While at the Foundation, David was responsible for reviewing and evaluating grant applications submitted by non-profit organizations seeking grant support. In addition, David provided technical support services to nonprofits in an effort to help them build their capacity and enhance their overall programming. David also informed donors and prospective donors of the Foundation on a variety of issues and trends impacting our community to help ensure that the Foundation’s grantmaking remained relevant, strategic, and had a long-term impact.

Prior to his appointment to the Foundation, David was Assistant Vice President and Public Affairs Manager at PNC Bank for nearly a decade. At PNC, David was responsible for the oversight of its $3.4 million corporate contributions program, which supported non-profit organizations throughout the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. I am very pleased that David is joining us and look forward to working with him to develop external funding sources and build community relations for the Temple University Libraries.

Larry P. Alford
Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian

Paulos Author Reading Canceled

We regret to announce that the reading by Temple mathematics professor and bestselling author John Allen Paulos, originally scheduled for April 11th, has been canceled. The event will be rescheduled for Fall 2007, with a specific data and time to be announced at a later date.

eBook Celebrates Black History Month

Did you know that the Temple University Libraries offer access to hundreds of thousands of full-text electronic books? Through agreements with multiple eBook providers, University faculty, staff and students can access this content through the library catalog or the dedicated “eBooks” page within the library web site.

One of our premier eBook providers, NetLibrary, offers a free eBook each month, and this month’s choice is especially significant for Temple University. In honor of Black History Month, NetLibrary’s free eBook for February 2007 is A Companion to African-American Studies.

The book’s editors are Temple’s own Lewis R. Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon. Lewis R. Gordon is the Laura Carnell University Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Director of Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies, at Temple University. He is the author of Her Majesty’s Other Children (1997), Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (2000) and of anthologies that include the co-edited Not Only the Master’s Tools (2005).

Jane Anna Gordon teaches in the Department of Political Science and is Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple University. She is the author of Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict Over Community Control in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, 1967-1971 (2001) and co-editor (with Lewis R. Gordon) of Not only the Master’s Tools: Theoretical Explorations in African-American Studies (2005).

The Gordons’ new volume chronicles the challenges that African-American Studies programs confronted in an effort to achieve acceptance in colleges and universities throughout the nation. Now, academia takes these programs for granted, but this collection of original essays by expert scholars reflects on the pitched battles to establish African-American studies as a bona fide academic discipline. The Gordons, in their Introduction: On Working through a Most Difficult Terrain, let the reader know that it was not always so easy to set up African-American Studies programs:

“The academic ‘field’ [African American studies] according to some proponents, ‘discipline’ according to others, has gone through a variety of conceptual transformations as it moved from ‘Black Studies’ to ‘Afro-American Studies’ ‘African-American Studies’ and now ‘African Studies’. During this decades long process it has met scholarly prejudice from all quarters of the university/college hierarchies.”

Now the Gordons bring together an elite group of scholars to continue their exploration of issues of ethnicity, identity, and racial politics. The publication ofA Companion to African-American Studies in electronic format is an opportunity for the Temple University community to discover the world of electronic books.

If you need additional information about any of our electronic books please drop in or use our Ask A Librarian service.

Al Vara, Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for African-American Studies
Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services