Colleagues at the CSI Library are delighted to welcome to the Department two new Assistant Professors Naomi Gold and Elizabeth Hicks. Dr. Naomi Gold was recruited for the First Year Experience Librarian position, a position that the CSI Library identified in its strategic plan in support of the college’s commitment to support incoming students in their transition to the college environment. Dr. Gold comes to us from the University of Alabama where she served as a full-time Instructor at the School of Library and Information Studies. Prior to this position, she worked at Samford University as a research and reference librarian. Prof. Gold grew up in Chicago’s North Shore area, and has lived in St. Louis, Toronto, Birmingham Alabama, and Tuscaloosa Alabama. Prof. Gold won the Institute of Museum and Library Services fellowship award that enabled her to earn her Master’s of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at the University of Alabama, which she earned in 2004. In addition to her MLIS, she holds a master’s in Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in early Christian literature and Jewish studies, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, where her work focused on religiously-based approaches to the work of English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott.
Professor Elizabeth Hicks was recruited for the new position of Evening/Weekend Instruction Librarian. Over the past four years, the CSI Library has experienced a significant increase in library instruction sessions taking place between 6pm and 10pm and on the weekends. While the present full-time library faculty have adjusted their schedules over the years to accommodate these sessions, it was clear that this trend would continue to increase unless addressed in some way, and thus was included in our strategic plan. Hence, we are all delighted to have with us Prof. Hicks, who will carry a partial load of the evening weekend sessions and also assist with supervision during that time period.
Elizabeth Hicks is relatively new to the field of librarianship, having earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in 2008, but her enthusiasm for her profession is evident. She grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York, and always dreamed of moving to a big city. In 2010, that dream became a reality when she moved to Brooklyn for her first professional position. She comes to us from Plaza College where she served as Learning Resource Center Specialist. Prior to that, Prof. Hicks worked at the Brooklyn Campus as a Librarian at the Career Institute of Health and Technology. At both institutions, in addition to her library responsibilities, Prof. Hicks also taught introductory workshops on math, reading, and writing helping students prepare for the rigors of college.
As expected of tenure-track faculty, both librarians are expected to pursue an active and productive academic agenda through scholarly publication, grant writing, and participation in professional conferences. Dr. Gold’s research interests include information literacy instruction for first- and second-year students, the integration of media and popular culture content with library instruction, and the impact of social media on ultra-orthodox Jewish communities. Prof. Hicks is interested in investigating the interaction between libraries, race, socioeconomic status and life course outcomes, as well as the role of librarians as teachers.
On behalf of the Faculty and Staff at the Department of the Library, we wish Naomi Gold and Elizabeth Hicks a successful career at the College of Staten Island.
Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief Librarian