Dr. Linda Jones Roccos, Professor and Electronic Information Services Librarian, has decided to retire after 15 and a half years of service to the College of Staten Island Library. In these 15 years, she has authored a book, several articles and numerous reviews, including the 2003 invited article “The New Information Professional: Not your Grandfather’s Librarian” in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science and the book, Ancient Greek Costumes: An Annotated Bibliography, 1784-2005, published in 2006. Her contributions to the growth and development of the CSI Library have been outstanding, starting with the construction of our first web site in 1997. Throughout her years at the CSI Library she has stepped in selflessly to support other units when needed and has served as Acting Acquisitions Librarian, Acting Coordinator of Library Instruction, and Acting Chief Librarian.
Working beyond the walls of the Library has always been Dr. Roccos’ forte, electronically and physically. She has developed strong relationships with the faculty of History, Art History, and also with those in the SLS Program, has successfully introduced information literacy into their curriculum at all levels. In the Staten Island Community, her work as co-curator of the SIIAS@ CSI Archaeological Study Collection, 2000-2010 has consistently been applauded. Within CUNY, Dr. Linda Roccos was one of the founders of the Electronic Resources Advisory Committee and has continued to play a leadership role in this committee. As President of the Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY), she was instrumental in promoting the availability of PSC-CUNY grants to librarians through seminars and meetings and rekindling the travel grant fund for CUNY librarians and library school students to attend or participate in conferences. In everything she does, Dr. Roccos has consistently promoted the role of librarians as faculty at CSI and within CUNY.
Needless to say, Dr. Roccos has been an excellent colleague and mentor to both faculty and staff at CSI and CUNY. A retirement party for Dr. Roccos will take place on May 17, 2013. If you would like to attend the farewell party, please contact the Library at extension 4001. In the meantime, please join me in wishing her the best as she prepares to start a new page in her life after many many years of work in higher education institutions.
Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief Librarian