The CSI Library Welcomes Two New Library Faculty: Valerie Forrestal and Kerry A. Falloon

We are delighted to introduce two new library faculty; Professor Valerie Forrestal, Web Services Librarian, and Professor Kerry A. Falloon, Acquisitions Librarian. Professor Falloon’s position is integral in maintaining and developing the libraries collections, both digital and print, in support of the needs of the academic community. Prior to being recruited, she served as a full-time Technical Services Administrator at Ocean County College Library in Toms River, NJ and as Head of Acquisitions & Collection Development at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Prior to these positions, she interned at the College of Staten Island Library after graduating with a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers’s School of Communication and Information Science (SCIS). During her internship at CSI, Professor Falloon worked on the Benevolent Society for Retarded Children Collection through the Library’s Archives & Special Collections.

In addition to her MLIS, she holds a master’s degree in Education with an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Seton Hall University. Her research interests include investigating patron initiated acquisitions, emerging technologies in libraries, resource and collection management in libraries, making libraries user friendly for special populations, and investigating discovery layers for resources held by the library. Professor Falloon also participates in Reference Desk Services, so expect to see her assisting patrons this semester.  She hopes to bring what she learned so far to CSI’s library services, especially utilizing more open source opportunities. I suggest for any faculty member, whom are also experts in their field, that you contact your subject liaison first for library resources held by the library. She can also be contacted directly via the Library Materials Request Form under Faculty Services for specific item recommendations or through her contact information below.

Professor Valerie Forrestal is the new Web Services Librarian. Before CSI, she was the Communications and New Media Strategies librarian for 7 years. She holds an MA in Media Production from Emerson College in Boston, a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, and an MS in Service-Oriented Computing from Stevens Institute of Technology. Her research interest focuses on User Experience-based web design and development, social media, educational technology, and requirements and software engineering for libraries.

 

Valerie is excited to report that the library is currently working on a major web site redesign.  The library web site will be migrating to a new content management system, so that it will be easy to update, and we can consistently deliver the latest news from the library, the school, and the educational community. Valerie also hopes to increase awareness of the Library’s resources by making them more accessible and easier to use. In fact, more intuitive navigation is one of her chief goals for the new site design. She hopes to create a site that is more logically organized, in order to make finding the information quicker and easier. Valerie will be focusing intensely on using responsive design to ensure that the site is fully optimized for viewing on all devices, from desktops with large monitors, to laptops, to tablets, to smart phones.

We’re a community of busy people, so we want to make sure that the  library is available to you on-the-go. In the coming months, the library may launch some user-testing initiatives for the new site design, so we hope you’ll consider participating in these, and in sending us any feedback, concerns, or suggestions you might have. We’d be especially interested to hear what you’d like to see on the new site, whether it be easier access to a specific page or resource, or added functionality, as well as anything you found irksome or cumbersome about the old site.

Please feel free to contact us:

Kerry A. Falloon, Assistant Professor
Acquisitions Librarian
Kerry.Falloon@csi.cuny.edu
718.982.4025

Valerie Forrestal, Assistant Professor
Web Services Librarian
Valerie.Forrestal@csi.cuny.edu
718.982.4023