People and Libraries in the News
Holocaust Museum and Study Center in Spring Valley welcomed Rabbi
Michael Gisser as its new Executive Director on July 2, 2004 after
the retirement of director, Barbara Grau. Rabbi Gisser comes
to the Museum from Farleigh Dickinson University where he served as the Director
of Jewish Affairs and Israel Programs and as Adjunct Faculty for the past 7
years. Previously, he was Director of Campus Youth Services of UJA Federation
in Bergen County and Program Director of Hillel at McGill University and Vanier
Brothers Medical Center News:
In an old metal cabinet locked inside a closet at Vassar Brothers Medical Center,
a rare treasure has been discovered. Mary Jo Russell, Manager
of Library Services and resident Archivist, was called from her office to see
"a bunch of old books". These "old books" turned out to
be the original Board of Trustee meeting minutes dating back to 1886, one year
before the hospital admitted its first patient! Also included in the find: uncashed
bonds for area businesses and railroad investments, patient statistics, financial
records, a framed charter for the opening of the first pharmacy in 1912, copy
of the incorporation paper and an excerpt from the will of Matthew Vassar, Jr,
describing the endowment of a hospital. Next to the cabinet sat a wheelchair
in sad shape labeled "1895"! M. Russell is considering several options
for storage and preservations of the material.
change at the IBM Poughkeepsie Library:
Gregg Kiehl, who began in 1999 as a graduate assistant and
went on to become site librarian in 2001, has accepted a new position at SUNY
Cobleskill as head of circulation and interlibrary loan. He will be leaving
the IBM Poughkeepsie Library on September 20. Karen Moksvold, who served three
years as a graduate assistant until last year, will be returning as the new
Johnson is the new director at the Phoenicia Library
following the retirement of previous director, Hilary Gold.
Bailey is the new librarian at the Highland High School.
Hudson River Psychiatric Center has opened a museum chronicling the
long history of the center. Exhibits include various techniques used in mental
health care from the 19th century on, some even predating the center which opened
in 1871. The museum is located in the Cleaveland Home at the center, off Route
9G in the town of Poughkeepsie.
County Community College library news:
Carol McBride began working at the Sullivan County Community
College Hermann Memorial Library as a circulation department clerk/typist this
Memorial Library is inaugurating a brand new teaching room for information
literacy classes. Equipped with the latest wireless technology, this new classroom
(the renovated "Periodicals Room") will seat twenty students with
laptop computers. The information literacy program is designed for students
who need instruction in library research methods.
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