ATG Star of the Week: Courtney Seymour, Head of Collection Development, Union College, Schaffer Library

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Name: Courtney Seymour
Title: Head of Collection Development
Organization: Union College, Schaffer Library
Phone:  (518) 388-6632
Fax:  (518) 388-6641
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Born and lived:  Born in Poughkeepsie, NY;  lived in Buffalo, NY (2004-2005);  Capitol Region of NY (1998-2004; 2005-present): Schenectady, Niskayuna, East Greenbush, Clifton Park.

Early life:  1984 Pleasant Valley Library Read-a-thon Winner.

Professional career and activities:  Union College, Schaffer Library as Head of Collection Development 2005-July 2012;  Reference Librarian 2001-2004;  Soon-to-be “Outreach Librarian” (official title to come), August 2012.

Recent article:  Jefts, Kara, and Courtney Seymour.  “Partnering with Multicultural Groups to Mount a Juried Art Exhibition.”  College & Research Libraries News 73, no. 4 (April 2012): 218-222.

Recent award:  Union College, UNITAS Community-Building Award, Co-recipient, 2011.

Family:  Husband, two-year-old son.

Pets:  Two dogs (boxers).

In my spare time I like to:  Run, read, play with my kid and dogs.  It’s not spare in the sense of “optional,” though.  Those are life commitments, requirements.

Favorite books:  Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens);  The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald);  Cathedral (Raymond Carver).

Pet peeves: what makes me mad:  Sense of entitlement, procrastination.  Those are two that come to mind right now.

Philosophy:  I’m here to support student learning and development.

Most memorable career achievement:  Co-curating an annual LGBTQ art exhibition at Union (building cross-campus partnerships with other campus units, both student and staff-run).

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now:  Planning the ultimate, well-attended library outreach event (that can be replicated).

How/Where do I see the industry in five years:  We’ll be accessing more archives online but still struggling to strike the eBook/print book balance.

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