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Lavery Library Named Library of the Year

May 9, 2017

St. John Fisher College’s Lavery Library was named College Library of the Year, sponsored by the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC). Lavery staff, led by Library Director Melissa Jadlos, will be formally recognized during the RRLC Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 1.

Michelle Price, outreach and science librarian, assists a student.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by our community for the atmosphere we create and the support we provide,” said Jadlos.

Now in its eighth year, the “Do You Love Your Library” contest is the culminating celebration of National Library Week. RRLC received nominations from more than 1,800 library patrons from 66 libraries in the Rochester area. Lavery Library received 50 such nominations, many of which praised Lavery staff for both their professionalism and friendly attitude. “I love the library because of the librarians,” was the mantra of many of the nominations.

“The Lavery Library at St. John Fisher College is not just academically sound, it is truly the most customer focused library I have ever used.  The level of customer intimacy and service is difficult to describe. There is no finer facility or staff,” wrote one faculty member in their nomination.

In addition to serving as a hub for academic inquiry on campus, Lavery Library’s 20 staff members work as collaborative campus partners for co-curricular exhibits, programming, and professional presentations. In an effort to stand out as one of the most welcoming places on campus, staff provide students with snacks and coffee during finals week, among other outreach activities.

“The Rochester Regional Library Council knows that libraries are anchors in our communities - whether our ‘community’ is a school, a college, or a neighborhood,” said Kathleen Miller, executive director of the Council. “That belief is very apparent in passionate nominations received by Lavery Library. You are a model for all academic libraries.”