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Group discusses in-hall librarians, successors’ training

Maddie Daly | Thursday, February 21, 2013


In the closing weeks of its term, the Student Senate focused on a potential resolution to implement an in-hall librarian for every dorm and discussed preparations to train the Senate’s successors. 

Director of academic affairs Maxwell Brown introduced the resolution to the senators at Wednesday’s meeting. 

“O’Neill Hall and McGlinn Hall have had a librarian in residence this semester that came for two hours a week to answer questions,” Brown said.  “This resolution will expand the program to include every dorm on campus.”

O’Neill Hall senator Jack McKeon said the service was very helpful and well-received by his hall members.

“The librarian in O’Neill has been awesome,” McKeon said.  “We basically just ask any questions we have and he helps us with the research.”

Brown said he hopes to get the program established quickly and expand it as necessary. 

 “In terms of the weekly to monthly visits, the idea would be weekly in every dorm,” Brown said.  “I’d like to have the program in place as soon as possible though, so if that has to happen at a monthly basis at first it will gradually increase to weekly.”

A key aspect of the resolution is bringing the library resources directly to the students and giving them access to the best professional research librarians, according to Brown. 

“There is so much available at Hesburgh [Library] that people sometimes don’t know about or don’t live close enough to so this provides an in-dorm opportunity,” Brown said. 

The group voted unanimously for the resolution. 

Student body vice president Katie Rose spoke about her preparations for the student government transitions, which will begin next week. 

“You’ll see [incoming student body president] Alex [Coccia] and [incoming student body vice president] Nancy [Joyce] at all our senate and CLC meetings,” Rose said.  “We will also have …  meetings with them to cover everything from structure of the student union to campus initiatives.  We will also be having one-on-one meetings with our successors.”

The outgoing group has also put together detailed binders containing a report outlining all of the year’s accomplishments as well as a lengthy contact list, Rose said.

“We are hoping to have a very thorough transition so that Alex and Nancy can jump right in on April 1,” Rose said.  

Club Coordination Council (CCC) president Hannah Burke introduced her nominee for the 2013-2014 school year, Maggie Armstrong.  

“Maggie is a junior science- business major living in Walsh Hall and has served as a member of the Social Service division of the CCC,” Burke said.  

Student Union Treasurer Alexa Shaw also introduced her prospective successor, junior Andrew Lall.

“Andrew is from Zahm [Housel and studies finance and classics,” Shaw said.  “His wit and sense of humor, coupled with is impressive dedication to academics, make him a great candidate for the position.”

The group voted unanimously to appoint Armstrong and Lall to their respective positions.