West Campus Library Adds Positions and Welcomes New Team Members

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A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus

The West Campus Library is composed of faculty and staff members who support student success as part of the Office of Learning Support. We are pleased to welcome new members to the team as we also congratulate others who have assumed new roles.

Ruth Smith, Library Director, West Campus

ruth-smith-hs-270wRuth Smith is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the West Campus Library, including long range planning, development, evaluation of services and recommending emerging technologies. New to the College, she joined Valencia on June 23, 2014.

This semester, her focus is on assessing the teaching, learning and technology needs of her patrons – students and employees alike – so that the library can be central, responsive and vibrant in meeting the needs that enable learning.

“I am excited to be part of Valencia in this collaborative and creative environment that enables me to be proactive and visionary in service of this community. The energy and enthusiasm is contagious,” Ruth said. “Seeing the students succeed and knowing the library plays a part in putting them on a path of lifelong learning is highly rewarding.”

Ruth earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in accounting from the University of Memphis, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis School of Law and a Master’s of Science in information science from the University of Tennessee. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Nardia Cumberbatch, Librarian

nardia-cumberbatch-hs-270wNardia Cumberbatch performs library instruction, reference services and is the library liaison for allied health, nursing and mathematics. She joined the College in May 2014.

“I enjoy supporting and engaging with students, whether in the library or in the classroom. Most importantly, being there to witness that “aha” moment when everything makes sense and students get that what we’ve been teaching them translates into their everyday life.”

She is frequently asked if the library is just for students.

“The library is for everyone, students and staff alike,” Nardia says. “And best of all, you can access many of our resources from home.”

In summer 2014, she had the honor to serve as the LSAMP Summer STEM Institute coordinator and believes that the experience was a great first introduction to Valencia for the student participants.

“The energy Valencia showed that week, and the enthusiasm and camaraderie delivered by West Campus faculty and staff, kept our students engaged and looking forward to experiencing the advanced resources Valencia has to offer. I know our students enjoyed that week because some of them continue to stop by the library regularly.”

Nardia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in library and information science from the University of South Florida.

Jennifer Codding, Manager, Cataloging and Acquisitions

jennifer-codding-hs-270wJennifer Codding monitors the library’s materials budget, orders materials and maintains the library’s online public access catalog (OPAC), which contains more than 89,000 bibliographic records. The OPAC search form allows searching by any combination of author, title, subject/keyword, date or format.

She delights in ensuring that the library’s resources are as organized and as easily accessible for patrons as possible. Jennifer is available to assist with placing orders for resources not currently in the library.

Employed at Valencia since March 2014, she lives by the quote, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree in library and information studies from Florida State University.

Jeannie Rodriguez, Library Office Systems Manager

jeannie-rodriguez-hs-270wJeannie Rodriguez coordinates processes and practices for Library Services, including hiring, staffing, training and professional development of employees. She also provides oversight of the library’s budgets and ensures that needed resources are available to serve students, such as iPads and laptops for checkout.

“Being able to contribute to people achieving their dreams is rewarding. It’s nice to know that at the end of the day I wasn’t just pushing papers or fixing database issues behind the scene,” Jeannie said. “Rather, those things helped someone get the resources they needed to succeed in their academic pursuits and in their life. Most rewarding, is being able to see the excitement on a student’s face and hear it in their voice as they say they are graduating.”

Although Jeannie has been employed with the College for nearly nine years, serving two years as a part-time library support specialist and more than six years as library office systems manager, her new role has been a transition and has evolved since beginning in April 2014.

Jeannie received an Associate in Arts degree from Valencia College and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida.

Alicia Spruce, Library Services Supervisor

alicia-spruce-hs-270wAlicia Spruce works with new hires and student assistants. She ensures that students leave with an understanding of the library’s reserve collection and oversees the workflow of the circulation department.

Joining the College four years ago as a student assistant, she has worked in several roles, including part-time library support specialist, and now as a full-time library services supervisor which she assumed on August 25, 2014.

“I really enjoy working with a great and understanding team and value having relationships with each member,” she said.

Alicia completed an Associate in Arts degree in general studies at Valencia and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice and a criminal profiling certificate at the University of Central Florida.

2 Comments

  • C Penfold Navarro said:

    What a wonderful team! As someone with an unending desire to read, I am excited to see your passion and purpose for connecting students with ideas and stories, information and concepts, that will shape their lives in many ways! Thank you for the work you do.

    AMFri, 19 Sep 2014 06:20:34 +0000Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:20:34 +0000am14,6:20 am

  • Karen Cowden said:

    Love our Librarians and library staff!

    PMFri, 19 Sep 2014 18:40:31 +0000Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:40:31 +0000pm14,6:40 pm

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