Who's My Librarian?

Blackburn Kourtney

Kourtney Blackburn

Phone: (585) 385-7340
Email: kblackburn@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

Job Responsibilities:

Leading and training the Access Services Department (Circulation and Interlibrary Loan), Providing research help and library instruction, Training/workflows for Fisher Digital Publications.

A typical day:

Revise policies or workflows with the Access Services team, process interlibrary loan requests, work with Fisher Digital Publications, work at the Research Help Desk.

Areas of expertise/interest:

Resource sharing, library instruction, training, social media outreach, digitization.

My favorite part of my job:

Learning something new and different every day, whether it is job-related or about a topic I'm helping someone research.

I love it when:

We track down a difficult-to find request for someone through Interlibrary Loan!


Christina Hillman

Phone: (585) 385-8493
Email: chillman@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

  • Online and Distance Programs
  • Ed.D. at OCC
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

A Typical Day

I'm looking over lots of data related to assessment (playing with spreadsheets) and working to make this information valuable to our stakeholders. I work with students, both at the Research Help Desk and online conferences, answering questions and troubleshooting research help from all levels (freshmen to doctorial). Trying to catch up with my colleagues (both @ Fisher and other library’s) about what they have been attempting for assessment or online programming.

Areas of expertise/interest

Data Visualization for Assessment, Teaching and Learning (as related to information literacy), Online and Distance Learning

My favorite part of my job

Answering questions: from students, faculty, colleagues, or myself. I love being able to work with others to either solve a problem or create something new, interesting, valuable.

I love it when

See above. :) Also, when I’m teaching a library session or working one-on-one with students and they have the “light-bulb” moment. No matter the connections they make, big or small, when someone makes a connection to the larger picture, it’s wonderful!

Before becoming a librarian

I never wanted to leave college—so I became an academic librarian, all the fun of college, teaching, and learning, and none of the grades. Also, I bartended.

Benjamin Hockenberry

Benjamin Hockenberry

Phone: (585) 385-8382
Email: bhockenberry@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

Job Title

Systems Librarian

A typical day

Manage the library systems (FisherCat, WorldCat, ILLiad, Get It @ Fisher, "Everything" Search, Fisher Digital Publications, etc.). Meet with students and faculty for research consultations, buy books. Meet with OIT and other departments around campus to plan for campus IT needs. Put out some fires here or there. Fiddle with code and with image editors. Teach workshops.

My areas of expertise/interest

Library and Tech hats: Open access publishing, scholarly communication, search and retrieval (subject access, facets), hacktivism, game-based learning, data science.
Art hat: folk music, mixed-media abstraction, figurative art, street art, noise, found sound

Before becoming a librarian

One of my previous jobs was preparing exhibits and workshops (and cleaning wax ovens) at an encaustic paint factory and workshop center.


Melissa Jadlos

Phone: (585) 385-8164
Email: mjadlos@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

  • Philosophy & Classical Studies


Michelle Price

Phone: (585) 899-3743
Email: mprice@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

Job Responsibilities

Outreach and Marketing for Library, Special Collections & Rare Books, Sciences Librarian

A typical day

Meet with a student for a consultation, teach a class to nursing students, answer faculty research questions via email, welcome tour groups in the library, investigate a new social media service for library, and put finishing touches on a grant application.

My areas of expertise/interest:

Curriculum Mapping, Library Instruction, Building searches for Systematic Reviews, Bioinformatics, Data Management, Team Based-Learning, Solving Real World Problems in the Classroom.

Others would say that I:

Others would say that I am a library cheerleader or tour guide Barbie.

My favorite part of my job is:

My favorite part of my job is that every day is so different.

I love it when:

I love it when I get to design a new library instruction class.

At meetings I am always:

At meetings I am always playing devils’ advocate.

Before becoming a librarian

Before becoming a librarian, I worked as a Spanish teacher in a daycare.
Interview with Michelle Price: "Life Before Fisher"


Kate Ross

Phone: (585) 385-8136
Email: kross@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

Job Responsibilities

Acquisition of books, videos, eBooks; Technical Services; Cataloging; Collection Development and Management; Reference and Instruction

A typical day

Troubleshooting a workflow or account problem; answering questions from faculty and students.

My areas of expertise/interest

Analyzing data to make better decisions about what books and videos we purchase; video licensing and public performance rights; eBook usage and licensing; shipping logistics.

Others would say that I:

Others would say that I am thoughtful and am always eating.

My favorite part of my job is:

My favorite part of my job is buying new movies and videogames.

I love it when...

I can direct a student or faculty member to resources that will help with a paper, assignment, or research project

At work I am always...

..."rushing to catch a train," a phrased used to describe me as an undergraduate that still applies, meaning I'm always rushing to get somewhere.

Before becoming a librarian...

...I thought I wanted to be a History professor. Or a meteorologist.

Links to professional social media pages


Video interview with Kate Ross, Technical Services and Acquisitions Librarian


Kathi Sigler

Phone: (585) 385-8140
Email: ksigler@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

  • Education – Inclusive (UG)
  • Education – Literacy (MS)
  • Education – Special Ed (MS)
  • Educational Leadership (MS)
  • Executive Leadership (Ed D)
  • Math, Science, Technology Education

Job Responsibilities:

Teaching people how to use library resources as well as their own creativity and passion to find the information they need for academic research or for creating wonderfully engaging lesson plans for the classroom; discovering new and exciting picture books, chapter books, teacher resources, and K12 databases; staying connected to K12 school districts

A typical day:

Moving between my office and one classroom or another to teach library sessions; welcoming drop-ins who ask for help with research or with locating items for making engaging lessons; working at the Research Desk; spending time with the folks in the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education; searching for new and wonderful items for the Curriculum Center and its K12 databases

My areas of expertise/interest:

Teaching & learning; K12 education; online education; differentiation; finding one’s strengths; advocacy

Others would say that I:

Don’t mind being interrupted; have the only librarian office on Lavery’s Lower Level; know more than the average college librarian about children’s books, YA literature, and teaching

My favorite part of my job is:

Every day is different from the ones before and those yet to come

I love it when:

I see pre-service teachers connecting ideas and creativity to create lessons that are based in solid research and will engage their students

At meetings/work I am always:

Listening to see where I can contribute

Before becoming a librarian/working at a library:

I did many other things...I spent 22 years raising our children and volunteering in schools; ran a business as a professional organizer; was a Board of Education member; taught business writing and public speaking; taught middle school; was a human resources representative for a public utility; worked as a college admissions representative; waitressed through college; worked for Housing and Urban Development after Hurricane Agnes... at age 14, my first job was working nights in a cigar factory; and at age 52 I returned to school for my master's degree in school librarianship


Marianne Simmons

Phone: (585) 385-7399
Email: msimmons@sjfc.edu

Librarian for:

  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Ethics
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women & Gender Studies
Interview with Marianne Simmons: "Life Before Fisher"

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