Libraries Announce Several Promotions

Syracuse University Libraries announces several promotions effective July 1, 2020:

  • Brett Barrie, Assistant Catalog Librarian, Acquisitions and Cataloging, has been promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • John Stawarz, Online Learning Librarian, Learning Commons, has been promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Nicole Westerdahl, Reference and Access Services Librarian, Special Collections Research Center, has been promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Rachel Fox Von Swearingen, Librarian for Music and Performing Arts, Research and Scholarship, has been promoted from associate librarian to librarian, the Libraries’ highest rank.
  • Emily Hart, Science Librarian, Research and Scholarship, has been granted permanent status.
  • Brenna Helmstutler, Librarian for the School of Information Studies, Research and Scholarship, has been granted permanent status.
  • Deirdre Joyce, Head of the Digital Library Program, has been granted permanent status.

“The Libraries rigorous promotion process demonstrates our librarians’ commitment to ongoing professional education and scholarly research. A review of candidates by a group of librarian peers ensures fair and objective consideration. When the promotions are made, participants can be confident that not only does the University recognize the individual’s long-standing academic and research contributions, but their professional librarian colleagues do as well,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.  “My thanks to this year’s promotion committee for their engagement and many hours of work on this important activity: Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator (chair); Robert Cleary, Department Head, Acquisitions and Cataloging; Natasha Cooper, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian; Natalie LoRusso, Reference and User Experience Librarian; and Patrick Williams, Humanities Librarian; Digital and Open Scholarship Lead.”

Deirdre Joyce
Deirdre Joyce
Brenna Helmstutler
Brenna Helmstutler
Emily Hart
Emily Hart
Rachel Fox Von Swearingen
Rachel Fox Von Swearingen
Nicole Westerdahl next to card catalog
Nicole Westerdahl
Brett Barrie
Brett Barrie
John Stawarz
John Stawarz

Libraries Announces Several Promotions

Syracuse University Libraries announces several promotions effective July 1, 2019:

head shot of Anita Kuiken
Anita Kuiken

headshot photo of James Meade
James Meade

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Sebastian Modrow

  • Anita Kuiken, associate librarian for Falk College, has been granted permanent status.
  • Sebastian Modrow, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Special Collections Research Center, has been promoted from senior assistant librarian to associate librarian with permanent status.
  • James Meade, audio preservation engineer with the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, has been promoted from senior assistant librarian to associate librarian with permanent status.
  • Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, assistant University archivist and Pan Am 103 archivist with University Archives, has been promoted from senior assistant librarian to associate librarian with permanent status.
  • Anne Rauh, collection development and analysis librarian and interim Head of Collections, has been promoted from associate librarian to librarian, the Libraries’ highest rank.
  • Scott Warren, associate dean for Research and Scholarship, has been promoted from associate librarian to librarian, the Libraries’ highest rank.

head shot of Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn
Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn

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Scott Warren

Head shot of Anne Rauh
Anne Rauh

“These promotions provide an opportunity for the University to recognize the long-standing academic and research contributions of our librarian professionals,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. 

Recommendations for promotion are brought forward to the Dean of the Libraries by the Libraries’ Promotion Committee. They are then reviewed and approved by the Provost.