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Staff Directory

Ms. Elaine Wells, MA, MLS, AHIP
Library Director
Phone: (212) 938-5691
Email: ewells@sunyopt.edu

Ms. Wells is responsible for all Library planning, service, budget and administrative operations. She provides reference services and oversees the cataloging, networking and automation needs of the collection. The Director sets and implements policy with the goal of providing the highest quality information services and the best possible use of resources. She is Chair of the Committee on Learning Resources and the Committee on Health, Safety, and Energy Conservation and is the College's Copyright Officer. She is a member of the Council on Information Technology and Dean's Council, and an ex-officio member of the Committee on the Professional Curriculum. She is also a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association's Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Ms. Kim Oliver
Library Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (212) 938-5515
Email: koliver@sunyopt.edu

Ms. Kim Oliver joined the Library in January 2011. In response to a demonstrated need to provide awareness and information services to members of the College community working at remote sites, including alumni, adjunct faculty and other eyecare practitioners, Ms. Oliver works to assess the needs of these potential library users, develops awareness vehicles for increasing the Library’s visibility and helps to coordinate targeted information services. This will result in greater use of the valuable resources of the Kohn Vision Science Library and improved patient care through the delivery of state-of-the-art information and will contribute toward the College’s goal of providing lifelong learning. Ms. Oliver is also the Vice President of SUNY Optometry's UUP chapter for professionals, and is a member of the Committee on Health, Safety and Energy Conservation. 

Ms. Tina Perez
Serials and Document Delivery Services Manager
Phone: (212) 938-5693
Email: perez@sunyopt.edu

Ms. Perez manages the Library's print journal and serials collection. She provides technical expertise in the maintenance of the Library's management, circulation and online catalog systems and works with faculty and staff to coordinate material to be placed on reserve. She also manages all interlibrary loan activity. If you are a graduate student, faculty or staff member and would like a book or a copy of an article not available in our Library, please contact Ms. Perez or register for ILLiad, our InterLibrary Loan program, at our InterLibrary Loan site.

Ms. Victoria Ventura
Evening Administrative Support
Phone: (212) 938-5690
Email: vventura@sunyopt.edu

Ms. Ventura manages the Library during the evening hours. She assists with interlibrary loan and serials management and works with the Assistant Librarian and other staff members on the design and content of the Library's website, while contributing technical expertise to the operations of the Library management system. She also maintains the Cultural Information collection at the Circulation Desk. 

Ms. Sheila Crawford
Administrative Support
Phone: (212) 938-5694
Email: scrawford@sunyopt.edu

Ms. Crawford provides administrative support for all Library department functions and staff. She is responsible for purchasing, maintaining statistics and tracking expenditures. In addition, Ms. Crawford recruits and trains Library work study students and schedules coverage of the Circulation Desk. If you are a student who is eligible for work/study and would like to work in the Library, contact Ms. Crawford.

Ms. Jill Locascio, MLIS
Assistant Librarian
Phone: (212) 938-5692
Email: jlocascio@sunyopt.edu

Our newest staff member is Ms. Jill Locascio, who joined the library in September of 2012.  Ms. Locascio is responsible for acquisitions, electronic resources, and a variety of library tasks in support of the College’s teaching and clinical missions.  Additionally, she maintains the library’s website and manages the library’s automated circulation system. She has a substantial background in a number of library technologies and looks forward to finding new and innovative ways to bring library materials to our users.