Kate Pitcher 

Interim Library Director

Room 214
(585) 245-5591


  • Reference
  • Collection Development
  • Technical Services

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Leads and manages library technical services operations and collection development activities
  • Oversees acquisitions of print and electronic resources (books, journals, databases, etc.)
  • Reference
  • Liaison to Communication department
  • Reference collection development in English, Communication, American Studies and Film Studies
  • Student and faculty research consultations


  • MLS, University at Buffalo
  • BA, English, SUNY Geneseo


  • Individual Development Award, UUP Professional Development Committee, 2004-2005; 2007-2008
  • RRLC Scholarship to the ARL Library Management SKills Institute I: The Manager, 2008
  • Faculty Incentive Award, Tompkins-Castile Bank, 2005
  • Sylvia Chu Memorial Scholarship, SUNY Librarians Association, 2003
  • Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society

Service to College:

  • Sexual Assault Teach-In Facilitator (Spring 2011), 2010-2011
  • Student Conduct Board, 2008-present
  • Faculty Learning Community, 2007
  • Web Development Standards Team, 2007-2008
  • Race, Campus & Culture Teach-In Facilitator (Spring 2008), 2007-2008
  • Marshal at the 140th College Commencement, May 13, 2006
  • Hurricane Katrina Teach-In Facilitator, Fall 2005
  • College Senate, 2005-2007
    • At-Large Senator (under 6 years), 2006-2007
    • Departmental Representative, 2005-2006
    • Student Affairs Committee, 2005-2007
  • Summer Reading Program Committee, 2004-2006
    • Summer Reading Book Discussion Leader, 2004-2008

Service to Library:

  • Scholarly Communications Team, 2009-present
  • Milne Wiki Committee, 2008-present
  • Exhibits & Programming Committee, 2008-present
  • Ad-Hoc Committee on Term Renewal Guidelines, member, 2008
  • Library Management Team, 2008-present
  • Help & Evaluation Guides Subcommittee, Chair, 2008-2009
  • Collection Development Team, Chair, 2008-present
  • Search Committee, Information Delivery Services Librarian, 2008
  • Search Committee, Information Technology Instructor, 2008
  • Librarian Salaries subcommittee, 2008
  • Federated Searching Subcommittee, 2008
  • GLOCAT Search Results subcommittee, 2008
  • GLOCAT Collection Codes subcommittee, 2008
  • GLOCAT Team, 2008-2009
  • GLOCAT Study Group, 2007-2008
  • Blog Content Subcommittee, Chair, 2007-2008
  • Committee on Reappointments, Promotions and Discretionary Salary Increases, member, 2006-2009; Chair, 2007-2008
  • Search Committee, Reference/Instruction Librarian, 2006
  • Web Development Committee, Chair, 2005-2008; member, 2008-2010
  • Web Content Subcommittee, Chair, 2006-2008
  • Web Marketing Subcommittee, 2006-2008
  • Friends of Milne Library, member of decorating committee, 2004
  • Friends of Milne Library, webmaster, 2004-2006
  • Faculty Bylaws Review Committee, 2004; 2007
  • Information Delivery Services (IDS) Group, webmaster, 2003-2008
  • ALEPH Redesign Committee, 2003-2004
  • Creation Station Project Support Team, 2003-2004


    • Co-authored with Timothy Bowersox, Cyril Oberlander and Mark Sullivan, Getting It System Toolkit: The GIST of making informed decisions and workflow of buying, borrowing, downloading or viewing. The 29th Annual Charleston Conference Proceedings, Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC. November 7, 2009. (In press, forthcoming).

    • Pitcher, K., T. Bowersox, C. Oberlander and M. Sullivan. Point of Need Collection Development: The Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) and a New System for Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Integrated Workflow and Collection Development. Collection Management, 35: 3, 222-236.

    • Pitcher (nee Merrill), Katherine E. Rev. of The Best of the Show: A Classic Collection of Wit and Wisdom, by Bill Scheft. Library Journal v130 n11 (June 15, 2005).

    • ---. Rev. of Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, by Christopher Hitchens. Library Journal v130 n1 (January 2005).

    • ---. Rev. of Big Russ & Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life, by Tim Russert. Library Journal v129 n12 (July 2004).

    • ---. Rev. of The Fourth Network: How FOX Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television, by Daniel M. Kimmel. Library Journal v129 n10 (June 1, 2004): 150.

    • ---. Rev. of The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy, by David Barsamian. Library Journal v129 n7 (April 15, 2004): 106.

    • ---. Rev. of Tales from the Times: Real-Life Stories To Make You Think, Wonder, and Smile, from the Pages of The New York Times. Library Journal v129 n5 (March 15, 2004): 86.

    • ---. Rev. of The Penguin Dictionary of Epigrams, by M.J. Cohen. Library Journal v128 n19 (November 15, 2003): 57.

    • ---. Rev. of How Free Can the Press Be?, by Randall P. Bezanson. Library Journal v128 n18 (November 1, 2003): 109.

    • ---. Rev. of It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps, by Adam Parfrey. Library Journal v128 n16 (October 1, 2003): 90.

    • ---. Rev. of Front Page: Covers of the Twentieth Century, by Stephane Duperray and Raphaele Vidaling. Library Journal v128 n12 (July 2003): 96.

    • ---. Rev. of Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture, by Daniel R. Schwarz. Library Journal v128 n7 (April 15, 2003): 99.

    • ---. Rev. of Media Wars: News at a Time of Terror, by Danny Schecter. Library Journal v128 n10 (June 2003): 134.

    • ---. Rev. of This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV, by Bob Schieffer. Library Journal v128 n1 (January 2003): 128.

    • ---. Rev. of A Job to Die For: Why So Many Americans are Killed, Injured or Made Ill at Work and What To Do About It, by Lisa Cullen. The Shy Librarian v3 n1 (Spring 2003): 30.

    • ---. Rev. of Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers, by Carolyn See. The Shy Librarian v3 n1 (Spring 2003): 30.

    • ---. Rev. of The Virginís Knot, by Holly Payne. The Shy Librarian v3 n1 (Spring 2003): 31.

    • ---. Rev. of Banned in the U.S.A.: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries, by Herbert N. Foerstel and Censored 2003: The Top 25 Censored Stories, by Peter Phillips and Project Censored. Library Journal v127 n20 (December 2002): 105-106.

    • ---. Rev. of Journalism After September 11, ed. by Barbie Zelizer and Stuart Allan. Library Journal v127 n16 (October 2002): 109.

    • ---. Rev. of The Guardian Columns: 1998-2000, by Julie Burchill. Library Journal v127 n13 (August 2002): 111.

    • ---. Rev. of Chain of Love (Keten van liefde), dir. Marije Meerman. Educational Media Reviews Online 2003. 25 June 2003. http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=1250.

    • ---. Rev. of Lights for Gita, dir. Michael Vo. Educational Media Reviews Online 2002. 25 June 2003. http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=1073.

    • ---. Rev. of Children of the Seven-Headed Snake: The Sacred Waters of Cambodia, dir. Didier Fassio. Educational Media Reviews Online 2002. 03 February 2005. http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=977.

    • ---. Rev. of Between the Lines: Asian American Womenís Poetry, dir. Yunah Hong. Educational Media Reviews Online 2001. 03 February 2005. http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=914.

  • ---. Rev. of Precious Cargo: Vietnamese Adoptees Discover Their Past, dir. Janet Gardner. Educational Media Reviews Online 2001. 03 February 2005.



    • The Getting It System Toolkit: The GIST of making informed decisions and workflow of buying, borrowing, downloading or viewing, co-presented with Timothy Bowersox, Cyril Oberlander and Mark Sullivan, at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC. November 7, 2009. Peer-reviewed.

  • Putting It All Together: Designing a Library Website Using Project Management Techniques, presented at the 6th Annual Brick & Click Academic Libraries Symposium, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO. November 3, 2006. Peer-reviewed.


    • Getting It System Toolkit: Empowering Users & Libraries, and Optimizing Gift and DeSelection and More, co-presented with Cyril Oberlander and Mark Sullivan,at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY. June 18, 2010. Peer-reviewed.

    • Faculty Outreach: Strategies, Challenges, Tools and Tips, co-presented with Bonnie Swoger and Morgan Gwenwald at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY. June 17, 2010. Peer-reviewed.

    • GIST Demo and Feedback, co-presented with Timothy Bowersox and Mark Sullivan at the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Conference, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY. August 5, 2009. Invited speakers.

    • Tweet to Me: Twittering Libraries and Librarians in SUNY, co-presented with Wilfred Drew, Carleen Huxley and Alesia McManus at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY. June 18, 2009. Peer-reviewed.

    • Getting it Right: reshaping and redesigning acquisitions workflow in an academic library, co-presented with Timothy Bowersox at the WNY/O ACRL Spring Conference: Get it Where You Can: the Changing World of Collections and Acquisitions, St. Catharines, Ontario, CN. May 8, 2009. Peer-reviewed.

    • Library and Information Science: The Job Hunt, a panel presentation participant as part of the 3rd Annual HIRE Education Conference, School of Education, University at Buffalo, Amherst, NY. November 15, 2008. Invited speaker.

    • Traditional Communication Delivered Through New Technologies: A Library- Faculty Collaboration, co-presented with Virginia Jurkowski (SUNY Geneseo) at the 2008 SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies, Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY. May 28, 2008. Peer-reviewed.

    • Utilizing Blogging for Class Assignments, a poster session co-presented with Virginia Jurkowski (SUNY Geneseo) at the SUNY Geneseo Conference on Faculty-Student Partnerships: Current Trends of Technology in Teaching & Learning, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY. May 18, 2007. Peer-reviewed.

    • Federated Searching: Just Because You Can, Does it Mean You Should? , co-presented with Stephan Macaluso (SUNY New Paltz), Mark Sullivan (SUNY Geneseo) and Colleen Lougen (SUNY New Paltz) at the 4th Annual SUNY ALEPH User's Group Conference, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, NY. October 9, 2006. Peer-reviewed.

    • Pitcher, Katherine E. and Elizabeth Argentieri. “Marketing with Minerva: A Successful Library Fundraising Campaign”, a poster session presented at the SUNY Librarians’ Association Annual Conference, Geneseo, NY, 2006.

    • Pitcher, Katherine E. and Mark Sullivan. “Delivering the Goods: Using Statistics and Data Analysis to Improve Information Delivery Services”, a poster session presented at the Eastern New York ACRL Spring Conference, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, May 15, 2006.

    • “Blogging for Librarians: Find & Read Blogs by Others! Create and Publish Your Own!”, a workshop presented at Southeastern New York Library Resource Council, Highland, NY, November 17, 2005.

    • “Blogging for Librarians”, a workshop presented at Duchess County BOCES, Poughkeepsie, NY, November 16, 2005.

    • “Alternative Press Resources”, workshop presented at the Rochester Regional Library Council, June 16, 2005.

    • “Blogging 101: An Introduction to Blogging for Librarians”. SUNY Librarians Association Annual Conference, New Paltz NY, 2005.

    • “Friends Making Friends: Panel”. Co-presenters: Katherine E. Merrill and Elizabeth Argentieri. New York Library Association, Annual Conference, October 22, 2004.

    • Merrill, Katherine E.; Davies, Kimberly; and Harrington, Alice. “Focus on Five: Using the First Five Minutes of Class to Grab Your Students’ Attention”. SUNY Librarians Association Annual Conference, Cortland, NY, 2004.

  • “Civic Engagement Week: Multiple Perspectives on the Patriot Act: Panel”. Co-presenters: Katherine E. Merrill, Dr. Jeffrey Liles and Dr. Harry Howe. Presented as part of the GOLD Leadership Certificate Program, SUNY College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, February 16, 2004.