Sue Ann Brainard 

Research Instruction Librarian

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Areas of Responsibility:

  • Library Instruction
  • Reference
  • Liaison to English and History Departments
  • Student Research Consultations


  • MLS, SUNY Albany
  • BA, English, Mount Saint Mary College


  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship, 2004

Service to College:

  • Letchworth Park Advisory Committee, 2015-
  • General Education Committee, 2015-
  • Middle States Committee
  • Curriculum Review Committee
  • College Senate, Elected Senator, 2010-present
  • Local Studies, a National Movement: Toward a Historiography of the Black Freedom Movement, conference volunteer, 2006
  • College Senate, Departmental Representative, 1997-1999, 2001-2004
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2014-2015, 2002-2004, 1997-1998
  • Graduate Affairs Committee, 2001
  • Student Affairs Committee, 1998-1999
  • English Department Assessment Project, 2000-2002
  • Nominated student winning student for the RACCE Outstanding Adult Student Award, 2001
  • Faculty Advisor to Geneseo Swing Kids (a student dance club) 1999-2001
  • Assessment Planning Committee, 1999-2001

Service to Library:

  • Celebrating Geneseo Authors Committee, 2011-2017
  • Scholarly Communications Committee, 2011-2015
  • Search Committee for Social Science Librarian, 2015
  • Search Committee for Reference/Instruction Librarian, 2006
  • Bylaws Committee, Chair, 2004-2005
  • Search Committee for Coordinator of Library Instruction, 2000, 2003
  • Search Committee for Collection Development Librarian, 2003
  • Library Mission Statement Goals Subcommittee, 2002
  • Middle States Committee, 2000-2001
  • Assessment Committee, Coordinator, 2000-2001
  • Interim Co-Coordinator of Library Instruction, 2000-2001
  • Committee on Reappointments, Promotions, and Selective Salary Adjustments, 1996-2000, chair 1997-2000
  • Search Committee for Reference/Instruction Librarian, co-chair, 1999
  • Search Committee for IT Librarian, 1997-1999
  • Reference Area Task Force, 1997-1999
  • Mentor Committee, 1998-1999
  • Coordinator of Humanities Collection, 1997-1999
  • Public Access Committee, 1996-1999
  • Web Page Focus Group Committee, 1998

Service to Profession:

  • SUNY Librarians Association Annual Conference, Local Arrangements Chair, 2006
  • SUNY Librarians Association Library Instruction Committee, 1998-2002
  • CIT Conference Planning Committee, 2000-2001
  • SUNY Librarians Information Literacy Working Group, February 2000
  • SUNY Librarians Request For Proposal (Information Literacy Online Tutorial) Committee, 1998-1999
  • SUNY Librarians Association Representative, 1998-2000

GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate):

Geneseo Organization for Leadership Development Workshops

  • Fake News
  • Fair Use
  • Plagiarism
  • Advanced Database Searching


  • Swoger, B. J. M., Brainard, S. A., & Hoffman, K. D. (2015). Foundations For a Scholarly Communications Program: Interviewing Faculty at a Small Public Liberal Arts College. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(1): eP1219. doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1219
  • Jacobson, Trudi, and Timothy Gatti, eds. Teaching Information Literacy Concepts: Activities and Frameworks from the Field. New York: Library Instruction Publications, 2001. Five chapters contributed (three as coauthor).
  • "Reference Roving." Rassmatazz (Newsletter of the Reference and Adult Services Section of the New York Library Association), Spring 1996.


  • “Question Authority” and “Searching the Hidden Web,” two workshops for the Pittsford School District, July 2005. (Invited)
  • “Using Google to Search the Hidden Web.” Two-hour workshop at Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center, July 2004. (Invited)
  • “Using the Ebsco Databases.” Two-hour workshop at Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center, June 10, 2002. (Invited)
  • “Revisiting Innovative Instruction.” Presentation given at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference, Buffalo, New York, June 7, 2002.
  • “Innovations in Library Instruction.” Presentation given at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference, Corning, New York, June 6-8, 2001.
  • “Web Search Tools.” Presentation for Library Development Day, Genesee Valley BOCES, October 2000. (Invited)
  • “Basic Database Searching." Five three-hour workshops at Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center, April 1999, July 1999, July 2000. (Invited)
  • “Basic Database Searching.” Presentation given at the New York State Library Assistants Association Conference in Rochester, June 2000. (Invited)
  • "Using a Web Page as a Classroom Management Tool." Poster session at the SUNY Librarians Association Conference in Queensbury, New York, June 1999.
  • "Evaluation First: a new approach to teaching the web." Paper presented at the Conference on Instructional Technologies in Rome/Utica, New York, June 1999.
  • "The Problems of Integrating Information Technology into the Curriculum: Lessons from Bio 201 Information Technology in Biology." Paper co-presented (with Professor Robert Simon) at CIT Conference in Rome/Utica, New York, June 1999.
  • "Evaluation First: a new approach to teaching the web." Paper presented at the Online World Conference in Washington D.C., October 1998. (Invited)
  • "How they search and what they search for: an analysis of actual search queries on the Internet." Paper presented at the SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies, Cortland, New York, June 1998.
  • "Curriculum Relevant to the SCLD Information Literacy Initiatives." Web page presented at the unveiling of the SUNY Librarians Association web site, SUNYLA Conference, Fredonia, June 1998.
  • "Using Classroom Assessment Techniques in Library Instruction Classes." Poster session at SUNY Librarians Association Conference, Cortland, June 1997.