Library Director Nina Warren Retires
July 7, 2017
Congratulations to Nina Warren who retired June 30th as Director of Library Services at the Alfred C. O’Connell Library at Genesee Community College after 25 years of dedicated service. Nina first started at GCC in 1992 as an intern and part-time reference librarian, becoming full-time as the Reference and Off-Campus Services Librarian and Instructor in 1993. She became GCC’s first Systems & Electronic Services Librarian in 1999, and in 2007 she was selected for the newly revised position of Director of Library Services. Under Nina’s leadership, the library transitioned to a 7-day-a-week operation in response to student demand. She developed a robust in-library writing tutor service and chaired two college-wide committees that successfully hosted two national traveling exhibits for the library: the National Library of Medicine’s “Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War”, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times.”
Early in her career, Nina was a member of the SUNY Libraries Contract Advisory Team (SLiCAT) that evaluated and selected electronic resources for group purchase to create the first Core Collection of shared resources for all SUNY libraries. She was selected to attend the first SUNY Information Literacy Immersion program in 1999, and this resulted in an “Information Literacy Across the Curriculum” program plan for GCC. Nina received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in 1996 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2014, and she was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute at The Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013.
Nina’s service philosophy to students and the GCC community has been evident throughout her career from her early days working with the prison education programs to the college’s most recent Middle States reaccreditation process. As Director of Library Services, her leadership through staff changes, new technologies and the ever shifting higher education landscape has kept the library on a sure and steady path to consistent community appreciation and student satisfaction, as demonstrated by the library’s consistently high rankings on the SUNY Student Opinion Survey.
We all wish Nina the best on this new path of as-yet unexplored interests and adventures. Thanks for a job well done!