Spotlight On: Reggie Watson

Welcome back to the Veritas Blog, Spotlight On feature after winter break! We hope you enjoyed some time off from school. Reggie Watson, a junior at Dominican College and a work study student at the library, answered a few questions for the Veritas Blog.

Reggi Watson Photo for Blog

Reggie Watson at the Learning Commons desk.

Q.  Where are you from/ where do you live?

I am from New York City; I currently live in the Bronx.

Q. How did you hear about Dominican College?

At a college fair; my 11th grade teacher is an alumni from Dominican College.

Q. What are you studying?

Computer information system/software development.

Q. What made you choose your major?

I love playing around with computers, especially the software.

Q. Do you participate in any clubs, sports or work study at Dominican College?

No clubs, no sports, just work study in the library.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do during your free time?

I love to read about the newest gadgets and entertainment that are coming out.

Q. Why do you like to study or do school work in the library rather than your dorm or home?

There are no distractions.

Q. Who is your favorite character in a book or movie that you’ve read or seen recently and why?

Steve Jobs, because he showed us that if you put effort into your dreams anything can come true.

Thank you for joining us again at the Veritas Blog, Spotlight On. We hope your semester is off to a great start!

Workshops announced for the Spring semester

The Library will be offering a number of workshops this Spring to help you boost your papers, projects and knowledge, both at school and at work. Topics include database searching, citation management software, e-book downloads, and the best use of Wikipedia in research.

Download the complete list here: Spring 2015 Workshops

While drop-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged to ensure the workshop will run. RSVP online at:

Workshop dates updated: Thursday 2/19/2015

Book Recommendations for the Winter Break

UniversalToneThis year was filled with many great, new book releases. So why not catch up on the best books of 2014 during your winter break? To make the selection process easier for you, visit NPR’s book concierge, which lists 250 titles selected by NPR staff and book critics. Each book has been tagged with various categories so you can filter the recommendations based on your interests. Are you a music lover that enjoys memoirs? Then try Carlos Santana’s autobiography titled The Universal Tone: bringing My Story To Light. Are you into YA lit and graphic novels? WrenchiesThe app recommends The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple. Perhaps you like mysteries with a science fiction slant. Then check out The Peripheral: A Novel by William Gibson.

PeripheralWith over 20 filters, there are many ways to narrow down the titles you can add to your reading list. You could even use this list to generate gift ideas for your friends and family this holiday season.

Want to borrow instead of buy? Check our catalog to see if we have it. If not, use the catalog of your local public library system, like the Ramapo Catskill Library System catalog, which serves most public libraries in Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and S. Ulster counties.

Spotlight On: Gina Shelton

The Veritas Blog welcomes Gina Shelton, the new Assistant Librarian of Periodicals & Information Literacy and Coordinator of the Learning Commons at Dominican College’s Sullivan Library. Gina received an MS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in Manhattan. She has a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. Gina’s first job in high school was as a page in a public library. 


Assistant Librarian Gina in the Periodicals Room

Assistant Librarian Gina in the Periodicals Room

Q:  Why did you become a librarian?

I enjoy working with people and wanted a job in an educational environment. Plus the purpose of libraries, to provide access to information, resonates with me. Knowledge is very powerful so it is important that people have access to information. I want to be a part of this mission and to teach people how to find what they need.


Q:  What education do you need to become a librarian?

A Master’s degree in Library Science is required to be a librarian in a public, academic, school or special library. This degree can also be used in other professions like archives, digital asset management, and records management. However, there are lots of jobs within libraries, like pages, clerks and assistants, that don’t require a specialized degree.


Q:  How has technology and the internet affected libraries?

Technology has allowed libraries to organize and provide access to information in new and improved ways. Gone are the days of the physical card catalog. Now anyone anywhere can search a library’s online catalog as long as they have an internet connection. Libraries can provide access to electronic content like e-books and e-journals. And provide virtual assistance through chat services and online research guides. On the flip side, advances in technology have changed the way people use libraries. Since so much information is readily available online, people are looking less to libraries for information. So libraries, particularly public ones, have focused their attention on providing community services, like computer training and social services, and have developed themselves as community centers and maker-spaces.


Q:  What plans do you have for the Sullivan Library?

One of my first plans was to re-launch the Veritas Blog so that we can connect the Dominican College community to our services and sources. Now that I’ve checked that item off my to-do list, I plan to teach classes and workshops in the Spring semester, and make more YouTube videos so students can learn about library resources when they want (even if its 3am!). Eventually I want to hold more events in the Learning Commons.


Q:  What is your favorite genre of books?

Non-fiction, particularly memoirs and books about psychological topics. I enjoy reading about people’s personal experiences, and learning about human behavior and how our minds work.


Q:  Did you spend a lot of time in your college library?

I did! When I was an undergraduate student, I was a student worker my first year, so I shelved books and lent materials to patrons at the circulation desk. I had a hard time focusing on my course work in the dorms, so I wrote a lot of my college papers using the laptops that the library lent to students.


Q:  If you wrote a book and could have the setting be any country in the world, what place would you choose?

I’ve travelled very little so I wouldn’t write a very good book set in another country ;) However, if I could read a book set in a particular place it would be Australia. I’ve always wanted to visit this continent because I’ve met lovely people from there, and there are lots of really great ideas and research being generated by Australians.


Q: What are you reading right now? And what was the best book you read in 2014? Right now I am reading The Circle by Dave Eggers. As for my favorite book it is a toss-up between books by the Foer brothers. I couldn’t put down the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, a fictional story about a young boy’s search for answers after his father’s death during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Editor’s note: A 2011 movie was made based on this book starring Tom Hanks as the father and Thomas Horn as the 11 year old boy, Oskar Schell, whose father dies 9/11.) I also really enjoyed a non-fiction book by Joshua Foer called Moonwalking with Einstein about memory and the world of competitive memorization.
of competitive memorization.