Meet the Staff: Patricia A. Erwin-Ploog, MLIS, MS

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Pat Erwin-Ploog is the Assistant Dean of Library Services and a Senior Lecturer for GSC.  She holds a M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from Indiana University, and a M.S. in Internet Strategies Management, with a focus on organizational learning, from Marlboro College. As GSC’s College Librarian she is responsible for administering a robust set of library services to meet the curricular focus and educational needs of the GSC community. Pat is first and foremost a teacher, having served as a faculty member since the early 1990s. A recipient of the College’s 2001 Faculty Teaching Award, she has developed curriculum, served on a number of College committees, and developed GSC’s first ‘virtual library.’ “It was a very modest affair- nothing like our present resources.”

She has held faculty librarian positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Brandeis University.  More recently she was at Dartmouth College, leading a number of federally-funded projects including an NEH project to catalog and preserve all the newspapers ever published in New Hampshire, starting in 1756, and developing a digital library of cyber-security research for the Department of Homeland Security.  As part of her work at Dartmouth she did a stint in Dartmouth’s Office of Sponsored Projects, writing the College’s first sponsored research manual, working with the IRB Office, and giving faculty workshops on writing successful proposals.  As Hypertherm’s first Director of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management she was able to develop several innovative projects that linked organizational learning and information management directly to process improvement.  These positions taught her that she prefers projects to administrative work.  Directing projects has allowed her to remain in academia and gainfully employed, while addressing her desire for challenge, change, and innovation.

Recently, Dr. Laurie Quinn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said to her “I feel like I have known you forever.” In reflection Pat notes GSC has been her longest continuing employer. She believes there is a reason for this… “I have rarely taught a class where I have not come away with a sense of how optimistic and resilient we are by nature.  Our students sometimes face enormous obstacles to fulfill their higher education goals.  As a teacher I am always aware of the responsibility and role I play in helping them to attain those goals. It is such a privilege.”

In 2010, she finally had the opportunity to move to GSC at a more substantial level, and she jumped at the opportunity! She believes GSC has a tremendous advantage simply by not being burdened with a physical collection or library building. The electronic delivery of research information matches the College’s focus on JIT delivery of services, the dispersed and wired campuses (and students), and emphasis on delivery of services in a manner that meets students’ needs. It is for Pat, however, the very personal services provided to students that sets GSC apart.

Pat’s goal is to personally assist every student, serving as conduit between student and faculty research information needs and the College’s library information resources.

To contact Pat send an email to: patricia.erwin-ploog@granite.edu.