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Librarianship, Library Hopping

I recently visited the Conrad N. Hilton Library, the academic library for the Culinary Institute of America in New York. It was very cool to see a library specialized for a very specific academic audience. It is very different from typical university libraries. The Conrad Library’s purpose is to facilitate the access to culinary knowledge for young chefs. First, it gives a very strong impression with a chandelier in the lobby, and winding duo staircase to the second floor media center. There is a quiet study first floor with stained glass, wood tables and comfortable chairs for students to study in peace. Even though it is relatively small, the library boasts 84,000 volumes, 4,000 DVDs and videos, and approximately 280 current periodical titles(Conrad N. Hilton Library , 2011). Many of these are related to the culinary arts, but there are several books in the humanities. In the library’s media center, student chefs have access to an archive of old cooking shows and other related culinary material. Here are some of the pictures from my visit.

Works Cited

Conrad N. Hilton Library . (2011). Retrieved November 13, 2011, from The Culinary Institue of America New York Campus : http://www.ciachef.edu/newyork/library/


About Dorotea Szkolar

My name is Dorotea and I am in my last semester of earning my Masters of Library and Information Sciences at Syracuse University with a Certificate of Advance Study in Digital Libraries. I am an aspiring digital librarian and metadata expert, currently seeking full time opportunities. Because of my specialization in Digital Libraries, my coursework continues to cover a wide array of practices, issues and technologies specific to digital libraries including metadata, digitization, copyright, database management, internet services, institutional , open access, policy, and the preservation of digital assets. In addition to my studies, I completed an internship with the Mountain West Digital Library. The internship trained me in Dublin Core, metadata cross walking and harvesting, Open Archives Initiative and CONTENTdm, and I researched, analyzed and composed a report on spatial metadata interoperability issues within the MWDL. My strengths, in addition to my knowledge of digital and academic libraries, include exceptional communication, presentation, analytical and interpersonal skills; and expertise with current trends, technologies and software in metadata and digital librarianship. I am also an experienced professional researcher who has worked for numerous organizations. Before moving to Santa Barbara, I was also the Research Editor for Utah Business Magazine responsible for contacting, researching and authenticating data about businesses for special publications like Utah’s Major Employers Guide. Additionally, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History at SUNY Binghamton and worked extensively at several non-profits including the Bundy Museum of History & Art, White Plains Ecumenical Food Pantry and Community Options Inc.


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