Susan Acampora is an Associate Professor, and the Systems Librarian at The College of New Rochelle, Gill Library.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in art, a master’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in library and information science from The City University of New York at Lehman and Queens Colleges. She also holds a master’s degree in studio art from The College of New Rochelle. In the past, she has worked as a Developmental Specialist using creative arts with developmentally challenged youth and adults, and in creative arts and recreation therapy with children and the elderly. She has also worked in library administration.
As library faculty, Susan teaches research and information literacy, continually re-designing and implementing related syllabus, course content, and assessment tools.Currently she is developing and implementing a hybrid/online version of the course. As an adjunct, she teaches creativity and autobiographical writing for The School of New Resources, where she engages students in a collaborative process integrating creative activities and reflective writing to enable deep exploration and expression of their inner lives and personal dialogue.
As a librarian, her work involves providing research guidance, website development and maintenance, collection development, electronic resources access, management and training related to library systems, and virtual librarianship.
Susan has worked extensively in virtual librarianship both through the use of online tools such as chat, email and mobile technologies, and more intensively through the virtual reality platform of Second Life. Building on her experience developing and delivering library services within Second Life, she has presented on this topic at conferences for the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, Westchester Library Association, and The Florida Library Association.
In the area of collection development, Susan is the specialist and coordinator for the Elizabeth G. Sullivan Memorial Ecofeminism Collection. The ecofeminism (also known as ecological feminism) collection includes a variety of interdisciplinary materials related to insight and inquiry derived from the merging of feminist and environmental movements. The Collection is an ongoing project at Gill Library initiated by SAS alumna, Nancy Sullivan Murray, in honor of her sister, Elizabeth, also an SAS alumna.
Susan has served as co-chair with Dr. Louis deSalle on the 2012 CNR Middle States Re-accreditation Steering Committee, and as co-chair with Dr. Kristine Southard on the 2013 CNR Strategic Planning Task Force. She has served on the Council of the Faculty and the Rank Tenure and Salary Committee and is an active member of several library and college-wide committees.
Susan’s research interests include the ongoing development of the ACRL information literacy standards and framework, virtual librarianship, online learning and teaching, animal rights, and ecofeminism.