Welcome Katherine Pradt – Adjunct Reference & Digital Outreach Librarian

The Graduate Center library is thrilled to publicly welcome Katherine Pradt, who has begun this Spring 2018 semester as our new Adjunct Reference and Digital Outreach Librarian. Katherine worked in the editorial department at Sports Illustrated for 16 years, where she coordinated confidential and high-profile stories, working with writers, editors, and reporters to produce topical, thoughtful sports journalism. Katherine has a BA from Yale University in English, an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence, and an MLIS from Pratt Institute. Additionally, she taught English literature, basic and creative writing, and other humanities subjects at the College of New Rochelle.

Katherine will coordinate the GC Library’s Twitter feed and our Facebook posts, and will have a hand in managing this very blog by connecting our internal happenings with the happenings of the world and library communities at large. With her attention to social media and outreach, we expect to reach a GC community and a global community by connecting to individuals and institutions doing work that speaks to the work we do here. We want you to attend Library workshops, of course—but we also want you to engage with shifting modes of scholarly communication, digital privacy, open access, resource sharing, critical research practices, publishing with knowledge of the field, and more! Katherine’s social media work will help.

Katherine will also staff the ever-popular GC Library reference desk, supplying up-to-date information gleaned from the Library’s ample selection of research databases and dispensing virtual reference service through CUNY’s Ask-A-Librarian service. Please stay tuned to the Library’s blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages to find out what’s going on and share your ideas for how to improve collections, services, and conversation about library matters. Especially now that you know the librarian behind the curtain.

About the Author

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library.