Medgar Evers College Announces the Appointment of David I. Orenstein as New Chief Librarian

David Orenstein librarian and anthropologist

Brooklyn, NY – Medgar Evers College announced the appointment of David I. Orenstein as Chief Librarian of the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, succeeding Brian Lym, who served as Interim Librarian since October of 2012.  Dr. Orenstein brings nearly 20 years’ experience as a librarian and service in a variety of positions in public and institutional settings.

“David joins Medgar Evers at a great time as we are renovate and transform our library,” said President William L. Pollard. “His energy and expertise are critical as we look at how library services are being delivered both from a traditional perspective and an evolving technological world.  The ability to help our students and faculty bridge the gap between both worlds is essential to their success as they learn learn to navigate each to their benefit, and David can help move them forward.”

Dr. Orenstein will be responsible for the integration of the Library with teaching, learning and research activities, providing consultations with students and faculty to support improvement of instructional programs and practices at the College.  Additionally, he will be responsible for print and digital library services, oversee digital information services including web-based information technologies and applications, and, working closely with the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians and other senior academic administrators, he will identify appropriate electronic journals and full-text e-resources for University-wide licensing.

“New technologies and ways of accessing information dictate the way in which information is being delivered,” said Senior Vice President & Interim Provost Karrin E. Wilks. “To move to the next level, we need to concentrate on creating a hybrid model that combines resources from the traditional to new digital formats to help support students and faculty, as well as promote the educational goals of the school, and David’s experience is critical to the next steps in expanding our library.”

“A higher education not centered on learning the importance and diligence of how to research and think critically is only a partial education,” said Dr. Orenstein. “The Charles Evans Innis Memorial Library is here to help every student and faculty member learn and grow to become better and more knowledgeable citizens of the community. We are building now in this library both literally and figuratively as we look to our immediate needs and those of future generations of students and faculty who will make Medgar Evers College their home. We must make sure each is prepared for a successful experience that keeps them coming back for the quality of the information and service we provide.”

Dr. Orenstein most recently was Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs & Professor of Anthropology at New Jersey’s Warren County Community College where he planned, developed and implemented new academic programs across academic disciplines and career and technical education programs.  He also assessed the College’s academic programs, interfaced, planned and wrote policies as required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for the College’s PRR review.  Additionally, he provided academic leadership for the undergraduate programs in the social and behavioral sciences, the physical sciences, literature and English, ESL, foreign languages, remedial services, the College’s nursing program, criminal justice program, mathematics and distance education.

Prior to that, Dr. Orenstein served as Dean of Academic Affairs as well as Professor of Anthropology responsible for staffing, observing and evaluating adjunct instructors in all academic subject fields and related disciplines, as well as oversight of the Library. He has held positions as Executive Director of Library & Information Services at St. Peter’s College (NJ), and as Library Director & Chief Information Officer and Director of Library & Instructional Media Services at Warren County Community College, beginning his career in Library Services at CUNY/Queens College.

Dr. Orenstein received a CUNY BA in Anthropology and Master of Library Science degree from CUNY/Queens College, a Master of Science in Non-profit Management from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University.

About the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library

The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library is proud to serve all its constituencies: students, faculty, staff and community members. In accordance with the mission and goals of the College, the primary responsibility of the Library is to acquire, organize, distribute and disseminate recorded knowledge in support of the college curriculum and programs.

The development of the Library’s 150,000 volume collection and its resources meet the educational and research needs of the students, faculty and administration. The library collection also includes more than 25,000 audiovisual items and approximately 350 subscriptions to journals, magazines and newspapers. In addition, the Library also houses the college archives and special collections. Attention has been given to increasing the Library’s collection in the areas that characterize the life and legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers, such as African American history and culture, Caribbean studies, ethnic studies and women’s studies. The Library is open to all students, faculty and staff of The City University of New York (CUNY) and to members of the community. The Library was named in honor of the late Charles Evans Inniss, retired Vice President of Urban Affairs of Brooklyn Union and long-time supporter of Medgar Evers College, who also served as a Trustee of The City University of New York.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, the College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. This year on June 12, 2013, the College will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers who was killed as he returned home from his job as field secretary with the NAACP.


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