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Metadata & Digital Strategies


The mission of Metadata and Digital Strategies is to support the Hamilton Community by enhancing access to information, making available information resources in multiple formats, and preserving information for future generations.
  • Metadata consulting. Do you have an idea for a project or collection you want others to be able to navigate? Not sure how to organize your materials? We can help!
  • Digital Collections. Hamilton has thousands of unique items in our collections, many of which have been digitized for ease of access. We can help you discover what we have, and/or work with you to create and organize a digital collection of your research/teaching material or add material to existing LITS digital collections.
  • Acquisition and cataloging of library materials. If you would like something added to the collection, please send a request to asktobuy@hamilton.edu
  • Digitization. Many of our digital collections are digitized in house. We provide advanced training to faculty and students working on digital projects, and some production services, including documentation of 2D and 3D art work, for faculty research and publications.

Metadata & Digital Strategies Staff

Shay Foley

Director, Metadata and Digital Strategies
sfoley@hamilton.edu 315-859-4487

Shay is responsible for many of the “technical” areas of the library. The people in the Metadata and Digital Strategies unit create and describe the objects in Hamilton’s digital collections, purchase and catalog the physical and electronic resources in Hamilton’s main and music collections, and maintain the software systems which make all the items accessible. Shay has been working in Higher Education since 1993, and has held various roles in Libraries since 2001, coming to Hamilton in 2016. He is married with two daughters. After he moved to Clinton, it took 18 months for his family to slowly join him. After six months his oldest daughter made the move, and then finally after 18 months his wife and younger daughter joined them. They are now happy to be one family in Clinton!

Lisa McFall

Associate Director, Metadata and Digital Initiatives
lmcfall@hamilton.edu 315-859-4788

Lisa works to connect the Hamilton Community with the digital collections and digital resources needed for them to succeed in their academic pursuits. She works with Shay to provide direction for LITS’s digital collections from start to finish, including managing the workflow of materials, setting the metadata schema, and prioritizing the collections for digitization and mounting to the repository. Lisa also works to provide campus metadata support, teaching class sessions on metadata as requested, supporting initiatives on campus that have a metadata component, and fulfilling individual faculty and student metadata needs as they arise. She is on the Academic Digital Initiatives working group where she helps to assess ways to support requests for projects that are focused on the intersection of technology, teaching, and research as part of the Digital Hamilton strategic goal. Lisa came to Hamilton College in 2010, previously working at the University of Pittsburgh. When she's not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, playing piano and viola, and experimenting with new recipes.

Jean Williams

Associate Director, Metadata and Bibliographic Services
jfwillia@hamilton.edu 315-859-4383

Jean oversees the processes of purchasing and providing access to physical and electronic resources for the library collections, including the Main Library, the Music Library, and Special Collections and Archives. The people involved in this work place orders, receive, create and maintain catalog records, and provide barcodes and call numbers, for books, DVDs, CDs, scores, journals, and miscellaneous other material requested by the faculty and librarians. They also manage licenses and catalog records for packages of ebooks and ejournals purchased or leased by the library. Jean has been working in academic libraries since 1984, first at Washington State University, then Mohawk Valley Community College, ending up at Hamilton College in 1995.

Timothy Fox

Electronic Resources Management/Serials Assistant
twfox@hamilton.edu 315-859-4747

In 2019 Tim joined the Metadata, Cataloging, and Acquisitions team, where he maintains serials and standing orders, keeps holdings records in shape, processes invoices, and prepares materials for binding. Tim has been working in libraries since 2012, in both public and academic institutions.

Marianita Peaslee

Photography and Digital Imagery Specialist

Marianita runs our in-house digital lab where high quality digital images of the college’s Special Collections are created. She hires, trains, and manages student assistants to help with in-house production and provides the expertise needed to properly archive our collections digitally for the future. She is responsible for quality control review of all digitization projects, including the projects we outsource. She provides digital photography and imagery services for faculty research projects and production-ready images for scholarly publications including documentation of 2D and 3D art work. She is available for consultation and advice for faculty and student academic imaging projects. Marianita is a professional photographer with over 30 years experience who enjoys capturing moments in time with her camera lens through portraits of high school seniors, families, pets, dance productions, sporting events, and creating art from the beautiful places she visits while traveling with her husband and family.

Cindy Savage

Assistant Cataloger
lsavage@hamilton.edu 315-859-4486

In support of teaching, learning and research, applies cataloging standards to the description of library materials in order to ensure a high degree of discoverability in the Library’s online catalog and other search mechanisms, under the guidance of the Assistant Director, Metadata and Cataloging. Working under the general guidance of the Associate Director for Metadata and Digital Initiatives, creates metadata to provide access to the Library’s unique digital collections.

Rebecca Seifert

Cataloging and Authorities Assistant
rseifert@hamilton.edu 315-859-4492

Becky has been working at Hamilton College since July 1997. Her responsibilities include (but are not limited to) cataloging of new materials – books, dvds, cds, streaming videos and more, and maintaining authority records in the database. Becky lives in Vernon. In her spare time she likes to sing in choirs, play piano and organ, sew and ride rollercoasters.

Gisella Stalloch

Metadata and Cataloging Librarian
gstalloc@hamilton.edu 315-859-4989

Gisella catalogs items primarily from Hamilton’s Special Collections, supports metadata creation for Burke Library’s digital collections, and generally assists the librarians with Alma support. She has a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology from ESF and an MLIS with a focus on eScience from Syracuse University. Actively practices martial arts, fiber arts, and uncontrolled vocabularies, and makes half-hearted attempts at native perennial gardening.

Cat Stern

Acquisitions and Cataloging Assistant
cqstern@hamilton.edu 315-859-4491

Cat’s main duties are ordering and receiving materials such as books and DVDs requested by the Hamilton community. She also repairs books from our circulating collection. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, decorating, and baking. She recently started PIYO and joined a dance class for the first time in many years.

Barbara Swetman

Acquisitions and Serials Librarian
bswetman@hamilton.edu 315-859-4470

Barbara oversees the purchasing or licensing of all library materials whether in a physical or electronic formats. This includes such things as tracking spending, ordering electronic resources, monitoring usage, and producing reports on those topics. Barbara has been at Hamilton for over 30 years and in that time moved from filing catalog cards to figuring out why access to an electronic resource is not working. Coming here from Minnesota, Barbara joined Masterworks Chorale a week after arriving and has sung with them since. She have a home in South Utica with her aging black cat, Felix. When not working she can be found reading fantasy or traveling the country to spend hours singing Sacred Harp Music https://fasola.org/.

Teresa Zaffarano

Cataloging Assistant/Special Collections Liaison
tzaffara@hamilton.edu 315-859-4624

Teresa joined LITS as the Cataloging Assistant/Special Collections Liaison in 2017 and is responsible for the cataloging and physical processing of materials acquired for the Special Collections and Archives. She works with Special Collections and Archives staff to determine specific cataloging, processing and housing needs for their materials. Additionally, she is responsible for the physical processing of materials for the general collections, and supervises a student processor.

Digital Curation Librarian

Vacant. Manages, curates, and preserves Hamilton’s digital collections and scholarly output.

Systems Analyst

Vacant. Broadly responsible for the enhancement and administration of traditional and emerging collection management systems.

Web developer

Vacant. Provides web development, technical support, and maintenance to enhance teaching and scholarly work at Hamilton College.

Summer 2020 Construction
Burke Library

Summer 2020 Construction


Burke Library will close to the public beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, for a complete reconstruction of the first floor and front entrance. 

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