Melville Library Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge, Innovation and Community

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Stony Brook University Libraries celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Melville Library in December with a special anniversary event.

The event, brimming with intellectual discussions, historical revelations, and a touch of nostalgia, celebrated the library’s rich heritage and its transformative journey over six decades.

A highlight of the celebration was a panel discussion held in the Charles B. Wang Center. Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Simeon Ananou set the tone for the event with a warm welcome. The featured keynote speaker was Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, vice provost for university libraries at the University at Buffalo. She spoke poignantly of her experiences in the Melville Library as a high school student growing up on Long Island.

The distinguished panel was moderated by Dean of University Libraries Karim Boughida, who welcomed back past SBU interim library deans and directors Charles Simpson, Andrew White and Daniel Kinney. Together, they delved into the library’s evolution, sharing insights into its growth, challenges and contributions to academic excellence.

A reception in the Melville Library atrium followed, featuring a jazz trio and a special appearance by SBU mascot Wolfie. Guests also explored a special exhibition of the library’s history. Drawing from collections in the University Archives, it vividly captures the library’s evolution, showcasing its enduring role as a hub for research, technological change and socialization.

The exhibition was curated by Kristen J. Nyitray (director, Special Collections and University Archives, and University Archivist) and Jessica Infanzon (Resource Sharing Associate Access and User Services).

For more about the event, including a photo gallery and a look back on 60 years of library history, visit the Stony Brook University Libraries website.

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