Milne Library is named to honor William J. Milne, first principal (1871-1889), and John M. Milne, second principal (1889-1903), of the Geneseo Normal and Training School.
The Milne Library renovation is underway as of the 2020-21 academic year and is anticipated to be completed by the 2024-25 academic year.
In the interim, Fraser Hall Library will be the facility used to support library services.
The building that is now Fraser Hall was originally named and dedicated in 1956 as the Milne Library Building, after the two brother principals, William J. Milne, first principal (1871-1889), and John M. Milne, second principal (1889-1903), of the Geneseo Normal and Training School. In addition to the library, the building housed the Library School, classrooms, lounges, a typing room, and more. When the new Milne Library was built ten years later, the old building was renamed for Bertha Paine Fraser, a former instructor and one of the first two women to serve on the school’s Board of Visitors.
Milne Library staff received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Academic Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries for its innovative approaches to services. It is also home to the award-winning IDS Project: an innovative model of library cooperation for effective resource sharing, promoting community engagement, staff development, best practices, and research & development.
Library Quick Facts:
- The library collection includes hundreds of licensed databases, journals, ebooks and streaming films as well as tens of thousands of print books and musical scores.
- Additionally the library’s Information Delivery Services (IDS) makes it possible to access millions of books and articles held by other libraries around the world.
- The College Archives and Special Collections include the Rare Book “X” Collection, Genesee Valley Historical Collection, Wadsworth Family Papers (1790-1950), and the Carl F. Schmidt Collection in Historical Architecture. Smaller compilations include the Martha Blow Wadsworth Photography Collection, the Walter Harding Collection, and an extensive collection of works by and about Aldous Huxley.
- The Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) collection is home to curricular and instructional materials, thousands of juvenile and Young Adult fiction and nonfiction works, curriculum guides, teaching handbooks, manipulatives, and textbooks to support the School of Education’s elementary, secondary, and special education programs.
- Six research instruction librarians and a technology instructor partner with teaching faculty from all departments to teach information and digital literacy skills and provide consultation services to students and faculty.
- The Library supports a growing number of digital publishing projects, which include openly available textbooks and works about local history, as well as scholarly and creative works that are authored by Geneseo students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program at SUNY Geneseo is designed to assist international and domestic students, faculty and staff whose first language is not English. The program assists students in building on their language skills to fully succeed in their academic programs. Detailed information can be found at esol.geneseo.edu.
Teaching and Learning Center
Geneseo’s Teaching and Learning Center is designed to reinforce the importance of teaching excellence as a fundamental responsibility of a public university. Through collaboration with faculty and administration, the Center supports a learning culture that values and rewards teaching, facilitates reflective dialogue about teaching and learning, encourages the development of teaching as a practice and a scholarly activity, invites innovation in curricular development, and encourages the creation of diverse learning environments in which all students can learn and excel. Information about programs can be found at tlc.geneseo.edu.
Computing & Information Technology
Computing & Information Technology supports student learning and development by providing technology infrastructure, facilities, services, and support.
The CIT HelpDesk offers carry-in computer support for Geneseo students, faculty, and staff. Services offered at the HelpDesk include: network setup (including WiFi and VPN), adding printers, academic software installation, Geneseo account assistance (setup, passwords, quota), and general computer questions. Off-campus businesses are available in the Geneseo community that can provide hardware repair, OS installation, data recovery, virus removal, and other computer repair services not provided by CIT.
Software.geneseo.edu provides free download to MS Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher) and other applications the College has licensed for student use. Collaborative software tools such as Confluence and G Suite are also provided. All buildings, including residence halls, are wireless. Most Geneseo students report owning a wireless mobile device. The Geneseo Mobile app provides access to resources like class schedules, registration, billing, meal plan balances, notifications, online directory, events, news, campus map, other Geneseo apps and more. Search for “Geneseo Mobile” on your device’s app store. A virtual computing lab provides students access to Geneseo licensed software from their own computers from anywhere at any time.
my.geneseo.edu is a personal, customizable, web-based information gateway to SUNY Geneseo resources such as email, student balances, KnightWeb, campus news and events, and more with a single sign-on. KnightWeb is a web interface to college administrative data such as students register for courses, make payments, review/accept financial aid, view grades, and more.
Presentation technologies are available in all Geneseo learning spaces. Faculty can use an online learning management system, Canvas, to post a course syllabus, documents, administer surveys, quizzes and tests, create discussion forums, wikis and blogs, receive and grade assignments, post grades, and more. Canvas is used to supplement a traditional classroom course with online content or to deliver courses totally online. Canvas can be accessed from mobile devices with the free Canvas app.
Access Opportunity Programs (AOP)
Geneseo’s Access Opportunity Programs (AOP) serve as one of the College’s means for expanding its student body to include the rich ethnic, racial, age, economic and cultural diversity of our society. The programs extend higher education opportunities primarily to NY state residents who are under-represented in higher education.
The AOP department consists of the State’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the locally-sponsored Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP). EOP is a statewide, special admissions program, that provides academic, financial, and tutorial assistance to students whose academic achievement may have been influenced by income factors. TOP is a college sponsored program designed to address Geneseo’s interest in achieving a diverse campus community. The College seeks to enroll students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the college community. While the programs serve different groups of students, they are similar in that they both provide educational access and academic support services to participants. The Access Opportunity Program is proud to have a Geneseo chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon, a national honor society that recognizes the academic achievement of students in opportunity programs. (For further information, see geneseo.edu/aop)
The AOP Application Process
- All AOP applicants must complete the SUNY application or the common application in order to become a candidate for admission. In order to apply for admission through EOP, the applicant must indicate interest by answering yes to the EOP Question when completing the application. Applicants interested in TOP should contact the Office of Admission or the AOP Department.
- Although AOP applicants may not satisfy all of the academic standards required for general admission, their potential for success at Geneseo will be established through an in-depth examination of their academic history. Supporting and/or verifying documentation will include: a counselor or teacher recommendation; standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, TOFEL and GED); a high school transcript. For, EOP, applicants must submit the SUNY EOPIF and proof of income.
Office of Accessibility Services
SUNY Geneseo is dedicated to providing students equal and comprehensive access to college-wide programs, services, and campus facilities. The Office of Accessibility Services will coordinate reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids and services designed to ensure full participation and equal access for students with disabilities. It is the goal of the Office of Accessibility Services to facilitate an accessible and inclusive campus environment.
It is the responsibility of individual students to self-identify and participate in the interactive process for requesting reasonable accommodations. For more information on processes and policies for requesting accommodations, please visit www.geneseo.edu/accessibility-office, or contact the Office of Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduling, Events and Conference Services
College facilities are available to faculty, staff, and registered student organizations for the sponsorship of various educational and social programs. All programs will be conducted under College guidelines and supervision and they may be open to the public.
The top two goals of Scheduling and Events are to 1) Use campus resources wisely and 2) Provide planning support and information for events on campus. To accomplish these goals effectively, all requests for space must be approved through the Scheduling, Events and Conference Services.
Scheduling and Events administers and enforces the Facility Use Policy. Scheduling and Events provides scheduling, physical arrangements, event planning, and coordinating facility use with all relevant College support departments including Campus Auxiliary Services, CIT, Facilities Services, University Police, Student Life and Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.
For more information on the Scheduling, Events and Conference Services, please visit our webpage at geneseo.edu/events_office, call 585/245-5500 or visit us in Erwin Hall, room 23.