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Staff Profile: Jennifer Nutefall

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Name: Jennifer Nutefall

Department: University Library

Title: University Librarian

Length of SCU Employment: 7 months

Born and raised: Buffalo, NY

Lived in:

  • Syracuse, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Washington, DC
  • Corvalis, OR


  • Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University
  • Master of Library Science from Syracuse University
  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University

Family (all currently living in Rochester, NY):

  • Daniel and Kathryn (parents)
  • Kimberly and Tom (sister and brother-in-law)
  • Molly and Liam (niece and nephew)
  • Daniel (brother)

Most Meaningful Achievement:

The professional achievement that I am most proud of is the ongoing partnership and collaboration that was established between librarians and first-year writing faculty at George Washington University. The partnership facilitates effective integration of information literacy into the curriculum. Faculty and librarians are encouraged to collaborate on all stages of the course including choosing course texts, devising effective research assignments, and planning and teaching information literacy sessions. The course is required of all incoming first-year students and therefore librarians see every first-year student at least twice over the course of a semester. By using assessment data, we advocated for and received four new librarian positions specifically to support this partnership. The partnership was established in 2003 and continues today.

Why I Came to SCU:

I came to Santa Clara because the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person matches my personal philosophy for higher education. I believe strongly in community-based learning and the impact it can have on students and the community.

Previous Employers:

  • Oregon State University
  • George Washington University
  • State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport

In 5 Years I Plan to Be:

I will still be at Santa Clara University and look forward to establishing new partnerships and collaborations across campus.

Favorite Books/Series:

When I have the opportunity to read for fun, my favorite author is Nora Roberts. Most recently I finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Leading Change by John Kotter.

In My Spare Time:

I exercise regularly and take spin and kickboxing classes. My hobby is nature photography.

Personal Philosophy:

My core work values are honesty, trust, and open-mindedness.

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