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F. Franklin Moon Library
About the Library

The Moon Library mission is to provide information resources to the ESF community and to teach library users to learn independently.

About the Library


  • To have a user-friendly learning environment.
  • To have access to a wide variety of resources that utilizes state of the art technology.
  • To offer multiple and diverse services for library users.
  • To have a highly trained, helpful and courteous staff.


We are committed to providing excellent work and courteous quality service for all library customers.

Strategic Goals

Developed in 2002 as part of a Daring to Dream campus initiative.

  • Fully integrating Information Literacy into the college curriculum as a core competency.
    • Different methods of teaching this competency (in addition to ESF 200) should be explored with non-library faculty such as faculty assignments and interactive information tutorials presented on the library web page.
    • There should be a graduate level course in Information Literacy
  • Increasing use of the Web for delivering service to library customers.
    • Expanding traditional cataloging to include web resources and metadata.
    • Adding links to SUMMIT local catalog records for electronic copies of material available in the Moon. Many government publications are available electronically in addition to the paper copy on the library shelves, which if identified appropriately can help our distance customers.
    • Creating additional information resources such as bibliographies of unique resources and web pages.
    • Creating, maintaining and disseminating (through the library web page) a list of faculty scholarly activities with links to faculty web pages. This could include full text of some materials.
    • Designing and developing databases (e.g. for information, for instruction, for web page.)
    • Working with faculty and students on the creation of electronic theses and dissertations.
    • Providing reserve reading electronically from web pages prepared by faculty and password protected for specific classes. This would provide better service to students as well as free up library space and staff time for other services.
  • Increasing the role for the College Archives and Special Collections.
    • Much original data and research resides on campus that should be incorporated into the College Archives and housed in the Library.
    • The Library should be a repository for anything published by the college or college departments.
    • Additionally the Library should own all publications of individual members of the College community. The Library should take responsibility for storing these materials (digitizing and/or keeping the original) organizing them, cataloging them (in SUMMIT.)
    • This will require a full time state funded archivist/cataloger position for the Moon Library.
  • Continuing to strengthen relationships with partners and customers.
    • Work toward enhancing campus awareness of the library and its services and resources so that Moon is truly known as the “go to” place for information.
    • Continuing to strengthen relationships with the SU library system to insure better services and resources for ESF and SU. (Strengthening relationships with other area libraries and SUNY is also important.)
    • Strengthening our branch libraries at Wanakena and Newcomb to better serve our customers there. (This would specifically include better Internet service to Newcomb to make searching SUMMIT possible without a long distance phone call and a faster connection for the Wanakena Campus!) More staff assistance to these libraries would improve their resources and services.
    • Work with the Friends of Moon Library (FOML) and other campus groups to insure that a history of ESF is written for the 100th anniversary of the college in 2011
  • Upgrade the infrastructure of the Moon Library (a major facelift of the main floor was completed in 2007.)