About Jenica



I’ve been blogging since 2003, and I continue because I believe that the only way to have an internet presence you can be proud of is to control it.  One way to control it is to create it. So here I am.

The title of this blog, Attempting Elegance, is a blatant theft from danah boyd‘s post at apophenia, Controlling your public appearance, in which she says,

Carefully crafting and cautiously managing one’s public image is a critical aspect of living in a mediated public world. Every advice column I’ve read warns people of the dangers of living online. I think that this is idiotic. People need to embrace the world we live in and learn to work within its framework. Don’t panic about being public – embrace it and handle it with elegance.

So here I am, attempting elegance.

Please take a look around, if you’re interested in knowing more. On the pages, you’ll find several versions of my bio (professional and markedly less so), my CV, citations for, and where appropriate, links to, the publications, workshops, speeches, and presentations I’ve written and delivered.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like more information — there is a contact page on this site, and I’m online as Jenica, JenicaSedai, or Jenica26 all over the place.

How I Do Things:

  • I am not interested in guest posts unless I seek them out myself.
  • I am not interested in solicitations to advertise, review, or promote any product, service, or site.
  • I reserve the right to edit or delete any comment which contains a personal attack, discriminatory or hate speech, or sinks to the level of repeated trolling.


Obviously and without saying, but saying nonetheless, this blog and all writing herein are solely the opinion of the author, and nothing included is a representation of the views of any employer, or anyone else, unless explicitly stated.

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Curriculum Vitae

The professional bio:

Jenica P. Rogers is Director of Libraries and College Archives at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Jenica’s background in librarianship is in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. As chief administrator for the College Libraries and Archives, Jenica is responsible for short-term and strategic planning, managing financial and human resources encompassing nearly $500,000 in operating funds and 21 FTE of permanent and student employees, and ensuring that the Libraries and Archives are evolving in ways that are integrated into the academic mission of the College.

Jenica is also the Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning at SUNY Potsdam, leading the Center for Applied Learning. The Center includes Experiential Education, International Education and Programs, and Student Research initiatives, and is supported by a Faculty Think Tank that explores the boundaries and intersections of traditional classroom instruction and applied learning activities. The Center was founded in 2015, funded in part by a $1 million endowment, and in 2016 received $750,000 from SUNY’s Performance Improvement Fund to test models of bringing Applied Learning to scale.

A respected speaker on issues in libraries and leadership, Jenica’s current professional interests all revolve around the intersections in higher education — the places that classroom learning, student identity, libraries, the internet, scholarly communication, and authentic experiences collide. Jenica earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 after graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1998 with a BA in English Literature.

In 2009, a particularly good year, she earned tenure and promotion to Associate Librarian, was promoted to Director of Libraries, received a SUNY Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and was nominated one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2009/03/people/movers-shakers-2009/jenica-p-rogers-urbanek-movers-shakers-2009-community-builders/). From 2009 to 2013 she wrote at length about library issues on her blog, Attempting Elegance (http://www.attemptingelegance.com), represented SUNY Potsdam as the subject of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/article/As-Chemistry-Journals-Prices/134650/), and gave a half dozen invited keynote speeches at library conferences around the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2014 she was chosen to receive the American Library Association’s ALCTS HARRASSOWITZ Award for Leadership in Library Acquisitions.


Or, if you prefer:

  • I hate talking about myself in the third person.
  • I’m a real person. I’m a librarian, an administrator, a spouse, and a parent, and I do all those things with all the passion I have.
  • I’m kind and generous and selfish and blunt. I keep obsessive to-do lists. I was tenured at 33. All three of those statements are related.
  • I read mostly fantasy, urban fantasy, and space opera, and I read a lot of it.
  • Balancing budgets and spending them well makes me feel successful. That’s because I believe in the work I do.  Information literacy makes better people, and the world needs those.
  • I also believe that well behaved women seldom make history, and so I will not be sitting down or shutting up.
  • I’m a LARPer. Improv roleplaying skills are more useful in everyday life than you “normal” people realize.
  • I’m a knitter. And I have cats. I am a walking stereotype.
  • I love songs about rebellion. So I also have a dog.
  • I alternate between “valar dohaeris” and “dracarys!” most days.
  • I own a Wii, an XBox, a high powered gaming laptop, an iPhone 5, and an iPad, and I play games on all of them. My main used to be a Night Elf Warrior, but now it’s a Khajiit Templar. I’m currently taking over the world as Maria Theresa, buying off City-States.
  • I love buying books with someone else’s money, but I love throwing out books that have outlived their usefulness even more.
  • I find picking out furniture finishes and carpeting strangely enticing, because presentation matters.
  • I’m an extroverted hermit, and the internet could recreate me as an AI, given how much it knows about me.
  • Someday, my daughter is going to take over the world.


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