CV & Bio

Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)

The professional bio:

Jenica P. Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background 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 27 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. In addition to these responsibilities, Jenica is the Director of Bicentennial Celebrations for SUNY Potsdam, planning for the College’s 200th birthday in 2016, is the 2014-2015 Chair of the SUNY Council of Library Directors, and is a respected speaker on issues in library acquisitions and leadership.

Jenica’s current professional interests include interrogating the ways our information economy is breaking down and reforming now that the internet changed everything, figuring out what the role of a library is in a reality in which warehousing books is sort of passé, and informing, mentoring, and supporting new library professionals as they hit the real world face first and at full speed.  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 ( From 2009 to 2013 she wrote at length about library issues on her blog, Attempting Elegance (, represented SUNY Potsdam as the subject of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (, 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.