Ms. Dorothy DeNoto
Ms. Dorothy DeNoto, Director of Library Services, holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Albany. A life-long learner, she went on to earn her Certificate as a Library Media Specialist.
In 1995 while working in an insurance company she received a call from Mrs. Mary Mallia about an opening at Molloy for a Librarian. She interviewed with Brother Richard Van Houten and accepted the offer he made to join our faculty. One of the most interesting questions he asked was; “If you could do one project with the library, what would it be?” Her answer was to re-invent the Library as a place to be comfortable and happy. The lounge areas with comfortable chairs and low tables were added to create that atmosphere. That re-invention continues today.
Through the years, many changes have occurred at Molloy. She has seen the school go co-ed, watched the technological revolution that has turned the single computer Murphy Library into a Media and Research Center with 40 laptop computers. Wireless connectivity throughout the building has increased the use of our many research sites by the faculty, and our students conduct their research on-line first with supplemental use of the printed resources that are an integral part of our Library.
As we continue to expand the use of technology in the school, Dorothy sees a time when there will be more study carrels and computer work spaces with fewer paper resources. “Books will always be a part of our research collection, but they will be used differently as time goes by.” She would like to see our students increase their research and documentation skills and credits teachers like Mr. Harrison for challenging his classes to fully document every paper they do for him. In her ideal world, Wikipedia would be a “reference” of last resort rather than a first choice. “With all of the resources we have available our students should be capable of documenting any paper with primary references”.