The Charles “T.” Jones Leadership Library, located on Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus, provides support to the entire College community. In addition to making resources such as books, DVDs, and games available for checkout, we offer a wide range of electronic resources, provide research and reference assistance to students, faculty, and staff, and deliver information literacy instruction both on-ground and online. We also offer a legal library, which is separately housed in Bollinger Hall.
There is a professional librarian on staff during all library hours, from 8am-11pm Monday through Thursday, from 8am-6pm on Friday, and from 1-5pm on Saturdays.
Diane Porterfield, Library Director
Diane arrived at Central Penn in 2007 as one of the part-time evening librarians, moved into the reference and instruction librarian position, and then quickly progressed into her current position as director. She grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA, and attended Indiana University of PA for her Bachelor’s degree. After moving to the Harrisburg area, she decided to pursue her Masters in Library Science through Clarion University’s distance education program. One of the things she likes most about Central Penn is its size. She likes that in the library, we all do a little bit of everything, so we never have the chance to get bored. There are also ample opportunities to collaborate with the College’s outstanding faculty and staff. She spends her free time fixing up an old house, watching movies, reading (of course) and hanging out with family, friends, and her cat, Weasley. Weasley was a stray found hanging about the Central Penn pool.
Karen Jury, Evening Librarian and Textbook Coordinator
Karen became Central Penn’s Textbook Coordinator in June 2014, after starting in December 2013 as one of the evening librarians. Her library degree is from SUNY Buffalo, where she worked in the Music Library. She also has an academic degree (MA) in music from Penn State, and an undergraduate degree in music education from Susquehanna University. She participates heavily in her church’s music program: singing in the choir, playing in the handbell choir, and serving as one of the rotating pianists for the Saturday evening services. Hobbies outside of music include reading and playing with her family’s dalmatian, Pepper.
In the library, Karen works with Inter-Library Loan materials, periodicals, and does some instruction. She most enjoys working one-on-one helping students with their information and research needs. As Textbook Coordinator, she is the liaison between CPC and the bookstore vendor. She also works with faculty (mainly part-timers) in obtaining copies of textbooks for class preparation.
Sallie Cross, Librarian
Sallie is our part time librarian who assists during the day. She has worked part time in the Central Penn College library off and on since 1995. Yes, before many of you were born! When she started here at Central Penn, the library was in a classroom at Bollinger. While she was here in the late 1990’s, the Internet became available but it was only in the librarian’s office. The students had to ask the librarian to do the searches. Besides working in a college setting, over her library career, Sallie has worked as an elementary school librarian and as a reference librarian in a public library. As part of her present duties, she keeps materials in the Legal Library up to date.
Sallie enjoys working part time because it gives her the chance to pursue her other interests. She likes to play racquetball, bicycle and go kayaking. Of course, a librarian also must say that she enjoys reading. There is always a long list of books she wants to read.
Emily Reed, Instruction & Reference Librarian
Emily began at Central Penn in the Spring of 2015. She grew up locally in Mechanicsburg and graduated from Mechanicsburg Area Senior High. She then moved to Upland, Indiana to obtain her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Taylor University. After moving back to central PA and discovering her love of libraries, she earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh via long-distance learning. In the past, Emily has worked at a public library and an elementary school library.
As the Instruction & Reference Librarian, Emily is here to actively support and engage students in the learning and research process across all disciplines. She is excited to interact and collaborate with faculty and staff to achieve each student’s maximum learning potential.
In her spare time, Emily likes to read and binge-watch TV. She also works hard to keep up with housework and yard work at her new house in Camp Hill. She and her husband hope to adopt a puppy in the near future.