Shenango librarian to speak on supporting LGBT students in higher education

Penn State Shenango will conclude its 2012-13 Faculty Lecture Series with a lecture by Matthew P. Ciszek, assistant librarian and head of the Lartz Memorial Library, who will speak on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in higher education at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22. His lecture titled “The Rainbow Connection” will take place in Sharon Hall, Room 105, located on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pa. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will cover the history of the LGBT community in higher education, programs and services colleges and universities have developed to serve this community, and additional means of supporting this community in the context of higher education.

Ciszek is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the library and works closely with faculty in developing collections and providing innovative library instruction and services. He is also responsible for building effective relationships with students, faculty and staff at Penn State, the wider community and other libraries. His research focuses on diversity in academic libraries, library services to the LGBT community and the marketing of academic libraries.

Prior to being hired at the Shenango campus, Ciszek was the access services librarian at the Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a librarian at the University of the District of Columbia, Golden Gate University and Innovative Interfaces Inc.

Originally a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Ciszek currently lives in Cleveland. He received his master of library science and bachelor of arts degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

For more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Academic Affairs Office at 724-983-2825.


Last Updated January 09, 2015