Faculty - Library

Two female Medaille students studying in a dorm room

Pam JonesPamela R. Jones, M.L.S.

Associate Professor and Library Director
Pamela Jones was appointed library systems coordinator in 2006, and became library director in 2009. Prior to coming to Medaille, Jones worked as a librarian at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the Eastman School of Music, and the University at Buffalo. She earned a B.A. in music in 1981, a B.A. in history in 1982, and a master’s of library science in 1984, all from the University at Buffalo. In addition to serving on numerous College committees, Jones has served on committees at the Western New York Library Resources Council. She is currently the managing editor of the Journal of Library Innovation.  

 No photoDeborah Ceppaglia, M.L.S.

Director of Project EQUIP and Learning Communities & Professor and Reference/Instructional Librarian
Deborah Ceppaglia has been with Medaille College since 1995, with experience in library operations, academic affairs, and as a full-time faculty member. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo receiving her B.A. degree in History in 1992 and her M.L.S. degree in 1993.  She has worked as a Public Services Librarian for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library in Lancaster, NY and a Reference/Instructional Librarian for Genesee Community College. 

Ceppaglia has developed courses for the College’s Student Success Program and general education curriculum. She is also the advisor to students for the College’s Academic Alternatives.  Along with serving on numerous College committees, including Faculty Council for the past several years, Ceppaglia is the coordinator of the College’s Commencement ceremonies and Honors Convocation. She also participates in national and state organizations dealing with academics, learning, and libraries.


 Tom OrrangeThomas Orrange, M.L.S.

Assistant Professor and Professional Librarian
Thomas Orrange is the Library Services Coordinator at the SAGE library on the Amherst Campus.  His main focus is on assisting students with their research needs, through traditional reference services, information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan and virtual reference.  Tom works both with the traditional undergraduates on the main campus and with the adult and graduate students at the SAGE Amherst campus.

After working in the legal and banking fields, Tom switched gears, earning his Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo in December 2004 and began working at Medaille College in the fall of 2005. Using his experience from the business world and continued interest in business and economics, Orrange is positioned well to assist the students in the Accelerated Learning Program.  As the programs on the Amherst campus continue to expand to include Education, Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, Orrange is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about these programs to be able to better serve all of the diverse students on the Amherst campus.

Orrange also continues to expand his knowledge and involvement in his new profession by being an active member in the Western New York/Ontario chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and in the Western New York Library Resources Council.


Samantha PurporaSamantha Purpora, M.L.S.

Associate Professor and Professional Librarian
Title III Co-Activity Director for Student Engagement

Samantha Purpora has been public services coordinator / librarian at Medaille College Library since March 2006. Her main responsibilities are supervising the reference and circulation desks, including interlibrary loan. In addition, Purpora enjoys teaching information literacy classes to Medaille students and faculty and maintaining the Library’s web site.

Prior to coming to Medaille, Purpora received her master's in library science from the University at Buffalo in December 2000, and was a reference librarian at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and a reference librarian at the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s Central branch.

Purpora is an active member of Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC). She represents private academic institutions and is Chair of the Digital Heritage Advisory Subcommittee, as well as a graduate of the first Leadership Institute at WNYLRC. In her spare time, Samantha has enjoyed being a tap and jazz dance instructor at Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project in Kenmore for the past ten years.

Andrew YeagerAndrew Yeager, M.L.S.

Associate Professor and Professional Librarian
Andrew Yeager coordinates instruction services for the Medaille Libraries. His primary focus is to insure that Medaille students are able to effectively and efficiently locate and use the vast array of information resources available through the Medaille libraries. The outcomes of these efforts are collectively known as “Information Literacy." Much of this work takes place at the freshman level, and as a result Yeager is engaged in the information literacy continuum from high school to college.

Like all the Medaille librarians, Yeager is active in many regional library activities. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Western New York-Ontario Association of College and Research Libraries. He also chairs the Continuing Education Committee for the Western New York Library Resource Council. Yeager serves the Buffalo community at large by chairing the Advisory Board for the Buffalo School Library System.

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