About Jenica


The title of this website, Attempting Elegance, is a blatant theft from danah boyd‘s post at apophenia, Controlling your public appearance, in which she says,

Carefully crafting and cautiously managing one’s public image is a critical aspect of living in a mediated public world. Every advice column I’ve read warns people of the dangers of living online. I think that this is idiotic. People need to embrace the world we live in and learn to work within its framework.
Don’t panic about being public – embrace it and handle it with elegance.

So here I am, attempting elegance.

How I Do Things:

  • I am not interested in guest posts unless I seek them out myself.
  • I am not interested in solicitations to advertise, review, or promote any product, service, or site.
  • I reserve the right to edit or delete any comment which contains a personal attack, discriminatory or hate speech, or sinks to the level of repeated trolling.

Curriculum Vitae

The professional bio:

Jenica P. Rogers is Director of the Lougheed Learning Commons at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Jenica’s background in librarianship is in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. As chief administrator for the Commons, Jenica is responsible for short-term and strategic planning, managing financial and human resources encompassing $1.2M in annual operating funds and 35 FTE of permanent and student employees. The Lougheed Learning Commons is a hub of non-classroom academic space which includes the College Libraries, College Archives, Lougheed Center for Applied Learning, College Makerspace, and Honors Program, and is dedicated to exploring and expanding the boundaries and intersections of traditional classroom instruction and applied research and learning activities.

A respected speaker on issues in libraries and leadership, Jenica’s current professional interests are constantly expanding and all revolve around the intersections in higher education — the places that classroom learning, student identity, libraries, the internet, scholarly communication, and authentic experiences collide. 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 (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2009/03/people/movers-shakers-2009/jenica-p-rogers-urbanek-movers-shakers-2009-community-builders/).

From 2009 to 2013 she wrote at length about library issues on her blog, Attempting Elegance (http://www.attemptingelegance.com), represented SUNY Potsdam as the subject of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/article/As-Chemistry-Journals-Prices/134650/), 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.

In 2015 she was named the first Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning at SUNY Potsdam, founding and leading The Center for Applied Learning, funded in part by a $1 million endowment. Under her leadership, in 2016 the Center received $750,000 from SUNY’s Performance Improvement Fund to test models of bringing applied learning to scale, and in 2017 it was renamed the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning in recognition of a $5.25M gift to support faculty who engage students with applied learning.

Or, if you prefer:

  • I hate talking about myself in the third person.
  • I’m a real person. I’m a woman, a spouse, and a parent, and I do all those things with all the passion I have.
  • I’m a librarian by identity only; I’m really an academic administrator. But I adore librarians and will always self-identify as one.
  • 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.
  • Feminism is my second favorite F word, and I have no patience for bigotry, elitism, harassment, or hate. I also accept that white privilege and white fragility are real things, and try to be as aware as possible of how they affect me.
  • I also believe that well behaved women seldom make history, and so I will not be sitting down or shutting up, because I have enough power and privilege to protect me.
  • Balancing budgets and spending them well makes me feel successful. That’s because I believe in the work I do.  Critical thinking and practical application of theory make better people, and the world needs those.
  • 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 7, 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.


Obviously and without saying, but saying nonetheless, this blog and all writing herein are solely the opinion of the author, and nothing included is a representation of the views of any employer, or anyone else, unless explicitly stated.

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  1. […] Jenica Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Like so many institutions SUNY Potsdam subscribes to the suite of journals published by the American Chemical Society. Now, that’s always a challenge since the ACS prices their products very aggressively as well as pushing the envelope with annual price increases. […]


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