Lenfest Library Lenfest Library is housed in Lenfest Hall, along with the History Department and College Counseling. The library’s primary mission is to support the curriculum, but the library is also interwoven into the fabric of the Mercersburg community and provides recreational services and materials as well. The library is able to support both the academic and recreational needs of the community at large by housing more than 45,000 volumes, over 100 subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, and journals, over two dozen Online Databases, and a collection of over 1,000 DVDs.
The librarians supply students, faculty and staff with timely, important information while encouraging them to become independent learners. This is proactively attained through bibliographic instruction and research support of the various classes, and the reference services offered throughout the day and during Evening Quiet Hours. The library’s main objective is to teach the skills that are important to information literacy during these bibliographic instruction sessions. Classes often come to the library so that they can subsequently use the library’s resources, or the librarians will travel to a class to provide the instructional services as needed, such as a lesson on citations or how to use a specific database or the Online Catalog.
Both the Rules and Regulations and Collection Development policies help govern how the library operates. The Rules and Regulations outline the expectations for student behavior in the library during the academic day and evening study hours, and are enforced by members of the library staff. The Collection Development policy guides the library’s selection and acquisition of new materials and helps to ensure that the library’s resources effectively support the curriculum of Mercersburg Academy.
Alexandra spent three years as a research librarian at Mercersburg before joining the faculty as director of library services in 2017. She works with faculty and students on information literacy and research, and has helped the library develop diverse collections of print and non-print materials and maintain a robust catalog. She also works with two student book clubs and has helped organize popular Harry Potter- and Great Gatsby-themed events on campus.
Alexandra came to Mercersburg from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a master’s in library science. While in Chapel Hill, she worked with teens at the Orange County Public Library. A native of Bowling Green, Ky., Alexandra earned a bachelor of arts in English literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Fowle Hall on campus.
Julie returned to the library in 2003 as assistant librarian. Previously, she had spent eight years on the faculty as a French teacher (1983 to 1989) and director of the library (1997 to 1999). Julie is the library’s cataloguer, participates in all aspects of library service, and especially enjoys working with students and faculty. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College, where she received a B.A. in French with a minor in Russian. She also holds an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. Besides enjoying time with her family, Julie loves to read, create family photo albums, and participate in book-discussion groups. She lives off campus with her husband, David (a history teacher and the director of sports communication), and their two daughters, Jennifer ’17 and Emily ’18.
Doree works in all areas of circulation, collection maintenance, and patron assistance in the library. Her academic degrees are in music from Oberlin College; Union Theological Seminary, School of Sacred Music; and University of Memphis. She enjoys walking, reading, and doing all kinds of word and logic puzzles. She lives in Swank Hall with her husband, Jim, who is organist, carillonneur, and on the music faculty.
Doug serves as the dormitory dean in Keil Hall; he is also Mercersburg’s school archivist, head varsity golf coach, and an assistant coach for the boys’ thirds basketball team.
Doug has been a varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach for Mercersburg’s boys’ soccer teams, an assistant golf coach, and coordinator of the school’s spring golf program. Doug played soccer at Benedictine University at Springfield (in his hometown of Springfield, Ill.) before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He worked in the medical, restaurant, and project management industries in Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia before coming to Mercersburg. Doug’s wife, Jennifer Miller Smith ’97, is a Mercersburg alumna and fellow faculty member; the Smiths have two children and live in Keil Hall.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173