Alevtina Verbovetskaya is the substitute University Director of Library Systems in the Office of Library Services at the City University of New York. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of library information systems as deployed or planned at the CUNY Libraries, which includes but is not limited to digital repository services, digital preservation, content management systems, integrated library systems, discovery services, web services, and application development. She is currently leading the university-wide implementation of a new library services platform, Ex Libris Alma, that will replace the outdated integrated library system, Ex Libris Aleph, that has been in use at the CUNY Libraries for almost 20 years prior to the migration.

Prior to this, Allie was the Web & Mobile Systems Librarian in the Office of Library Services for eight years, where she led the successful implementation of the CUNY Libraries’ discovery tool, OneSearch before taking over maintenance of it on behalf of the libraries. She also managed the web interface of the CUNY Catalog and was in charge of maintaining the department’s Drupal-powered support site, which included customizing modules & themes and writing patches for existing code.

Allie has a unique mix of library training coupled with technical know-how. She studied Computer & Information Science at Brooklyn College before going on to obtain her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from Rutgers University. As such, she is adept at bridging the technical and library aspects of projects, including the communication gap between technical jargon and librarian lingo.

She’s mom to a rambunctious toddler who makes her laugh and partner to a start-up co-founder and C.T.O. who brews her sour beer.

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