Chapter Topics

Fall 2000, Volume 21, Issue 2

Message from the Chair
ACRL 10 Conference
Chapter Reports



Chapter Topics is published three times a year by the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library  Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60610 (312-280-2519). 

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Evelyn Minick · Chapters Council Chair
Betsy Wilson · ACRL President 
Althea H. Jenkins · ACRL Executive Director 
Melissa Cast · ACRL Director of Membership Services 
Heather Ward · Chapter Topics Editor

Next CT Deadline:
November 10, 2000


Greeting to all ACRL chapters. Let me begin by thanking Lynne King, our past president and Sherri Edwards, our past and continuing secretary for a great year.  I will try to move Chapters Council forward with the same energy and persistence. So what is Chapters Council?  We often joke that we should begin every Chapters Council meeting with the answer to that question...and, it's not such a bad idea. The membership of Chapters Council changes so frequently. Add that to the limited number of meetings and maintaining continuity and consistency becomes a real struggle.  One reason for the constant change of faces is the varying term lengths of chapter representatives.  Many chapters elect or appoint a representative for a one-year term. That's hardly enough time to learn a few names and figure out where you are, let alone get involved in the association and make a meaningful contribution.

We are tackling this problem on two fronts, improving and expanding information about Chapters Council and encouraging local chapters to lengthen their representative's term of office.  To continue the work started by past president Barbara Jenkins, and carried forward by presidents Lois Cherepon and Lynne King, we are assembling helpful materials that define Chapters Council and provide useful information to chapter leaders. This packet will include job descriptions for Chapters Council roles, timelines of activities and deadlines, chapter responsibilities, and the publication of an attractive brochure that briefly defines and promotes Chapters council.  Linda Kopecky, the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect spearheaded the development of a new Chapters Council brochure. It is currently being reviewed and revised, but we hope to have copies in your hands at the upcoming Midwinter conference in Washington, D.C.  There is another way we might strengthen Chapters Council. I would like to ask all of the ACRL chapters to take a careful look at the term of office of your chapter representative. Remember we meet only twice a year, so a three-year term may be more meaningful for your organization, and certainly add continuity to chapter's council. A longer term may strengthen the connection to ACRL and enhance knowledge and understanding of national library issues.

ACRL Initiative Funds – is this the best investment of ACRL funds? Larry Hardesty, ACRL past president, addressed chapter's council at our annual meeting in Chicago. Larry chaired the committee charged with selecting the recipients of ACRL Initiative Grants. The selection committee was underwhelmed with the latest round of proposals and felt none of the entries met the established criteria.  Larry asked Chapters Council what we might do to improve the situation.  There were a number of suggestions.  Some chapters had difficulty with the timing of the grant. The current timeline does not jibe with some chapters' planning and budget cycle and they could never apply.  There was some concern about the stated criteria.  Perhaps cutting edge or forging new territory is too much to expect of all-volunteer organizations and a relatively small amount of money.  Chapters Council members were asked to rethink ways for ACRL to support chapters, and address strategic goals with that money.  If you have any thoughts on initiative grant process or an alternative, please send them to me at

Evelyn C. Minick
St. Joseph's University

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   acrl x logoAcademic librarians are constantly "crossing the divide" as they explore new frontiers to keep up with changes in the profession. We invite you to attend ACRL's 10th National Conference in Denver, home of the Continental Divide—and cross into the next millennium as we examine important topics and issues facing academic librarianship and higher education. Our peer-reviewed programs will address the issues you are facing on campus, including topics such as resources for distance education, information literacy, scholarly communication, assessment, collaborations and partnerships, leadership and management, and new services for users.

Join us in Denver and focus on learning at the only conference dedicated to meeting the interests of academic librarians. Below is a sample of what you can expect to learn, see, and do at ACRL X. Please visit or contact us for all the details so that you can reserve your space at this exciting biennial event.

Why you should attend ACRL's 10th National Conference in Denver. . . .

1. Stimulate your thinking about topics such as distance learning, information literacy, assessment, scholarly communication, faculty collaboration, and commercial reference services.
2. Take home practical ideas you can put to use in your library.
3. Visit with more than 200 vendors to find out about state-of-the art products and services for academic librarians.
4. Share ideas and find creative solutions to common challenges at roundtable discussions and poster sessions.
5. Sharpen your skills through intensive one-day training at an optional preconference.
6. Network with colleagues from around the country during conference events.
7. Visit great attractions in and around the Mile High City—the Denver Art Museum; vibrant LoDo and Cherry Creek; and the magestic slopes!

~ Registration begins in October ~
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The Delaware Valley's fall program, "Do We Measure Up? A Practical Approach to the new ACRL Standards 2000", will be held on November 10, 2000.  Our three speakers are all members of the ACRL-CLS Standards Committee which drafted the new standards.  Jim Mullins (Library Director, Villanova University) will present an overview of the reasons behind the work on the new standards and the process of creating them.  Bill Nelson (Library Director, Augusta State University) and Bob Fernekes (Reference Librarian, Georgia Southern University) will give a four hour workshop that will provide attendees with a very practical understanding of how the principles and techniques in the standards can be applied to their own academic libraries.

Each participant will receive a workbook with forms to assist in the assessment process as well as practical examples to use as a guide. They are also asked to bring relevant materials about their own libraries, such as mission statements and goals.   Bill and Bob will give a PowerPoint talk on the principles of the Standards, and in the afternoon everyone will have an opportunity to use the workbook to actually begin assessing their own library.  Individual assistance and suggestions will be provided.  The workshop will provide a great introduction to the new Standards and how they may be practically used and applied to the ongoing library requirements of regional accrediting agencies.

The Delaware Valley Chapter is also continuing our Academic Librarianship Lecture Series, which we began last year with funding by an ACRL Initiative Grant.  This year Steven Bell, our recent Past President, secured funding from Docutek Information Systems, and we will continue the series.  Our goal is to provide programs that are interesting and accessible to academic librarians, library school faculty, and library school students.  We will announce topics, dates and times when we are able to complete the arrangements.

At our spring meeting we awarded out $1000 Chapter Stipend to Barbara Kountouzi who used the funds to travel to Greece where she worked on a collection development project for the American University of Thessaloniki.

Debbie Malone
DeSales University

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Dr. Susan E. Stroyan, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, has been selected as the 2000 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year. This recognition has been given annually since 1986 to individuals making outstanding statewide contributions to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

Dr. Stroyan is the University Librarian at IWU where she is currently managing the design and construction of a new library facility. The structure is user focused, forward thinking, and built to be the absolute heart of the campus.  In an age when new buildings are not deemed important because "all" information is available electronically, Dr. Stroyan has convinced administration and donors alike that Illinois Wesleyan does indeed need a modern structure to house its information resources.

Dr. Stroyan's service to the organized profession is staggering, including ALA Counselor at Large, LAMA President, and ILA President.  In addition her research and publishing record is extensive. She has presented or published on copyright, medical literature, library advocacy, customer service, multitype issues, and more.

Colleagues describe Dr. Stroyan as friend, mentor, role model, scholar, evangelist, and all around good human being.  She gives of herself on a very personal level. All of her efforts are clearly focused on improving her library, her home institution, and librarianship as a whole; and she carries out her responsibilities with highest ethics, dignity, and respect.

The award includes a certificate and a financial gift from the sponsor, Ovid Technologies.  In addition, the recipient's name is added to a plaque housed permanently at the Illinois State Library building. The award will be presented on Monday, October 16th during the Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.  The presentation ceremony will be preceded by a reception for the recipients, sponsors, and designated guests. Dr. Stroyan will also be recognized from the floor at the IACRL Business meeting on Tuesday morning.

The Awards Committee of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries, which is a Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and a Forum of the Illinois Library Association, is charged with responsibility for soliciting nominations and choosing a recipient for the ILA Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Committee members included Sandra R. Donahue, (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy), Chair; Pam Gaitskill, (Prairie State College); Allen Lanham (Eastern Illinois University); Carolyn Sheehy, (North Central College); and Edward P. (Ned) Wass, (University of Illinois at Springfield).

Sandra R. Donahue
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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The Indiana Library Association is hard at work planning for our next annual conference, which will be held April 9-11, 2001 in Indianapolis.

 An interactive preconference workshop on bibliographic instruction, will begin the conference, followed by programs on Rocket eBooks, JSTOR, "Calling Long Distance: Meeting the Needs of Distance Learners," and "The Changing Face of Reference Work." An annual luncheon and business meeting will round out the conference.

Ellen Bosman
Indiana University Northwest

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Plans are underway for the KLA Fall Conference at the Galt House in Louisville on October 18-20, 2000. Academic Section will sponsor a general session entitled "Of Books and Bytes: A Century of Change in Kentucky Librarianship" by Carol Nutter (Chair-Elect of the Section) and Elsie Pritchard. The Section, along with the Library Instruction Roundtable, will also co-sponsor Julie Todaro from Austin Community College who will speak on community partnerships and cooperative efforts among school, public, and academic libraries in providing coordinated information literacy education.

Marcia Freyman
Lexington Community College

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Our summer has been busy as we hold the final programs of the year and prepare for an event-filled fall. Planning for the ACRL/NEC fall conference is in full swing.  "Opening the Gates: Developing Our Information Communities" will be held on Friday, November 17th at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

"Applying Emerging Technologies in Libraries," ACRL/NEC Information Technology Interest Group's May 26th conference, reflected ITIG members' diverse technological interests and skill levels. Approximately 85 people gathered for the conference in the University of Connecticut's Dodd Research Center.  The conference offered something for everyone, from Amanda Xu's detailed presentation of cutting edge concepts such as XML schema and linking languages to Nicole Hennig's low-tech--but highly relevant--discussion of web site usability testing.  Participants also enjoyed Terry Plum's informative overview of current solutions and future possibilities in authentication and authorization and Sara Amato's analysis of important web design and management principles in the small academic library environment.  Overall, ITIG's first independent offering received excellent attendance and favorable feedback.  For more information about the conference, see the ITIG web site (

The New England Bibliographic Instruction Committee ( offered its program "Information Literacy, into the Curriculum Outside of the Library" on June 9th. See the program web site for bibliographies and more information. Presentations included a keynote address by Trudi Jacobson, Coordinator of User Education Programs, University at Albany and two panels: Information Literacy 101 and Alternative Initiatives. The following NEBIC meeting was held August 18, 2000, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The meeting included a short presentation by Beth Lindsay of UMass Dartmouth titled "Information Literacy at UMass-Dartmouth, Strategies, Goals and Implementation."

The ACRL-NEC Preservation and Conservation Interest Group is planning its Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 programs. The Fall 2000 program will be hosted by ACME Bookbinding ( located in Cambridge, MA.  We will discuss various aspects of preservation photocopying including selection, process, and the cataloging issues it presents. We anticipate plenty of time for discussion. The day will end with a tour of ACME Bookbinding's preservation photocopying operation. The program is tentatively set for October 27, 2000.  The Spring 2001 program is in its early planning stages and will be hosted by Yale University, New Haven, CT. The topic will be "mold in libraries," including health and safety issues and remediation. A date has not been finalized at this time but will probably be in late March or early April.

The Serials Interest Group's Fall program, entitled "The Road that may be Taken: Identifying Trends in Technical Processing," is scheduled for Friday, October 20th at the Gutman Conference Center at Harvard University.  Speakers to date include: Mike Markwith, President of Swets-Blackwell, who will be speaking about mergers and acquisitions in the serials vendor industry and its possible impact on pricing and services; Dr. Laverna Saunders, Dean of Library Administration at Salem State College, will be speaking about the skills that librarians will need to deal with the technological changes underway in the profession; Rebecca Breedlove, Acquisitions Librarian at UMass Boston, will be speaking about migrating to new integrated library systems and timelines that work for technical departments; Don Jaeger, President and CEO of Alfred Jaeger, Inc., a periodicals backfile firm, will be speaking about digital ejournal storage. A final speaker will be discussing library portals and the presence of the academic library on the World Wide Web.  A program flyer will be mailed out to the membership the first week of September.

ACRL/New England Chapter and the Academic Librarians Section of the New England Library Association (NELA) are jointly sponsoring a program entitled "Crossing the Line: Technical Services and Public Services Collaborate to Manage Electronic Journals" on October 3, 2000. This program is part of the NELA Annual Conference 2000, "LEAP into the Millennium", at Worcester, MA from October 1 through 3, 2000. Steven E. Thompson and Anne Cerstvik Nolan of Brown University are the speakers. Additional information about this and other NELA Conference programs of interest to academic librarians is available at the NELA website (

Sarah G. Wenzel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The User Education Committee of ACRL/NJ sponsored the first in a series of workshops entitled "Part I: Learning Theory and its Applications in Library Instruction" on August 8, 2000 at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.  The featured speaker was Rebecca Albrecht, Instructional Services Librarian at Pace University in New York. Albrecht teaches a course at the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University that examines user education within different library settings  with an eye towards tailoring instruction programs to varying teaching and learning styles. In other news, the Technology Committee of ACRL/NJ sponsored a workshop on using Frontpage 98/2000 to design web pages on August 16, 2000 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  The Technology Committee also plans to offer a training workshop for Dreamweaver sometime in the Fall.

Steven Shapiro
Montclair State University

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New Mexico

This has been a busy year for the New Mexico ACRL Chapter. The Chapter was officially incorporated in December 1999 at a cost below $100.  The majority of the credit goes to Chapter Past-President, Susan Magee who worked tirelessly with the University of New Mexico's Clinical Law Program to make this happen.

In March, the Chapter submitted a proposal for ACRL Initiative Funds to be used for a Fall 2000 workshop on Information Literacy.  Even though the workshop, "Going It Together: Building Campus Relationships for Information Literacy Standards" Initiative was not funded, the Chapter recognized that this is a topic that is worth pursuing within New Mexico.  The Chapter hopes to partner with other library organizations to educate New Mexico academic and school librarians as to relevance in the coming year.

At the New Mexico Library Association Conference, April 26-28, 2000 in Taos, NMARL sponsored two programs for academic librarians including its members in attendance:

* "Change is Coming to Academic Librarianship" presented by Dr. Althea Jenkins, ACRL Executive Director.  The ACRL Officers' Speakers Bureau and NMARL underwrote funding for the presentation.

* "The State of Distance Education in New Mexico" at which the ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning were distributed and discussed as well as an update of what was happening in distance education library across the state.  Three of the four presenters were NMARL Chapter members.

Coming this fall, the Chapter will be guided by Susan Deese-Roberts, from the University of New Mexico, as its new President. Susan is the co-author of the forthcoming book from Libraries Unlimited entitled, Library Instruction:  A Peer Tutoring Model. Beginning in September, Past-President, Maryhelen Jones will be leaving the state and going to
neighboring Texas to accept a newly created position at the University of Houston Libraries as Director of Distance Education Library Support.

Maryhelen Jones
College of Santa Fe

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Eastern New York

The Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries Fall 2000 conference at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY on October 2nd will address the changing nature of library collections in the digital age. The keynote address to be given by Paul Gherman of Vanderbilt University and guest speakers will focus on the growth of electronic resources and their effects on both technical and public services staff and users. The morning will feature a panel discussion with vendor/publishers and librarians offering their respective responses to collections in the digital age. The afternoon will include a session on collection development and cataloging, followed by a presentation on creating front-end access. For more information please check the ENY/ACRL web site at:

ENY/ACRL has formally registered our chapter web site under the identifiable and mnemonic domain name of Also, automatic forwarding was added to enhance access to the site. Anyone may now go to or and be automatically linked to our web site. A major benefit of paying for forwarding is that the ENY/ACRL web page may reside on any server, and still be accessed with the same URL, thus facilitating communications committee responsibilities.

The ENY/ACRL Newsletter has gone to a strictly electronic format. As of the Spring 2000 newsletter, it was distributed by e-mail and posted to the ENY/ACRL web site only, no print copies of future Newsletters will be produced. This will provide major savings in printing and postage costs associated with the Newsletter as well as greater flexibility in the submissions deadline schedule.

Barbara Norelli
Skidmore College

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   New York, Greater Metro Area

The 2000 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium "Information Literacy and the Academic Library: Choices and Challenges" will be held in the New York Public Library, Donnell Library Center on November 17. We are fortunate to have two keynote speakers: Betsy Wilson, ACRL National President and Associate Director of Libraries at the University of Washington and Michael Eisenberg, Director and Professor of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington. The afternoon panelists include: Patricia Carroll-Mathes, Professor Emeritus and past Coordinator of Information Literacy at Ulster Community College; Kimberly Donnelly, Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian at York College; Clara Fowler, Electronic Instruction Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin; and Carol Kuhlthau, Professor and Chair of the Library and Information Service Department at Rutgers University School of Communication and Library Studies.

On June 19, 2000, Paula E. Peinovich, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Regents College at Albany, spoke to the ACRL/NY membership on the invitation of the Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley Geographic Section. Peinovich's presentation, "Sticks & Stones: The Real Impact of Distance Education on Accreditation, Academic Integrity and the Library", attracted many local librarians. She addressed recent developments in distance education and how those changes affect the accreditation process, academic integrity and the role of he library.

The Education/Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group of ACRL/NY met on June 2 at Hofstra University. The theme of the meeting was the New York State Learning Standards and how these standards impact on the Curriculum Materials Center Collection. The guest speaker, invited by the Group Chair, Harriet Hagenbruch, was Irene Rivera Hurst, a professor from Hofstra's School of Education and Allied Human Services. Professor Hurst stressed that CMC Librarians have a vital role to play, by providing access to the various state standards, in assisting students as they try to implement the Learning Standards.

The Access Services Group, led by Amy Beth, had its first meeting on June 15 at NYU's Bobst Library. The attendees talked about services provided by their units and significant undertakings for new or changing services intended for the Fall. Discussions included proxy server access to resources, buildings and coffee bars and other drinking vessel matters, policies for Internet use, privacy screens for computer terminals which disallow angular viewing, ILL Direct through OCLC, in-house staff development as an extension of bibliographic instruction, and the all intriguing topics related to electronic reserve.

November 17, 2000 will be the 20th Anniversary of ACRL/NY. The ACRL/NY Executive Board Committee has been working on the activities for the celebration. The Committee is seeking company sponsors for gifts and the reception. Lois Cherepon, our Archivist and former President, is collecting pictures and materials. She is going to assemble poster boards for the members to present a historical review of the chapter by highlighting various past symposia and other events the chapter has held. We warmly invite all past ACRL/NY Presidents to attend the Annual Symposium.

On August 29, 2000, the ACRL/NY was incorporated.

Tian Xiao Zhang
St. John's University Library

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The Oklahoma Chapter of ACRL would like to announce its incorporation. As of February 4, 2000 the chapter has changed its name to Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Inc.

The Chapter will host its fall conference October 27, 2000 at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK.  This year's topic is "Forging Partnerships between Libraries and Information Technology." Our speakers will be William Crowe, Spenser Librarian, Kansas University and former Dean of Libraries and Vice Chancellor for Information Services for Kansas University.  Phil Moss is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Dennis Aebersold, Chief Information Officer at the University of Oklahoma.

Susan E. Hahn
University of Oklahoma

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The ACRL Roundtable of the Utah Library Association sponsored two sessions at the Utah Library Association Annual Conference in Ogden, UT, May 18-19, 2000.  Roy Tennant of the California Digital Library gave an excellent presentation to a packed room on "Preparing for the Digital Library" and a panel of local and national experts discussed "How Consortia do Cooperative Collection Development."  For more information on chapter activities, please visit the chapter web page at

Wade Kotter
Weber State University

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Last Updated 13 October 2000