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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTERS COUNCIL CHAIR
Fall semester will be underway by the time you receive this issue of Chapter Topics. This is my favorite time of the academic year; it is an optimistic time; a time to help the frenzied freshman navigate campus systems and procedures; a time to convince tenured professors that campus librarians do play an important role in campus teaching and learning.
Chapters Council is like our academic libraries; we help the 42 ACRL Chapters navigate the systems and procedures of ACRL and we share ideas for programming, speakers and more through Chapter updates and the Council e-mail list. However, we need to raise our profile among ACRL leaders and our member colleagues to continue to convince them that Chapters Council does play an important role in connecting ACRL to its members on a local level.
I encourage each Chapter to fully participate in ACRL by sending a representative to the biannual meetings, writing a Chapter Update for each Chapter Topics, submitting your Annual Report to the ACRL office, and taking advantage of ACRL funding opportunities.
For those of you who are new to Chapters Council, I encourage you to read past issues of Chapters Topics and look through the meeting minutes (all available on the web site at http://www.ala.org/acrl/chapthp.html). We will soon make available a new brochure that describes the ACRL Chapters and the role of Chapters Council within ACRL.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Evelyn Minick, Sherri Edwards, Heather Ward, Pat Walker and Melissa Cast for their respective roles as Chapters Council chair, secretary, editor of Chapter Topics, Legislative Network Coordinator and ACRL Office support. Your enthusiasm and collective hard work on behalf of the Chapters is much appreciated; you'll be a tough act to follow!
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce a few new Chapters Council leaders. Debbie Malone is the new editor of Chapters Topics; Larry Romans is our new Legislative Network Coordinator; Tim Dodge is our new Secretary; Sherri Edwards is returning as the new Assistant Chair/Chair Elect; and Shannon Cary is the new ACRL contact for Chapters. (Directory information is available on the Chapters Council web site.)
I welcome your comments on any aspect of our ACRL Chapters and/or Chapters Council. Please contact me at email@example.com
Linda A. Kopecky,
Chair, ACRL Chapters Council
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Chapters Council Meeting - Jan. 20, 2002
Attention all Chapter leaders! We encourage you to start planning NOW to send a representative from your Chapter to the next Chapters Council meeting, January 20, 2002, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans. This is a great opportunity to meet your colleagues, share best practices, learn what ACRL can do to assist you, and enjoy a contintental breakfast. Your participation is important to your own group as well as the national organization.
Jenkins steps down as Executive Director
At the end of July, 2001 Althea Jenkins stepped down as executive director of the Association of College and Research Libraries after ten years of distinguished service. Jenkins led ACRL through its transition to be a financially stable, proactive advocate for academic librarians, as well as an eficient delivery operation for services, products and programs to members.
"Althea Jenkins has been an impressive, articulate and credible advocate and has extended partnerships of mutual benefit to the higher education and academic library communities," Helen Spalding, ACRL's councilor and the newly elected ACRL Vice President/President-elect said.
During her decade-long tenure with ACRL Jenkins compiled a list of impressive accomplishments; increasing the financial resources of the association; expanding its publication program, including electronic resources; strengthening the continuing education offerings; developing collaborations and partnerships with higher education and other information-related organizations; and promoting information literacy as a concept for student learning.
"As executive director of ACRL, I have had an unparalleled opportunity to view the work of academic libraries within their institutions nationwide and observe contributions they make," Jenkins said. "Our libraries as the cornerstones of a democratic society have the capacity for changing lives. Their achievement of this mission is very evident on college and university campuses across the country." She continued, "It has been a great privilege to serve the academic library community in this rewarding way. Helping academic librarians gain the knowledge and skills needed to serve their constituents is one of the highest priorities of the ACRL Board of Directors. I am pleased to have contributed to ACRL's success in this area."
Jenkins is leaving ACRL to join the Florida State University staff as Director of the University Libraries. In addition to providing leadership and managing two main libraries (Strozier and Dirac) on the Florida State University Campus, Jenkins will be responsible for the information resources and services on nine other departmental, regional and international libraries. The Florida State University is a research university serving nearly 26,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The libraries have holdings of more than 2.3 million volumes and an annual budget of $12.5 million.
Jenkins previously served as Library Director at the University of South Florida at Sarasota/New College and Miami-Dade Community College. In 2000, she received the Florida State University School of Information Studies Distinguished Alumni award.
Jenkins holds a bachelor's degree in science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master's in library science from Florida State University and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
We wish her well in her new position and extend our thanks for all her assistance to Chapter's Council.
Mary Ellen Davis named ACRL executive director
Mary Ellen Davis has been named the new executive director of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) as of August 1, 2001. Employed with ACRL since 1985, Davis has served as senior associate executive director of the division since 1993.
In this position, she has managed all aspects of ACRL's last four biennial National Conferences, adding programming at each conference and setting new attendance and exhibitor records at the 2001 conference. Davis also has been responsible for all professional development programs and ACRL's monthly news magazine, College & Research Libraries News. Under her direction, C&RL News underwent a major redesign, increased advertising revenue and became the first ALA magazine on the Internet in 1993.
"Mary Ellen Davis has proven that she has outstanding abilities as an association leader. Mary Ellen's extensive knowledge and her breadth of experience will serve the Association of College and Research Libraries extremely well," said ACRL President Mary Reichel. "Best of all, I have watched Mary Ellen work with members and staff in ACRL and ALA and have admired her genuine ability to get along well with others and to move forward priorities and goals. ACRL is indeed fortunate to have Mary Ellen Davis as its new executive director."
Davis also has served as the director of communications and systems and the publications program officer during her tenure with ACRL. She joined ALA in 1984 as the assistant director of "Let's Talk About," a national $1.5 million reading and discussion program sponsored by the ALA and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Reflecting on the search process, ACRL immediate past president Betsy Wilson said, "The Association of College and Research Libraries enjoyed the superlative leadership of Althea Jenkins as its executive director for the past 10 years. When Althea Jenkins announced her resignation, the ACRL Board launched a process to find a worthy successor and leader. "We were delighted, but not surprised, to identify an outstanding candidate in Mary Ellen Davis. With Mary Ellen's extraordinary talents, in-depth knowledge of ACRL member needs, record of program innovation and effectiveness, and leadership and management capacity, ACRL will continue its momentum as the premier association of academic librarians into the 21st century," Wilson concluded.
Melissa Cast resigns as Director of Membership Services
Melissa Cast has announced that she will be resigning as Director of Membership Services to take a position as Education/Reference Librarian at University of Nebraska-Omaha Library. She will be working with a team to develop an information literacy program.
Melissa started on staff at ACRL in February 1999, and she served as secretary of the Oklahoma chapter for two years before that. She has worked hard during her tenure to assist the chapters in multiple ways. If you have attended a chapters council meeting lately, you have probably seen her managing all the details that make that meeting run smoothly. We will miss her presence at ACRL but we wish her well in her new position.
Shannon Cary is new Chapters' Council contact
Shannon Cary, the ACRL Director of Research and Special Initatives will be our new contact person. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (312)280-2510.
Take advantage of ACRL's newest professional development opportunity-webcasts of key presentations at the ACRL Tenth National Conference in March, 2001. Using the latest technology combined with the reach of the web, ACRL will be streaming videos to bring programming to the local level for those who were unable to attend the Conference. "Digital Reference: The Future of Academic Reference?" is the first of a series that will cover important topics for academic librarians. Presented by R. David Lankes, with Paul Constantine, Steve Coffman, Pennie Finnie, and Linda White, contributors, access to the video presentation can be purchased by individuals for unlimited viewing for a period of two weeks.
Institutions can purchase a four-week period of unlimited viewing, providing a superb opportunity for staff training at very low cost. The videos are supplemented with a PowerPoint slide presentation, which appears simultaneously on screen with the video. A bibliography and discussion questions are also provided. For this latest professional development opportunity from ACRL, go to http://acrl.telusys.net/webcast/index.html.
If your chapter regularly conducts or is planning to conduct a promotion for ACRL national membership, you can earn additional funding for your chapter. Beginning in the 1999-2000 year, the ACRL Board of Directors approved additional funding in the amount of $10 for each new national member of ACRL in the chapter's geographic region if the chapter conducts recruitment activities to promote membership in national ACRL. To be considered for the additional funding, summarize any membership promotion in the chapter annual report and attach any supporting documents, such as samples of letters or flyers from the promotion. For further information, contact the ACRL office at email@example.com.
At the conclusion of ACRL Chapters Council at ALA Midwinter 2001, Villanova University librarians Merrill Stein and Susan Ottignon presented an evaluation of chapter web sites. Active chapter web sites were reviewed for how well they met a modified list of LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table) Website Evaluation Criteria.
The focus was specifically on elements of access, design, and content with the intent to identify key elements of chapter web pages useful in maintaining an effective web presence. After all, as Dr. Anne Abate says, "A web page may serve as the introduction or 'calling card' for an organization." (Information Outlook, June 1999).
Some common elements found to be desirable in the web pages were a current list of officers and their terms, chapter bylaws, and information on chapter programs, past and present. Other elements found to be helpful included financial data, and possible notification of regional and national programs, any chapter newsletters, in pdf or html format, some form of site authorship, links to a chapter contact or webmaster, legislative updates, and clear indication of a relationship to the national ACRL body.
Chapter pages demonstrating desirable elements included Delaware Valley, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota-Manitoba, Wisconsin, New England, Western NewYork/Ontario, and Oklahoma.
Some literature searches encouraged addressing ADA compliance in web site construction. One way to address this issue is by utilizing the Bobby site at www.cast.org/bobby. This is a free service provided by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) claims to "help Web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to access…" Bobby measures everything from page download time to how many seconds it takes for each bullet to appear.
A brief history of chapter formation from 1951 through 1980, based on Alan Ritch's 1989 C&RL News article, was highlighted. Currently about 60% of chapters have a World Wide Web presence[www.ala.org/acrl/policy/ch2poly.html#2ten]. The PowerPoint presentation, which includes a summary of useful chapter site elements and a presentation bibliography, is available at www.homepage.villanova.edu/merrill.stein/chapterwebsites.html
As the new editor, I would like to thank all of the chapter leaders and the ACRL staff who have contributed to this issue, and I would like to encourage members to send me digital pictures of your chapter events when you send in your report for the next issue of Chapter Topics. Now that the newsletter is in electronic form, it is easier than ever to include photographs.
I would also like to thank our past editor, Heather Ward, for her years of service. She did a great job and was responsible for the transition to an all electronic format. She has been a great help to me as well. Thanks Heather!
The annual conference of the Arkansas Library Association will be held October 20-23, 2001, in Little Rock.
Since 1979, we have held an awards ceremony honoring people in the profession, but this will be the first year that there will be a designated award for an academic librarian. At the spring meeting of the College and University Division of the Arkansas Library Association the parameters for the new award were approved. The Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian Award was named in honor of Suzanne Spurrier (1947-1998), Director of the Brackett Library at Harding University in Searcy, from 1990-1998. The award will honor an academic librarian exemplifying: a spirit of outstanding service and dedicated professionalism to all library patrons; an attitude of devotion to the library profession and fellow colleagues; and consistent activity in state, regional, or national library associations.
Chair Arkansas Chapter
|The chapter'spring program, "Whipping Your Web Into Shape: Next Generation Library Web Sites," took place on June 1, 2001 at the University of Delaware, Wilmington Campus. Seven speakers, Including Susan McMullen of Roger Williams University, and Mike Winkler of the University of Pennsylvania conducted a variety of sessions on how to evaluate, update, and expand library web based services.|
|Spring program participants meet colleagues over lunch.|
The Chapter continues to provide a $1,000 stipend to an outstanding library or information science student who demonstrates interest in a career in academic librarianship. This year's winner, from a large pool of candidates, was Donny Smith of Drexel University who will use the stipend to continue his studies towards a Master's in Library Science. Mr. Smith and all the other applicants received a one-year free membership in the chapter. This program has helped heighten the chapter's profile among the students in the library programs in the area.
As the Alpha Chapter of ACRL we decided to celebrate this achievement with a one and one-half day conference to be held on October 13th and 14th of 2001. This conference will serve as a Pre-Conference to the Pennsylvania Library Association's 100th anniversary conference. Several guest speakers will be highlighted including Glorianna St. Clair, editor of the new journal PORTALS; Evan Farber, pioneer in library instruction; and, Mary Reichel, President of ACRL National. The conference will also include an extensive, and exciting, program of panel speakers and presented papers on all issues of Technical and Public Services, Information Literacy and Library Management.
John C. Stachacz Dickinson College
Kathleen Bryson, Chair-Elect of the Kentucky Chapter, has been busy helping plan the Kentucky Library Association's annual fall conference. This year's conference will be at the Executive Inn Rivermont in Owensboro on October 17-19. The Chapter's sponsored speaker is RLG's Walt Crawford, who will talk about the need for libraries of the future to find a workabale mix of old and new media, technologies, and services. Prior to Mr. Crawford's address, the Chapter will hold its fall business meeting and elect officers for the coming year. Later in the day, at the Awards Luncheon, the Chapter will announce the Academic Librarian of the Year and award a Professional Development Grant.
Carol A. Nutter
Morehead State University
The Louisiana Chapter of ACRL is sponsoring a workshop in New Orleans prior to ALA Midwinter conference. The workshop will explore the practical application of ACRL standards in creating a continuous assessment environment in academic libraries. The event is co-sponsored by the ACRL College Library Section.
Workshop content is the responsibility of the CLS Standards Committee which produced the ACRL College Library Standards, 2000 edition. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Bill Nelson, Library Director at Augusta State University, and Dr. Bob Fernekes, Information Services Librarian at Georgia Southern University. Bill is the Standards Committee chair, and Bob is a committee member.
The 4-hour workshop will be held on Friday, January 18th, beginning at 9 a.m. Attendees will receive a workbook. Registration details will be disseminated when finalized.
Nunez Community College
Now that we are industriously looking at fall events, we can reflect on a busy and well-spent summer.
The annual New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) meeting in June was a great success. Over 100 librarians attended the event held at Brandeis. The majority of respondents rated the program a 4 or 5 (the highest ratings) on their evaluation forms.
At a meeting at the University of Rhode Island in August, Patricia Flanagan from MIT gave a presentation on "Ask Us! -- Live: real-time online reference in the MIT libraries." She described the planning, selection of a product, testing and implementation of a virtual reference service at MIT. Carol Gordon described work she is doing at Boston University working with the Instructional Technology department to develop an electronic tutorial. The focus of the effort is to develop a program, which is self-diagnostic, self-directed, and self-assessed. Flash software is being used and Wilson has given permission for incorporation of their databases. The finished tutorial will be a required component of a course.
Julie Whelan distributed abstracts from articles she encountered recently dealing with assessment of information literacy efforts in medical education, especially the evidence based medicine movement. Peer observation teams are a new NELIG initiative. They hope to form small regional groups to observe each other teach. These groups will probably be best organized through the listserv (seehttp://www.acrlnec.org).
The New England Chapter's Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) had approximately forty people attend the annual meeting on Friday, June 8th, at the University of Rhode Island. The program topic was "Expanding the Library Catalog." On 31 August ITIG met at Rivier College for informal, focused discussion on “Wireless Networks in Libraries”. They discussed technical aspects of wireless networks and their impact on reference, instruction, and public services.
At a meeting at Salem State College on 5 October the topic will be Managing Electronic Serials.
The ACRL/NEC Women’s Studies Interest Group and the Business Librarians’ Interest Group will jointly present the Women in Business Project of Baker Library’s Historical Collections: "From Unheard Voices to Women, Enterprise and Society: Putting a guide to women’s history materials on the Web". It is hosted by Baker Library, Harvard University Business School on 28 September from 9:30-12. Participants learn about the wealth of women’s history that is being discovered in the business manuscript collections of the Baker Library Historical Collections at the Harvard Business School. Clara Bouricius, Project Manager, Women in Business Survey, Laura Linard, Director of Historical Collections, and Karen Bailey, Rare Book Librarian will speak about an ongoing survey project that has located records of women entrepreneurs, papers of female merchants, store owners, employee records, as well as letters and diaries that document women’s lives. The Project’s current web site, Unheard Voices,(http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/unheard_voices/collections/) provides access to a broad array of information about eighteenth-and nineteenth-century women¹s cottage industries, women entrepreneurs, landowners and business managers, women as professionals, and women’s personal lives including accounts of their personal finances. Project staff will talk to us about the decision to publish an indexed web guide and the challenges involved in putting the Women in Business project up on the web.
We look forward to our fall conference, which will be held at UMASS- Boston on 9 November 2001.
Sarah G. Wenzel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eastern New York
Our Program Committee, led this academic year by Kristin Strohmeyer (Hamilton College) is planning another informative program for the fall conference, "Exploring Diversity in Academic Libraries: Whose Needs are We Meeting?."
It will be held on October 22, 2001 at the University of Albany Library; Jerry Burke is the local arrangements chair. Hope Olson, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, and Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge Organization, will be the keynote speaker.
Other speakers include: Sandra Rios Balderrama, Director of the Office for Diversity at the American Library Association; Brenda Marston, Curator of the Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University; George Abbott, Department Head, Media Services and Mass Communication Subject Librarian at Syracuse University; and several collection development librarians from the University of Albany.
Sessions will cover topics such as adaptive technology, recruitment in the profession, collection development and the alternative press, and other diversity issues. In continuation of our 25th Anniversary celebration, Anne Roberts, Chair of the Steering Committee that formed ENY/ACRL, will be our luncheon speaker.
For more information please check the ENY/ACRL web site at:http://www.enyacrl.org. While the Program Committee is putting the final touches on the fall conference in Albany, we already have a date and location set for our spring 2002 conference-Monday, May 6, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Suzy Szasz Palmer, President
Greater Metropolitan New York
Our chapter's 2001 annual event will be held on Friday, December 7 in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Humanities and Social Science Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The theme, "Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Step Forward", is a timely issue, particularly since outcomes assessment will be required for Middle States accreditation by 2002, and thus, campuses must respond to mandates from administration. Certainly, the new demand will impact on library instructional programs, as librarians will be expected to work with faculty to integrate information literacy into the academic disciplines. The symposium, therefore, will continue the focus of last year's program, "Information Literacy and the Academic Library: Choices and Challenges". In the morning Oswald Ratteray, the Assistant Director for Constituent Services and Special Programs at Middle States Commission for Higher Education, will introduce the program followed by keynote speakers: Dr. Trudy Banta, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement at Indiana University-Purdue University, and Thomas Kirk from Earlham College. Both will provide an overview, while in the afternoon a panel of librarians consisting of Hannelore Rader (also the moderator for the panel), Carole Ann Fabian, Kyzyl Fenno-Smith, and Carla List will address practical issues and programs they have implemented. We look forward to an exciting day!
On another note, programs hosted on Long Island were well received. On May 4th, Stan Silverman, Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology, addressed a group of librarians at Hofstra University, and on the same day a workshop, "Librarian Limbo: Campus Status & Other Joys", took place at Dowling College. That event featured Rosemary Feeney, Dan Rubey, Gloria Roberson, and Francie Davis. Additionally, discussion groups on various aspects of librarianship from education/Curriculum Materials Center to information literacy have continued. Certainly, our chapter has experienced an active year.
Nassau Community College
The Texas Library Association's College and University Library Division (ACRL Texas Chapter) is hard at work planning several exciting program's for next year's TLA Annual Conference to be held April 22-26, 2002 in Dallas, Texas.
TLA will be celebrating its Centennial Year with this conference and the theme will be "Preserving the Past, Shaping the Future, 1902-2002". CULD will be contributing to one of the best conferences ever with sponsorship and co-sponsorship of up to 5 programs. Martha Tarlton, Vice-Chair Elect and Program Committee chair, is hard at work with plans currently in the works to host a Pre-Conference centering on ACRL standards and methodologies for measuring for SACS. Past TLA President Julie Todaro has agreed to do a program on marketing new initiatives for higher education and we will also have Danny Wallace from Oklahoma University do a program on training librarians to serve distant users.
Jeanne R. Pyle
Director of the Library Robert R. Muntz Library
University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799
Last Updated 6 September 2001