Chapter Topics

Spring 2004, Volume 25, Issue 1

Message from the Chair
Council Agenda

Chapter Reports
Council Officer Candidates
Council Dine-Around
ACRL PreConferences
ACRL President's Program
ACRL Programs on Equity of Access

ACRL Special Events
Other ACRL Programs
Targeting Your Message


Chapter Topics is published two 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 60611 .( 800-545-2433, ext. 2519)

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Locke Morrisey
Chapters Council Chair
Vibiana Bowman
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Sherri Edwards
Past Chapters Council Chair
Wendy M. Starkweather
Tyrone Cannon
ACRL President 
Mary Ellen Davis 
ACRL Executive Director 
Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL Associate Director 
Megan Bielefeld
ACRL Program Coordinator
Debbie Malone
Chapter Topics Editor

Next CT Deadline:
December 3, 2004

   Message from the Chapters Council Chair

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Greetings Chapter Liaisons!
Get Ready for Orlando!

I hope you're all geared up to attend the ALA Annual ACRL Chapters Council Meeting that will be happening on Sunday, June 27th, 2004 8:30 am - 11:00 am at the Crowne Plaza Universal, Room: Salon C in Orlando, FL. We'll have the opportunity to meet newly elected Vice-President/President Elect of ACRL, Camila Alire, newly elected ACRL Board members at large, Lynne King and Lori A. Goetsch and newly elected ACRL Councilor, Elaine K. Didier.

Speaking of elections, ACRL Chapters Council will be electing a new Vice-Chair/Chair elect as well as the ACRL Chapters Council Secretary position in Orlando.
The candidates for Vice-Chair/Chair Elect are:
Mark Emmons, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Dawn Thistle, Assumption College, Worcester, MA
Helena Rodrigues, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI

The candidate for Secretary is:
Wendy Starkweather, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV (running unopposed).

We will be voting within the first 15-20 minutes of the Chapters Council Meeting so please try to get to our meeting on time.

At the ACRL Board meeting earlier this month, the Board made some recommendations on the effort to assign responsibility for finding a home for the "Focus on the Future Taskforce" effort. I'm hoping that current ACRL President, Tyrone Cannon and ACRL Executive Director, Mary Ellen Davis can comment on this. I'm also hoping that part of our Chapters Council meeting can be a working meeting where we can brainstorm and strategize about finding solutions to current challenging issues we face as academic librarians. The final agenda for the Chapters Council will be sent on in early June.

With just one year under her belt so far, ACRL Program Coordinator, Megan Bielefeld, has done a great job in making sure that each chapter has identified a member who is to be present at the Chapters Council meeting. If for any reason you or your designated member cannot attend, a substitute representative is welcome. Each chapter is allowed two representatives to Chapters Council and share one vote on behalf of the chapter.

As always, I encourage you to contact me with any items you would like to see Chapters Council address. I also encourage you to get to know other Chapter Liaisons and be especially welcoming to those first-time liaisons.

Locke Morrisey, Chair
ACRL Chapters Council

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    Chapters Council Meeting, ALA
Sunday, June 27th, 2004
Crowne Plaza Universal, Salon C 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Draft Agenda

1. Welcome/introduction of Chapters Council Officers- Locke Morrisey, Chair
2. 2003 Chapters Council Election - Vibiana Bowman, Vice-Chair
3. Approval of January 2004 Minutes- Wendy Starkweather, Secretary
4. Chapter Topics, Debbie Malone, Editor
5. Greetings/Updates from ACRL Officers and Staff

Lynne King, ACRL Board Member-elect
Patricia Kreitz, ACRL Board Member
Lois Cherepon, ACRL Board Member
Helen Spalding, past ACRL President
Megan Bielefeld, ACRL Program Coordinator
Tyrone Cannon, ACRL President
Frances Maloy, ACRL Vice President/President
Camila Alire, ACRL Vice President-elect/President
Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Executive Director
6. ACRL @YourLibrary Campaign, Ken Marks
7. Legislative update, Larry Romans, Legislative Network Coordinator
8. ACRL Strategic Plan, Tyrone Cannon including discussion with Chapter reps
9. Chapters Council Election Results, Vibiana Bowman
10. M aking Chapters Council a working meeting (Brainstorming)

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   Chapter Council Candidate Statements
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect dawn thistle

Dawn Thistle
Emmanuel d'Alzon Libr.
Assumption College, Worcester, MA
B.Mus-Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH
M.Mus-New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
MS-Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science
DA (cand.)- Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science

Dawn Thistle is the Director of Library Services at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to her appointment at Assumption, she served as Head of Reader Services and Music/Visual Arts Librarian at the College of the Holy Cross for sixteen years.

She has been active in ACRL since 1991 and has served the New England Chapter as Chair of the New England Library Instruction Group (1998) and as Vice-President/President/Past-President (2000-2002). During her tenure as President, the New England Chapter successfully inaugurated online elections for officers and bylaws changes. Other professional activities have included membership in ALA Divisions LAMA and RUSA, membership on the OCLC Reference Advisory Committee (1996-2000), and work with local and regional library consortia. She is also a 2002 alumna of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Program.

She has given presentations on grantsmanship (Computers in Libraries '99), use of the web in instruction (Syllabus '98), and on authority control and the use of CORC for cataloging electronic resources. Her current research activities focus on professors' use of library resources from within course management software or course web sites.

"While serving as ACRL New England Chapter President, I attended Chapters Council meetings and was impressed with the vibrancy of the chapters and their officers. So much of the activity of ACRL is accomplished at the chapter level, yet it seems difficult for chapters to get the information they need to make full use of the ACRL national resources at their disposal. I would be honored to serve ACRL and the Council, and to work to facilitate the sharing of information between ACRL and its chapters."

helena rodrigues

Helena Rodrigues

Dean of Univ. Libr.
Johnson & Wales University

Dr. Rodrigues has been the Dean of University Libraries at Johnson & Wales University since 1993. The school has campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; North Miami, Florida; and Denver, Colorado. The newest campus will open in Charlotte, North Carolina in September 2004.

Her professional career has focused on Rare Books Cataloguing, Bibliographic Instruction, and Information Literacy. She has presented at and her papers are published in the Proceedings of the New Information Technology International Conferences held in Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Latvia, Hungary, South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, and Taiwan.

Dr. Rodrigues is active in various national, regional and state organizations. She is the Chair of the ACRL, College Libraries Section, Membership Committee; the Past President of the ACRL/New England Chapter, and the immediate Past President of the Rhode Island Library Association. Her past activities in ALA include membership on the Education for BI Committee, and the Chapter Relations Committee. She served as Co-Chair of the Volunteers Task Force for IFLA 2001 Boston.

mark emmons
Mark Emmons

Information Literacy
University of New Mexico

Mark manages the information literacy programs for the University of New Mexico General Library. In addition to teaching numerous classes each semester, he serves at reference desks, selects for communication studies and journalism, and develops web pages. He publishes in the areas of library instruction and film. He has served as both member and chair of the Planning and Teaching Methods Instruction Section committees and is currently the Past President for New Mexico Academic and Research Librarians. Before moving to New Mexico, he was very active in California Academic & Research Libraries.

In California, he worked for Occidental College after obtaining his MLS from UCLA. I first considered running Vice Chair/Chair Elect of Chapters Council when Locke mentioned that working in the same library as current ACRL president Tyrone Cannon had made things function so smoothly. With my Dean, Camila Alire, running for ACRL president, it seemed like a natural fit. With that prompt, I began to think about what I would bring to the table.

"When I first started attending ACRL Chapter Council meetings as NMARL representative, I remember being a bit overwhelmed. Now that I have attended for three years, I see the value that the group brings to local chapters. As Vice Chair/Chair Elect I would be interested in providing orientation to new members, sharing successes and challenges from our local chapters, and advancing the goals of the organization."

Chapter Council Candidate Statements -- Secretary

wendy starkweather

Wendy Starkweather
Director of Public Service

Candidate for a second term as Secretary of ACRL Chapters Council  (No Opposing Candidate)

I currently hold the position of Director of Public Services at the UNLV Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to accepting this position I served as Head of Reference at UNLV from 1985 through 1990. I also was a reference librarian and head of periodicals for the from 1981-1985. Prior positions included experience as a reference librarian at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, a brief stint as a law librarian and as a special librarian also in Las Vegas and as a library department chair at a small New Hampshire college library.

My publications and presentations have been in the fields of public service assessment and organizational planning, especially as it relates to a new building project.

I am currently the ACRL Chapter representative for the Nevada Library Association and am privileged to be serving as the Secretary for ACRL Chapters Council having been elected to the position last year.

I am eager to continue contributing my time and energy to working in this capacity with the officers and members of Chapters Council and ACRL to help implement the strategic plan and further the division's goals


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   Chapters Council Dine-Around in Orlando

There will be a Chapters Council Dine-around at ALA Annual in Orlando on Saturday, June 26, 2004.. We will meet at the conference registration desk at
7 PM. The restaurant has not yet been determined but it will be within easy walking distance of the Conference Center. We also select a restaurant that is moderate in price and has many menu options. (Vegetarians take heart!)

This is a fun and informal dinner and a great way to meet your ACRL colleagues from around the country. Please plan to attend. RSVP by May 30 would be appreciated so that we can plan on how large a room to book. Contact: Vibiana Bowman, ACRL Chapters Council Vice-Chair/Chair Elect at

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45th RBMS Preconference
Ebb and Flow: The Migration of Collections to American Libraries
Monday, June 21 - Thursday, June 24, 2004 in New Haven, Connecticut

The RBMS 45th Annual Preconference will be held June 21-24, 2004, on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The preconference will focus on the history and current issues surrounding the movement of collections from the four corners of the earth into American repositories. A full schedule of plenary speakers, short paper presentations, seminars and tours is in store for attendees. Conference programs will examine different aspects of the increasingly complex duties of librarians and archivists who are responsible for acquiring, preserving and providing access to cultural artifacts -- artifacts that have often traveled great distances before coming to rest in American repositories.

Information Commons: Nuts & Bolts Planning
Friday, June 25, 2004, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in room 231 A/B of the Convention Center

During this full-day preconference, Information Commons leaders will provide nuts and bolts instruction for early-state I.C. planners. Increase your understanding of I.C. planning, implementation and assessment issues. Return to your institution with increased clarity of I.C. problems and possible solutions as well as practical guidelines and preliminary planning and implementation.

Information Literacy: Time for a Comprehensive Plan
Friday, June 25, 2004, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in room 224 E/F of the Convention Center

Using a workbook created by the preconference presenters, attendees will be guided through the process of creating a comprehensive plan for information literacy. Learn how to identify essential elements in constructing a comprehensive plan and discover how to apply those elements to build a successful long-term information literacy plan. Leave the session with an outline and draft plan for your home institution.

Scholarly Communications 101
Friday, June 25, 2004, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in room 232 A/B of the Convention Center

Receive an overview to the scholarly communications landscape from ACRL members who are experts on scholarly communications issues. Become fluent with scholarly communications issues and trends and position yourself to participate in campus communications programs and other advocacy efforts. 

   ACRL President's Program

Prenuptials, Marriage, and In-laws: Partnerships and Connections--The Learning Community as Knowledge Builders
Monday, June 28, 2004, 1:30 pm - 4:00 p.m. in the Junior Ballroom F of the Rosen Centre Hotel
As librarians are reaching outside their traditional roles to form collaborative relationships with faculty, students, other libraries, and institutions, they are forming partnerships that are similar in their nature to families. These relationships are resulting in redefinitions of the role of the librarian in academe. The impact of information technology on libraries and newer entrepreneurial tracks being developed involves the participation of librarians on a more intense level, including distance learners and information literacy programs.

   ACRL Programs on Equity of Access

The following ACRL programs have been flagged by ALA as being of special interest because they address Carla Hayden's presidential theme of equity of access:

WSS program, " Telling Our Stories Now: Women's Archives in the Digital Age "
Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Archival materials are more accessible than ever before as libraries have become important content providers for the Internet and commercial databases. This panel will discuss the impact of electronic access and digitization on archives and special collections. Hear how women's stories are being told now through new projects, outreach, and collaboration, and learn about the challenges presented by these ventures.

LES program, "Cuban Voices, English Words: Language and Identity in Cuban American Literature "
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m

The U.S. and Cuba are separated by a mere ninety miles and yet are worlds apart. Cuban-American writers are keenly aware of the impenetrable closeness that separates current home from ancestral land. Personal identity for these authors can involve intense cultural conflicts. Spanish/English, tropical/temperate, exile/assimilation are just a few of the oppositions they must balance. The panelists will discuss the impact of these conflicts on their lives and work.

AFAS/ANSS program, " Her Eyes Were Watching Humanity: Zora Neale Hurston as Ethnographer, Novelist, and Feminist "
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Zora Neale Hurston was from Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black township in America, which is in the Orlando metro area. Panelists will address Hurston's life history, her work with the Federal Writer's Project, her political and philosophical ideas, and her extant papers and manuscripts available in various repositories. More information is available at: Refreshments will be served!

RBMS program, "Documenting Cultural communities in Florida"
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

This program features three curators of special collections in Florida who will describe specifically how they have built collections documenting these local cultural communities: the Cuban immigrant community in southern Florida, the African-American community in Gainesville, and the Florida gay and lesbian community. The program is intended to help librarians envision how they might document local cultural communities, and better acknowledge cultural diversity, at their own libraries.

ACRL Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee: "Attracting Minority Librarians to Academic Libraries"
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The many aspects of attracting minority librarians to work in academic libraries will be addressed by four speakers who bring a variety of perspectives on the subject.

AAMES program, " Impact of Technology on Asian, African and Middle Eastern Libraries and Collections"
Saturday, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Although technology has revolutionized libraries all over the world, librarians have not yet grasped its long-range impact on academic libraries and building collections in digital formats. Panelists will discuss existing conditions, cultural/historical international portals such as GMNet, copyright issues and innovative IT strategies for building improved collections in Asian, African, Middle Eastern and American libraries.

DLS program, "Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing to Better Serve Distrbuted Learners"
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

As distance learning programs continue to expand, library users increasingly have multiple affiliations, use multiple libraries, and are geographically distributed. With the added concern of budget cuts, librarians must develop new ways to serve users across boundaries by sharing our resources and services. This program will showcase different models of cooperation and communication between various types of libraries. 

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   ACRL Progams of Interest in Orlando

ACRL Marketing Academic and Research Libraries Committee
Marketing Your Academic or Research Library: The Good, the Bad, and the Useful

Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in room 308 C/D of the Convention Center
Academic and research librarians have developed marketing plans that have been in use for some time. Speakers from representative libraries that are geographically diverse and different types will share their successes and less than-successful efforts. The focus will be on how each marketing effort was developed and what they would do differently. A brief introduction to the ACRL @your library marketing campaign and materials will be included.

Get Us to the Press on Time: A Discussion Forum on the Preparation of the Monograph
Sunday, June 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Sheraton World Resort, Indian Room
The preparation of a book is a long-term venture, requiring vision, progressive planning, and integration of all aspects of the work. The emergence of the monograph can move into press on time or come into the field late. This session focuses on factors affecting strategizing for timely movement into publication, based on experience. Come learn from veteran authors and editors as well as hearing reality factors from publisher discussants.

ACRL Booth at Annual Conference
Stop by the Association of College and Research Libraries booth #234 and learn more about ACRL, a professional association dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research. Meet staff from ACRL's publishing unit, CHOICE, the leading academic review journal.

Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Reception
Monday, June 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Rosen Centre Hotel

Leadership Council
Friday, June 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Plaza Ballroom II of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

New Leader Orientation
Friday, June 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Genoa II room of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

USA Patriot Act: Response from ACRL
Sunday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 311 A-C of the Convention Center

Saturday, June 26, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in room 308 A/B of the Convention Center

   ACRL Special Events/Tours in Orlando

ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute Reunion
Friday, June 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Salon 7 & 8

College Libraries Section
Friday Night Feast

Friday, June 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Ming Court, 9188 International Drive
Contact Melinda Dermondy (320-308-2093 or for more information.

Instruction Section
IS Dinner

Fri, June 25, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Dan Marino's Fine Foods & Spirits, 9101 International Drive, Suite 1300, Orlando
To register, contact Linda K. Colding (407-823-4248 or 5880 or

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   Bull's Eye: Targeting Your Message to Increase Library Usage

By Susan Akers, Marketing/Communications Manager, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

If you want to increase your library's gate count, serve more customers, raise awareness of library services, and heighten awareness of the value of the library, then read this article. I will attempt to take the mystery out of marketing and show how we can use marketing principles to favorably position the academic library in the minds of our constituents. image

We have found that over 70 percent of the students read the student-run newspaper three or more days per week. The editor agreed to print a short, bulleted list of catchy sentences promoting the library every other week. This has been an effective tool in getting the word out about various services and resources at the University Libraries. In today's harried world, a key to good marketing is in writing concise, short messages. Write with the end benefit in mind so that the reader immediately visualizes himself/herself using that service or initiating the next step. In a way, you're 'selling' an idea-the idea that the target group will benefit upon follow-up.

What motivates students to use library services is far different than what motivates faculty, so the promotion of library services is not a one-size-fits-all message. Of course, retaining your core image (quality staff, user-friendly environment, great equipment and resources) can be promoted to all groups, but narrowing a specific message toward a specific subset of user types allows you differentiate your message which results in improved penetration to the receivers and improved results.

When you send a promotional e-mail message on campus, your writing style may differ in tone depending upon whether you're sending a message to a graduate student or to a faculty member. E-mail can be a powerful means to communicate a brief, well-written promotional message about a special library service, but you don't want to wear out your welcome, either!

Communication professionals and librarians should not only promote the library as a destination for research and learning, but also add a human side to the message by promoting librarians-- a valuable resource for success! We often try to inform others of the benefits of technology, but another important message to convey is that in today's information-overloaded world, the training and knowledge of librarians make others' lives easier as they assist in connecting people with information.

An Rx for Marketing

  • Market your strengths, market your uniqueness.
  • Identify your core values and build on them.
  • Use both traditional print methods (bulletin board, brochures, newsletters, posters) to advertise your services in addition to electronic means.
  • Position the library well on the campus home page.
  • Use testimonials from actual users and faculty in your promotions.
  • Solicit feedback on your Web site via surveys or comments and acknowledge them upon receipt.
  • Create an online newsletter available from your home page.
  • Contact faculty to identify training and/or research needs they may have. Be proactive!
  • Review headings on your Web site to make sure content is "packaged" logically and easily navigable.
  • Get library staff out of the building, talking to professors, classes and others on campus.
  • Emphasize your work to the university and larger community
  • Constantly look for ways to partner with others on projects.
  • Invite groups on campus to use your lobby for short outreach efforts.
  • Create inviting, fun, easy-to-read print material using your library's logo, URL, and slogan.
  • Use inexpensive items to promote your resources with your URL printed on them (pens, magnets, etc.)
  • Offer flexible training schedules for faculty and students, not just during the day.
  • Refresh and enliven the library's physical space. Is it clean? Inviting to the eye? Review your signage. Create friendly discussion and hang-out spaces.
  • Create interesting exhibits and displays.
  • If dormitories offer a television channel, develop 30-second public service announcements to promote library services. Quarterly or more, promote the library by sending a nicely-designed poster to the dorm's communication center or bulletin board area.

     About Ball State University: Ball State University, located about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis, serves over 19,000 students. About 4,000 undergraduate degrees are awarded annually. Ranked as a research-intensive institution by the Carnegie Foundation, there are seven academic colleges and a graduate school with over 140 majors, 72 master's programs, and 15 doctoral programs. See for more information.

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    The Colorado Academic Library Association (CoALA) will hold its annual spring workshop May 21st at Regis University in Denver. This year's theme, "Making the Connection in Academe: We ALL Make the Music" focuses on marketing library services in academic communities. The morning will feature Bonnie McCune from the Colorado State Library, and state coordinator of the @your library campaign, whose talk is designed to provide a format for each person to think of a project or activity to implement that achieves advocacy and marketing results. The afternoon will feature round table discussions that focus on marketing for particular groups: access services, administration, distance learning, technical services, reference services and instruction.

    Tom Riedel
    CoALA Past Chair
    Distance Services Librarian
    Regis University

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    The Florida ACRL Chapter is also the Academic Libraries Section of the Florida Library Association. At the Annual Conference & Exhibition on March 23, 2004 in Daytona Beach the chapter co-presented the program "Marketing Is Your Library's Voice!" with the Special and Institutional Libraries Section of FLA.

    Speakers and topics were:

    Marketing 101 by Patrice Koerper, General Manager, Public Relations and Partnerships, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. Ms. Koerper presented marketing, advertising, and public relations in the broadest sense. She covered what to do in terms of research and focus groups before developing a marketing plan.

    Marketing Matters @ Your Library by Jane Schillie, Director of Education, Outreach, and Research Services at the University of Miami Libraries in Coral Gables. Ms. Schillie talked about how her organization is applying marketing theories and using the ALA @ Your Library Toolkit. She shared very practical experiences and results.

    Shameless Self- Promotion by Robyn Tolle, MLS, Information Professional Consultant with Lexis/Nexis. Ms. Tolle shared ideas for applying marketing principles to individual librarians and libraries. She covered ideas on how to create visibility, tie your services to the goals of the organization, and market your library to the parent organization.

    The fall workshop, "Visions of Change!" will be held October 29, 2004 at the Holiday Inn Select, Orlando Airport.
    Speakers and topics are:
    Changes in the Library Environment by Frances Maloy, ACRL, President-Elect.
    Using the Balanced Scorecard as a Change Tool, an interactive session presented by Gail Oltmanns, Washington University, St. Louis, and Jim Self, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
    Transitions in Florida Academic Libraries by Dale Canelas, University of Florida and Chair of the State University Libraries Council.
    Myths and Tips for Successful Change by Tim May of TPM Enterprise.

    The Chapter Website is at

    Barbara Tuck
    Reference Librarian
    Thomas G. Carpenter Library
    University of North Florida

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    The Indiana Chapter conducted its annual luncheon business meeting during the Indiana Library Federation’s Annual Conference, at the Indianapolis Convention Center, on April 14, 2004. Among the work of the Chapter for the year was the streamlining and consolidation of committees to three: Continuing Education/Conference Planning, Nominating, and Membership (which now encompasses the former Web Committee). The gavel was passed from outgoing Chair, Nancy Colborn, to incoming chair, Doris Stephenson. Doris, on behalf of the Indiana Chapter, expressed gratitude for Nancy's hard work and leadership of the organization. Officers for 2004/2005 are as follows:

    Doris Stephenson, Chair
    Funderburg Library,
    Manchester College

    Catherine Salyers, Secretary/Treasurer
    Robinson Memorial Library,
    St. Joseph’s College

    Members At Large
    Scott Opasik (2005)
    Schurz Library, Indiana University, South Bend

    Steve Duecker (2006)
    Bracken Library, Ball State University

    Nancy Wootton Colborn, Past Chair
    Schurz Library, Indiana University, South Bend

    Robin Crumrin, Liaison to ACRL
    University Library,
    Indiana University-
    Purdue University Indianapolis

    Dolores J. Hoyt
    University Library, Indiana University-
    Purdue University Indianapolis

    Margaret Atwater-Singer (2007)
    University of Evansville Library

    Richard Bernier, Webmaster
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Robin Crumrin
    IUPUI University Library


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    The Annual ILA/ACRL Spring Conference was held Friday, April 16th, 2004 on the beautiful campus of Central College in Pella, Iowa. Liz Bishoff, most recently Executive Director of the Colorado Digitization Program and currently, Vice President, OCLC Digital Collection and Preservation Services, was the keynote speaker.

    The theme of the conference was "Scanning the Past, Digitizing the Future", and Ms. Bishoff addressed how all types of libraries can collaboratively initiate, establish and nurture successful digital projects. Liz is pictured to the left with Ellen Neuhaus, the President of ILA/ACRL.

    The First Lady of Iowa, Christie Vilsack, spoke on her project: "Iowa Stories 2000: Literacy Communities". She is pictured below.


    The Executive Board's strategic planning retreat held last July developed into practice recently. Three Ad Hoc Committees were formed to advance the goals and objectives of ILA/ACRL: Research, Advocacy, and Education. Kathy Magarrell of the University of Iowa is chairing the Research committee, Michelle Holschuh Simmons of Cornell College is chairing the Advocacy committee, and Jane Campagna of Scott Community College is chairing the Education committee. We look forward to seeingresults from these groups over the next 2 years.

    Another project of ILA/ACRL is the Information Literacy Forum Challenges, Practices and Questions found at . It is a place where members can post ideas that may be useful in planning and conducting information use instruction.

    The ILA/ACRL website is at and the newsletters are found at Please visit to learn more about our chapter.

    Amy Fuls
    University of Iowa

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    spring conference attendees

    Attendees at our spring conference.

    The Kentucky Chapter of ACRL, which is also the academic library section of KLA, held a joint spring conference with the special librarians in the commonwealth on April 14-16, 2004 at Barren River State Park. The conference theme was " The Business and Politics of Information", and topics included marketing, grant writing, and navigating the political landscape at the workplace. General Session speakers included:

    Patricia Currie (Dialog) " Achieving Results Through Relationships: The Power of Influence" explored the link between building relationships with co-workers and administrators and developing more influence in the workplace.

    University of Louisville Libraries Marketing Team presented " Library Marketing Nitty Gritty: It's More Than Planning Parties" which gave conference goers many great ideas about marketing library services and how to promote the library within an organization.Robert Holley (Wayne State University) presented " How to Get That Grant!" and discussed the grant writing process and shared grant funding sources for academic and special libraries.

    The KLA Fall Conference, "O ne Profession, One Purpose, One Promise" will be held September 15-17 in Louisville. The Kentucky ACRL chapter and KLA Library Instruction Roundtable are co-sponsoring Patricia Breivik, San Jose State University, as their general session speaker.

    Stacey Nickell
    West Kentucky Community & Technical College

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    The Academic and Research Libraries Division of the Michigan Library Association has been very active. In the fall, we offered five programs at the Annual Conference of the Association with the following titles: "The TEACH Act: Copyright Issues and Distance Learning"; " Virtual Reference: Our Experience So Far"; " The Library as Place: Participate in An Open Discussion"; "Project Management for Libraries: Are We Having Fun Yet?"; and " Fifty Ways to Reach Your Faculty: The Inter-relationship Between the Library and Faculty". We also co-sponsored a program, "The First Amendment and Libraries" with the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Michigan Library Association. Finally, we featured ACRL President, Tyrone Cannon at our Annual Academic Luncheon during the Conference.

    In addition to the programs, the Division sponsored a new feature at the conference, the Academic and Research Libraries Division Poster Session. We received many proposals that were reviewed for selection and topics included a librarian's experience installing and troubleshooting Linux Red Hat 8.0, computing resources offered by academic libraries, the future of branch libraries, a report on a unique library instruction program called "Discovering Self", a report on a weeding project for an education collection, a library's participation in on-campus academic orientation programs, reference interviews in a "virtual" world, the status of reference librarians at mid-sized Michigan academic libraries and library services to off-campus PhD students. This event was a first for the Association!


    Dr. Joseph Reish with Dr. Rachel Chen, University Librarian, Bruce T. Halle Library, Eastern Michigan University and Dr. Tim Richards, Director, Mardigian Library, University of Michigan Dearborn


    Attendees at our symposium.

    On Friday, April 30, 2004, the Academic and Research Libraries Division held an all-day program, " Symposium for Academic Librarians 2004: The Role of the Library in Academic Enterprise" at the Bruce T. Halle Library, Eastern Michigan University. Our keynote address, " From Bookshelver to Dean of University Libraries: A Meteoric Leap of Faith for a Non-Librarian", was given by Dr. Joseph Reish, Dean, University Libraries, Western Michigan University. Dr. Reish, with a PhD in Eighteenth -Century French Literature, had previously been the Dean of The Carl and Winifred Lee Honors College, at Western Michigan University before assuming the role of Interim Dean of the University Libraries. Dean Reish brought a unique perspective to the role of librarian in academe.

    After the address, a series of concurrent sessions were held throughout the day. In advance of the Symposium, a request for proposals was sent out to academic librarians and a committee conducted a blind review in selecting the presenters for the sessions. Out of the many excellent proposals, six papers were chosen for presentation. The selected papers will be featured in the next MLA Forum, the electronic journal of the Michigan Library Association.Library.Symposium attendees, 2004

    Topics of the presentations included: " The Benefits of Librarian Leadership in University Teaching/Learning Centers: An Overview and Case Study"; " Campus and Beyond: Strategies for Planning and Promoting Library Services to New User Groups"; " Strengthening Library as Place: Why Librarians Need to Leave the Library"; Information Literacy or Literate Information?"; "Re-Creating the Library's Role in Academic Enterprise"; and " Enhancing the Research Guide: Using Open Source Software to Achieve Collegial Satori".The Symposium was well attended and we look forward to future workshops and symposiums

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    Sara Martin (College of St. Mary), Vice Chair/Chair-elect of the Nebraska Library Association's College & University Section, left the state to take a position as Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Siobhan Champ-Blackwell (Creighton University - Health Sciences Library) was appointed to fill Sara's term of office.

    The C&U Section's annual spring meeting will be held on May 21, 2004 at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. The theme for this year's meeting is " Effective Practices for Academic Libraries." The keynote address, " Conveying the Big Picture: Information Literacy, Academic Libraries and Campus Culture," will be delivered by Dr. Timothy R. Austin, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University.

    We will also be joined by Dr. Mary Bushing, Coordinator of the Mountain Plains Library Association's Leadership Institute, and Professor Emeritus at Montana State University - Bozeman. She will make a brief presentation on " Reaching to the Future: MPLA's Leadership Opportunities for Individual and Organizational Growth."

    The concurrent paper sessions will include the following presentations:

    "Shelfreading Effectively: An Overview of the Statistical Shelfreading Program at the UNO Library" - Lori Brdicko, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    "Building a Library Intranet Revisited"- Marc Davis, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    " You've Got Archives" - Mary Ellen Ducey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    "Content Linking and User Expectations: A Balancing Act"- Sally Gibson, Creighton University

    "Online Information Research Strategies for Students" - Kit Keller, Nebraska Library Commission

    "Building and Information Literacy Program" - Mary Nash, Creighton University

    "Organizing the Bits: Effective Practices for Managing Digital Research Projects" - Brian L. Pytlik Zillig, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    "Got Questions? Find Answers @your library®: Special Collections and Savvy Librarians to Help You Find What You Need" - Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission

    "The Invisible Web: Internet Resources Search Engines Can't Find" - Judellen Thornton-Jaringe, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Robert Nash,
    University of Nebraska at Omaha

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    New England

    On April 23, two hundred librarians gathered at the new George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology at Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island to attend the ACRL/NEC conference. Discussion on the conference topic, " Defining the Library's Role in the Changing Academic Organization," was initiated by a keynote address delivered by Norman Fainstein, President of Connecticut College. The President's message Out of the Box: Can We Re-Imagine Library and Information Services, posed five questions to librarians:

    1. Why do librarians continue purchasing endless numbers of books despite the fact that college libraries are running out of storage space?
    2.Why do undergraduate college libraries keep attempting to duplicate the collections of large research libraries despite differences in the needs of their clientele?
    3.How much has really changed as a result of the combined library/IT model of
    delivering information services?
    4.Why do libraries being built today really differ so little from those of the past despite the addition of digital capabilities, classrooms, and cafes?
    5.What would we do if we could really get library services out of the box?

    President Fainstein suggested that we might take the essential functions library and IT professionals perform (preservation & storage, student and faculty research, instruction, recreation, exhibition …) and distribute those functions to logical places on campus where they are both needed and already taking place (e.g. writing centers, student centers, fitness centers, and faculty offices.) There would still be a need for a central "place" to hold reserves, archives and special collections, etc., but colleges would pay research libraries for access to their collections. President Fainstein acknowledged such changes would also require changes in requirements for faculty tenure.

    The President's talk was followed by a panel discussion addressing and responding to his main points. Panel members included Terry Metz (Wheaton College), Susan Perry (Mellon Foundation/CLIR), Joanne Schneider (Saint Michael's College), and Merrily Taylor (Brown University). Six breakout sessions were presented in the afternoon:

  • Charge for Printing: How to Handle the Printing Question by Norma Gahl and others
  • Human Resources Role in Managing Change by Linda Lulli
  • Ongoing Training for Reference Librarians: What's Really Happening? by Judith Pinnolis
  • Marketing Library Services by Kathy Dempsey
  • Managing the Library and IT Cultures by Claudia Morner
  • Library Budgets by Diane Frake
    A video of the conference keynote, panel discussion and some of the interest groups will be available for circulation to interested ACRL librarians. Contact Colleen Anderson at

    2004 Election Results
    Online voting for the 2004 ACRL New England Chapter election took place during the month
    of March. The following officers were elected: Christopher Cox, Vice President/President Elect; Kendra St. Aubin, Secretary; and Janice Wilbur, Member-at-Large. In addition to the election of officers, members also ratified a change to the bylaws, which combines the Publications and Newsletter Committee with the Publicity Committee to create a unified Communications Committee. The Board expects this new structure will facilitate and coordinate communications of all kinds, including the Newsletter, publicity announcements, and the Chapter web site.

    Twelve special interest groups are active in the New England Chapter and most sponsor at least 2 programs a year. Descriptions of the interest groups are available at, and an event calendar can be viewed at Spring programs included:

  • Access Services program "The Role of Service in Access Services: New Demands, New Services and New Technologies" on May 20th
  • Business Librarians program "Electronic Resources: Vendor Negotiations, Leveraging Relationships and New Products" on May 13th
  • Information Technology meeting about campus portals and libraries on March 12th
  • Information Technology meeting about campus portals and libraries on March 12th
  • Library Instruction annual program entitled "Creative Collaborations: It takes a campus to educate a student" on June 12th ;
  • Librarians on Online Course Information (LOCI) meeting on Dartmouth College's integration of Blackboard courseware and content on May 11th.

    The vitality of the Chapter is reflected in the variety, quality and quantity of the programs it sponsors.

    Christine Turner
    Communications Committee Co-Chair

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    Eastern New York

    The Spring conference, " Controlling Chaos: Harnessing Digital Collections" was held on May 17, 2004 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. James G. Neal, University Librarian at Columbia, made the keynote address, " Advancing the Role of the Academic Library through Digital Innovation." Deborah L. Andersen, assistant professor at SUNY Albany's School of Information Science & Policy, and editor of Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion and Review Process (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), addressed the topic of scholarly communication and tenure. A panel discussion, " The Who, What, Why - and Why Not - of Federated Searching" was moderated by Jane Neale, NYLINK. Sandy Hurd of Innovative Interfaces, Mike Poulin from Le Moyne College, and Nan Hyland from Cornell University addressed the pros and cons of metasearching. The day included poster sessions on varied aspects of digital libraries, as well as demonstrations by Innovative Interfaces and Endeavor of their metasearch products.

    Great appreciation was expressed to outgoing Past President Kristin Strohmeyer of Hamilton College for her many years of service to the Chapter as Vice President, President, Past President and Chair of the Program Planning and Nominating Committees.

    Jane Subramanian, Music Cataloger and Archivist at the State University of New York at Potsdam, was honored as the ENY/ACRL Librarian of the Year for 2004. Jane has a long history of service to the Chapter, including service as campus liaison, as a member of the Nominating Committee and as Chair of the Membership Committee.

    The Executive Council for the coming year will be led by President Inga H. Barnello (Le Moyne College), Vice President/Program Chair Mary Anne Waltz (RPI), Communications Chair Steve Black (College of St. Rose), John Thomas (SUNY Oswego) as Membership Chair, Sheldon Wein (The Sage Colleges) as Treasurer, and Michael McLane as Past President.

    Vassar College in Poughkeepsie is the site of the Fall conference on October 18.

    Inga H. Barnello
    Vice President/Program chair 2003/04

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    Instru ction Interest Group / Distance Learning Interest Group

    ALAO' Instruction Interest Group joined with the Distance Learning Interest Group to present " Learning Objects for Library Instruction" on April 23rd. A team of 10 librarians from 8 Ohio colleges planned the day long event, led by librarians Karen Diaz and Nancy O'Hanlon, both form The Ohio State University. During the morning portion of the session, presenters shared their knowledge of learning objects, where to find them, how and when to use them. At left, Mary Lee Jenson, Chris Sheetz and Susan Paul hard at work on their afternoon assignment, evaluating a learning object creation tool. Hopefully, you are now all wishing to learn more about learning objects. If, like many of the workshop participants, you are not sure what one is, the simple definition shared at the workshop: "Any digital resource that can be reused to support learning." David Wiley. Wisc-Online and Merlot are good web sites to check out if you are interested in reading about learning objects and actually seeing some of them.

    Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group

    The CMCIG spring 2004 workshop was held Friday, May 7, at Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library. Hosted by Sara Bushong and her Curriculum Materials Center staff, the morning began with a panel discussion, "Weeding Our Collections" where participants learned about the CREW method. After lunch, the workshop culminated in a guided tour of Mazza Museum, International Art from Picture Books. At right attendees participate in the panel discussion. Below, touring the BGSU Curriculum Materials Center.

    The annual election of officers was completed in April 2004. New officers and board members, who will assume office in June, are:
    Susan Scott, Denison University, vice-president, president elect, at left. Also elected:
    Jacky Johnson, Miami University, secretary
    Brian Hickham, University of Toledo, membership chair
    Board members:
    Coleen Boff, Bowling Green State University Judy Parella, Ashland University
    Jolene Miller, Medical College of Ohio

    Legislative Events:
    ALAO members participated in two important legislative events this Spring: In late April, librarians gathered at the offices of the Ohio Board of Regents in Columbus to hear two speakers, Tom Sanville, executive director of OhioLINK and Representative Kathleen Chandler, from Ohio's 68th District. Following their presentations and lunch, librarians met with various Ohio senators and representatives. Our mission focused on sharing the importance and, of course, the joys, of using OhioLINK. We are always eager to share OhioLINK's wonderful opportunities for Ohio college students with our government officials. It gives us a chance to remind our representatives and senators how important academic library resources are to the success of students in higher education.

    In May, Ann Watson, Denison University, a member of our Government Relations Team and Joseph Salem, Kent State University, the winner of our Legislative Travel Award, journeyed to Washington DC to participate in ALA's Legislative Day. It is actually a two day event and was quite productive. Again, a wonderful opportunity to share the importance of academic library issues with our members of Congress and their aides and office staff, also.

    Coming Events:

  • On May 24th, ALAO's Support Staff Interest Group welcomes Carol Brey-Casiano, President-Elect of the American Library Association and Director of the El Paso (TX) Public Library, as the featured speaker for the spring workshop to be held at Ohio Wesleyan University. Ms. Brey-Casiano will address ALA and its relation to support staff members, support staff issues and initiatives in general, the issue of pay equity for support staff and librarians.
  • The Collection Management Interest Group will hold its Spring workshop on May 27th at Wittenberg University. During a panel discussion and a presentation by a member of the Ohio Preservation Council, attendees will consider Maintaining Print Collections: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Moldy.
  • ALAO will hold its annual Leadership Retreat on June 7-8. This events begins and ends with a passing of the torch as old officers and new officers share together their past experiences and work through plans for the coming year for the organization.
  • Plans are continuing for the 30th ALAO annual conference, ALAO at 30: Positioning Libraries: Positioning Ourselves to be held in Dayton, Ohio on November 12, 2004

    Susan D. Scott
    Denison University Library

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    The Oregon Chapter of ACRL has been involved in a number of recent activities primarily focused on planning the annual joint meeting with the Washington group and programs at the recent Oregon Library Association Conference.

    The Oregon Chapter will host the annual joint conference in 2005. It is scheduled for October at the Menucha Conference Center in the scenic Columbia Gorge. The program will focus on scholarly publishing. Themes include the role of and the impact on libraries as they grapple with changes in the publishing industry, rising costs, copyright, the role of institutional repositories and campus portals, open access, and faculty involvement in publishing and their relationship with campus libraries. To encourage participation in the conference and promote active involvement by those new to academic librarianship, the Chapter is instituting a scholarship program for the annual conference. The first awards will be given for the coming fall meeting.

    The Oregon Library Association held its annual conference April 14-16, with the theme, Diversity, Not Window Dressing. The Chapter sponsored a number of events. Highlights included the ACRL pre-conference " Communication, Culture, and Complications: A User-Friendly Guide to Interaction, with Janet Bennett Ph.D. Dr. Bennett, Executive Director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, led attendees through a well-received workshop that focused on recognizing cultural patterns in communications styles and strategies for adapting to other styles. In the evening following the workshop, members gathered for the Chapter's annual reception.

    At the conference proper, the Chapter sponsored a number of workshops. While some were closely tied to the conference theme and several were aimed at other aspects of professional development, they all reflected the important work of Oregon's academic library community. The programs were:

    Supporting Research From the Perspective of Diversity and Intercultural Studies

    Indexing Oregon's Historic Newspapers

    The Report of My Death has Been Greatly Exaggerated, Is Reference Really Dead?

    Men's Work, Women's Work: The Social Shaping of Technology in Academic Libraries

    Building Bridges on Campus: Collaboration Between Teaching Faculty and Librarians

    Lawyers for Libraries

    You Need More Than A Good Idea: Crafting Bills to Make Law

    Working With Differences to Build More Inclusive Communities

    Take Me Out to the Library

    The Classroom Unplugged: Teaching in a Wireless Environment

    The Chapter is committed at both the local and national level to support its members and the profession. To that end, several members manned a booth at the recent Oregon College Fair, distributing information about careers in academic librarianship. President Sarah Beasley, with Chapter support, represented the Chapter at ALA's Legislative Day in Washington D.C. For more information about the Oregon Chapter and its activities, please see our website at

    Susan Hinken
    University of Portland

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    Last Updated May 19, 2004