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Lynne King ·
Chapters Council Chair
Larry Hardesty ·
Althea H. Jenkins ·
ACRL Executive Director
Heather Ward ·
Chapter Topics Editor
Next CT Deadline:
August 14, 2000
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTERS COUNCIL CHAIR
Are you ready for Chicago? Fresh from Independence Day celebrations and the break the holiday provides from normal work routines, we should be well-prepared for a productive conference and some good fun in a great city. We will meet during our traditional Sunday morning time slot, from 8:30 am to 11:00am (with a light breakfast buffet) in the McCormick Convention Center, Room N139 (Unfortunately, the first choice location of a Lake Michigan beach didn't work out.) Continuing recent practice, we will begin our session with a business meeting in the first half of the morning, and use the second half of our time for presentations and workshops. Please refer to the preliminary agenda posted in this issue for details.
For those of you who are recently elected officers of your chapters and therefore new to Chapters Council, welcome! The following may serve as a brief introduction and orientation to our group. For veteran members, I would like to take a moment and a few lines below to continue my unofficial theme for the year of defining ourselves, both for our ever-changing membership, and for others, within ACRL, ALA, and beyond.
So, what are some of the challenges that Chapters Council faces? Like any ALA unit--divisions, sections, committees, and round tables alike--the limit of only two full meetings a year can be difficult in itself, and member turnover can be an issue in every group, as well. In the case of Chapters Council membership, state and regional ACRL chapters induct new officers on a variety of schedules throughout each year, so we are virtually guaranteed new participants in need of acclimatization at every meeting. And it's not as if ACRL chapters are neat, cookie-cutter clones of one another, with the same operating procedures, issues, and concerns brought by their representatives. Some are part of state library associations, whether closely or loosely linked to the planning, programming, and funding cycles of those organizations or not. Some chapters are independent, some are regional, some are multi-state, and some are international. We have it all, and that diversity should be our strength, but it's not always easy to avoid the pitfalls that can result from our differences.
Overcoming those obstacles that potentially fracture our group is where our efforts are currently focused. Through the cumulative efforts of a number of Chapter Council officers in recent years, an attempt has been made to organize, record, and hand down Council information from one year to the next, creating structure beyond the basic outline relevant to Chapters Council as documented in ACRL's policy and procedure guidelines for its various units. The shared goal of the officers involved has been to make Chapters Council a more productive and active organization for its chapters and their members by improving continuity between Council chairs and reducing the likelihood of each new group of officers spending time and energy re-inventing the wheel in learning their jobs. Current efforts are directed to the development of an officers handbook, as well as the production of a "What is Chapters Council" brochure, to help explain our role to external audiences.
The handbook and brochure are small, but necessary, steps in what I hope will be a continuing pattern of growth and development for Chapters Council, so that we can tackle bigger issues of concern to chapter members more frequently and effectively. I hope that current and potential Chapters Council members will consider this a call to action, and will respond by taking a leadership role in the Council to help us progress from this rebuilding stage to an expanded agenda.
Please join us in Chicago on Sunday, July 9. I look forward to seeing both returning and new Chapters Council members.
Lynne King, Chair
ACRL Chapters Council
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MESSAGE FROM THE ACRL PRESIDENT
The past several months have been very exciting for me, as I have had the opportunity to travel and speak with many of the ACRL Chapters. Last fall I spoke at ACRL Chapter meetings of Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, and the Washington Oregon joint meeting. This spring I attended the Minnesota Chapter meeting and will have spoken at the New Jersey ACRL Chapter by the time this newsletter is published. It has been a great experience to meet many of the Chapter leaders and to see firsthand many of the exciting programs and activities carried out by the Chapters.
In my message in the fall Chapter Topics, I described the "Excellence in Academic Libraries" program sponsored by Blackwell Book Services. To my great pleasure, I traveled to North Carolina State University earlier this spring to make the first award in the university division to the libraries of that institution. In addition to the librarians and staff, the North Carolina State University chancellor, provost, local legislators, and other dignitaries attended the awards lunch. North Carolina State University even lit up its bell tower that night (heretofore an honor reserved for athletic events) in honor of the library receiving this award. In mid-May I will be traveling to Wellesley College to present the award to the college division winner, and Althea Jenkins will be presenting the award to the College of DuPage, the award winner in the community college division. I encourage ACRL Chapter members to consider nominating their own library for this award, and to express their appreciation to their local Blackwell's representative for their generous support (each winner also receives a $3,000 gift in addition to a handsome crystal symbol of excellence).
The ACRL President's Program Committee, headed by Scottie Cochrane, has planned an exciting program for the ALA conference this summer. Following the theme of my presidential year ("Celebrating Our Successes, Confronting Our Challenges: ACRL Enters the 21st Century"), three librarians will invite us to examine our successes over the past quarter century and to confront both our current challenges and those issues we will face in the new millennium. Evan Farber will recap the past 25 years from his perspective as a long-time leader among academic librarians and a very successful college librarian in integrating the library through the curriculum. Carla Stoffle will speak from her perspective as an innovator of contemporary models for academic library administration and as a leader in confronting our present-day challenges. Emily Mobley, noted authority on scholarly communications and research libraries, will provide insight into the complexities of the future for academic librarians. Rick Ekman, a prominent leader in the higher education community and a foundation officer, will respond to the ideas presented by these three distinguished librarians. Dr. Ekman has had a long interest in supporting academic libraries. I encourage ACRL Chapter members to attend this program, which is designed to inform us, to provoke us, and to cause us to reflect on where we have been and where we are going as a profession.
Currently, plans are underway for discussion at the upcoming Chapters Council meeting regarding strategic initiative proposals. Those who were able to attend the session last summer will recall the very productive brainstorming session on recruiting. I thank the Chapters Council for their hospitality. I also thank the ACRL Chapter members for making this a great year for ACRL. I hope that this past year has been as rewarding for them as it has been for me.
ACRL Chapters Council Meeting
July 9, 2000 (8:30-11:00AM)
McCormick Convention Center, Rm N139
Business Meeting (8:30-9:30)
- 1) Welcome and Introduction of Chapters Council Officers
- Lynne King, Chapters Council Chair
- 2) Approval of January Minutes
- Sherri Edwards, Chapters Council Secretary
- 3) Election of new officers for 2001
- Evelyn Minick, Chapters Council Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
- 4) Updates from ACRL Officers and Staff
- 5) Chapter Topics report
- Heather Ward, Chapter Topics Editor
- 6) Incorporation update
- 7) Chapters Council brochure development report
- Linda Kopecky, Brochure Committee Chair
- 8) Other new business
- Break (9:30-9:45)
- Discussion session (9:45 -11:00)
Building ACRL and Chapter Cooperation--Strategic Initiative Grants, and Beyond:
- 9:45 - 10:00 The Chapter perspective on cooperation with ACRL: What works and what needs work?
10:00 - 10:30 Discussion with Larry Hardesty, ACRL President
10:30 - 11:00 Action items and wrap-up
- 9:45 - 10:00 The Chapter perspective on cooperation with ACRL: What works and what needs work?
Linda has been an active member of ALA since 1986. Her ACRL activities include
Chapters Councilor for Illinois, ACRL Government Relations Committee and its
predecessor, the ACRL Legislation Committee. Linda is the current President
of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. She has served on the IACRL Executive Committee since 1995 and has participated in conference planning and programming for IACRL. Linda also sits on the Illinois Board of Higher Education's Academic Library Advisory Committee.
Within ALA, Linda has served on the Steering Committee of ALA's Government Documents Round Table for the past nine years and is currently GODORT's parliamentarian.
"I have been professionally invigorated by my activities within ACRL and my local Illinois ACRL chapter and would like to encourage more academic librarians to actively participate at both levels. In my home state of Illinois it has been up to the ACRL chapter to offer programming for the
academic library audience and there are many opportunities for involvement.
IACRL recently held a successful preconference and two-day conference that
brought together librarians from all over the state to discuss "hot topics" in librarianship. ACRL's support of our local efforts has made a noticeable difference in the quality of our programming. This is especially valuable to our colleagues who are unable to attend national conferences. Chapters Council provides a venue to discuss timely topics affecting all states,
connecting our local activities and keeping ACRL aware of what is happening at the "grass-roots" level. I do think Chapters Council needs more self-promotion as many ACRL members do not know who we are or what we can do for them. As a fourteen-year member of ACRL, my first knowledge of Chapters Council came when I became Illinois' representative. Since then, the CC
meeting and the opportunity to discuss issues with other chapter representatives has been a conference highlight for me, and CC's Presidential Candidates Forum enabled me to cast an informed vote for that important position. If elected as Vice-Chair Chair-Elect of Chapters Council I would work to make CC more visible within ACRL and to the local chapters."
PAT VIELE, ASSOCIATE PHYSICAL SCIENCES LIBRARIAN AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Pat has served as archivist for the Western NY Ontario Chapter of ACRL for several years. She is currently co-chair of the ACRL STS Continuing Education Committee.
"Professional development and continuing education are strong interests of mine. I have served on both the Training Advisory Committee and the Professional Development Committee [Chair 1996-7] for Cornell University Library for several years and was a member of the Education & Training Advisory Committee for the South Central Regional Library Council from 1997 to 2000.
Librarianship is a commitment to life long learning, and the pace of change seems to be accelerating at an alarming rate. In this era of shrinking budgets and less and less time to spend on travel/professional development, it is essential that chapters continue to offer quality programs at the regional level. I am fortunate to be employed by an institution that strongly supports professional development for its employees. I hope to be able to give the benefit of my experience to the Chapters Council.
Librarianship has a long history of collaborative efforts. I am no fan of "reinventing the wheel" and strongly support the sharing of ideas and experiences among all librarians. If elected to the office of Vice
President/President Elect for the Chapter Council, I would make every effort to facilitate communication among chapters, and between chapters and ACRL on the national level."
CHAPTERS COUNCIL SECRETARY SHERRI EDWARDS, HEAD, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
Edwards has been active in the ACRL Ohio Chapter for nearly 10 years. She has served as President and Secretary of the chapter and is
currently Chair of the Public Relations Committee. She has served on several ACRL section committees including the Instruction Section and the Science & Technology Section. She is currently Secretary of
"As a long time member of the Ohio Chapter and ACRL, I have watched the role of ACRL Chapters expand within the organization. ACRL recognizes that the individual Chapters form the grassroots of the organization and are the greatest vehicle for achieving certain goals. Chapter members
also recognize that we must work within the structure of our national organization in areas such as legislative initiatives, programming, and membership recruitment. Only by working together can we truly affect
positive changes for academic libraries. Chapters Council plays an important role in ensuring that these two groups continue to work together. I am pleased to have contributed to the efforts of Chapters
Council by serving as Secretary the past year. If re-elected, I will continue working to increase the visibility of ACRL in our local
chapters and to promote collaboration among ACRL and the Chapters. I will also work to ensure that the deliberations of these meetings are accurately recorded and promptly communicated to Chapters Council members."
Academic librarians traveled to Washington D.C. to join 500 or so colleagues from public, special, and school libraries in visits to congressional offices during ALA's annual National Library Legislative Day on May 1st and 2nd. ALA Washington Office staff prepared scores of printed handouts and offered a day-long series of presentations in order to brief participants about a sometimes bewildering array of issues, including funding of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), the closing of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), database protection legislation, and appropriations for the Government Printing Office.
One highlight of Briefing Day for academic librarians was the ACRL luncheon where Sharon Hogan, a leader in advocacy efforts by academic librarians, provided an excellent overview of key issues and why they mattered to academic libraries. Carrie Russell, Copyright Specialist from the Office of Information Technology Policy, followed with an update on copyright developments, particularly the hearings in progress to determine exemptions for libraries under restrictions imposed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Over 40 people attended the luncheon, including special guest, ALA President Sarah Long.
One of the most helpful and entertaining presentations at Briefing Day was given by Stephanie Vance, former congressional staffer and author of "Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress." Vance will also be featured at ACRL's advocacy preconference on July 7th in Chicago.
Briefing Day was followed on Tuesday with the visits to Senate and House office buildings for meetings with members of Congress and their staffers. Most attendees were a little foot-weary by the end of the day but also encouraged by the attentive reception that they and their issues received. Participation in Legislative Day by academic librarians is growing every year and provides a valuable opportunity to team with colleagues and promote a better understanding of issues affecting all of our libraries.
Patricia O. Walker
Wright State University
During the fall of 1999 and spring of 2000 the Delaware Valley Chapter was able to present a lecture series thanks in part to an ACRL Initiative Grant. The goal of the lecture program was to bring together academic librarians and library and information science students with an interest in academic librarianship to hear and learn more about contemporary issues in higher education that impact our institutions and our libraries. To achieve this goal several of the lectures were held in conjunction with a library school and students were invited to attend the entire series. The series offered alternative programming to promote involvement and recruitment among non-member librarians. A free, post-work day program attracted individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend. Refreshments provided by the chapter were an added incentive. A further goal of the lecture series was to promote scholarship among academic librarians and promote an interest in higher education issues. The lectures were designed to challenge and engage, while covering topics related to, but not directly about academic libraries.
Mr. George Keller presented the first lecture on September 27, 1999 at the Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology. Please see the Delaware Valley report in Chapter Topics 20:3 for more information on this lecture.
The Chapter gathered again at Drexel University on November 30, 1999 to hear the second lecture in the series presented by Mr. John Fry, Executive Vice-President at the University of Pennsylvania. Fry is a nationally recognized university administrator, best known for the bottom-line approach that has brought extensive budgetary savings and new revenues to his campus, though not without controversy. Fry's lecture focused on the economic realities of higher education institutions. He built his talk around the theme of change using illustrations from his own experience at Penn. In summing up where the economic environment in higher education is headed, Fry reiterated his beliefs that colleges and universities of all sizes will need to be entrepreneurial, opportunistic, and able to move quickly in adapting to change while remaining faithful to the core mission of their institutions. He pointed out that the for-profit institutions and some community colleges are taking the lead in their ability to do just that. How well others will be situated for growth - or possibly survival - may depend on their ability to restructure for a more competitive education environment.
The third lecture was held on March 2, 2000 at Rutgers University's Scholarly Communication Center (SCC)--a gateway to innovative modes of scholarly communication. The speakers were Linda Langschied, Digital Project Librarian, and Ronald Jantz, Government and Social Science Data Librarian. Both speakers have developed a number of digital projects at SCC. They spoke on "New Opportunities for Academic Librarians in Scholarly Publishing." One such opportunity is the use of web technologies to create searchable databases from libraries' already existing data sets. This allows academic libraries to innovate and compete with other information providers, as well as to enter the realm of content provider. As academic libraries pursue such projects, there will be a growing need for individuals with diverse technology skills. The speakers encouraged the students to use their technology skills and ideas in an academic setting rather than being drawn to the corporate marketplace. Langschied then gave an overview of how the SCC developed, what it is doing today, and what it plans for the future. She emphasized the importance of cooperation, within an institution as well as with outside organizations, in creating digital projects due to their complexity and need for diverse library and technical skills. For more information see http://scc01.rutgers.edu/scchome. This program was co-sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of ACRL. After the program, students met with the speakers and academic librarians from both the Delaware Valley and New Jersey Chapters.
On April 4th Nancy Kranich presented the final lecture in the series--"Staking a Claim in the 21st-Century Academy: Emerging Roles for Librarians"--at the University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt Library. Kranich is ALA President-elect and Associate Dean of Libraries at NYU. Her presentation covered three main areas--significant trends in higher education that are impacting our institutions; ways in which librarians can help our parent organizations meet present and future challenges; and recommended strategies for librarians who seek to stake their claim as active participants in the 21st Century college or university. Kranich emphasized that the library's old "build it and they will come" philosophy can no longer be tolerated. She believes librarians must take a leadership role, and become full partners in the education process. We must become better marketers, not merely selling, but focusing on our users and their needs. We must emphasize outcomes, not inputs, and routinely assess what we are doing. We must enter into strategic partnerships with faculty and other administrators, building learning communities outside our libraries. We must take risks. We must restructure our organizations so that they are more agile, less bureaucratic, and able to quickly respond to users' needs. If we can do this, then we are most certainly going to be essential to the academy in the 21st century. Kranich finished by reminding us that we are different from many other professionals because what we do is grounded in a set of humanistic values, and that will continue to make us strong advocates for barrier-free information access and the services that make it possible.
See the following for more information on the Speaker Series.
The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) is initiating a new liaison activity with ACRL Sections and other ALA units. The mission of DLS is to provide leadership in promoting and supporting the development and delivery of library services for distance learning programs offered by higher education institutions. Library services for distance learning students impact not only the parent institution, but also other academic, public and special libraries in the areas in which students live and work.
Is your Chapter planning a program or discussion on issues related to distance learning librarianship? Are you interested in more information on these issues? If so, DLS may be able to help. We would be interested in co-sponsoring programs or discussions and attending your meetings, if appropriate.
Barbara Jenkins, Co-Chair ACRL Poster Sessions Committee, encourages chapter representatives to spread the word-- Making a poster session presentation is a great way to participate at the national level.
Poster sessions are informal presentations featuring successful solutions to problems and unique or innovative library-based projects with important lessons for the academic and research library community. Successful poster sessions give special attention to graphic design for readability from ten feet away. Laptop computers and visual display devices may be used if they are provided by the presenter and do not exceed the space provided on a standard 6-foot table. These interactive sessions will be scheduled in a single time block. Each poster session presentation should last about ten minutes, including time for questions from the audience. All presenters should be prepared to repeat their presentation several times. Attendees appreciate receiving handouts of the main points of the session. Poster sessions will be located in the conference exhibits area. Full descriptions of poster-session presentations may be published on the Web.
Deadline for submission: October 16, 2000.
Proposals can be submitted via email. Submit a completed application and a 250-word abstract indicating whether you will need electricity for a laptop computer or similar device to:
Weinberg Memorial Library
University of Scranton
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Fax: (570) 941-7817
The spring program and annual business meeting were held May 19 at St. Joseph's University. The program was titled, "Give Learning a LIFT (Librarians, Instructional Technologists, Faculty & Technology): Improving Teaching and Learning Through Collaboration." The spring program of the Delaware Valley Chapter explored the role of new partners, such as instructional technologists, educational designers and computer technologists, and how librarians can work with them to promote our services to faculty and students. The morning segment showcased the work of educational technology support teams from Lafayette College, represented by Terese Heidenwolf, Head of Information Services, and Jack Kayser, Instructional Technologist; and Towson State University represented by Sarah Crest, User Instruction Coordinator, and Robert Farmer, Head of Student Computing Services. The afternoon segment further explored how educational design skills can be used to promote student learning from both the librarian's and faculty member's perspective. Cindi Nicotera, Reference and Educational Technology Librarian and Ike Shibley, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, both from Penn State University's Berks Campus, discussed the development of a course web page for Professor Shibley's students and its impact on the teaching and learning process. The Chapter also awarded its annual $1,000 student stipend award at the program. This year the Chapter received 15 applications. All applicants receive a free one-year membership in the Chapter.
Our Chapter gathered on April 4th at the University of Pennsylvania to hear a lecture titled, "Staking a Claim in the 21st Academy: Emerging Roles for Librarians." Our speaker was Nancy Kranich, ALA President-elect, and Associate Dean of Libraries at New York University. This lecture was the fourth and final in a series called the "Academic Librarianship Lecture Series." See the Initiative Grant Report in this issue for more details.
In other news the Chapter continues to make progress towards incorporation. The Chapter bylaws were completely revised and new Articles of Incorporation were prepared. At the spring meeting the membership voted on a motion to liquidate the existing Chapter, and to transfer its assets to the new corporation. Now the Chapter will begin the filing of various legal documents as it enters the next phase of the incorporation process. On May 1-2, 2000 the Chapter sponsored a bus trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2nd annual National Library Legislative Day [ see report in this issue]. Approximately 30 members attended legislative advocacy seminars and met with their senators and representatives. The bus trip was organized and promoted by Evelyn Minick, our Chapter Council representative, and the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of Chapters Council. Also on the legislative advocacy front, our Chapter selected Lisa Stillwell, a Reference Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College, to receive a stipend to attend the ALA National Conference and the Legislative Advocacy Preconference on "Become an Academic Library Advocate."
Steven J. Bell
The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries held its spring conference, "Hot Topics 2000," on April 13 and 14 in Matteson, Illinois. Marc Rotenberg, Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), gave the keynote address. EPIC is a public interest research center based in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus attention on emerging civil liberties issues including the protection of privacy and the First Amendment. Rotenberg addressed current hot topics in cyberspace privacy, including encryption, filters, and privacy as human right.
Jean Wilkins, Director of the Illinois State Library, invited participants at IACRL to join in the June 20th celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the new State Library building in Springfield. Wilkins gave an update on the impact of the new Illinois budget on libraries, and commented on the State Library's plans for services in the coming year. She concluded her talk by challenging each attendee to recruit one new librarian to the profession.
The College of DuPage recently received the "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" in the Community College category. The award is co-sponsored by ACRL, Blackwell Book Services, and Blackwell Information Services. Ellen Sutton, Associate Dean of the College of DuPage Library, addressed IACRL and highlighted the programs and services that earned the award for the library.
Paula Kaufman, University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gave the closing address entitled, "What Keeps Me Up at Night: The Future of Academic Libraries." Kaufman's talk focused on issues of recruitment, retention and the development of leaders in the library profession.
The two-day conference featured twenty-five contributed presentations and papers on current hot topics in academic libraries. The recipient of the "Best Paper Award" was Lloyd Davidson, Life Sciences Librarian and Head of Access Services at Northwestern University. Davidson's paper was entitled "Public Knowledge Under Private Law: The End of Copyright and Fair Use?"
A pre-conference, "Study Hall or Partner in Teaching and Learning? The Role of the Academic Library Today," was held April 12th at the Matteson site. Deborah Grimes, author of "Academic Library Centrality: User Success through Service, Access and Tradition" and Director of Library Services at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was the featured speaker. The pre-conference was funded in part through an IACRL Initiative Grant.
Illinois State University
The Indiana Chapter was pleased to welcome Betsy Wilson, ACRL Vice President/President Elect, to our annual conference in March. Ms. Wilson was the keynote speaker at our luncheon, and also presented a program on information literacy across the curriculum. In addition to these programs, the Chapter presented or co-sponsored eight additional programs, and a pre-conference. Topics included: Internet protocol video, the changing role of academic librarians, marketing and promoting library services, and effective web page design. The half-day pre-conference on electronic books generated considerable interest, and was complemented by a two-hour presentation the following day.
Annual election results: John Robson, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect; Nancy Colburn, Secretary; Ellen Bosman, ACRL Liaison; Ruth Miller, Member-At-Large.
The Committee is already hard at work planning next year's conference.
Indiana University Northwest Library
On May 12th the Iowa ACRL chapter held its annual conference in Ames, Iowa. The title of the conference was "Academic & Research Libraries: Working with the Constancy of Change." The keynote speaker was Sharon A. Hogan, University Librarian at the University of Chicago, and winner of the ACRL's 2000 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. In addition to Hogan's remarks, the conference featured roundtable discussions and presentations of ongoing research by Iowa academic librarians.
The College and University Libraries Section of the Kansas Library Association met in Wichita on April 13th for its annual luncheon held in conjunction with the Kansas Tri-Conference. Gail Stucky from Bethel College was named the new vice-president/president-elect at the event. Speaker at the luncheon was Philip D. Thomas of the History Department at Wichita State University. He spoke on the topic "A Man Works From Sun to Sun, A Woman's Work Is Never Done".
The 2000 Fall Conference will be held at McPherson, Kansas on October 5-6. The theme for the conference will focus on the heritage of academic libraries in Kansas. A highlight of the conference will be a tour of the Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College Campus where a traditional German Mennonite meal will be served.
Emporia State University
More than 120 members of the Academic and Special Library Sections of KLA and the SLA Kentucky Chapter attended the annual spring conference held at Jenny Wiley State Park on April 12th-14th. The theme was technology trends in the new millennium. The keynote speaker, Stephen Eggleston of Nuance Data Systems, presented sessions on critical thinking and organizational tools for the communications age, the Internet as a publishing medium and building a web site. Pre-conference sessions included "Teaching the Basics of the WWW" and "TLC for your PC." Several librarians presented mini sessions on such topics as "Rethinking the Reference Desk," "Developing Digital Library Programs," and "Guidelines for Digital Library Production" in relation to the Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library. Next year the conference will be held at General Butler State Park on April 4th-6th.
Lexington Community College
The Annual Meeting of the Louisiana ACRL was held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe on October 7th. The theme was "Cyber Trek, the Last Chapter??? Or Why Do We Need a Library Now That We've Got the Net?" Speakers included Ann-Marie Breaux from YBP Library Services, who discussed issues involving statewide cooperative collection development efforts and other recent marketplace changes; Aimee Fifarek, Systems Librarian at Louisiana State University, who demonstrated e-books; and a panel of librarians that covered issues in collection development, budgeting, facilities planning, instruction, and access. A demonstration of netLibrary was also included.
The annual business meeting took place at the Louisiana Library Association Annual Conference in Alexandria on March 16th. Plans to increase our membership via contacts in the academic libraries were presented.
Southeastern Louisiana University
The Maryland Library Association held its annual conference in Towson, MD on May 11th and 12th 2000. The Academic & Research Library Division of MLA sponsored two programs at the conference. The first, entitled "Telling It Like It Is: Vendors, Librarians and Customer Satisfaction," addressed whether database vendors are making the effort to obtain customer feedback and how feedback from librarians impacts vendors' products. Mary Volland (Towson University), Shak Dhanesar (Baltimore City Community College), and Simmona Simmons-Hodo (UMBC) invited representatives of CIS and OCLC to elaborate on their organizations' customer service efforts.
Tim Fusco, CIS Senior Vice President for Sales, explained that librarian input has been an integral part of CIS products from the company's start in 1969 when government documents librarians helped develop CIS reference products. According to Fusco, "We [CIS] don't want to operate in a vacuum." Ongoing user input efforts include Design Partner Groups for Academic Universe and Statistical Universe, Content Committees in conjunction with SOLINET and ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia), and classic market research programs. In addition, CIS communicates with customers through e-mail newsletters, discussion lists, web-based support and telephone support. When asked about problems with source list accuracy, Fusco emphasized that Academic Universe is intended as a current awareness service and not as a replacement for print periodicals in a library's collection. However, CIS/Nexis is talking more with publishers and will hire more staff to work on licensing content.
Keith Allen, OCLC Library Services Consultant, outlined OCLC's customer satisfaction efforts. These include a service vision of "Mindfulness" characterized by two-way communication with customers and an emphasis on responsiveness and development of trust. OCLC provides locally available customer service through regional networks such as CAPCON and PALINET, and the networks communicate with OCLC via conference calls, discussion lists and intranets. When asked about the launch date for the new First Search family of databases, Allen stated that users will be given a two-month window to switch over to the new interface before the final full migration date.
The second program was entitled "The Employee of the Future: Training and Cross-Training of Classified Employees." Many libraries are in situations where the staff is already stretched, variation is needed from repetitive tasks, and/or coverage is needed for employees who will be out on leave for extended periods of time. How are libraries to cope with these challenges? Sarah Crest, User Instruction Coordinator at Towson University and Ethel Armstrong, ILL Manager at Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center Scientific Library presented information on cross-training in this program.
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, cross-training can also prepare part-time employees for full-time positions, make time for refreshing skills, assist in the creation of combined service points, and help employees see the "big picture" of the entire library operation. When deciding who will be trained, be cautious of job classifications, and be sure to let people know why they have been selected for training. After trainees have been selected, training can be done in large groups or teams, small groups, or one-on-one situations. Training can be scheduled during off-peak times or can be "on-the-job" training.
Whatever the style or timing of training, cross-training must have a stated mission. Employees need to know up front what skills they will learn and how their progress will be measured. Then be sure to follow-up with employees to answer any questions they may still have about their new roles.
For more information on these and future ARLD programs, please visit our Web site at http://www.mdlib.org/divisions/arld/
The College and University Section of the Nebraska Library Association held its annual Spring Meeting on May 19 with the theme of "Special Collections and Archives in Nebraska." Roberta Pilette, Associate Chief for Preservation at the research libraries of the New York Public Library, delivered the keynote address, and the breakout sessions included 15 papers. The papers ranged widely, including both descriptions of special collections held by Nebraska libraries and discussions of issues such as management and digitization.
Abstracts of the papers may be found at the Section website: http://reinert.creighton.edu/cu . Several of the papers will be included in a special issue of NLAQ,the quarterly journal of the Nebraska Library Association.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
The ACRL Chapter of the Nevada Library Association (NLA) is looking forward to offering several programs at the NLA annual meeting this fall. Susan Kendall, Head of Reference Services at the Nevada State Library, will be offering a session on Internet resources for travel and tourism. Although Susan will also show some recreational sites, the focus will be on business research since this industry is vital to the Nevada economy. We are happy to have Jerry O'Donnell of the Denver Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and Joyce Cox, Nevada State Data Center Librarian, present a two-hour program on Census 2000. We're looking forward to learning about why we need a census and, more importantly, what librarians can do with the information once it becomes available in our libraries.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The New England Chapter had a successful, sold-out, spring conference held March 10th at Stonehill College--"Doing What Matters! Library Services, Educating Students and the Role of Assessment." In addition to a keynote address by Peggy Maki, Associate Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, entitled "Why Assessment?," Paul Mosher, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania spoke on "Libraries: Making a Difference in Teaching and Learning." After lunch we met in breakout sessions to discuss our libraries' experiences with assessment in a number of different areas.
On December 2nd the Collection Development Interest Group presented "The Scholarly Web Site: Two Prominent Projects and Their Implications for Collection Development" at Northeastern University. The presenters were Gregory Crane, Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus Project ( http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/); Katherine Gill, Co-Editor of "Matrix: A Collection of Resources for the Study of Women's Religious Communities, 500-1500" ( http://matrix.bc.edu/); and Jill Thomas, Boston College Digital Resources Cataloger. Crane described how "Perseus," a digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world, has facilitated access to materials and has also allowed its creators to explore technological issues relevant to future humanities web sites. Gill spoke about the importance of developing "Matrix" in cooperation with a librarian as well as a programmer. Both Crane and Gill agreed that librarian assistance, especially bibliographer expertise, was invaluable. Thomas described the task of cataloging scholarly web sites as a necessary albeit challenging one because of the depth of materials they contain. All three presentations illustrated the complexity of the problems facing faculty and librarians as they help create new forms of research resources. A lively question and answer period followed.
The New England Bibliographic Instruction Committee (NEBIC) held its meeting at Brandeis University on January 7th. Over 40 people attended, many for the first time. Sarah Wenzel welcomed the group and gave an overview of NEBIC. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation, "Information Literacy and New Curriculum Design," given by Ann Schaffner, Associate University Librarian for Research Services, Instruction and Planning at Brandeis University. A lively discussion followed the presentation. Meeting minutes with notes on the presentation will be posted on the NEBIC web site. The June program, "Information Literacy, into the Curriculum Outside of the Library" will be held Friday June 9th. For more information see: http://www.holycross.edu/departments/library/website/NEBIC/Nebic.htm
The spring ACRL/NEC Women's Studies Interest Group Program held on May 5th focused on The Center for Research on Women and the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies located at Wellesley College. Participants learned about the research and innovative work that has placed these two Centers at the forefront of research on women, gender, and family issues for the past 20 years. The program included presentations by Pamela Baker-Webber, on the work of the Center for Research on Women, and by Linda Hartling, on the self-in-relation theory of feminist psychiatrist Jean Baker Miller and the Stone Center's Training Institute that works with her theory.
The Business Librarians' Interest Group Spring 2000 Program, "Starting a Business: Information Needs and Sources," was held on May 24th at Bryant College. Speakers were Robert Comerford, Professor of Management at the University of Rhode Island; Doug Jobling, Program Manager for the RI Small Business Development Center; and Colleen Anderson, Reference Librarian at Bryant College.
We are pleased to announce our new web address: http://www.acrlnec.org.
Sarah G. Wenzel
ACRL-NJ Chapter sponsored several programs at the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Spring Conference in April. The luncheon program featured a Panel Discussion entitled: "Why Academic Libraries? Demanding New Answers in a New Millennium" with featured speaker ACRL President, Larry Hardesty, and panel members Oswald Ratteray, Assistant Director for Constituent Services and Special Programs, Middle States Accreditation Commission of Higher Education; Richard Sweeney, University Librarian, NJIT; and Judith Lin Hunt, Dean of Library Services, Montclair State University.
ACRL-NJ Committee-sponsored programs included the following:
* "Emerging One-to-One Library Services Using Internet Technology," with Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University and "Digital Library Development and Use," with Dr. Robert Downs of Montclair State University sponsored by the Technology Committee
* "Research Forum 2000," with moderator Penny Page, Director of Information Services, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers Universities and "Got an Idea? What's Next? A Research Design Workshop," with Professor Daniel O'Connor of Rutgers School of Communication, Information and Library Services sponsored by the Research Committee
* "Getting Ours: Obtaining Grant Funds for Library Projects," Lynn Livingston, University Archivist at Rider University Library sponsored by the User Education Committee
Jana Varlejs, Associate Professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, has won the NJLA/ACRL-NJ Research Award for the best published research by a New Jersey librarian in 1999. The award is for her article "On Their Own: Librarians' Self-Directed, Work-Related Learning," which was published in the April 1999 issue of Library Quarterly. The study analyzed findings of a survey of over 500 personal ALA members regarding their informal work-related learning. The award will be presented by the ACRL-NJ Research Committee. Seton Hall University Libraries will provide a certificate and cash honorarium for the award.
This year's NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Marianne Gaunt, University Librarian, Rutgers University. Ms. Gaunt has served for the past two years as Chair of the VALE Steering Committee, the state's virtual academic library project. In addition, she has been a long-time participant in the NJLA College and University Section and in the state-wide New Jersey Library Association, where she helped to found and chair the first Audiovisual Committee. Ms. Gaunt has also been an active member of ACRL national, where she helped to found the first Electronic Text Center Discussion Group in 1994. In the area of academic librarianship, Ms. Gaunt's vision and leadership was instrumental in the establishment of the Rutgers University Scholarly Communication Center, which is a national model in research library technology and user services. This award is presented in recognition of Ms. Gaunt's outstanding contributions to academic librarianship in New Jersey.
The College of New Jersey
Eastern New York
ENY/ACRL, Inc.'s spring conference, "Academic Libraries Partnering With Our Communities," was held on May 19, 2000 at Schenectady County Community College. It was the first meeting of the chapter since we completed the incorporation process. The spring program was a continuation of our fall 1999 conference theme on academic library partnerships with the focus now expanded to collaborative efforts between academic and other types of libraries, organizations or institutions.
The conference began with a joint dinner meeting of the Hudson Mohawk Library Association and the Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY on the evening of May 18th. Our guest dinner speaker was Martin Gomez, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library.
The keynote speaker for the conference was Jean Sheviak, Executive Director of the Capital District Library Council. The program included:
* Cerise Oberman, "Partnerships for the Information Literate Community: A National Effort." The talk focused on a new American Library Association initiative, Information Literacy Community Partnerships.
* John Cosgrove, "Promoting Higher Education: Another Goal of Instruction to High School Students by College Librarians." Promoting the value of college education during library instruction sessions is another example of ongoing and potential partnership between academic librarians and high school teachers.
* Lothar Spang and Deborah J. Tucker, "An Information Literacy/Cultural Arts Program for Detroit Area High School Teachers and Students: Meeting the Challenge of the Information Age." Librarians at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University, have formulated a program, in partnership with selected Detroit area schools, to introduce teachers and, in turn, students to skills in technology. The program demonstrates that university librarians, in partnership with public schools, can play an integral role in preparing urban area teachers and students for Information Age learning requirements.
* Donald E. Riggs, "Joint-Use Libraries: A New Model." Nova Southeastern University and Broward County (Florida) Public Library are building a joint-use library, research, and information technology center. Students, faculty, the general public, and the 2 governing bodies strongly support this project. They anticipate unique synergies, economies of scale, and improved services as a result.
* Eric J. Roth and Christopher M. Raab, "Documenting New Paltz History: A Cooperative Effort." Collaboration between the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz and the Department of Library and Archives at the Huguenot Historical Society of New Paltz has improved internal support, has increased external financial support, and has improved public and community relations and documentation and management of collections themselves.
* Nan Hyland, "GIS Collaboration and Support at Cornell University's Mann Library." The Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR) provides a web-based clearinghouse of spatial data and metadata for New York State and is a node on the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse. Partnerships with New York State agencies, Cornell faculty, and other clearinghouses have led to a new project called AgMaps initiated to encourage and enhance the use of numeric and geographic data in agricultural and life sciences.
* Karen Reilly and Jolene deVerges, "V-WAM, A Dynamic Model of Museum and Academic Library Cooperation." In 1997 the College of the Holy Cross received a $300,000 grant to fund the automation of the Worcester Art Museum's card catalog on the Holy Cross DRA system and the development of a database of digitized images of the museum's art collection and related curatorial documents, thus making previously "hidden records" available to the public.
Planning has begun for the Fall 2000 ENY/ACRL conference to be held at Hamilton College on October 2, 2000. Please check the ENY/ACRL web site later this summer for more information. http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/acrl/
The ACRL/NY Annual Symposium "Libraries and Technology: For Better or For Worse" was held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan on November 12, 1999. Six speakers, Dr. Edward Tenner, Dr. David Magier, Dr. Peter Liebscher, Dr. Cerise Oberman, Dr. Marie Radford and Mr. Jay Schafer, offered differing views of the impact of technostress on libraries and librarians. Dr. Tenner began the morning session asking if the development of technology was supposed to relieve the load, why are we doing better, but feeling worse. He called this sort of unintended consequence the "revenge effect", which he analyzed from a historical point of view. Dr. Magier highlighted some extraordinary advances of technology and their impact on libraries. Magier raised interesting issues such as the reliability of information sources. He mainly stressed positive advances, however, such as online bibliographic access, keyword searching, and full text online. In the afternoon, the four panelists each gave a 20-minute presentation based on his or her research. A warm exchange of questions and answers between the speakers and the audience followed. Prof. Lois Cherepon, our former president, moderated the afternoon session. More than 150 attendees, from many types of libraries, enjoyed the Symposium including about 20 library school students from Queens College and Palmer School. The ACRL/NY Executive Board invited two library school students as honored guests in memory of the former President, Rochelle Sager. This is one of the ways in which the Chapter hopes to attract new members.
The ACRL/NY Symposium Planning Committee is working on events for the coming year. The Annual Symposium is scheduled for November 17, 2000. It will be concerned with information literacy. The Symposium Committee is currently contacting speakers and programming the day's events.
November 17th will be the 20th Anniversary of ACRL/NY. The ACRL/NY Executive Board Committee has been discussing the activities for the celebration. The Committee well seek company sponsors for gifts and the reception. Materials and pictures of all the past symposia are being collected for the exhibits. We hope the past ACRL/NY officers can help provide any old materials and pictures of ACRL/NY activities. (Please contact Tian Zhang at email@example.com).
Since 1998, ACRL/NY has been working on incorporation of the chapter. Recently, the newly hired attorney forwarded the "Certificate of Incorporation" for the Executive Board members to sign. Several Board members were reviewing the document. Some issues well be further discussed with the lawyer, such as the proper name of the organization as an incorporated company--should "Inc." or "Co." be added to our former name as the lawyer recommends? We will continue to communicate with neighboring chapters regarding this issue, especially those who have already incorporated.
Tian Xiao Zhang
St. John's University Library
Western New York/Ontario
The chapter is well on its way to completing the process of incorporation. Other activities include our spring election and various public relations efforts aimed at increasing membership.
The WNY/O Chapter celebrated its 25th Anniversary with its Annual Spring Conference on Friday May 5th 2000, at the White Oaks Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The conference was entitled "Serving Diverse Populations," and featured speakers addressing such issues as web page design for people with disabilities; meeting the needs of international adult students; and training of library staff to ensure that services for those with disabilities or special needs are considered.
Complete details can be found at our new web site: http://www.dyc.edu/library99/acrl/home-sp.htm
The North Dakota Manitoba Chapter held its annual Spring meeting on May 5, 2000 at North Dakota State University, in Fargo, ND. The theme of the meeting was "Getting There from Here: Claiming Our Place in the New Millennium" highlighting the ever-increasing importance of the teaching role of librarians. The Keynote Speaker was Betsy Wilson, ACRL President-Elect and Associate Director of Libraries for Public Services at the University of Washington in Seattle. She developed the meeting theme with her address entitled: "Information Literacy: Fluency Across and Beyond the Institution." In the afternoon Betsy led a three-hour interactive workshop addressing what front-line librarians and administrators/managers need to know and do to improve teaching and enhance learning in their libraries. The workshop focused on principles for good learning and implications for managing educational services. It also covered learning theory, creating and sustaining the learning environment, active learning techniques, and program effectiveness and assessment.
Incorporation and amendments to the Chapter's Constitution were the main items on the agenda of the Business meeting.
The North Dakota Manitoba Chapter's web address is:
- North Dakota Manitoba ACRL Chapter officers for 2000 are:
- Susan Miller, Chair ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Asako Yoshida, Chair-Elect ( email@example.com)
- Janet Essency, Secretary ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Eileen Kopren, Treasurer ( Kopren@dsu1.dsu.nodak.edu)
University of Manitoba
Members of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) journeyed to Columbus, Ohio as part of the State House Connect Day in April. Participants met with their state legislators or staff members to share the importance of continued funding for the Ohio Library Information Network (OhioLINK) and to brief legislators on the negative aspects of UCITA (the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act.) Lynne Bradley, ALA Washington Office, highlighted some pending legislation on the federal level and presented an excellent overview of the legislative process. The State House Connect Day was made possible by an ACRL Initiative Grant written and coordinated by Pat Walker (Wright State) and Susan Collins (Ohio University).
The annual leadership retreat took place on June 5-6, 2000, during which new officers assumed their offices. In addition, goals and objectives were established for 2000/2001. Treasurer Elys Kettling reported that the organization was in very strong financial shape; and Membership Chair Lisa Santucci reported that membership was at its highest level in years.
ALAO, in conjunction with ACRL, OhioLINK, and Kent State University, organized the Ohio Immersion: Institute for Information Literacy in June at Kent State University. Over 75 library professionals were chosen to participate in the week long event modeled on the very successful inaugural event held last year in New York. Vice President Carolyn Radcliff and Bibliographic Instruction Interest Group co-chairs Betsy Blankenship and Elizabeth Burns (Ohio State) participated in the statewide planning committee.
Kathy Weible, Director of Staff Development at the Chicago Public Library, facilitated two programs sponsored by the Support Staff Interest Group entitled "I work in a library, but I am not a librarian". Both sessions were full.
Jerome UpChurch Conley
The annual Oregon Library Association Conference was held in Portland on April 5-7, 2000. The Academic Division/ACRL-Oregon co-sponsored a pre-conference and four conference programs. The conference was very successful and our sessions were well attended.
The program included:
* The pre-conference, "Census 101: The Basics of Finding Census Data," was co-sponsored by the Documents Interest Group of Oregon (DIGOR) and featured the following speakers: Michael Lavin (SUNY Buffalo) a well-known writer on census information; Cam McIntosh (Seattle Regional Office, Bureau of the Census); George Hough Jr. (Oregon State Data Center) and Carrie Ottow (Oregon State University).
* "Librarians at Bootcamp: The InfoLit Immersion Experience" was co-sponsored with the Oregon Library Instruction Roundtable featuring Susan Barnes Whyte (Linfield College), Janeanne Rockwell-Kincannon (Western Oregon University) and Pam Kessinger (Portland Community College).
* "Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation: Keys to the User Centered Library" with Steve Hiller (Head of Science Libraries, University of Washington)
* "New Libraries, New Learners: Impact of Oregon Educational Reform on School, Public and Academic Libraries" was co-sponsored with the Oregon Educational Media Association, the OLA Children's Services Division and the Oregon Young Adult Network. Diane Claus-Smith, North Salem High School Librarian, was the speaker.
* "What's on Your Shelves? Assessing Library Collections" with Faye Chadwell (Head of Collection Development, University of Oregon), Laurel Kristick (Oregon State University), Carolyn Myers (Multnomah County Library) and Susan Hinken (University of Portland).
See the ACRL-Oregon web site for more detail.
We hosted a social hour after the pre-conference as a time for academic librarians and other conference attendees to get together for good conversation and to make new connections.
This year, ACRL-Oregon attempted to organize a poster session to be held at the OLA Conference. We were not able to bring it off this time around but learned a lot in the process and will be trying again for next year.
Oregon State University
The South Dakota chapter of ACRL joined forces with the Health Sciences Section of South Dakota Library Association to host a Spring Fling on April 28th in Sioux Falls. Rick Forsman of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and Michael Kronenfeld of Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix discussed Negotiating and Contracting for Electronic Journals.
The afternoon featured members of the MEIR (Minitex Electronic Information Resources) Task Force: Ann Eichinger, Ann Smith, and Rise Smith. The day concluded with a business meeting of the chapter.
Jan Brue Enright
The Tennessee chapter of ACRL sponsored a session on the new ACRL Standards at the Tennessee Library Association's Annual Conference in Kingsport on May 4, 2000. The program covered the impact of the standards on academic libraries and how to cope with review agencies. Also addressed were issues of distance education. The presenter was Bob Fernekes from USC Aiken.
The chapter held its business meeting following the program and elected Rhonda Armstrong, User Services Librarian at Middle Tennessee State University to the office of Vice Chair/Chair Elect. Bill Black, also from Middle Tennessee State University, will assume the office of Chair and Chris Nugent from Maryville College will be past chair.
Submitted by Bill Black and Chris Nugent
The Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians met in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on April 12-14, 2000. Over 240 academic librarians from around Wisconsin enjoyed a wide range of programs centered on the theme "Libraries: Guiding Lights on a Sea of Change." Major invited speakers included Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, speaking on "Patterns of Use of Reference Databases;" Gregory Leazer, UCLA, talking on "New Obstacles in the Control of Recorded Knowledge;" and Judy Goldsmith, UW-Fond du Lac and former President of NOW, speaking on "Men and Women: Can We Talk?" Other interesting programs included those centered on generational shifts and library service, redefining scholarship and faculty status for librarians in Wisconsin, assistive technology for people with disabilities in the UW system, distance education and web page design. The full conference program is available at http://perth.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/waal2000/index.html.
In addition to the great programs and networking with colleagues, we all had the chance to get our very own conference T-shirts: Beer, Bass, and Books on Lake Winnebago! [ http://perth.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/waal2000/tshirt.html]
University of Wisconsin
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