Volume 22, Issue 1
Message from the Chair
Chapter Topics is published three times a year by the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60610 (312-280-2519).
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Chapters Council Chair
CC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Althea H. Jenkins ·
ACRL Executive Director
Melissa Cast ·
ACRL Director of Membership Services
Heather Ward ·
Chapter Topics Editor
Next CT Deadline:
August 24, 2001
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTERS COUNCIL CHAIR
I hope you have all survived the hectic spring season and that you are ready to gear up for a productive Annual Conference in San Francisco. Make sure that Sunday morning, June 17th, 8:30 – 11:00 AM is marked on your calendar for the traditional Chapters Council meeting. It is one of few opportunities to meet with ACRL Chapter Representatives from other states and regions, share successes and failures, best practices, and each chapter's response to ACRL's call for recruitment, professional development and legislative advocacy. If you are unable to attend this summer's conference, make sure that your chapter is represented. Your local chapter is a critical component of the ACRL organization.
The centrality of local chapter membership and activity was recently highlighted in the preliminary results of the second ACRL membership survey. At the Midwinter meeting in Washington D.C., President Betsy Wilson announced the completion of the email survey sent to 8576 known email addresses of the ACRL members. As of last December, there were 4055 completed returns for a very respectable response rate of 47.3%. Several questions in the survey spoke to the value of Chapter membership.
Professional Development received the highest ranking among the membership as "very important." The highest category of involvement/participation in ACRL occurred at the local Chapter level. Only 18% of members report serving on an ACRL committee, while 29.4% reported participation in local chapter committees. In comparing the numbers from the 1997 and 2000 surveys, there was a significant change in local chapter involvement. In 1997, 30% of ACRL members turned to their local chapters as their source for professional development, while in the 2000 survey, 38% of ACRL members turned to their local chapters. This is a significant increase in the percentage of members looking to their local chapters. I hope it reflects the high quality of local chapter programming and activity. President Betsy Wilson promised that time and resources will be spent mining and manipulating the survey data and creating useful information for planning purposes. I look forward to hearing more and seeing you in San Francisco.
Evelyn C. Minick
Chapters Council Chair
St. Joseph's University
ACRL Chapters Council
Sunday, June 17
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Sir Frances Drake Hotel
- Welcome - Evelyn Minick - Chair
- Approval of Minutes
- Chapter Topics Report - Heather Ward, editor
- Chapters Council Election, Linda Kopecky, Vice-Chair
- Legislative Update
- Issues from ACRL
- Chapters Council Brochure
- Sharing Your Chapter's Successes
- Chapters Council Program
Award-winning author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie is the featured speaker at the ACRL President's Program, June 18, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the ALA Annual Conference. Described as "one of the major lyric voices of our time" by the New York Times, Alexie is a prolific writer. Since 1992, he has authored seven books of poetry, several collections of short stories, two novels and wrote the screenplay for the Sundance Film Festival's 1998 Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy winner Smoke Signals. With his first book The Business of Fancydancing selected as a New York Times Book Review "1992 Notable Book of the Year", Alexie began a collection of awards including the Booklist Editors Choice Award for Fiction for his first novel, Reservation Blues. As a gifted orator, Alexie is the first poet to hold the World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout title three consecutive years.
ACRL President Betsy Wilson is thrilled to have Sherman Alexie as the featured speaker of her President's Program. "I chose Community and Collaboration as the theme of my presidential year because the library is the intellectual crossroads of the community—a house of stories preserving our memory and fostering communication and collaboration. As academic librarians, we must constantly work to look at our communities from new perspectives. Throughout his works, Sherman Alexie challenges his readers to see the world from a different point of view."
For more information about ACRL conference programs and the ACRL President's theme "Community and Collaboration," please visit the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/acrl/ or call ACRL at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 2519.
ACRL President's Program:
The Creative Genius of Community
Monday, June 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Moscone Convention Center, Rm. 104
San Francisco, CA
The annual election of Chapters Council officers will take place during our June meeting in San Francisco. Each ACRL Chapter may cast one vote for each of the two officer positions. There is no absentee voting.
The new Vice Chair/Chair Elect and Secretary will begin their duties following the conference. The Secretary will serve for one year, through the end of the ALA annual conference in 2002. The Chair Elect will serve in that position through 2002, becoming the Chair through 2003 and the Past Chair 2003-2004.
Please review the candidate statements that follow and be prepared to vote in June.
Linda A. Kopecky
Chapters Council Vice Chair/Chair Elect
CHAPTERS COUNCIL VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT
SHERRI EDWARDS, LIFE SCIENCES LIBRARIAN, THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Until her recent move to Indiana, Sherri was active in the ACRL Ohio Chapter for over 10 years. She served as both Secretary and President of the chapter, and most recently served as Chair of the Public Relations Committee. She has been a member of ALA/ACRL since 1988 and is active in several ACRL sections, including the Instruction Section and Science & Technology Section. She has served as Secretary of ACRL's Chapter Council for the past two years.
"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. At the same time, Chapter members 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 for the past two years. If elected to the office of Vice Chair/Chair Elect, I will continue working to ensure that Chapters Council is as valuable an organization as possible in meeting the needs of the individual chapters and to promote collaboration and facilitate communication among ACRL and the Chapters."
SUSAN (SUZY) SZASZ PALMER, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Susan (Suzy) Szasz Palmer is Head of Public Services in the Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections at Cornell University's Kroch Library in Ithaca New York. Suzy is currently the Vice-President of the Eastern NY Chapter of ACRL, and will assume the duties of President at the end of May 2001. She has served on the chapter's Program Committee since 1998, and on the Librarian of the Year Award Committee since 1999. As Editor-in-Chief of Microform Review in the early 1990s, she participated in several ALCTS committees dealing with micropublishing and micrographics. She has given two presentations on reference services at ENY/ACRL conferences, and presented a contributed paper at the 9th national ACRL conference in Detroit in 1999 titled "Creating Our Roles as Reference Librarians of the Future: Choice or Fate?" In June 2001 Suzy will become a member of the Membership and Professional Development Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscript Section.
"I have been a librarian since 1979, with my entire professional career at Cornell University. A year ago I moved from the Reference Services Division in Olin/ Kroch/Uris Libraries (the largest library on campus) to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. My commitment to librarianship remains in the delivery of high quality public services. I believe that regardless of the particular library environment in which we work, and the ever-evolving technologies we have at our fingertips, we must continue to focus on the human element in librarianship.
I have had the financial privilege, thanks in part to institutional support, to attend national conferences--ALA and ACRL --but many librarians do not have these opportunities. I believe our regional chapters have an obligation to provide the best conferences possible to the broadest audiences. We have been very successful in the Eastern New York Chapter at offering programs that enhance the professional development of librarians throughout New York State. This year, we were fortunate to have both Althea Jenkins, Executive Director of ACRL (thanks to the ACRL Speakers Bureau) and Michael Gorman, Dean of Library Services, University of California Fresno, and well-known author, at one of our conferences. We also attempt to combine nationally recognized speakers with talented librarians from within our region.
I had no idea there was a "Chapters Council" of ACRL until I became the Vice-President/President Elect of my regional chapter. I would like to see CC become more active in working with the regional chapters to develop conference programs and other means of encouraging professional development --perhaps even considering the funding of one individual from each chapter to attend the national meeting."
CHAPTERS COUNCIL SECRETARY
Tim Dodge is currently Reference Librarian at Auburn University. Tim has served as President-Elect and then President of the Alabama Chapter since 1999. He has represented Alabama at four Chapters Council meetings. Tim has also served in numerous capacities for the Alabama Library Association since 1992, including the position of Secretary during the 2000-2001 membership year. Tim is the current Past-President of the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries (2001-2002) and is additionally a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Southeastern Library Association for 2001-2003.
"Having had the honor to represent Alabama at four ACRL Chapters Council meetings, I have a definite interest and desire to continue my involvement with the Council. The Council provides a valuable forum for academic librarians across the nation to meet and exchange ideas during an era of incredibly fast and complex changes. Whether it is defining information literacy standards, confronting threats such as UCITA, or just seeing how other states "done it good," the ACRL Chapter Relations Council has an important and useful role to play.
My interest in serving as Secretary derives from my involvement with the Chapters Council and my experience and aptitude. I recently had the privilege of incorporating the Alabama Chapter as a non-profit corporation, so I feel committed to serving at both the state and national level.
For the past year I have served as Secretary of the Alabama Library Association, and before that I served twice as Secretary-Treasurer of the Government Documents Roundtable of that association. In recent years I have produced a biweekly online alerting service for my library and I have just been appointed Public Relations Committee Chair of the Alabama Library Association. One of my major duties will be the monthly production of an online newsletter. I am confident I can fulfill the duties of ACRL Chapter Relations Council Secretary if elected. Thank you for your consideration."
JUNE BRELAND, MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
June Breland is currently Collection Development Officer at the Mississippi State University Libraries in Starkville, Mississippi. June has been an active member of ACRL since 1986 and served on the Strategic Planning Task Force from 1987-1990. She currently serves as the Chair of the Mississippi ACRL Chapter, an encore role, since she also chaired the chapter in 1988. During the past year June assisted in the development of the Chapters Council brochure.
"I'm convinced that Chapters Council is an invaluable tool in improving programming and services in ACRL chapters and in enhancing communication between the chapters and the ALA/ACRL leadership. Not only do chapter representatives benefit from the exchange of ideas at Council meetings, but the initiative grants can have a significant impact on the quality of local activities. Equally important are the benefits to ACRL derived from grass roots support from the chapters in areas of library advocacy and membership recruitment. Chapters Council should continue to promote these benefits as we draw strength from each other in the collegial spirit provided by the Council."
NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE LIBRARY
Marilyn Rosenthal is currently Associate Professor in the reference department at the Nassau Community College Library in Garden City New York. Marilyn has been active in the Greater New York Chapter for over 12 years, serving as the President (currently), Vice President, Membership Secretary, and Chair and Vice Chair of one of the sections as well as a member of the Symposium Planning Committee.
"As an active member of the Greater New York Chapter, I have enjoyed my experience and would like the opportunity to extend my participation to the national level. My longtime involvement has encouraged me to participate in many ways. I was able to publish a chapter in a 1999 ACRL monograph, as a direct result of an ACRL initiative. As ACRL/NY Vice President and Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee, I was able to take advantage of ACRL's support of our programming efforts. Certainly, the ability to obtain speakers such as Betsy Wilson allowed our symposium to excel and offered participants the opportunity to experience a national-level event. With my many years of experience locally in various capacities, I have come to understand issues of importance to the chapters and would like the ability to voice local concerns and to effect change with the best interests of the organization as a whole in mind."
Are you interested in representing Chapters Council on the ACRL Board? The Chapters Council Nominating Committee must submit two candidates for the position of ACRL Director-at-Large. Successful nominees will run on the Spring 2002 ACRL ballot for a four-year term beginning June 2002. Only personal members of ACRL may apply and applicants with a strong commitment to the ACRL Chapters will receive highest consideration.
ACRL Directors must be committed to attending numerous meetings and events at ALA Annual and Midwinter, and be willing to work between meetings and/or attend additional meetings at other times of the year. A detailed list of duties and responsibilities is available at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/policy/ch5poly.html#5two
For more information and/or to express interest in being considered for nomination, contact Linda A. Kopecky, Chair, Chapters Council Nominating Committee, email@example.com; 414.229.3925. Deadline: May 25, 2001.
Register for ACRL preconferences!
Keep up with the latest developments in licensing, collaboration, instruction, information literacy, or rare books at one of ACRL's preconferences that will be offered in San Francisco, June 15th, prior to the ALA Annual Conference.
*Creating Successful Librarian-Faculty Collaborations: The State of the Art
*Navigating the Licensing Landscape
*Instruction Section Preconference: How to Keep From Glazing Over When You Hear the Word Assessment: Realistic Strategies for the Library Instruction Community
*Reaching Students and Faculty: Putting the Information Literacy Competency Standards to Work
*RBMS Preconference: The Twentieth Century, June 12-15, 2001
Registration details are on the web at http://www.ala.org/acrl/confhp.html.
Margot E. Sutton
ACRL Program Officer
What is UCITA and what does it mean for libraries?
By now, you have probably at least heard of UCITA, even if you don't know what the acronym stands for –Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. Even if you don't understand what the law is really all about—it establishes rules for software licensing—you do know that UCITA is not good news for libraries. Librarians have been worrying about UCITA for two years and planning ways to oppose its planned introduction in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Although the word library never appears in the statute's 100 pages, this law has profound implications for all libraries. UCITA essentially changes the rules for purchasing and using all types of computer information: software, e-books, on-line journals and magazines, books with CD-ROMs, music and videos. The law is controversial because it favors software publishers, permitting them to include licensing terms that are biased in their favor, and consequently, that are onerous for most consumers.
UCITA will affect the purchase and use of electronic products.
Libraries are most concerned about UCITA's impact on the mass-market licenses that accompany shrink-wrap products or the click-on licenses for programs available from the Internet. Currently, licensing terms may
- prevent the user from making a copy of the material
- allow only one person at a time to access the product
- require the consumer to accept the product "as-is"
- allow the publisher to avoid liability for known defects
- restrict consumer options for redress if there is a problem
- enable the licensor to insert a "back door" into the program that permits remote monitoring of your use of the software or remote shutdown of the program if the licensor decides your use violates the contract's terms
- prevent the transfer or donation of the software
- prohibit a user from publicly criticizing the software
- give the licensor power to designate where contract disputes would be settled
- allow the licensor to change the terms after the initial agreement
Even when libraries are able to negotiate a license, UCITA will establish default rules, more similar to those seen in non-negotiated or shrink-wrap licenses. Libraries may find themselves losing bargaining power with sole-source providers and spending more money to monitor contracts.
UCITA will impact all kinds of basic library services.
The kinds of library services now permissible under federal copyright law will be threatened.
- Library patrons can be prevented from making a copy of even a portion of the material they access
- Libraries may not be able to make a copy for archiving or preservation purposes
- If a library orders a book with a CD-ROM inside, the license for the CD-ROM may also govern the use of the book, thus making it unavailable for inter-library loan
- Only one person at a time may access a program
- Library patrons and supporters will not be able to donate or transfer an electronic product like a CD-ROM or software inside computers
- Libraries will not be able to provide distance learning programs
UCITA does a legal end-run around federal copyright law.
Essentially, libraries are most concerned that UCITA will allow software vendors to prohibit the kinds of uses that would ordinarily be permitted under federal copyright law: fair use, first sale, archiving and preservation. Proponents of UCITA argue that UCITA does provide protection for libraries. However, libraries fear the provisions in the statute are unclear and do not provide the clarity needed to ensure that contract licensing terms cannot override federal copyright law in non-negotiated contracts.
Where is UCITA happening?
The 2001 legislative year is winding down in most states. We can report that as of this writing (early April) no states have passed UCITA this year and it is not imminent anywhere. Currently, only in Maryland is UCITA in effect. The Virginia law amended during this session will take effect in July. There was some kind of UCITA activity in 21 other states this year. Some states have tabled the law for interim review. Others have killed it outright. In all, there has been loud opposition expressed by a diverse array of businesses, industries, libraries, educational institutions and other non-profits. This opposition is better organized than a year ago and has been more effective in mobilizing opponents to lobby against UCITA.
However, the UCITA proponents expect that it will take years to bring about widespread passage and are prepared for extended legislative negotiations. Therefore, you should anticipate UCITA activity to continue in committee hearings or in private meetings for some time. For regular state updates see <<a href="http://www.ala.org/washoff/ucita/news.html" />http://www.ala.org/washoff/ucita/news.html>
What is the antidote for UCITA? Anti-UCITA legislation, of course!
UCITA has an unusual "opt-in" provision that allows software licensors in any state to select UCITA as the law governing the licensing contract. It does not matter if the state where you live or where the vendor is housed has passed UCITA. In anticipating the risk this kind of opt-in clause can have for consumers, some state lawmakers have introduced bills designed to protect citizens from UCITA contracts.
Last year, legislators in Iowa included protection from UCITA (effective for one year) in its UETA (Uniform Electronic Transactions Act). The "bomb-shelter" provision is expected to be extended for another year there.
North Dakota, Oregon and New York have shown some interest in legislation designed to protect consumers from onerous terms in UCITA governed licensing. Such bills have not passed in any of these states at this point. We think this trend will continue. For links to some of these bills, see <<a href="http://www.affect.ucita.com/" />http://www.affect.ucita.com>
How can librarians fight a bill like UCITA?
Libraries cannot fight UCITA alone. Large software publishers like AOL, Microsoft, Reed Elsevier, Silver Platter, Novel, and Oracle are the major proponents of this bill along with state commissioners for the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Law (NCCUSL)-the body responsible for drafting UCITA. These wealthy and influential supporters have been selling UCITA as a law needed to promote a state's e-commerce. Opponents, including big businesses, industries and high-tech organizations, argue that UCITA will actually hurt most businesses because of the increased operating, administrative and legal costs that will result. Only the software publishing segment of the business community stands to benefit from UCITA. Legislators are more likely to associate UCITA with commercial and economic development than with libraries, although libraries are recognized as the key voice opposing it in the name of the public good.
Fortunately, libraries are in good company with many powerful businesses and industries sharing our views that UCITA cannot be fixed and should not be enacted. After UCITA passed so quickly in Maryland and Virginia last year, ALA helped to form the AFFECT coalition (Americans for Fair Electronic Computer Transactions, formerly 4CITE) an alliance of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently, there are over 60 members of AFFECT, allies that work closely with us in each state-by-state effort. ( http://www.affect.ucita.com)
Our affiliation with AFFECT has been invaluable in connecting librarians to legislative leaders wherever UCITA has been considered. Many coalition members have government affairs representatives who monitor state legislatures and may have different sources from normal library contacts. Our AFFECT partners have been instrumental in providing us with early warning information about UCITA in several states. Likewise, AFFECT members have benefited from information they have received from library representatives.
Currently, UCITA is being hotly contested in Texas where AFFECT has organized a large coalition. The Texas library community is joined by 30 businesses that have signed a letter of opposition to the legislature. In Arizona, where there was little notice prior to the bill's introduction in January, the coalition sprang into action and effectively conveyed our opposition. The bill was finally tabled after brief hearings. In Illinois, one coalition member was able to get the bill killed within hours of its introduction.
What can you do?
- Learn about UCITA and how it will affect your library operations
- Arrange for UCITA training at your state conferences
- Attend UCITA workshops at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Sun. June 17, 1-5 p.m.
- Document how UCITA will impact the services you offer. This will become critical information during legislative discussions
- Become part of the library coalition opposing UCITA in your state
- Identify the state legislators and committees that will become involved
- Identify allies outside of the library community who can join your state library community
- Send an e-mail or a letter to your state legislators through the grassroots site on the AFFECT coalition web site <<a href="http://www.affect.ucita.com/" />http://www.affect.ucita.com>
- Keep ALA informed of any signs of UCITA activity in your state
Librarians around the country have already made a difference in containing UCITA. One year ago, people expected that UCITA would pass quickly in other states. That has not happened, in part because librarians have been able to work quickly, smartly and effectively with other key opponents in this important national effort.
UCITA Grassroots Coordinator
American Library Association
The Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section of ACRL invites you to attend the following session at ALA:
"Unicode: Representing the World's Languages Online: Trends and Applications"
Sunday, June 17th, 2001
Marriott - Golden Gate A1
Is Unicode Greek to you? Come explore how Unicode is revolutionizing accessibility and usability of languages in the online library world with our panel of experts from the Unicode Consortium, OCLC, RLG, and VTLS, Inc. What will it mean for your patrons, and for your own work? Our panel will guide you through these changes and how they are affecting bibliographic utilities, indexing and abstracting services, online catalogs, and librarianship.
Unicode Consortium, President
OCLC Enterprise Database Technology, Director
Research Libraries Group, Senior Analyst
VTLS Inc., President
Submitted by Robin Paynter
This issue will be my last as the CT Editor. It has been a fun and educational experience. Thank you all for faithfully submitting articles and reports and for updating me on your chapter officers. I especially want to thank Lynne King, Evelyn Minick, and Melissa Cast for their guidance and support. This has been a great introduction to Chapters Council and I hope I'll have the opportunity to work with you all again.
I am pleased to announce our incoming Editor, Debbie Malone, current Chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter. She has graciously agreed to take on CT and is looking forward to working with you all.
Chapter Topics Editor
The Colorado Chapter gave full support this Spring to ACRL X, the national conference held in Denver. Members served as volunteers with stints at the hospitality desk, orchestrating collegial dinners and serving as room monitors – all in our cowboy hats. The Chapter also contributed some funds (budgeted to the chapter as a division of the Colorado Library Association) to partially sponsor the Denver guidebook that was given to all conference attendees. Members conducted grassroots canvassing to promote the conference with the final results showing attendance figures well over the estimated amount – over 2000 paid attendees!
Our lecture series, which began as an ACRL Incentive Grant program last year, continued this spring with an April 24th presentation by James O'Neall, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer who earlier in the year wrote a controversial five part series, "Survival 101: an outsider's look at challenges and transformations in regional higher education", on the financial plight of colleges in the Philadelphia area. He discussed the high stakes gambles of many schools, which are struggling to reinvent themselves with new buildings, new courses, new dormitories and much new technology. The lecture was held in the library school at Drexel University, and we successfully attracted graduate school students as well as practicing librarians.
"Whipping your web into shape: redesigning your library web page" is the title for our spring program to be held on June 1st at the Arsht Conference Center, University of Delaware. Susan McMullen, Reference Librarian at Rogers Williams University, is our keynoter with her presentation on usability testing for library web pages. Her emphasis will be on fairly low cost analyses that smaller institutions could handle without a great deal of technical support. Mike Winkler, web manager at Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania, will finish the morning with a look at information technologies libraries can use to build flexible knowledge management environments for learners and researchers.
The afternoon will include two sets of two concurrent sessions, giving our attendees a number of choices. Nancy Dewald, Penn State Berks, will discuss designing interactive web based tutorials, and Julie Bockenstedt, Dickinson College, will demonstrate linking to faculty course software such as Blackboard. Mike Halperin and Joseph Zucca, University of Pennsylvania, plan to discuss the challenges of gathering web statistics, and Steven Bell, Philadelphia University, will give a presentation on software that helps create faster, easier and cheaper web tutorials.
We are looking forward to our October 13-14, 2001 conference where we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary as an ACRL Chapter. We have planned a day and a half program with nationally known speakers including Glorianna St. Clair, Evan Farber, Neil Kleinman, and Steven Coffman. Our Saturday evening banquet will be keynoted by Mary Reichel, incoming ACRL President. This spring and summer we are working on a history of the chapter highlighting some of the changes in our profession over the last 50 years. We will use the display at our fall conference and other meetings throughout the year. This is an exciting time for ACRL's oldest chapter!
The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/Georgia ACRL Chapter met at the GLA annual conference, October 10-13, 2000. The conference was held at Jekyll Island, GA and was a joint meeting with the GA Council of Media Organizations and the Southeastern Library Association. At the end of the conference, the following new officers began their tenure:
*Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Bede Mitchell, University Librarian, Georgia Southern University
*Secretary/Treasurer: Debbie Holmes, Library Director, Floyd College
*ACRL Chapters Council Representative: Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University
The Chapter sponsored the following programs at the conference:
1. Pre-Conference Workshop, "ACRL Standards 2000: Practical Solutions for Accreditation Requirements," presented by Bill Nelson (Augusta State University) and Bob Fernekes (Georgia Southern University).
2. "The Keystone Principles: A Blueprint for 21st Centuries Libraries." Presenters: Merryll Penson (Executive Director for Library Services, OIIT), Charlene Hurt (Georgia State University), Jerry Stephens (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Presenters were participants in the Keystone, Colorado ARL/OCLC forum from which the Keystone Principles were formulated (See College and Research Libraries News, February 2000, p. 103-104).
3. Academic Library Division Luncheon. Mary Reichel, Library Director at Appalachian State University and President-Elect of ACRL, spoke on "The Academic Library as the Learning and Knowledge Nexus in Higher Education."
The program included a brief business meeting, as well as the announcement of prizes and the presentation of award checks to the winners.
Best paper awards were presented to:
**Donald G. Frank, M. Leslie Madden, and Nancy R. Simons for their paper: "The Use of Statistics by Academic Librarians."
**Bruce Henson and Kathy G. Tomajko for their paper: "Electronic Reference Services: Opportunities and Challenges."
4. "Building Libraries for the 21st Century: Virtual Libraries." Presenters Judy Kelly (Director of Virtual Library Development, OIIT) and Nan McMurry (Assistant Head,Digital Library of Georgia, University of Georgia)
5. "Building Libraries for the 21st Century: Bricks and Mortar." Presenters George Gaumond (Valdosta State University), Charlene Hurt (Georgia State University), Bill Richards (Georgia College and State University), Bill Potter (University of Georgia)
6. Presented Papers, Session I. Tom Cetwinski (chair of the selection committee), facilitator.
- "Generation Next: What to Expect from the Millennial Generation." Catherine A. Lee (Wesleyan College)
- "E-Journals: Providing Access to Electronic Resources." Chris Huff and Mark McManus (State University of West Georgia)
- "The Use of Statistics by Academic Librarians: Comments on a Significant Problem with Suggestions for Improvement." Donald Frank, Leslie Madden, Nancy Simmons (Georgia Institute of Technology)
7. Presented Papers, Session II. Tom Cetwinski (chair of the selection committee), facilitator.
- "Electronic Reference Services:Opportunities and Challenges." Bruce Henson and Kathy Tomajko (Georgia Institute of Technology)
- "Building Cyber Libraries:Connecting with Distance Education." David White (Augusta State University)
- "Networking to Provide Service to Students with Disabilities in a Small College Library." Mary Morris and Kim Paulk (Macon State College)
8. "An Update from ACRL: A Report by the President." Mary Reichel, President-Elect discussed what is new and answered questions about ACRL.
Augusta State University
The Indiana Academic Library Association (IALA) held its annual meeting on April 10, 2001 during the Indiana Library Federation's Annual Conference. Noteworthy accomplishments of the past year included amending of bylaws and a totally new look for the website http://www.ilfonline.org/Units/Associations/IALA/index.html
The Executive Board established a scholarship in honor of David Dickey and his longtime service to academic libraries in Indiana. The scholarship will sponsor one library science student that is also a member of IALA to attend the ILF annual conference for one day and overnight, including the IALA luncheon and the ILF awards banquet.
IALA sponsored several programs at the conference, including an interactive preconference workshop on bibliographic instruction and programs on Rocket eBooks, JSTOR, Meeting the Needs of Distance Learners, and The Changing Face of Reference Work. The preconference was very successful, with most attendees requesting a second session.
Rounding out the conference was luncheon speaker Allison R. Kopczynski, Information Management Specialist, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan. Her speech title was: "Russian Higher Education and Information Gathering: Experiences at Volgograd State University."
Indiana University Northwest
The Kentucky Library Association's Academic Section (ACRL Kentucky Chapter) held its spring conference at General Butler State Park on April 4-6. This annual event is held jointly with KLA's Special Section and the Kentucky Chapter of SLA.
The conference theme was "Conquering New Frontiers: Changes and Challenges for 21st Century Libraries." The keynote speaker was ARL's Mary E. Jackson, who spoke on the challenges of interlibrary loan, document delivery and copyright laws. Librarians from the participating organizations delivered sessions on a variety of topics including evaluation of bibliographic instruction, constructing web pages for the visually impaired, and customizing OPACs.
A pre-conference reception, a continental breakfast, and a dessert reception all provided opportunities for colleagues to relax and network with each other. Nice weather and a scenic setting also contributed to the overall success of the conference.
Carol A. Nutter
Morehead State University
With spring here, our thoughts have been turning to our Spring Conference: "Preserving our Past or Gambling on our Future? Research and Cultural Preservation" was held on April 26th and 27th at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Speakers at this two-day conference included librarians, preservationists and curators as well as authors & performers who make use of the items we preserve.
Other events included the Business Librarian's Interest Group's Spring Program. May 18th saw a group gathered at Northeastern University to hear about "The Securities and Exchange Commission: Finding and Interpreting SEC Documents."
Brown University hosted the Women's Studies Interest Group program on Friday, March 2nd. "Bringing early women's writing to the modern field of vision: The Brown University Women Writers Project" ( http://www.wwp.brown.edu/) was the topic. The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women's writing and electronic text encoding. Their goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. They support research on women's writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship.
The New England Bibliographic Instruction Committee (NEBIC) voted to change its name, and will henceforth be known as New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG). It will continue to have its usual excellent programs, including the one scheduled for June 1st at Brandeis: "From Surfing to Research: Teaching and Learning from Generation Y." For more information, see their web site ( http://www.acrlnec.org/sigs/nelig/index.htm).
We also inaugurated a new electronic mailing list for job announcements: firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will disseminate announcements of academic library positions available in the New England area requiring a bachelor's degree or higher. To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com: Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message, type: subscribe acrlnecjobs-l yourname@youraddress. Do not include any other text in the body of the message.
The results of the elections are in, and were announced at the annual ACRL/NEC spring conference:
Elected Vice-President/President-Elect was Helena Rodrigues, Dean of Libraries at Johnson & Wales University in Providence.
Elected for two-year terms as Treasurer and Member-at-Large were Marilyn Steinberg and Julie Linden. Marilyn is at the MA College of Pharmacy and Allied Health and Julie is at Yale University's Social Science Library.
Sarah G. Wenzel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health
Eastern New York
LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY was the host of the ENY/ACRL spring conference on May 21, 2001. Inga Barnello (LeMoyne) was local arrangements chair and Suzy Szasz Palmer (Cornell) was program chair. The program titled, "TOMORROW'S LIBRARIANS: YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE," featured 2 morning speakers, Althea Jenkins, Executive Director of ACRL, and Michael Gorman, Dean of Library Services, California State University, Fresno. Dr. Jenkins provided an overview on issues related to questions about the library profession and the titles we wear in her presentation, "What Profession Is This And Why Are We Here Anyway?" Mr. Gorman discussed the nature of values and their usefulness in daily working life in his presentation, "Values for 21st Century Libraries."
The afternoon session began with a panel discussion, "Different Paths, Different Perspectives, One Profession." The discussion included responses to the earlier presentations by Althea Jenkins and Michael Gorman and addressed issues such as appropriate training of future colleagues, recruiting qualified professionals, the role of library schools and professional organizations in the profession, and professional development paths throughout one's career. The panel, moderated by Suzy Szasz Palmer, included Linda Marion, Doctoral Candidate Drexel University & ACRL student paper award winner; Susan Markowitz, Director of Library Human Resources, Cornell University; Judith Robinson, Chair, Department of Library & Information Studies, School of Information Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo; John Thomas, Assistant Librarian, SUNY Canton; Kizer Walker, MLS student, Syracuse University School of Information Studies; and Jim Walsh, Regional Library Representative for New England and Eastern Canada, CIS/Lexis-Nexis.
The program concluded with a session titled, "Here Today, Here Tomorrow" Education for the Evolving Profession." Dr. von Dran, Dean, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, discussed the ways graduate programs in library science and information studies are facing the challenges of preparing their graduates for a changing world and a variety of traditional and new library settings.
Announcement of the newly elected and re-elected officers & Board members were made at the business meeting. Kristin Strohmeyer (Hamilton College) is chair-elect while Sharon Britton (Hamilton College) and Steve Black (College of St. Rose) will continue as secretary and communications chair, respectively.
In celebration of ENY/ACRL's 25th anniversary, attendees of the spring 2001 conference were treated to an anniversary cake and given business card magnets. The magnets promote ENY/ACRL's web site and discussion list. A chart of past ENY/ACRL conference dates, locations, and themes is now available on the web at: http://www.enyacrl.org/confhist.htm
At the March 20, 2001 ENY/ACRL Board meeting, the Board decided to provide travel funds for the ENY/ACRL past-president to attend the Chapter Councils meetings. This was in response to ACRL's request for three consecutive years of representation at Chapter Council meetings. Previously, only the current president and vice-president were eligible for travel funds. The Board also encouraged the president to discuss an umbrella indemnity insurance policy with ACRL and other chapters.
Though the fall 2001 ENY/ACRL program is in its very early planning stages we do know it will be hosted by the University at Albany (SUNY) on Monday, October 22, 2001. For more information, please check the ENY/ACRL web site in late August: http://www.enyacrl.org/
Greater Metropolitan New York
With a new year underway, members of the Chapter reflect on the success of our millennium 20th anniversary year and prepare for future events. More than 180 librarians and administrators attended the November 17th symposium, Information Literacy and the "Academic Library: Choices and Challenges," held at the Donnell Library Center in New York City. The program was well-received and consisted of dynamic, award-winning speakers including ACRL President Betsy Wilson; Director of the University of Washington's Information School Michael Eisenberg; ACRL Innovation in Libraries Award winners Clara Fowler and Patricia Carroll-Mathes; ACRL Miriam Dudley Librarian Carol Kuhlthau; and Kimberley Donnelly.
Programming is in full swing for this year's activities, and we look forward to another banner year. With three meetings held thus far, the Chapter is planning the 2001 symposium for Friday, November 16 in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library Humanities and Social Science Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Indeed, following the release of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and because of the urgent need for campuses to respond to mandates from administration, the theme of the symposium will be learning outcomes assessment.
Among other programs, the Long Island Section hosted a workshop, "Librarian Limbo: Campus Status & Other Joys," at Dowling College on May 4th with presenters: Rosemary Feeney, Dan Rubey, Gloria Roberson, and Francie Davis. On that same date, Stan Silverman, Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology spoke to the Education/CMC Librarians Discussion Group at Hofstra University.
So, it seems the Chapter is off to a good start!
Nassau Community College
The ACRL Roundtable of the Utah Library Association (ULA) held its annual business meeting as part of the ULA Annual Conference on the morning of May 3rd in Sandy, Utah. Chapter members met with the incoming roundtable leaders, networked with colleagues, and brainstormed on roundtable activities for the coming year. That afternoon the roundtable sponsored a session on "Cataloging Electronic Resources" presented by Jim Dooley from the University of Utah Mariott Library.
Weber State University
On February 28th Washington State libraries were rocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8; a 40-second tremor. While the University of Washington Tacoma Library did not have even one book hit the floor, other area libraries had to be closed as a result of facility and shelving damage. Information and pictures of the damage at University of Washington Seattle are available: http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/quake. Libraries in the Olympia area including The Evergreen State College also suffered significant disruption from the quake.
Meanwhile, the chapter has had a productive year marked by incorporation, development of the chapter web site: http://www.lib.washington.edu/acrl-wa, and major revision of the bylaws. Planning is underway for the Fall ACRL Washington State Chapter and the ACRL Oregon Chapter joint, two-day conference to be held at Pack Forest, Washington.
University of Washington Tacoma
Wisconsin was selected as the site of the ACRL Regional Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program in June at Edgewood College in Madison. Participants include librarians not only from Wisconsin but as far away as Hawaii and Alaska.
The annual Wisconsin academic librarians conference "2001: A Library Odyssey" was held April 18th-20th in La Crosse. ACRL President-Elect, Mary Reichel, presented a fascinating comparison of her study of the future of scholarly communications done in 1991 and the state of communications in 2001.
WAAL funded 3 librarians to attend the ACRL Legislative Advocacy Pre-conference at ALA Annual Meeting. In return, the 3 individuals gave a presentation at our statewide conference this fall on what they learned at the ACRL conference.
There are rumors about the possibility of UCITA being introduced into our state assembly. In order to keep library staff and the wider campus community informed of the potential impacts, Ewa Barczyk wrote an editorial for a campus newsletter which is also to other libraries in the state.
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Last Updated 17 May 2001