Chapter Topics

Volume 23, Issue 1
Spring 2002


Message from the Chair

Next Council Meeting

Chapter Reports

ACRL Candidates Statements

Legislative Advocacy Preconference

ULS Section Program

ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute

ACRL National Conference

Chapter Funding

ACRL Candidates Forum


 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).

Send submissions to:

©American Library Association

Linda Kopecky
Chapters Council Chair
Sherri Edwards
CC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Mary Reichel
ACRL President
Mary Ellen Davis
ACRL Executive Director
Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL Senior Associate Executive Director
Debbie Malone
Chapter Topics Editor

Next CT Deadline:
September 7, 2002

   Message from the Chapters Council Chair

Dear Chapter members,

It is hard to believe that the ALA-calendar year is almost at end. Our Chapters have been busy bringing ACRL to the local level through area conferences, newsletters and other activities. Read though the Chapter Reports at the end of this newsletter to find out what has been happening (and to "borrow" a few ideas for your local Chapter!).

I encourage every Chapter to send a representative to the Chapters Council meeting on Sunday, June 16th in Atlanta. If your designated person cannot attend a substitute is welcome. Our meeting will again include a mix of business matters, topical updates and important ACRL news (see preliminary agenda elsewhere in this newsletter). ACRL leaders will be on hand to hear the issues of importance to your Chapter. A portion of the meeting will highlight Chapter activities from a few of our most active groups.

I would love to hear from you regarding any aspect of our ACRL Chapters and/or Chapters Council. Please contact me at I look forward to talking with you in Atlanta.

Linda A. Kopecky, Chair, ACRL Chapters Council
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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   Chapters Council Meeting - Sunday, June 16, 2002
Georgia World Congress Center, Room B316
Preliminary Agenda

Welcome - Linda Kopecky, Chair
Approval of Minutes - Tim Dodge, Secretary

Chapter Topics Newsletter and Website - Debbie Malone, Editor and Web Manager
Chapters Council Officer Elections - Sherri Edwards, Vice-Chair/Chair, CC Nominating Committee

ACRL Updates and Issues

  • Mary Reichel, ACRL President
  • Helen Spaulding, ACRL Vice-President
  • Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL Senior Associate Executive Director
  • Larry Hardesty, Chair, ACRL 11th National Conference

Legislative Update

  • Lynne Bradley, Director, ALA Office of Government Relations
  • Larry Romans, ACRL Legislative Network Coordinator

New Business
ACRL Chapter Activities (program)

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Locke Morrisey is the head of Collections, Reference & Research Services at University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library/Geschke Learning Resource Center. Prior to that he served as Engineering Librarian at the University of California, Irvine from 1990-1997 and was a librarian at Hughes Aircraft Electro-Optical and Data Systems Group Technical Library from 1987-1990.

He has served and continues to serve on a number of ALA/ACRL committees. Currently he is a member of the ACRL Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee. Locke has also been in leadership and planning roles in ACRL’s California chapter, California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL).

Currently he is in the middle of a three-year elected term as the California representative to Chapters Council. “Early on in my academic librarian career I had the opportunity to become involved with ALA/ACRL through my local chapter, CARL.

These early, positive experiences convinced me to take on more of a leadership role within this organization. As I've always been impressed with CARL's grassroots programming and the way CARL members support each other, I am equally impressed with these very same elements within ACRL and its members at the national level. I had the opportunity to sit in on my first ACRL Chapters Council meeting at 2000 ALA Mid-winter Conference in San Antonio as a substitute. After that meeting, I found myself very excited about what ACRL is doing within ALA.

Being a current member of Chapters Council, I see a lot of opportunities for partnering with other groups who have similar concerns regarding librarian recruitment & retention (particularly underrepresented minority candidates), scholarly communication, legislative issues, e.g., most recently Executive Order 13233, and membership participation through local chapter and national programming efforts. I welcome the opportunity to run for the position of Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of ACRL Chapters Council and look forward to working with council and chapter members to realize ALA/ACRL goals, objectives and outcomes.”


Suzy is Head of Public Services in the Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections at Cornell University's Kroch Library in Ithaca New York She is currently the President of the Eastern NY Chapter of ACRL and will become Past President/Nominations Chair at the end of May 2002.

She has served on the chapter's Program Committee since1998, and on the Librarian of the Year Award Committee since 1999. In the spring of 2002, she assisted the local arrangements chair in hosting the ENY/ACRL Spring conference at Cornell.

Suzy has written and given presentations on current issues in reference services at ENY/ACRL conferences, the 9th national ACRL conference, and the Indiana Library Federation in the fall of 2001; she is scheduled to give a presentation at the RUSA program at ALA Annual in Toronto, 2003. She is also a member of the Membership and Professional Development Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscript Section, and serves as that committee's liaison to the ACRL Membership Committee.

"I have spent the last 23 years -- my entire professional career -- at Cornell University, all the time focused on providing high quality public services to our user community. 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 believe our regional ACRL chapters have an obligation to provide the best conferences possible to the broadest audiences, in order to provide opportunities for professional development to a wide range of librarians -- particularly those who do not attend national conferences.

Because of our short turn around time for planning, we are also able to offer conferences that focus on timely themes--our last two focusing on diversity and the Patriot's Act. We always attempt to combine nationally recognized speakers with talented librarians from within our region.

I would like to see Chapters Council 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."



Helena is Dean of the University Libraries at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Helena began her activities in the ACRL New England Chapter in 1995 when she served on the Spring Conference Committee.

In 2001 she was elected Vice President/President Elect of the chapter and will assume the duties of President this year. After 2002 Annual she will serve on the ACRL/CLS Membership Committee. During the past 4 years Helena has been very active on the ALA/Chapter Relations Committee.

“Membership in ACRL should be a reciprocal agreement. Members look to ACRL for guidance in advancing learning, teaching, and research in higher education. In turn, members bring to ACRL valued professional experience and commitment by actively participating in the programs and services offered by this important association. As a member of ACRL and a nominee for the position of Chapters Council Secretary, I feel professionally enriched, enlightened and enthusiastic to have the opportunity to experience true reciprocity with an outstanding group of fine librarians.”


Heather Ward is a Humanities Reference Librarian specializing in history and medieval studies at the University of Oregon Knight Library. She has been involved in ACRL chapter activities since 1998 when she was appointed to a two-year term as the Communications Coordinator for the Oregon Chapter of ACRL.

From 1999 to 2001 she served as the editor of the Chapters Council newsletter, Chapter Topics. Heather currently serves as the Vice President of her state chapter and will take office as President in the fall of 2002.

Her other professional activities include current roles as the Chair of the Oregon Authors Committee of the Oregon Library Association and as the Chair of the Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Discussion Group of ACRL's Western European Studies Section.

"My involvement in ACRL Chapters has provided the opportunity to participate in a number of Chapters Council meetings either as the Oregon representative or as the editor of Chapter Topics. I have enjoyed discussing national issues, getting to know other representatives and learning about chapter activities- information I have shared with my Oregon colleagues. This participation has also allowed me to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the Council--a knowledge that would serve me well as the Council Secretary.

Over time I have also developed a talent (one I generally prefer to keep quiet) for taking meeting minutes--minutes a colleague once referred to as clear, literate and even entertaining. This skill grew from, among other experiences, my work as the University of Oregon Library Faculty Secretary and as the Secretary/Chair-Elect of the Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Discussion Group. This talent of capturing the essence of a meeting, as well as that of coordinating colleagues' contributions, make me an excellent candidate for Chapters Council Secretary."

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Legislative and public policy issues have a great impact on the environment in which academic libraries operate. To assist academic librarians in their efforts to affect legislation and public policies, the Government Relations Committee of ACRL wishes to invite you to the Atlanta Fulton Public Library Headquarters on June 14, 2002 from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. for a workshop on legislative advocacy.

This preconference, which will be held prior to ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, is designed to offer practical views on effectively managing library legislative issues. Outstanding, long-term library advocates will share their experiences and sage advice on the art of persuasion.

You will learn: --about current legislative issues affecting your library; --the skills needed to become a strong academic library advocate; and --how to craft and deliver an effective message that can benefit your library and profession. Speakers for this workshop include:

  • Charles Beard, Director of University Libraries, State University of West Georgia "Why Advocate?"
  • Christie Vernon, member of ALA Committee on Legislation, "The Inside Game"
  • Jill Fatzer, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of New Orleans,"Yes, Virginia, you can advocate for libraries without losing your job"
  • James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University "Success, Partial Success, and Failures on the Advocacy Trail"
  • Mary Margaret Oliver, former Georgia state legislator,"My Experience as a State Legislator"
  • Lynne Bradley, Director of the ALA Office of Government Relations,"An Update on the Key Issues"

The registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $50.

Register online at

Please note that the code for this preconference is ACRL-AC4.

Questions? Contact Shannon Cary at 800-545-2433, ext. 2510: e-mail:

Shannon Cary
Director, Research and Special Projects
Association of College and Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
(312) 280-2510 Fax: (312) 280-2520

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Why can't we all just get along?

The 2002 ACRL ULS Conference Program, "Minding the Generation Gap: Learn How to Communicate and Work Together Across Generations," addresses this question and much more at ALA's Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Baby boomers, Gen X'ers, and Gen Y'ers bring different communication styles, expectations and ethics to the workplace. Sheila Creth, experienced library administrator and consultant, keynotes a lively, no-nonsense program on generational differences in the workplace. The program also features panelists Faye C. Backie (Michigan State University), Crit Stuart (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Jody Fagan (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) as the multi-generational experts offering firsthand perspectives. Audience questions and insights will round out what's sure to be a provocative - and practical -- look at library demographics.

The program will be held June 15, 2002 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency's Ballroom. The program will be followed by a reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program is cosponsored by the LAMA Library Organization and Management Section.

If you need more information about this program, contact the ULS Conference Program Committee Chairs, Stephanie Atkins at or Bob Fox at

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Association of College & Research Libraries and Harvard Institutes for Higher Education
ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute Cambridge, Massachusetts August 4-9, 2002

Academic libraries exist in a constantly changing environment with many new challenges and many available opportunities. New demands on academic libraries call for fundamental shifts in leadership know-how. In response to these challenges, ACRL is collaborating with the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education to offer its popular ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute.

At the ACRL/Harvard program, you will be among your fellow leaders in academic librarianship. The institute is designed for directors of libraries and individuals in positions such as associate university librarian, assistant dean, vice president of information resources, university librarian, and college librarian. Attendance would also be useful for individuals regularly involved in decision-making that affects the entire library operation and that involves other important relationships on campus.

Comments from past participants include: "For the first time I have understood what I can find and see in myself to be a leader, and I know that I have excellent tools with which to do this. I will learn to build on my strengths."

"I expected excellence and that is exactly what I found. The quality of the program, the faculty, and the participants made for an outstanding experience. Thank you for setting the tone and providing the space and time for open discussion and debate, laughter and learning."

"I think the mix and diversity of participants was integral to the success of the program. I enjoyed the chance to meet librarians from all types of academic institutions, and all parts of the country."

Increase your capacity to lead and manage. Find out if your organization is well-positioned meet current and future challenges and discover if your own leadership is effective. Harvard Institutes for Higher Education faculty will give special attention to issues such as: * leadership; * organizational strategy; * transformational learning; and * planning.

The 2002 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 4-9, 2002. Registration materials and complete details about the institute are available on the Web at (Under programs, select "Higher Education," then scroll down to ACRL Leadership Institute.)

Register early as spots will fill quickly! ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute alumni benefits include a subscription to an ongoing listserv and annual alumni reunions at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Questions about this institute can be directed to; 800-545-2433, ext. 2519.

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   ACRL 11th National Conference

charlotte logoYou will have a gooooood time at 11th National ACRL Conference to be held April 10 - 13, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina!

With all due apologizes to Garrison Keillor, all the presenters, of course, will be good looking and all the presentations above average. Actually, if my recent visit to the city of Charlotte is any indication, everything and everyone will not just be above average but GREAT!!

On April 15-17, I, along with Mary Ellen Davis and Margot Sutton of ACRL, visited Charlotte to meet with the local arrangements committee and the co-chairs of the volunteers committee, and to checkout the hotels, select receptions sites, and tour the conference center. A balmy 74 degree day greeted us, along with an abundance of dogwoods and azaleas blooming.

Next January as you consider sending in your early bird registration, think about Charlotte's April weather. After a long cold winter (that's what the Old Farmer's Almanac predicts, trust me!), you deserve to treat yourself to a trip to Charlotte. For further information about things to see and do at Charlotte visited the website at

The local arrangement folks (co-chaired by Jordan Scepanski and Carol Jordan) are an enthusiastic group who are planning a wonderful time for everyone. Several opportunities are in the planning stages now, including a possible day trip the Wednesday before the conference to the Biltmore House and Gardens Estate near Ashville, North Carolina ( This really is a once in a lifetime experience.

For NASCAR fans we are thinking about a trip to the Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte h ttp:// There also may be trips to nearby colleges and universities, such as Davidson College ( and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ( Someone has even mentioned a trip to Seagrove, North Carolina for its pottery (

The local arrangements committee is working with the award winning Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County ( to host the all-conference reception. That evening we are also hoping to have open nearby attractions such as the Levine Museum of the New South (, Discovery Place, one of the nation's leading hands-on science museums (, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (, which displays a fascinating array of works by leading craft artists.

We are in the process of finalizing arrangements with keynote speakers, who are to inspire and challenge us. Dr. William Ferris (, former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and editor of the best selling Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, has agreed to speak, along with Dr. Belle Wheelan, former president of Northern Virginia Community College and currently Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have one more keynote speaker to name at a later time.

For invited speakers, we have an impressive array of folks who can give us ideas we can take home and apply. Dr. George Kuh ( is Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University. Dr. Kuh developed the National Survey of Student Engagements. Dr. John Gardner is Senior Fellow of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. Rounding out the invited speakers is Dr. John Shumaker (( currently president of the University of Louisville, soon to be president of the University of Tennessee statewide campuses.

Right now many of you, along with your colleagues, are busily preparing proposals for contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, and preconferences for the May 31, 2002, deadline. Later this fall and early next year will be the deadline for poster sessions and roundtables. Please check the conference website for further details (

The theme of the conference is "Learning to Make a Difference." Through the exciting variety of presentations and stimulating discussions with your colleagues, you will have an abundance of opportunities to learn about thought-provoking ideas that you can take home and apply. At the same time you will have a goooood time enjoying the weather, the food, the cultural opportunities, and the sites and sounds of Charlotte. You will leave the conference understanding more fully what is meant by Southern hospitality. See you in Charlotte!

Larry Hardesty
Conference Chair

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   Earn More Funding For Your Chapter!

If your chapter regularly conducts or is planning to conduct a promotion for ACRL national membership, you can earn additional funding for your chapter. Beginning in the 1999-2000 year, the ACRL Board of Directors approved additional funding in the amount of $10 for each new national member of ACRL in the Chapter's geographic region if the Chapter conducts recruitment activities to promote membership in national ACRL. To be considered for the additional funding, summarize any membership promotion in the Chapter annual report and attach any supporting documents, such as samples of letters or flyers from the promotion. For further information, contact the ACRL office at

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The candidates for ACRL President-elect 2002-03 spoke at the well-attended ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum and Luncheon on Sunday January 20th in New Orleans. The luncheon was sponsored by EBSCO Subscription Services, and was chaired by local members Janette Griffin (University of New Orleans) and Darla Rushing (Loyola University New Orleans).

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Candidates Tyrone Cannon (University of San Francisco) and John Popko (University of Seattle)responded to prepared questions and also fielded questions from the audience. This popular event is hosted by Chapters Council at each midwinter meeting of ALA



College and University Library Division (CULD) in conjunction with the Government Document Roundtable and Arizona Reference and Library Instruction in Flagstaff Arizona Roundtable held a workshop in Flagstaff, Arizona during August of 2001. The workshop covered a variety of topics on obtaining census information, bibliographic instruction and digitizing documents. The workshop was well attended and very informative.

The annual Arizona Library Association Conference was a joint venture with the Mountains Plains Library Association which was held December 5-7, 2001. The theme of the conference was "Rising to New Heights". CULD in conjunction with MPLA's academic division sponsored many excellent programs. The conference was well attended with close to 1000 attendees.

Plans are underway for the 2002 Conference. Many programs sponsored by CULD are in the works on a variety of topics.

Sue Beebe
Northern Arizona University

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CARL, the California chapter of ACRL, hosted the 9th CARL Conference (Generating Knowledge: The Power of Academic and Research Libraries) at Asilomar, CA on May 9-12, 2002. Close to 250 people attended the conference set in the beautiful setting of the Monterey Coast

cannon and kelsh photoTyrone Cannon, Dean of the Library at University of San Francisco and recently elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect and Virginia Kelsh, Head of the Zief Law Library at the University of San Francisco are seen talking with an interested student about a career in librarianship at the campus' recent Career Fair. CARL welcomes its two newest members to the Board. Ron Rodriguez, Associate Dean, Chapman University Library is now Southern Vice-President; Simone Yu, Business Library, Stanford University is Northern Campus Liaison Coordinator-Private Institutions Director-at-Large, and Tamara Weintraub, Palomar College Library is Southern Interest Group Coordinator-Community Colleges Director-at-Large.

Locke Morrisey
ACRL California Chapter Delegate

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Library associations within the state of Colorado have been reorganized to facilitate cooperation among libraries in the state. Effective March 15, 2002, the Colorado Educational Media Association that represented school libraries and the Colorado Library Association whose membership consisted primarily of public and academic libraries merged to form the Colorado Association of Libraries or CAL. The new association is organized by type of library - public, school and academic. Each type of library is represented by an association within CAL. The ACRL Colorado chapter which was the College and University Division of the Colorado Library Association has become the Academic Libraries Association within CAL. Divisions which represent interests common across libraries and which draw membership from all types of libraries have also been established within CAL.

The Academic Libraries Association joined with the Technical Services and Automation Division of CAL to sponsor a spring workshop on March 29 entitled "Collections and Services for the 21st Century" that was held on the Auraria Higher Education Campus in downtown Denver.Camila Alire, Dean Emerita of the Colorado State University Libraries, was the keynote speaker. She addressed a broad range of possibilities for libraries in the 21st century from reference services and collections to technical services and staffing.

A reactor panel addressed the issues raised in the keynote from a variety of perspectives. Carmel Bush, Assistant Dean for Technical Services in the Colorado State University Libraries, considered technical aspects in an academic library setting. Beth Elder, Senior Collection Specialist at Denver Public Library, discussed new roles and new opportunities for libraries in their communities. The comments of Rick Forsman, Director of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, covered a range of issues which he effectively tied together with Chinese proverbs.

After lunch on their own in the popular LoDo district near the campus, attendees selected one of three concurrent sessions. The concurrent sessions focused on specific services and challenges. Those Aggravating Aggregators, Virtual Reference - Planning for and Implementing Real-time Online Reference Services, and Successful Collaboration: Best Practices in Information Literacy for the New Millennium.

The workshop closed with a poster session of presentations on digitization projects being conducted around the stated funded by the Colorado Digitization Project. The session provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the projects and also network with colleagues. To learn more about the project and browse Heritage, the collection of images that have been digitized by participating libraries, go to

Joan Lamborn
University of Northern Colorado

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Delaware Valley

The Delaware Valley Chapter has long supported Library and Information Science students in our area. For years the chapter has awarded a stipend to a deserving student to assist them in their studies. To continue to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chapter, two stipends will be awarded in the spring. The Chapter also initiated a new mentoring program for engaging and nurturing these students to be future academic librarians. A broadly based pool of academic librarians in administration, technical and public services was created to be available to any student wishing a professional mentor. Our motto for this program is "Whenever a librarian mentors a student, the profession benefits." In the first year we were able to connect 10 students to mentors, and we look to increasing our pool of students and mentors in the future.

The Chapter closed out the year on May 31 with our spring program. The title of our program was ASSESSMENT FOR THE NEXT CENTURY. This timely topic of information literacy assessment featured Carla List of Plattsburg State University of New York, Oswald Ratteray, the Assistant Director for Constituent Services and Special Programs at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and Jessica George of Millersville University. More information may be found on the chapter web page at

John C. Stachacz
Dickinson College

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The Florida Chapter of ACRL held its spring workshop at the Annual Florida Library Association Conference and Exhibition in Daytona Beach, Florida, April 9, 2002.

The title of the program was " Maximizing Your Hiring Strategies". The keynote speaker was Sandra Rios Balderrama, ALA Diversity Officer. She discussed ways to maximize hiring strategies with suggestions for recruiting a diverse and highly qualified applicant pool.

The FACRL spring newsletter contained two reports dealing with the new library management system being installed for academic libraries throughout Florida. Planned for release in summer 2003, the new system will provide state-of-the-art library management tools to streamline delivery of library services to students. CCLA (College Center for Library Automation) reported that it conducted three regional forums during February to introduce the system's ALEPH software to community college librarians and administrators. The forums featured demonstrations by Ex Libris staff. FCLA (Florida Center for Library Automation) reported that in its first phase, four universities will convert from NOTIS to Aleph with completion scheduled for summer 2003. They are University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of West Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Florida Chapter Newsletter is available at

Barbara Barbara Tuck
Reference Librarian UNF Library
4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd., S. Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 620-2616

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The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/Georgia ACRL Chapter met at the GLA annual conference, October 31-November 2, 2001.

The conference was held at Jekyll Island, GA and was a joint meeting with the GA Council of Media Organizations. The GLA is in the process of changing the term of officers to the calendar year; until this takes effect, officers will continue to serve from one annual conference to the next. At the end of this conference, the following new officers began their tenure: ! Chair: Bede Mitchell, Dean of the Library and University Librarian, Georgia Southern University ! Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Laura Burtle, Reference/Information Services Dept., Assistant Head for Library Instruction, Georgia State University ! Secretary/Treasurer: Beth Mowry, Reference Librarian, Armstrong Atlantic State University ! ACRL Chapters Council Representative: Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University (2nd year of a 2-year term)

The Chapter sponsored the following programs at the conference

1. Preconference Workshop: " Coping with UCITA: The Latest Fair Use Challenge," Presented by Carol Ashworth, from the American Library Association's Washington Office. Attendees gained an understanding of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act and other legislation being proposed throughout the country to regulate computer information transactions and govern all types of licensing of electronic information.

2. " Expanding Access to Consumer Health Information: A Multi-Institutional Collaboration" Presented by: Peter Sullivan, Library Director, Statesboro Regional Library System; W. Bede Mitchell, Dean of the Library and University Librarian, Georgia Southern University; Mary Kate Pung, Center Director, Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center; and Lisa Smith, Library Services, Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center.

Presenters shared the details of an interesting and innovative collaboration among a public library system, an academic library, and an area health education center.

3. Academic Library Division Luncheon. William Gordon, ALA Executive Director, served as the luncheon speaker. He also spoke at the GLA awards banquet and took part in other events throughout the conference.

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:

Laura Greene Smith, 'Reaching and Teaching Nontraditional Students: Considerations for Reference Librarians"
Tammy Sugarman & Anne Page Mosby, " Making a Weak Link Stronger: Incorporating Information Literacy into a Semester Long Freshman Seminar."

4. " Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century," Michael Gorman, Dean of Library Services, California State University-Fresno. A veteran of four decades of library service and one of today's leading library thinkers engaged attendees in a discussion of the values that should define the library profession in the 21st century.

5. "SACS and Libraries: The New Principles of Accreditation," Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University The new Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges accreditation standards were presented along with their implications for academic library practices and appropriate compliance strategies.

6. Research Forum, Session I. Tom Cetwinski (chair of the selection committee), Moderator. Presenters: Laura Greene Smith, Armstrong Atlantic State University, " Reaching and Teaching Nontraditional Students: Considerations for Reference Librarians" Sherrida J. Crawford, Valdosta State University, " Universal Borrowing: A Library Model of Bricks 'n Clicks." Joan Conger & Patrick Reidenbaugh, University of Georgia, " The Galileo Comparison of EBSCOhost and Proquest Product Suites."

7. Research Forum, Session II. Tom Cetwinski (chair of the selection committee), Moderator. Presenters: Tammy Sugarman & Anne Page Mosby, Georgia State University, " Making a Weak Link Stronger: Incorporating Information Literacy into a Semester?Long Freshman Seminar." Michael H. Aldrich, State University of West Georgia, " Becoming Post-Modern Organizations: What Can Academic Libraries Do?" Diane Black & Fay Verburg, Augusta State University, " GHRAB A Grant: It's Not As Hard As You Think."

GA ACRL Chapter/GLA Academic Division members took part in the annual Georgia Library Association Leadership Conference in Atlanta on January 11, 2002. This conference provided an overview of GLA plans for the year, and was an excellent opportunity for Chapter planning for the coming year.

Bill Nelson,
Georgia Chapter Representative
Augusta State University

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The Indiana Academic Library Association, a division of the Indiana Library Federation, held its annual conference April 29-May 1 in Indianapolis. Kicking off the session was a well-attended preconference on the Psychology of Learning, which explored learning theories and theories behind the practice of teaching. Participants explored their own learning styles using the Kolb Learning Styles Inventory and through small group work.

Other programs included: Medline: Portal for Consumer Health Information; SPARC-Taking Back the Scholarship; Better Research Faster; Being Virtual: Providing Instant Reference Service; SFX It!: Linking Electronic Resources; Linking Electronic Resources Across Platforms.

ALA President and Indiana native John Berry was the keynote speaker at the annual business luncheon, which garnered a record attendance of 191! Mr Berry's talk focused on the digital divide.

Ellen Bosman
Indiana University Northwest Library

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The ILA/ACRL Chapter continues to use its website and its email discussion list as major vehicles of communication to the membership. Our newsletter is only published electronically on the website and through email. We maintain a directory of academic and research libraries across the state which is published online as well as in print.

During the past year ILA/ACRL has hosted two conferences and sponsored sessions at the Iowa Library Association (ILA) Annual Meeting.

On May 18, 2001 St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA hosted the annual meeting with Richard Varn, Chief Information Officer for the State of Iowa, as keynote speaker. His multimedia presentation titled “The Monolith Returns ­ Serving Learners and Scholars in the 21st Century” on the future of information technology in Iowa and the role of libraries in that future was fun, challenging and encouraging.

Robin Martin, Library Director at Central College, Pella, IA, and 2001 President of the Iowa Library Association, gave an address on “The Impact of the Library Services Task Force Report on the Iowa Academic Library Community." While effecting public libraries more directly, the changes in state legislation concerning libraries has repercussions for academic libraries. The State Library of Iowa works closely with all library types. There were also a number of paper presentations by members about projects at their libraries.

At the ILA Annual Meeting in Davenport, IA, October 10-12, ILA/ACRL sponsored a preconference for the first time. Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University, and Bob Fernekes, Information Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University, presented a 6-hour session on "Do We Measure Up? Practical Application of the New ACRL Standards for College Libraries.” The workshop was well attended and reports of satisfaction high.

Former ACRL president Maureen Sullivan was an ILA keynote speaker. She also led an ILA sponsored preconference workshop titled "21st Century Leadership Challenges: Preparing for New Roles." We also cosponsored a session on information literacy where Carla List, Librarian from Plattsburg State University of New York, discussed faculty and librarian cooperation in advancing information literacy. This was followed by panel discussion session on the same topic with ILA/ACRL members, Jean Donham (Cornell College), Marsha Forys (University of Iowa), and Kyle Winward (Southeastern Community College) on the panel.

The Spring 2002 meeting was held at DMACC-Newton Conference Center on April 19. Robert Rose, former ILA/ACRL member, and now Library Director, William D. McIntyre Library - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, gave the keynote speech titled "Blurring the Lines: Partnering Across Organizational Boundaries to Achieve Results." The theme of the meeting was "United We Succeed: Partnering with Purpose” with a number of presentations on various collaborative activities in member libraries.

The ad hoc Database Committee completed a survey of all academic libraries in Iowa (private, Regent’s institutions and community colleges) to determine which electronic databases each had and prepared spreadsheets which will be useful in consortial purchasing arrangements. This information is also being used by the State Library of Iowa in planning for future purchases and service to all libraries in the state.

The ad hoc Information Literacy Committee is collecting activities and practices used by member librarians in teaching and guiding students. These are linked to a page on the ILA/ACRL website. It is hoped that this will develop into a resource for all members.

Linda Scarth
Chapters Council Representative
Mount Mercy College

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The Kentucky Library Association, Academic Library Section/ACRL Kentucky Chapter, the Kentucky Library Association, Special Libraries Section, and the Special Library Association - Kentucky Chapter held a very successful joint spring conference on April 10-12, 2002 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown, KY.

The theme of the conference was Building the Future: a Spectrum of Opportunities, and the First General Session featured Roberta I. Shaffer, Principal and Founder of The Knowledge Group speaking on "Building the Future for Information Professionals: Collaborations among Library Educators, Practitioners, and Professional Associations." The conference also featured ten practical mini-session presentations by members, time for business meetings and roundtable gatherings, as well as plenty of time for informal networking.

The conference closed with a Second General Session presented by Dr. Karen Schmidt, Associate University Librarian for Collections, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on "Library Gadgets and Paraphernalia - Celebrating our Material Culture."This entertaining and informative presentation showed library tools, furniture and perspectives from the past, and ended the conference on a high note.

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acrl louisiana workshop photo The ACRL-Louisiana Chapter sponsored a workshop on January 18, 2002 before the ALA Midwinter meeting in New Orleans. Entitled: " Creating a Continuous Assessment Environment in Academic Libraries - Practical Applications of the Standards for College Libraries, 2000 Edition." It was facilitated by Bill Nelson and Bob Fernekes of the CLS Standards Committee.

Over 60 people attended the half-day workshop on the campus of Tulane University, raising $1,156 for programs after expenses and possible due to the generous donation of services by the presenters. These funds will assist with future Chapter programming for some type of statewide information literacy training. Co-chairing the workshop committee were Ed Rock of Tulane and J.B. Hill of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Karen Leeseberg
Nunez Community College Chalmette, LA

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The annual conference is being held May 8-10, 2002 at Ocean City, Maryland. The theme of this year's conference is " From the mountains to the sea… Libraries connect", reflecting Maryland's diverse geography, as well as the diversity in its libraries and their patrons.

The Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD) is sponsoring 4 programs at the conference:

"Our Digital Future" featuring William Crossman, Founder/Director CompSpeak 2050 Institute for the Study of Talking Computers and Oral Cultures; and Sayeed Choudhury, Hodson Director, Digital Knowledge Center, Johns Hopkins University. The speakers explored questions such as, "Will computers eventually mean the end of written culture? Will robotic technology become so integrated into our lives that the very concept of "human" will become problematic? Can searching become a visual experience? Can digital texts be infinitely manipulated until there is no such thing as "original"? Our two visionary speakers explored what's on the horizon, and beyond, for information - its retrieval, its creation, and its workers(us).

"Breaking Down Barriers: Cooperation between Academic, Public and Special Libraries": Alan Bogage, Library Director, Carroll Community College; Dave Neikirk, Director, Hoover Library of Western Maryland College; Cynthia Jones, Materials Management Coordinator, Howard County Library; Scott Reinhart, Assistant Director, Carroll County Public Library. There's not much question that different types of libraries are set up to serve specific categories of clientele. In many ways though, we're not that different. All types of libraries strive to provide our target audiences with the information and materials they need. Most libraries are also looking to deliver both in the most economical way possible. Representatives from college, public, & special libraries talked about joint ventures that allowed them to work smarter, not harder, and how they overcame obstacles that stood in the way of making these collaborations a success.

"All Students Are Distance Students": Dr. Gloria Holland, Executive Director/Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Instructional Advancement & Technology, Towson University; Dr. Colleen Ebacher, Associate Professor in Spanish, Dept. of Modern Languages, Towson University; Mary Volland, Head, Reference Services, Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University. The student population has changed. Even the traditional on-campus student is not using the library, but accessing resources and information from outside the library walls. And the population of true distance learners is ballooning. Our panel discussed issues such as how different are today's students from those in the past, and what teaching strategies we can use to reach them.

" Cuban Images: Streets, libraries, and human expression": Patricia Wand, University Librarian, American University.
As part of an ALA delegation in May 2001, Patricia spent 6 days in Cuba. Here slide show and presentation explained what she learned about libraries, people, education, cultural development, freedom of expression, and life in Cuba today.

In addition to the programs at the annual conference, ARLD has held 4 very successful discussion forums during the 2001-2002 academic year. Two of this year's programs were reprises of a highly successful program last year on digital reference. We took the program to areas of the state that did not have the opportunity to participate last year - the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland. This reflects a new initiative in ARLD as well as in the Maryland Library Association as a whole - to reach the far corners of our state.

"Making Web Pages Great" which focused on incorporating usability testing into a web site, and a demonstration of how to use graphics and page layout to improve the presentation of online information.

" Reference 24/7: Getting Closer" an expansion of the March 2001 program, " All the Time, Anytime: Reference 'Round the Clock?" Participants heard from an array of professionals who are working closely with online reference technologies.

"Planning Online Real-time Reference @ Your Library" a virtual tour of existing real-time online reference services across the country that was followed by a discussion and planning session for implementing this service at your library.

" Keeping a Lid on Plagiarism: Whose Responsibility": Plagiarism is rising to the top of the "hot issues" list for faculty across the country. A morning panel discussion, led by faculty & librarians, which identified the issues that surround plagiarism. Followed by an afternoon session, where groups created action plans on topics such as "Designing Assignments that Teach about Plagiarism" and "Creating a Faculty Plagiarism Workshop for Your Campus."

Sue Waterman
The Johns Hopkins University

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The College & University Spring Meeting will be held at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska on May 31, 2002. This year's theme is "Transitions: Making the Leap" and the keynote address will be given by Rita Bartlett. Registration forms can be found at

Plans are underway for the Fall Conference and the C&U section will be sponsoring 3 programs. The Conference will be held October 23 - 25, 2002, in Lincoln, Nebraska. More details will be available soon at

The Nominating Committee is actively seeking candidates to run for Vice/Chair, Chair Elect and Treasurer. Candidates will appear in the Summer 2002 issue of the NLA Quarterly due out in June

More information regarding the C&U Section of the Nebraska Library Association can be located at

Robin Bernstein
Library Director
Bellevue University

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New England

After a number of successful spring events, we look forward eagerly to summer programs and welcome our new board members.

One exciting development was the effect of our June 2001 revision to our bylaws which allows us to vote on Bylaws changes electronically. Following the success of that measure, in January 2002 we voted to change the bylaws again - and for the first time balloting was done via the Web. The membership voted overwhelmingly to allow the election of officers electronically.

In March, our new slate of officers was posted on the Web with an e-mail ballot. The announcement of the election (with the information on candidates) was e-mailed to the entire membership. The message directed members to the ballot on the web (which also had the candidates' information). Members voted by clicking a radio button for each office, entering their name and e-mail address, and clicking to submit the ballot. It was sent as e-mail to the chair of the Nominating Committee who was in charge of the election. She verified the name entered on the ballot form against the membership list and recorded the votes. Members who prefer to use US Mail were able to print out the Web ballot and send it on paper. The few members who do not have e-mail or web access received their ballots in the mail as usual. This new voting process was a great success --easy for members and the nominating committee as well!

Elected this year were Vice President/President-Elect Linda E. Collins, Secretary Florence Kell Doksansky, and Member-at-Large: Mary C. MacDonald.

The Annual Business Meeting of ACRL/NEC was held on Friday, April 19, 2002, at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick, RI. The morning business meeting included annual reports from the Board of Directors, standing committees and special interest groups.

The afternoon session featured special guest speaker, Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the ALA Washington Office. The topic of her presentation was " Library Post 9/11." She briefed the audience on current activities on Capitol Hill, and explained the affect of the USA Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Office on libraries. Sheketoff asked members of the library community to approach legislators and speak up on behalf of the profession to fight the assault on First Amendment rights.

Our special interest groups continue to be active and stimulating. On Friday March 22 the Information Technology Interest Group had a meeting on PDAs in Libraries. Speaking at the meeting were: Bill Anger from Providence College, Katie Bauer from Yale University, and Barbara Herzog from Innovative.

M anaging Statistics for Electronic Resources, is scheduled for May 17, at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Presentations include The University of Pennsylvania's Data Farm by Joe Zucca, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania; The ARL eMetrics Project by Brinley Franklin, Director of University Libraries University of Connecticut; and Usage Statistics for Yale's Digital Collections by Jennifer Weintraub, Digital Collections Specialist, Yale University.

The Collection Development Interest Group held its first meeting of the year on December 13, 2001. Will Wakeling, Collection Development Officer at Northeastern University, spoke on " Building a New Jigsaw: Restructuring Collection Development with Changing Components." He addressed the flux of new aspects to collection development: shifts in the models of publication and scholarly communication; a new and expensive array of digital resources; the move into content, as opposed to collection, management; and the increasing premium placed on agility and flexibility in collections-related decision-making. Discussion embraced shared experiences in collection development organization and restructuring, new forms of CD procedure- and policy-making, and ways of handling the continuing squeeze on collections budgets, all largely brought about by the revolution in digital resources. Wakeling also joined the CDIG co-chair team in the fall of 2001; there are currently three co-chairs for the group.

On 17 May, the Access Services Interest Group holds a workshop on Copyright Law with Arlene Bielefield, MLS, JD at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA Bielefield will speak on both traditional print and electronic copyright issues. This is the second program for our one year old interest group!

The Women¹s Studies Interest Group returns to the Maine Women Writer's Collection at the University of New England in Portland, ME on 20 May. Cally Gurley, Archivist of the Maine Women Writers Collection, will give an overview of the collection and a tour of the recently renovated facility. Professor Jennifer Tuttle, the Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature and Health at the University of New England will also speak.

The Business Libraries Interest Group held a program on Industry Research 10 May at Boston College. Speakers were James Marquant, President/CEO of the trade association Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA) and Maria Sanella, professor of marketing at Boston College.

Sanella addressed how an industry and an industry sector is defined, why professors ask students to research industries-what do they expect them to learn, and what is the most "important" industry information in terms of student research. Marquant discussed how and what kind of information the MJSA gathers.

A guide to "the best" sources for industry information has been created distributed & an audience poll illuminates favorite sites.

Sarah G. Wenzel

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New Jersey

The New Jersey Chapter sponsored four programs and two workshops on Thursday, April 11 of the New Jersey Library Association Spring 2002 Conference. The Research Committee sponsored "Tales from the 'Script: What Editors Really Want" in which Grace Agnew, Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems, Rutgers University, presented an editor's perspective on how and why manuscripts are reviewed and selected for publications.

The committee also sponsored its annual research forum of selected submitted research projects. The Research Committee sponsored two workshops: " Those Dark Hiding Places: The Invisible Web Revealed," presented by Robert Lackie, Rider University and "Interactive Learning:Using Tutorials in Library Instruction," presented by Susan Bissett, Union County College and Deborah Sheesley, College of New Jersey.

The Technology Committee sponsored " Adaptive Technologies for Libraries," presented by Dr. Amy Dell, College of New Jersey. The chapter luncheon program speaker was Dr. James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, who gave a thought-provoking, visionary presentation on " The Future Academic Library: A Mandate for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action."

Three awards were presented at the luncheon. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Richard Sweeney, University Librarian, New Jersey Institute of Technolgy, for his extensive service in professional associations on local, state and national levels; innovation in library service management, contributions to the literature of librarianship, and his consistent dedication to the needs of New Jersey academic libraries and the librarians who serve them.

The first Technology Innovative Award was presented to Xue-ming Bao, Beth Bloom, Marta Deyrup, and Sr.Anita Talar from Seton Hall University for their " Information Literacy in a Wired World Project".

The Research Award was presented to Sulekha Kalyhan, Xue-Ming Bao, and Marta Deyrup from Seton Hall University for their " Academic Libraries' Emergency Plans for Inclement Weather" research.

On May 2, the chapter sponsored a symposium at Brookdale Community College: " Who's in the Driver's Seat--You or Technology? A Symposium on Technology and Academic Libraries in the Twenty-first Century." The keynote speaker was Ron Jantz, Data Librarian, Scholarly Communication Center, Rutgers University Libraries.

Jeris Cassel,
Chapter President (2001-2002)
Rutgers University

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Eastern New York

It was a great privilege and pleasure to host the ENY/ACRL spring conference at Cornell University on May 5-6, 2002. Kristin Strohmeyer (Hamilton College) was program chair and Martha Walker was local arrangements chair.

The program titled, " MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES: CURRENT ISSUES IN INFORMATION ACCESS," began with a preconference dinner and speaker, Mary Redmond. Ms. Redmond, Interim Director of the New York State Library's Research Library, kicked off the conference with a talk on " Information Access Issues in Times of Crisis: Before and After September 11."

We devoted the morning of May 6th to keynote speaker Tracy Mitrano, followed by a robust question and answer period. Dr. Mitrano, Policy Advisor for the Office of Information Technologies and the Co-Director of the Computer Policy and Law Program at Cornell University, addressed "The U.S. PATRIOT Act: Its Implications for Higher Education. Dr. Mitrano holds a doctorate in American History and a law degree, and brought a unique perspective on this important issue for librarians.

The afternoon session offered a panel discussion on " Library Security: Issues Affecting our Collections, Patrons and Privacy." Richard Strassberg, Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation, Cornell University, addressed " Collection Security in College and University Libraries and Special Collections"; Michael Matis, Reference/Information Technology Librarian, University at Albany, spoke about "The Code of Librarianship: Ethics and Information Architecture"; and Cynthia Cost, Director of Administrative Services, Syracuse University Library, concluded with a discussion of " Keeping Our Patrons Safe: the Need to Create a Culture of Security in Our Libraries."

Following the program, conference attendees were given the opportunity to tour one or more of the following libraries, from Cornell's total of eighteen: John M. Olin & Uris Libraries; the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections; Albert R. Mann Library (Agriculture & Life Sciences); Johnson Graduate School of Management Library; and Martin P. Catherwood Library (Industrial and Labor Relations). The tours highlighted new facilities (a new building for Mann), renovations (a cafe in Olin, state of the art electronic business information in the Johnson School), and the old and original (President Andrew Dickson White's "library" in Uris, a peak at some rare materials including a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's hand).

Announcement of the newly elected and reelected officers & Board members were made at the business meeting. Michael McLane (Central NY Library Resources Council) is President-elect, Kate Moss (College of St. Rose) is Membership Chair, Sheldon Wein (Sage Colleges) is Treasurer, Deb Schmidle (University of Albany) is Government Relations Chair; Sharon Britton (Hamilton College) and Steve Black (College of St. Rose) will continue as Secretary and Communications Chair, respectively. The Librarian of the Year Award was presented to Barbara Via (University of Albany).

Thanks to our revised by-laws, we had three representatives at the ACRL Chapters Council meeting at ALA Mid-Winter in New Orleans, with Barbara Norelli, Kristin Strohmeyer, and myself all present.

Suzy Szasz Palmer
Cornell University

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Western New York / Ontario

Several new ideas and changes were introduced during the course of the past few months.

The establishment of the membership listserv has allows for easier communication of events, election of board positions, cross-institutional surveys, etc.

Our spring conference was held on May 3, 2002 at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada. We explored the realms of researching, publishing and mentoring. We examined how to pursue scholarly activities and how to foster potentials in the academic environment. At the spring conference, for the first time, we introduced poster sessions. This enabled us to share additional ideas and to showcase the special projects that were accomplished by our colleagues.

This year our board has approved the amendment of our by-laws to modify two board positions: Membership Chair and Webmaster. In view of the changing nature of responsibilities and the shift to electronic publishing and communication, our Membership Chair will now concentrate on public relations and communication with the membership. Our current Webmaster, Michael Morin, will complete his term and the position will turn into an appointed position. The decision was made to ensure the appointment of a qualified candidate and the future success and stability of the Chapter's web site at

Carol Wu
Brock University

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The Oklahoma Chapter of ACRL held its annual Fall Conference on October 22 in Oklahoma City. The topic of the conference was " Embracing Assessment: New Measures for Academic Libraries," and our keynote speaker was Peter Hernon of Simmons College, Boston. He spoke on "Assessment of Library Services: An Examination of Service
Quality AND Outcomes Assessment." In addition to Professor Hernon, we also heard from Dr. Annmarie Shirazi, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Oklahoma City Community College and Sheila Grant Johnson, Assistant Dean for Public Services and Collections at Oklahoma State University.

On March 30, 2001, OK/ACRL held a spring workshop titled " Research on the Web: Not Necessarily an Oxymoron." The presenters were Linda West (Northeastern State University), Audrey DeFrank (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), and keynote speaker Abbey Warner (University of Central Oklahoma).

For the past several years, OK/ACRL has held a Brown Bag luncheon in conjunction with the Oklahoma Library Association conference, presenting our joint membership an opportunity to meet with the OK/ACRL Executive Board. Many good organizational and conference ideas have come out of these Brown Bags, and this year was no exception. Fifteen people joined the Board at this year's Brown Bag, which took place on April 19, 2002 in Tulsa.

Beth Reiten
Oklahoma State University

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The Academic Division of the Oregon Library Association (OLA), the local ACRL Chapter, sponsored five programs at the joint OLA/Washington Library Association conference in April 2002. Programs included "New Breed Librarian: Creating & Sustaining Your Own E-zine"; "Saving the Forest:Northwest Documents in Danger of Extinction"; "Bibliotherapy: A Collaborative Project for Training Counseling Students to Evaluate Literature"; "4year/2year Institutions Working Together"; "Into the Crystal Ball: Library Directors Give Their Visions of the Future".

The chapter also sponsored a reception to facilitate networking and conversation with colleagues and to introduce colleagues to the work and interests of the Academic Division.

Planning is under way for the 2002 fall conference for academic librarians in both Oregon and Washington. This conference at the end of October will focus on the library as place and how the place of the library has changed and continues to change.

We are also holding our first electronic election this year. The official ballot for vice-president/president-elect and two member-at-large positions was sent via email to members of the Academic Division, who will cast their vote by email.

Sara Brownmiller
University of Oregon Libraries

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The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) has offered a very busy spring for its members. Four Interest Groups have scheduled or held Spring Workshops.

"Getting Current with Serials and Video Cataloging," the Technical Services Interest Group's workshop, was a rousing success with 44 participants. It was held at OCLC on April 8. The morning session was a presentation on the new AACR2 Chapter 12 while the afternoon session was a videorecordings cataloging workshop.

The Curriculum Materials Centers Interest Group sponsored " Information Mining; Golden Opportunities to Expand CMC Services" on May 10. A university/PreK-12 panel discussed the potential impact of collaboration on collection development and circulation. A working session involved participants in helping to develop the CMCIG's Praxis II Webliography that patrons may use to prepare for the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) section of the Praxis II. "Ohio's Entry Year Program for Educators" was presented by a representative from the Ohio Department of Education. The agenda was complete with an update on ALA's CMC guidelines.

On May 14 the Instruction Interest Group held its spring workshop, " Tending the Toolbox: Teaching Tactics and Tips," at Ohio Wesleyan University. Facilitators offered sessions on teaching techniques, active learning, faculty development, and assessment.

The Collection Management Interest Group held its workshop, " The Cult of Collection Development" at the Westerville Public Library, in Westerville, Ohio, on May 30. Collection assessment, storage depositories, and collaborative collection development were among the topics to be presented and discussed.

The Leadership Retreat will be held in Dublin, Ohio, on June 3 and 4. At this two-day event, the officers of the organization begin to plan the coming year's events and discuss goals and objectives.

Plans are also underway for the ALAO annual conference. This year's theme is " Face to Face or Cyberspace," with keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Janes, founding director of the Internet Public Library and Assistant Professor at the Information School at the University of Washington. The conference will be held at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University on November 1, 2002. A preconference, sponsored by our Diversity Committee will be October 31 at the Fawcett Center.

Marcia Suter
University of Toledo

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The Texas Chapter of ACRL, which is also the College and University Libraries Division of the Texas Library Association, sponsored several programs of interest to academic librarians at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference April 23 - 26.

Bill Nelson of Augusta State University and Bob Fernekes of Georgia Southern University conducted a preconference workshop on " Continuous Assessment with ACRL Standards." The Community/Junior College Discussion Group had a panel discussion on implementation of Southern Association standards.

Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information spoke on " The Library in the Digital World," University of Oklahoma library school directory Danny Wallace gave a program on "T raining Librarians to Go the Distance," while Austin Community College Dean of Library Services Julie Todaro presented " Marketing New Initiatives for Higher Education." In an effort to recruit new academic librarians for the state, the chapter is planning to begin awarding one or more scholarships.

Martha Tarlton
Chair, Texas Chapter of ACRL

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Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia

It has been a very busy spring for the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the ACRL. We now have nearly eighty members. Committees have been set up to focus on Communications, Membership, Nominations and Elections, and Programs. We also have a Board of Directors comprised of the President, Vice President/President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Members at Large. Elections for the 2002-2003 year are taking place in early May.

Over the past 18 months the WPWVC/ACRL has offered five different programs. This spring, we offered a program on the Fundamentals of Academic Librarianship and had a General Membership meeting. We have another program on copyright scheduled for mid-May.

On March 22nd, " The Fundamentals of Academic Librarianship" was presented in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Library and Information Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, and Clarion University Department of Library Science. The all day program consisted of five panel discussions covering opportunities in academic organizations, interviewing tips, promotion, tenure, and publishing. The keynote speaker, Mr. Jack Sulzer, Associate Dean for Commonwealth College Libraries, Penn State University, and Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Library Association, addressed " The Changing Role of Academic Librarianship." Over eighty students and professionals attended the program. After the program was over, many of the committees had meetings.

The "General Membership Meeting" started with announcements about ALA Legislative Day and the program on copyright. This was followed by reports from the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs. It was very exciting to hear how quickly the group has grown. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Rush Miller, University Librarian and Director, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Miller spoke about the University of Pittsburgh libraries' initiatives in China and East Asia.

On May 22nd, we are offering a program called " Copyright Rights and Wrongs" in conjunction with West Virginia University Libraries and Shepherd College Scarborough Library. The topics will include a copyright overview, a panel discussion of e-courses, and exploring the feasibility of seeking copyright permissions.

To learn more about the chapter and its activities, see the chapter web site at

Michael Bolam
Communications Committee
University of Pittsburgh

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Last Updated May 20, 2002