Send submissions to: email@example.com
©American Library Association
Chapters Council Chair
Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Past Chapters Council Chair
Mary Ellen Davis
ACRL Executive Director
Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL Associate Director
Chapter Topics Editor
December 1, 2003
ACRL Chapters Council
CHAPTERS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
8:30 am to 11:00 am
Fairmont Royal York, Library
Welcome and Introduction of Chapters Council Officers - Sherri Edwards, Chapters Council Chair
Approval of January 2003 Minutes
2003 Chapters Council Election of Officers -Locke Morrisey, Chapters Council Vice Chair
Updates from ACRL Officers and Staff - Francis Malone, Tyrone Cannon, Helen Spaulding, Mary Ellen Davis, Mary Jane Petroski
Legislative discussion and update - Lynne Bradley, Director of ALA's Office of Governement Relations
Chapters Council Newsletter and web site
Discussion of "Focus on the Future" Report - What role can Chapters play?
Chapters Council Dine-Arounds at Annual Conference
Those who have indicated an interest in participating will be sent more detailed information about the dine-arounds during the week of June 9, 2003.
CHAPTERS COUNCIL CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
VICE CHAIR/CHAIR ELECT
Paul Robeson Library
Rutgers University, Camden NJ
No opposing candidate
BA - Education, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA
MLS - Drexel University, Philadelphia
MA Candidate, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Vibiana is the bibliographer for Art, Education, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers, Camden Campus, as well as the library's Web Administrator. Her areas of published research include Bibliographic Instruction, Library Community Outreach Programs, Web Accessibility, and Educational Web Design. She has authored chapters in two books: Creating Web Accessible Databases and Government Online. Vibiana is active on the Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association and is the President of the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section/ACRL-New Jersey Chapter.
CHAPTERS COUNCIL CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Brigham Young University
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
In 2003 she was elected the Chair of the ACRL Roundtable for the Utah Library Association who also serves as the President of the Utah Chapter of ACRL. She actively sponsored ACRL programs at the ULA Fall Workshops and the ULA Annual Conference for the past two years. She has applied for appointment to the Communication Committee of the Distance Learning Section.
Attendance at the last two ACRL national conferences has contributed significantly to my professional development. As a member of ACRL and a nominee for Chapters Council Secretary, I desire to reciprocate by serving the organization to actively promote and advance the goals of
Wendy served as Director of Public Services at the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1991, and Head of Reference at the same institution from 1985 through 1990.
She has also served as a reference librarian and head of periodicals for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District from 1981-1985. Prior positions included experience as a law librarian, special librarian and reference librarian and department head at a small New Hampshire college library.
Her professional organizational affiliations include current service as the ACRL Chapter representative for the Nevada Library Association and past service in several capacities including Association President; ALA Division membership of ACRL, LAMA and RUSA. She served as Steering Committee member and Chair of the ACRL/Heads of Public and Reader Services Discussion Group.
Her publications and presentations have been in the fields of service assessment and organizational planning relating to a new building project. Professional Development/Continuing Education activities have included the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Program, 2000; ARL Service Quality Lyceum and various ALA and ARL institutes.
The spring conference of the College and University Division of the Arkansas Library Association was held on Friday, March 21 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The title of the conference was "Controlling Access: Proxy, Printing, and Patrons." Ken Wester, Assistant Director of Computing Services at ATU, discussed the implementation and successful usage of the Pharos Uniprint system at Arkansas Tech University. Lynnette Jack, Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, gave a presentation on various types of proxy servers and their uses.
The workshop was attended by over thirty people and was well received. One of the packet handouts was a list of Arkansas institutions that reported proxy servers in use, printing systems, and the contact person for each library.
Meetings sponsored by CUD are in the planning stages for annual Arkansas Library Association conference to be held in late September.
Chair, College and University Division
The first CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship recipient is Elizabeth Uyeki, UCLA. Ms. Uyeki has an undergraduate degree from Earlham College in Women's Studies with a focus in Anthropology and Sociology. At UCLA, she is interested in exploring the intersection of empowerment, information literacy, and issues of diversity and multiculturalism, as seen through the lens of critical race theories. Ms. Uyeki attended the ACRL conference in Charlotte.
The CARL 2004 Conference took place in Pasadena, California, April 22-24. The conference's theme, "Mission Architecture: Philosophical Foundations of Academic and Research Libraries" courts a notion that all academic libraries, differences notwithstanding, foster intellectual infrastructure as a point of commonality. Thus, the term "architecture" in the conference title refers both to the mission architecture of historic Pasadena, and to the intellectual architecture of libraries.
Several of CARL's interest groups co-sponsored a workshop on April 25, entitled "Integrating Information Literacy Into the Disciplines: Is Science Different"
University of Southern California
The Colorado Academic Library Association (CoALA) held its spring workshop jointly with the Technical Services and Automation Division of CAL (Colorado Association of Libraries) on May 30th at the Auraria campus in Denver.
The theme was "Managing Change", and featured Kim Dority, former Executive Vice President of Content Development and Operations at Jones University, and the driving force behind the development of Jones e-global library, as keynote speaker. The topic of change is a timely one, since publicly funded Colorado libraries and systems face drastic budgetary cuts this year. Responding to Ms Dority's keynote address was Catherine Murray-Rust, incoming Dean of libraries at Colorado State University, and Lynn Taylor, Director of Access Services for Denver Public Library.
Afternoon sessions included:
Developments in Education for Technical Services Librarians, by Janet Swan Hill, Assoc. Dir. for Tech. Services, Univ. of Colorado Libraries
Electronic Serials Management with Gold Rush: The Alliance Solution for Aggregated E-Journal Content, by Betty Meagher, Original Cataloging, and Chris Brown, Government Documents Librarian at the University of Denver.
Design by Committee: the Evolution/Extinction of the Regis University Libraries' Website, by Martin Garnar, Ref. Librarian at Regis University.
A poster session on the topic of Assessment finished out the day.
Tom Riedel, Regis University
The Delaware Valley Chapter has been busy hosting a candidates' forum, mentoring library school students, providing monetary awards, and developing interesting programs.
The Chapter served as the host for the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum on January 26, 2003, at the ALA's Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. The ACRL Chapter Council worked with the current and past chapter chairs (Charles Myers, Arcadia University, 2002 - 2003 Chair; John Stachacz, Dickinson College, 2001 - 2002 Chair; and Debbie Malone, DeSales University, 2000 - 2001 Chair) in planning this event. The two candidates, Paul Dumont of the Dallas County Community College and Frances Maloy of Emory University, took questions and gave statements on the challenges and opportunities facing the organization. The forum provided the audience with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the candidates and their views.
The chapter's mentoring program completed its second year. Through this program, library school students contact the chapter and receive a referral to a librarian who has experience that matches their interests. Six students were added to the program this year. The students represent three library schools - Drexel University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Rutgers University. Their interests ranged from the arts to the sciences, from technical services to online instruction. To date, 20 library school students have participated in the program. They report that the mentoring program has been very beneficial.
We awarded a $250.00 grant to Chantana Charoenpanitkul of Shippensburg University to offset her expenses attending the National Library Legislative Day 2003, May 12 and 13, in Washington DC. She joined other chapter members on May 12 for ALA Washington Office training in effective communication on current legislative issues facing the profession. Then, on May 13, she had the opportunity to discuss these issues with her legislators.
The Chapter announced the winners of two $1,500 stipends at its program on May 30, 2003. The stipends are given to library school students who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program, live or work in the Chapter's service area, and demonstrate an interest in academic libraries. This year the board increased the number of stipends and the amount. Nineteen students from four library schools applied, making it a difficult choice.
The Spring program was held May 30, 2003, at the University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE. The program, "Land, Libraries, & GIS," featured the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, Thomas Hylton. Mr. Hylton co-authored with Blair Seitz, Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns: A Plan for Pennsylvania. This book was a winner of the 1997 National Trust for Historic Preservation award. In addition to Mr. Hylton, the program featured Shelley McCoy, the GIS and Digital Mapping Specialist at the University of Delaware, who discussed the importance of GIS for academic libraries. Election ballots for the Chapter's Vice President / President Elect, Secretary, and Director-At-Large have been mailed to its members.
Penn State University, Hazelton
The Indiana Academic Library Association (IALA) met April 14-16 in Indianapolis. The conference theme was " Building Library Partnerships."
IALA sponsored seven additional programs. " Teach Smart: Digital Resources for K-12 and Beyond" featured the Smart Desktop Initiative, which seeks to create full service education web portals allowing students, teachers, and parents to access education information and work collaboratively to improve teaching and learning.
A program on government documents was presented by a member of Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations (INDIGO http://www.lib.purdue.edu/govdocs/indigo.html). INDIGO is creating a stable and consistent web site containing the best in electronic government information.
Public Relations was the topic of a standing room only session co-sponsored by IALA and the Marketing Section. Think PR is just an administrator's job? Think again. Public and academic librarians teamed up to share ideas about the meaning of public relations and ways to think like a PR expert.
Cultural relations for library fund raising featured the Library Community Foundation (LCF http://www.librarycommunityfoundation.org/), which "builds philanthropic capital with library partners by supporting, mentoring and convening a community of library fundraisers." LCF's John Cotton Dana award-winning Literacy Circles was highlighted.
A panel of presenters focused on the virtual reference system Question Point http://www.questionpoint.org/index.html). QP is a collaborative reference venture launched by the Library of Congress and OCLC. Two academic librarians and one public librarian talked about the QP experiences. (Pictured from left to right are Carolyn Strickland, Ruth Connell, and Judy Tribble)
The academic library assessment session discussed the benefits, challenges, and pitfalls of conducting assessment locally versus using a standardized tool such as LIBQUAL+ ( http://www.libqual.org/).
In keeping with the conference theme of building partnerships, three academic librarians discussed ideas for librarian-faculty partnerships. Pictured here are the presenters fielding questions- from left to right: Michelle Russo, Nancy Wooten, and Lissa Krull)
Submitted by Ellen Bosman
The ILA-ACRL held its Spring 2003 Meeting at the University of Dubuque on Friday May 2, 2003. The planning and local arrangements committees led by Jane Campagne of Scott Community College and Mary Anne Knefel of University of Dubuque, respectively, did a splendid job. The meeting was well attended even though it was on Iowa's 'eastern shore' (Dubuque, IA is on the Mississippi River) with librarians coming from all over the state including those at institutions on the the 'western shore' (the Missouri River). The conference theme was "Know Your Rights: The First Amendment and Academic Libraries". The keynote speech was given by Ralph Gregory Elliot, a partner in the law firm of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn which is based in Hartford, CT. Ralph Elliot, a graduate of Yale Law School and Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is a speaker for the Center for First Amendment Rights and has taught, written, and lectured extensively on First Amendment issues. Mr. Elliot's speech included a discussion of the societal importance of an "unfettered mind, free to roam where it may" and a practical presentation of problems and potential solutions for librarians to consider when this value is threatened. It was followed by a lively question and answer session.
The afternoon sessions of ILA-ACRL member presented papers were on topics from instruction techniques through marketing, on to cataloging, plagiarism issues, and privacy.
The ILA-ACRL website is http://www.iren.net/acrl/ and the latest newsletter with details of our current activities is at http://www.iren.net/acrl/newsletter/0303.html#spring.
One of the projects noted there is the Information Literacy Online Forum webpage where members may share tips and projects underway at their institutions. This page is found at http://www.iren.net/acrl/il/forum.html.
At the Iowa Library Association Annual Meeting in October 2002, the ILA-ACRL sponsored session was titled: "Where's the Evidence? Discovering the Measures That Make Up a Library's Contribution to Student Learning Outcomes." The room was filled to capacity and the presenter Julia Blixrud, ACRL's Director of Information Services, was well received. The hard work of the fall and spring planning committees is well appreciated by the membership.
The fall 2003 Iowa Library Association meeting will work with the theme " Planting the Seeds, Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow".
Linda L. Scarth
On March 3rd, the Michigan Library Association presented a day-long workshop entitled "Michigan Libraries and the USA Patriot Act". The Academic Division participated in the planning for this successful effort by inviting the Special Agent in Charge, FBI-Detroit Region, to cover the law enforcement aspects. 300 participants, both live at Central Michigan University and 5 remote web-cast sites, enjoyed the day's proceedings. In addition to the speakers pictured below, Mary Minow, leading attorney-librarian, and Noel Saleh, from Michigan's ACLU chapter, joined the program.
Pictured to the right are Paul Groll (Michigan State Government), Emily Sheketoff (ALA-Washington Office), Phyllis Jose (Michigan Library Association President) and Willie T. Hulon (FBI).
May 19th is the annual Academic Librarians' Day which will be held at Wayne State University (Detroit). Joe Zucca, University of Pennsylvania, will be thefeatured speaker. He will discuss the Penn Library Data Farm. Breakout sessions will include vendor representatives from ProQuest, Gale, JStor, OCLC and HW Wilson who will cover using statistics from their online databases.
The Minnesota Chapter held its spring ARLD Day conference titled "Academic Libraries: Visions and Nightmares," on April 25th at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The day kicked off with a keynote presentation by Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, speaking on the topic of "Wither Libraries, Whither Libraries."
Participants had an opportunity to view eight excellent poster sessions on a wide variety of topics - including, marketing the library, training staff for a new ILS, an overview of VARK (learning styles), library public relations, an adopt a librarian program, learning Japanese online, ebooks, and service to undergraduates.
The four afternoon sessions provided the nearly 100 attendees from private and public, 2 and 4-year institutions from around the state an opportunity to focus on an area of interest. Chris Pegg (Augsburg College), Joan Roca (Minnesota State University, Mankato) and Kristi Tornquist (St. Cloud State University) presented "Clash or Collaborate? The Two Cultures of Libraries & Computing Services". This session provided an overview of the challenges and rewards gained when academic libraries join forces with campus computing centers. Perspectives from a variety of library and information technology departments were shared.
Jim Laumeyer from the Minnesota Department of Transportation presented "Understanding and Welcoming Generations X & Y Into Our Work Teams." Mr. Laumeyer shared how younger workers are very different from "seasoned" staff, and how they must be welcomed and retained in our workplaces. A panel of responders, including Priscilla Angenor (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), Karen Fischer (Carleton College) and Dan Gjelten, University of St. Thomas), shared thoughts and personal reflections on generational differences in a library setting.
"In the Games Academics Play: Librarian/ Teaching Faculty Relationships" session, Lars Christiansen, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Augsburg College, presented his research on faculty/librarian relationships and shared candid observations about fostering mutual communication and understanding with librarians in the academic environment. A lively discussion ensued.
Christine Clements (Winona State University) and Terri Fishel (Macalester College) presented "Going from "Good to Great" in Turbulent Times: Changing Library Organizational Structures". This session stimulated thinking about strategies that can be used to enhance organizational effectiveness and shared ideas on how to position libraries to be even greater in the future.
Karen Docherty, MINITEX Library Information Network
The Fall Meeting was held during Nebraska Library Association Annual Conference on October 25th, 2002. Highlights included the three sessions that our section contributed to the conference. Mary Nash, Head of Reference, Creighton University moderated a two part session called "A Tag Team Approach to Information Literacy;" Alice Smith, Instructional Designer at Creighton University, held a session " Incorporating Learning Styles in Web Design;" Finally, Roger Newman, Lecturer/Author, NYU Law School, spoke on "Internet Censorship in an Age of Terrorism." All sessions were attended nearly to capacity. Additionally, Dave Tyler presented the ACRL Report and new section officers were inducted. Bob Nash is the new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, and Dee Yost is the new Treasurer.
Our Spring Meeting, was held on May 23rd at Creighton University in Omaha. Our keynote speakers were Pat Wagner of Pattern Research, and Craig Dallon of the Creighton University School of Law. Our theme this year was "Managing to Manage,"encompassing resources, co-workers, employees, technology, and projects. Conference program and registration information can be found at http://reinert.creighton.edu/cu/conf.htm.
The C&U Section is accepting applications for the Distinguished Service Award. More information can be found at http://reinert.creighton.edu/cu/dsaward.htm.
New officer candidates have been nominated, and voting will take place before the Fall Meeting. Our candidates for Vice Chair/Chair Elect are Sara Martin (College of Saint Mary) and Siobhan Blackwell (Creighton University). The candidates for Secretary are Christa Burns (Nebraska Library Commission) and Jeffrey Tangeman (Bellevue University).
The NLA/NEMA Conference will be held October 29-31, 2003 in Omaha. The C&U Section will again be sponsoring three sessions. Conference information and programs will be available on our website soon.
If you would like more information regarding the College and University Section of the Nebraska Library Association, please check out our website at http://reinert.creighton.edu/cu/
Barbara Cornelius, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Spring has been & gone, and we've had a variety of events to attend. More information about the chapter and events we sponsor is on our website, http://www.acrlnec.org.
Pictured from left to right The ACRL/NEC elected board: Linda Collins, Vice Chair Elect, Helena Rodrigues, President and Dawn Thistle, Past President.
We congratulate and welcome our newly-elected (and re-elected) board members: Vice-President/President-Elect Colleen Anderson, Bryant College; Treasurer Marilyn Steinberg, Mass. College of Pharmacy; and Member-at-Large Martha Rice Sanders, Providence College
Demographic trends indicate there are major changes ahead for libraries and librarians. The ACRL/NEC Spring Conference, Libraries & Librarians:
Positioning for the Future, held on 24 March 2003 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, looked at the demographic and leadership challenges facing our profession, asking: Where are the new leaders coming from? Following welcomes by Lynda Leahy, Associate Librarian of Harvard College and Helena Rodrigues, President, ACRL/NEC, Malcolm Hamilton of the Andover-Harvard Divinity School Library addressed the changing demographics in the profession.
Malcolm Hamilton has worked at Harvard University since 1967 serving in a number of different capacities including the role of University Personnel Librarian. He shared some extremely interesting statistics about Harvard Librarians, numbers that mirror the demographics of librarians nationwide. Of the four hundred librarians currently employed at the university, one hundred and eight will reach retirement age in the next ten years. Adding the normal turnover rate of about seven percent each year, results in seventy-eight percent of the current professional staff changing over the next ten years. Hamilton warned that as the baby boomers reach retirement age across the profession, libraries will need to find creative solutions for recruitment and retention of professional staff. Suggestions included flexible schedules to encourage productive retirees to stay on, mentoring existing staff, training for leadership and management positions, hiring from outside the profession, creating internships and apprenticeships, focusing on the support staff, and revisiting diversity through creative recruitment strategies.
James Honan addressed "How Do We Become Tomorrow's Leaders? - Librarians Positioning for the Future." With a growing number of librarians approaching retirement, new leaders will be needed in the profession. Honan challenged us to think like leaders. He began by addressing the issue he calls "question zero" which is "who are you as an organization and what are you trying to do?" He stressed the importance in trying to balance mission and market by understanding what your market wants and finding ways to answer those needs while staying true to your mission.He cautioned us to be aware of "cherished theories" that are myths of how an institution works that cannot be validated with data. In light of the current economic climate, he discussed coping with constrained financial resources. He reviewed tactical versus strategic responses to increase revenue and decrease expenses. Honan concluded the presentation with the following suggestions: 1) Don't presume your value is self-evident; 2) Know your financial data cold; 3) Articulate your mission; 4) Take a step back (macro view); 5) "Think like a trustee" and 6) Seek out partners and allies within your institution. Good sage advice for all.
Eileen McGowan, an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education spoke on "Mentoring as a Tool for Career and Personal Development". Her background is in mentoring in the business setting but she has also worked with the Urban Superintendents Program and with New Leaders for New Schools. She is currently involved in a program at a large, urban university where senior faculty mentors work with the junior faculty to see them through to tenure. McGowan pointed out that in light of the current demographics in our profession, there will be many opportunities to mentor new upcoming librarians. She described mentoring relationships that can include leaders in the field, faculty, professionals, peer mentors, librarians in other systems, colleagues at all levels, members of professional associations, or those at a higher level of administration. We learned that good mentors need not be from the profession, but could be friends or relatives, and that we may have a whole "constellation of mentors." Exercises helped us construct an experiential notion of mentorship and enhanced our self-awareness of our own personal support systems. McGowan noted that good mentoring relations are often spontaneous and bring new knowledge; they inspire empowered action and increased self-esteem, and create a desire for more connection. She described a certain zest or energy in the relationship. We were advised not to hesitate to talk to "big name" people-they might not be too busy!
To answer the question, " Where are the new leaders coming from?," we invited a panel of students from the area library programs. Jayme Viveiros from Simmons is a more traditional student who came directly from her undergraduate work to Simmons where she is pursuing her first career choice as a librarian. Mona Scully-Smith has an MBA and worked in the real estate industry prior to pursing a library degree at Southern Connecticut State University. Steve McDonald, a student at Simmons, has a background in astrophysics. Paul Engelberg, also a student at Simmons, was a programmer/data admininstrator. Previously he worked as an educator and is coming to libraries as a way to get back to the "human services". Judy Dowling worked as a software engineer for 12 years and is currently a student at the University of Rhode Island. Meg Borden is a branch manager in the Falmouth Public Library system and is getting her MLS through the program at Southern Connecticut State University. The students were enthusiastic about the library programs. They convinced us that there are good new leaders coming up through the ranks and that we will be leaving the libraries in capable, well-educated hands.
Susan Martin, President of ACRL in 1995, explored opportunities for librarians considering retirement. Her examples illustrated a variety of approaches, ranging from early to late retirement and from full retirement to retirement employment. She discussed the factors influencing individual retirement decisions. Martin emphasized the necessity of adequate planning to achieve retirement goals, particularly in the current economic environment. She supplied the audience with ideas for retirement employment, such as consulting, teaching, and special projects both inside and outside the profession. Martin shared insights gained during her own retirement transition from her post as the University Librarian at Georgetown University to her retirement job as a consultant specializing in library management, development, and technologies. She encouraged her peers to enjoy the lifestyle changes that accompany retirement. Martin inspired her audience to consider their timeline, options, and opportunities when planning for retirement.
The Career Services Booth was a new idea for the spring conference. Thirteen separate institutions advertised twenty-five positions. Several institutions sent representatives to the conference.
Thanks to our host, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, conference participants enjoyed Open House Tours of Special Collections and the newly renovated Learning Technology Center of the Gutman Library. We also thank our corporate friends, Acme Book Binding and EBSCO Information Services, for their continued support of our organization.
We're looking forward to the New England Library Instruction Group's annual program on " Teaching Tactics: From the Library to the E-Classroom and Back," to be held at Keene State College, Keene, NH on Friday June 6th, 2003.
June 10th, the Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) will hold a program on "XML Databases (Is MARC Dead?)" at Bryant College, RI.
The Access Services Interest Group held "Crossing to Safety: Coping with the Currents of Change in Access Services" 29 May 2003 at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The program addressed how to cope with the changing environment in Access Services, with an emphasis on the increasing role of technology. The program looked at how technology is affecting everything we do; what skills and attitudes are needed to be effective in this changing environment; and how to work with staff and library users to move from old to new procedures. Speakers included David Ives (Chief Information Officer, Nelinet, who discussed where technology has been and where it is going; how to communicate better with IT staff; and what core technical skills are needed to be successful today. Tracey Leger-Hornby (Associate CIO, Brandeis University) addressed the library context of new technology; how to address cultural issues; and coping with the different skills and needs of both library staff and library users. Rockie Blunt (President, Blunt Consulting Group) spoke on a range of issues dealing with change including adapting to change; bringing staff up to speed and the manager's role; the creative opportunities of change; and how can people skills enhance the technology.
On Friday, February 21, 2003, Women's Studies Interest Group members visited the new Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. The Library, which opened to the public in September of 2002, houses Mary Baker Eddy's published and previously unpublished writings, including thousands of pages of manuscripts and correspondence, her personal library, photographs, and artifacts. This is one of the largest library collections by and about an American woman. Mrs Eddy lived from 1821 until 1910, founded a metaphysical college and a church, founded the Christian Science Monitor at the age of 87, and authored a book that has been a bestseller for more than 100 years.
The Reference Room is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays. It is built to house 17,000 volumes, and currently holds over 10,000books and many periodical subscriptions. Eventually, it will also include multimedia materials. The Library's collections are organized by themes, including: the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, women in leadership, the quest for spirituality, spirituality and health, the power of ideas, and the publishing world.There are books on 19th century history, religion, and women's studies. Titles in the stacks include forgiveness, healing, U.S. history, and American literature. There is a growing young adult section as well. Back issues of the Christian Science Monitor, an exhibit of books from the library of Mary Baker Eddy, and some 300 editions of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, are also located here. The library's collections are non-circulating.
The library's computers provide access to the Internet, a concordance to Science and Health, the online catalog, and a search of digital images of original material in the Mary Baker Eddy Collections, as well as transcriptions of some 25,000 Mary Baker Eddy documents. There are no printers. The Reference Room also houses interactive kiosks with the My Quest program.
The Reference Room has plugs for laptops (but no Internet connections), a conference room, which may be rented out, a lounge currently housing a collection of James Gilman paintings, and a community bulletin board. The Reference Room employs a senior librarian, a librarian, 2 assistant librarians, 2 library assistants and an administrative assistant.
The 4th floor houses the Research Room. This area is also free to the public but access to the elevator and Research Room requires use of a badge. Mike Davis and staff in the Research Room demonstrated PC-Docs, the computer program that accesses some 30,000 Mary Baker Eddy documents, 9,000 photographs, and 9.000 images of artifacts. Searchable fields include accession number, recipient, author/creator (mostly Mary Baker Eddy), creation date, collection, item description (for artifact, photograph), and full text search (for manuscripts). Digital images of correspondence, as well as transcriptions of these documents, can be viewed. There is also a period reference collection.
The temperature- and humiditycontrolled stacks house books, artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts. There are hundreds of editions of Science and Health, books annotated by Mrs. Eddy, subject files (e.g., nurses, publishing society, the Mother Church), historical files arranged by topic (e.g., early history of the Church), reminiscence files (from some 800 people who knew Mrs. Eddy), incoming correspondence to Mrs. Eddy, and church organization records. Additional church records and vital records are stored in a warehouse in Newton. The fourth floor also houses a conservation lab.
In addition to the library tour, we also went on the general tour, seeing the Hall of Ideas, the Mapparium, the Quest Gallery and [Christian Science] Monitor Gallery. The building also house a café and gift shop. The Mary Baker Eddy Library offers a book club, a Friends of the Library program, and a variety of special activities and events. The Library's web site is: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org
The Business Librarian's Interest Group held an exciting program, November 12, on "Researching Private Companies". The group of attendees was composed of the broad spectrum of public, academic, corporate and law librarians. As private companies are not required to disclose much information to the Securities and Exchange Commission traditional business tools cannot ferret out much data.
The speaker Anne Henrich of Washington Researchers spoke on " Advanced Hidden Company Research: Digging up Dirt on Divisions, Subsidiaries and Private Companies." Anne is Senior Vice-President of Washington Researchers, a Competitive Intelligence Consulting Group, where she leads market and competitor analysis for clients in financial services and information technology. She also trains clients and seminar groups on telephone data collection, research strategy and competitive analysis.
At the meeting, Henrich explained why private company research is so difficult. Information about private companies is often not recorded, sometimes because it is not considered newsworthy enough. Even with incredibly powerful tools, such as Lexis and Factiva, not much information can be unearthed. But with analysis, which she called the hidden part of company research, she said that researchers can learn something about a private company - although maybe not everything they want. Her main suggestion is to investigate by proxy. If information is not available, she suggests going to sources that point to that information. The best company information can be found in governmental resources at the state and local level. One first contact should be the Economic Development Officer of the state in which the private company is incorporated to request information about required filings, many of which are available to the public. The Corporations Division of a Secretary of State's Office can often supply a private company's articles of incorporations, notices of consolidation, merger information and, in some states, corporate annual reports. A summary of these governmental proxy sources are listed in this website located off of her company's page: "Sources of Public Information on Privately Held Companies" http://www.washingtonresearchers.com/public/publications/premium-private.html
Sarah G. Wenzel, MIT
This academic year NJ ACRL forged new partnerships in the state of New Jersey.
- We have formed a working relationship with the Black Librarians Network of New Jersey (President, Pam Theus, William Patterson College.) The two groups are planning to co-sponsor workshops and programming for Fall 2003. Both groups are especially interested in promoting librarianship as a profession and the process of mentoring the next generation of library leaders.
- The Rutgers University Library system has graciously extended the use of its videoconferencing equipment and library meeting rooms to our chapter. Through the use of this equipment, librarians from all over the state can attend chapter meetings from one of three Rutgers Campuses in the state. This allows for minimal disruption of work schedules and greater convenience for our members. This proved especially useful this past winter which was one of the harshest in recent New Jersey history.
NJ ACRL is also the College and University Section of the New Jersey Library Association. We held our annual lunch and awards ceremony at the NJLA Spring Conference at the East Brunswick Hilton on April 1, 2003. Our luncheon speaker was Laura Cohen of the University of Albany. The Distinguished Librarian Award went to Joan Getaz, Director of the Camden County College libraries. Ed Corrado of Rider University was awarded the Technology Awards and Joanne Zagara of the College of New Jersey was awarded the Research Award.
Pictured to the left: Vibiana Bowman (President NJ ACRL), Laura Cohen (Featured Speaker), and Julie Still (Vice President NJ ACRL.)
Eastern New York
This has been a season of transitions for the Eastern New York chapter. Our Past President, Suzy Szacz Palmer, moved to Kentucky, and our Government Relations Committee Chair, Deb Schmidle, started a new position with NYLINK. We are very fortunate to have Michael Matis, from the University at Albany, join us in the Government Relations position.
Our elections were held in April, and I am pleased to announce that Inga Barnello, from LeMoyne College, is our new Vice President/Program Planning Chair/President Elect. Martha Walker, from Cornell University, is our new Secretary, and Steve Black will be continuing as our Communications Committee Chair. I would also like to extend a warm thank you to Sharon Britton, from Hamilton College, for her many years of service to the board as Secretary.
Due to scheduling difficulties, our Spring conference has been postponed until this Fall. "2003: A (Library) Space Odyssey" will be held at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica.
Greater Metropolitan New York
ACRL/NY chapter is still recovering from the devastating loss of this years co-president Francie Davis. Francie passed away in a fatal plane crash on March 14, 2003. She and her husband Jim were escorting her daughter Amanda on her book tour, when their small plane went down in North Carolina. At this years opening ceremonies at ACRL National Conference Francie was recognized for her contributions to ACRL. It was a beautiful tribute to her memory. Francie will be sorely missed and next year's symposium will be dedicated to her.
Gloria Meisel, our symposium chair, and the committee are diligently planning next years event, "Operation Intellectual Freedom: Librarians on the Front Line". The day long workshop will cover the Patriot Act, and other issues concerning intellectual freedom that affect libraries, librarians and patrons in a practical stimulating forum. The symposium date is November 21, 2003 and I am sure it will be an exciting, timely event.
On another note our executive board with the hard work of Laurie Lopatin and Harriet Hagenbruch have been hard at work revising and updating our Chapters Mission Statement and by-laws.
Our Manhattan section held a successful event at the New York Metropolitan Museum recently that was well attended. The Westchester Section sponsored a tour of the Westchester County Historical Society Library and Research Center on May 22, 2003.
Eloise Bellard, President ACRL/NY
The Diversity Committee was the recent recipient of a $1,000 LAMA Diversity Grant and used the funds to host a Diversity Conference on April 4 at University of Toledo..Featured speakers included Dr. Blake Michael, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH) and Mr. Nur Hussen, the Social Program Developer-Cultural Competency Coordinator for Franklin County, Ohio. The workshop drew over 30 attendees.
Pictured to the left: Dr. Blake Michael, a featured speaker at the ALAO Diversity Conference
Pictured below: Dr. Marcia Krautter Suter and Dr. Rajinder Garcha (both University of Toledo), co-writers of the recent LAMA Diversity Grant.
Spring Continuing Education Grants were recently awarded to Kathryn Venditti and Judith Perella (Ashland University) to attend the ACRL pre-conference Best Practices in Information Literacy: Assessing Your Program; Joyce Laurence (Ohio Wesleyan University) to support pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Services at Belmont Technical College; and to Xudong Jin (Ohio Wesleyan University) to support participation in PromptCat User's Group meeting at ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.
Kristina Martinez-Murphy is the 2003 recipient of the ALAO/OLF (Ohio Library Foundation) Minority Student Scholarship. Kristina attends the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and is also pursuing a second Master's degree in History.
Gail Marredeth (Cleveland State University) and Cindy Kristof (Kent State University) were awarded ALAO Legislative Travel Awards for ALA's National Library Legislative Day for 2003. They will travel with the ALAO Government Relations Team members Susan Scott (Denison University) and Ann Watson (Denison University) to Washington, D.C. May 12-13, 2003.
The ALAO Support Staff Interest Group (SSIG) was invited to send a representative to participate in the 3rd Congress on Professional Education: Focus on Library Support Staff, May 16-17, 2003 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The delegate selected to attend is Douglas Morrison, from The Ohio State University-Agricultural Technical Institute.
The Oklahoma ACRL Chapter held its fifth annual fall conference on October 25, 2002 at the Oklahoma City Community College campus. "Creating Information Literacy Programs" featured two speakers, Elaine Jayne of Western Michigan University and Craig Gibson of George Mason University and the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy. Attendees of the day-long conference, co-sponsored by the Council for Oklahoma Information Literacy (COIL), were treated first to Jayne's experiences with "Transforming TILT: Adapting an Information Literacy Tutorial." For the remainder of the day, attendees were able to participate in a mini-workshop ( "Information Literacy as Educational Transformation") focused on the topic of shifting from traditional bibliographic instruction within a library setting to information literacy that connects all the players on campus in a learning culture.
For the full conference report, please see our web site at http://okacrl.okstate.edu/conf02rep.htm
OK-ACRL newsletters, including the current issue may be found at http://okacrl.okstate.edu/newsletter.html
Oklahoma State University
The Washington State Chapter recently held its annual joint conference with the Oregon Chapter. This was an even year, so Oregon hosted the conference at the Menucha Conference Center perched on a bluff over the Columbia Gorge in Corbett, Oregon with the theme "The Post Modern Library: Whose Place is it?" Thursday evening entertainment included Irish ceili dancing with the Portland-based band Cul an Ti (Gaelic for "the back of the house"). Next year it will again be Washington's turn to host, and we will return to Pack Forest on October 23rd and 24th 2003.
In an effort to expand programming and activities, our chapter recently created three new committees: Organization, Programming, and Collaboration. Committee members are busy brainstorming. The Chapter has a web site at http://www.lib.washington.edu/acrl-wa/ and continues to publish its newsletter online at http://www.lib.washington.edu/acrl-wa/newsletter.htm
Green River Community College
The annual Wisconsin academic librarians conference, " Connect in the City: Librarians, Students, and Faculty", was held on April 2nd through 4th in Milwaukee. In spite of budget cuts, the conference drew over 200 participants.
WAAL (Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians) continued its successful program of granting five full scholarships for attendance at the conference. There were 2 paraprofessional and 3 graduate school students from around the state who attended with a mentor.
Thanks to ACRL funding support, the opening keynote speech " Partnerships and Connections: The Learning Community as Knowledge Builders" was given by Tyrone Cannon, ACRL Vice-President/President-elect . He talked about the academic library is a place of opportunity, interaction, serendipity, and strong collections and central to the knowledge building process. Tyrone stressed that academic librarians play a key role in developing, defining and enhancing learning communities and must explore ways to build partnerships and connections with faculty, researchers, students, information technology professionals, administrators and staff.
Pictured: Patricia Herrling, WAAL Chair, Tyrone Cannon, speaker; Peter Watson-Boone, Director of UWM Libraries, and Maureen Powless, Conference co-chair at the WAAL Annual Conference
The plenary session on "The Shock of the New: The Future of Libraries and Library and Information Workers" was given by John W. Berry, ALA Past President and Executive Director of NILRC: A Consortium of Community Colleges, Colleges and Universities based in Chicago.
Topics covered at the conference included something of interest for everybody. For example, presentations were given on: Supporting Distance Education Students in the Library; Collaboratively Creating a WebCT Web Evaluation Course; Building and Managing Digital Collections; Assess Student Learning Programmatically; Creating Web Literacy Tutorials; A Model of Undergraduates' Academic Library Use and Information Seeking Behavior and The Assessment Imperative.
WAAL's Information Literacy Committee is soliciting "Best Practices" from librarians around the state and is developing an Information Literacy Award with the recipient presenting their best practices at a future state conference. Other activities of note: The Wisconsin Library Association sponsored Library Legislative Day. 161 library staff turned out to talk to their local representatives about funding concerns.A professional development workshop
will be held this summer with the theme of library advocacy. This follows WLA's Strategic Planning and Revitalization Conference for library leaders which focused on the theme of library advocacy by telling stories.
For more information on Wisconsin activities and conference information, please check our website: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/waal/
Pictured: WAAL Executive Board members.