Chapter Topics

Volume 21, Issue 3
Winter 2000

Message from the Chair

Midwinter Agenda

Presidential Forum

ACRL at ALA Legislative Day

Chapters Council Election

Chapter Reports


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

Evelyn Minick· 
Chapters Council Chair
Betsy Wilson· 
ACRL President 
Althea H. Jenkins · 
ACRL Executive Director 
Melissa Cast ·
ACRL Director of Membership Services 
Heather Ward ·
Chapter Topics Editor

Next CT Deadline:
April 21, 2001


Dear Colleagues,

It's hard to believe we are gearing up for the Midwinter conference, but that's exactly where we are.  Please make sure you have that Sunday morning and Sunday lunch marked on your calendar for Chapter Council activities. On Sunday morning, January 14th, we will hold our traditional Chapters Council meeting from 8:30 to 11:00 AM.  Immediately following that session, Chapters Council will again host the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum from noon to 2:00 PM.  As you make your conference plans with your local chapter members, be sure to encourage your officers and future officers to attend Chapters Council meetings as well.  It's a great introduction to the ACRL universe.

This year we will take advantage of our location and have a conversation with the ALA Washington staff.  Legislative advocacy continues to be an important goal of Chapters Council.  Under the leadership of Pat Walker from Wright State University, ACRL Chapters Council operates a very effective legislative network.  With representation from 44 areas throughout the US, we provide a natural system to disseminate information and take the pulse of academic librarians.  Our meeting should be a valuable opportunity for the Washington staff to update the membership and to follow the status of state legislative battles.

Keep your fingers crossed that our new ACRL Chapters Council brochure will be printed and ready for distribution at the conference.  Many thanks to Vice Chair, Chair-Elect Linda Kopecky for her stewardship and persistence to finally create a basic descriptive piece for Chapters Council.  We will also maintain this information on the Web site to insure currency, but sometimes you just need to hold something in your hand!

So, make sure your chapter is represented in Washington at Chapters Council.  I look forward to seeing you at our meetings in January.

Evelyn C. Minick
Chapters Council Chair
St. Joseph's University

Return to top


ACRL Chapters Council Meeting
Sunday, January 14, 2001 (8:30-11:00)
Location: Convention Center Room 31

Business Meeting (8:30 – 9:45)

1.) Welcome and Introduction of Chapters Council Officers
        Evelyn Minick, Chapters Council Chair

2.) 2001 Chapters Council Election Information & new Chapters Council Brochure
        Linda Kopecky, Chapters Council Vice Chair

3.)  Approval of  June 2000 Minutes
        Sherri Edwards, Chapters Council Secretary

4.)  Updates from ACRL Officers and Staff

5.) Chapters Council Newsletter and Web site
        Heather Ward, Chapter Topics Editor

6.)  Incorporation Update

7.) Other New Business

Program Segment (9:45 – 11:00)

8.) Legislative Discussion and Update
        Pat Walker, ACRL Legislative Coordinator
        ALA Washington Office Staff

9.)  Review of ACRL Chapter Web sites
        Merrill Stein and Susan Ottignon, Villanova University Library

ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum and Luncheon (Noon – 2:00)

Return to top


Sunday, January 14, 2001 (Noon - 2:00)
Location: Renaissance Washington Grand Ballroom South

Come meet the candidates!

ACRL's Presidential Candidates Forum is your chance to hear how this year's nominees feel about academic library issues and learn about their vision for ACRL. The forum, which includes a light lunch, is scheduled from Noon to 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 14, immediately following the Chapters Council meeting. The program will give the candidates an opportunity to respond to prepared questions and answer questions from the audience. We are pleased that EBSCO Subscription Services has once again offered to sponsor the luncheon.

The 2001 candidates for ACRL President are:

Elaine K. Didier
Dean, University Library
Oakland University

Helen H. Spalding
Associate Director of Libraries
University of Missouri-Kansas City

If you have any questions you would like the candidates to address, please forward them to: Diana Vogelsong, ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum Committee Chair,

Return to top


ACRL would like to invite you to the annual Academic Librarian Luncheon at the ALA Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2001.  ACRL will provide a lunch and an informative interactive panel discussion about the legislative and public policy issues that affect you and your library.  Please mark your calendar and plan on attending this important event.  For more information and to make your reservation, please contact Shannon Cary by email at or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2510.

Return to top


Are you looking for a way to be more involved in ACRL?  Then consider running for one of the ACRL Chapters Council officer positions!  Linda Kopecky is currently seeking nominations for candidates to stand for election to the positions of secretary and vice-chair/chair-elect for 2001-2002.  Self-nominations are welcomed.  Candidates will be announced in the spring issue of Chapters Topics, with elections to take place during the Chapters Council business meeting in San Francisco.  Contact Linda Kopecky at or (414) 229-3925.

Return to top



On October 23, 2000 Alabama Chapter President Tim Dodge filed State of Alabama Domestic Non-Profit Corporation Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Alabama and the Lee County Judge of Probate's Office. The State of Alabama requires a registered agent and physical office for a corporation (including non-profits).  Because the Alabama Chapter does not have a physical office and the composition of the Executive Board changes every year, Tim Dodge is the registered agent and his small house in rural Waverly, Alabama is the office of AACRL for the present.

Tim Dodge
Auburn University

Return to top

   Delaware Valley

On October 26, 2000 we held another program in our Academic Librarianship Lecture Series, which is sponsored by Docutek Information Systems this year.  "Grappling with Copyright" was our title and the lecture was held in the late afternoon at Drexel University, with the intent of including graduate students as well as practicing librarians.  Carrie Russell, Copyright Specialist of the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy, was our featured speaker.  She discussed current issues in the area of copyright law and proposed changes to copyright law that are likely to have a significant impact on academic librarianship.

Our fall program "Do we measure up? Practical application of the new ACRL Standards for College Libraries 2000" was held on November 10, 2000 and our speakers included Bill Nelson, Augusta State University, and Bob Fernekes, Georgia Southern University.  In a continuing effort to promote membership in ACRL national, we provided copies of the ACRL membership application at the registration table.  We are also planning to send a flyer about ACRL membership and an application to all our chapter members who are not currently ACRL national members.

Our spring annual meeting and program is scheduled for June 1, 2001 at the University of Delaware.  Our topic, technology in the library, is an outgrowth of a program we organized last spring on collaboration between librarians and instructional technologists. Evaluations of that session revealed that participants were interested in more information about web design, graphics and animation for tutorials and other technologies that could enhance both instruction programs and ease of access to resources.

Debbie Malone
DeSales University

Return to top


The Florida Chapter of ACRL held its Annual Fall Workshop October 27 in Cocoa Beach.  The workshop, "Hot Topics in Academic Libraries", focused on a variety of current challenges facing Florida librarians.  Chapter President Kathleen Cohen selected an interesting and eclectic group of presenters. Topics included: Outsourcing in Libraries, by Thom Saudargas, Florida College Center for Library Automation; E-books in Libraries, Beth Watson, Assistant Director, Tampa Bay Library Consortium; Cataloging e-journals, Jim Michael, Electronic Resources Cataloger, University of South Florida Libraries.

Also discussed:  Reciprocal Borrowing in Academic Libraries, Dr. Rudy Widman, Assistant Dean of Learning Resources, Indian River Community College; Noise and Food in the Library, Cherry Alexander, Director of Library Services, Tallahassee Community College; Current Issues in ILL/Document Delivery, Geraldine Collins, Head Circulation Services/ILL/Distance Learning Library Services Coordinator, University of North Florida Library; and Wireless Technology Use in the Library, Selma Jaskowski, Head, Systems & Technology, University of Central Florida Library.

The Chapter is planning a program for the Academic Section of the Florida Library Association Conference in Orlando, April 11-13.

Barbara Tuck
University of North Florida

Return to top


The Indiana Academic Library Association (IALA) mourns the loss of David C. Dickey, Director of Zondervan Library at Taylor University (Upland, IN), and longtime member of the IALA.  David was not only an employee of Taylor University, but a colleague and friend to the IALA and an active member of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI).  A 1965 graduate of Taylor, David was employed at the University since 1972.  He was also a MSLS graduate of Western Michigan University.

In David's memory the IALA has established its first ever scholarship.  The David Dickey Memorial Scholarship will be offered to library and information science students to attend the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference.

Donations may be sent to:

ILF/IALA/David Dickey Memorial Scholarship
c/o Indiana Library Federation
6408 Carrollton Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Ellen Bosman
Indiana University Northwest

Return to top


The Kentucky Chapter participated in the Kentucky Library Association annual fall conference in Louisville on October 18-20. The Chapter was well represented on the program with several members presenting sessions and the Chapter sponsoring two sessions.  Sandee McAninch was given the Academic Librarian of the Year Award at the all-conference awards luncheon.  New officers were elected at the business meeting. Kathleen Bryson (Transylvania University) is chair-elect.  Tyler Goldberg (University of Louisville) is the new secretary and Ruth Kinnersley (Western Kentucky University) continues as treasurer.  The new chair is Carol Nutter (Morehead State University).

Committee appointments for 2000-2001 are in the process of being made, and plans are underway for the spring meeting which will be held at General Butler State Park, April 4-6, 2001.

Carol A. Nutter
Morehead State University

Return to top


ACRL-LA held its annual meeting at Nunez Community College, Chalmette, on October 12th in conjunction with the LOUIS (statewide consortium) Users Conference (LUC). Over 100 people attended from all areas of the state and all types of academic libraries.

The conference theme was, "Charting the Rough Seas: Joys and Sorrows of Consortial Living." The main speaker was Tom Sanville, executive director of OhioLINK, who spoke on "Out of the Madness: Providing adequately for information needs through a consortium." A panel of Louisiana librarians responded to his talk, leading to a lively question and answer session. Mr. Sanville's presence was underwritten by a grant from NASIG, North American Serials Interest Group.

Break out sessions focusing on teaching databases and generations X and Y provided "non-technical" alternatives to encourage continued attendance at the LUC portion of the conference.

Karen Leeseberg
Nunez Community College

Return to top


This year's MACRL programs were held in conjunction with the MLA Annual Conference,  October 4-6, 2000 at Elms Resort Hotel, Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  The theme of the conference was "A Century of Service: Celebrating 100 Years of the Missouri Library Association." The MACRL programs were excellent and very well attended.  They included:

The MACRL Community College Special Interest Group program on developments with the new Missouri statewide database (MOBIUS), "Community College and MOBIUS: Service for the New Century" was presented by Fran Stumpf, St. Charles Community College; Bonnie Sanguinet, St. Louis Community College; Corky McCormack, Ozarks Technical Community College; and Susan Morgan, Jefferson College.

The MACRL Division program, "Distance Learning: Access Services, Reference Services, Copyright, Licensing, and Electronic Reserves," was presented by Judy S. Maseles, June DeWeese, and Anne Barker from University of Missouri-Columbia and covered issues of interest to all academic libraries faced with developing effective ways to serve distance learning initiatives.

June DeWeese, ALA Councilor, conducted an open forum with Bill Gordon, Executive Director of ALA, in which Mr. Gordon discussed recent ALA history and current and future concerns and initiatives for the organization.

Dea Borneman and Karen Letarte, Southwest Missouri State University, led a Table Talk discussion of MOBIUS progress in Missouri academic libraries.

At the MACRL Division meeting Charlotte Dugan reported on the ALA Pre-Conference Programs and ACRL Chapter's Council meetings.  Helen Spalding, Associate Director of Libraries, UMKC and ACRL Council Representative, reported on ACRL concerns and opportunities for MACRL involvement in ACRL.  New MACRL officers for 2001 are Susan Morgan, Public Services Librarian at Jefferson College, Chair; Gail Keutzer, Reference Librarian at Maryville University, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect; and Anne Barker, Humanities Librarian University of Missouri-Columbia, Recorder.

Charlotte Dugan
Southwest State University

Return to top

   New England

With winter approaching, we look back on a busy fall & prepare for spring.  Nearly 200 people attended our fall conference, held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.  "Opening the Gates: Developing our Information Communities" addressed a number of questions relating to community and technology.  We explored how we build our own information communities and blend technology and human connection to achieve our goals.  Speakers included John Lubans, David Hummon and Charlotte Keys, as well as representatives from on-line communities: Abuzz, MyLibrary and Mascotnet.

The last meeting of the New England Bibliographic Instruction Committee was held August 18, 2000 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA; it featured a presentation on the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth's information literacy program.  Beth Lindsay's presentation can be viewed at  Videos of the spring meeting program, "Information Literacy into the Curriculum" held June 9 at Simmons College, are available and can be borrowed through ILL from the Sheppard Library at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The NEBIC website's new URL is

Seventy people attended the program "Crossing the Line: Technical Services and Public Services Collaborate to Manage Electronic Journals" that was jointly sponsored by ACRL/New England Chapter and the Academic Librarians Section of the New England Library Association at NELA's 2000 Annual Conference in Worcester, MA from October 1-3, 2000. Steven E. Thompson and Anne Cerstvik Nolan of Brown University presented a comprehensive discussion about their effective collaborative approach to the complex situation of electronic journal management. Positive feedback from attendees indicates a continued interest in this relevant and evolving topic.

Sarah G. Wenzel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Return to top

Eastern New York

Planning is in full swing for the spring 2001 ENY/ACRL conference to be held at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY on May 21st.  The theme of the conference is "Librarianship" with Althea Jenkins, ACRL Executive Director, as keynote speaker, presenting "What Profession Is This:  And Why Are We Here Anyway?"  The ACRL Officer's Speakers Bureau is underwriting Dr. Jenkins participation in our conference. For more conference information please check the ENY/ACRL web site after January 2001.

Barbara Norelli
Skidmore College

Return to top


On October 19, CULS held its Fall Conference on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro.  The theme of the conference was The Human Dimension in Academic Libraries: Building A Cohesive

A packed house heard the following presentations:

  • "Effectiveness in the 21st Century" Althea Jenkins, ACRL Executive Director.
     Dr. Jenkins' appearance was funded by a grant provided to CULS from ACRL.
  • "The Role of the Library School in Fostering A Diverse Workforce"
    Elizabeth Aversa, Director, School of Information Sciences, UT, Knoxville
  • "Career Employee Program: Developing and Rewarding Career Staff"
    Jill Keally, Head of Library Support Services and Acting Head of Technical Services; Nancy Bright, Senior Administrative Services Assistant, Technical Services; Chris Durman, Library Departmental Supervisor, Music Library, UT, Knoxville
  • "Developing and Maintaining A Service Attitude"
    Betsy Park, Head of Reference, University of Memphis
  • "MTSU Real Teams: What Makes Them Work"
    David Foote, Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing
  • "Cooperative Team Building"
    Doug Winborn, Associate Professor, Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Safety, MTSU
  • "Human Resource Initiatives in Tennessee Academic Libraries"
    Marcella Henry, Coordinator of Instruction Services, Chattanooga State Technical College; Sheila Delacroix, University Librarian, UT, Chattanooga; Ernest Heard, Library Director, Belmont University; Lisa Shipman, Library Personnel Officer, Vanderbilt University

An evaluation form is now available on the web and comments will be coming in over the next couple of weeks.

The Chair of CULS wrote a memo to the Accreditation Review Project of the Commission on College/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools drawing attention to concerns about the draft Principles and Requirements for Accreditation on behalf of the academic library community in Tennessee. This was accompanied by a statement from President Tena Litherland reinforcing concerns about the new standards.

The spring activity for CULS will be a preconference at the Tennessee Library Association annual conference in Spring 2001 on accreditation standards and the review process.

William K. Black
Middle Tennessee State University

Return to top


The ACRL Texas Chapter will be offering a pre-conference and a variety of programs for the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas March 28-30, 2001.  Dr. Suzanne Byron of the University of North Texas, the Chapter's Program Chair, was responsible for planning the programs listed below, with the exception of the Community and Junior College program.

Pre-Conference Program March 28, 2001
"Measuring Service Quality"
This pre-conference program is designed to help libraries learn about assessment and develop ways approaches to it in light of new mandates from the state.  Dr. Fred Heath, Dean of Libraries at Texas A & M University and his team will lead the pre-conference, sharing practical tips and techniques for assessment based on their experiences in developing an assessment program for the Association of Research Libraries.

Conference Programs

"The Age of Information, the Age of Foolishness"/CULD Business Meeting
"The Age of Information..." is one the most thought-provoking articles written by ACRL past chair Dr. Larry Hardesty of Austin College, Sherman Texas.  Dr. Hardesty has agreed to be part of a panel to discuss the issues raised by this editorial.

"How to present and justify your library budget in the new electronic/distance learning age"
This program is sponsored by the Chapter's Community/Junior College Discussion Group.  Speakers will include Julie Todaro, Dean of Library Services, Austin Community College (and Texas Library Association President); Ron Brey, Associate Vice President, Instructional Resources and Technology, Austin Community College; and Theodore Drake, Director of Library Services Tarrant County Community College South Campus.

"TexShare: 2000 and Beyond"
The Texshare program has been growing and changing over the past year. Public libraries were integrated into TexShare this past year and more developments are underway.

"Chatting: Providing Electronic Reference in Real-Time"
This program will share tips and techniques for developing real-time reference service.  Monika Antonelli and Martha Tarlton of the University of North Texas Libraries have developed a real-time reference service via online chat for the UNT Libraries.  The program provides an overview of this very easy to use and inexpensive way to expand reference outreach.

"Licensing Electronic Resources"
Electronic journals are fast becoming the preferred method for information dissemination.   Trisha Davis, Head of the Serials and Electronic Resources Department at the Ohio State University Libraries, a nationally known expert on licensing electronic resources, will share her know-how on getting the license that works for your library.

Jan Kemp
Texas Tech University

Return to top

Last Updated 12 December 2000