Chapter Topics

Volume 23, Issue 3
Winter 2002

Message from the Chair

Next Council Meeting

Chapter Reports
ACRL Candidates Forum

ACRL President's Forum
ACRL National Conference

IS Discussion Forum

National Issues Institute

ACRL Awards




Chapter Topics is published three times a year by the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60610 (312-280-2519).

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Sherri Edwards
Chapters Council Chair
Locke Morrisey
Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Heather Ward
Linda Kopecky

Past Chapters Council Chair
Helen Spalding
ACRL President
Mary Ellen Davis
ACRL Executive Director
Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL Senior Associate Executive Director
Debbie Malone
Chapter Topics Editor 
Next CT Deadline:
May, 9 2003

Message from the Chapters Council Chair

sherri edwards photoDear Chapter members:

Please make sure you mark your calendars for the Chapters Council meeting and President’s luncheon on Sunday during the Midwinter conference. On Sunday morning, January 26, we will be holding our Chapters Council meeting from 8:30 am to 11:00. Following that session, CC will host the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum from noon to 2:00.

Our meeting will include a mix of business matters, topical updates and important news from our ACRL officers and staff. We will have an update on funding issues precipitated by a new ACRL Task Force that is investigating supplemental funding models. Also, as we did at the last meeting, we will highlight chapter activities from a few of our most active groups.

The Presidential Candidates Forum is a good way for ACRL members to become better prepared to cast an informed vote in the annual election for ACRL’s president. The debate between the two candidates and the following exchange between members and the candidates offers members an opportunity to have an open conversation with our future leader. The lunch offers a relaxed social atmosphere in which participants can engage in informal dialogue.

As the organizer and host of the forum, Chapters Council has a valuable opportunity to raise its profile within ACRL by bringing the chapter perspective to those attending, through questions to the candidates and information conversation with colleagues during the lunch. Your attendance is important.

Please plan now to ensure that your chapter is represented at the Chapters Council meeting and also at the Candidates Forum following our meeting. If your chapter officers cannot attend, another designated representative is welcome to attend. Each chapter is allowed two representatives to Chapters Council and share one vote on behalf of the chapter.

I would love to hear from you regarding any aspect of our ACRL Chapters or Chapters Council. I look forward to seeing both returning and new members in Philadelphia.

Sherri Edwards, Chair
ACRL Chapters Council

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   Chapters' Council Meeting
Sunday, January 26. 2003
Pennsylvania Convention Center Room Z-104 A/B


  1. Welcome and Introduction of Chapters Council Officers - Sherri Edwards, Chapters Council Chair
  2. 2003 Chapters Council Election Information - Locke Morrisey, Chapters Council Vice Chair
  3. Approval of June 2002 Minutes - Heather Ward, Secretary
  4. Updates from ACRL officers and Staff
  5. Chapters Council Newsletter and web site - Debbie Malone, Chapter Topics Editor
  6. Update on ACRL funding task force-funding issues
  7. Legislative discussion and update
  8. Highlights ­ best of chapters

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Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 (11:30-1:30)
The Loews Philadelphia in the Regency Ballroom A


All ACRL members are invited to attend the annual ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum and Luncheon on Sunday January 26th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Loews Philadelphia, Regency Ballroom A.

The Forum is coordinated by Chapters Council and is again being generously sponsored by EBSCO Subscription Services. This is an opportunity to meet candidates Paul Dumont (Dallas County Community College) and Frances Maloy (Emory University) and hear their responses to questions concerning academic librarianship and their visions for ACRL's future. There will also be time allowed for questions from the audience.

Special thanks to the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum Committee Chaired by John Stachacz (Dickinson College) and Stephanie Sherrod, ACRL Program Assistant, as they organize this event.

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"A World of Values: Foundations for Library Services"
Monday, January 27, 9:30-11am
Radisson-Warwick, Grand Ballroom
ALA Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia

Panel members from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. will address the major issues facing academic and research libraries in their respective countries. Their perspectives on the influences that have contributed to, and will affect solutions to these challenges will be enlightening. We may find surprising differences and commonalties that provide insight for us in addressing concerns at our libraries. The discussion is a prelude to the many ACRL programs with global perspectives that will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.

Alvaro Quijano, Director at Biblioteca Daniel Cosio Villegas El Colegio de Mexico;
Bob Seal, University Librarian at Texas Christian University;
John Teskey, Director of Libraries at the University of New Brunswick

Helen H. Spalding, ACRL President, Panel Moderator
Please join us !

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acrl national conference logo   ACRL NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Keep pace with the future of academic and research libraries at the ACRL National Conference. Focus on the issues at the only conference dedicated to meeting the needs of academic and research librarians. Since its inception 25 years ago, the ACRL National Conference has acquired the reputation as the place for academic and research librarians to meet to discuss their challenges and opportunities. Join your colleagues in charming and vibrant Charlotte, North Carolina, April 10-13, 2003, for the ACRL11th National Conference, "Learning to Make a Difference."

The early-bird registration deadline is February 7, 2003; registration materials are online . Submissions for roundtable discussions are still being accepted until January 7, 2003. Details are online at h ttp:// Complete details about the conference are on the Web at

See you in Charlotte!

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ALA Midwinter Instruction Section Discussion Forum
Sunday, Jan 26, 2003
4:30-5:30pm PA Convention Center Room 103C

The 2003 Midwinter Discussion Forum, hosted by the Management of Instruction Services (MIS) Committee, will focus on management issues for instruction programs transitioning from library skills instruction to information literacy. Both facilitators and attendees will speak to the progress they have made in their own libraries and work together on solutions for the challenges they face in the library and on campus. Discussion leaders will briefly talk about successes and the lessons they learned in their transformation processes that may encourage and inspire you. Attendees will be asked to share effective strategies and hurdles faced particularly in the areas of planning, collaboration, outreach and assessment. Selected criteria developed for the Best Practices Invitational preconference will be used to help frame the discussion. The discussion will appeal to managers of programs at various points on the continuum; those taking small steps as well as those making great strides.

IS Discussion Forums are opportunities to share insights and experiences- be prepared to actively participate in the give-and-take.

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   Libraries and Community: Convening and Moderating Public Issues Forums
Thursday-Friday, January 23-24, 2003
A Pre-Midwinter Institute
2003 ALA Midwinter Meeting
Philadelphia, PA

Co-sponsored by: Pennsylvania Library Association, College and Research Library Division

Internet Content, Education, Immigration, Health Care, International Relations, National Security, Racial and Ethnic Tensions,…
These are just a few of the issues on which members of any community may hold different opinions - based on different values. Civil discourse is vital to the health of a democratic society. Libraries - and librarians - are ideally positioned to play a vital role in nourishing civil discourse - within communities, on campuses, in schools and in a broad array of organizations.

A New Way to Talk and Listen in Your Community
ALA will conduct an intensive, two-day workshop to train librarians how deliberative forums can help communities find common ground for addressing complex issues. The workshop will introduce participants to the tools, methods and theory of deliberative forums developed by the National Issues Forums Institute and used in communities across the country. Participants will experience a deliberative forum, discuss how issues are framed for deliberative discourse, and learn how to convene and moderate deliberative forums in their communities. In addition, participants will think together about the role of libraries in building community by promoting and sustaining civil discourse in a contentious world.

Cost: $190. -- including lunch (1/23 and 1/24), refreshment breaks and materials*
Background materials for discussion will be mailed to registered participants in advance. Participants are strongly encouraged to review this background material prior to attending the institute. Registration Deadline: January 3, 2003. Registration limited to 40.
To register:

On Friday evening, Jan 24, 2003 there will also be an open reception from 6:00-7:30pm. The public is invited.

For more information about NIF and Libraries:
Taylor L. Willingham

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   Extended Deadline for ACRL Awards

Friday, January 3, 2003 is the extended deadline for submitting materials for the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award, Hugh A.Atkinson Memorial Award, CJCLS Learning Resources Leadership Award, CJCLS Learning Resources Program Achievement Award, EBSS Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award, IS Miriam Dudley Award, LPSS Marta Lange/CQ Award, Samuel Lazerow Fellowship, STS Oberly Award, WESS Coutts-Nijhoff Study Grant, WSS Career Achievement Award, and the WSS Significant Achievement Award.

Nominating procedures can be found by visiting the ACRL Web site, Additional questions can be directed to Stephanie Sherrod, ACRL program coordinator, 312-280-2515,


At their last business meeting the CARL Executive Board approved the funding for CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarships. Suellen Cox, CSU Fullerton, Kelly Janousek, CSU Long Beach and Locke Morrisey, University of San Francisco formed the ad hoc committee to draft the proposal for the scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to subsidize student attendance at CARL/ACRL biennial conferences thus encouraging and supporting library school students in preparing for a career in academic librarianship.

"Librarians are very service oriented professionals. They recognize the value of networking, creating standards, and professional development in a rapidly changing profession. This student travel scholarship allows the upcoming librarian professional to start this process," says CARL Southern Campus Liaison Coordinator and CSU Director-at-Large, Kelly Janousek.

Locke Morrisey, this year's chair of the Scholarship Committee is very enthusiastic about the program. "ACRL has been funding junior librarians to attend the biennial conference for a while now. It's nice to see this trend trickle down to the local ACRL chapters where we can let library school students see first hand the benefits of attending professional association meetings"

This year's deadline for being considered for the award was November 27, 2002 with the winner being notified on or about January 15, 2003.

More about the Scholarship Award can be found at

CARL Election Results & Appointments:

Jean Purnell, University of the Pacific: Northern-Vice President
Ann Hotta, Graduate Theological Union: Secretary
Vicki Rosen, University of San Francisco: Treasurer
Fred Batt, California State University (CSU), Sacramento: CSU Director-at-large
David Rios, University of California (UC), Riverside: UC Director-at-large.

Also, Ruth Wallach, University of Southern California, has been appointed ACRL Chapters Council representative to finish the term (through 2003) of Locke Morrisey, University of San Francisco, who is the newly elected Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of ACRL Chapters Council.

Locke Morrisey
ACRL California Chapter Delegate

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"Hats Off to Libraries," the inaugural annual conference of the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), was held October 17-20 at the Keystone Resort in Colorado. This was the first annual conference held since CAL was formed by the merger of the Colorado Library Association and the Colorado Educational Media Association effective March 15, 2002. CAL consists of three member associations that represent different types of libraries in the state. The Colorado Academic Library Association (CoALA) which is also the Colorado chapter of ACRL represents academic libraries.

The program included sessions of interest to academic libraries, some of which were initiated by CoALA, including "Assessing Student Learning Outcomes" and "The Mystery of Metadata: Introduction to the Dublin Core." CoALA also held its annual business meeting at the conference. The main topic of discussion was broadening involvement of the state academic library community through annual conference programming and other activities such as the association listserv, videoconferencing, and the spring workshop. The new members and officers of the Executive Board were also introduced: Tom Riedel, chair; Beth Avery, vice chair/chair-elect; Dawn Bastian, secretary; Nancy Chaffin and Bette Rathe, members-at-large.

Joan Lamborn
University of Northern Colorado

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Delaware Valley

lee strickland photoThe chapter's fall program, " THE PATRIOT ACT: Conflict or Countermeasure" included a presentation by Lee Strickland, visiting professor at the University of Maryland and member of the Senior Intelligence Service in the CIA since 1986. More details about his presentation and links to documents such as "Library Policy Information for Search Warrants", can be found on the chapter's website at

Our spring conference on May 31, 2002 was titled " Assessment for the New Century" and included a morning session featuring Oswald Ratteray, Assistant Director for Constituent Services and Special Programs at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, who spoke to the "Revised Characteristics," soon to be released, and the prominence of information literacy in our society. Carla List, Plattsburg State University, addressed the objectives of "Standards for Information Literacy" and how they relate to a librarian charged with delivering instruction. The afternoon sessions included follow-up break out sessions. Jessica George, Millersville University, discussed ways to design your assessment plan to produce effective projects.

Debbie Malone
DeSales University

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This year's Fall Workshop, entitled "New Realities, New Opportunities", was held October 18 in Orlando. Jack Smith of the Smith Group gave attendees valuable insight into the grant writing process. His presentation was fun and very practical. Kathy Whitley of the University of South Florida reported on her collaboration with a chemistry professor. They worked together to obtain a grant on science literacy. Mem Stahley of the University of Central Florida, Brevard Campus and Mike Hutton, Brevard Community College, discussed the challenges associated with joint-use libraries. Melisandre Hiliker and Carla Levesque of St. Petersburg College talked about their college's graduation requirement for computer and information literacy and the libraries' cooperation with academic disciplines to design and implement traditional and online courses and online testing and tutorials to meet the new requirements.

The workshop was well-attended and received excellent reviews. Plans are underway for the spring workshop to be held during the Florida Library Association Conference in April, 2003.

The fall issue of the Florida Chapter Newsletter is available with more state news.

Barbara Tuck
UNF Library

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The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/ Georgia ACRL Chapter met at the GLA annual conference, October 9-11, 2002. The conference was held in Athens, GA and was a joint one with the Georgia Council of Media Organizations. Due to a new policy implemented by GLA, all association and division officers will now take office in January following the annual conference. January 1, 2003 the following new officers will assume office:

Chair: Laura Burtle, Head Information & Learning Technology Services Department Georgia State University
Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Carole Taylor, Library Director, Fort Valley State University Secretary/Treasurer: Carol Goodson, Head of Library Access Services, State University of West Georgia.
ACRL Chapters Council Representative: Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University (reelected for a second two-year term)

The Chapter sponsored the following program events at the conference:

1. "Information Literacy: What's it all about?" Presented by Lisa Ennis, Kristin Nielsen, and Nadine Cohen (Georgia College & State University).
The program presented a look at the ACRL Standards for Information Literacy and the outcomes and ideas generated by the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group.

2. Academic Library Division Luncheon. Kate Nevins, Executive Director, Southeastern Library Network, was the luncheon speaker.
She spoke about major trends in academic libraries and what librarians need to do in light of these trends and opportunities. Much of her talked focused on the evolution of information technology and the ever-growing need for collaboration among libraries and librarians.

The program included a brief business meeting, as well as the announcement of prizes and the presentation of award checks for the best presented papers.
Best paper awards were presented to:

Charles Forrest and Amy J. Williamson for "From Inputs to Outcomes: Measuring Library Service Effectiveness through User Surveys."
Kitty McNeill and Beth Haines for "Scholarship of Teaching and Librarians: Building Successful Partnerships with Faculty."

3. Tour of the University of Georgia's New Student Learning Center. Presented by Bill Potter (University of Georgia).
The program featured a tour of the new Student Learning Center of the University of Georgia and a discussion of the library vision for use of the new space. The building, which is not yet completed, includes instructional classrooms along with a state-of-the-art Electronic Teaching Library.

4. "The New SACS Standards: Accreditation Issues for Academic Libraries." Presented by Bill Nelson (Augusta State University)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges' newly approved accreditation standards were discussed along with suggested compliance strategies for academic libraries.

5. Presented Papers. Tom Cetwinski (chair of the selection committee), facilitator.

a. "Rebuilding a Learning Community...or What to do When You Face a Library Move," Elizabeth L. Bagley (Dalton State College)
b. "From Inputs to Outcomes: Measuring Library Service Effectiveness through User Surveys," Charles Forrest and Amy J. Williamson (Emory University)
c. "Scholarship of Teaching and Librarians: Building Successful Partnerships with Faculty," Kitty McNeill and Beth Haines (Oxford College of Emory University)

6. "Librarians and Freshmen Learning Communities." Presented by Laura Burtle and Tammy Sugarman (Georgia State University).
The session discussed the two librarians' design of a two-credit information literacy course within a Freshman Learning Community, as well as their teaching experiences and recommendations for others who have an interest in pursuing this type of information literacy instruction at their own institution.

GA ACRL Chapter/GLA Academic Division members took part in the annual Georgia Library Association Leadership Conference in Atlanta on December 6, 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
Augusta State University

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The programming committee is hard at work planning for the Indiana Library Federation Annual conference in April 2003. Some preliminary ideas include a program related to cultural programming for library fundraising. A 90 minute presentation featuring Joni Kanzler, Joanne Artz, and Martha McCormick will focus on collaborative faculty partnerships. Public relations on a budget intends to be a hot topic while, and in a first time collaboration, the academic library division will partner with the media educators division to address web resources for grades K-12.

In other news the Membership Committee will be sponsoring a Gala at the annual conference to be be held at the renovated Indiana State Library.

Ellen Bosman
Indiana University Northwest Library

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dennis tucker photo at acrlVice President Dennis Tucker and his staff at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana hosted the annual conference of the Louisiana Chapter of ACRL on October 28-29th. The conference theme of continuous improvement, "Realizing the Possibilities: Continuous Improvement in Your Library, " was addressed in the keynote delivered by Sara Laughlin of Sara Laughlin and Associates. Ms Laughlin's address, "Realizing the Possibilities: the Big Bold Picture and the Niggling Little Details," spoke of the importance of aligning goals and missions to affect change in your library.


Approximately 145 members and guests were in attendance during the two-day event. The members enjoyed a variety of sessions on subjects ranging from service to genealogists in an academic environment to cooperative virtual reference. A copy of the program and photos from the conference may be found at the Louisiana Chapter's website at

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Raising funds for your chapter programs is always difficult. Our Directory Committee chaired by Janette Griffin has been very successful in raising funds for the Louisiana Chapter of ACRL through the sale of our annual directory. The directory contains current lists of librarians, directors, archivists, department heads and some additional staff of all academic and research libraries in the state. Sold for five dollars, the "ACRL Louisiana Directory of Academic and Research Libraries" is a publication few librarians and vendors can do without!!

Laverne Simoneaux
Southeastern Louisiana University

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The Maryland Chapter of ACRL, the Academic and Research Libraries Division of the Maryland Library Association, will be offering two exciting programs this winter.

In February, we will tackle the hiring process with a program titled, "Search for Tomorrow's Librarians" Strategies to Improve the Work of Your Search Committee." The panel discussion will include Virginia Massey-Burzio of Johns Hopkins University, Michele Mikkelsen, American University and Eleanore Hofstetter of Towson University. Topics covered will include conducting job searches, hosting interviews, and avoiding pitfalls. The program will be held February 6, 2003 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Goucher College, Heubeck Multipurpose Room.

Giving our academic libraries a facelift will be the focus of the spring program, "Destination Library: Learning from Retailers, Renovators, & Marketers." Attendees will learn from book retailers Barnes & Noble and Borders on how they design their floor space and displays to create an attractive reading environment. Later in the morning, an administrator from the Howard County Public Library will outline their recent space design decisions in renovating their central branch. The afternoon will be devoted to a workshop run by Chris Olson, a library marketing consultant, on how to effectively promote a variety of academic library services and products. The program will be held March 14, 2003 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Cade Center, Anne Arundel Community College. For more information on our programs, please visit the ARLD website at

Chris Black, ARLD Vice President
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We completed a very successful annual library association conference held in Grand Rapids, MI. We offered nine program sessions of the sixty + total, and all were well-attended.

Our chapter is working with the Michigan Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee to plan a day-long workshop on the USA Patriot Act. It will be held in Mount Pleasant, MI, at Central Michigan University on March 3, 2003. Our program is one that the American Library Association is considering a model for others to replicate. U. S. Representative John Conyers has been invited to kick off the day. Additional speakers will include representatives from ALA/Washington Office, the legal field, the technology field, law enforcement (FBI) and the ACLU.

The chapter also plans an annual Academic Librarians' Day that will take place in May, 2003. This year's program will feature ways that librarians can make meaningful decisions based on statistical data collected from our automated systems, database vendors and other sources

Martha Stilwell

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The Minnesota chapter is sponsoring informal "Instructional Dialogues", where instruction librarians gather over lunch, hear a short speaker, and discuss relevant issues. The first Dialogues took place in November and December 2002 in the Twin Cities and Mankato, with speakers sparking the discussions by talking about instructional design and assessment. Meetings are planned for three other areas of the state in the near future.

The Dialogues were developed as a way to bring together instruction librarians in the same region of the state, since often there is just one person with that specialty at a given institution. Another goal was to keep the travel and time commitment to a minimum.

Any academic library can sponsor a Dialogue. The chapter covers the cost of lunch, provides publicity via the e-mail list, and helps in recruiting a speaker if necessary.

Feedback from the initial sessions has been very positive. In a large state with academic libraries in every corner, this could be a promising solution for sharing ideas and challenges about teaching library users.

Julie Kelly

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. New England

We've had a fall filled with interesting events and are looking forward to more in the spring, including our spring conference, scheduled for March 24, 2003 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Libraries & Librarians: Positioning for the Future. More information is on our website,

On December 5th, the Collection Development Interest Group sponsored a workshop entitled "Interdisciplinary Studies: creating collections in a multi-subject environment" at the Tisch Library, Tufts University.

On November 15, the New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) held its fall meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Beth Lindsay, from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, gave a presentation on "Teaching Information Literacy Online." Lindsay teaches an online information literacy course for the University of Maryland University College, and the group had a lively discussion on course design and online teaching issues. NELIG members also discussed an article entitled "Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses." Chris Cox of WPI shared information about "Tricks and Treats," a recent event held at their library, which included vendor tables, a raffle, food and more. Those in attendance also took part in an open discussion on a number of instruction-related topics. The next meeting is January 17, 2003, at Wesleyan University.

On November 4, 2002, The Continuing Education Committee together with Access Services Interest Group (ASIG) and ITIG sponsored "Advances in Library Services and Techniques for Managing Change," an all day program in which the interest groups provided the morning sessions.

ASIG provided three discussion group options: Statistics - Collection and Utilization; Migration Issues: Moving from one on-line system to another; and Future Challenges Facing Access Services.

"Statistics - Collection and Utilization" was facilitated by Cathy Cronin and Joyce Sullivan. The group shared what types of statistics are collected, as well as how information is being gathered. Some people compile most of their information manually, while other statistics were collected through automated systems. There are also differences in the time periods over which statistics are gathered (i.e. calculate statistics monthly, quarterly or once a year).

They also considered why statistics are gathered, how they are interpreted, and what actions have been taken based on the results. All agreed that statistics were necessary for developing various functions in the library, whether this had a positive or negative effect on the department, it was seen that they are a way to identify areas needing attention. Most use the information to make staffing decisions to support the hours of operation, as well as for guidance in collection development.

Linda Roscoe and Kathleen Williams facilitated "Migration Issues: Moving from one on-line system to another". Williams is Manager, Circulation Services and Irish Studies Bibliographer at Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library at Boston College. Her library migrated from Notis to Ex Libris (Aleph) in June 2000. Roscoe is Head of Access Services at Ludcke Library at Lesley University and expects to migrate from DRA to Endeavor/Voyager in the summer of 2002. Handouts and presentation listed steps and decisions that should be considered prior to migration. Beginning 8 - 12 months in advance, a "Policies and Procedures" Task Force, comprised of staff from the various areas of Access Services, e.g. ILL, Reserves, etc., could be set up. That task force should work closely with a library implementation team, following the goals and objectives of the implementation and then set its own timetable for each goal and objective.

Boston College's approach to staff training was to take advantage of onsite training offered by the vendor to select and prepare a group of in-house trainers who could, in turn, train other staff members. Members of the Training and Documentation Team presented an overall picture of the new system and how it was constructed. Individual departments developed training sessions in each module or task. Staff members modified Ex Libris documentation to create a chart to show how old terms translated to the new (explaining each new icon and its function). They then presented training on the use of the OPAC (public side) and other features.

Walter Stine, Head of Access Services at Northeastern University, facilitated "Future Challenges Facing Access Services". Approximately 15 Access Services librarians met to discuss the key challenges facing Access Services in the next 5-10 years. The discussion started with a short mind-stretching exercise and then led a brainstorming session lasting most of the one-hour meeting. The list of challenges was captured for future discussion and will guide the ASIG programming committee on key topics of interest. During the final minutes of the one-hour session, the participants made a first pass at identifying their key concerns. These included the centralization of Access Services functions across institutional libraries, change management, and cross training of students and staff.

ACRL/NEC would like to extend a warm welcome to our new web master, Val Harper. We are most grateful to her and to the University of New Hampshire for hosting the website

Sarah G. Wenzel, MIT
Marilyn Steinberg, MCP

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New Jersey

NJ ACRL is once again sponsoring its job shadowing program for the academic year 2002 - 2003. Students from MLS programs have the opportunity to visit an academic library and shadow a professional librarian for the day. This program has been well-received, both by students and the participating libraries. For more information about this program, please contact the coordinator, Luis Rodriguez at Montclair State University,

Vibiana Bowman

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Eastern New York

Our Program Committee, led this year by Michael McLane (Central New York Library Resources Council), arranged for yet another successful conference held on October 18, 2002 at Syracuse University in conjunction with the Syracuse University School of Information Study's 21st Century Librarian Award luncheon.

Patricia Wand, University Librarian at American University, spoke at our preconference dinner on “ Collaboration: New Relationships in the New Reality.” The responses we are getting with our addition of a speaker at our last two preconference dinners has been tremendous, and we plan on continuing this in the future. We will have our annual meeting at our spring conference this coming May.

I will be attending the Chapter's Council meeting in Philadelphia this January, and look forward to meeting and talking with representatives from the other chapters. For more information on us, please check the ENY/ACRL web site at:

Kristin L. Strohmeyer
President, Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL

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Greater Metropolitan New York

ACRL/NY just held its 2002 Symposium on November 15 at Baruch College in New York City. The name of the Symposium was "What's In A Name/ Defining our Profession", and as the title implies, there was a conscious effort to zero in on some of the big issues facing librarianship. This included the status of the profession, faculty status for academic librarians (both pros and cons) and the impact of technology on how we perform our various functions.

We were most fortunate to have four outstanding speakers. They were Janet Swan Hill, Associate Director, Technical Services, University of Colorado at Boulder; Mary Reichel, University Librarian, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, President, ACRL 2001-2002; Ray Metz, Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor for Organization Development, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Jim Neal, Vice-President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University.

Janet Swan Hill's presentation was entitled "What our Title Means to Our Stakeholders", while Mary Reichel discussed "Peer Review Evaluation and Promotion." Ray Metz spoke about the "Impact of Technology on Workload," and Jim Neal addressed the "Administrators's Perspective." All of the speakers were extraordinarily poised and articulate and, in many instances, enlivened their presentations with a good deal of humor.

Moreover, for the first time, the Symposium included breakout sessions which took place in the afternoon. These sessions focused on "Strategies for Tenure and Promotion" and "Impact of Technology" and were facilitated by the speakers as well as Symposium Planning Committee members and some volunteers. The goal was not to vent but to try and reach real solutions to problems that confront us. Afterward, there was a wrap-up of the different sessions when people who had acted as note takers presented summaries of the discussions that had taken place. From the various conference attendees that I spoke to, there was a feeling that this was an excellent format which struck a balance between formal presentations and group sessions which allowed people an opportunity to express varying points of view.

In keeping with its mission to reach out to library school students each year, ACRL/NY awards a recommended library school student or students a book which is usually either related to the theme of the symposium or of current interest. The student who received this year's award was Michael O'Connor who attends the library school at St. Johns's University. This event was originally established in the name of Rochelle Sager, a beloved past President, to honor her memory and all she did for the Chapter. More information about the Symposium including two of the speaker's PowerPoint presentations can be accessed at the 2002 Symposium Home Page available at .

Prior to the Symposium, the Long Island Section held a workshop, "Librarians as Teaching Faculty" which took place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. This was organized by Deborah Dolan, Chair of the Long Island Section and Janet Clarke, Vice Chair and included several guest speakers who addressed different aspects of library instruction. Dona McDermott, Business Research Specialist, C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, Chair, Information Literacy Discussion Group, ACRL/NY, discussed "Librarian as Teacher: An Old Concept Reinvented" which gave an overview of the history of library instruction. Alexandra de Luise, Coordinator, Instructional Services, Queens College, spoke about "Looking for a Few Good Instructors: The Library 100, Information Literacy Course @ Queens College" and Eloise Bellard, Instruction Coordinator, Adelphi University, Vice-President, ACRL/NY, talked about " Librarians in a New Environment: Recruiting and Incentives to Teach". Elena Cevallos, Assistant Dean/Chair for Reference Services and Collection Development, Hofstra University, presented "Alice Through the Looking Glass: An Administrator's View of Library Education for Library Instruction" and, finally, Sharon Bonk, Chief Librarian and Professor, CUNY-Queens College, addressed "The Role of Graduate Library Programs in the Preparation of Instructional Librarians." The speakers were excellent and really touched on many aspects of library instruction including both the rewards and challenges of implementing information literacy programs. Following the various presentations there was a lively question and answer session.

Executive Board members have attended and been involved in a number of national and regional events. Of particular note, is the fact that Marilyn Rosenthal, ACRL/NY's Past President, was appointed to Middle States Commission on Higher Education Advisory Panel on Information Literacy. This Panel was charged with helping to develop a Handbook for Information Literacy which will replace the Guidelines for Librarian Evaluators. This handbook will, among other things, assist institutions as they implement the standards for information literacy as presented in Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation (2002 edition). Marilyn attended her first meeting of the Panel in Philadelphia last August.

Other accomplishments for our Chapter included the design of a new Chapter logo as well as a newly designed ACRL/NY home page. The Acrl/NY home page was moved to a new server and has a more concise address that reflects the name of the Chapter. It can be accessed at

In addition, an ad hoc committee of Executive Board members have been revising the Bylaws in keeping with our new incorporated status and that process is nearly completed.

This has been a productive year for our Chapter and I have found my role as President of ACRL/NY a gratifying one. As my term comes to an end, I look forward to continuing to serve on the Executive Board as immediate Past President.

Harriet Hagenbruch
Hofstra University

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Western New York / Ontario

WNY/O ACRL, Inc held its fall conference on October 11th at the Lodge at Woodcliff, in Rochester, New York. Titled "Active Learning and Library Instruction: A Workshop" the conference featured three speakers: Dr. Thomas Sheeran Professor of Education at Niagara University, who spoke on "Active Learning and Student Engagement", Dr. Jeff Liles, who is the Library Instruction Coordinator at SUNY Geneseo and Kim Davies, a Reference / Instruction Librarian, also of SUNY Geneseo who both spoke and conducted a workshop on "Becoming Teacher Designers: A Teaching and Learning Seminar for Instructional Librarians". Combining lecture with hands on demonstration all three speakers were well received making for a very stimulating and invigorating day.

Currently our chapter is planning its Spring conference which will be held on Friday May, 2nd, 2003 at the Buffalo Conference Center in Buffalo New York.

Our speakers thus far will be, Megan Fox from Simmons College, who will speak on PDA's in Academic Libraries and Alan Darnell from the University of Toronto Library and Project Manager for the Ontario Scholar's Portal project, who will talk about the Ontario Scholars Portal Project.

Please check out our new website at for further updates on our Spring conference plans. There you will find additional information on our chapter and our past conferences as well.

Jonathan Coe
Niagara University Library

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The Ohio Chapter of ACRL, the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), held its 28th Annual Conference on November 1, 2002 at the Embassy Suites in Independence, OH. Over 300 members attended "Face to Face or Cyberspace: Redefining the Human Touch" and enjoyed a lively keynote address by Joe Janes (assistant professor at the Information School of the University of Washington).

poster session photoOver 32 programs were offered as well as 10 poster sessions and numerous vendor exhibits. ALAO Interest Groups sponsored several programs, poster sessions and information tables and held group business meetings to plan for Spring Workshops for 2003. The Support Staff Interest Group unveiled two new awards: Support Staff Person of the Year and Supporter of Support Staff Person of the Year. Inaugural awards will be presented at the 2003 Annual Conference. ladd award recipient photo

During the lunch business meeting, Douglas Morrison from The Ohio State University - Agricultural Technical Institute was presented the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award.


Betsy Blankenship

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The joint fall conference for ACRL-Oregon and Washington, held in the Columbia River Gorge October 24-25, 2002, was a great success. The theme was "The Postmodern Library: Whose Place is It?". Our keynote speaker was Kathlin Ray, Assistant Dean of Public Services, University of the Pacific Library. After introductions and a plug for ACRL national by Don Frank of Portland State University, Ray gave a thought-provoking presentation on the postmodern library, a theme she also addressed at the ACRL X conference. See her paper at" Her presentation got our conversation rolling as we broke into small discussion groups based on various aspects of library service. A panel of librarians from different types of academic libraries responded to Ray's remarks and to points raised by the small groups to wrap up the first day.

Thursday evening the social time revolved around live Irish music, by Portland band Cul an Ti, and Irish ceili dancing. The relatively small size of the conference, just under 100 attendees, along with the food, drink, entertainment and various games created the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that is a great strength of this annual meeting.

Friday began with a panel of speakers on "Changing Services for Changing Audiences" who addressed services to distance education, transfer and international students. Our last panel focused on "Assessing the Postmodern Library" and was followed by final reactions and response by keynoter, Kathy Ray. See" for more information.

We are currently planning several sessions for the Oregon Library Association annual conference to be held in Corvallis, OR in April 2003.

Heather Ward
President, ACRL-Oregon

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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 and continues to publish its newsletter online at

Brenda Philip,
Green River Community College

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Last Updated December 16, 2002