Chapter Topics

Volume 24, Issue 2
Winter 2003

Message from the Chair

Next Council Meeting

Chapter Reports

ACRL Candidates Forum

Call for Paper s

Info Literacy Celebration

Online Balloting

Professional Development

Midwinter Discussion Groups


Next CT Deadline:
May, 9 2004

Chapter Topics is published two times a year by the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association

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Locke Morrisey
Chapters Council Chair
Vibiana Bowman
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Sherri Edwards
Past Chapters Council Chair
Wendy M. Startweather
Helen Spalding
ACRL President 
Mary Ellen Davis 
ACRL Executive Director 
Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL Associate Director 
Megan Bielefeld
ACRL Program Coordinator
Debbie Malone
Chapter Topics Editor, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60610 (312-280-2519). 

Message from the Chapters Council Chair

locke photoGreetings Chapter Liaisons!

The ALA Midwinter ACRL Chapters Council Meeting will be happening on Sunday, January 11th, 2004 8:30 am - 11:00 am at the Horton Grand Hotel, Room: Regal A in San Diego, CA. It is to be followed by the ACRL Candidates Forum and Luncheon, 11:30am to 1:30 pm at the Embassy Suites, Monterey Ballroom. We'll only have a brief opportunity to meet the ACRL Presidential Candidates, Charles Kratz (University of Scranton) and Camila Alire (University of New Mexico), at our meeting so I encourage you to attend the forum and encourage you to encourage your chapter colleagues to attend as well. Hey, it's a free lunch to boot!

In addition to the regular updates from ACRL staff, Ken Marks will come speak to us about ACRL's @YourLibrary campaign. Sherri Edwards, immediate past-Chair Chapters Council, will pick up from where we left off at ALA Annual meeting by continuing a discussion of how individual chapters can play a role in finding solutions to current challenging issues we face as academic librarians. Lastly, Bill Nelson and Bob Fernekes, who have been conducting workshops on the practical application of the ACRL Standards for College Libraries, will talk about this process. Plus, we'll hear from librarians who have participated in these workshops.

Over the summer, I have worked with our new ACRL Program Coordinator, Megan Bielefeld, to make sure that each chapter has identified a member who is to be present at the Chapters Council meeting. If for any reason you or your designated member cannot attend, a substitute representative is welcome. Each chapter is allowed two representatives to Chapters Council and share one vote on behalf of the chapter.

I encourage you to contact me with any items you would like to see Chapters Council address. I also encourage you to get to know other Chapter Liaisons and be especially welcoming to those first-time liaisons.

Locke Morrisey, Chair
ACRL Chapters Council

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   Chapters Council Meeting, ALA Midwinter-San Diego, CA
Sunday, January 11, 2004 8:30 -11:00 am
Horton Grand Hotel, Room: Regal A

1. Welcome/introduction of Chapters Council Officers- Locke Morrisey, Chair
2. 2003 Chapters Council Election Information- Vibiana Bowman, Vice-Chair
3. Approval of June 2003 Minutes- Wendy Starkweather, Secretary
4. ACRL List Administrator, Linda Kopecky
5. Chapter Topics, Debbie Malone, Editor
6. Updates from ACRL Officers and Staff :
Frances Maloy, ACRL Vice President/President Elect;
Tyrone Cannon, ACRL President
Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Executive Director;
Megan Bielefeld, ACRL Program Coordinator
7. Introduction of ACRL Presidential Candidates: Camila Alire (University of New Mexico & Charles Kratz (University of Scranton)
8. Introduction of ACRL Director-at-Large Candidates: Lynne King (Sage Colleges) and Debbie Malone (DeSales University)
9. ACRL @YourLibrary Campaign, Ken Marks
10. Legislative update, Larry Romans, Legislative Network Coordinator
11. Local Chapter Symposia, Sherri Edwards
12. ACRL College Library Standards, Bill Nelson and Bob Fernekes

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Sunday, Jan. 11. 2004 11:30am to 1:30 pm
Embassy Suites, Monterey Ballroom

You are invited to hear Camila Alire and Charles Kratz, the official candidates for ACRL vice-president/president-elect, speak at the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum on Sunday, January 11, 2003, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites, Monterey Ballroom during the Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Alire is the Dean of Library Services at the University of New Mexico. Kratz is the Dean of Libraries and Director of Information Resources, Customer Service and Training at the University of Scranton. The forum, organized by the ACRL Chapters Council, will be followed by a light lunch, sponsored by EBSCO Subscription Services.

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   Celebrating 15 Years of Information Literacy
San Diego Convention Center
Monday, Jan. 12, 2004 11:30am-12:30pm

In January 1989, ALA released "The Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report," which is credited as marking the start of the information literacy movement. Join us at the Midwinter Meeting as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of this groundbreaking document. The AASL/ACRL Presidential Report on Information Literacy 15th Anniversary Celebration will be held Monday, January 12, 2004 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the San Diego Convention Center. This event immediately follows the ACRL President's Discussion Forum.

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   Online Balloting in 2004

In the 2004 elections, ALA will introduce online voting. Electronic ballot information will be transmitted to all ALA members with valid email addresses in March 2004. As with the paper ballot, members will be able to vote for ALA officers, councilors, and division and roundtable officers via the election web site. ALA members without valid email addresses on file and members who prefer to vote via paper ballot will receive materials by mail. Between now and February 2004, members are encouraged to update their contact information by going to and logging into the members' only area.

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   Professional Development with Impact @ your library

ACRL's professional development programs help you keep up with the changing nature of higher education and academic and research librarianship. Save the dates for these distinctive events. Complete details are online at

e-learning: All Users Are Local - Bringing the Library
Next Door to the Campus Worldwide
February 2-22, 2004

Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Preconference
"Ebb & Flow: The Migration of Collections To and From

American Libraries"
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut - June 21-24, 2004

February 5-19, 2004 ACRL @ Annual Conference
-Information Commons 101: Nuts & Bolts Planning
-Information Literacy - Time for a Comprehensive Plan
-Scholarly Communication 101
Orlando, Florida - June 25, 2004 March 1-20, 2004 ACRL 12th National Conference
"Currents & Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change"
Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 7-10, 2005
"Migrations in Society, Culture, and the Library"
Paris, France - March 22-26, 2004 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
August 8-13, 2004

   12th National Conference Call for Papers
Minneapolis, April 7-10, 2005

Share your ideas with a national audience! ACRL's National Conference Executive Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the 12th National Conference, "Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change," to be held in Minneapolis, April 7-10, 2005. The conference will focus on the increased emphasis on interdisciplinary research and technology, which has librarians constantly "Navigating the Rivers of Change" to provide information access that connects people and resources in new ways.

ACRL seeks the best ideas in our profession and invites proposal submissions for contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, poster sessions, pre-conferences, and roundtable discussions. Full text of the Call for Participation is available at the ACRL National Conference Web site at The Call also appears as an insert in the November issue of C&RL News.

Questions? Contact or

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   ACRL Midwinter Discussion Group Topics
Alliances for New Directions in Teaching/Learning: Sunday, Jan.11, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Topic: Projects: Exploring Collaborative Support

Personnel Administrators & Staff Development Officers: Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 10-11, 9:30 am-11:00 am. Topic: How Academic Libraries Handle Issues of Salary Increases and Compression

Philosophical, Religious, and Theological Studies: Sunday, Jan. 11, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm. Open Discussion

Electronic Reserves: Sunday, Jan. 11, 8:30 am-11:00 am

Popular Cultures: Sunday, Jan. 11, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Electronic Text Centers: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Topic: Text Search Software Options

Scholarly Communication: Sunday, Jan. 11, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Topic: Open Access: Getting from Here to There

Sports and Recreation: Saturday, Jan. 10, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm. Topic: Leisure Research and the Methods Librarians use to Address these Information Needs

Library Development: Sunday, Jan. 11, 9:30 am-11:00 am. Topics: Fund Raising Efforts that Produce Positive Results, and Recruiting for a Library Development Position

Team-Based Organization: Saturday, Jan. 10, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Topic: Assessing Individual and Team Performance in a Team-Based Organization



It's been a busy year for CARL (California Academic and Research Libraries). Our Interest Groups SEAL (Science and Engineering Librarians in Academic Libraries) South, SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) and CARLDIG (California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion and Interest Group) held a joint Meeting in April entitled "Integrating Information Literacy Into the Disciplines: Is Science Different?" at Cal Poly Pomona. In May, SEAL-North sponsored a field trip, with special tours and exhibits to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. national wildlife refuge system, at the Don E. Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont. Also in May, SCIL offered a Spring Program: "Moving from Traditional BI to an Integrated Information Literacy Program" at CSU Long Beach. Dr. Ilene Rockman, Manager of the Information Competence Initiative, The California State University, was the keynote speaker.

DIAL (Diversity in Academic Libraries)'s summer program at Hacienda Heights was entitled "New Diversity Perspectives: Practice & Action in Instruction, Gender Studies & Disability Services". Speakers included Susan Luévano, Tiffini Travis & Eileen Wakiji, of California State University, Long Beach, on "If You Can Walk You Can Dance: Adapting & Assessing a Black Studies Faculty Information Literacy Course", Yolanda Retter Vargas of the University of Southern California who spoke on "One Archive: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Collection at USC", and Stephanie Davis-Kahl of UC Irvine on the "Latest Trends in Disability Services."

The Fall began with CARL's new Southern Information Technology Interest Group (South) holding its first Organizational Meeting at UC Riverside in September. Also in September, SEAL South sponsored a "Los Angeles River Adventure" led by Melanie Winter, founder of The River Project ( and lauded by Sunset Magazine in March 2003 as a "Champion of the West." Participants experienced an adventure across the Los Angeles River Watershed, highlighting Hansen Dam & Tujunga Wash, Sepulveda Basin, Glendale Narrows, Elysian Valley, & Taylor Yard.

ABLE South (Academic Business Librarians Exchange)'s Fall Program in October was entitled "Designing and assessing student business research assignments: Strategies for business faculty and librarians." Held at CSU Northridge and co-sponsored by SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians), the workshop posed such questions as these: "Do you want to improve the quality of student business research reports? Are you concerned that students rely too heavily on the web for their sources? How can you assess the quality of their business research?" California business faculty and librarians joined together to explore the best strategies for designing and assessing business research assignments. The day included short takes on successful research assignments and assessment examples to prime participants' creativity. Attendees had an opportunity to develop or refine their own research activities, and heard examples from business schools that are building information competencies into their curriculum and using them in student learning outcomes.

Activities in the Northern part of the state have included an End of Fall Gathering for CARL-North members at historic Preservation Park in Oakland in early December. The meeting, which included music of the season performed by members of the Baroque Choral Guild, focused on the Interest Groups of CARL-North.

CARL members North and South are currently working hard to prepare for the 2004 CARL Conference to be held April 22-25, 2004 in Pasadena , entitled "Mission Architecture: Philosophical Foundations of Academic & Research Libraries". Visit our web page ( to find out more.

Judy Clarence
California State University Hayward

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Delaware Valley

The Chapter annually awards stipends to library school students, living or working in the Chapter's service area, who are interested in an academic librarian career. The winners of the 2003 Student Stipends were announced at the Chapter's spring program on May 30, 2003. The Board received 19 applications from students attending four library schools. The winners were Louise Hyder-Darlington and Mary Metzger. Each winner was presented with a check of $1,500. Additional information on the stipend and the 2003 winners can be found in the Chapter's Fall 2003 newsletter, available online at

The Chapter had a stimulating Fall program, October 24, 2003, at The American College in Philadelphia. Stephen Abram, Vice President of Corporate Development at Micromedia ProQuest, was the keynote speaker. Mr. Abram is also the incoming President of the Canadian Library Association. In naming Mr. Abram as one of Library Journal's 2002 Movers & Shakers, he was described as a "must-see conference speaker." He lived up to that recognition as he spoke on "10 Trends Rocking the Library World." In the afternoon, he moderated a panel discussion that included six librarians who have recently graduated from library school. Their views on their education, their new positions, and the future of the profession provided a lively discussion that sent us home with a greater awareness of the issues and concerns facing our new colleagues.

Charles Kratz, Librarian, University of Scranton, has been appointed Chair of a Task Force on Membership. Charles will explore ways for the Chapter to increase its membership. A letter that identifies the importance of membership will be sent to over 100 academic libraries in our service area. In addition, the Task Force hopes to double the chapters' membership by asking each current member to recruit one librarian from their place of work. The Chapter's programs and student stipends, along with their other activities (mentoring library school students, sending a delegate to Legislative Day, publishing a biannual Newsletter) depends on a strong membership to be successful.

Joe Fennewald
Penn State University, Hazleton

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The Florida Chapter hosts two workshops a year, one during the annual Florida Library Association Conference in the spring and one as a stand-alone in the fall.

The spring workshop was held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on April 23, 2003. The title of the workshop was "Joint Use Libraries: Promise & Prospects." Presenters and their topics are listed at The workshop had excellent attendance and got very good reviews.

The Fall Workshop was held October 24, 2003. The title of the workshop was "Professional Pizazz".

Morning Session
The keynote speaker was Larry Hardesty, College Librarian at Austin College, and 2001 recipient of ACRL's Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. His remarks set the tone for two presentations that followed: "Publishing for Academic Librarians", by Susan Ryan, Associate Library Director at Stetson University, and "The Role of Administration in Supporting the Research and Publication Process", by Donald Riggs , University Librarian at Nova southeastern University.

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Larry Hardesty and Don Riggs

Afternoon Session
Three panelists and attendees discussed " Institutional Approaches to Promotion and Tenure", focusing on differing perspectives from a four-year/graduate public university, a similar private college, and a community college. The panelists were Gary Cornwell, Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences Services at the University of Florida, Betty Johnson, Library Director at Stetson University, and Linda Swaine, Manager of Learning Support Services at Valencia Community College. The moderator was Cynthia Kisby, the current FACRL President Elect.

Fifty-seven people attended the workshop and engaged the presenters in several lively and informative exchanges.

The Chapter formally started a mentor program in October, and has began the process of selecting a coordinator who will oversee the tasks of matching mentors with protégées, as well as act as a spokesperson for the program. Information about the program is available here.

Some of our Board members have agreed to interview Past Presidents of FACRL and post the summaries on the FACRL web site.

We invite you to visit our web site at

Mervyn Solomon, FACRL President
Miami Dade College

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The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/ Georgia ACRL Chapter met at the GLA annual conference, October 22-24, 2003. The conference was held at Jekyll Island, GA and was a joint one with the Georgia Council of Media Organizations. The following Georgia ACRL Chapter officers were elected and will take office on January 1, 2004

  • Chair: Carole Taylor, Library Director, Fort Valley State University
  • Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Debbie Holmes, Library Directory, Floyd College
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Betsy Griffies, Head of Cataloging Department, State University of West Georgia.
  • ACRL Chapters Council Representative: Bill Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University (begins second year of a two-year term)

The Chapter sponsored the following program events at the conference:

1. " Academic Libraries and the TEACH Act: Serving Distance Learning Programs."
Presenter: W. Bede Mitchell, Dean and University Librarian, Georgia Southern University. A discussion of the TEACH Act: how it modifies copyright law and how academic libraries are using its exemptions to support distance education programs.

2. Academic Library Division Luncheon. Dr. Ralph Russell, Associate Executive Director, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), was the luncheon speaker. Dr. Russell is the only librarian who serves as an Associate Executive Director of SACS. He is Emeritus University Librarian and Professor of Georgia State University, and the ACRL Research Librarian of the Year for 1995. He spoke about the major changes for academic libraries in the new SACS Principles of Accreditation, which take effect in January 2004. He discussed the changes in procedures necessitated by these new regional accreditation standards.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:

Beth Mowry for, "The Elusive Core Collection: A Search for the Sources in Which it Might Lurk." (Cash award presented by Blackwell's Book Services)

Susan D. Morris for, "Lending Electronic Theses and Dissertations at the University of Georgia Libraries-New Connections, New Perspectives, Changes for Everybody." (Cash award presented by EBSCO Information Services)

3. "SACS Standards 2004: A Compliance Strategy for Academic Libraries."
Presenter: William N. (Bill) Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University.An experienced SACS evaluator reviewed the elements of the new SACS standards for colleges and universities that will become effective in 2004, discussed implications for academic libraries, and suggested a strategy for library compliance.

4. "Harnessing the Internet: Integrating Web Sites into the OPAC"
Presenters: Tina Demetracopoulos (Cataloger/Liaison Librarian), Guy Leach & Teri M. Vogel (Liaison/Reference Librarians), Georgia State University.The program explored the why's and how's of selecting and cataloging Internet resources for library patrons.

5. Presented Papers. Catherine Lee (chair of the selection committee), facilitator.

  • a. "The Elusive Core Collection: A Search for the Sources in Which it Might Lurk," Beth Mowry (Armstrong Atlantic State University)
  • b. "Lending Electronic Theses and Dissertations at the University of Georgia Libraries--New Connections, New Perspectives, Changes for Everybody," Susan D. Morris (University of Georgia)
  • c. "Embedded Assignment Guides - Point of Need Instruction on the Web," Judith Brook & Karen Southwell (Mercer University)
  • d. "Library Ethics 101," Alan Bernstein (Valdosta State University)
  • e. "Index Use by Engineering Faculty and Students," Pat Johnston & Bette Finn (Georgia Institute of Technology)

6 . "Alternative Health @ Your Library."
Presenter: David Free (Reference Librarian, Georgia Perimeter College) This program informed attendees about resources for locating complementary and alternative health information and provided tips on evaluating health information.

7. "Higher Education Standards for Libraries (2003): New ACRL Multi-Type Standards. "
Presenters: Robert W. (Bob) Fernekes (Information Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University) & William N. (Bill) Nelson (Library Director, Augusta State University) The program explained and discussed the 2003 draft of the ACRL, Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, that, once approved, will replace the current, separate "type-of library" standards of the University Libraries, College Libraries, and Community and Junior College Libraries sections.

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.

At the annual Georgia Library Association awards banquet, the following ACRL members received awards: Dr. George Gaumond, The Nix-Jones Award
Ms. Ann Hamilton, The Bob Richardson Award

Bill Nelson,
Georgia Chapter Representative

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ILA/ACRL has had two successful conferences this year. The Spring Conference was held Friday, May 2, 2003 at the University of Dubuque. The theme of the conference 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.

The Fall Conference was held October 15­17 during the Iowa Library Association meeting in Cedar Rapids. This year’s theme was library leadership, “Planting the Seeds: Growing Leaders for Tomorrow.” Speakers included: Mitch Freedman, immediate past president of ALA; noted library consultant Maureen Sullivan who conducted a pre-conference on leadership; and Joseph Janes, Associate Professor, Information School, University of Washington. A panel of Iowa librarians discussed information literacy efforts.

On July 7, 2003 the ILA/ACRL Executive Board met for a strategic planning retreat at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. They spent the day designing a plan that would be in concert with the strategic plan proposed by the Iowa Library Association. As a result of the planning session the Chapter will establish three adhoc committees to design action plans to advance goals and objectives identified at the meeting. Areas of concentration identified in the plan included sponsoring research projects, fostering cooperative information literacy ventures between academic and high school libraries, and initiating local recruitment and retention programs.

Another project of ILA/ACRL is the Information Literacy Forum ­ Challenges, Practices and Questions found at . It is a place where members can post ideas that may be useful in planning and conducting information use instruction.

The ILA/ACRL website is at and the newsletters are found at Visit to learn more
about our chapter.

Linda L. Scarth
Mount Mercy College Cedar

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The Indiana Chapter will be sponsoring five programs and our traditional luncheon business meeting during the Indiana Library Federation’s Annual Conference, April 12-14, 2004. Matthew Battles, a contributor to Harper's and a Harvard librarian, will be our keynote speaker and will be signing his book, Library: An Unquiet History. In addition, Mr. Battles will present a program entitled “Reading the Library.”

Capitalizing on the strengths of the Indiana University Library system, librarians from The Kinsey Institute will present “ Alfred C. Kinsey's Legacy: The Library and Archives of Sexuality and Gender Resources.” Less titillating, but still on the archival theme, “ Indiana Materials in Academic Libraries” will focus on Hoosier history and recent efforts to digitize these unique materials. Check out the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection at for an excellent example of recent projects.

“Collaborating with Faculty: Investigating How Students Search and Research” and “ Overseas Opportunities for Indiana Librarians” will round out our programming. If you’re in Indianapolis April 12-14, 2004, please join us.

Ellen M. Bosman, M.L.S.
Indiana University Northwest Library

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Wichita State University hosted the annual fall conference of the College & University Libraries Section (CULS) on October 23 & 24, 2003. The conference theme was Bailing Wire and Duct Tape: Keeping It Together, Moving Forward, a topic suggesting that despite budget crises and the changing academic library environment, academic libraries must continue to fulfill their roles in the academic community. There were nineteen presentations on a variety of topics. The keynoter, Dr. Edward Hammond, a futurist, spoke on the Future Of Higher Education And Academic Libraries. Dr. Hammond suggested in his presentation that predicting the future is not a matter of gazing into a crystal ball but is a result of studying the past. Civilization has gone through many ages: hunting and gathering; agricultural; industrial; technological; to a future biotechnological age. Each new age came about as a result of increasing world population.

Brice Hobrock, Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University, was presented the Contribution Award for exhibiting distinguished contributions to a CULS library or the larger CULS community. Susan Araas Vesley, Ft. Hays State University, received the Beginning Professional Award given to new professionals for making a positive impact on the quality and role of library service. A noteworthy event of the Conference was the passage of the complete revision of the Section's Bylaws, making them more in conformity with those of the Kansas Library Association and the ACRL.

Joseph Forte
Newman University

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The Academic Library Section of the Kentucky Library Assn. and ACRL Kentucky Chapter sponsored Dr. George H. Pike, Director of the Barco Law Library at the University of Pittsburgh at the KLA Annual Conference in October. His presentation, " Digital Copyright: Issues, Development, and Keeping Legal", explored the history of the copyright law in the United States and how the digital world has impacted fair use for libraries. Conflicts between the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and digital resources were summarized through a discussion of recent court cases dealing with fair use, extensions of the copyright law, and peer-to-peer copying.

The slate of officers for 2003-04 year are: Chair-Elect/Vice-Chair: Rose Davis, Western Kentucky University; Secretary: Susan Henthorn, Berea College; and Treasurer: Nelda Sims, Western Kentucky University.

Stacey Nickell
West Kentucky Community & Technical College

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ACRL/LA President Dennis C. Tucker hosted the Louisiana chapter annual conference at the beautiful Cypress Bend Resort in Many, LA, on November 6-7, 2003. The conference theme was "Librarians as Leaders for Learning: Information Literacy in Today's World." Keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Senn Breivik, is Dean of the University Library at San Jose State University, Chair of the National Forum on Information Literacy, and a past President of ACRL. Dr. Breivik's remarks were not only practical, but inspirational, as she reminded us never to neglect to take time to rejoice in what we are doing. Several of the breakout sessions focused on this important topic.

Other tracks focused on faculty/library cooperation, technology, and reference services. Several vendors gave demonstrations of their new products.

Kate Nevins, Executive Director of Solinet, gave a keynote presentation on "Librarians and Change." Vendors hosted the morning break on Friday, exhibiting their wares in the conference hall. Vendors and local businesses provided so many door prizes that every attendee got one! The conference program and notes and slides from some of the presentations can be seen at

At its semi-annual meeting held at the conference, the Executive Committee voted to start an electronic mailing list for the Chapter. While there are other statewide library mailing lists, there is none exclusively for ACRL. Some ACRL members participate in some of the other lists, but not all.

As next year's conference will be in the northeast Louisiana city of Monroe, the group voted to invite the Mississippi Chapter and to explore the possibility of a joint conference. The chapter's homepage can be found at

Dennis C. Tucker, PhD, MAT, MLS
Tucker & Associates Library Consulting Services

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The Minnesota Chapter of ACRL sponsored eleven terrific sessions at the Minnesota Library Associations annual fall conference, held in Rochester, Minnesota on September 24-26th, 2003. Topics included:

  • Revisiting our Core Library Values
  • Library Lessons from Abroad: Jet-Set Librarians Report
  • IT/Library Cooperation: A Necessary Mix
  • Gateway to Information Literacy: The Online Catalog is Not Just for Access Anymore
  • From Data to Decisions: Using Surveys and Statistics to Make Collection Management Decisions
  • Adopt a Librarian: College Classes Connect with their Personal Librarian
  • Recruiting the Next Generation: Library School Students Give Their Perspective on the Profession
  • Special Collections and Archives at the University of Minnesota: Goldmines for Research
  • @ your library for Academic Libraries
  • The Best Business Websites, How Do They See Us?
  • Syllabi as Indicators of an Academic Library's Image

Visit the  ARLD @ MLA web site to view descriptions of the sessions and presenter names and to view hand out materials from selected sessions.

Our Chair, Karen Fischer accepted a new position in the state of Washington, so our Chair-elect, Julie Kelley, graciously stepped forward to accept the official Chair duties over the summer of 2003.
New officers were elected in November 2003 to serve the following positions:
Member-at-Large - Victoria Peters
Member-at-Large - Kim Clarke
Chair Elect - Karen Docherty

To learn more about Minnesota ARLD chapter activities, please visit

Karen Docherty,
Communications Officer / Chair-Elect

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At the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Education Media Association 2003 Fall Conference held in Omaha (October 29-31, 2003), the College & University Section was pleased to have as their guest, Helen Spalding, ACRL's immediate Past President. In addition to delivering a wonderful presentation entitled "Enriching Our Profession for the Enrichment of Society," on the first day of the conference, Helen also stayed for the second day of the conference to address the Section at our annual business meeting and luncheon.

The C&U Section also sponsored three other programs:
  • SPARC: New Ideas to Transform Scholarly Communication- Julia Blixrud, ARL Assistant Executive Director, External Relations and Assistant Director, Public Programs, SPARC
  • The USA PATRIOT Act and its Effect on Libraries- Moderator: Robin Bernstein, Library Director, Bellevue University; Panelists: Dee Ann Allison, Chair, Automated Systems, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Jim Shaw, Government Documents Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Linda Parker, Social Sciences Reference Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • The PHP Advantage - Marc Davis, Manager, Support Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Glenn Ohlmann, Technical Services Librarian at Concordia University's Link Library, received the Section's annual Distinguished Service Award.

At its fall business meeting, the Section voted to donate $500 to the Nebraska Library Association's Louise Nixon Scholarship Fund. A contribution of $300 to the ALA CIPA Legal Fund was also approved.

Our annual spring meeting will be held at Concordia University in Seward on Friday, May 21, 2004.

The C&U Section's officers for 2003/2004 are: Chair - Robert Nash (University of Nebraska at Omaha), Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Sara Martin (College of St. Mary), Secretary - Christa Burns (Nebraska Library Commission), Treasurer - Dee Yost (Hastings College), Past Chair - Barbara Cornelius (Nebraska Wesleyan University), ACRL Representative - Kira Barnes (University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Robert Nash
University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Eastern New York

The issue of "library as place" was explored at the Fall conference titled "2003: A (Library) Space Odyssey." Having unveiled a new library building in the Spring, SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica was the perfect site. Director Daniel Schabert made a presentation of the process to implement a construction design for a library for the 21st century. From the macro issues of collaboration and design to the micro level of furniture selection and working with (and around) the NYS contract, Mr. Schabert presented a wealth of insight that can serve prospective library projects of all sizes. Panelists from Syracuse University (Pam McLaughlin), Hamilton College (Ken Herold), and SUNY Geneseo (Jeff Liles) shared their approaches to the implementation of wireless technology, which differs quite distinctly in each institution. Eight poster sessions provided detail on smaller renovation projects. Chan McKenzie from Rochester Institute of Technology and Jean Mahalov of the College of St. Rose engaged in a lively "debate" over the installation of coffee cafes in academic librarians. Coffee won.

Planning is underway for the Spring conference, "Chaos Controlled: Harnessing Collections in the Digital Age," on May 17, 2004 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. James G. Neal, University Librarian at Columbia, will make the keynote address. Deborah Andersen, professor at SUNY Albany's School of Information Science & Policy, will address the topic of scholarly communication and tenure.

Inga H. Barnello
Vice President/Program chair

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Greater New York

ACRL/NY, the Greater New York Chapter, presented their 23rd annual symposium on Friday Nov. 21, 2003 at Baruch College in Manhattan.

The Symposium, "Operation Intellectual Freedom: Librarians on the Front Line" focused on the Patriot act and its implications for us. It was a resounding success, as the evaluations received so far indicate! The format of the symposium was changed from the previous years for a variety of reasons.

We had 4 speakers in the morning - Judith Krug, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and Lee Strickland, U.S. Senior Intelligence Service Officer, and Visiting Professor, University of Maryland were the first group, followed by Daniel Lyons, Associate Division Counsel for the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor, New York University, Department of Culture and Communication. The morning session was followed by lunch, where all lunch tables were given index cards and asked to come up with questions for the speakers in the afternoon.

The afternoon session (and it was a beautiful day yet it looked as though everyone stayed!) was moderated by Rick Karr, of National Public Radio.

We chose this format because of the political nature of the topic. We did not want the question and answer period to become a political soapbox for one side or the other, hence the moderated session. The afternoon session was extremely valuable and while some questions and remarks did come from the floor (as they did for Lee Strickland in the morning), almost all were completely on topic. The importance of the topic cannot be underestimated. CUNY (the City University of New York) had a program on the same topic on the same day, and both were completely subscribed. The program and abstracts are on the symposium site at Please feel free to contact me for any other information.

Gloria Bader Meisel
Incoming President of ACRL/NY

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For ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio), each Fall the big event is our annual conference. Information, Innovation, Inspiration: Making the Connection was held November 14, 2003 in Dublin Ohio. Over 375 attended the conference hearing our featured speaker, Sally

For ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio), each Fall the big event is our annual conference. Information, Innovation, Inspiration: Making the Connection was held November 14, 2003 in Dublin Ohio. Over 375 attended the conference hearing our featured speaker, Sally For ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio), each Fall the big event is our annual conference. Information, Innovation, Inspiration: Making the Connection was held November 14, 2003 in Dublin Ohio. Over 375 attended the conference hearing our featured speaker, Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of the Friends of the Libraries. U.S.A., on Academic Libraries Connecting with Community: Connecting with Power.

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This year's conference events included 25 sessions. The most creative title awards would likely go to Tiff Adkins and Sue Skekloff, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, for "Herding Cats: Librarians, Support Staff and Faculty Learning Together" or Sara Bushong and Christine Plotts, Bowling Green State University, for "The Jerome Rollers: Taking to the Streets of BG". Seriously, the sessions were excellent as were the 13 poster sessions shared by Ohio librarians.This one, Resource Centers - Alive and Kicking at the Library by Diane Schrecker, Ashland University, highlights the role and the activities in the library's Instructional Resource Center.

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Annual conference is a time for learning to be sure. It is also a time for celebration of our achievements.
Shown here: presenter Cliff Glaviano, past chapter President, honoring Rob Withers, Miami University with the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award. One of Rob's many accomplishments has been the creation of a web based membership database for our organization, not a small task!

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Above is Pat Wood, Ohio State University, Marion/Marion Area Technical College, honored with the 2003 Outstanding Support Staff of the Year award, and below is Cathy Parker, University of Akron, the 2003 Outstanding Supporter of Support Staff of the Year.

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Annual conference is also a time when committees share their activities visually with our membership. Shown here: Members of the Government Relations Team take the opportunity to share their past year's activities with pictures of both the Washington Legislative Day and the annual local Statehouse Connect Day. Is a great time to recruit, also!

Photographs curtesy of Betsy Blankenship, The Ohio State University, Marion/Marion Area Technical College

Some additional ALAO Highlights:

  • The success of our government relations efforts depend on the strength of our members. So, this year, members of our Government Relations Team met with Ohio Library directors to discuss how we could work together. As a result of that meeting, we have created a database of state legislators by college and members of the ALAO team made an advocacy presentation at the recent state library director's retreat.
  • This year we have a member who is spending a year with family in Austria. She has agreed to send us reports of library's there. We are looking forward to hearing from her as she will be our own special ALAO Newsletter reporter from abroad.
  • At our annual leadership retreat, ALA Board members focused on the need to improve communication between the Board and the general membership. So, we have decided to include a column, handled by the past-president in our online newsletter that focuses on hot topics. These could be interesting board discussions, upcoming considerations, etc. Or, members can direct questions about the organization or its activities or make suggestions for activities via this new column. We're going to see how it works!
  • Finally, like many state organizations I assume, ALAO has numerous standing committees. Ours are called Interest Groups. In an attempt to keep up-to-date, this year we added a new interest group, the Distance Learning Interest Group to meet a new need in our organization. Sometimes we re-work our groups yet I can't remember when we have disbanded any, at least recently. So, yes, we are growing!

Susan Scott
Denison University Libraries

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South Carolina

On October 23rd, Richard Moul, director of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries, presented a report entitled "PASCAL: History and Direction." This presentation outlined the partnership goals and progress towards resource sharing among SC academic libraries. Moul's presentation was sponsored by the College and University Section of the South Carolina Library Association. Following the program, the Section held its annual business meeting in which two ACRL Chapter Representatives were elected: John Prtichett and Drucie Gullion. According to chapter records, South Carolina's participation in ACRL has been dormant since 1999. With the election of these representatives we hope to reinvigorate the SC chapter of ACRL.

Burton Callicott
SCLA College and University Section Chair

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Julie Wallace, Manager of Community Relations
and Graphics for the King County Library System, shares branding and marketing strategies with conference attendees.

The Washington State Chapter recently hosted "Changing Needs, Changing Roles: Redefining and Promoting the Academic Library," our "annual" conference. (In alternate years, the Oregon chapter takes its turn at hosting.) We returned to our usual rustic location at Pack Forest , a 4300 acre facility managed by the University of Washington and its College of Forest Resources. Following tradition, members from the Oregon chapter joined us and we continued our involvement with CLAMS (College Librarian and Media Specialists of Washington State).

This year the chapter offered two conference scholarships with the recipients writing conference reports for the newsletter. The library school recipient was
Leslie Hurst and the first-time attendee recipient was Corey Johnson.

This year our chapter drafted a Web Page and Newsletter Publication Policy.


Winners of the Halloween-inspired trivia contest are announced. Prizes included the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure and her latest book, "Book Lust"

Brenda Philip,
Green River Community College

Our chapter has expressed its support to the national ACRL board for Seattle to be considered as a possible host city for the 2009 ACRL National conference.

Our chapter continues to increase its use of technology. This year for the first time we conducted our post-conference survey and our board elections electronically.

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Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter

The Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the ACRL (WPWVC/ARCL), held their Fall 2003 membership meeting on November 14, 2003 at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA. The meeting began with board members and committee chairs being introduced to the members. Jonathan Miller, Program Committee Chair, promoted the Spring 2004 program. Liz Evans, Nominations/ Elections Committee Chair, promoted the upcoming election. Erike Linke, Chapter President, briefly discussed National Library Legislation Day and asked for members to consider acting as Legislative Liaison.

The meeting was followed by a presentation by Carolyn Radcliff on Project SAILS, the Project for the Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills. Carolyn is the SAILS Project Team member and Head of Reference Services, Kent State University Libraries. More information about Project SAILS is available at

The spring 2004 program will take place April 2nd at Bethany College in West Virginia. The full-day event is tentatively titled: "Darlings or Demons: the digital debates".

Michael Bolam
Chapter Secretary

Last Updated December 12, 2003