Past UASC Projects

Catalog Transformed: From Traditional to Emerging Models of Use
UASC is co-sponsoring a program with RSS in New Orleans for Annual 2006. This program deals with changes in library catalogs in response to the increasing Googlization of electronic resources. Speakers include: Cindy Levine (Reference Librarian for the Humanities, North Carolina State University), Jill Newby (English Language Literature and Writing Librarian, University of Arizona), Andrew K. Pace (Head of Systems, North Carolina State University), Jina Wakimoto (Librarian, Head of Cataloging, University of Colorado at Boulder), and John Blyberg (Network Administrator and Lead Developer, Ann Arbor District Library).

Do You Trust Your IT Staff? Do They Trust You? A Dialogue
UASC sponsored a program in 2005 dealing with the relationship between IT staff and public services librarians.  Speakers included: Dennis Newborn (West Virginia University, Head of Library Systems), Mary Ellen Spencer (Virginia Commonwealth University, Head of Research and Reference), Karim Adib (Chicago Public Library, Director of Library Automation), and Craig Davis (Chicago Public Library, Director of Adult Services). The speakers discussed the question of how to balance the needs of an institution to protect resources and manage assets with the users' needs for access and privacy.

Equity of Access in the Electronic Environment
UASC sponsored a panel in 2004 emphasizing equity of access to library materials. Panelists included: Marilyn Scott (Virginia Commonwealth University), Susan Tulis (Southern Illinois University), Bryna Coonin (East Carolina University) and moderator Jane Rutherford (Gallaudet University). The panel addressed the issues of authentication for electronic resources, online government documents, the role of public libraries, and users with disabilities access to online sources.

User Research Bibliography
UASC compiled a bibliography on research dealing with end user behavior in the current online environment. Research was selected dealing with the issues of multiple citation databases, proliferating interfaces, and web access to an ever- increasing body of information, good and bad. The bibliography was published as "Users' Information-Seeking Behavior" in the Spring 2001 (Vol 40, No.3) issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly. The original Current User Research Bibliography was last updated on July 31, 2000.

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