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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 25 Number 12 October 12, 2003

Robeson Library Receives
Disney Collection

If a Rutgers-Camden student jokes "I'm going to Disneyland," he might now be hinting to his friends that he's going to look through an animated new collection in the Paul Robeson Library.

In the spring the Paul Robeson Library received 150 volumes on Walt Disney with an emphasis on animation art. The majority of the books are unique to Rutgers and will all be housed in the Robeson Library's special collections as part of a new Disney collection.

The donation came from Ted Stubbins, a 1968 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences (now Rutgers-Camden), who decided to thin out the extensive collection of Walt Disney materials that had taken over his home. Mr. Stubbins recalled his very pleasant experiences at Rutgers-Camden, where he also earned a Masters degree in English in 1981. So he called the Paul Robeson Library and offered to donate all the books in his collection.

When he received the call, Paul Robeson librarian Jim Nettleman might have thought for a moment that someone was playing a goofy trick on him. But he responded enthusiastically to the offer and volunteered to bring his station wagon to Mr. Stubbins' home to pick up the materials.

By day Mr. Stubbins works as a research scientist at Campbell Soup Company's world headquarters in Camden, where he investigates testing procedures and trains lab personnel. He explains that he is "a Disney nut" who acquired anything in his price range, eventually building up a collection of hundreds of items. He estimates that the items he donated to the Paul Robeson Library cost him about $4,000 to acquire.

Amplifying on why he chose to give this collection to the Paul Robeson Library, Mr. Stubbins stated: "I got a lot out of Rutgers University, a good education at a very reasonable cost, good friends, and lots of memories. So it made sense to call the Rutgers-Camden library and offer these materials to them. It helped me thin out my collection and helped Rutgers by providing valuable resources for their use."

We are grateful to Mr. Stubbins for his generosity to the Rutgers University Libraries.

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New Frontpage Photos

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  Mason Gross School of the Arts doctoral student Mong Chi browses in the book shelves in the East Asian Library.

Attentive observers of the Libraries' website may have noticed that Webmaster Sam McDonald added a whole new rotation of photos in the shifting frontpage box.

The five new photos feature a student studying at the Douglass Library; Jeris Cassel leading a library instruction class in the Kilmer Library, Zohreh Bonianian assisting a student at the Alexander Library circulation desk; a doctoral student searching the stacks in the East Asian Library; and three students studying at the Library of Science and Medicine.

We are grateful to Alan Goldsmith and Nick Romanenko of University Photo Services and Harry Glazer of Libraries Administration for providing the photos.

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Strong Libraries Presence
At NB Teaching Conference

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  Standing at the Libraries instruction table at the New Brunswick Faculty Council Conference were, left to right, Triveni Kuchi, Jeris Cassel, and Theo Haynes.

The Rutgers Student Center was the scene for the New Brunswick Faculty Council's Conference on Undergraduate Teaching earlier this month. Attracting over 200 faculty members for discussions on this year's theme, the critical first two years of undergraduate study, the conference also featured a strong Libraries presence in the exhibition of technologies for teaching and learning.

Five of the fifteen tables at the exhibition focused on Libraries resources and services. Libraries tables covered electronic reserves, indexes and full text online, Libraries Mediavision channel, instruction and online tutorials, and plagiarism and academic integrity.

Thank you to Jeanne Boyle, Jeris Cassel, Judy Gardner, Rebecca Gardner, Theo Haynes, Trivenni Kuchi, Patricia Libutti, Jackie Mardikian, Jane Sloan, Eileen Stec, and Roberta Tipton for representing the Libraries at the exhibition.

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University Archives Resource
Spurs 2nd Summer Institute

Special Collections and University Archives hosted the second "Electronic New Jersey Teachers Summer Institute" in July, bringing together 13 teachers from six school districts across New Jersey for an intense two-week training session in using Electronic New Jersey to teach New Jersey state history. The institute featured top-notch Rutgers faculty members and resources from three state agencies to help attendees develop new instructional units to be added to "Electronic New Jersey."

The Electronic New Jersey project began in 1997, when University Archivist Tom Frusciano started collaborating with William Fernekes, supervisor of social studies at Hunterdon Central High School, and Bill Marshall, supervisor of social studies at Spotswood High School, to design a website that allowed students to view historical documents and images related to New Jersey. Receiving support from the New Jersey Historical Commission early that year, the group organized faculty teams which selected Special Collections source materials for placement on the site, focused on two initial topic areas: Jersey Homesteads (New Deal and The Great Depression) and Social Protests of the 1960s at Rutgers University. The group also developed instructional strategies, linked to the sources on the site, to make the most of this new resource.

In the fall 1997 semester, five teachers used Electronic New Jersey with their classes in a pilot test to gauge its effectiveness. Over 120 students visited the site, reviewed the source materials available, and entered comments into the archive. Participating teachers enthusiastically acclaimed the new resource, and representatives of high schools in East Brunswick and Bridgewater-Raritan townships signed up to expand the use of the site to social studies classes at their schools. With additional funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, the website was expanded to include four new subject areas: World War Two, Paul Robeson, the American Revolution, and the Civil War.

The Northern Burlington Regional Schools and North Brunswick Township Schools joined the consortium coordinating the project in 2000. Electronic New Jersey received the NJ Historical Commission Award of Recognition for Study of NJ History in 1998 and a 1999 Award of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for Excellence in the Study of NJ History. Two new modules, History of Science and Technology and Mass Culture and Consumerism, were added in 2002.

A recent grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission enabled teachers from Flemington-Raritan Regional Public Schools, the Freehold Regional Public Schools, and Readington Township Public Schools to join their counterparts from other public high schools to develop new content for the project.

The Electronic New Jersey Teachers Summer 2003 Institute featured lectures by Rutgers history professors Bill Gillette, Jim Reed, Paul Israel, and Dee Garrison. Rutgers Special Collections archivist Fernanda Perrone addressed historiographical trends in such areas as the Civil War, War World II, the impact of Thomas Edison on scientific and technological discovery, McCarthyism at Rutgers, and women's suffrage. Rutgers' Graduate School of Education Professor Ben Justice and evaluation consultant Hilarie Bryce Davis provided lectures on curriculum development issues, field testing techniques, and web design issues.

The teachers heard presentations by Dorothy Hartman, who served as an archival consultant; Joseph Klett, the New Jersey State Archivist; Chad Leinaweaver, Library Director at the New Jersey Historical Society; and University Archivist Tom Frusciano. The New Jersey State Archives and New Jersey Historical Society joined Special Collections and University Archives as repositories contributing primary sources for consideration and adoption by the teachers. The new modules developed during July will be field-tested in the classroom during the fall and mounted on the site during the spring of 2004.

The website is maintained by the Scholarly Communication Center and is continually under construction. To view the Electronic New Jersey website, please go to: http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/njh/index.htm. For more information on Electronic New Jersey, please contact Tom Frusciano at 732/932-7006 or fruscian@rci.rutgers.edu.

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  A sarcastic column on air raids published in March 1942 in the Rutgers Owl, an alternative student newspaper, featured on the Electronic New Jersey website. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives.


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Thank you to Melissa John, RC'04 for her very helpful editorial suggestions on the lead story for this issue. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor of The Agenda, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.