|University Librarian Marianne Gaunt stands with stacks of the books donated for the Celebration of Recently Published Faculty Authors.|
The Rutgers University Libraries wanted to highlight faculty scholarship and make sure their publications
are well represented in the collections. Rutgers-New Brunswick English professor Larry Scanlon offered an
idea. Thus was born the Libraries' new "Celebration of Recently Published Faculty Authors" exhibition,
opening later this month.
To build the exhibition, University Librarian Marianne Gaunt invited faculty members to send in copies of
their books published in 2003. Contributed volumes would be featured in the exhibition and added afterwards
to library collections. To underscore the value of faculty publications to the university community,
University Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Furmanski agreed to speak at the exhibition
reception. FAS-New Brunswick Associate Dean Barry Qualls wrote to all the department chairs in his area,
asking them to encourage their faculty to participate. Dean Quall's assistant Maureen Dekaser worked
assiduously to compile a full list of FAS-NB faculty publications in 2003, enabling the Libraries to send
personalized invitations to each.
The response has been quite gratifying, with faculty donating seventy three publications to the Libraries on
subjects ranging from chemistry to communications and art history to Asian studies. Donations include
seventeen books produced by university presses, representing the pivotal role of the presses in supporting
faculty scholarship. The exhibition will also mark the Libraries involvement in the "Year of the University
Press," a joint initiative of the American Association of University Presses and the Association of Research
Reservations have also started to pour in for the exhibition reception on March 25th at the Douglass
Library. All members of the university community are invited to attend the exhibition reception. To RSVP,
send an email to email@example.com or call 732/932-7505.
Libraries Leader To Go
On the Road for Rutgers
President McCormick promised to send away some key Rutgers personalities. We're pleased that our own Ruth
Bogan will be joining the group.
In his speech to the university community in September, President McCormick outlined his vision for a new
initiative to promote a greater awareness of Rutgers throughout New Jersey: "Next spring, we will launch the
New Faculty Traveling Seminar. Each year, 35 new faculty from across the university will be invited to join
me on a five-day bus trip around New Jersey to get to know their new state, meet its people, and understand
its needs. The bus tour will provide an unparalleled opportunity to speak directly with the people in New
Jersey's communities, to build personal relationships, and to add a human dimension to the work we do. ... I
hope some of you will join me on the first Rutgers road trip."
President McCormick recently informed Ruth Bogan, Head of the Libraries' Database & Catalog Portal Mgmt.
Section, that University Librarian Marianne Gaunt and Associate University Librarian for Technical Services
Grace Agnew had nominated her to participate. The president welcomed her participation and asked her to join
a traveling seminar leaving in May.
Congratulations, Ruth! We look forward to hearing your tales from the road, upon your return.
Int'l Partnership Taps Our Rep
For Executive Group
Head of Access and Interlibrary Services Judy Gardner just received an international platform to share our
experiences with interlibrary loan and document delivery. In January, she was elected to serve as one of the
nine members of the Executive Group of SHARES - the Interlending and Document Supply Partnership of the
Research Libraries Group (RLG).
Founded in 1974 by Columbia, Harvard, and Yale Universities and The New York Public Library, RLG was
conceived to help achieve the economies and power of service that come from pooling resources, expertise,
and operations. Today RLG is an international member alliance with over 160 constituent groups, including
universities and colleges, national libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and independent
research collections, and public libraries.
SHARES encompasses eighty six institutions that use RLG technology to expand and enhance their local
collections with materials from partners around the world. Executive Group members serve two year terms and
provide guidance to RLG on all issues related to resource sharing programs.
Congratulations Judy on your influential new post!
Is Your PC Productive
The Libraries' PC Working Group is currently assessing the hardware and software needs of all Libraries
personnel. They hope to involve all Libraries' PC users in this assessment by offering an online survey.
Please visit the following URL, which will be available from 3/15-3/26, to participate in the survey:
If you have any questions about the survey, kindly email the PC Working Group at
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