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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 26 Number 24 June 13, 2004

TAS Conducts 2nd Annual
"Bring Your Child" Day

Systems staff member Chad Mills instructs the Bring Your Child to Work participants on how to create Web pages.

On April 22nd the Libraries Technical and Automated Services department transformed itself into a hands-on learning lab for five kids who may have previously wondered: "What does Mom/Dad do all day?"

That day TAS held its second annual event for Bring Your Child to Work Day. The young visitors were treated to a day filled with such different activities as building a Web page, visiting the Library of Science and Medicine and learning about patents and microfiche, meeting different TAS staffers and learning about their jobs, and more. In a few busy hours, the children got a healthy taste of a life within a large university library system.

To see a fuller report of the day's activities, please visit the website at: http://libserv4.rutgers.edu/kids2work/2004/

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Nelson Chou Appointed
To State Advisory Board

Congratulations to East Asian Library Head Nelson Chou, who Governor James E. McGreevey appointed in April to serve as a member of the New Jersey State Historical Records Advisory Board.

The State Historical Records Advisory Board was established in 1975 to serve as the central advisory body for historical records planning in the state and as a conduit and review body for grant projects funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in support of archival and records management programs. Members are representatives of public and private archival and research institutions and are appointed by the Governor to three-year terms.

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Dalina Speaks at National Conference

University Records Management Coordinator Stephen Dalina served as a panelist for a "Challenges of Record Management & Best Practices" workshop at the recent National Freedom of Information Coalition Conference held this year at the Rutgers University Law School - Newark on May 21st. Other panelists were Eric J.Goodman, Irvington's First Assistant Township Records Custodian, and Patrice McDermott, Deputy Director, Office of Government Relations, American Library Association.

The panel discussed the importance of records management and how corporate, government, and academic institutions benefit from having sound records management programs. The panel noted that records management could help streamline the process of producing documents, in order to address the influx of requests for certain "right to know" and "freedom of information" requests.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) joins First Amendment and open government organizations from individual states in a self-supporting alliance as they seek to protect the public's right to know through the education of media professionals, attorneys, academics, students, and the general public. NFOIC nurtures start-up FOI organizations in other states. It assists its own members through joint fundraising, project planning, and the interchange of ideas and information.

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Personnel Changes
as of 06/03/04

Departures:
New Brunswick Libraries
Ana Ramirez, Library Assistant II
Kayla Reichardt, Library Supervisor I
Nicholas Reichardt, Library Associate II

Promotions:
New Brunswick Libraries
Andres Martinez, Library Supervisor I
Roger Smith, Assistant Head Access/Collection Services

Retirees:
New Brunswick Libraries
Mary Gadek, Library Supervisor I

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Workshop on NJ Genealogy Holdings
In Special Collections:
Tuesday July 27th

If you have ever been asked, or ever wondered, what resources Special Collections and University Archives has in the area of genealogy in New Jersey, there will be a brief workshop next month that you won't want to miss. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 27th from 11am until 12:30pm in the Case Room, in the Special Collections and University Archives area on the lower level of Alexander Library. The workshop leader will be Janet Riemer, past president of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, retired conservator from Special Collections, and an expert on NJ family genealogy.

The workshop is given annually to acquaint Libraries faculty and staff with Special Collections and University Archives' genealogical holdings. The workshop may be of particular interest to librarians and staff who participate in the Ask-A-Librarian service and receive queries involving genealogy, what resources the Libraries have, and how to access our holdings.

RSVP to Bonita Craft Grant at 732/932-7006, ex. 369 or by email at craftg@rci.rutgers.edu by Friday, July 23rd. Pre-registered participants will also receive handouts listing our genealogical holdings to take back to their offices.

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Food For Thought

"We have been much more timid, however, in addressing the implications of changing demographics for undergraduate education. We have been creative in devising support systems and mentoring programs for the 'new' undergraduates, especially for young, nonwhite students. We have also modified class schedules to accommodate the needs of working adults. These efforts have made our traditional campuses more accessible and hospitable to the majority of today's undergraduates. But, with rare exceptions-such as the private, for-profit University of Phoenix and the online, competency-based Western Governors University -we have yet to design institutions with the new majority in mind."

To do so, we need to find what Arizona State University's President Michael Crow calls "a new gold standard" for higher education. "

"The new gold standard must be based not on input measures (for instance, freshman SAT scores, percentage of applicants admitted, student/faculty ratios) or institutional reputation but on outcomes, especially documented student learning on licensure examinations or on other measures yet to be devised or widely used. College degrees based on the assessment of competencies would meet the needs of a majority of today's undergraduate students. This approach would also go a long way toward meeting the demands of legislators, donors, and others for evidence of institutional effectiveness. With this kind of focus on results, institutions would be freed from the financial imperative to enroll as many students as possible and keep them enrolled as long as possible. "

Excerpted with permission from the author, Clara M. Lovett,
from the article "Focusing on What Matters," from
the March/April 2003 issue of Change magazine
published by the American Association for Higher Education

Want to learn more about some of the challenges facing higher education in the years to come? Then plan on joining Dr. Clara Lovett, president of the American Association for Higher Education, and participate in the Libraries Envisioning Symposium on Thursday July 22nd, at Alexander Library.

Look for more details coming soon!


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The Agenda Archive

Contributors for this issue were Tom Frusciano, Bonita Craft Grant, Margaret Hodes, Julianna Ritter. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor of The Agenda, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.