Robeson Library Shows Generosity in Holiday Toy Drive
Continuing a commendable annual tradition, last month Robeson Library personnel thought beyond
themselves and shared some holiday cheer with those in need.
Organized by Vibiana Bowman, library faculty and staff contributed dozens of toys, large and small, to
the Camden Rescue Mission's drive to collect gifts for disadvantaged children in the Camden area. With
help from Rutgers-Camden Facilities' Senior Maintenance Mechanic Rich Hufner, the toys arrived at the
Rescue Mission in plenty of time to raise smiles and spirits for the Christmas holiday.
Vibiana Bowman, center, stands with Camden Rescue Mission Administrative Assistant Lily Solano (left) and Rich Hufner after delivering the toys.
To view a web album of the toy drive, created by Robeson Instructional Technology Specialist John
Gibson, please see:
We commend our Robeson colleagues for their generosity.
Three New Books, And Three Presentations, By Three Librarians
During the second half of 2004, Rutgers librarians Marty Kesselman, Vibiana Bowman, and Patricia
O'Brien Libutti each edited a book that addresses pressing concerns in the library field. Each of the
three publications inspired presentations at national and state professional conferences.
Marty Kesselman, Martin Alan, & Irwin Weintraub. (Eds.) Global Librarianship: Books in Library and
Information Science. New York, 2004: Marcel Dekker.
The authors in Global Librarianship focus on the
changes in the organization, management, and dissemination of information so anyone can gain easy
access to information at just about any location in the world. Rutgers librarians contributed several
chapters to this work: Tom Glynn ("Historical Perspectives on Global Librarianship"), Thelma Tate ("The
Role of Libraries in Rural Development," with Daniel Ruheni), Patricia O'Brien Libutti ("Global
Education Information in the Digital Environment"), and James Niessen ("Globalization in the Lives of
the Selectors of Foreign Materials and Their Collections").
Marty drew on his contributions to the book in a presentation on global librarianship, sponsored by the
International Round Table, at the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 28, 2004.
Bowman, Vibiana. (Ed.) The Plagiarism Plague: A Resource Guide and CD ROM Tutorial for Educators and
Librarians. New York, 2004: Neal-Schuman.
Various experts on aspects of plagiarism contributed to this
volume. Contributing authors include Rutgers University librarians Vibiana Bowman ("Teaching
Intellectual Honesty in a Tragically Hip World; A Pop-Culture Perspective", "Intellectual Honesty:
Selling It!", "Cite it Right! A Tutorial," with John Gibson); Eileen Stec, with Dr. Mallika Henry
("Plagiarism Busters: Free (and Not-So-Free) Web Resources for Plagiarism Detection", and her
plagiarism tutorial on the accompanying CD-ROM); and Laura Spencer ("The Onus of Originality:
Innovation, Imitation, and Other problems of Writing").
This book was one of two whose topics were explored at the VALE Users' Group Conference, January 6,
Libutti, Patricia O'Brien. (Ed.) Digital Resources and Librarians: Case Studies in Innovation,
Invention and Implementation. Chicago, 2004: ALA/ACRL.
The volume looks at the effect of the Internet on the work processes of librarians. Case studies
illustrate librarians' reorganization of products that used the Internet to communicate and teach. The
volume is accompanied by an ACRL site that contains URLs of digital resources for cut and paste
exploration on the Web, updated periodically. Rutgers librarians who contributed include Roberta Tipton
("The Importance of the Reference Interview in a Digital Information Environment", with Libutti),
Eileen Stec ("Occasions of Sin: Designing an Online Plagiarism Lesson"), Stephanie Tama-Bartels
("Digital resources and the Law: Web Sites for Librarians and Educators", with Libutti), and Libutti's
"Web Sites on Education from around World" (with Sheila Kirven). Rutgers librarians who acted as peer
reviewers included Mary Fetzer, Linda Langscheid, and Lourdes Vazquez.
Authors of chapters will present their work at the Special Library Association Conference in Toronto,
CA in June 2005.
Sandra Troy, right, speaks at the Ceremony of Remembrance as Connie Wu looks on.
Libraries Diversity Committee Forges Bonds Through Tragedy
In March 1998, the Rutgers University Libraries Diversity Committee joined with the university's
Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes and the Chinese Community to host a Dialogue with Iris Chang,
noted writer and author of the Rape of Nanking: the Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. In December
2004, after her sudden death, another sadder meeting was held at Rutgers, A Ceremony of Remembrance for
Iris Chang. Connie Wu, Rutgers' librarian and president of the Huaguang Cultural Association, organized
the program and Sandra Troy, Libraries' human resources manager, represented the Diversity Committee as
a speaker. Sandra commented in her speech that the beautiful and brilliant Iris, whose life ended too
soon, would live on in her literary work.
The Libraries Diversity Committee was complimented to learn that a photo of Ms. Chang with members of
the Committee, taken at the March 1998 event, was featured in a memorial book published by friends of
Ms. Chang in time for the Ceremony of Remembrance. The same photo was also featured in a story on the
ceremony printed in Duowei, a New Jersey-based Chinese language newspaper.
Contributors for this issue were John Gibson, Patricia Libutti, and Sandra Troy.
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