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NB Libraries Associate Director Annual Report, 1998-1999

Francoise S. Puniello
1998-1999 ANNUAL REPORT
June 22, 1999

This has been a most interesting year as the New Brunswick Libraries mature as a unit and I form my role within its context and that of the Rutgers University Libraries. There are so many issues and so many projects that this is a very exciting time to be in the library field and to be a part of this organization. I am extremely busy and quite happy to be so. Below are outlined some of the areas that I have been involved with.

FACILITIES

CAPITAL RENEWAL & RENOVATION PROGRAM FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
The New Brunswick Libraries submitted 5 proposals under this possible funding source. For each one, after consultation with appropriate resources, I wrote the proposals. Ryoko Toyama or I met with the outside consultants who prepared a cost analysis of the projects. They are:

ALEXANDER LIBRARY

ANNEX

ART LIBRARY

CHANG LIBRARY

DOUGLASS LIBRARY

KILMER AREA LIBRARY

LIBRARY OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

SERC II

RUNet 2000

FACILITIES DATABASE

DEVELOPMENT/EXTERNAL SUPPORT/EVENTS

MARY H. DANA WOMEN ARTIST SERIES. Dr. Joel Lebowitz gave an endowment of $145,996 to support the series in honor of his wife Estelle Lebowitz. The money will be used to have a color catalog each year and to support the Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Lectureship which Ferris Olin developed. Ms. Olin and I also selected one of Estelle Lebowitz's paintings for the Douglass Library.

BEATRICE McCARTER ENDOWMENT. Beatrice McCarter, a former employee of the Art Library, left her entire estate of $456,773 to the library. I served on the committee of faculty and librarians who advised the New Brunswick Director on the best use of the funds for the first year.

SISTERS in CRIME. Sisters in Crime, the women's mystery writers association, donated its paper to the Douglass Library. In recognition of that donation, which came with money to process the collection, Douglass College and the University libraries jointly sponsored a wonderful event on October 29 which included writers participating in classes with students, workshops in the afternoon. I was a member of the committee and the Friends of the Libraries and the Douglass Alumnae Association sponsored a tea, in the Douglass Library, to honor the writers and to have the formal donation ceremony. The day culminated with a panel discussion with several of the writers.

Gladys Brooks Foundation Proposal. Along with Amy Kirner and Ferris Olin I helped write a proposal made by Douglass College to the Gladys Brooks Foundation for the development of a women in the arts endowment to be used for books and compact shelving. We still have not heard if we were successful in our request.

Elizabeth C. Stanton Family Visit. Two great grand daughters of Elizabeth C. Stanton (one from France and one from the American branch) visited the Douglass Library on July 14, where Stanton's papers are housed. Keith Jones prepared an extensive program for the day. Concurrent with an exhibit on the 100 anniversary of Seneca Falls curated by Ferris Olin, this event generated quite a bit of media coverage.

April 10 University Wide Open House. I organized the New Brunswick Libraries events in support of this university wide recruitment effort. While many people came to the libraries, the events were not well attended. I think the majority of the attendees are parents and prospective students who have a different agenda for that day. In the future we will just be available in an open house mode.

World Week. April 5 - 9, 1999. 1 arranged for Lourdes Vazquez to do a poetry reading as the Libraries contribution to the World Week. Faculty, graduate students and the community came to her reading. It was a wonderful event.

Patio '50 Dedication. I worked with Harry Glazer, Jazmine Faherty, Kelly Smith and Inta Sams to have a successful dedication of the newly redesigned patio. It was a lovely day and we received many positive comments from the class of '50.

RUL/SCILS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

COORDINATOR OF SERVICES FOR USERS WITH DISABILITIES

STAFF TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT

EXTERNAL REVIEWS

UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE LIAISON



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