New Brunswick Libraries Faculty
Alexander Library Pane Room
20, 2004 - 9:30 a.m.
Attendees: A. Bemis, E. Calhoun,
M. Fetzer, R. Gardner, T. Glynn, C. Finley, B. Hancock, K. Hartman, S. Harrington
(recorder), H. Huey, R. Jantz, M. Kesselman, T.Kuchi, P. Libutti, M. Lo, J.
Mardikian, K. Mulcahy, L. Mullen , J. Niessen, P. Piermatti, F. Puniello, E.
Stec, F. Tehrani, L. Vazquez, K. Wenk, M. Wilson, and R. Womack.
- The agenda was approved.
- Heather Huey, a librarian based
at Alexander Library, and Ann Bemis, a librarian based at Kilmer Library,
were welcomed by their New Brunswick Libraries colleagues.
- The minutes of the previous
New Brunswick Libraries Faculty meeting (December 19, 2003) were approved
- Interim Director's Reports
The report was a joint report
in conjunction with the Interim Assistant Director's Report (F.Tehrani)
- $2.2 million has been allotted
for renovations to Alexander Library, including roofing, HVAC, and windows.
- D21 renovation continues;
the building is slated to open in approximately one month. Furniture is
to be delivered shortly.
- Route 18 will undergo a major
construction project spanning four years. Major disruptions to local and
regional traffic flow will occur. The University is convening a committee
to examine how best to approach the problem; the Libraries will also convene
a committee on issues related to Libraries transportation.
- The "all funds"
approach is still being considered for future expenditures, further information
will be forthcoming.
- All faculty and staff should
review the University's new regulations regarding travel expenditures
and reimbursement, available at http://ruweb.rutgers.edu/regulations/contents.html#6
- Kim O'Konis will be serving
as a librarian based at the Kilmer Library until 8/1/04.
- The committee charged with
hiring the next SCILS/RUL resident/intern will meet shortly.
- New Brunswick Libraries Director
Search Update (K. Mulcahy)
The Committee met recently. The search firm that has worked with the committee
has withdrawn from the process. Additional resumes have been received; three
candidates will be brought in to meet with the Committee and University Librarian
for preliminary interviews. The Committee hopes to outline a series of 'next
steps' in the coming weeks.
- The New Brunswick Libraries
travel report will be postponed until next month's meeting.
- The next scheduled New Brunswick
Libraries faculty meeting falls during the week of spring break. The date
for the next meeting was thus changed to March 26, 2004.
- K. Mulcahy reminded the faculty
of the upcoming approval plan demos by Blackwell North America and Yankee
Book Peddler. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions
- The music librarian search
is ongoing. A number of names of potential candidates and resumes have
been received. It is possible that candidates will be brought in for formal
interviews later in the spring semester.
- Demonstration of Iris Bibliographic
Instruction Module (E. Stec)
In conjunction with the Shaping a Life program of Douglass College, E. Stec
has developed an assignment on IRIS, entitled the IRIS Online Catalog Handbook,
which attempts to teach both concepts and mechanics. It is composed of a handbook
and an associated assignment that focuses on Library of Congress Subject Headings.
The handbook explores OPAC basics, such as how to read catalog records, and
how to know if an item is a book. The "paper in hand" aspect of
the handbook (which students print out from a website) has been found to be
highly effectual, since it can be repeatedly referred to by students across
the course of a semester.
To locate the New Brunswick Instruction Knowledgebase resources go to:
and type in the user ID datacenter. If you are using the Internet Explorer
Browser, you must also add the domain name SCC.
- Demonstration of Open URL (D.
Hoover, C. Pecoraro)
The Libraries will be implementing LinkSource, Ebsco's brand name for their
open URL link resolver. The link resolver will provide item-level linking
among databases. Users will not have to exit the online database they are
using to start a new search in IRIS in order to locate full-text content or
the location of print resources. LinkSource is not a search engine, it is
a linking device that finds and provides links between items. Patrons do not
have to select LinkSource in order to use it; it self-presents and will operate
automatically. The open-URL capabilities are presented at the citation-level
at the end of the search process, under the term "Linksource." A
new A to Z list of electronic journals has been developed, Linksource has
the advantage of applying coverage data to this A to Z list. A FAQ will also
be available. Some dissatisfaction was expressed with the term "Linksource,"
on the grounds that the students will not recognize that the link in fact
leads to the full text of the source.
- The meeting was adjourned
at 12:05 pm.