New Brunswick Libraries Faculty
Alexander Library Pane Room
February 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.

Agenda

  1. The agenda was approved.
  2. 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.
  3. The minutes of the previous New Brunswick Libraries Faculty meeting (December 19, 2003) were approved as submitted.
  4. Interim Director's Reports (F. Puniello)

    The report was a joint report in conjunction with the Interim Assistant Director's Report (F.Tehrani)

  5. 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 The search firm that has worked with the committee has withdrawn from the process.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.
  6. Announcements

  7. 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:
    http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/instruction/ and type in the user ID datacenter. If you are using the Internet Explorer Browser, you must also add the domain name SCC.


  8. 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.

  9. The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Sara Harrington