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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 24 Number 15 September 22/October 6, 2002

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Sabine Rauchmann

Libraries Host Int'l Visiting Intern

The New Brunswick Libraries are pleased to host Ms. Sabine Rauchmann, a recent graduate of the Applied University of Potsdam, Germany, as a visiting intern. Sabine majored in library studies and completed internships at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, where she took part in cataloging, interlibrary loan, and user services. She also completed an internship at the music department of the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, where she set up a database for music CDs.

Sabine is interested in experiencing American methods of user services, user instruction, and cataloguing in contrast to German practices. Her diploma thesis is on the teaching of information literacy in online tutorials, comparing the situation in Germany and the United States. She is also interested in helping German libraries transition to AACR2 cataloging and in furthering their interest in user services.

Apart from her professional interests in experiencing the American way of living, Sabine looks forward to traveling to different cities and parts of the country, taking part in cultural events and improving her language skills while in the United States. She is from Berlin, Germany, and has a working knowledge of Russian and French. She is interested in music and plays the piano. She is hoping to gain valuable experiences in the progressive American library setting at the Rutgers University Libraries during the next six months. During her visit, she hopes to gain hands-on experience from an American perspective.

Sabine is based in the Alexander Library. CDS International, a German foundation, funds her internship. Jim Niessen serves as her academic advisor.

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Rauchmann to the Rutgers University Libraries.

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Jazz Research Roundtables
Fall 2002

The Institute of Jazz Studies, in conjunction with the Rutgers-Newark Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts, invites library faculty and staff to attend one or more session of this semester's Jazz Research Roundtable. Sessions will feature the following speakers, covering the topics indicated:

Oct. 17: Thurston Briscoe - Program Director, WBGO: The State of Jazz Radio

Nov. 14: Ed Berger: Benny Carter Update, with live performance by pianist Chris Neville

Dec. 5: Terry Monaghan: Lenin and the Lindy Hop: The Troubled Relationship between the American Communist Party and Jazz

All programs are free and open to the public, and take place Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in the Dana Room, on the 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library. Refreshments will be served. For further information please call 973/353- 5595.

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Call for Papers!

Visions: The Academic 'Library' in 2012
A project sponsored by the Fairleigh Dickinson University Libraries and the New Jersey Library Association - College and University Section/ACRL NJ Chapter

Faced with the complex of uncertainties triggered by technological, cognitive, and social change, what form might or should emerge for the academic "library" a decade from today? Originality and insight that challenges conventional thinking and informs future decision-making in the library - information world is the desired product.

  • $2500 in prize(s)
  • Double-blind reviewing
  • 1000 word paper or 15 minute "presentation"
  • Cover page with personal information and 100 word abstract (required)
  • Electronic submission expected
  • Deadline for full papers: 19 October 2002

Questions welcome; notification of "intent to submit" encouraged. Please contact:
James W. Marcum, University Librarian
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Vibiana Bowman, President
New Jersey ACRL

Scenarios of future realities that must be addressed are encouraged. A symposium on this issue is being planned. Submissions will be considered for presentation at the symposium and for an edited volume under negotiation. This is a unique opportunity for librarians, interested stakeholders, and futurists to share predictions and learn possible future directions for the library and information services professions.


  1. Each vision should be:
    1. cogent (convincing; compelling; pertinent; relevant)
    2. coherent (consistent; without contradiction)
    3. concrete, (visual description)
    4. include assumptions (all key inside & outside trends/factors) affecting academic libraries.
    5. each vision should be for a specific institution, real or imagined.
  2. The title should describe the real essence of the vision: no more than 8 words.
  3. Any (or all) papers will be "published" on a common web site at the discretion of the organizers.
  4. This project is open to any current member of the academic (and futurist) communities (students, faculty, staff) and not limited to librarians.
  5. The jury will include both distinguished visionary academics as well as librarians. The organizers (Marcum and Bowman) will not be among the readers/jury.
  6. Every paper will be read and ranked by more than one reader, each of whom can put proposals forward for the next round of evaluation. All "finalists" will be considered by the larger panel of readers.
  7. FDU and/or the ACRL New Jersey and the author(s) have non-exclusive distribution rights for all submitted papers which may include but not be limited to making these papers publicly available on the web from one or more sites. FDU and/or the ACRL New Jersey shall make such papers available freely and without charge in the interest of untrammeled scholarly access.
  8. FDU and/or ACRL New Jersey may hold related symposiums, for a fee, in which such papers may be presented or made available for discussion.
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Benefits Annual Enrollment in October

October is open enrollment for medical and dental plans, flexible spending accounts, and the premium option plan. Something new this October will be an opportunity to enroll in long term care insurance, which is being offered for the first time. Information about these plans and other Rutgers programs and services available to employees will be offered at "Not Just Open Enrollment" open houses to take place at campus student centers in October.

The Libraries Human Resources Office will be available to assist you during the enrollment period about the process and to answer your questions. For more information, please contact Sandra Troy, University Libraries Human Resources Manager, by email at story@rci.rutgers.edu or by phone at 732/932-7505.

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Faculty Employment Opportunities

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting for the following positions:

  • Social Sciences Librarian, APP 157
  • Archivist & Head, Exhibitions Program, APP 158

For the complete position descriptions, please see this URL: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/hr/libpersonnel/libpersonnel.shtml

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Robeson Librarian Marries

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Vibiana and Nichola share cake at their wedding.

We are happy to congratulate Robeson Library reference librarian Vibiana Bowman on her marriage to Nikola Cvetkovic on August 3, 2002. The wedding was held at Veinigung Erzgebirge Club in Warminster, PA, a fraternal organization for people born in the Erzgebirge region of the province of Saxony in Germany. The historic VE club has on its grounds one of the largest sections of the former Berlin Wall in the United States.

Nick and Vib were joined at the ceremony by their friends and relatives, as well as their new combined family of six (!) children ranging in ages from 12 to 19.

Colleagues should be advised that Vibiana's email will remain bowman@camden.rutgers.edu.

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The Agenda Archive

Contributors for this issue were Ed Berger, Vibiana Bowman, Mary Gerber, James Neissen, and Sandra Troy. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor of The Agenda, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.