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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 26 Number 33 January 30, 2005

Libraries Contribute Value to VALE Conference

You didn't have to search too hard to find a Rutgers University Libraries' staff or librarian playing a prominent role in the 2005 annual VALE Users Conference, held January 6th at the Busch Campus Center.

Rutgers representation included:

  • Vibiana Bowman, who served as conference co-chair.
  • Julie Still, one of two people on a reaction panel following the keynote address by NYU Professor Robert Boynton on "The Anarchist on the Library: The Survival of the Copyleft in a Copyright World".
  • Vibiana Bowman, Patricia Libutti, and Eileen Stec who helped lead an afternoon session on "Transition Points in Publication".
  • Jeanne Boyle, who led a session on "Authors and Readers Both: Faculty, Fair Use, and Scholarly Communication" with Rutgers University Press Director Marlie Wasserman.
  • Judy Gardner, John Gibson, and Karen Hartman, who set up and narrated poster sessions during the registration hour and the early afternoon.
  • Dave Hoover, who managed Web programming and design for the conference.
  • Ken Kuehl and Marilyn Wilt, who designed the printed program.

Thank you to our Libraries colleagues, who represent us superbly and contribute to the libraries world outside Rutgers through their efforts at VALE.

   Members of the organizing committee, the keynote speaker, and respondents pose on a staircase before the conference starts. Vibiana Bowman is fourth down, Julie Still is sixth down.

   Karen Hartman speaks with a visitor to her table on the NJLA/ACRL Research Committee.

   Jeanne Boyle, second from right, and Marlie Wasserman, third from left, listen as a breakout session participant speaks.

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Libraries Help Open Access To International Latin American Resources

Rutgers University Libraries collections in Latin American studies have assumed international significance, with the Libraries newly initiated participation in the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project.

The Latin Americanist Research Resources Project aims to expand access to Latin American research resources, through intensive cooperation amongst the projects' forty-five United States partner institutions and seven Latin American partner institutions. Funded by a Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information grant, from the United States Department of Education, the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project encompasses four initiatives:

  • A searchable Web based database, LAPTOC (Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents), sharing the tables of contents of over 800 Latin American journals received by partner institutions;
  • Digital images of presidential speeches from Mexico and Argentina, from the early 1800's to the present day available though a separate Web database;
  • In collaboration with the Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC, social sciences grey literature, produced by research institutes and other non-governmental groups in Latin America, will become available in a Latin Americanist Open Archives Portal;
  • A concerted reallocation of libraries' collections budgets among North American partners to strengthen coverage of Latin American monographs and other resources, totaling more than $170,000 per year.

The Latin Americanist Research Resources Project is part of the Global Resources Network, a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The Global Resources Network seeks to broaden access to international research resources not currently available to North American students and scholars and to make existing dispersed collections more interdependent and complementary.

The Global Resources Network is managed by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). CRL is a consortium of hundreds of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

The Libraries' service in the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project will benefit from a new agreement with the Library of Congress/Brazil office, bringing needed serials from the region to the Libraries, and from our ongoing participation in two other international research resources initiatives: the Latin American Microform Project, which secures unique or rare research materials on Latin America and captures them on microfilm, and the Latin American North East Libraries Consortium, which promotes collaborative projects that enhance the depth and scope of members' combined collections.

Lourdes Vazquez, the libraries selector and liaison to the Latin American Studies department at Rutgers and an award winning Latin American scholar and writer, will spearhead the Libraries' participation in the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project. Lourdes can be reached at vazquez@rci.rutgers.edu.

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Personnel Changes as of January 13, 2005


New Brunswick Libraries
  Joseph Asaro, Library Assistant II

Public Services & Communications/Interlibrary Loan:
  Glenn Sandberg, Library Supervisor I

Technical & Automated Services:
  John Brennan, Senior Administrative Assistant


New Brunswick Libraries
  Isaiah Beard, Application Programmer
  Yuhwei Ling, Library Associate II
  Mohammad Mansouri, Library Associate III
  Neera Sondhi, Library Associate III

Special Collections & Archives:
  Tim Corlis, Head Preservation

Public Services & Communications/Interlibrary Loan:
  Mary Belasco, Library Associate I
  Brian Beyer, Library Associate I


Dana Library:
  James Doele, Library Associate II

New Brunswick Libraries:
  Patricia Jones, Library Associate III

Robeson Library:
  Mary Wentzell, Library Assistant II


Technical & Automated Services:
  Linda Turzynski, Library Supervisor II

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Contributors for this issue were Margaret Hodes. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.