Scholarly & Professional Activity Committee Report (2002-2003)


Fall 2002:

The Program entitled What is the future of reference in the digital library environment? took place on December 12, 2002, at Pane Room, Alexander Library. The keynote speaker was Anne Lipow, director of Library Solutions Institute & Press, and a nationally renowned expert on the changing nature of library reference service. A panel RUL librarians consisting of Natalie Borisovetz, Marty Kesselman, and team of Triveni Kuchi, Laura Mullen, and Stephanie Tama, presented respectively the services Ask-a-Librarian, Real Time Reference, and Librarians Without Borders. The Public Services Council, SAPAC, and Training and Learning Committee co-sponsored the program. The event was very well attended and simultaneous video conferencing was offered to the Robeson and Dana Libraries.

The following is the summary of evaluation/comments from the attendees of the event:

Spring 2003:

SAPAC hosted a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series with diverse range of topics. All presentations took place at Pane Room, Alexander Library, from 12-1:30 PM.

February 19
Presenter: Sabine Rauchman, Visitor from Berlin, Germany
Topic: Differences and similarities between German and American academic libraries: a personal experience (co-sponsor with Diversity Committee)

March 12
Presenter: Fernanda Perrone, Archivist and Head, Exhibitions Program (SC/UA)
Topic: History of catholic women's colleges of New Jersey

April 9
Presenter: Eileen Stec, Outreach and Instruction Librarian (NBL/DGLSS)
Topic: Results of Shaping a Life* assessments on learning following library instruction
(*Shaping a Life is the mission course of Douglass College, a requirement for all Douglass incoming students, approx. 800)

May 7
Presenter: Tricia Libutti, Education Librarian (NBL/ALEX)
Title: The Construction of a Monograph: From Ideation to Publication

June 4
Presenter: Jim Niessen, Word History Librarian (NBL/ALEX)
Title: Itinerarium Bibliothecarii: Working with Colleagues in Berlin, Budapest, and Chisinau.

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