New Head of Cataloging
Diane Baden started work as Head of Cataloging at O’Neill Library in April 2005. For the past 9 years she worked at NELINET, the regional library network providing OCLC and consortial services to libraries in New England. At NELINET she was Associate Director, acting as chief operating officer as well as overseeing NELINET's consulting program and custom training projects. She piloted innovative training projects for NELINET members, and consulted in the areas of strategic planning, technical services workflow, consortial governance, and automation.
During her many years of experience in public libraries and consortia in Massachusetts, Baden managed automation projects for the Wellesley Sub-Region of the Eastern Massachusetts Regional Library System, and participated in the development of cataloging and automation services for the Minuteman Library Network. At Minuteman she created and managed a centralized cataloging and database maintenance operation for the 24 libraries in the consortium.
Baden has also served on the faculty of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she taught courses in basic and advanced cataloging and classification, and technical services. She is active in ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), where she has chaired and served on various committees and task forces.
New Digital Media Reference Librarian
Julie DeCesare, Digital Media Reference Librarian, recently joined the staff at O’Neill Library. She spent several years as Technical Coordinator for Brown University Libraries’ Media Services. She received an M.L.S. from Simmons College in August 2004 and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Film Studies, from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst in 1999.
New Assistant Director of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
Cecilie Reid came to Boston College as a graduate student in the History department. She recently defended her dissertation “American Internationalism: Peace Advocacy and International Relations 1895-1916”. She has taught the European History core for four years and worked a number of different jobs in the O’Neill Library during her graduate studies, including tutoring at the Connors Family Learning Center. Now the new Assistant Director of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction at the Connors Family Learning Center, she is in charge of the Center’s day to day tutoring activities.
New Catalog Librarian
Kelly Webster, a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, joined the staff of O'Neill Library as Catalog Librarian in September 2005. Prior to this position she served for eight years as a cataloger for the University of Michigan University Library. She received a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of New Mexico and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the immediate past president of the American Indian Library Association and active in supporting the American Library Association's Spectrum Initiative, which aims to increase the representation of librarians of color in the profession.
Nursing Librarian inducted into Sigma Theta Tau
In recognition of her service to the Connell School of Nursing, Wanda Anderson, Nursing/Health Sciences Reference Librarian & Bibliographer, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau as a “Friend of Nursing” in April of 2005. Sigma Theta Tau International is the international honor society of nursing. Alpha Chi Chapter is located at Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Sigma Theta Tau International is professional rather than social and its purpose and functions may be compared to other honor societies. Alpha Chi embodies and shares the founding values of Sigma Theta Tau International... Wisdom, Discernment, Love, Courage, Honor, Service, Professional Endeavor, Leadership and Knowledge. The purpose of Sigma Theta Tau International is to: recognize superior achievement, recognize the development of leadership qualities, foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.
Systems Librarian Receives Italy Fellowship
Senior Systems Librarian, Kevin Kidd, will spend 12 months in Florence, Italy as a Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) Library. The European University Institute is a prestigious international post-graduate university established in 1972 by the Member States of the European Union. Students and Fellows at the University carry out research in history, law, politics and the social sciences. Like the Boston College Libraries, the EUI Library is grappling with the complex administrative and technical issues presented by the explosion of online databases and the growing demands of patrons for seamless access to library resources. During the fellowship, Kevin will collaborate with EUI librarians and faculty in developing and implementing specialized database systems to manage and integrate the library's online and electronic collections. He will also participate in special projects and working groups to address policy issues such as preservation of library resources, metadata, licensing and delivery of web services to library patrons.
ABLD—Academic Business Library Directors Meeting/Going International
Claire O’Leary, Business and Management Librarian, attended the Academic Business Library Directors annual meeting at Thunderbird University’s Garvin School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ. Library directors from the United States’ top business schools met to discuss their mutual library issues and interests. The theme of the conference centered around the topic of “Going International.”
Steve Dalton, Preservation Manager, O'Neill Library, was recently appointed to two committees within the American Library Association – the ALCTS Education Committee and the ALCTS/PARS Education Committee. He was also recently appointed to the Society of American Archivists Preservation Awards Committee. In May, he attended Cornell University 's week-long workshop: Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems. On July 11 and 12, he participated in a colloquium organized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to address the topic: “Surveying the Preservation Needs of Digital Assets.” The colloquium was part of an IMLS-funded leadership project to develop a methodology for surveying digital collections in museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Dalton also serves on NEDCC's Advisory Committee for this project. In early August, as a member of Heritage Preservation's Field Guide Advisory Committee, Dalton will be part of a team of professionals reviewing the first draft of HP's Field Guide to Emergency Response.