New Strategic Plan
On Friday, October 13 , the Boston College Libraries kicked off its new strategic planning process with a presentation entitled “Transforming Libraries for 21st Century Students and Scholars” by Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee. Following the presentation, a panel of students, faculty, and staff commented on their vision of the library of the future and responded to Barbara's presentation. This is the first step in the Libraries' new long-range planning effort and there will be more on this in future Newsletters.
Chris Conroy attended the 26th Annual Charleston Conference in Charleston South Carolina, November 8-11, 2006. The title of the conference was “Unintended Consequences”, and the focus was on how dramatic changes in librarianship and libraries over the past decade are having unanticipated ripple effects in a variety of areas. Of particular interest were programs on archiving electronic journals; rapid development has occurred in this area as more journals are available electronically, and as more libraries move towards electronic-only subscriptions. Open access continues to be a topic of great interest, and hearing perspectives from both librarians and publishers was informative. Another unique feature of the Charleston Conference is the ”Juried Product Development” concept, where librarians are invited in small focus groups to provide feedback on new products during their final development stage.
Margaret Cohen, Head Librarian of the Educational Resource Center and co-chair of the Academic Integrity task force, presented Designing the Academic Integrity Online Tutorial: Different Models and Uses along with Associate Professor Ourida Mostefai at the 2006 Center for Academic Integrity International Conference. The presentation featured a discussion of the objectives and the creation of the new Boston College tutorial. The presenters also provided a demonstration of the tutorial.
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
Kelly Webster attended the first Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in Dallas, Texas. It was the first-ever national conference to be held and sponsored by the five caucus associations of color: the American Indian Library Association (AILA); the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Provide Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. The conference took about eight years of planning. There were over 1,000 attendees, a packed schedule of programs, and several special events. More information can be found at the ALA website.
Burns Library assistant archivist, Amy Braitsch, comes to Boston College from Greenwich, Connecticut, where she was the curator of archives at The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich for nearly four years. At the Historical Society, Amy performed all aspects of archival work, as well as participating in exhibitions, publications, and digital initiatives. Prior to living and working in Connecticut, Amy earned her MLIS with a concentration in archival enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin, while serving as the photographs intern at the Center for American History. Her undergraduate degree is in cultural anthropology, with minors in art history and philosophy, from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. Amy is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts.
Leslie Homzie, Senior Reference Librarian/Bibliographer for History and Political Science, joined the staff in August. Prior to her position in the O’Neill Library, she worked for five years at Brandeis University as a reference librarian, and coordinator of outreach and instructional services. She also has three years of experience at the University of Delaware as a reference librarian with liaison responsibilities in political science, public policy, and legal studies. Leslie has a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and a M.L.S. from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Wes Hazard, Media Services Assistant (Evenings), recently joined the O'Neill Library staff after a year as a student worker. He received a B.A. in Political Science and in Film Studies. He looks forward to graduate studies in the near future.
Michael Creedon recently joined O'Neill Library as a Library Digital Media Specialist, after a 10-month appointment at Boston College as a Systems Librarian. Prior to joining Boston College Mike worked as a Database and Systems Analyst at Cornell University Library and Museum. He also worked as an Apprentice Oracle DBA/ Project Administrator for Avatar Technology, and as a Senior Systems Administrator for Stevens Institute of Technology. Mike holds a B.A. in Social Relations from Cornell University, and an M.A. in Social Science from the S.U.N.Y. Binghamton.
Sarah Hogan joined the Boston College libraries in 2001 as the evening supervisor at the O’Neill Library Course Reserves Department. She received a BA in history, with a focus on Indonesia and East Timor, from the College of the Holy Cross in 1999. She received her MLS from Simmons College in 2006 and became the O’Neill Library Course Reserves Coordinator in August 2006.