NEASC Self-Study Committee
Ed Tallent, Head, Reference and Instructional Services, has been appointed to the University’s NEASC Self-Study Committee, chaired by Bob Newton,
Special Assistant to the President. Boston College’s ten-year re-accreditation is due in 2007. The Committee will prepare a University self-study, in preparation for the March 2007 re-accreditation visit.
EBSCO Publishing’s North American Business School Advisory Board Meeting
This past November Claire O’Leary, Business and Management Librarian, attended the EBSCO Publishing’s annual North American Business School Advisory Board Meeting at EBSCO Publishing’s home office in Ipswich, MA. As a board member Claire, along with a number of other top business school librarians, participates in discussions concerning one of our premier and most heavily utilized library databases-- Business Source Premier.
BLC Scholarly Communication Task Force
Mark Caprio, eScholarship@BC Program Manager, is part of a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) task force charged with creating a selection of Web-based resources that can be used by BLC members in their efforts to encourage change in scholarly communication dissemination practices. The Webpage will be part of the BLC site and provide links to general information about faculty and librarian initiatives provoking change in current scholarly publishing practices. These include links to statements from faculty governance bodies addressing a range of scholarly communication issues, expressing their concerns, and issuing statements of support for actions they believe will strengthen the scholarly communication system.
Of especial importance, the page will link to the “Agreement to Extend Author’s Rights,” a document that gives authors and their employing institutions non-exclusive rights to use, distribute, and reproduce material in electronic digital or print form in activities connected with the author’s academic and professional activities. The amendment also supports placement of material in institutional repositories. The Author Amendment, first drafted by MIT, has been approved unanimously by The Boston Library Consortium’s Board of Directors for adoption. (For the past several years Boston College Libraries have pointed to its own suggested addendum to publishing contracts: "Scholarship Dissemination-Friendly" Addendum to Publishing Contracts).
Other members of the task force include Hillary Corbett from Northeastern University, Ann Devenish from Marine Biological Laboratory & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Laura Walters from Tufts University. The group sponsor is Ed Warro, Dean of Libraries at Northeastern University.
New Digital Resources Reference Librarian
Nina Bogdanovsky, Digital Resources Reference Librarian, joined the staff of O'Neill Library in February, 2006. She received a Master's Degree in Philology and Education from Moscow University and an MLS from Simmons College.
Prior to this position, Nina held several positions at Harvard University Libraries. She worked for the last 7 years at EBSCO Publishing, a leading provider of aggregated databases, where as a senior product manager for Information Retrieval, she actively participated in the implementation of cutting edge linking and searching technologies. Apart from information technology, Nina's reference interests include such subjects as Philosophy, Political Science, History, and Literature.
Brendan Rapple and Ed Tallent are participating in this spring’s staff and faculty Intersections project. This is a series of semester-long seminars and shorter workshops to help faculty and administrative staff understand the role of vocational discernment in undergraduate development, as well as widen their awareness of the important roles they can play in this kind of student discernment.
A frequent question that librarians hear from faculty is “how can I get my students to use the high-quality online resources that the library provides instead of going directly to Google to find whatever is out there on the internet?”
One way to encourage use of relevant library resources is to create links to them directly from course WebCT sites. This strategy was discussed at a mini-conference called “WebCT-Library Collaborations”, held in December, 2005 at Boston College. Thirty BC librarians, faculty, and instructional designers heard presentations about trends in the integration of library resources into course management systems, particularly WebCT. BC faculty and librarians showcased WebCT sites in which library resources were available to students.
Christine Turner, the e-Resources Librarian at U-Mass Amherst, presented preliminary findings of her research at universities in the United States and Australia. She reported that distance education is not the focus at the schools she studied. Rather, the “hybrid” model in which course management systems complement traditional classroom-based education provides a rich environment for promotion of information literacy skill development. She observed that usage increases when library resources are made available to students from many different access points, rather than only from the Library homepage or online catalog.
BC staff who presented at the conference included: Adeane Bregman (Head, Bapst Library), Sarah Castricum (Instructional Design and eTeaching Services), Betty Cohen (Head, Social Work Library), Coleen Dunkley (O'Neill Media Center Supervisor), Margie Fiels (Head, Access Services), and Irene Good (Law Library). Faculty whose WebCT sites were featured include: Katie McGuinness-Dittrich (GSSW), Rachel Freudenberg (German), Jeremiah McGrann (Music), Stephanie Leone (Art), and Brian Braman (Perspectives).
Details about some of these WebCT sites are presented elsewhere
in this newsletter. For more information about how to add library
resources to your WebCT sites, contact your BC Libraries subject
specialist or an instructional designer at Instructional Design
and eTeaching Services firstname.lastname@example.org