New Digital Collections Systems Analyst
Brian Meuse, Digital Collections Systems Analyst, joined the staff of O'Neill Library in June, 2006. Prior to this position he worked at EBSCO Publishing and SilverPlatter/OVID as a software engineer and database designer. Brian also held several positions at the MIT Libraries. He received an MLS from Simmons College and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
New Catalog Librarian, Educational Resource Center
Trina Soderquist, Catalog Librarian, Educational Resource Center, joined the staff of the ERC in June 2006. She received her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and her BA in English from the College of William and Mary. Prior to this position, Trina held a position at the Harvard Law School Library where she worked in the Cataloging and Collection Management departments. She is a active member of the Association for Libraries and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. Trina grew up in Rockville, Maryland and currently resides in Somerville.
College Theology Society Annual Convention
Jonas Barciauskas, Head of Collection Development, attended the College Theology Society Annual Convention, Regis University, from June 1 - 4. He presented a paper on: "This Poor Grey Ember of Creation": Religious Themes in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead.
Northeast Regional Computing Conference
On March 21, 2006 Mark Caprio, eScholarship@BC Program Manager, Robert Gerrity, Head of Library Systems, and Brendan A. Rapple, Collection Development Librarian presented The Librarian as Literary Agent: Establishing a Library's Scholarly Publishing Program for Faculty and Students at the annual NERCOMP conference, "Innovation and Reliability: Finding the Balance."
Conferences & Workshops
Nina Bogdanovsky, Bob Gerrity, Betsy McKelvey, Brian Meuse, Mac Norton, and Ed Tallent attended the first annual ELUNA conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. ELUNA is a user conference on several library systems used by the Boston College community. This includes Quest, FindIt, CrossSearch, and DigiTool.
Barbara Mento, O'Neill Reference Librarian, attended IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology), in Ann Arbor, MI at the end of May. IASSIST is an international organization of over 300 data archivists, librarians, information technology specialists, professors and data experts from government departments, statistical agencies, research centers, and non-profit organizations. Robin Dale, digital preservation expert from Research Libraries Group, presented a keynote talk on the RLG-NARA task force working on guidelines for the Auditing and Certification of Digital Repositories project. The group discussed the critical need to ensure data archives as a dimension of this preservation project.
WebCT Vista Training
Nancy Adams and Betty Cohen from the Social Work Library attended two days of WebCT Vista training in May. The Social Work Library and Graduate School of Social Work will be part of the pilot implementation of Vista this fall, in collaboration with Instructional Design and E-teaching Services. Nancy Adams will serve as project manager for the social work transition.
WebCT Vista offers great opportunities for integration of library resources and services in course sites. A phased migration to Vista is planned for other departments beginning in Spring 2007.
Massachusetts School Nurses Research Network
In March, Syed Khan, Gail White and Wanda Anderson presented Evidence-Based Nursing Practice for School Nurses for the Massachusetts School Nurses Research Network. MSNRN was begun by faculty of the Boston College Connell School of Nursing.
Wanda Anderson, Nursing Reference Librarian, attended the annual conference of the Medical Library Association. 'Serving Diverse Users: Cultural Competencies for Health Sciences Librarians' was one of the important Continuing Education courses offered. This course will be beneficial not only in serving Boston College students who come from different cultures, but also in assisting nursing students who care for people with different health beliefs and attitudes.
Art Libraries Society of North America
Adeane Bregman, Bapst Library, attended the 34th annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America in Banff, May 5 - 9, where she was selected to be a Mentor for the
Society's year-long Mentoring Pilot Program.
Digital Images Special Interest Group
Julie DeCesare, O'Neill Meida Center and Adeane Bregman, Bapst Library, attended NERCOMP's Digital Images Special
Interest Group session on "Are Digital Images Changing Teaching in Liberal
Arts Colleges?" at Holy Cross on April 24.
Academic Integrity Tutorial
A collaborative project is underway to coordinate the development of a comprehensive online Academic Integrity tutorial that will instruct students in the effective and responsible use of research information. The tutorial considers academic integrity as an object of intellectual inquiry with a focus on the pedagogical dimensions of the question of integrity. One of the objectives is to provide students a clear and informative tutorial that helps create a common culture of integrity and will show BC’s continuing commitment to a high standard of integrity.
A generous TAM grant from BC has made this project possible. The group is also working with members of the Instructional Design and eTeaching Services department in the overall development of the tutorial.
Members of the task force presented an outline and draft of the tutorial at the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) at Virginia Tech in spring 2006 and have been asked to present again at a pre-conference for the CAI in October 2006. In fall 2006 a pilot phase will be conducted with an expected launch of the tutorial early next year.
Task force members include: Margaret Cohen, Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center (ERC), Co-Chair; Ourida Mostefai, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, Co-Chair; Sue Barrett, Director, Connors Family Learning Center; Clare Dunsford, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Robert Stanton, Associate Professor, English Department; Ed Tallent, Head of Reference, O’Neill Library.