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Sigma Theta Tau Induction


Steve Dalton, Preservation Manager 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.


SPARC/SPARC Europe Workshop Institutional Repositories: The Next Stage


Brendan Rapple, Collection Development LibrarianIn November 2004 Bob Gerrity, Head of Systems, and Brendan Rapple, Collection Development Librarian, made the presentation eScholarship@BC: A Timely Convergence of Institutional Repository, E-Journal Initiatives, ETDs, and other Digital Publishing Projects at the SPARC/SPARC Europe Workshop Institutional Repositories: The Next Stage held in Washington, DC. The aim of the workshop was to promote understanding of strategies critical to implementing and managing the successful long-term growth of institutional repositories. Our presentation focused on the history and chronology of the eScholarship@BC initiative of the Boston College Libraries. The goal of this initiative is to maximize research visibility, influence and benefit by encouraging BC authors to archive and distribute online both unpublished work and peer-reviewed publications in an open-access environment. Our presentation focused on the four discrete though intertwined projects comprising eScholarship@BC: the Library-sponsored open-access scholarly electronic journals (Teaching Exceptional Children Plus . . . and The Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment); the electronic theses and dissertations initiative; a variety of other digitization projects; and the institutional repository itself. The presentation was well received and there was much interest by the workshop’s participants in the development, progress, and future plans of eScholarship@BC. The workshop had 276 registrants from 184 institutions, 15% of the registrants being from outside the USA. For more information about eScholarship@BC contact Mark Caprio (; 617 552-6432).


American Library Association Midwinter Conference


Monique Lowd, Associate University LibrarianKaren McNulty, Digital Resources Reference Librarian presented at the discussion group "Metasearch: What It Is, What It Could Be, and How Standards Can Help Us Get There" at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference 2005. Karen addressed BC users' experiences with MetaQuest version 2 and how metasearch standards could improve users' experiences with federated searching.


Electronic Resources in Communications Studies Committee


Monique Lowd, Associate University Librarian

Ken Liss, Communication Librarian has been named to a new committee of the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section of ACRL, the Electronic Resources in Communications Studies Committee. His term begins on July 1, 2005 and ends on June 30, 2007. Committee meetings will be held at ALA and ALA Midwinter.



Annual Scientific Meeting of The American Society of Cytopathology


Monique Lowd, Associate University LibrarianWanda Anderson, Nursing Reference Librarian/Bibliographer attended the Annual Scientific Meeting of The American Society of Cytopathology in Chicago.  "Current Issues in Cytology" highlighted "International Efforts to Fight Cancer" which focused on the multicultural educational programs needed to emphasize the importance of early screening for the detection of cancer.


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