Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter


FALL 2007

Staff Activities

New Head of Social Work Library

Jane MorrisJane Morris came to Boston College this summer as Head Librarian of the Social Work Library. She had been an Associate Librarian at the Fletcher School at Tufts University for seven years, specializing in public policy, international relations and international law. She received her S.M. in library science from Simmons College and worked as a Reference Librarian at Suffolk University Law Library for several years. Jane received a J.D. from Boston University Law School and practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut, specializing in public interest projects, before returning to the Boston area. She received her undergraduate degree in English and art from Colby College, and is originally from Maine.


New Government Documents and Microforms Librarian

Sarah HoganSarah Hogan, Government Documents and Microforms Librarian, joined the Reference staff in November.  Prior to her position in Government Documents, she was the O’Neill Library Course Reserves Department Coordinator.  Sarah has a B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.L.S. from Simmons College.



New Head of Continuing Resources and Monographic Ordering

Judith BrinkJudith Brink joined the staff on November 12th. Prior to her position in the O'Neill Library, she worked for almost seven years at The University of New Hampshire as Head of Collection Development and as the Library Liaison to The Whittemore School of Business and Economics. She also has worked at Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon University. Judith has an B.A. in English Literature from Ohio University, and a M.L.S. and M.P.M. from the University of Pittsburgh.


New Biology and Geology Librarian

Enid KarrEnid Karr, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer for Biology and Geology, joined the O’Neill staff in November.  Prior to coming to Boston College, she was Science Librarian at Clark University in Worcester for nearly two years.  She received her MSLIS from Simmons College in 2006, and has an undergraduate degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Marine Geology from the University of Miami.



Book Published

Brendan Rapple, Collection Development Librarian, published the book The Rev. Charles Kingsley: An Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Criticism (1900-2006) (Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2007)


ALA Association of College & Research Libraries, Law and Political Science

Leslie Homzie has been appointed to two committees in ALA's Association of College & Research Libraries, Law and Political Science Section: the Membership Committee, 2007-2009 and the Marta Lange/CQ Award Committee, 2007-2008. The Marta Lange annual award recognizes an academic or law librarian who, through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity, makes distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.


Annual Business School Library Advisory Board Meeting - EBSCO Publishing

This September Claire O’Leary attended EBSCO Publishing’s Annual North American Business School Advisory Board Meeting in Falmouth, MA.  As a Board member, Claire and other business librarians from around the world participate in discussions concerning issues and access to key electronic academic business resources. Ebsco publishing provides us with one of our key business and management databases, Business Source Complete.


Irish Women Writers, Irish and National Contexts

Kathy Williams, Bibliographer for Irish Studies in the O’Neill Library, attended the “Irish Women Writers, Irish and National Contexts” conference in October at the Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe based in the historic Irish College. Kathy presented  Unearthing Hidden Treasures: Irish Women Writers of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century.  The presentation outlined projects undertaken by the Boston College Libraries to build, enhance and promote access to resources on Irish women writers.  Visit the libraries’ Irish Women Writers research guide for more information.  The conference drew students, researchers and faculty members from Belgium, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, Croatia, Ireland, England, and the United States.


Biennial Meeting of the Official Representatives of ICPSR

Barbara Mento, Virtual Data Center Manager, attended the 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Official Representatives of ICPSR in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The program focused on new ICPSR projects including initiatives to archive geospatial data used in Geographic Information Systems. The unique format and geographic dimensions of this data present new challenges in archiving data. Additional sessions highlighted the management of Institutional Repositories and new sources of health data. While researchers increasingly use multimedia, such as video, as research tools, health data archiving can also include bio-specimens to be preserved. These new approaches to data collection will require new approaches to archiving and data access. Discussions also included issues of privacy, a critical concern particularly for health data.


A Day of Scholarly Communication: Developing Your Institutional Plan

Mark Caprio, Digital Repository Program Manger, and Sally Wyman, Collection Services Librarian, attended NERCOMP’s A Day of Scholarly Communication: Developing Your Institutional Plan.  The day was a mix of presentation and discussion.  Utilizing information provided through the morning sessions and open sharing of respective institutional conditions, attendees were asked to work with those around their table to brainstorm about the issues relating to Digital Publishing, Institutional Repositories, Author’s Rights and Advocacy for Institutional Support.  Presenters and fellow attendees provided a wealth of advice and information for contributing to and furthering similar discussions here at Boston College.


Digital Library Conference & Vendor Fair

Mark Caprio, Digital Repository Program Manger, presented at the Digital Commonwealth’s 2nd Digital Library Conference & Vendor Fair, October 25, 2007 at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross.  Mark’s presentation focused on the Boston College Libraries eScholarship@BC initiative with particular attention paid to the decision-making process that led to the Boston College Libraries’ choice of platform, how the repository was built, decision-making on metadata, and lessons learned.  Mark is responsible for coordinating all programmatic aspects of eScholarship@BC and related library Digital Repository initiatives, including service definition, user support, policy development, marketing and communication, and outreach to the Boston College community.

BAABL Meeting—Boston Area Academic Business Librarians Meeting

In May Sonia Ensins and Claire O’Leary hosted the Boston Area Academic Business Librarians Meeting (BAABL). Librarians from many of the area’s business schools participated in discussions addressing key issues and topics relevant to business libraries. Collection development topics were about the balance and distribution of print vs. e-resources. Reference topics discussed were about customer reference desk tracking systems such as Libstats which is currently being utilized at our O'Neill Library reference desk as part of a pilot project to assess our library users’ needs and service.


Digital Commonwealth

Steve Dalton, Preservation Librarian, was recently elected Vice-President/President Elect of The Digital Commonwealth (DC), which is a statewide program designed to promote the creation of digital resources by libraries and other cultural organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to provide public access to these resources.


NELINET Conference

Ken Liss, Communication Librarian, O'Neill Library, presented “LibGuides: A New Generation of Research Guides at Boston College” at the NELINET conference “Nuts & Bolts: Implementing
Web 2.0” at Olin College in Needham.


Steering Committee of the LGFSAA

Liesel Tyson, Reference Department, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the LGFSAA (Lesbian & Gay Faculty, Staff, & Administrators Association) as co-facilitator. She participated in a panel discussion on how to be an ally with Vince Lynch (Social Work) Joellen Hawkins (Nursing), Ginny Reinberg (History), and J.A. Loftus, S.J.,  recent pastor of the Jesuit Urban Center. She also particapted in welcoming new AHANA staff at the Community Building Luncheon.


Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference

Kelly Webster, O’Neill Library cataloging, attended the third national Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums conference on October 22-16, 2007 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Kelly represented the American Indian Library Association, which served as a partner in the funding application and on the visioning committee. Over 200 tribes were represented by the more than 500 attendees from 46 states and three Canadian provinces.

The conference theme was “Guardians of Language, Memory and Lifeways” and included tracks on libraries, museums, archives as well as a general track for information in common to the three types of organizations. Programs addressed working within the state library systems to improve library services to tribal communities; understanding protocols for Native libraries and archives; preparing successful IMLS Enhancement Grants; managing digitization projects; and educating library professionals about American Indians.


A complete program is available at AILA also hosted a breakfast during the conference where we collected input from nearly 50 tribal librarians from across the country, resulting in a basic needs assessment for tribal libraries.

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