Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter


FALL 2008

Staff Activities


Margie Battaglia, Head of Access Services, served on the 2008 ELUNA (Ex Libris Users North America) conference planning committee, coordinating the onsite internet café for conference attendees. The conference was held in Long Beach, California, July 2008.  Ex Libris is the vendor for the technologies behind the Library’s Quest public catalog, FindIt services, Holmes, as well as the acquisition, cataloging, and circulation systems.


Julie DeCesare, Digital Media Librarian is teaching MAT605 “Digital Research Technologies” at Marlboro College in Brattleboro, VT. The course trains educators to efficiently and effectively search, evaluate, and document digital educational resources, by guiding them through an investigation of educational materials available online.  The course also covers audio, video, and image search techniques, Web 2.0 technologies, and copyright issues affecting educators.. 


Sonia Ensins, Senior Reference Librarian and Bibliographer, has been elected to a two-year term as Member-at-Large of the New England Chapter of the Music Library Association (NEMLA). The Association meets twice a year; one meeting is in the Boston area and the other is held in another part of New England.  This year the fall meeting took place at Bennington College in Vermont


Kelly Webster, Cataloger, O’Neill Library, has been invited to serve on the following groups: a) planning committee for the International Gathering on Indigenous Knowledge Organization; b) planning committee for the 2009 Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Conference in Portland, Oregon.


Presentations, conferences

Wanda Anderson, Nursing Reference Librarian/Bibliographer attended the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association in Chicago in May. There were some “firsts” at this annual conference.  MLA members helped staff information booths, provided online searches and conducted “exit interviews” at the Rush University Health Fair, bringing the library to the community. Also it was a “green” meeting with many “papers” now available only online, reusable water bottles, and use of recycled materials. The theme was Connections…and Bridges.  Connecting with our users was a prominent  theme of most speakers and programs. Programs of interest to benefit work with the Connell School of Nursing included Translational Research, Health Disparities, Only Connect: Education to Practice, and Only Connect: Research to Practice.


Diane Baden, Head of Cataloging, participated in a panel on Hot Topics in Technical Services at the fall New England Library Association Conference, speaking about the status of the new standard for cataloging, Resource Description and Access (RDA).


Julie DeCesare, Digital Media Librarian, recently attended several workshops provided by the BLC; Google Advanced Tools, Google Search Techniques, and Web Resources for Reference, and the Nercomp workshop: Beyond Information Discovery.


Leslie Homzie was appointed to the EBSCO History Advisory Board. She will attend the January 3, 2009 meeting in NYC during the annual American History Association (AHA) Conference. EBSCO now provides access to two major historical databases: America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts.


Ken Liss, Communication Librarian, gave a presentation on "Being 2.0: Professional Development in a Changing Library World" at the NELINET IT Conference at Bryant College in Rhode Island on October 10th.  The theme of the conference was " Web 2.0: Where Are We Now?"


Claire O’Leary, Business Librarian, attended EBSCO Publishing’s Annual North American Business School Advisory Board Meeting in September.  As a Board member, Claire, and other business librarians from around the world, participated in discussions concerning business and management resources that are essential to student and faculty research. EBSCO provides the library with a key business database, Business Source Complete.


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