Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter



Staff Activities



Bibliographer Leslie Homzie was appointed chair (2008-2009) of the Marta Lange/CQ Award Committee (ACRL). 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.


Cataloger Kelly Webster was appointed to the American Library Association Awards Committee and ALA's Spectrum Advisory Committee.


Steve Dalton, Preservation Manager, will begin his term as President of the Digital Commonwealth on July 1, 2008.




Kate Silfen, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Social Work Library, is the co-author the forthcoming article: Silfen, K., & Zgoda, K. (2008, in press). Evidenced-based practice and information literacy in social work: An assessment of students' reference lists. The Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian, 27(2).




Diane Baden, Head of Cataloging, gave a presentation in April entitled, "Cataloging Landscape Update: RDA and LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control" to catalogers at NELINET headquarters in Southborough and at Harvard University.


In April Claire O’Leary presented at the annual meeting of the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD) at Babson College. Claire spoke on “LibGuides at Boston College,” addressing the recent library initiative on updating the research guides. The ABLD group consists of library directors from top ranked business schools in the United States and serves as a forum for discussion of issues of mutual interest to the academic business library community.


Wanda Anderson, Nursing Reference Librarian, and Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian, presented a CE course, “Mining the Hidden Gems of Boston College’s Research Resources” at the Connell School of Nursing Faculty Development Day on March 12th. Anderson highlighted Library resources useful for research, focusing on Evidence-based Nursing, new database features, alerting/current awareness services, cited reference searching, and locating scales, questionnaires, instruments and surveys. This latter topic was based on the LibGuide on Tests and Measures created by Social Work Librarian Kate Silfen.  Barbara Mento provided an overview of the Boston College data collection and demonstrated strategies for identifying and downloading relevant Nursing and Health Care data. Key resources included the Boston College Statistical Data Catalog and ICPSR, a major data archive of approximately 7,000 datasets. Mento also demonstrated Geographic Information Systems software and discussed available data and how GIS is used as a tool to support nursing research.



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