Professional Activities

Wanda Anderson, Nursing Research Librarian
The Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library is the Nursing Resource Library for the National Library of Medicine's Regional Program in New England. Wanda Anderson, Nursing Research Librarian, represented Boston College at the Regional Advisory Committee meeting of the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) New England Region in October. The role of the Regional Libraries is to provide access to health information for health professionals and the public.

The Lamar Soutter Library of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Regional Medical Library, is in the middle of its third NN/LM contract which mandates an evaluation of programs to date. These programs include:

Jonas Barciauskas, Head of Collection Development
Jonas is Chair of the Promotions Committee and Web Editor, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Scott Britton, Associate University Librarian, Instruction, Access, User Engagement
Scott co-authored the following ARL SPEC kit: SPEC Kit 337: Print Retention Decision Making (October 2013). His co-author was John Renaud.

Bridget Burke, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Public Programs
Bridget is chairing the Special Collections Task Force of the Boston Library Consortium, charged with developing collaborative projects among BLC institutions.

Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator, John J. Burns Library

Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, John J. Burns Library
In the final days of September 2013, just before the U.S. government shutdown, Elizabeth attended a two-day symposium in Washington DC, "Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration," presented by the American Folklife Center at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. The full-length CHAS presentations were interspersed with a number of short, focused papers on a range of topics.

The stated purpose of the CHAS symposium was to "energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities." Session topics included user outreach, archival description, archival collaborations and alliances, sharing resources, and education and training. The attendees and presenters hailed from libraries and archives, museums, government agencies, and other organizations.

Because the CHAS symposium coincided with the award ceremony for the 2013 National Heritage Fellowship honorees, Elizabeth was able to represent Boston College at the National Endowment for the Arts award presentation for Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Seamus Connolly, who was one of nine National Heritage Fellows in 2013. Follow-up activities included a banquet at the Library of Congress; a reception for Mr. Connolly at the Embassy of Ireland; and the National Heritage Fellowship concert at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium.