Welcome to the Staley Library Blog!
Hello! I’m Cindy Fuller, the new director for Staley library, and I’m trying out this blog as the new form of newsletter for the library. Why a blog? Well, as I get a feel for posting, I think it will be a more timely form of communication, as well as an easy way to receive comments from the Millikin community about the library and its services.
This initial posting is more like a regular newsletter in format and length. However, as time goes on and I become familiar with blogging, I expect that the entries will be shorter and more frequent. I hope you enjoy it!
Faculty & Staff News
Position titles for librarians have been changed to align more closely with library responsibilities: the Instruction Coordinator position is now held by Debbie Myers and encompasses library instruction in both the traditional and continuing education programs; the Educational Technology Coordinator position, held by Joe Hardenbrook, now falls under the auspices of the library, where the campus coordination of educational technology services (such as Blackboard, Moodle, TurnItIn, and LiveText) meshes nicely with library services.
We’re currently reviewing applications for Electronic Resources/Technical Services Coordinator. This position, as with all library faculty positions, includes Research/Instruction Librarian duties.
You also might be interested in knowing that library faculty are teaching Millikin courses outside the library. Amanda Pippitt, who has a Master’s degree in Anthropology, is teaching an evening “Introduction to Anthropology” course. Joe Hardenbrook and Debbie Myers are each teaching a section of the first-year roundtable course, “The College Experience through Film,” which includes both in-class and online components.
The library is pleased to be able to offer Chemistry students and faculty more chemistry journals than ever. With a discount offered through our library consortium, CARLI, we were able to purchase online access to all 34 American Chemical Society (ACS) journals for close to the same price that we had paid for 11 print subscriptions. Although we are no longer subscribing to the print versions, students and faculty gain several advantages: more journals, 24/7 availability, on- and off-campus access, and the ability to print (instead of photocopying) articles of interest. We hope you find this link useful! https://mulinutil1.millikin.edu:2443/login?url=http://pubs.acs.org/
You may recall that Amanda Pippitt and Todd Rudat were awarded a state grant last fall for the digitization of the Decaturian from its inception through April of 1951, (almost 50 years!). Part of the grant also allowed for microfilming of the Decaturian as a preservation measure, and we now have those issues on microfilm. Amanda and Todd expect to receive the digital files of the Decaturian before summer, so that they can work during the summer to make the images available on the web.
The library is working on a couple of new projects. The first is being an “early adopter” for the VuFind online catalog through our CARLI library consortium. VuFind is an alternative open-source public user interface, originally developed at Villanova University, that is being customized by CARLI. It makes use of “tagging” and “faceted searching”, as well as easier login capabilities. Being an “early adopter” means that Staley Library will make the CARLI beta version of VuFind available to our users as soon as it is ready, provide input for the customization, and conduct usability testing. When the beta VuFind is available, we’ll link to it from the library home page, so watch for it. For now, you can check out the article from “Inside Higher Ed” about open source programming (including VuFind) in libraries: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/02/19/opensource
Staley Library is also working with the local Rolling Prairie Library System to host and conduct a workshop for area high school librarians, who can then share that information with their students and/or teachers at their school. We hope that teachers may want to bring their classes to Millikin for a library tour and brief instruction, and that the students in those classes will become more aware of the types of sources they can expect to find when they begin college. Of course, we also hope that the students will be impressed by all that Millikin has to offer!
Don’t forget to check out the library displays. There’s usually one by the email workstations in front of the big glass windows; the current one has to do with the theme of love (for Valentine’s Day, of course). The Archives also two displays: one is directly outside the Archives and has interesting tidbits about Millikin’s Lincoln statue; the other Archives display is to the west of the stairwell on the main floor, covering the history of women’s residence halls at Millikin. If you are in the library area, be sure to check out these great displays.
Here are a few things I’ve been reading lately:
One of the Chronicle blog entries, Books vs. Blogs (http://chronicle.com/blogs/footnoted/index.php?id=1649). Take a look and follow some of the links…does the fact that some readers don’t ever read full-length books make them less intellectual … is our culture going downhill due to less reading…are libraries going by the wayside?! Regarding the libraries part…based on the number of students we see using our library daily, I respond with an emphatic “No”!
Return on Investment: Libraries and Student Retention, by Elizabeth M. Mezick, in the September 2007 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. The author has analyzed data collected from well-respected research libraries and determined that “library expenditures and professional staff have a significant positive effect on student retention.” To read the entire article, see https://mulinutil1.millikin.edu:2443/login?url=http://firstsearch.oclc.org/FSIP?sici=0099-1333%28200709%2933%3A5%3C561%3AROILAS%3E&dbname=WilsonSelectPlus_FT .
Sometimes I read the “chapter books” that my 3rd grade daughter checks out from her elementary school library, and so a couple of days ago I read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which received a Newbery Honor Award. It’s a page-turning story of a 13-year-old on a transatlantic ocean voyage in 1832. Charlotte is the only girl on board, the ship’s captain is cruel, and the crew is ready to mutiny. I liked it, but wonder if some parts may be too gory for a third grader–will she give it a good review when she’s finished?
I’ve also picked up a title from our Leisure Reading stacks. It’s another quick read, The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis, about the Amish way of life. The author is not Amish, but she grew up in Pennsylvania and has family members that were formerly Amish, so she is very knowledgeable about the subject. This particular series seems more formulaic that her previous series and not as well written, but I still enjoy learning about the Amish culture through Lewis’ fiction.
You may want to note that our Leisure collection has a wide variety of genre fiction and popular non-fiction that can be checked-out for two-week loan periods; if you’d like to browse the collection, it’s located near the lounge area to the right of the central stairway on the main floor.
Until next time….