Volume 1, Issue 1 Spring 2005
What's the Newest Library Department?
The Library's most recent addition,
Digital Initiatives Department and Art Slide Library
is in its permanent space in room 109 on the lower
level. The staff includes digital initiatives librarian Catherine
Larkin, adjunct librarian Liz Hartman, digital technician Donna
Marciano, and a support staff of students and interns.
This new department provides unique services to the
University. Its focus is on academic scholarship in the arts and it
offers access to over 100,000 images. Campus and community
members are invited to utilize the collection for lectures and
presentations. Librarians and staff members are available to guide
patrons through the collection and assist in art research.
Another major function of this dynamic unit is digital
initiatives. The staff, with expertise in art history, librarianship,
archives, photography, and technology, often partners with other
campus professionals charged with overseeing the University's
impressive art and special collections.
The department's first collaboration, Phase I of Objects
from the Pre-Columbian Collection of the Hillwood Art
Museum, can be viewed at
Recently at the Visual Resources Association's annual conference,
members of both Digital Initiatives and Special Collections
departments gave a presentation on images from LIU's William
Randolph Hearst Archives featuring a Spanish medieval monastery
purchased by Hearst in 1926 and now reassembled in Miami.
Grants are pending to conserve, research, and digitize extremely
rare materials from the Cedar Swamp Historical Society's
collection that document Long Island history since the 17th
century. The Library plans to make the collection available to the
public via the web.
Digital Initiatives and Art Slide Library can be
contacted at x2928 or Post-DigiSlide@liu.edu.
Catherine R. Larkin
- Einstein Centennial Celebration:
Annus Mirabilis 1905
significant problems we face can not be solved
at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
better to believe than to disbelieve; in so
doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility."
cannot be kept by force. It can only be
achieved by understanding."
Be sure to
check out the fascinating exhibit celebrating the
100th year anniversary of Einstein's theory of relativity in the library lobby.
Buffalo Bill on Library Web site
Special Collections' Circus and Buffalo Bill collection is now
imaged and described on our webpage.
This is a small but dynamic grouping of booklets, programs,
magazines, advertisements, cards, illustrations, and a note signed
This is the latest installment in Special Collections'
presentations, pictorially and textually, of its varying holdings.
For more information, contact Conrad Schoeffling, Special
Collections Librarian, at x2880 or Conrad.Schoefflin@liu.edu.
Avoid Road Rage: Search Databases From Home!
Each year the Library adds several databases to its collection
of Web-based electronic resources, many of which are accessible
from off-campus locations. In fact, one of the key factors
determining the decision to purchase new e-resources is whether
the database publishers allow remote access.
Most students and faculty are accustomed by now to being
able to gain immediate access to a mind-boggling array of
information through the Internet. There is so much free, full-text
material available that students have come to expect that whatever
they want will be available on demand.
This expectation has effectively raised the bar for libraries, and
ours is no exception. We continually try to offer the same on-
demand access to our proprietary resources regardless of the
physical location of the user, whether around the corner or across
Because any site outside the LIU Post networked environment
is considered a remote site, potential users must identify
themselves by entering a unique login code in order to gain access
to our databases from these outside locations. For LIU students and
faculty, this login is the barcode number on their LIU I.D. card.
Barcodes must be renewed each fall (and in the summer for
those taking classes then) You can get a barcode or renew your
current one at the circulation desk of the library. For further information contact the
reference desk at x2305.
Educating Future Educators in the Instructional Media Center
Children's books and K-12 classroom textbooks are among the
many important curriculum resources found in the Instructional
Media Center (IMC) for students in the School of Education. The
extensive professional collection includes resources in all subject
areas that help students prepare research papers, thematic units and
presentations for their various methods classes. Seeds for ideas and
inspiration often take root amidst this library's distinctive holdings.
Last semester, 1,180 students in 60 classes met for
lectures and an introduction to materials by librarians in the IMC
including software for educators. Faculty members often bring
their classes to the IMC for instruction on how to find and use this
unique collection. IMC librarians offer subject-specific instruction
to classes by appointment only. Call x2895 to schedule a session.
The IMC has more than materials for education majors. Our
extensive video collection, available to faculty for circulation and
to students for viewing in the IMC, is a much-used resource. To
access the video collection from the
go to the
library homepage and be sure to limit your advanced search to
"C.W. Post IMC Video". Recently DVD titles that include
many foreign language films have been added. Ask about these
DVDs in the IMC.
Members of the music faculty have been frequent users of the
growing IMC classical and jazz CD collection. The library has
obtained access to subscription-only classical music databases in
an effort to support the music and music education departments.
The IMC has several listening and viewing stations available to
students and faculty. To schedule an appointment, call x2895.
For further information contact the Instructional Media
Center at x2895.
Jean O'Neill Uhl,
Instructional Media Center
Library Inventory Underway
If you have spent any time in the Library's circulating stacks
lately, you might have noticed activity brought about by our
continuing efforts to improve access to our broad and ever-growing collections.
The Library has embarked on an extensive inventory of the
materials in the circulating stacks. When completed, this project
will ease the congestion in our crowded stacks by allowing us to
shift materials and provide access in a more patron-friendly
arrangement. Already, materials in political science and law have
been relocated to level 4, where they now share the neighborhood
with materials in history, finance, and sociology. In turn, this has
freed space on level 5, providing more room for the tenants in
literature, music, and art.
We anticipate that some confusion may result during this
transitional process, especially during the actual shifting of
materials and the subsequent shelf re-labeling phase. As always, if
you have difficulty locating an item in the stacks, please do not
hesitate to ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.
Another benefit of this long-term project has been the
identification of items that are heavily used as well as others that
are missing. This information will be taken into account to further
our collection development efforts. For instance, the inventory of
the criminal justice section indicated that we needed to update and
acquire more materials on the subject of, ahem, serial murder.
For more information on collection development, contact
Post-Acqudept@liu.edu or x2835.
Head of Acquisitions Department
2648 students in 149 classes were instructed
by the librarians during fall 2004.
Help Your Students Find Scholarly Resources
With the Internet so close at hand, the first place many
students go to find information for their papers is the World Wide
Web. There are good, scholarly resources available on the World
Wide Web, but students don't usually know how to find them.
They go to their favorite search engine, type in their topic, and take
the first results that are given to them.
The Library subscribes to over 200 online databases. These are
fee-based services that cannot be accessed through a search engine.
The Library can help acquaint students with a better variety of
scholarly resources in both print and electronic format.
A librarian will set up a library instruction session for your
class that is customized to your assignment or research paper.
Students will learn about information sources such as
books in the online catalog,
Internet resources that will give them the information they need to
complete their assignments.
citing references, and
evaluating web sites can also be included.
Online Form Makes It Easy For You to Schedule Library
An online request form is now available from the Library
Homepage for library instruction requests. Library instruction is
customized to a particular course and especially to an assignment
or research paper. Faculty and administrators can request a library
instruction session online at the following webpage:
You can also get to this form from the LIU Homepage by
LIU Post >
Library Instruction >
Library Instruction & Literacy Programs >
Online Library Instruction Form.
Complete the form and click "Submit".
A librarian will get in touch with you to confirm your session.
For further information, contact the reference desk at 299-2305
or send e-mail to Post-LIRequest@liu.edu.
Mel Sylvester to Retire
Melvin R. Sylvester, who has been the Head of the Periodicals
Department for about four decades, will be retiring at the end of
the spring semester. He and his wife Fran, a retired Glen Cove
elementary school teacher, are looking forward to moving to their
brand new home in Atlanta,
Mel grew up in New Orleans and went to Dillard University.
He then came to the Palmer School for his M.S. in Library
Science. Early on, when faculty could live on campus, Mel and
Fran had a small apartment in Post Hall.
In the Periodicals Department, Mel has seen many changes as
the print indexes that were the mainstay of access to the collection
changed to ever-increasing electronic access and full-text
availability. Mel has been involved on campus as an advisor to the
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and recently served on Campus
Outcomes Assessment Committee.
Mel is well known for the exhibits he has created in the
Library Lobby for Black History Month. These have covered many
aspects of the African American experience, among them
the Old West,
the twentieth century, and
books and personalities.
Mel's research utilizes many sources, including
his own extensive collection of books and memorabilia. His 2005
exhibit focused on Langston Hughes, and was opened with a
Langston Hughes poetry reading.
are like the stars,
Always above our reach.
Humbly I tried to learn,
More humbly did I teach."
- Langston Hughes -
Most of these exhibits have been put on the Library webpage
by Robert Delaney, Library Web master, under Information /
Publications. Mel is considered an expert on African American
history and gets numerous requests from all over the world for
information and advice.
His colleagues wish Mel and Fran and their family many
happy years in their new home. A retirement party is being
planned for April 21st - watch for details or contact
Congratulations to our colleagues honored by the Provost for
their years of devoted service. Fifteen years: Janet Jennings
(periodicals), Sandra Lovell (Special Collections), and Gisela
Miceli (Interlibrary Loan). Twenty years: Rosemary Kopczynski
(Dean's Office) and Ellen McCartney (Brentwood Campus).
Sandra Lovell (former opera singer) gave a concert in the
Great Hall on February 6th. The concert of German Lieder was
Sandra's farewell gift to her friends and colleagues as she retires.
Kudos to Manju Prasad-Rao, Head of the IMC, for her
performances on the art, stories, and dances of India to the Honors
Merit Fellowship. To find out about future performances on Staten
Island and the North Merrick Library, contact x2868 or
Congratulations to Emily Walshe (Reference) who participated
in a panel discussion, "What is Write: Purchasing Papers,
Plagiarism, and Post Policy" at the Honors Program's annual
Hats off to Frank Smisek (Head of the Audiovisual Department and
our neighbor in the Library). Frank is being awarded the 2005
Silver Beaver Award by the Suffolk County Council of the Boy
Scouts of America for his long-term dedication to the scouts.