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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 www2.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/but06/hillwood/pre_columbian/. 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

E=mc2 - Einstein Centennial Celebration: Annus Mirabilis 1905

"The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

"It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility."

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."

-Albert Einstein

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 P.T. Barnum.

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 the ocean.

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.

Wendy Roberts,
Reference Department

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 online catalog, 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.

Mellissa Hinton,
Head of Acquisitions Department

Help Your Students Find Scholarly Resources

2648 students in 149 classes were instructed by the librarians during fall 2004.

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 reference materials, books in the online catalog, databases, and Internet resources that will give them the information they need to complete their assignments. Plagiarism, citing references, and evaluating web sites can also be included.

Online Form Makes It Easy For You to Schedule Library Instruction!

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: http://www2.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/instruct/request.htm.

You can also get to this form from the LIU Homepage by selecting: Libraries > 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.

Dona McDermott,
Instructional Services

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, Georgia.

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.

"Ideals are like the stars,
Always above our reach.
Humbly I tried to learn,
More humbly did I teach."

- Langston Hughes -

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 slavery, the Old West, sports, visual arts, 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.

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 bparasca@liu.edu.

Noteworthy Items

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 mprasad@liu.edu.

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 academic conference.

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.

BiblioFile is the LIU Post Library newsletter, published from time to time by the Library Public Relations Committee. This publication contains news and notes about the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. Your comments, questions and story suggestions are always welcome. Email: bibliofile@cwpost.liu.edu

Editor in Chief
Jean O'Neill Uhl, Instructional Media Center

Dona McDermott, Instructional Services
Diane Podell, Periodicals Department.

Designed by
Catherine Vidal, Instructional Media Center

Website: Robert Delaney

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Dr. Donald L. Ungarelli

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