Volume 1, Issue 2 Spring 2006
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our
ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge,
painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with
the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history,
to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own
contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species...
The Library Website Turned Ten and Now We're Blogging
The Library Homepage turned ten years old on
December 4th. Imagine that! We are three years older than Google. Lots of changes
have occurred in the last decade, not only in our look but also in our
content. Originally, we designed our site to promote the resources and
services we provided our students and faculty. With so many resources
now available online and electronically, our website serves as a portal to a
virtual library that is not only substantial but always accessible. As
librarians, we try to stay abreast of the latest technologies and stimulate
interest in our library by adding new and different features to our website.
Most recently, we redesigned the
What's New In The Library
section of the website to resemble a blog. A blog is a public website or
weblog that is frequently updated and similar to a web journal. In fact,
Rebecca Blood (the foremost expert on weblogs) attributes the concept of
blogs to Jorn Barger in 1997. A Google search reveals that he coined the
term to describe the process of "logging the web" as he surfed.
But it is a technology that has become popular in the mainstream only in
the past few years. Currently, there are over 20 million blogs on every
Here at the LIU Post Library, our blog is theme-centered (library
news and events), with short, frequent, dated entries listed in reverse
chronological order under
What's New In The Library.
For us, this is another way of reaching out to the campus community.
Our website is a way to give our patrons (and all other visitors) the latest
library information and news. It is here that we announce the addition of
new databases, highlight items in our collection, provide tips on how to
make the most of library resources, promote lectures, exhibits, and other
special library events. A text box in the upper right corner gives the latest
breaking news (e.g. server down, database crashed, etc.), quotes, or
research tips. We may choose to
these tips, tricks, and ideas for future reference.
The buzz on our blog is good, but it will be interesting to imagine
where we will be in another ten years. Podcasts will be passé, wiki
will be mainstream, and the digital divide might be closed. But be sure, we
will be on board, learning, teaching, using, and promoting the newest
Photoduplication of Library Materials
Faculty and staff can now make an
online request for a photoduplication
of an article in a periodical title held by the library. However, before
making an online request you will need to determine if the title is held in
the library or available in full-text in an online database. The
photoduplication online form page conveniently links to both the library's
which can be used to search for periodical holdings, and the
"Full-Text Journal Search"
for locating online journals in full-text databases. Materials not
held by the library should be ordered through the
department. If you need assistance finding an online journal, please
in the library, in person, by phone (ext. 2872), or by email
The online form replaces the print form previously used to request
Request Form" can be found on the
Periodical Department's homepage or by going directly to:
Media in Motion
Instructional Media Center's
(IMC) partnership with classroom faculty for the selection of videos and
DVDs has resulted in a
rich and much-used collection of over 1500 titles.
Viewing these educational DVDs and videos is often a part of students'
classroom assignments. In the IMC preview area, students learn and relax.
Indeed, there is something useful and interesting for everyone.
In recent years there have been many developments which have
helped in the integration of the use of media in the classroom, such as ease
of use, afford ability, and interactivity. Last year IMC staff members
replaced important film titles with VHS and DVD formats. In addition, a
project is ongoing to enter all of the IMC titles in the
LIU online catalog
and thereby facilitate access.
In fact, all of the VHS titles are already available online and can be
searched on campus and remotely.
New faculty members who are not acquainted with the IMC can call
for a personalized tour of our facility. If you wish to order any titles for
use in your classroom please call, visit, or send us pertinent details.
Faculty-requested titles are ordered in a timely manner, and all attempts
are made to obtain the title.
Instructional Media Center
IMC has over
450 CD titles
and a subscription to two major music databases with well-known
recordings. Students and classes are welcome to listen to these recordings
in the IMC or access these databases from campus.
NAXOS music library
provides access to over 90,000 music files from more than 6,200 CDs,
with almost 7,000 composers represented. It includes primarily classical
music, a wide range of rare repertoire, jazz, and world music. Music can
be searched by genre, composer, country, title, period, year of
composition, instrument, music category, name of artist/performing group,
or a combination of these criteria. Faculty can create and edit play lists
that can be made available to students.
Classical Music Archives
offers tens of thousands of classical music flies that you can listen to at
the click of your mouse. Over 1700 composers are represented - with
biographies and timelines. (Note 2012: no longer available.)
for these and other music databases.
Instructional Media Center
Attention: LIU Post Faculty
Want to find out more about the Library's databases?
Can't come to us?
We'll go to you!
Dear Faculty Member:
The Library is offering a
new program for faculty
in which you can make an appointment for a librarian to come to your
office at your convenience to demonstrate the latest databases. If you
prefer, you can make appointments for instruction in the Library. Just
email or call Jean Uhl, Chair, Library Faculty
(email@example.com, x2837) or
Larry Kirschenbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org, x2704)
to make the appointment and for further details.
Electronic Reserve System
The Library's new
Electronic Reserve System
(ERES) appears to be off to a great start!
It enables your students to view and print your reserve articles from
any computer, both on campus and off campus. The password is
your last name. Included in your list of Reserve articles will be a page
citing your Reserve books. Please encourage your students to access your
materials electronically as it will give them much more flexibility.
You can email your article to us, either as an attachment or a weblink,
or simply give us a hard copy. Request forms must accompany the articles.
Since Spring 2005, after new articles are scanned, we will
immediately either return them to you or if you prefer, discard them.
We will still need one hard copy from you in order to scan it.
Please take a look at your course page on the electronic reserve
Select your name from the instructor list and press GO. Your password
is your last name. When you click on your course, a list of the reserve
articles in PDF format will appear. As the documents are password
protected, you will need to type in your password again. Information for
faculty can be found at:
To ensure the success of the system, we need your help. One of the
major changes is that articles cannot be used for continuous terms. We
know this will be a change and a hardship for some of you, but this really
was the policy all along. It is necessary to be in compliance with U.S.
copyright law. Generally speaking, under the Fair Use doctrine there is a
one-semester limitation for items on reserve.
One solution is to review your articles and to keep only the articles
you need for that particular term. We can archive your articles and put
them on reserve during the term you'll be using them.
Please remember, this means all articles available for one term will
not be available for the next term, unless you get copyright permission.
Memorial to Librarian
Our colleague, Prof.
will be honored by a stained glass work of art soon to be on display in the
Library. Her friends and fellow librarians commissioned the piece, which
was designed by Steve Moskowitz and fabricated by
Gordon Stained Glass Studios.
For most of her career, Ellen was the Head of the Graduate Library
School Library and was also in the Acquisitions Department. She was
well-known throughout the campus, having served with the Collegial
Federation and on its negotiating team for several years.
A dedication ceremony will be scheduled for the Spring, and the
campus community will be notified of the date.
Rob Battenfeld, the new Head of the
comes to us with eighteen years of experience in the Library at the
Southampton Campus. During that time, Rob performed reference
services, including searching the periodicals databases, and shared the
supervision of periodicals. Since he also did the systems work and
maintained the library's computer, he has great facility with all aspects of
Rob received his Masters of Library Science at the Queens College
(CUNY) School of Library and Information Studies, and worked at the
Harvard Club in New York prior to going to the Southampton Library.
Living in Hampton Bays with his wife, Caroline V. Gatewood, a
neurologist, and two cats (Bat and Eve), Rob used to kayak to work
occasionally while at Southampton. Now he drives a hybrid car that gives
him 40-50 miles per gallon in his long trip to and from Post - great
mileage but surely not as much fun as coming to work by kayak.
If you've heard the sound of bagpipes around campus during lunch
time, it's Rob practicing. He has played for six years and is a member of the
an Irish pipe band that plays Scottish and Irish music in local parades and
at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan. (Warpipes, in case you
wondered, comes from the traditional Irish name for bagpipes.)
We welcome Rob to his new position as Head of the Periodicals
Department, and look forward to working with him. His email is
and his phone is x2165, if you would like to get in touch.
We now have links to our print and microform periodical holdings in
You can either do a search for a particular journal, browse the title list, or
browse through a subject list. It will also work with Article Linker from
within a database.
The links will appear as:
LIU Libraries Periodical Holdings [Print/Microform]
This will take users to the ISSN listing in
They will need to click on the ISSN to get to the Holdings Summary for
Q: What's the ISSN?
A: International Standard Serial Number.
taught undergraduate students in several Art History classes about
The Book of Kells
in September, October, and November, 2005. He also taught
undergraduate and graduate classes on the Irish Literary Renaissance, The
Irish Writers, and an overview of the
Special Collections Department.
Awarded the Provost's Certificate of Recognition for Staff were:
Janice Angliss, Lauren Danetra, Danielle Fischer, and Marie Romano.
They were honored for their ongoing efforts on the Library inventory
Congratulations for being honored for fifteen years of service to
JoAnn Hong, and Susan Yu, and to Elizabeth Horton, an administrator
for twenty years.
Many thanks to William Tornow for forty years of service.
Very best wishes to newlyweds Donna Marciano and Mike Graziose.
Congratulations to Janice Angliss and Catherine Vidal, who graduated
from the Palmer School.
published "Library Instruction for High-Risk Freshmen: Evaluating
an Enrichment Program" in Reference Services Review,
Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes
and Marilyn Rosenthal
published "Remote Access Revisited: Disintermediation and its
Discontents" in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, v.31
Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes
published "Grove Art Online/The Dictionary of Art
Revisited" in The Charleston Advisor, v.7 (2006).