The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library


Your connection to the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University

vol. 8 no. 1, Spring 2001

Enhancing Campus Connectivity
Initiatives for Faculty and Information Delivery

"The greatest thing about doing is the opportunity to do more." ~ Jonas Salk ~

Library Liaisons

The Library launched a new and exciting initiative this fall semester that seeks to formalize faculty outreach, extend library services to the academic community, and promote information literacy. Through the Library Liaison Program, library faculty reach out to academic departments by regularly meeting with teaching colleagues in the classroom and informing them of library services, programs, and resources available to them in and beyond their respective disciplines.

The purpose of the Library Liaison Program is to initiate and establish an ongoing partnership with teaching faculty. The library Liaison can answer questions about the Library, library resources and services, and policies and procedures involved in information access and delivery. The Liaison also acts as a conduit for obtaining information from the academic community regarding issues that affect the library and library services.

Collectively, Liaisons will identify faculty perceptions and information needs, evaluate existing services and resources in response to those needs, and improve the quality of library collections to support curricular and research needs. To this end, the library faculty seeks to add to campus cultural and organizational energy by collaborating with faculty for a successfiil integration of information resources and services into campus life.

The responses to Liaison activity thus far from both academic departments and their Liaisons have been positive. Jackie Elsas, Head of the Reference Department and Liaison to the Art and English Departments, feels that this partnership comes at an optimal time, as information resources and the modes of its delivery are rapidly changing. "Communication on any college campus is vital. The library faculty attemped this program many years ago, and we have really refined it to adapt to the changing curricular needs of the campus." Overall, Jackie feels that the Liaison contact is beneficial for both the academic departments and the library.

"The departments I am working with are very committed to the program. I received a warm, attentive reception by both department chairs and their faculty when I made presentations at their respective meetings. In each department, a corresponding faculty Liaison was named to serve as the information pipeline to the rest of the department. I work with this Liaison to tailor our instructional services to their needs and develop the collection in their areas."

Jackie points out that the Liaison relationship has evolved to be a pas de deux of sorts. "I've been able to direct other librarians to the appropriate persons in the academic departments with whom to consult and collaborate. I now can refer my library colleagues to the specific people in the departments for subject specific information." This information exchange adds considerably to the collective informational resources available on campus. Working in tandem with curricular and research activities in and outside of the classroom affords library personnel an opportunity to gain perspective on the tremendous information warehouse that exists beyond the library walls.

In a mutual vein, Periodicals and Government Information librarian, Larry Kirschenbaum, believes that his associations with the Biology and Geology/Geography programs have had an impact on the library's ability to maximize its resources in collection development strategies. "lnformation resources (electronic and print) in the area of the hard sciences have always been particularly costly for libraries. Having a connection to what is being taught in the classroom helps me determine relevancy in selecting and recommending purchases for our library."

The experience of Jackie Elsas echoes this idea. "They (the Art faculty) got very involved in using a trial database and strongly recommended that the library consider purchasing this resource. The library was able to purchase this database. This is an example of how the Liaison Program was able to facilitate access to relevant resources in a timely fashion."

The instructional services and resources that the library extends to various academic departments have also been modified in certain circumstances to suit subject specific coursework. Certain professors have consistently utilized the library for bibliographic instruction for their courses. Several have been involved in collection development endeavors, recommending publications for purchase and reading reviews of titles for library acquisitions. The Liaison Program has opened up doors for engaging all faculties in these activities. As Jackie enthusiastically points out, "As a result of my first meeting with faculty in the Art Department, we are in the prccess of setting up two instructional sessions to teach the teachers about the various databases and tips on use of the homepage to enhance teaching."

Emily Walshe
Reference Department

If your Library Liaison has not yet established contact with your department, you may access the Library Liaison Program website or consult the Director of Libraries' office at extension 2307.

Remote Access Now Available

To: All LIU Students, Faculty, Staff and Admmistrators
From: Donald L. Ungarelli, Dean, University Libraries

With the generous support from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Arons, I am happy to announce that we are expanding our Remote Access Pilot Project to include all members of the Long Island University academic community. At this point, a good number of our databases are available from your home computers. I am negotiating with the database vendors to increase that number. To access these databases, go to: and scroll down to Online Databases. Be sure to click on the appropriate campus for campus-specific instructions before selecting a database. If you have any problems with your barcode ID number, contact the Circulation Department on your campus. If you have problems with access to the databases contact your campus library administrator's office at 299-2307.

Please give us your input and let us know how this new service is working.

What's New?

Thanks to the generosity of the late Mrs. Winthrop Palmer, the Special Collections Department of the Library has acquired many works by contemporary Irish poets that were published during the latter half of the 20th Century. Visit the Special Collections Department to obtain a holdings list of works by sixty-five of these poets, including Nobel winner Seamus Heaney, Jolin Montague, and Eavan Boland.

The Reference Department recently acquired the 2nd edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Larger, more inclusive, and, according to a favorable New York Times review, more user friendly, this dictionary was twenty years in the making. Winner of "best new feature" is the index volume that aids in navigating the over 29,000 articles contained in the work.

Services Update

In response to student requests, the Library and Information Science Library's Sunday hours have been extended to 8 p.m.

Computer equipment, including devices that will enlarge print for reading or convert print into sound, are currently available in the Periodicals Department to assist the visually impaired. Among the equipment available are an oversized monitor and Optalek machine. Contact the Periodicals Department at x2872 for additional information.

Around Campus

The special exhibit "A Celebration of Nonviolence: Peace Is in Our Hands" is on display in the Library through May 31, 2001. The exhibit, which runs concurrently with the United Nation's Season for Nonviolence, features original artworks by Prof. Howard LaMarca's design students.

Virtual Reference

New York State, like so many government entities, is increasingly providing access to its documents electronically. The most effective way of accessing New York State documents is to use the New York State Government Information Locator Service (NYS GILS) provided by the New York State Library. The service, which is accessible by subject or agency, also provides many links to local and federal government sites.

Students and faculty wishing to search ERIC, either on campus or remotely, will find a newly designed AskERIC web site at Syracuse University. From the site's new homepage, you can now go directly to lesson plans, the ERIC database, and to links to resources and web sites covering a wide range of education topics. A simple check box allows you to limit your search to fulltext ERIC digests for one-stop, full-service searching.

Electronic access to library and information science (LIS) resources has been enhanced with the addition of the WebSPIRS database, Library Literature, and the ability to access electronic LIS journals both on campus and remotely. A list of e-journals and required passwords is available in the LIS Library.

The Center for Business Research (CBR) recently launched its enhanced web site. It is a convenient way to access the CBR's online business databases, including the newly available County Commerce and Country Finance and FISonline. Country Commerce and Country Finance, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), provides information on operating conditions and practices, financial opportunities, and much more for over 47 countries. FISonline, published by Mergent FIS (formerly Moody's Investors Service), includes NYSE, AMEX, and Nasdaq listed companies, as well as 12,000 international companies. Among the resources provided by the database are annual reports, real time access to EDGAR filings, and 10 years of as-reported financial statements.

People in the News

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Mezick of the Center for Business Research (CBR) was recently certified as a Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of New York.

The Library is pleased to welcome new faculty members Linda McCormack to the Center for Business Research, Andrea Rylander to the Cataloging Department, and Jean O'Neill-Uhl to the Instructional Media Center (IMC).

A number of administrative changes have been implemented in the Library during the current academic year. Professor Ellen Emmett, previously of the Library and Information Science Library, is now Associate Head of the Acquisitions Department. Formerly of the Cataloging Department, Associate Professor Mellissa Hinton is Head of the Acquisitions Department. Prior to becoming Head of the Library and Information Science Library, Associate Professor Laura Manzari assisted students and faculty in the Reference Department. Acquisitions Librarian Emily Walshe is now employing her research skills in the Library's Reference Department.

Library Link

Dean, University Libraries:
Donald L. Ungarelli

Dona McDermott

Art Consultant:
Manju Prasad-Rao

Elizabeth Mezick

Lee-Wen Cheng

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