Reference Services Round-Up
Year in Review
What a year we have had in the newly formed
Reference Services Department. Last Spring we
started a major renovation of the Library. The
project was completed just in time for the Fall
There are so many people to thank. Let's start
with the campus and university administration for
their financial support. Our campus facilities
department played a pivotal role in the timely
completion of the project - kudos for their
We also want to offer thanks to Dean
Ungarelli, who had a vision, and the consultants
who helped his vision become a reality. However,
it is the Library faculty, staff, and our dedicated
student assistants that made it happen!
To acknowledge all of the hard work,
weeding, multiple moves, and creative inspiration,
our Opening Celebration was held on April 16th.
What a crowd we had, with enlightening
speeches, tours, demos, a raffle, and scones! It
was a great day, ushering in a whole new year
with all sorts of contemporary and innovative
programming and services on the horizon.
C.W. Post students now have access to 30
computer workstations in our Reference
Commons, wireless hubs, plug-ins for laptops, a
Quiet Study Lounge, and a collaborative
For faculty and staff we've introduced a new
program, and held four Library Brown
Bags. The T-Time for Technology
series continued with two more sessions this past
Interlibrary Loan has become even more
efficient in its new space, with statistics reflecting
5185 books and periodicals loaned and 2226
borrowed this past year.
Students and faculty returned scores of books
this past April during our Library Amnesty Week.
No fines! No Questions! No
Guilt! These were the watchwords as
students cleared their records and returned many
Coming this Fall
This Fall, we will implement Live-Person, an
interactive, real-time reference service that
enables librarians to communicate with online
users and "push" the needed
information to their home computers.
We anticipate the opening of our cafe, Java
City, this coming Fall!
Please visit our new space and remember to
check in with us by consulting our website for
upcoming events. Bookmark the address at:
We look forward to seeing you!
On the Shelf
Below is a sampling of some of the latest
additions to the Reference collection:
- Carpenito-Moyet L.J. (2004). Handbook
of Nursing Diagnosis. NY: Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins.
- Kohl, George C. (2001). The New
Encyclopedia of American Scandal. NY:
Checkmark. E179.N53 2001
- Parish, J.R. (2003). The Encyclopedia of
Ethnic Groups in Hollywood. NY: Facts on
File. PN1995.9.M56M85 2003
- Partnow, E.T. (2001). Quotable Woman:
The First 5,000 Years. N.Y: Facts on File.
- Sifakis, C. (2003). The Encyclopedia of
American Prisons. NY: Facts on File.
- Di Stefano, A. (2004). Encyclopedia of
Distributed Learning. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Latest Links for Virtual
We've recently added a number of web sites
to our Virtual
Reference Collection (VRC).
Trials. This website presents the unbiased
events and outcomes of 33 trials including
Socrates' in 399 B.C. and O.J. Simpson's 1995
double murder trial. It is an invaluable resource
for novices and experienced researchers interested
in criminal justice issues.
- Gilder Lehrman
Institute of American History. The Gilder
Lehrman Institute of American History was
founded to promote the study and love of
American history. A portal to American history
on the Web. the site offers high-quality electronic
educational material for teachers, students, and
WebElements is a comprehensive and in-depth
source for information on the chemical elements.
The entries are extensive and offer the basics,
such as atomic number and weight, as well as
links to physical properties, common compounds,
Profiling Data Collection Resource Center.
The Institute on Race and Justice is an
interdisciplinary research institute at Northeastern
University and utilizes strategic social science
research methodologies to assist government
agencies, educational institutions, and others in
developing policy to advance the cause of social
Faculty Plagiarism Workshops
One of our reference librarians, Amrita
Madray, has been collaborating with the Director
of the Faculty Technology Resource Center, Belle
Gironda, in establishing procedures for addressing
plagiarism issues here at the C.W. Post Campus.
Their partnership has already resulted in a number
of university-wide workshops entitled,
Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism.
These seminars aim to educate fellow faculty
members on methods of identifying plagiarism, as
well as to provide them with information on how
to construct coursework and other assignments
that will help prevent plagiarism from occurring.
Ms. Madray has also worked closely with our
webmaster, Robert Delaney, to develop links at
the Library's website. These can be found under
Library Services on the homepage or visited directly.
She is also preparing a web-based guide for
students to educate them on ways to avoid
plagiarism. For information, please contact
Amrita Madray at 299-2833 or by email to
The Library Instruction Lab was hopping
during the 2003-2004 academic year. In all, we
instructed 2,522 students in 185 classes.
Instructional sessions covered any or all of
the following: LIUCAT - the online
library catalog, print reference materials,
databases, Internet resources,
citation styles, and
evaluation of web sites.
Librarians also taught 56 classes on library
research to 21 sections of the freshman English
course, Reading and Interpretation. In
addition, five sessions of the Library
Competency Workshop were held.
The Library Competency Workshop is a
seven-week course that helps students identify,
locate, evaluate, and use library resources in an
ethical and legal manner.
To schedule a library instruction session for
your class, call Dona McDermott, Instructional
Services Librarian, at 299-4147 or by e-mail to
Provost's Recognition of Service
On June 23, 2004 four members of the
Department will be recognized for their
outstanding service and their tireless efforts in
assisting us during the renovation and throughout
the entire year.
Our congratulations go out to those dedicated
individuals: Pat Bruckner, Anna Giuga, Josephine
Grella, and our Webmaster extraordinaire, Robert
Congratulations go out to Christina
Tumminello, Library Assistant at the Reserve
Desk in Circulation. She was recently accepted to
study at the Sorbonne in France.
We wish her well and look forward to hearing
all about her travels and research endeavors as an
international scholar when she returns home.
Bonne Chance and Adieu!
Libraries - How They Stack Up
The following fast facts are excerpted from
OCLC's 2003 report, Libraries: How they
stack up. This report outlines the economic
impact of libraries worldwide.
According to ACRL (2001):
- Academic libraries circulate approximately
122 million items a year. An additional 14.1
million requests are received through Interlibrary
- U.S. libraries circulate 5.4 million items per
day, as compared to FedEx which ships 5.3
million items during that same time period.
- Library cardholders outnumber Amazon
customers by 5 to 1.
- Libraries continue to be valued as
destinations. In fact, "five times more
people visit U.S. libraries each year than attend
professional and college football, baseball and
hockey games," with 1 out of every 6
people in the world being a card carrying library
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