Library News: Fall 2009

Thanks to the efforts of Access Services Librarian Jo Anne Edwards, the JSC library launched its redesigned Facebook as the fall semester got under way. Informed by focus groups representing a broad range of library constituents, the results can be found here.

While JSC's reference librarians have a long track record of serving as embedded librarians in online courses, Linda Kramer is piloting the service in one of our campus-based first-year seminars, "A Call to Action." She reports that students have responded very positively to her inquiry-based approach to information literacy instruction.

Ray Brior organized a book sale for Fall Fest weekend in September. In addition to selling duplicate and discarded items from the library's collection, Ray discussed current library initiatives with former students and their families.

Faculty librarian Joe Farara is the new president of the Vermont Consortium of academic libraries. He's also serving as the Vermont State Colleges' representative to the Vermont online library selection committee.

The JSC library was featured in a front-page article on area libraries in the October 26, 2009 edition of The Transcript, a weekly newspaper delivered to every mailbox in Lamoille County.

Linda Kramer brought visiting Fulbright scholar Zaharom ("Rom") Nain to the attention of Mary West of the Centennial Library for Morristown's series on Islam. Rom led a lively discussion at Centennial Library on October 21, 2009. Linda also has been meeting with the Archives Committee of the JSC Alumni Association to assist with a research project. The committee, headed by Emeritus Professor Alice Whiting, is creating a checklist of buildings and historical treasures of the college. Each entry details the location, the date and background information for identifying named spaces, art works, and notable collections on campus. The annotated inventory expands upon sections of Ken Raymond's 1984 publication, The History of Johnson State College, and will be
available in print and on the JSC Web site.

As part of his duties as Technical Services Librarian, Ray Brior has been working closely with Faculty Librarian Joe Farara on collection development. In addition to selecting new material for the collection, they continue to evaluate library materials for currency and curricular relevance. Ray also reports that the library's steady stream of donations remains unabated.