Library News: Summer 2008

Common Reading Initiative 2008

1 Dead in AtticThe Library has purchased a collection of materials to complement the reading of our common text, 1 Dead In Attic by Chris Rose. Click here to find the list of books and music. For more information about the Common Reading Initiative and this year's book selection, follow this link. Faculty Librarian Joe Farara has been working closely with Sherlock Terry (First Year Experience) to arrange cultural events associated with the program.

Recent Library Staff Activities

As a member of the Vermont State Colleges Serials Working Group, Pam Gelineau contributed to the group's presentation
for the upcoming SirsiDynix Northeast Regional Group Conference at Lehigh University. The group will detail their work in streamlining serials holdings information in the libraries' online public catalog.

Public Services Librarian Linda Kramer launched the library's Flickr site to great acclaim, with more than 300 hits in its
first day. Click on the link at the top right to see!

Working with his peers across the Vermont academic library community, Circulation Supervisor Walt Reeve is researching ways to enhance reciprocal borrowing arrangements for faculty. This work encompasses the creation of forms, uniform borrowing policies, patron database profiles and circulation staff training.

Faculty Librarian Joe Farara was elected to the Executive Board of the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries, along with directors from the University of Vermont, St. Michael's College, Champlain College, and Norwich University. The group is currently seeking incorporation at both the state and federal levels.

Library Multi-Year Collections Assessment

The library has begun a multi-year assessment of its collections for curricular relevance. Using methodologies established by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the first stage of this work targeted and updated resources in high-demand subject areas. Technical Services Librarian Ray Brior evaluated the library's backlog of donated materials, and added approximately 350 items. He is also creating a Web page devoted to newly acquired items. With the assistance of Library Systems Administrator John Schrader, Public Services Librarian Linda Kramer has explored numerous approaches to embedding reference contact information in the library's public catalog. The reference staff is in the process of reviewing these models and will determine a finalist.





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