2007 – Summer Semester

JOHN B. COLEMAN LIBRARIANS IN THE NEWS…

SUMMER 2007

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian, was appointed Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Sciences to teach Diversity Resources and Services to students from U.S., Canada and Trinidad on July 13 and 14, 2007.  Some of the topics discussed included library service to juvenile ex-offenders, resources for Native Americans, African Americans, the homeless, and  GLBT individuals. The highlight of the session included a culture diversity game designed to demonstrate the effects of discrimination.
Steve Shaw, Head of Reference and Information Services published an article entitled “Hyper Library: Exploring the Threads of Postmodernism in the Academic Library,” in the journal Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Fall 8.1 (2006). In it, he discusses the fact that more and more content and research is online and the dissolution of a single linear ‘text’ is a hallmark of postmodernism.
Steve Shaw, Head of Reference and Information Services, recently attended the American Library Association’s Annual meeting, which was held in Washington D.C., June 23-26, 2007. During the conference, he agreed to continue to serve on the ACRL / CLS’s Standards Committee (now renamed the Best Practices Committee), as well as ACRL’s Publications Committee. Over 28,000 librarians converged to meet and discuss cutting-edge ideas. Some of the more interesting sessions were on the use of video blogging, diversity in librarianship and a study of student use of non-library space for academic research.
Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian was featured in the Summer 2007 issue of the Texas Library Journal. The title of the article, A Librarian’s Tell: Losing Weight by Gaining Will Power and Words of Wisdom, helps gives Excitement, Engagement and Enrichment to all Texas Librarians who are battling with losing weight and staying positive in their life. She states “If you stay positive and humble in all your endeavors you can change anything in your life for the better.”
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference in Baltimore, Md, March 29 – April 1, 2007 Helen Yeh, Associate Director, monitored a session on teaching technologies during the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference in Baltimore, MD, March 29 – April 1, 2007. “The conference theme “Sailing into the Future – Charting our Destiny, offered more than 250 programs where library leaders discussed pressing issues affecting academic and research libraries. Key areas of discussion included interactive gaming; social networking technology; the future of reference and online searching; open access to research; collection management, federated searching; distance learning; teaching and learning; its influence on librarianship and recruitment to the profession.
Dr. Rose Albritton, Library Director of the John B. Coleman Library The School of Library & Information Sciences of the University of North Texas has chosen Dr. Rosie Albritton, Director of the John B. Coleman Library to serve a three-year term on the School’s Advisory Board. Dr. Albritton was featured in the Spring 2007 issue of Call Number, the SLIS newsletter.
Juanita Walker, Assistant Director and Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian Juanita Walker, Assistant Director and Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian are heading to the 6th National Conference of African American Librarians: Culture Keepers VI: Preserving the Past, Sustaining the Future in Fort Worth, Texas August 2-5, 2007. They are on the program for Friday, August 3, 2007 to present a panel discussion on Keeping the Culture through Engagement, Enlightenment, and Empowerment in Genealogy researching from Africa to America. 

 

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