2009 – Spring Semester

JOHN B. COLEMAN LIBRARIANS IN THE NEWS…

Spring 2009

Phyllis Earles, University Archivist 

Scanning the Turf: 
The HBCU Library Alliance Digital Initiative

Phyllis Earles, University Archivist attended the Tuesday, March 17, 2009, “Scanning the Turf: The HBCU Library Alliance Digital Initiative” class were held in Atlanta, GA at the SOLINET offices. The free class was designed for institutions new to digitization or just beginning to form their initiative. The class focused on increasing participants’ understanding of the uniBCU Library Alliance Digital Initiative project. This project is one of the first in the nation to build a national framework for collaborative digitization of HBCU cultural heritage materials. Participants were provided with an overview of the HBCU Library Alliance Digital Initiative project to include background and future directions, impact on the library community, general methods for digitizing special collections materials, ownership issues, technical requirements, and content management work flow issues. For more about the alliance  .

Texas Librarian Association Black Caucus

Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian was appointed to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee and an officer for the Texas Librarian Association Black Caucus Round table. Ms. Gay will oversee the placement of assigning scholarships to Texas Library Science students who are members of both TLA and the TLA Black Caucus Round table. Scholarship winners will be afforded the opportunity to attend a TLA Annual Conference.

Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian  was a guest judge for the Houston Independent School Districts’ Middle Schools’ Name that Book Contest on Friday, May 8, 2009. The  contest was held at the Department of Library Services Branch in Houston Texas and had six schools competing in the competition. The contestants on the teams had to correctly answer the most quotes taken from about 40 various young adult books. The contest is sponsored by HISD Library Services and Media Services Departments and Barnes and Noble.
2009 Texas Library Association Conference in downtown Houston March 30 to April 3, 2009. Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian attended the 2009 Texas Library Association Conference in downtown Houston March 30 to April 3, 2009. Ms. Gay chaired the Genealogy Round table Committee and organized three programs. She was the featured speaker for one genealogy program entitled Web 2.0 Genealogy Researching. Ms. Gay also was a guest speaker for a panel discussion program entitled K-20 Learners: Preparing our Students for College and Career.

HBCU Library Alliance Associate Level Librarians Scenario Planning Workshop, March 11, 2009 in Atlanta.

Elizabeth Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian, attended the HBCU Library Alliance Associate Level Librarians Scenario Planning Workshop, March 11, 2009 in Atlanta. Those in attendance represented librarians from medical, legal, administrative and other aspects of the library profession. The workshop examined where HBCU libraries stand currently and where they hope to be in the future and what needs to be done to get HBCU libraries to that point.

HBCU Library Alliance Associate Level Librarians Scenario Planning Workshop, March 11, 2009 in Atlanta.

Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian attended the HBCU Library Alliance “Library Scenario” workshop in Atlanta March 25, 2009. The day log workshop gave suggestions on what the HBCU Library Alliance should work toward in partnerships with all the HBCU libraries with the next three to five years. Librarians gathered into groups of five and gave feedback to library scenarios on the criteria of the likely, most likely, not likely, missing and desired outcomes of three particular library settings.

HBCU Library Alliance’s Double ‘O’ -Freshman Orientation and Outreach workshop

Steve Shaw, Head of Reference and Instruction attended the HBCU Library Alliance’s Double ‘O’ -Freshman Orientation and Outreach workshop in Atlanta March 19th, 2009. The day long workshop gave suggestions for transforming the typical freshman orientation from information overload into a fun, transformative experience; the ‘bait’ that keeps students coming back to the library throughout their college career.

Prairie View A&M Univiversity

Kimberly M. Gay, Reference and Instruction Librarian was the keynote speaker at Gama Gama Sigma, PVAMU Service Organization on March 24, 2009. The seminar entitled “All My Single Ladies” was held at the University College’s Movie Theater and attracted more than 50 college freshman. Ms. Gay talked about the importance of getting a college education, reading and literacy for African Americans and staying true to yourself. 

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian

Elizabeth Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian presented a paper at the Texas National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference held at Prairie View, March 27-28, 2009 on Culture and Distance Learning: Theories of Time and Space in Online Environments and Electronic Retrieval Systems. Ms. Brumfield discussed how culture affects our online interactions. The session demonstrated ways that retrieval systems can be designed to appeal to various cultures.
Houston Area Law Librarians Bob Grundy, Reference and Instruction Librarian, presented “The Internet as a Legitimate Research Tool” at the Houston Area Law Librarians (HALL) Spring 2009 Seminar March 11th, 2009. His presentation showed law librarians how most Texas residents can obtain borrowing cards through either the Harris County or Houston Public library systems for free or for very nominal cost and how these borrowing cards can be linked. Using the TexShare databases, anybody with a public library card is able to search for scholarly articles from select databases including WorldCat. Houston Area Law Librarians (HALL) is a local chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, an international association representing over 5,000 law librarians.
9th Annual Texas A&M University Assessment Conference in College Station February 22-24 Steve Shaw, Head of Reference and Instruction, and Jean Brumfield, Distance Services Librarian, along with nearly 30 other Prairie View faculty and staff, recently attended the 9th Annual Texas A&M University Assessment Conference in College Station February 22-24. The conference’s theme, “Using Assessment to Drive Improvement,” highlighted the emphasis of evaluating student learning outcomes on the program level. The information learned will be of use as Prairie View continues to prepare for the re accreditation visit from SACS in 2010.

 


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