Faculty & Staff News

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September 2017

In Memoriam:

Daisy E. Shenholm, former director of Douglass Library for nearly 20 years, passed away on June 4, 2017, in Hanover, N.H.

Articles:

Leslin H. Charles, “Embracing Challenges in Times of Change: A Survey of the Readiness of Academic Librarians in New Jersey for Transition to the ACRL Framework,” Communications in Information Literacy, 11(1), 221-245, 2017.

Sheridan Sayles,My Story of Preserving a Senator’s Social Media,” Electronic Records Committee, August 1, 2017.

Robert Vietrogoski, book review of Karen L. Walloch, The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Compulsory Vaccination in the United States, Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2015, in The Watermark, Summer 2017, 40(3):52-54.

Books (including chapters):

Zara Wilkinson, “Where No Girl Has Gone Before? Teenage Girls in Star Trek’s Strong Female Future” in To Boldly Go: Essays on Gender and Identity in the Star Trek Universe, eds, Nadine Farghaly and Simon Bacon (McFarland, 2017).

Grants & Awards:

Zara Wilkinson was selected to receive a travel stipend from the Center for Research Libraries to support attendance at “New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: An International Symposium,” planned in conjunction with the Frankfurt Book Fair, the symposium will be held at the German National Library in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2017.

Presentations:

Lotts, Megan, “Creativity and Engagement: Low Cost, High Impact, Pop-up Makerspaces.” Keynote Speaker at the State University of New York (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology staff retreat, New York City, August, 2017.

Robert Vietrogoski, “The Lives and Work of Samuel and June Orton,” hour-long presentation on the history of dyslexia held at Columbia University Medical Center, Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, New York NY, Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduate Learning Disabilities Program, July 2017.

Zara Wilkinson and Katherine Kott, “Setting the Stage: Community Engagement in Your Library,” workshop presented at the Colloquium on Libraries and Service Learning: Bridging Campus and Community, Santa Clara, CA, August 7, 2017.

Connie Wu provided two training sessions for the Foreign University Administrator Training Program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick to 34 people in August. Her topic is on Intercultural Property Management in American Universities. She covered basics on patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secret, history and current situation in IP management in American universities and Rutgers ORC model.

Service:

Judy Cohn has been selected by the nominating committee of the Association Academic Health Sciences Libraries to be president-elect.

Kayo Denda is now a  member of the board of Women Make Movies, a film distributor that works with films created by women.

August 2017

Comings & Goings:

Colin Bitter joined Central Technical Services on July 24 as the Head of Monographs Cataloging and Database Management. Colin comes to Rutgers from Camden County College, where he served as the Systems/Web Librarian.

Amy Kimura will join Shared User Services as the Web Services Librarian on August 7, 2017. Amy comes to us from the Talbott Library at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she worked with the web team and librarians on website/library resource design and improvements to the library’s online tools.

Soo Lee has been promoted to Library Associate II Resource Sharing Coordinator at Carr Library. Since 2013 Soo had served as the Library Assistant II for Collection Management at Carr and previously worked in Special Collections and University Archives and Interlibrary Loan Services.

Grace McGarty is now the Library Associate II Student Coordinator at Carr. She was previously the Library Associate II Resource Sharing Coordinator.

Director of Development Nancy McMurrer submitted her resignation and her last day in the office is August 1.

Lucy Vidal joined Collection Development and Management in the Collection Services and Resource Sharing Department (CSRS) as Serials Acquisitions Supervisor on July 31st. Lucy has been a part of the Rutgers community as the Associate Director for Operations for the Center for Women’s Global Leadership where she has had oversight of internal operations.

Books (including chapters):

Vibiana Cvetkovic, “Mount Holly,” Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, (Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden, July 2017).

Bart Everts, “Doylestown,” Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, (Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden, July 2017).

Jordan M. Nielsen and Keven M. Jeffery, “Using proximity beacons and the Physical Web to promote library research and instructional services,” Mobile technology and academic libraries: Innovative services for research and learning, edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton (Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2017).

Articles:

Leslin H. Charles,Embracing Challenges in Times of Change: A Survey of the Readiness of Academic Librarians in New Jersey for Transition to the ACRL Framework,” Communications in Information Literacy, 11(1), 221-245, 2017.

Ron Jantz, “Vision, innovation, and leadership in research libraries,” Library & Information Science Research, 39(3), 234–241, 2017.

Jim Niessen, “God Brought the Hungarians: Emigration and Refugee Relief in the Light of Cold War Religion,” Hungarian Historical Review, Budapest, forthcoming.

Announcement of the Andrew Hill papers, music and audiovisual recordings in “Notes for Notes,” Notes, 73(3), 506, March 2017.

Grants & Awards:

Special Collections and University Archives received a FY18 General Operating Support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the amount of $95,230.

Presentations:

Isaiah Beard, “Digitization Basics for Newspaper and Photographs,” New Jersey Library Association, webinar, October 26, 2016.

Ron Jantz, “The Research Library: Vision, Innovation, and Leadership,” Association of College and Research Libraries, poster, Baltimore, MD, March 22-24, 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Connecting with Patrons, Highlighting the Collections, and Learning About the Library: Low Cost High-Impact Makerspaces in U.S. Art Libraries,” Art Libraries Society of United Kingdom and Ireland annual conference, Dublin, Ireland, July 12-15, 2017.

Jim Niessen, “The Development of Catholic Parishes in New Brunswick,” New Brunswick Free Public Library, April 29, 2017.

Jim Niessen, “Heritage and Repatriation in the History of Habsburg and Hungarian Archives,” Annual Conference of the American Hungarian Educators Association in Toronto, May 28, 2017.

Jim Niessen, “Heritage and Repatriation in the History of Habsburg and Hungarian Archives,” WESS Research Forum at the American Library Association Conference, Chicago, June 24, 2017.

Frans Albarillo, Lee Ann Fullington, Elizabeth Surles, and Eamon Tewell, “Living to Tell the Tale: Librarians and an Archivist Come Clean about Their Original Research Projects,” METRO Annual Conference, panel, January 11, 2017.

Elizabeth Surles, “Faces and Places in Newark’s Jazz History: From Savoy Records to Sparky J’s to Sarah Vaughan,” Adult School of Montclair at the Montclair Public Library, lecture, December 8, 2016.

Elizabeth Surles, “Discord in Archival Description? Evaluating DACS Compliance and Best Practices through Document Analysis of Finding Aids for Music Materials,” Society of American Archivists Research Forum, paper, August 2, 2016.

Elizabeth Surles, “DACS and Archival Music Collections: A Crash Course for Music Librarians,” Music Library Association Annual Meeting, paper, March 5, 2016.

Frans Albarillo, Lee Ann Fullington, Elizabeth Surles, and Eamon Tewell, and Brandon West, “Building Your Methods Toolkit: Research Design for Information Professionals,” METRO Annual Conference, panel, January 21, 2016.

Elizabeth Surles, “Reaching In to Reach Out: Examining the State of Inclusivity Across Libraries, Archives, and Museums,” The Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, invited panelist, Portland, OR, 27 July 2017.

Sam Kennedy and Zara Wilkinson, “In it for the Long-Haul: Long-Term IL Assessment Questions and Practices,” New Jersey Library Association, College and University Section, User Education and Assessment Workshop, “Diving Deep: Exploring New Possibilities in Information Literacy and Assessment Workshop,” roundtable discussion, Randolph, NJ, July 20, 2017.

Service:

Leslin H. Charles has been elected President, Association of College and Research Libraries, NJ/NJLA CUS, 2017-2018.

Laura Mullen is the chair for the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), 2017-2018.

Jordan M. Nielsen served as Chair of the Business Reference Sources Committee, a committee within Reference and User Services Association, Business Reference and Services Section, 2016-2017.

Jordan M. Nielsen, appointed to the Reference and User Services Association’s, Business Reference and Services Section’s Education Committee, 2017-2019.

 

July 2017

Comings & Goings:

Melissa Gasparotto has accepted a position in the Collections and Research Services Department at the New York Public Library and will be leaving Rutgers in early July. Her new position is, indeed, new. She will be the first Assistant Director for Research Services across the NYPL Research Libraries. In this exciting position she will be responsible for integrating the user experience into print and digital collections strategy.

On June 12, Wei Huang joined Alexander Library as Access Services Library Assistant 2 – Assistant Student Coordinator. Wei is not completely new to the Libraries. He is a graduate of the College of Engineering and was a student employee at Alexander Access Services and the SERC reading room while in college. Following graduation, he continued working nights and weekends for 15 years or so.

In Memoriam:

Dr. Benice Ray, graduate of the Rutgers University School  of Communication and Information, passed on June 6, 2017.  Dr. Ray, formerly known as Bernice R. Jones, graduated from the Master’s of Library Studies, and Ph.D.Program with a focus Academic Librarianship, and she worked at John Cotton Dana Library in Newark, NJ for a number of years.  There will a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 17th, in Corinth. MS.  The service will be held at Paterson’s Memorial Chapel, 125 Franklin Street, Corinth, MS 38834. The family would appreciate remembrances be forwarded to the Chapel, before 12 Noon, when the service will begin.

Promotions:

The following librarians have been promoted to Librarian II with Tenure:

  • Joseph Deodato, Digital User Services Librarian
  • Bonnie Fong, Physical Sciences Librarian and Head, Emerging Technologies
  • Caryn Radick, Digital Archivist

In addition, Michael Joseph, Rare Book Librarian, has been promoted to Librarian I.

Articles:

Francesca Giannetti, review of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb, eds, Reference and User Services Quarterly 55(3), Spring 2016.

Francesca Giannetti,Against the Grain: Reading for the Challenges of Collaborative DH Pedagogy,” College & Undergraduate Libraries 24(2/3), 2017.

Nancy Kranich,Long Overdue: Revisiting Library Privacy Policies During Choose Privacy Week,” Choose Privacy Week Blog, May 1, 2017.

Jane Otto, & Laura Mullen, The Rutgers Open Access Policy goes into effect: Faculty reaction and implementation lessons learned,” Paper under review, QQML e-Journal.

Laura Palumbo,Championing Institutional Goals: Academic Libraries Supporting Graduate Women in STEM,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3): 192-199, May 2016.

Laura Palumbo,‘Data Curation for Reuse’ at the ACRL 2017 conference,” e-Science Community Blog, March 28, 2017.

Fernanda Perrone, Lydia Tang, Blake Relle, Erin Wolfe, “Making Archives and Special Collections Accessible,”  Archival Outlook, November–December 2016, 4–5 and 28.

Fernanda Perrone, “The Rutgers Network in Meiji Japan,” Rikkyo American Studies (39): 80–101, 2017.

Grants & Awards:

Francesca Giannetti, DHSI Tuition Scholarships for “XML Applications for Historical and Literary Research” and “Introduction to XSLT for Digital Humanists” courses at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, June 2017.

Francesca Giannetti, DHSI Tuition Scholarship for “R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization for the Humanities” course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, June 2016.

Megan Lotts announced that the Rutgers Art Library has been chosen for a Freedom to Read grant! This was a very competitive year, and the committee flagged the Rutgers proposal as among the best. This will be an exciting project this fall, involving collaboration with many of the Arts related communities on campus, as well as many mini celebrations and events for banned books week in the libraries

Fernanda Perrone, Invitee Research Associate, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 2016.

Books (including chapters):

Fernanda Perrone, “’To Care for the Sick and Needy Poor So Numerous There’: The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Hudson County During the Civil War Era,” in Essays on New Jersey Catholic History (South Orange, NJ: New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission, 2016): 33–62.

Thomas F. Babor, Dominique Morisano, Jonathan Noel, Katherine Robaina, Judit H. Ward, and Andrea Mitchell, “Infrastructure and career opportunities in addiction science: The emergence of an interdisciplinary field,” Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, Ed. Thomas F. Babor, Kerstin Stenius, Richard Pates, Michal Miovský, Jean O’Reilly, Paul Candon (Ubiquity Press, 2017).

Phil Lange, Richard Pates, Jean O’Reilly and Judit H. Ward, “How to Write a Scientific Article for a Peer-Reviewed Journal,” Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, Ed. Thomas F. Babor, Kerstin Stenius, Richard Pates, Michal Miovský, Jean O’Reilly, Paul Candon (Ubiquity Press, 2017).

Thomas F. Babor, Dominique Morisano, Kerstin Stenius and Judit H. Ward, “How to Choose a Journal: Scientific and Practical Considerations,” Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, Ed. Thomas F. Babor, Kerstin Stenius, Richard Pates, Michal Miovský, Jean O’Reilly, Paul Candon (Ubiquity Press, 2017).

Presentations:

Leslin H. Charles, “Leveraging Partnerships to Assess Library Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning Via a Longitudinal Study,” poster presentation, ALA Conference, Chicago, June 2017.

Kayo Denda, program chair, “User Experience (UX) and Social Science Libraries in the Digital Age,” 2016 WLIC IFLA Social Science Library Section Conference Program, Columbus, OH, August 16, 2016.

Kayo Denda, IFLA Global Vision Workshop, Athens, Greece, April 4-5, 2017

Francesca Giannetti and Anna Kijas,A DH-Leavened Musicological Toolbox,” poster presentation at Digital Humanities 2016, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, Krakòw, Poland, July 12-16, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Anchors Aweigh: The Role of Institutions in Spanning the Digital Divide,” Partnership for the Progress on the Digital Divide Conference, San Diego, CA, May 25, 2017.

Nancy Kranich, “Strengthening Civil Society/Library Education,” keynote virtual presentation to the Slovakian, Czech, and Polish Librarians, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, April 3, 2017.

Mary Alexander, Rhonda Marker, Lisa McFall, and Emma Wilson, “Metadata and Digital Humanities: The Newest Form of Library Outreach,” panel presentation, Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Jill Nathanson and Mei Ling Lo, “Working together, working smarter: what can librarians do for your online class?” 8th Annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference, Somerset, NJ, March 2017.

Jane Otto, “Developing and Delivering a Compelling Open Access Message to University Faculty,” Qualitative and Quantitative Methods International Conference International Conference, Limerick, Ireland, May 17, 2017.

Jane Otto and Laura Mullen, “The Rutgers Open Access Policy goes into effect: Faculty reaction and implementation lessons learned,” paper, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods International Conference, Limerick, Ireland, May 2017.

Laura Palumbo and Amy Sarjeant, “In Your Backyard: The Cambridge Structural Database and the Libraries Data Management Services,” workshop presented at Rutgers University Library of Science and Medicine, New Brunswick, NJ, November 2016.

Ian Bruno and Laura Palumbo, “Collaborating Across Campus and Around the World: Introducing Librarians and Researchers to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre,” Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ, June 2017.

Laura Palumbo and Sara Wright, “Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work,” Association of College and Research Libraries licensed work by Goben and Sapp-Nelson, presented at State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, May 2017.

Fernanda Perrone, “Digital Collections and Women Religious,” American Catholic Historical Association, Denver, CO, January 6, 2016.

Fernanda Perrone, “The Modern School of Stelton,” Past Perfect: Utopian Visions in Historical Perspective, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, January 27, 2016.

Fernanda Perrone, “Women Religious in Texas,” commentator, Texas Historical Association, Houston, TX, March 2, 2017.

Fernanda Perrone, “Griffis in Fukui: Another Look,” Griffis Museum, Fukui, Japan, November 11, 2016.

Fernanda Perrone, “Reevaluating the Loretto Community’s Higher Education Mission,” History of Women Religious Triennial Conference, Santa Clara, CA, June 27, 2016.

Fernanda Perrone, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Women in the Archives,” From Exclusion to Inclusion: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers, One Day Symposium, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, March 8, 2016.

Fernanda Perrone, “The Rutgers Network in Early Meiji Japan,” Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan, November 8, 2016.

Sheridan Sayles, “From Star Wars to Wikileaks: Questions of Formats and Access in the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Collection,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, April 2017.

Sheridan Sayles, “From Ballot Box to Document Box: Exploring Contemporary Challenges with Congressional Papers,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, April 2017.

Adriana Cuervo and Elizabeth Surles, “Diversity in the Archival Record:  The Institute of Jazz Studies Archives Fellowship,” paper presented at Rutgers University’s Symposium Scholarship, Research, and Best Practices in Diversity & Inclusion: Current Findings and Emerging Issues, March 31, 2017.

Roberta Tipton and Patricia A. Bender, “The Dana Writers Group: Building a Community of Academic Writers,”  New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ, April 26, 2017.

Lily Todorinova, Technologies that Enhance the First Year Experience,” organizer and moderator, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24, 2017. n

Lily Todorinova, “Wikipedia and the Academic Library: Increasing Diversity and Critical Thinking,” Women’s History Month 2017 Conference, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, March 3, 2017.

Lily Todorinova, “Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Grant Program at Rutgers University,” 2017 NJEdge Faculty Showcase in Monmouth University, NJ, March 15, 2017.

Judit Hajnal Ward, “Addiction Information Literacy Workshop,” Hungarian National Health Science Library, Budapest, Hungary, May 19, 2017.

Judit Hajnal Ward, “Information literacy in addiction science,” invited presenter, Annual Conference of the Hungarian Medical Library Association, Budapest, Hungary, May 18, 2017.

Zara Wilkinson, Lily Todorinova, Bonnie Fong, Mary Beth Weber, Laura Palumbo, and Roberta Fitzpatrick,Open and Affordable Textbook Program at Rutgers University,” poster presentation, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24, 2017.

Ryan Womack, “Big Data, Data Visualization, and Reproducible Research,” Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 12, 2017.

Ryan Womack, “Data Literacy for All,” IASSIST Annual Conference, Lawrence, KS, May 23, 2017.

Ryan Womack, “Topics in Data Science [Data Visualization, Big Data, Reproducible Research, and Data Literacy]”, National Statistics Office of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 8-9, 2017.

Ryan Womack, “Big Data and Data Visualization,” Mongolian University of Life Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 11, 2017.

Ryan Womack, “Data Literacy,” National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 10, 2017.

Ryan Womack,Data in Libraries: Data Processing and Visualization,” Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association, online, May 4, 2017.

Service:

Leslin H. Charles has been appointed editor of Chapter Topics: The Newsletter of the ACRL Chapters Council, 2017-2018.

Francesca Giannetti is a member of the Programme Committee, Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2017), October 28, 2017.

Nancy Kranich is a member of the American Library Association, Libraries Transform Communities Models for Change Advisory Committee, 2016–2018.

Nancy Kranich is a member of the ACRL Academic Library of the Year Committee, 2016–2018.

Nancy Kranich is an elected member of the ALA Leroy Merritt Humanitarian Fund, 2017–2019.

Nancy Kranich is program convener (2016 – 2018) and co-moderator of meeting “Russia-U.S. Library Dialogue, Building Strong Communities: The Civic Role of Libraries in the 21st Century,” for the Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH, March 30-31, 2017.

Laura Palumbo was elected chair-elect of the Physics-Astronomy-Math Division of the Special Libraries Association, July 2016.

Sheridan Sayles served as peer reviewer for the Access to Historical Records—Archival Projects grant applications for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, March 2017.

Elizabeth Sosnowska appointed committee chair, Health Sciences Library Association of NJ Education Committee.

Elizabeth Sosnowska served as the MLA Research Awards judge, MLA/CHLA/ICLC Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2016.

Elizabeth Sosnowska served on the 2017 VALE/NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS Users’ Conference Planning Committee, as the chair of Breakouts Committee.

Elizabeth Sosnowska elected 2017/2018 vice-president of the Health Sciences Library Association of NJ.

Elizabeth Sosnowska served as the MLA Research Awards judge, 2017 MLA Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

 

June 2017

Comings & Goings:

Linda Langschied will retire from the Libraries on July 1, 2017. Linda has had a long and productive career at Rutgers, which began 31 years ago when she accepted a Librarian IV reference position in Alexander Library. During her time at Rutgers, Linda was at the vanguard of developing our statewide digital presence, helping to design the Scholarly Communication Center and becoming its director. She is the digital project manager for the New Jersey Environmental Digital Library and the New Jersey Digital Highway, both of which she helped to found as the principal investigator for their respective grants. She has fostered relationships between Rutgers and libraries around the state, and with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Recently, she negotiated the donation of New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) archives to the library, with the proviso that they would be available through NJEDL.

Congratulations!

Bonnie Fong, Roberta Tipton, Minglu Wang, and Krista White received the NJLA College and University Section (CUS) Association of College and Research Libraries New Jersey Chapter Annual Research Award for Journal of Academic Librarianship article, “Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students.”

Congratulations to Stephanie Mikitish, User Engagement/Assessment Librarian at John Cotton Dana Library, who completed her PhD this year. Her dissertation is titled, “Information Engagement: How Social Science Doctoral Students Seek, Filter, Access, and Organize Information,” and was supervised by Marie L. Radford, Daniel O O’Connor, Ross J. Todd, and Lynn Silipigni Connaway. A recording of her presentation is available at: http://bit.ly/2pLmkiS.

Laura Bowering Mullen was appointed to the Rutgers Research Council for a three year term starting in April, 2017.

Laura Bowering Mullen was appointed by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) to its  Open Access Week 2017 Advisory Committee.

Krista White received a Rutgers-Newark Seed Grant $10,000 to fund her proposal, “Digital Storytelling as 21st Century Pedagogy”. Digital Storytelling as 21st Century Pedagogy (DS21P)funds will be used to create a series of undergraduate courses by connecting three general education courses providing a continuous theme using multimedia authoring tools for scholarly production. Assignments in each course will use oral histories collections from across Rutgers University and from the Newark Public Library as primary resources. The goal of this  course series is to improve students’ critical thinking, academic writing, creative problem solving and information evaluation skills.

Books (inc. chapters):

Nancy-Lou Patterson, Detecting Wimsey: Papers on Dorothy L. Sayers’s Detective Fiction, edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Emily E. Auger; includes introduction, bibliography, and index by Janet Brennan Croft, The Patterson Papers, Vol. III (Valley Home Press, 2017).

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Janet Brennan Croft, Leslie Donovan, David Oberhelman, Kris Larsen, David Emerson, and Tamy Burnett, “’We’ll hit serious research mode!’: Libraries and Research Methods in Science Fiction and Fantasy,” roundtable, Southwest Popular and American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 17, 2017.

Janet Brennan Croft, Leslie Donovan, David Oberhelman, Kris Larsen, and David Emerson, “Popular Culture Resources and Careers: A Roundtable,” panel discussion, University of New Mexico Hobbit Society, February 15, 2017.

Janet Brennan Croft, “Theory of Bibliography and the Scholarly Conversation,” guest lecture, Signum University LITZ 5301 Research Methods, January 2017.

Janet Brennan Croft, “Hell and Back: Helena as Kore and Shaman in Orphan Black,” Southwest Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 17, 2017; Rutgers-Camden ComicCon, April 8, 2017; Mythcon 48, July 2017.

Janet Brennan Croft, “’What if I’m still there? What if I never left that clinic?’: Faërian Drama in Buffy’s ‘Normal Again’,” Buffy at 20, Marquette University, April 1, 2017; Mythcon 48, July 2017.

Jordan Nielsen, Laurel Bliss, and Keven Jeffery, “We solemnly swear that we are up to no good: Pop culture marketing in the library,” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego, CA, April 14, 2017.

Jordan Nielsen and Keven Jeffery, “Location, location, location: Creating location-based services with proximity beacons and the Physical Web,” Association of College & Research Libraries, Baltimore, MD, March 25, 2017.

Krista White, “’On the Technical Side: Preserving Digital Scholarly Research,” Panel presentation, MARAC Spring Conference, Newark, NJ, April 21, 2017.

Recently published articles:

Corey Basch and Victoria H. Wagner,Popular literature in public health: Exploring connections between public health and humanities,” Journal of Health Education Teaching, 8(1): 17-25, (2017).

Janet Brennan Croft, The Name of the Ring: Or, There and Back Again,Mythlore 35.2 (#130), 81-94, (2017).

Janet Brennan Croft, Review of The Golden Key: A Victorian Fairy Tale, by George MacDonald, illustrations by Ruth Sanderson,” Mythprint 54.1, 7-8, (2017).

Janet Brennan Croft,Briefly noted” review column, Mythlore 35.2 (#130), 199-201, (2017).

Keven Jeffery, Kathryn Houk, Jordan Nielsen, Jenny Wong-Welch, “Digging in the mines: Mining course syllabi in search of the library,Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, 12(1), 72-84, (2017).

May 2017

Comings & Goings:

Katherine Gomez joined Alexander Library Access Services as a Library Assistant 2 – Collection Management on April 17th. Kathy is a recent RU graduate and comes to us with years of experience as a Circulation Assistant at the New Brunswick Public Library.

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Kristin Briney & Laura Palumbo, “Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work,” Association of College and Research Libraries licensed work by Goben and Sapp-Nelson, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 2017.

Christina Chan-Park, Abigail Goben, & Laura Palumbo, “Assessing Your Toolkit: Is the Research Data Management Roadshow For You?” Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2017.

Leslin H. Charles,Step out of the Information Literacy assessment box: Determining library impact on student learning via a longitudinal study,” New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ, April 2017.

Bart Everts, “Connecting on Cooper: Library Services for Camden County College and Rowan University in Camden,” New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ, April 24, 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Student Paintings, Tattoo artists, and Scientists: The Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces,” Poster Session at the Art Libraries Society of North America/NY annual conference re-cap, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, April 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Coloring outside the Information Literacy Lines: The Art Library Coloring Book,” Presentation at the Association of College & Research Libraries annual conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Student Paintings, Tattoo artists, and Scientists: The Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces,” Poster Session at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2017.

Bob Vietrogoski, “New Jersey and the Preventorium,” Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ, April 4, 2017.

Zara Wilkinson, Sarah Allred, Joseph Barbarese, and Rasheda Weaver, “Can students afford their textbooks? Moving toward OER,” Rutgers University-Camden Faculty eLearning Conference, Camden, NJ, March 30, 2017.

Zara Wilkinson, “Outreach in Academic Libraries,” (round table discussion), NJLA CUS Reference Services Committee Workshop “The New Reference Librarian,” New Brunswick, NJ, April 6, 2017.

Recently published articles:

Nicholas Allred, William Bejarano, and Judit Hajnal Ward,Howard Wilcox Haggard and the institutionalization of modern alcohol studies,Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 78, 325-329, 2017.

Isaiah Beard, “The eBethArké Syriac digital library: a case study,” Digital Library Perspectives 33(1), 40-47, 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Legos in the Library,” chapter 11 in The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook, ed. Ellyssa Kroski (Chicago: American Libraries Association, 2017).

Misa Mi and Yingting Zhang, “Culturally competent library services and related factors among health sciences librarians: an exploratory study,Journal of the Medical Library Association, April 2017.

Julie Still, “Nancy Drew and the Ivory Tower: Early Academic Study of the Girl Detective,” Clues: A Journal of Detection 35(1), 75-84, 2017.

Awards & Honors:

Jim Niessen was featured in the “Alumni Profile” of the latest newsletter of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana.

Lily Todorinova was elected Vice Chair/Chair Elect for ALA’s Reference and User Services Division Emerging Technologies Section. Her term starts July 1, 2017.

April 2017

Comings & Goings:

RBHS librarians and staff celebrated Bob Cupryk’s retirement at a festive dinner in his honor on Thursday, March 9th. An avid fisherman, Bob is setting sail to spend many relaxing hours engaged in his favorite pastime. Bob had a long career serving in librarian roles at the Smith Library in Cataloging, Reference and ILL; then accepted a librarian position at the RWJ Library focused on Information and Education. We all wish him well!

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Bart Everts, “With the Right Attitude: The Peirce School in World War I,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, March 4, 2017.

Leslin H. Charles & Defabiis, W., “Increasing student engagement in an online graduate course utilizing the framework of Transactional Distance theory and the practice of Embedded Librarianship,” 8th Annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference, Somerset, NJ, March 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Coloring outside the Information Literacy Lines: the Art Library Coloring Book,” Association of College & Research Libraries Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.

Megan Lotts, “Student Paintings, Tattoo artists, and Scientists: the Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces,” poster, Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2017.

Megan Lotts,Learning to Look, Looking to Learn: A Workshop in Visual Literacy,” workshop, International Center for Photography, New York, NY, February 22, 2017.

Zara Wilkinson, “Just One. I’m a Few… Who Am I? Multiplicity and the Female Body in Orphan Black,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD, March 24, 2017.

Recently published articles:

Laura Palumbo,Alleviating the high cost of science textbooks with Open Educational Resources,Inside Science Resources, March 15, 2017.

Caryn Radick, Review of Bruce Joshua Miller (Ed.), Curiosity’s Cats: Writer’s on Research, in The American Archivist 79(2), 461–464.

Judit Hajnal Ward, “Egyedül nem megy: gondolatok egy addiktológiai biblioterápiai gyűjtemény összeállítása közben [You are not alone: reflections on a bibliotherapy collection for addictions],” Hungarian, Orvosi Könyvtárak [Medical Libraries], 14(1), 2017, 18-28.

Zara Wilkinson, “La situation des emplois de bibliothécaire à temps partiel aux États-Unis: prélude à une crise?” Documentation et bibliothèques 63(1): 37-41, 2017. [“Averting the Adjunct Crisis: A Critical Examination of Part-time Librarianship in the United States.” Presented in English for the bilingual IFLA Marketing and Management Section Satellite Meeting and selected to be translated for this special conference issue of Documentation et bibliothèques.]

Grants & Awards:

Bonnie L. Fong, Minglu Wang, Krista White, and Roberta Tipton won the 2017 Research Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries-New Jersey Chapter and the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section for their Journal of Academic Librarianship article, “Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students.”

Stephen Modica was nominated for the second time for a Golden Apple Award in the administration category from New Jersey Medical School. The Golden Apple Awards is an annual Rutgers NJMS tradition that honors and celebrates faculty, residents, and administration for their dedication and contribution to the NJMS community.

 

March 2017

Comings & Goings:

Mary O’Mara will join New Brunswick Libraries as Unit Computing Manager on March 6th. She will be located at the Kilmer Library and have responsibility for overseeing end user support for the computer environment across the New Brunswick Libraries, including desktop and video conferencing support. Our wonderful unit computing specialists will report to Mary.

Stephanie Mikitish will join the John Cotton Dana Library Faculty, as User Engagement/Assessment Librarian. This is a new position and a first for Dana Library. Stephanie will be responsible for envisioning, developing and implementing a systematic assessment program for Dana Library. Stephanie will start on March 20th, 2017.

Victoria Wagner will join the RBHS Libraries as the Associate Director and Medical Education Coordinator of the Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences at RBHS–New Brunswick. Victoria will start on April 17, 2017.

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Laura Bowering Mullen and Julia Gelfand, “Openness and Transparency: Contributing to the New World of Science Publishing,” Career Development Workshop presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, February 19, 2017.

Nancy Kranich, “Moving From Nice To Necessary: How Your Library Can Become More Relevant In The Community,” with Cheryl Gorman, Susan Taylor Simpson, and Cara Pryor, Ontario Library Association, Toronto, CA, February 3, 2017.

Nancy Kranich, “Listening to Many Voice: Community Conversations at Rutgers University Libraries,” ALA Futures Symposium, ALA MW Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 22, 2017.

Nancy Kranich, “Teaching Community Engagement,” with Ellen Knutson, Paper Presented at ALISE Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 19, 2017.

Nancy Kranich, “Getting Engaged: Partnering with Libraries in Your Community,” National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation, National Conference, Framingham, MA, October 15, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Leadership Networking – Harwood Approach & Practices,” Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), ALA Conference, Orlando, FL, June 26, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Conscious Engagement for Every Library: Forming Stronger Bonds with our Unique Communities,” NJLA, Atlantic City, NJ, May 17, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Decade of Discovery” Film Screening, Panelist on Government E-Mail, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, May 11, 2016.

Recently published articles:

Nancy Kranich, “Mind the Gap: Connecting Academic Libraries and Campus Communities,” NEA Yearbook of Higher Education, 2017.  Washington, DC: National Education Association.

Robert Vietrogoski, “Expelled for “African Blood”: The Story of James Parker Barnett,” Columbia University Medical Center website, February 24, 2017.

Judit Hajnal Ward, book review of Research 2.0 and the future of information literacy, Könyvtári Figyelő 56 (2016), 541-543.

Grants & Awards

Nancy Kranich, OCLC-ALISE LIS Research Grant Program. “Investigating Engagement of Public, Academic, and Medical Libraries with Community-Based Health and Wellness Activities in Diverse Urban Communities,” with Charles Senteio, 2017-2018: $25,000.00.

Nancy Kranich, Kettering Foundation, Russia-U.S. Library Dialogue, Building Strong Communities: The Civic Role of Libraries in the 21st Century, Program Convener, 2016 – 2018.

Nancy Kranich, Kettering Foundation, Libraries and Democracy Learning Exchange, Dayton, OH, 2015 – date. Secured Joint Learning Agreement based on a research proposal: “Engaging Local and Health Science Libraries with the New Brunswick Community: A Collaborative Case Study Research Initiative” with Jeanette Valentine, $5000.00.

February 2017

In Memoriam

Ed Berger, special projects coordinator and former associate director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, passed away on January 22, 2017. Ed played a vital role in the growth and development of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies where he filled a number of positions for nearly four decades.  He was also an award-winning jazz writer and accomplished photographer, teacher, producer, and road manager.

Former Access Services staff member, Phyllis Palfy, passed away on Saturday, February 4. Phyllis retired in 2002 as the Graduate Reserve coordinator at Alexander library, but she began her work at the libraries back in the 1970’s in the Agricultural library on the Cook Campus.  From the Ag library she moved to the Douglass library were she diligently searched for missing books, processed course reserves and also processed ILL requests. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family: 308a Old Nassau Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831.

Comings & Goings:

Jordan Nielsen will be joining the New Brunswick Library Faculty as Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian May 1, 2017. Jordan comes to us from San Diego State University, where he has been Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Business Data Librarian.

Awards & Honors

Ken Kuehl completed Communicator Certificate Program

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Erin Ackerman, Zara Wilkinson, and Jennifer Hunter, “Challenge accepted: How new librarians become successful researchers,” 2017 VALE Users’ Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, January 6, 2017.

Lily Todorinova, “Unconference on First Year Experience and Technologies,” ALA Midwinter Meeting 2017, Atlanta, GA.

Recently published articles:

Katie Elson Anderson , (2016) “Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: Gotta catch them all? Augmented reality gaming apps“, Library Hi Tech News 33(10):6-8, 2017.

Vivek H Tank, Ritam Ghosh, Vikas Gupta, Nakul Sheth, Shariyah Gordon, Wenzhuan He, Steven F Modica, Charles J Prestigiacomo, and Chirag D Gandhi, “Drug eluting stents versus bare metal stents for the treatment of extracranial vertebral artery disease: a meta-analysis,” Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, 8(8):770-4, August 2016. (review)

Bob Vietrogoski, book review of Edgar Holden, M.D., of Newark, New Jersey: Provincial Physician on a National Stage by Sandra W. Moss, New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(1):199-202, 2017.

Judit Hajnal Ward & William Bejarano, “Broad thinking: An interview with Harold Kalant,” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 78(1): 158–165, 2017.

Judit Hajnal Ward, “Tintásüveg: Egy biblioterápiai gyűjtemény margójára,” [Ink well: Comments on a bibliotherapy collection. In Hungarian], Könyv, könyvtár, könyvtáros [Books, libraries, librarians] 26(1): 13-23, 2017.

Recently published books (including chapters):

Ronald C. Jantz, “A Vision for the Future: New Roles for Academic Librarians,” Academic Librarianship Today, Ed. Todd Gilman. Rowman & Littlefield, February 2017. (book chapter) Discount order form [PDF]

January 2017

Comings & Goings:

Fay Austin retired on Tuesday, January 17.  Fay has led both the Monographs Cataloging Section and Database Management in Central Technical Services (CTS).  In this capacity, she has overseen original cataloging of monographs and government documents, and has rectified numerous database errors in both the Library Catalog and OCLC.

With Melissa Just‘s departure in December, Jeanne Boyle agreed to serve as the interim Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Director of New Brunswick Libraries.

Please join us in congratulating Abdullah Sherzad, who left Douglass Access Services in on January 6, 2017 to undertake an internship with the BMW Group in South Carolina.

Awards & Honors

Bart Everts was accepted into the 2017 cohort of Engaged Civic Learning Faculty Fellows. The fellowship is run by the Rutgers Office of Civic Engagement and joins faculty from a range of disciplines to create courses that allow students to engage with and positively contribute to the larger Camden community.

Bart Everts was elected to the executive board of NJLA College and University Section as Secretary-Treasurer this year.

Laura Palumbo was featured as ACRL Insider’s Member of the Week!

Connie Wu was invited as a speaker at 2016 Chengdu International Patent Licensing and Technology Transfer Conference in Chengdu, China. She delivered her talk entitled “Issues Related to Patent Licensing and Technology Transfer” on Nov. 14th. Her talk was well received by more than 300 attendees.

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Megan Lotts,Student Paintings, Tattoo artists, and Scientists: the Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces,” presentation at the Art Libraries Society of North America Mountain West + Visual Resources Association Wild West Virtual conference, December 2016.

Laura Bowering Mullen and Jane Otto, “Librarians as change agents through open access policymaking,” keynote address at the Association of College and Research Libraries Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA, December 2, 2016.

Ryan Womack, “Enhancing Understanding Through Data Visualization”, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, December 5, 2016.

Ryan Womack, “Putting Reproducibility into Practice: Workflows and Case Studies”, Rutgers Workshop on Reproducibility in Experimental and Computational Science, Piscataway, NJ, October 10, 2016.

Stephen Bosch, Justin Clark, Tina Feick, Kittie Henderson, Justin Holden, Gracemary Smulewitz, “Exclusively Serials:  The Art, the Business and Best Practices. ” Charleston Conference , Charleston, SC, November 2, 2016.

Tommy Doyle, Melissa Goertzen, Gracemary Smulewitz, Scott Warren, “Money Ball 2 – Where are we today?” Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, November 4, 2016.

Recently published articles:

Katie Elson Anderson, “Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: picking up the Slack in communication and collaboration“, Library Hi Tech News 33(9) (2016), 6–9.

Michael Joseph, “‘Orphans of Poetry’: The poetry of childhood and the poetry for children of Robert Graves,” Book 2.0 6(1+2), 9–20.

Jane Johnson Otto, “A resonant message: aligning scholar values and open access objectives in OA policy outreach to faculty and graduate students,” Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 4. Accepted manuscript available at http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3HT2RMZ.

Megan Lotts, Leslin H. Charles, and Lily Todorinova, “A Survey of the Value of Library Employment to the Undergraduate Experience,” Journal of Library Administration 57(1), 2016.

Janet Brennan Croft, [Review of] Reading Joss Whedon by Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery, Mythlore 34(2), 218-220.

Zara Wilkinson, “To boldly grow up: navigating female adolescence in Star Trek and Lost in Space,” Science Fiction Film & Television, 9(3) (2016), 393-415.

Recently published books (including chapters):

Michael Joseph and Thomas, J. “Apologia” in Prizing Children’s Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Book Awards, edited by Kenneth B. Kidd and Joseph T. Thomas. London: Routledge (2016)

 

December 2016

Comings & Goings:

Nancy McMurrer will join the Libraries as Director of Development on December 5. She will report to Krisellen Maloney and to the associate vice president for major gifts at the Rutgers University Foundation. Her offices will be located in the central administrative suite located on the third floor of Alexander Library. Stop by and say hello when you have a chance!

Awards & Honors

Leslin H. Charles has been elected as the ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Vice President 2016-2017.

Open Libraries by Judit Hajnal Ward, published in 2015 in Hungarian by Kalligram, was selected as a title to be included in the 6th cycle of the Márai Program in Hungary, named after writer and journalist Sándor Márai. Launched in 2011 by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, the government initiative aims to promote reading by funding library acquisitions from a list of 400 selected titles annually.

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Katherine Anderson, “#CONNECTION: Audience participation in the performance art of LaBeouf, Rökkö & Turner,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Internet and Culture Panel, Atlantic City, NJ, November 5, 2016.

Zara Wilkinson, “A Laborious Issue: Part-time Employment and the Library Workforce,” ACRL MD/MILEX “Considering #CritLib: Inclusion and Diversity in Libraries” Conference, Columbia, MD, November 11, 2016.

Yini Zhu, “Teach and Tell: Access Services’ Frontline Role in Patron-centered Activities,” Access Services Conference, Unlocking the 21st Century Library, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 16 – 18, 2016.

Recently published articles:

Katherine Anderson, “Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: WhatsApp-ening with mobile instant messaging?” Library Hi Tech News, 33(6), 11-15, (2016).

Bonnie L. Fong, Minglu Wang, Krista White, Roberta Tipton, “Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(5), September 2016.

Megan Lotts, “Floating castles, Legos, Candy, and Play: Counterplay 2016,” Library Hi Tech News 33(5): 18-20, (2016).

James P. Niessen, “A befogadás kultúrája és az 1957. Januári osztrák menekültkvóta-indítvány,” Világtörténet (Budapest) 6(38)(3): pp. 337-356. Hungarian translation. English original.

Yingting Zhang,A Review of the New RefWorks,” Doody’s Collection Development Monthly, November 22, 2016.

 

November 2016

Awards & Honors

MLA-NY/NJ chapter had the result of its election and here are the list health sciences librarians who got positions:

Sarah Jewell – Board Member
Yingting Zhang – Treasurer Elect
Mina Ghajar – Secretary Elect
Pamela Hargwood, Contributed Posters Committee, MLA Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 25 – 28, 2016
Roberta Bronson Fitzpatrick, Contributed Papers Committee, MLA Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 25 – 28, 2016

Laura Palumbo has been elected the 2017 Chair-Elect of the Special Libraries Association’s Physics-Astronomy-Math (PAM) Division.

Presentations/Talks/Posters

Sarah Jewell, lightning talk, “Coordinating a Two-tiered Systematic Review Service Across Multiple Campuses,” MLA Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 25 – 28, 2016.

Michael Joseph, “‘Allie’ and the ‘Lost War,'” 13th International Robert Graves Society Conference, Oxford, Sept. 7 – 10, 2016. His paper will be published in a forthcoming special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn (Johns Hopkins University Press) devoted to children’s literature and World War One.

Yini Zhu, Mina Ghajar, and Ermira Mitre, “SHARE: Spreading Health Awareness with Resources and Education–Librarians’ leadership role in patient education,” MLA Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 25 – 28, 2016.

Yingting Zhang, Misa Mi. “Cultural Competence and Culturally Competent Library Service: A Survey of Health Sciences Librarians,” MLA Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 25 – 28, 2016. They received an award as 2nd Place for the research paper.

Yingting Zhang, Elizabeth Sosnowska, and Judy Cohn, “Engaging Health Sciences Faculty in Open Access,” MLA Tri-Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 25 – 28, 2016.

Recently published articles:

Katie Elson Anderson, “The Viral Lives of Children,” Child’s World America, 10/3/16.

Michael Joseph, book review of “Children’s Literature and Culture of the First World War,” ed. by Lissa Paul, Rosemary Ross Johnston, Emma Short, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 41 (3) Fall 2016.

Jim Niessen, “Hungarian Refugees of 1956: From the Border to Austria, Camp Kilmer, and Elsewhere,” Hungarian Cultural Studies: e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association 9 (2016): 122-136.

Caryn Radick, “Hunting Grounds,” “Fiction through an Archival Lens” column, Archival Outlook, September/October 2016.

Bob Vietrogoski, “Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences – Special Collections: A Reintroduction,” The Watermark (Newsletter of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences), 39(4):10-12, 2016.

Lucille S. Eller, PhD, RN, Elise L. Lev, EdD, RN, Changrong Yuan, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Ann Vreeland Watkins, MSLS, D-AHIP,Describing Self-Care Self-Efficacy: Definition, Measurement, Outcomes, and Implications,” International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, 0(0), 2016.

Yini Zhu, Mina Ghajar, and Ermira Mitre, “SHARE: Spreading Health Awareness with Resources and Education—Librarians’ Role in Patient Education, A Case Study“, Journal of Hospital Librarianship 16(4): 319-327, 2016.

 

October 2016

Awards & Honors

Judy Cohn, assistant vice president for information services and director of health sciences libraries, has been selected as a mentor in the 2016-2017 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

Janet Brennan Croft, head of access and delivery services, was a guest of honor at the Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot) over the weekend of September 24-25, 2016. She presented her paper “The Name of the Ring: or, There and Back Again,” on the nature of evil and its association with naming and language in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium.

Mei Ling Lo and Connie Wu were invited by Department Colloquium Committee of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to speak in their department Colloquium. The Colloquium is attended by many graduate students and they have a mix of local and visiting speakers throughout the year. Connie will talk about intellectual property and patent systems this semester and Mei Ling will present impact factor and citation analysis/search in Spring. In the letter from the Committee: “the students would be really interested to learn more about intellectual property and patent systems, as well as citation analysis.  They come in knowing very little and you are an expert!”

Yingting Zhang‘s research paper, “Cultural Competence and Culturally Competent Library Service: A Survey of Health Sciences Librarians,” was selected for 2nd Place at the Tri-Chapter Meeting.

Comings & Goings:

Chantél Harris joined Paul Robeson Library on September 15th as a library associate in access services. As the student coordinator she will be supervising our student workers as well as providing service at the circulation desk. She brings several years of experience in both academic and public libraries to our team. Chantél is a die-hard Eagles fan and an avid reader who loves to travel.

Aletia Morgan, research application designer in research and instructional services, has accepted a new position as the institutional data manager at the University of Delaware. Aletia’s last day in the office was September 23rd.

John Powell joined the library on September 19th as a librarian of practice who will be supporting the library’s extended reference hours and Sunday service hours.  John received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University (journalism major/poli-sci minor) and his M.S.L.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a certificate in web design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Robeson team, John spent over 11 years working in various positions in the library at Peirce College, a non-profit institution that specializes in adult and non-traditional learners. Outside of the library world, John resides in South Philadelphia and enjoys taking long walks on Broad Street.

After 12 years of managing the serials acquisitions team in distributed technical services and being the coordinator for the department as well, Rebecca Sloat has taken a position with the Somerset Libraries System as the manager of technical services, overseeing acquisitions and cataloging. Rebecca’s last day was September 23, 2016.

Recently published articles:

Janet Brennan Croft, review of “Mentoring A-Z,” by Julie Todaro. Reference & User Services Quarterly 55(3), 2016.

Sharon K. Epps, Judith Kidd, Toni Negro & Sheridan L. Sayles, “Rethinking customer service training: A curricular solution to a familiar problem,” Journal of Access Services 13.3, 2016.

Presentations:

Leslin H. Charles and McFadden, Laurie J, “Embracing challenges in times of change: Academic librarians identify opportunities presented by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in higher education,” 2016.

September 2016

Awards & Honors

The Library of Science and Medicine has received a 2016 Best of Piscataway Award.

Appointments & News:

Barbara L. Weldon joined the Libraries as our new director of human resources. Barbara, a HR specialist with more than fifteen years’ experience in municipal and higher education settings, will lead the day-to-day operations of our excellent human resources team. Her office is located in the Central Administration suite in Alexander Library.

Zara Wilkinson, who has served as the NJLA CUS/ACRL NJ job shadowing coordinator since 2012, accepted an expanded appointment as Job Shadowing Coordinator and MentorNJ Representative, which includes membership on the NJLA CUS/ACRL NJ Executive Board.

Ermira Mitre has worked as a Library Technician at Smith Library for about two years. She was also an ESL teacher prior to joining the libraries and likes to write poetry and short stories. She started writing as a teenager in her native language, Albanian, and now expresses her thoughts and feelings in verses and prose in both languages. She is a published poet in her country of origin, Albania. Most recently, Ermira guest blogged for the Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury blog, writing, “The Dream of an Earthquake.”

Ronald C. Jantz‘s book Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library is reviewed in Publications in Librarianship from the Association of College and Research Libraries. [Full PDF]

Grants:

Stephanie Mikitish is part of a team that won an ACRL grant to design, develop, and deliver a new ACRL “Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success.” Krisellen Maloney will be on the library advisory board for the project.

From the ACRL announcement:
“The agenda clearly will identify actions academic libraries can take now based on both existing scholarship and practice-based reports, and it will include 10-15 future-focused key inquiry questions that the literature and interview data suggest are essential for academic librarians to explore. In addition, the project will include an interactive visualization dashboard to help librarians understand and make use of existing literature for studies most relevant to their research interests….The team’s work began in early August 2016 and includes a presentation at the upcoming Library Assessment Conference as well as an online open forum in mid November to share progress with the broader community and solicit feedback. A final document of publishable quality, 60-100 pages in length, is due in May 2017 for public release in June. Read more about project deliverables and timeline in an excerpt of the successful proposal.

Recently published articles:

Bonnie L. Fong, “Assessing Graduate and Undergraduate Student Needs to Redesign a Chemistry Seminar Course,” Science & Technology Libraries 35(1): 70-90, 2016.

Megan Lotts, “On the Road, Playing with LEGO, and Learning about the Library: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station, Part Two,” Journal of Library Administration 56(5): 499-525, 2016.

Recent Presentations:

Laura Palumbo has been selected as a presenter for the ACRL Research Data Management Workshop Roadshows, “Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work“.

Caryn Radick chaired and moderated the session “Writing from the Heart: Romance Writers, Research, and Archives,” with speakers Piper Gian Huguley and Jennifer McQuiston, at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on August 6.

Zara Wilkinson, “Averting the Adjunct Crisis: A Critical Examination of Part-time Librarianship in the United States,” IFLA Marketing and Management Section Satellite Meeting. Toronto, Canada, August 10, 2016.

Karenjot Kaur, Agratta Sharma, Rob Huseby, Yingting Zhang, and Paul Lehrer, “Number of studies on heart rate variability, and biofeedback,” 2016 annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP) in Seattle on October 9

 

August 2016

Awards & Honors

Matt Badessa has completed the Communicator’s Certificate Program offered by Rutgers Human Resources and University Communications and Marketing.

Grants:

Special Collections and University Archives has received two New Jersey Historical Commission grants for FY17: a General Operating Support grant in the amount of $95,230 and a project grant in the amount of $10,130 to digitize and microfilm the Rutgers War Services Bureau collection. (Caryn Radick is PI)

Special Collections and University Archives and Technical and Automated Services have received a National Digital Newspaper Program grant in the amount of $186,204 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Grace Agnew and Caryn Radick are co-PIs).

Recently published articles:

Katie Elson Anderson, “Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: Instagram’s instant appeal,” Library High Tech News 33(3). 2016.

Janet Brennan Croft, “Bibliographic Resources for Literature Searches on J.R.R Tolkien,” Journal of Tolkien Research 3(1), 2016

Bonnie L. Fong, Minglu Wang, Krista White, and Roberta Tipton, “Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 2016.

Francesca Giannetti, “A Review of Network Approaches in Music Studies,” Music Reference Services Quarterly 19(2), 2016.

Ron Jantz, “Free Access Article Collection: Academic Librarianship and the Future,” guest editorial in New Review of Academic Librarianship. 2016.

Christine A. Lutz, “Cabin in the Pines: Albert Music Hall and Constructions of  a Pine Barrens Musical Tradition,” New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2(2), Summer 2016.

Christine A. Lutz, “Listening to the Local Beat: New Archive Documents New Brunswick Music Scene During Recent Decades,” Mid-Atlantic Archivist 45(3), Summer 2016.

Caryn Radick, “Rutgers’ 1870 Centennial Celebration and Other Charter-Related Puzzles,” Journal of Rutgers University Libraries, 68(1). 2016.

Caryn Radick, “The World Revealed,” Archival Outlook, “Fiction through an Archival Lens” column available at http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=319673

Recent Presentations:

Caryn Radick, “Writing about History and Becoming Part of the Historical Record: Romance Writers’ Use of Archives and Archival Collections Documenting Popular Romance,” The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. June 23, 2016.

Yini Zhu, “SHARE the Info: Spread Health Awareness with Resources and Education, a NN/LM funded program”,  Lunch with the RML Webinar, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. July 28, 2016.

July 2016

Awards & Honors

Tom Frusciano participated in the Congressional Reception in Honor of Rutgers 250 with a traveling exhibition (curated with Erika Gorder) at the Botanical Gardens, Washington, DC, April 19, 2016.

A poem of Michael Joseph‘s will be part of the Vispo Art Exhibition of poetry and art sponsored by the German state of Northrhine-Westphalia (NRW). The exhibition, scheduled for Spring 2017, will conclude in Burgau, in the famous water castle where Mademoiselle de Chartres/Madame de Clèves, beleaguered heroine of the 17-century French novel La Princesse de Clèves, attributed to Madame de La Fayette (Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette), briefly lived. The exhibition will conclude in a “festive event” and a symposium, at which he will participate in a panel discussion about art and literature and deliver a short lecture on fairy tales. The poem will be fabricated by an artist of his choosing (he assures he will select a New Jersey book artist, of course), and issued in a small edition (about 100 copies) by local printers. He plans to bring a copy back to Rutgers and donate it to Special Collections.

Nancy Kranich is a recipient of a 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award. The Roll of Honor was established in 1987 to recognize and honor those individuals who have contributed substantially to FTRF through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support. the announcement cites Kranich’s continued advocacy for “intellectual freedom, open access and privacy,” and describes her work to overturn the Children’s Internet Protection Act as “instrumental.” The complete citation is available on the ALA site.

Appointments & Retirements

Matt Badessa is now a full time publicity assistant in the communications department for Rutgers University Libraries. This position was previously classified as a temporary position, so we are delighted to make this change.

Dana Library colleagues of longtime Circulation Desk supervisor Joyce Watson joined her in celebrating her retirement after 15 years with Rutgers University Libraries, effective June 30. From left: Maggie Harris-Clark, Alex and Doris Arencibia, Natalie Borisovetz (foreground), Andrea Lakios, Ka-Nang Au, Linda Becker, Joyce Watson (foreground, seated), Amber Judkins, Bonnie Fong, Robert Nahory, Dorothy Grauer, Janet Giorgio, and Library Director Consuella Askew. Photograph by Mark Papianni.

Dana Library celebrates Joyce Watson’s contributions to Rutgers University Libraries and wishes her well in retirement.

Vibiana Cvetkovic has been offered the Associate Editorship for Reference Reviews. Starting in August, she will be responsible for covering North American resources and reviewing.

Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and women’s studies librarian at Douglass Library has been promoted to Librarian I.

Erika Gorder is now Archivist, Librarian of Practice IV, with the Rutgers University Libraries. Reporting to University Archivist Tom Frusciano, Erika will be responsible for planning, organizing, and supervising the appraisal, collection management, arrangement, description, preservation, and research use of the historical collections in the University Archives of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Tara Kelley has been appointed Audiovisual Archivist for the Giddings underwater photography collection. Special Collections and University Archives will host a coffee hour welcome for Tara in the Case Room of the Alexander Library on Wednesday, July 6th between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Stop by and say “hi” in person.

Laura Mullen has been elected to the COAPI Steering Committee and selected from that group as Vice Chair for the coming year. She will chair COAPI the following year (2017-18).

Laura Palumbo is now a conference planner for the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit Planning Committee (RDAP) 2016, Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Conference, May 2016.

Laura Palumbo is the Physical Sciences and Engineering Editor for the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians, a National Library of Medicine funded project. http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu/

Tibor Purger was appointed to the Rutgers University IT Leadership Council, convened by Senior Vice President and CIO Michele Norin.

Jonathan Sauceda has been appointed Series Editor of Technical Reports and Monographs in Music Librarianship for the Music Library Association.

Julie Still, reference librarian and collection development coordinator at Robeson Library has been promoted to Librarian I.

Longtime circulation desk supervisor Joyce Watson retired from Dana Library on June 30 after 15 years of service. For more on Joyce and her post-retirement plans, please click here.

Yingting Zhang has been elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the International Cooperation Section (ICS) of Medical Library Association.

Grants:

Bonnie L. Fong, Kinna Perry, Al Brown, Marne Benson, and Ann Watkins received a Chancellor’s Seed Grant, Rutgers University-Newark for their program “Boot Camps for Graduate Student Success.” Awarded $25,000.

Recently published books (including chapters):

Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Janifer Gatenby, Grace Agnew, et al., Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI, Dublin, OH: OCLC Research, 2016.

Recently published articles:

Donna M. Zucker, Jeungok Choi, Matthew N. Cook, and Janet Brennan Croft, “The Effects of Labyrinth Walking in an Academic Library,” Journal of Library Administration 2016 (2016): 1-17.

Bonnie L. Fong, “Assessing Graduate and Undergraduate Student Needs to Redesign a Chemistry Seminar Course,” Science & Technology Libraries 35.1 (2016): 70-90.

Laura Bowering Mullen and Jane Johnson Otto, “The Rutgers Open Access Policy: Implementation Planning for Success,” Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries Journal 4 (2015): 207-217.

Laura Bowering Mullen and David Ross, “Publishers and Institutional Repositories: Forging a Future that Facilitates Green Open Access,” Against the Grain 28.1 (2016):20-21.

Caryn Radick, “Romance Writers’ Use of Archives,” Archivaria. 81 (Spring 2016): 45-73.

Elizabeth Surles and Adriana P. Cuervo, “The Jazz Archives Fellowship: Professional Development and Diversity at the Institute of Jazz Studies,”.Journal of Archival Organization 12(3-4).

Krista White, “Calculating All that Jazz: Accurately Predicting Digital Storage Needs Utilizing Digitization Parameters for Analog Audio and Still Image Files,” Library Resources and Technical Services 60.2 (2016): 76-88.

Yingting Zhang and Yu-Hung Lin, “Writing a Wikipedia Article on Cultural Competence in Health Care,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly 35.2 (2016): 175-186.

Recent Presentations:

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Grace Agnew, Yu-Hung Lin, and Chad M. Mills, “An Ocean of Data: a Metadata and DOI Strategy for Large, Dynamic Data about the World’s Oceans,” Coalition for Networked Information Spring Users’ Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 5, 2016.

Isaiah Beard and Krista White, “Preserving Your Digital Life,” Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, April 28, 2016. Webinar.

Isaiah Beard, Yu-Hung Lin, Rhonda Marker, and Aletia Morgan, “Metadata in the College Library,” Rutgers Scholarly Communications & Information, Student College, Academic, and Research Libraries Association, New Brunswick, NJ, 3 February, 2016.

Janet Brennan Croft, “Barrel-rides and She-elves: Audience and ‘Anticipation’ in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Movies,” Ramapo College, March 9, 2016.

Margaret Rush Dreker and Roberta Bronson Fitzpatrick, “Adding More Tiles to the Mosaic: The Library and EBM in a Time of Curriculum Revision,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Roberta Bronson Fitzpatrick, Leslin Charles, Ann Watkins, Zara Wilkinson, and Megan Lotts, “Counting the Colorful: The Events Assessment Task Force,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Roberta Bronson Fitzpatrick, and Margaret Rush Dreker, “Introducing EBM Concepts to Academic Librarians: A New Model for Instruction,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Tom Frusciano, “Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of History,” Rutgers University Foundation All-Staff Meeting, February 22, 2016 (2 sessions).

Tom Frusciano, “Queen’s College–Child of the Awakening in Colonial New Jersey,” Eighth Annual Donald C. Clark Endowed Law and Religion Lecture, Rutgers University–Camden School of Law, March 24, 2016.

Tom Frusciano, “Rutgers at 250: Opening Remarks,” 30th Annual Louis Faugères Bishop III Lecture, Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, March 30, 2016.

Tom Frusciano, “Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of History,” Rutgers Division of Continuous Studies Annual Meeting, Somerset, NJ, April 22, 2016.

Tom Frusciano, “Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of History,” Rutgers School of Business, Department of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers Gardens, May 3, 2016.

Tom Frusciano, “Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of History,” Rutgers New Student Orientation Leaders Training Session, Livingston Student Center, June 3, 2016.

Pamela Hargwood, “Librarian Participation in “Hands-On” Evidence-Based Medicine Rounds with Pediatric Residents,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Community Engagement, with Tweets: A Twitter Chat with Nancy Kranich, former ALA President, Lecturer and Special Projects Librarian at Rutgers University,” Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), April 21, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Turning Outward: Engaging Our Communities,” Keynote Speaker, U. of Hawaii SLIS Reaccreditation Celebration, Honolulu, HI, February 21, 2016.

Nancy Kranich, “Conscious Engagement for Every Library: Forming Stronger Bonds with our Unique Communities,” New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ, May 17, 2016.

Megan Lotts, “Awesome Outreach by Academic Libraries,” New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ, May 2016.

Megan Lotts, “Do It, Make It: Current Initiatives and Advice on Creating a Makerspace in Academic Libraries and Visual Resource Centers,” Art Libraries Society of North America. Seattle, WA, March 2016.

Megan Lotts, “Charmed, I’m Sure: Introducing New Users to Libraries and Visual Resources Collections,” Art Libraries Society of North America. Seattle, WA, March 2016.

Rhonda Marker, “Student Engagement with Digital Resources,” Online Exhibition Launch of Invisible Restraints: Life and Labor at Seabrook Farms, Rutgers Urban Studies, New Brunswick, NJ, April 20, 2016.

Rhonda Marker, Laura Bowering Mullen, and Jane Otto, “Institutional Repositories at Different Stages of Development,” METRO Science Librarians’ Special Interest Group Meeting, New York, NY, February 18, 2016.

Laura Bowering Mullen and Julia Gelfand, “Creating a Publishing Legacy: Managing your Digital Profile,” American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2016 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 12 February, 2016.

Laura Palumbo, “Data Management Plans and Best Practices,” American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Research Council Annual Conference, Silver Spring, MD.

Jonathan Sauceda and Amelia Rodríguez. “Music Advisory Session,” New Jersey Library Association, Atlantic City, NJ, May 17, 2016.

Jonathan Sauceda, “Making Archives Come Alive: New Jersey’s Popular Music,” Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, Edison, NJ, May 3, 2016.

Jonathan Sauceda, “Bridging Emerging and Established Approaches to Music Research,” University of North Texas Music Library 75th Anniversary Symposium, Denton, TX, April 22, 2016.

Jonathan Sauceda, “Bridging Emerging and Established Approaches to Music Research,” Society for American Music, Boston, MA, March 10, 2016.

Jonathan Sauceda, “Reference Tools Round-up: Naxos, Spotify, and YouTube,” Music Library Association, Cincinnati, OH, March 5, 2016.

Jonathan Sauceda, “Diversity in MLA,” Music Library Association, Cincinnati, OH, March 3, 2016.

Roberta Tipton, “Working with the Capstone: Changing Sources and Methods for Online Research,” Balancing Theory and Practice in Public Service Professionalism, 39th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference, Newark, NJ, May 24, 2016.

Krista White, “From Cassette to Cloud: Reformatting Audiotape,” Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, 26 April, 2016. Webinar.

Misa Mi and Yingting Zhang, “Library Services and Cultural Competency in Health Professions Education and Patient Care,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Misa Mi, Jie Li, Lin Wu, Wendy Wu, Yingting Zhang, “Reflective Practice for Professional Development through a Collaborative Systematic Review Project,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Yini Zhu, “Teach and Tell: Access Services’ Role in the Big Picture,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

Yini Zhu, Mina Ghajar, and Ermira Mitre, “SHARE the Info: Spreading Health Awareness with Resources and Education: A National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Funded Program,” 2016 MLA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. May 15, 2016.

June 2016

Awards & Honors

Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic was part of a team that won a Chancellor’s Awarda for Staff Excellence in Service for their work on the Title IX Taskforce.

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The issues of Mythlore that Janet has edited sit on a shelf in her office.

Janet Brennan Croft, Head of Access and Delivery Services, just celebrated her tenth anniversary as editor of the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of the Mythopoeic Society (of which she is currently also chairperson). Issue 34.2 (#128, Spring/Summer 2016) of Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature was her twentieth as editor. Mythlore is available in two databases through the Rutgers catalog.

Caryn Radick debuted her new column, “Fiction through an Archival Lens” for Archival Outlook (the bimonthly magazine of the Society of American Archivists) on fiction and archives in the May/June issue.

Michael Joseph has been invited by the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature to give the keynote to the year long NCSCL Children’s Literature Lecture Series, “Aesthetics in 20th & 21st Century Poetry for Children & Young Adults.” The talk will take place next spring at San Diego State University.

Appointments & Retirements

Consuella Askew was elected for a one year term as chair-elect for the Library Leadership & Management Association, Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section (renamed Assessment Section effective 7/1/2016).

Bonnie L. Fong was elected to serve a two-year term as Publicity Officer for the Science & Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Melissa Gasparotto served on the Rutgers University Center for Latin American Studies Small Grants Committee, which distributed competitive funding to undergraduates, graduate students and faculty in support of their Latin American Studies research projects.

Melissa Gasparotto was appointed Chair of the Resource Discovery Working Group and member of the Advisory Committee for the Center for Research Libraries’ Latin Americanist Research Resources Project.

Jim Niessen has been appointed as an External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Jane Otto was elected to the University Senate’s Executive Committee, representing Full-Time Faculty.  Natalie Borisovets was also elected to the Executive Committee, representing Newark’s Full-Time Faculty.

Caryn Radick has been appointed to the Society of American Archivists’ Committee on Public Awareness. This committee is charged with providing advice to the SAA Council to  enhance SAA’s capacity to promote the value of archives and archivists to institutions, communities, and society. It also works with SAA’s staff and outside counsel to develop programs that promote the value and role(s) of archivists and archives nationwide.

Zara Wilkinson began a one-year term as chair of the New Professionals Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association.

Recently published books (including chapters):

Sarah T. Jewell, current Information and Education Librarian at the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, recently published a chapter in Career Transitions for Librarians. The chapter is entitled “Nine Qualities to Cultivate across Your Entire Career,” in which she recommends developing qualities such as humility and positivity, while sharing her experiences of starting at The New York Public Library, transitioning to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library, and finally, achieving her dream of working in an academic library in her current position at Rutgers.

Recently published articles:

Megan Lotts, “Landscape Architecture Students Play with Legos to Learn about the Library,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture AASL Column May 12, 2016.

Megan Lotts, “Building Bridges, Creating Partnerships, and Elevating the Arts: The Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces,” College and Research Libraries News. 77.5(May 2016): 226-230.

Megan Lotts, “Playing with LEGO, Learning about the Library and ‘Making’ Campus Connections: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station, Part One,” Journal of Library Administration Vol. 56, Iss.4 (Spring 2016).

Laura Palumbo, “Championing Institutional Goals: Academic Libraries Supporting Graduate Women in STEM,” Journal of Academic Librarianship. 42(3), 192-199.

Recent Presentations:

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Melissa Gasparotto, “HathiTrust for Latin American Studies Research: Building and Mining Thematic Collections,” 61st Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Megan Lotts, “Awesome Outreach by Academic Libraries,” NJLA Annual Conference panel presentation, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 2016.

Megan Lotts, “Playing with LEGO®, ‘Making’ Campus Connections, and Going Mobile,” Counterplay 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, April 2016.

AHEA President James Niessen greets the guests. Click for more photos from the conference:

AHEA President James Niessen greets the guests.
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As president of the American Hungarian Educator’s Association, Jim Niessen played a major role in their annual conference at the University of Maryland at the end of May. He gave a paper entitled “Opening the Door for Refugees: The Decision to Accept 56ers in Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and the US,” opened the conference, chaired a session, presented our association’s award at the banquet.

Zara Wilkinson, “All In This Together: Reaching Out and Building Relationships with Non-Academic Offices,” Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience Library Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 12, 2016.

May 2016

Awards & Honors

Congratulations to Nita Mukherjee who was nominated for Best Supervisor of the Year Award by Sara Hazaveh, SEBS’18! While Nita did not win the top award, it is notable that there were only 13 supervisors from across all the universities and the RBHS health division invited to the award luncheon.

More good news – Adriana Cuervo was appointed to the highly prestigious editorial board of The American Archivist, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society of American Archivists.

Appointments & Retirements

Katie Anderson, reference and instruction librarian at the Robeson Library, was promoted to Librarian II with tenure.

Manuel Jusino, our diversity intern, has accepted a full time professional librarian position at the U.S. Naval Academy. His last day in the Libraries will be May 3rd.

Recently published books (including chapters):

Oommen2Joseph Deodato, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Tailoring Discovery Through User Testing.” Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content. Ed. Kenneth J. Varnum. Chicago IL: ALA Editions, 2016. 183-199. (book chapter)

Mary Ann Koruth contributed the scholarly essay and content for a hardcover catalog of the paintings of George Oommen, titled “The Art of George Oommen”, an artist and architect based out of Boston.

Recently published articles:

Kayo Denda and Jennifer Hunter. 2016. “Building 21st-Century Skills and Creating Communities: A Team-based Engagement Framework for Student Employment in Academic Libraries.” Journal of Library Administration 56 (3) 251-265.

Recent Presentations:

Joseph Deodato, “Deciphering Discovery: Best Practices for Evaluating and Selecting Web-Scale Discovery Services.” Computers in Libraries, Washington D.C., March 8, 2016.

Joseph Deodato, “Taming Discovery: Collaboration, Customization, and User Testing.” Computers in Libraries, Washington D.C., March 9, 2016.

Gracemary Smulewitz, “Sabermetrics in the Library World”, Presentation at the Charleston Conference, November, 2015.

Cynthia Coulter and Gracemary Smulewitz, coordinators; “Fostering Research Success: Getting Published, Collaborating, and Winning Grants”, November 17, 2015, ACRLNJ Research Committee and Elsevier Publishing.

Gracemary Smulewitz and Elizabeth Sosnowska, “The E-book Ecosystem, how is it working?” VALE / NJ ACRL / NJLA CUS Seventeenth Annual Users’ Conference, January 2016.

April 2016

In Memoriam

Ellen Calhoun

Ellen Calhoun

Ellen Calhoun, the government and maps librarian at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on December 17, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Bob DeMartino, with whom she celebrated forty four years of happy marriage. She graduated from Douglass College and had strong ties to Rutgers University. We join with her colleagues and friends in celebrating her life and career.

Awards & Honors

Ron Becker received the Roger McDonough Librarianship Award in October 2015.

Janet Brennan Croft was elected chair of the Council of Stewards (board) of the Mythopoeic Society for 2016.

Melissa De Fino was appointed editor for “Tech Services on the Web,” a column in Technical Services Quarterly.

Kayo Denda won the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award.

Reading Publics: New York City’s Public Libraries, 1754-1911 by Tom Glynn has won the Hornblower Award for a First Book from the 2015-2016 New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards. Reading Publics is also winner of the 2016 Herbert H. Lehman  Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York history from the New York Academy of History and has been named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice!

Michael Joseph was appointed editor of Gravesiana, the Journal of the Robert Graves Society.

The Byrne Seminar “Closing the Gap: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” taught by Laura Palumbo and Connie Wu will be designated as a RU-1st course in the fall catalog. RU-1st is a new initiative, recently announced by Chancellor Richard Edwards, to make Rutgers more accessible and supportive for students who are first in their family to attend college. RU-1st includes high-impact programming and identifying school-based resources for first-generation, and/or underrepresented students that ease the transition to college, and ultimately assist with student retention and graduation.

Elizabeth Surles has been charged to co-lead a task force for the Music Library Association’s Archives and Special Collections Committee to develop best practice guidelines for describing archival music materials according to Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Judit Ward served as the special editor for an issue of the Hungarian library journal Könyv, könyvtár, könyvtáros [Books, libraries, librarians] centered around the librarian’s role in the academic infrastructure. The issue also featured an article by William Bejarano.

Zara Wilkinson received an IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant, which includes $1000 to offset the costs of attending the 2016 IFLA World Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

Yingting Zhang received a research Award of $1,000 from NY-NJ Chapter of Medical Librarian Association at its 2015 annual meeting on October 15, 2015 in New York Institute of Technology for the research study on “Library Services and Cultural Competence in Health Professions Education and Patient Care”. The study results will be presented in a poster at 2016 Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Appointments & Retirements

Ricardo “Ricky” Camposagrado joined the RBHS Libraries as a program support specialist on February 22nd. Ricky comes to the Libraries having worked at New Jersey Medical School in various financial capacities in the departments of orthopedics and neuroscience. Prior to that, he was an analyst in grants and contracts. Ricky also worked part-time at the Smith Library during his college years. Welcome back to the Libraries!

Business librarian and information literacy coordinator Theodora Haynes is retiring from Paul Robeson Library after more than four decades of service.

Kerry O’Rourke, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences, is retiring from her position at the Rutgers University Libraries effective April 1st. She successfully integrated the teaching of strong searching skills and evidence based practice into the RWJMS curriculum, and launched numerous new programs including DR MERL (Dependable Reviews of Medical Education Research Literature). Kerry launched her career at then St Peter’s Medical Center and spent the next 30 years at RWJ advancing the library’s role in support of medical education, research, and improved patient care. Kerry is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and is the only librarian to have been voted into the RBHS Master Educator’s Guild.

After 18 years of devoted service to the health sciences libraries, Susan Tran, principal management assistant, retired on March 1, 2016.

Recently published books (including chapters):

Janet Brennan Croft, ed. Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I. Altadena CA: Mythopoeic Press, 2015.

Janet Brennan Croft, “The Vampire Family Plot: Naming, Siring, and Identity.” Chapter in After the Avengers: From Joss Whedon’s Hottest, Newest Franchises to the Future of the Whedonverse. Ed. Valerie Estelle Frankel. PopMatters Media, 2015. (e-book). (book chapter).

jantz book coverRon Jantz, Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library, ACRL, April 2016.

James P. Niessen, “Catholic Monasticism, Orders, and Societies in Hungary: Centuries of Expansion, Disaster, and Revival.” Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics. Ed. Ines Angeli Murzaku. New York: Routledge, 2016. 86-109. Print. (book chapter).

Nancy-Lou Patterson, Ransoming the Waste Land: Papers on C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, Chronicles of Narnia, and Other Works. Eds. Emily A. Auger and Janet Brennan Croft. 2 vols. Valleyhome Books, 2015.

Judit Ward, Open Libraries (Nyitott könyvtár, in Hungarian). Hungary, Kalligram, 2015.

Recently published articles:

Janet Brennan Croft, “Noms de Guerre: The Power of Naming in War and Conflict in Middle-earth,” Mythlore, 34.1 (#127) (Fall/Winter 2015): 105-115.

Adriana P. Cuervo, “The Things We Keep: Considerations for Appraisal of Archival Materials in Music Libraries,” Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 72.2 (Dec. 2015): 265-275.

Joseph Deodato, “Evaluating Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Step-by-Step Guide,” Information Technology & Libraries, 34.2 (2015): 19-75.

Students from Landscape Architecture EDA Course, Photo by Megan Lotts

Students from Landscape Architecture EDA Course, Photo by Megan Lotts

Megan Lotts, “Playing with LEGO, Learning about the Library and ‘Making’ Campus Connections, Part One,” Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 56, Iss. 4 (Spring 2016).

Jan H. Kemp, Carolyn L. Ellis, & Krisellen Maloney,Standing By to Help: Transforming Online Reference with a Proactive Chat System,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41 (6), 764-770.

Krisellen Maloney & Jan H. Kemp, “Changes in Reference Question Complexity Following the Implementation of a Proactive Chat System: Implications for Practice,” College & Research Libraries, 76(7), 959-974.

Laura B. Palumbo, Ron Jantz, Yu-Hung Lin, Aletia Morgan, Minglu Wang, Krista White, Ryan Womack, Yingting Zhang, and Yini Zhu, “Preparing to Accept Research Data: Creating Guidelines for Librarians,” Journal of eScience Librarianship, 4.2 (2015): e1080.

Misa Mi, Wendy Wu, Maylene Qiu, Yingting Zhang, Lin Wu, and Li Jie, “Use of Mobile Devices to Access Resources among Health Professions Students: A Systematic Review,” Medical References Services Quarterly, 35.1 (2016): 1-20.

Elizabeth Surles, “Exploring Collective Access at the American Alpine Club Library,” Practical Technology for Archives, no. 5 (2015).

Ryan P. Womack, “Research Data in Core Journals in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics,” PloS ONE, 10.12 (2015): e0143460.

Zara Wilkinson, “A Review of Advertisements for Part-Time Library Positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” Library Management 37, no. 1/2 (2016).

Recent Presentations:

Adriana P. Cuervo, “Leading in Scholarship: Developing a Research Agenda in 21st Century Academic Librarianship” at the 2016 Association of Research Libraries Annual Leadership Forum, Boston, MA, January 8, 2016.

Adriana P. Cuervo, “The Best of the Past, Present, and Future: Community Engagement In (& Out of) the Archives” Paper titled “The Newark Citizen Historian Initiative: A Unique Opportunity for University-Community Collaboration,” 21st Annual Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Omaha, NE, October 13, 2015.

Nancy Kranich, “Cornerstones of Democracy: Libraries, Intellectual Freedom and Privacy,” Rhode Island State Library, Providence, RI, November 11, 2015.

Nancy Kranich, “Libraries as Anchor Institutions,” Presentation at the International Conference on the Digital Divide, Phoenix, AZ, October 21, 2015.

Nancy Kranich, “Reclaiming the Commons: Countering Enclosure of our Archival Heritage,” Archival Seminar, Madrid Spain, December 11, 2015.

Yu-Hung Lin and Juliane Schneider, (2015, October 7). “Developing Metadata for Long-Term Preservation, Enhanced Discovery, and Access of Digital Objects,” [Webinar]. In Special Libraries Association Technical Services Section/IT Division webinar series.

James P. Niessen, “Hungarian Refugees of 1956: From the Austrian Border to Camp Kilmer,” Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, 47th Annual Convention, November 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Unpublished conference paper, 2015.

Kerry O’Rourke, Sarang Kim, Laura Willett, Lee Ann Schein, Dana Herrigel, & James Galt, “Disseminating Medical Education Research Literature to Medical School Faculty,” 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting, Baltimore, MD. November 11, 2015. Innovations Oral Abstract.

Janice T. Pilch, “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: Archival Sound Recordings,” New York University Music Department. New York University, New York, NY. 10 December 2015. Guest Lecture.

Janice T. Pilch, “The Politics of Copyright: Fact v Fiction,” 47th Annual Convention of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA. 19 November 2015. Conference Presentation.

Elizabeth Surles, “DACS and Archival Music Collections: A Crash Course for Music Librarians,” Paper presented at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting. March 5, 2016.

Bob Vietrogoski, “‘Agitation of the Question’: James McCune Smith’s Nomination for Fellowship to the New York Academy of Medicine, 1847,” at the New York Academy of Medicine’s Sixth Annual History Night. He presented an archival narrative of the Academy’s rejection of the nomination for fellowship of pioneering African-American physician and activist James McCune Smith (1813-1865), March 9, 2016.

Bob Vietrogoski, “How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State’s Medical Education System,” an overview of the history of medical education in New Jersey, to the Bergen County Historical Society at the Steuben House in River Edge, NJ, March 17, 2016.

Connie Wu, “Publishers’ Role in Research Collaboration,” Invited talk at School of Information Management, Nanjing University, November 17, 2015.

Connie Wu, “Basics of Intellectual Property Rights in U.S,” Invited talk at the Library of Shanghai University of Finance & Economics, Shanghai China, November 13, 2015.

Yingting Zhang, Judith Cohn, Laura B. Mullen, Matt Badessa, Jackie Mardikian, Aletia Morgan, and Elizabeth Sosnowska, “Symposium on Open Access: Perspectives in Biomedical and Health Sciences.” Poster presented at 2016 VALE / NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS Users’ Conference, 15 Jan. (2016).

March 2016

In Memoriam

Please join us to celebrate the life of Ellen Calhoun, former government documents librarian.

Date: March 16, 2016 (Wed)
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm
Place: Library of Science and Medicine (Conference Room)

If you plan to attend the service, please reply by filling out this following form at your earliest convenience.  We will send out parking permits to non-Rutgers employees.

Appointments & Retirements

Gary Golden, director of Paul Robeson Library, announced that he will retire on June 30, 2016. Gary started working at Rutgers in June of 1986, shepherding the Camden Library through many transitions—new technology; new building; a new name as the Paul Robeson Library; and, most recently, a $3 million dollar, four-year renovation that completed in 2015. Throughout these changes, Gary has maintained a steadfast eye on the student user experience, made smart financial and technological decisions, and created links to the Camden community. While this will, no doubt, be a loss for the Libraries, we wish him all the best in this next chapter and salute his many accomplishments on behalf of Rutgers University Libraries.

Awards & Honors

Kayo Denda is the recipient of the 2016 Career Achievement Award from the Women and Gender Studies Section of the ACRL. Kayo will be presented with the award at the WGSS program on Monday June 27th.

Calls for Papers

IFLA Social Sciences Libraries Section with Asia and Oceania Section issued a call for papers on User Experience (UX) and Social Science Libraries in the Digital Age. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Kayo Denda (kdenda@rutgers.edu) no later than March 1, 2016 and indicate ‘IFLA proposal’ in the subject line.

February 2016

Appointments & Retirements

Lila Fredenburg announced her upcoming retirement, scheduled for February 25, 2016. As we know, working in the Libraries is equal parts labor and passion and Lila has excelled in both throughout her career. In her role as executive director of administration, Lila is intrinsic to the day-to-day operations of the Libraries and, as a member of the cabinet and numerous other taskforces and committees, to our long-term strategic planning and development. Some highlights of her Rutgers career include converting the A&P process to online, developing diversity programs and search committee training, and serving on the University’s Compensation Committee and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purpose. Lila’s retirement is our loss in many ways, but will no doubt be a well-deserved respite and opportunity to spend more time with family and friends and in pursuit of her personal interests.

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