Metro News Vol.14, No.4, Winter 1995/96

ACRL/NY Metro News

Winter 1995/96 Vol. 14, No. 4

ACRL/NY Metro News is published quarterly by the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, P.O. Box 8331, New York, New York 10116-4652.

The newsletter is edited by: Jayne B. Johnsen-Seeberger
Dowling College
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We welcome comments, suggestions, news items, and brief reviews.

This Issue's Contents:
Welcome From the ACRL/NY President
* Three Candidates Respond at ALA President's Forum
* LINK Makes the Connections
* What's Your Favorite Flavor?
* You Gotta WEB Us!
* Spring 1997 Symposium
* Brief Treasurer's Report - Submitted at the 1995 Annual Symposium
* ACRL/NY Annual Report 1995
* Announcements
* Positions Open
* Welcome To...

As the newly elected President for the Association of College and Research Libraries New York Metropolitan Area Chapter [ACRL/NY], I'd like to extend the warmest greetings to all our new and returning members!! Thank you for supporting ACRL/NY. To briefly update everyone, 1995 marked a successful year for ACRL/ NY METRO. Under the capable leadership of Lois Cherepon from St. John's University, the Executive Board and the Symposium Planning Committee worked tirelessly to maintain the quality of leadership and of programming that members of ACRL/NY have become accustomed, while forging new partnerships with both ACRL/NY Western and Eastern Chapters. As a result of unfailing persistence and equally shared enthusiasm, I am pleased to announce that ACRL/NY Metro will hold a joint symposium with the ACRL/NY Eastern Chapter in March of 1997 at SUNY New Paltz, so keep your calendars clear and stay posted to the ACRL/NY listserv and Newsletters for updates.

ACRL/NY Metro was also successful in the planning and implementing of an "Ice Cream Social" which will take place in July at the 1996 American Library Association Annual Conference being held in New York City, New York. The event has been graciously underwritten by McGraw Hill and we owe our Immediate Past President, Lois Cherepon, a round of applause for all her hard work at making this event happen. We should all make it a point to attend this event to meet fellow ACRL chapter members, to meet ACRL Officers and to simply enjoy having ice cream on a [what should be] hot summer's day.

Our 1995 Annual Symposium also marked ACRL/NY's 15th Anniversary as a chapter of ACRL and it was celebrated in grand style. Our symposium topic entitled "Libraries In Transition: Learning and Communicating In an Electronic Environment" proved to be a rather timely issue addressing concerns that face librarians in all facets of libraryland. Our invited speakers were Mr. J. Andrew Magpantay, Director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy; Mr. Steven W. Gilbert, Director of Technology Projects at the American Association For Higher Education; Dr. David Carr, Associate Professor of Library and Information Studies and Department Chair of the School of Communications, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers; Ms. Meridith A. Butler, Director of University Libraries SUNY Albany; and Ms. Susan Blandy, Professor and Instructional Services Librarian at Hudson Valley Community College Library. Many thanks to our speakers for providing our audience with intriguing information and the opportunity for interesting and exciting dialogue on some rather controversial issues. The 1995 Symposium Planning Committee members did a wonderful job at making our Annual Symposium an unforgettable event. Many thanks to our corporate sponsors and to everyone that made ACRL/NY's 15 year Anniversary Symposium a great success.

Veronica Stevenson
1996 President
ACRL NY Metro Chapter

Three Candidates Respond at ALA President's Forum

ACRL/NY is co-sponsoring a Forum of the ALA Presidential candidates. All three candidates - Barbara Ford, Charles Beard, and Ching-chih Chen - will be there to respond to your questions and concerns about ALA. The Forum will take place on Monday, Apri l 29, 2:30 to 4:30PM followed by refreshments 4:30 to 5:30, at the METRO offices at 57 East 11th Street, Fourth Floor. This important event may be the only opportunity you will have to discuss professional issues with the candidates before the election.

Please join us on April 29th at METRO!! Contact Lois Cherepon for details, 718-390-4521, cherepon@sjuvm.stjohns.edu.

LINK Makes the Connection

LINK is a group consisting of all the current officers or chosen delegates from professional library associations in the New York Metropolitan area. It was created to assist with planning and scheduling events among the many library associations in our area. LINK provides chapter officers with the vital connection between various professional groups which is necessary to coordinate events and programs. The calendar of events which LINK coordinates assists officers tremendously by allowing groups to plan dates/topics which will not overlap or duplicate programs of neighboring associations.

In an effort to provide access to this calendar, LINK has asked the METRO office to consider allowing the LINK group to become a SIG - a Special Interest Group. If accepted as such, LINK would have the opportunity to create a listserv utilizing METRO computing facilities. This would allow LINK to post an all inclusive calendar of events and announcements that library associations and other interested groups could refer to and share with colleagues.

LINK continues to serve as the common thread among the various professional library associations in New York City. If you would like additional information about LINK, please contact Lois Cherepon, 718-390- 4521, cherepon@sjuvm.stjohns.edu.

What's Your Favorite Flavor

The three New York State ACRL Chapters, Metro, Eastern, and Western/Ontario, will sponsor an Ice Cream Social at the ALA Annual Conference in New York City.

This gala event will be held on Monday, July 8, 5:30 - 7:30PM at the McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas. In addition to having a sundae bar, desserts, and cappuccino, you will also enjoy a spectacular view of New York City from the 50th floor of McGraw-Hill's headquarters. The three ACRL New York State Chapters would like to acknowledge McGraw- Hill for sponsoring this event.

If you plan to attend the ALA conference in July, mark your calendar for Monday evening July 8th to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. All CURRENT MEMBERS of the ACRL/NY Metro Chapter will receive their invitations to this party in the Spring.

If you do not receive your invite by May 31, you may want to verify your membership status by contacting our Membership Secretary, Marilyn Rosenthal, 516-572-7845, rosentm@sunynassau.edu. The Social Planning Committee is looking forward to a fun evening with our fellow chapter members.

Lois Cherepon

You Gotta WEB Us!

Visit the ACRL/NY Homepage on the Web.

Spring 1997 Symposium

A Symposium is being planned for Spring 1997 by the Metro and Eastern ACRL/NY Chapters. This event will be held March 21 at SUNY New Paltz. We hope that careful planning will allow members of both chapters to participate in a program which will encourage open discussion and lively debate.

If you are interested in serving on the planning committee for this event, please contact Lois Cherepon, 718-390-4521, cherepon@sjuvm.stjohns,edu.AC RL/NY

Brief Treasurer's Report - Submitted at the 1995 Annual Sysmposium
Registration (Approximately 122 paid registrants)
$4,485.00 Corporate Sponsors (ninteen)

Fashion Institute of Technology - Rental 450.00
Fashion Institute of Technology - Refreshments for approximately 130 people 3,075.00
Speaker's Expenses 728.00
Chelsea Cafe - Dinner for speakers and former
presidents 297.60
Membership mailing labels from other
organizations 37.00
Postage, envelopes, etc. 774.85
Printing Costs 858.89
Refund of Registration 35.00
Miscellaneous Supplies 144.74

Submitted by Norman O. Jung, March 12, 1996

Annual Report 1995

1995 was an exciting year for our Chapter. We sponsored many timely programs and we also celebrated our 15th Anniversary as a chapter of ACRL.

ACRL/NY Election Results -

The winner of the Vice-President-Elect position is Karen Venturella, St. John's University, Queens Campus. The winner of the New York City Section Vice-Chair/Chair Elect position is Eleanor Langstaff, Baruch College Library, City University of New York. The winner of the Long- Island Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect position is Rosemary Szczygiel, SUNY at Old Westbury Library. However, Rosemary has recently accepted employment out of state and found it necessary to resign her position as Chair-Elect for the Long Island Section. We will hold a special election for the Westchester County/Lower Hudson Valley Section Chair/Chair-Elect and for the Long Island Section Chair-Elect in the early part of 1996. Please contact Veronica Stevenson if you are interested in running for either of these positions. Congratulations to our newly elected Chapter officers and welcome aboard.

I had the advantage last year of working closely with an exceptional Executive Board. I would like to thank all the members of the 1995 Executive Board for their support and guidance throughout the last year, this includes: Ree DeDonato, our past-President, 1994; Veronica Stevenson, our Vice-President/President-Elect and my co-chair of this year's symposium; Norman Jung, our Treasurer; Deb Randorf, our Recording Secretary; Marilyn Rosenthal, our Membership Secretary; Cecile Hastie and Rona Ostrow, our New York City Section Chair and Chair-Elect; Harriet Hagenbruch and Belinda Wise, our Long Island Section Chair and Chair- Elect; Larry Burke and Heather Blenkinsopp, our Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley Section Chair and Chair-Elect; Cecile Hastie and Jayne Johnsen-Seeberger, our Newsletter Editors; and our Discussion Group Chairs, Eleanor Langstaff, our New York City Bibliographic Instruction Chair; Marsha Speigelman and Vistoria Spain, our Long Island Bibliographic Instruction Chairs; Estelle Davis, Chair of our Continuing Education and our Science Groups; Evelyn Ehrlich, our Collection Development Chair; Kathy Killoran, Josh Waller, and Jane Davenport, our Cultural Diversity Group Chairpeople; Harriet Hagenbruch and Connie Throsen, our Education and Curriculum Materials Chairs; and Martha Kreisel, our Women's Resources Chair.

Since I co-chaired the symposium this year I would also like to thank the members of this year's symposium planning committee, Muhammed Billah, Heather Blenkinsopp, Barbara Charton, Ree DeDonato, Harriet Hagenbruch, Norman Jung, Pat Libutti, Laurie Lopatin, Marilyn Rosenthal, Sharon Swacker, Anthony Todman, Belinda Wise, Maureen Wren, and my co- chair, Veronica Stevenson. We met all of the challenges of conference planning and we never stopped believing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

A big thank you to all of these wonderful, talented, and hard working people who helped our chapter thrive this year AND whose combined efforts created a successful 15th year as an ACRL chapter.

In addition to the current members of the Executive Board, there are some members who served for a portion of the year, and I would like to extend a thank you to them as well. This includes the following individuals: Pat Libutti, Michael Knauth, Sue Garrison-Terry, and Eleana Cevallos.

I would also like to thank Rochelle Sager, the Library Director at FIT, who along with her staff has graciously allowed us to hold our Executive Board and Symposium Planning meetings at the FIT Library.

1995 Was a Busy and Productive Year -

Our New York City Geographic Section, chaired by Cecile Hastie from Columbia Teacher's College and Rona Ostrow from Marymount Manhattan College, sponsored two library tours - one last May to Rockefeller University and the other in December to award winning Baruch College Library. Our Long Island Bibliographic Group, chaired by Marsha Speigelman from Nassau Community College and Victoria Spain from Hofstra University, sponsored a program on November 10 at Nassau Community College Library entitled, "Presentation Software: The Bold New Look in BI," which discussed software programs such as Powerpoint, and presented the following speakers: Louise Rotchford along with Nassau Community College staff Donna Pesiri, Melody Seon-Millner, Harriet Goodman, and Marsha Speigelman.

Our New York City Bibliographic Instruction Group has a new chairperson in Eleanor Langstaff from Baruch College Library. Eleanor is busy planning programs for 1996. If anyone is interested in participating in this group, please contact Eleanor. A new chairperson has recently joined the Collection Development Group, Evelyn Ehrlich from New York University's Bobst Library. Evelyn has posted several announcements on our chapter's listserv and she is looking forward to planning some 1996 programs. Please see Evelyn is you would like to join this exciting, newly created discussion group.

Estelle Davis, From CUNY Science Library, chairs both our Science and our Continuing Education Discussion Groups. The Continuing Education Group held an all day workshop, in collaboration with the New York/New Jersey Chapters of the Modern Language Association and the Library Association of the City University of New York. The program entitled, "Basic Elements of Proposal Writing and the Funding Research Process, " presented Dr. Robert Braude of Cornell University Medical College Library as the instructor and offered attendees 6 continuing education contact hours. It was held at the City University Graduate Center Library in Manhattan. Estelle is already underway planning some exciting 1996 programs for both the Continuing Education Group and the Science Group.

Our Cultural Diversity Group, formerly chaired by Kathy Killoran at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Library, and currently chaired by Jane Davenport also from John Jay, and Josh Waller from the FIT Library, presented a wonderful program on December 8 at FIT entitled, "Academic Libraries and Differently Abled Students." Included in the list of speakers were: Dr. Phyllis Rubenfeld, Hunter College; Professor Tom Bucaro, the College of Staten Island; James J. Weisman, Esq, from the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association; Kitty Lunn, from Infinity Dance Theater; and Grace Lyons from the District of Columbia Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Our Database and Microcomputer Users Group, formerly chaired by Pat Libutti from Fordham University and Eleana Cevallos from Hofstra University, is looking for a chair person or persons to reactivate the group. Please see Veronica Stevenson if you are interested in coordinating this discussion group.

On March 3, our former Document Delivery Chair Mounir Khalil from CUNY Science Library, coordinated a program entitled, "Library Preservation and Digital Access, " which presented 2 half day programs with the following speakers: Stuart Lynn, Interim President of the Commission on Preservation and Access, and Glenn Alexander and Mike Fitzella from the Xerox Corporation. The Education and Curriculum Materials Group, chaired by Harriet Hagenbruch from Hofstra University and Connie Thorsen from St. John's University, held a program on October 18 at Hofstra University entitled, "Educational Resources on the Internet for K-12." Speakers for this timely event included: Nancy Weisinger from Columbia University's Milbank Memorial Library and Joan Berger from East Hills Elementary School at Roslyn Heights.

Our Womens Resources Group has a new chair, Martha Kreisel from Hofstra University. If anyone is interested in joining the Group, please contact Martha for details about some exciting program planning for 1996. The ACRL/NY Listserv is active and thriving. We have over 1,800 subscribers who share ideas about professional issues through the list. It has recently been transferred to a new location at NYU, with some improvements and modifications to its structure. In 1995 we began publishing our Chapter's Newsletter in both print format and on our chapter's Listserv. Ree DeDonato from Columbia University, is our chapter's listserv contact person. Ree not only assisted with the listserv's transferral, but also conducted a survey on the list of our users. Ree tabulated the results of the survey, reviewed the user's comments and recommendations, and then incorporated these issues into the design of our chapter's World Wide Web homepage, which has just recently become a site on the Internet. We hope to make additions to the WEB site in early 1996. Very few ACRL chapters have Listservs or WEB sites. Ree has been instrumental in the development of both of these resources, and has kept the ACRL/NY Chapter in the forefront of technology among the other chapters in the country.

I would also like to thank Jayne Johnsen-Seeberger and Cecile Hastie, our Chapter's Co-Editors throughout 1995. Without the efforts of both these people, this newsletter would not have been possible. Jayne was also instrumental in loading our Newletter onto the Chapter's Listserv, which for the first time in our Chapter's history made it available electronically to all subscribers.

I'm also happy to announce that this year our chapter has also continued the tradition which began almost 15 years ago, collaborating with other ACRL chapters in planning and sponsoring both scholarly and social events for our members. I met with the officers of the ACRL/NY Eastern and Western New York/Ontario chapters at the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in Philadelphia and we began a series of discussion which led to: a social event for members of all three New York chapters of ACRL at the ALA Annual Conference in New York City; a Spring 1997 Symposium co- sponsored by the Metro and Eastern ACRL/NY chapters; and the construction of an ACRL/NY Tri- Chapter WEB site.

The Ice Cream Social will take place on Monday, July 8th, 5:30-7:30 at the McGraw-Hill "Reading Room." This event will be sponsored by McGraw-Hill and it promises to offers all three ACRL/NY chapters the opportunity to socialize, network, and have some fun. The Co-Sponsored Symposium is currently being planned for March 1997. And the Tri-Chapter WEB site is under construction even as we speak. If you are interested in serving on the committees for either the Spring 1997 Symposium or the WEB Site construction, please contact me.

This tradition of networking

with other chapters has a strong history in ACRL/NY. We have co-sponsored programs with the Delaware and New Jersey ACRL chapters as well as with the other New York State chapters throughout the past 15 years. I'm pleased that this year we had many individuals from both our chapter and the other ACRL/NY chapters who were interested in collaborating on programs and events.

Our Membership Secretary Marilyn Rosenthal from Nassau Community College, has been instrumental in helping us with this type of collaboration by providing us with our Chapter's mailing list and labels on short notice.

Last year we were pleased that our chapter was awarded an ACRL Initiative Grant for 1995. Pat Libutti from Fordham University was our former Recording Secretary and Chair of our Database and Microcomputer Users Group. Pat wrote the grant proposal and has spent a great deal of this past year on a project studying how librarians learn to use the Internet. Watch for her soon to be released final report on the ACRL Initiative Fund Grant.

The ACRL/NY Constitution Task Force, chaired by Ree DeDonato, has been studying our Chapter's by-laws and constitution this past year. We hope to have recommendations for changes to the Chapter's by-laws and constitution ready for the membership to vote on in the first half of 1996. Our Chapter was founded on Monday, November 17 in 19 80 at a meeting held in New York Public Library. As stated throughout the past year, 1995 marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, ACRL/NY. At the beginning of 1995, the Executive Board began discussing ways in which we could make this year's Symposium extra special, and in some way commemorate the many years our past presidents, still active members, both guided and served our Chapter. We invited our Chapter's past presidents to join us as our guests at the ACRL/NY Symposium on December 13th, 1995. Among those who were able to join us were: our Chapter's founding Coordinator and first president, Helga Feder; Rochelle Sager - President 1988; Michael Knauth - President 1991; Janet Wagner - 1992 President; and Ree DeDonato - 1994 President. Certificates were presented to our Past Presidents and a wine and cheese reception was held in their honor.

I wish our new President, Veronica Stevenson, the best of luck in all of her endeavors. I was pleased to be an officer of ACRL/NY and I look forward to the many events planned for 1996.

Lois Cherepon, Past-President


Upcoming ACRL/NY Executive Board Meetings - held from 6 to 8 PM at F.I.T.:
MAY 14

Positions Open

Marilyn Rosenthal and Karen Venturella have been appointed to recruit nominees for ACRL/NY elected officers. Nominees must be members of ACRL National and a member of the ACRL/NY chapter. We meet monthly at the Fashion Institute of Technology (27th and 7th Ave. in NYC). Presently, we are seeking nominees for the positions of vice-president/president elect, chairs and co-chairs of our three geographic sections (NYC, LI, and Weschester/Lower Hudson Valley), and a secretary and librarians to chair our interest groups (bibliographic instruction, collection development, cultural diversity, electronic resources, interlibrary loan/document delivery, education/curriculum materials).

If interested in getting your name on the ballot, please call or email Karen (venturel@sjuvm.stjohns.edu or call 718-990-6076) or Marilyn (rosentm@sunynassau.edu or call 516-572-7845).

Welcome To...

Eleanor Langstaff
Baruch College
New York City
New Chair of the ACRL/NY Bibliographic Instruction Group