ACRL/NY METRO NEWS Spring 1996 Vol.15, No. 1

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
P: 516-244-3282
F: 516-244-3374
Submissions: jjohnsenj@suffolk.lib.ny.us
Comments: johnsenj@dowling.edu

We welcome comments, suggestions, news items, and brief reviews. Deadline for the next issue: Friday, August 16

This Issue's Contents:
* Message From the ACRL/NY President
* Our Symposiumu Last Call For a Banana Split
* You Gotta WEB Us!
* SUNY New Paltz to Host Spring 1997 Symposium
* Libraries In Transition: Learning and Communicating in an Electronic Environment - A Synopsis of the ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, December 13, 1995
* The New York Chapter ACRL Presents the Following Workshop at Columbia University - World Wide Web: Creating a Home Page
* Join Our ACRL/NY Listserv
* Positions Open
* Announcements


I for one am very glad to experience the refreshing effects of Summer's breeze and bright sunshine; and after our record breaking Winter, I trust that I'm not alone. Summer seasons have typically been times when ACRL/NY could really devote to firming up all the administrative duties required for our Fall symposium. Fortunately, however, the Summer of 1996 will not be a "routine" Summer for ACRL/NY. Thanks to the annual meeting of the American Library Association being held in New York City, ACRL/NY has something extra special happening this year - The Ice Cream Social.

What a wonderful opportunity for ACRL/NY Metro members to meet one another and to meet ACRL National Officers and Administrators. It has taken a long time for the ACRL/NY Tri-Chapters Committee to reach this point, and finally it is here. All current ACRL/NY members are invited, so please plan to attend.

To briefly update everyone on "what's happening" with ACRL/NY METRO, I'll begin with our 1996 Symposium. The 1996 Symposium Planning Committee has been working hard on our Annual Symposium and, as usual, we are looking forward to yet another exciting event. Our Education & Curriculum Materials Interest Group held an event entitled "Encyclopedias on CD-ROM" at Hofstra University in April. The ACRL/NY coordinators were pleased with the number of people who attended. Our Continuing Education Interest Group is in the process ofplanning a program on the World Wide Web; please contact Ms. Estelle Davis at esecc@cunyvm.cuny.edu for more information. In addition, all is going well with our plans for a joint Symposium with the Eastern ACRL/NY Chapter for March 1997. Please stay tuned to your listserv and Newsletter for progress updates.

ACRL/NY METRO is also at the beginning stages of getting our Chapter involved in the 1997 ACRL National Conference by sponsoring a roundtable discussion on a few of the items that we have successfully been able to implement. While we are extending ourselves in ways we never have before, we are excited.

The Newsletter is now available on-line! Thanks to Jayne Johnsen- Seeberger the Newsletter can now be read electronically. If you are not currently a subscriber to the ACRL/NY listserv, please contact Ree DeDonato at rd94@columbia.edu or Veronica Stevenson atvstevens@aurora.liunet.edu for information.

If you are interested in becoming involved with any of our committees and/or interest groups, please contact Ms. Veronica Stevenson at the above e-mail address for information on the various ways you can get involved - There are plenty of available slots and a good deal of work to go around, so please get involved.

Remember the Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Monday July 8th, 1996 - Hope to see everyone there!

Veronica L. C. Stevenson 1996 PresidentACRL/NY METRO Chapter

*** Our Symposium

The 1996 ACRL/NY Metro Annual Symposium is planned for Friday November 22 in the Katie Murphy amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology (27th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan). The theme of this year's symposium is "Libraries: the Heart of the University?" Due to feedback on the 1995 Symposium evaluation forms, we have decided to schedule the chapter business meeting from 9 to 9:30 a.m. All are invited to attend. (The Chapter Constitution and Bylaws require us to hold one annual business meeting which has traditionally been held as part of the symposium.) As the annual symposium is our only forum to meet as a chapter, the symposium planning committee felt it was important to continue to include the business meeting as part ofthe symposium to keep members informed about the chapter's activities.

We plan to have keynote speakers in the morning followed by a panel discussion in the afternoon. We hope to structure the program so as to present varying viewpoints. More details will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.

Please reserve this date on your calendars.

Karen Venturella ACRL/NY
Vice President/President-Elect

*** Last Call For a Banana Split

Last Call to RSVP for Ice Cream Social. Anyone interested in joining friends and fellow conference goers for a few scoops of ice cream at the ALA Conference this July in NYC? The three ACRL/NY Chapters are pleased to invite all their members to an Ice Cream Social at the ALA Conference on Monday July 8, 5:30-7:30.

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsor of this event, McGraw-Hill. Our host is offering us the hospitality of their lovely "Reading Room" for the function. If you are a member of our chapter and have not received an invitation yet, please contact me. If you are not a member, there is still time to join our chapter and be part of the festivities.

Our menu will include: various flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, desserts, soft drinks, iced coffee, and flavored coffee. We are requesting that you send in your RSVP as soon as possible!! Please call or e-mail if you need directions or additional information.

Hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun event! Lois Cherepon, 718-390-4521, cherepon@sjuvm.stjohns.edu

*** You Gotta Web Us!

Visit the ACRL/NY Homepage on the Web:

*** SUNY New Paltz to Host Spring 1997 Symposium

Various members of the ACRL/NY Metro & Eastern Chapters Joint Symposium Planning Committee had their first meeting at SUNY New Paltz on Friday, May 26. This is the first jointly held symposium for our two chapters and the committee members were very excited about the plans for next spring. The date we selected was Friday, March 21, 1997. The title of our program is "New York's Academic Libraries Collaborating for the Future." Bill Miller, ACRL President-Elect, will be our keynote speaker. The committee is also in the process of arranging special rate bus transportation from NYC to New Paltz for the Metro Chapter members. The SUNY New Paltz campus is located in a scenic area of upstate New York. We still need volunteers to work on the many plans for this event. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please contact Lois Cherepon, 718- 390-4521, cherepon@sjuvm.stjohns.edu.

*** Libraries in Transition: Learning & Communicating In an Electronic Environment- a Synopsis of the ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, December 13, 1995

Featured Speaker J. Andrew Magpantay, Director, Office of Information Technology Policy,American Library Association, Washington, D.C."Librarians, Their Constituencies and Other Stakeholders: New Partnerships in the Information Age"

Magpantay, newly appointed director of the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., began his presentation with an overview of the terms, definitions, and acronyms he referred to throughout his presentation. The NII is the National Information Infrastructure and the GII is the Global Information Infrastructure. He stated that equity on the Information Superhighway, the ISH, is the current theme of ALA President Betty Turrock.

The Virtual Library a subset or one part of the ISH and it may or may not be in digital or electronic format. The digital library, comprised of the electronic and the digital components of the library, is a subset of the virtual library. However, only a small fraction of the virtual library is in digital format.

The CPB/SRI 1994 study indicated that 67% of higher education is connected to the Internet or Bitnet. Universal access is the goal of higher education but who can achieve this? Lower institutions, such as 2 year colleges, have fewer Internet connections than universities. This disparity has created a world of information "haves" vs "have nots."

Digital Libraries allow us to extend our capabilities of information in the following ways: 1) space - extends access beyond our operating hours and compresses storage into electronic access, 2) time - allows "any time" access, and 3) mind - allows co-location of function and analysis. Magpantay discussed the "Novel Aspects of the Digital Library," including:

"Permanence vs Plasticity"
"Panoramic View vs Porthole View"
"Active Selection vs Passive Broadcast"
"The Economics of the Digital Library"
"Smooth vs Cyclic (Cost Cycles)"

Magpantay also discussed his view of librarians as the consummate information professional. These traits include:

- knowledge of information organization & access
- technological understanding of information
- unique values and principles representing the Public Interest
- ability to communicate with the public, rapport with our constituencies
- the "Public Trust" in our profession and in our skills and objectivity

Technology has changed our resources and has also changed how we ask for these resources. These changes has fostered partnering with units outside of the library. Magpantay stressed the need for partnerships in the "New Information Age."

He discussed partnerships with: 1) faculty (not all information is quality information and librarians can show faculty their skill in providing accurate and useful information), 2) computing & telecommunications professionals (libraries must be wired and must be on the campus-wide information system and librarians can assist with the construction of databases & gophers), 3) administrators (reduction in financial support calls for new ways & strategies to acquire funds for the new technology - we can assist administration by confirming the need to sustain both systems, print & digital, but mostly print), and 4) students, our natural constituencies (this environment is new for them and the level of knowledge that they can expect from it must be taught along with the new research skills).

He also discussed partnership roles librarians can have with publishers as evaluators & guides. Digital information is highly susceptible to change and the WEB of scholarly communication brings into play issues of authenticity & verification of documents.

Librarians also have roles as an architects or builders of the information age. Our educator role involves teaching library users how to access both print and digital information. Librarians also serve in advocacy roles for the public interest. What should the rules of privacy & fair use be? Of all these roles, the educator role & public policy role are the most urgent because we need to educate the public on how this technology is evolving & what may or may not happen, and we need to educate & inform them now.

ALA Goal 2000 stresses that the public has a right to a free and open information environment. We have the job of filtering the technology for our constituents. There is a lack of informed debate on the technology and its effects. MCI conducted a study in 1994 and one of their findings was that 54% of the public has never heard of the Information Highway. Only one third of US households have e-mail addresses.

The 1934 Communications Act is being re-written, with amendments being proposed to ban pornography on the Net. Librarians have the obligation to support the public's right to a free information environment.

*** The New York Chapter ACRL Presents the Following Workshop at Columbia University


COURSE CONTENT: This course is designed to review World Wide Web access through Netscape. Participants should be able to use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) after taking this class. Resources will be identified.

PRACTICE: Hands-on exercises will be done during class and coaching from two instructors will be available during exercises.

REGISTRATION: The class is limited to 20 persons. Registration is required by July 25th, 1996. Cancellations will be accepted through July 25th, 1996. After this date no refunds will be made.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions and/or would like to know how to register for this workshop, please contact Estelle Davis at (212) 650-8246 or (212) 650-6826. This is not an entry level course; participants should have some experience using the Internet.

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS:Instructor: Charles Greenberg, Columbia University Library
Date: Friday August 2, 1996
Place: Columbia University Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library 701 W. 168th Street
Fee: $50.00

*** Join Our ACRL/NY Listserv

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*** 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 3 geographic 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 e-mail Karen (venturel@sjuvm.stjohns.edu or 718-990-6076) or Marilyn (rosentm@sunynassau.edu or 516-572-7845).

*** Announcements

Upcoming ACRL/NY Executive Board Meetings -

July 30
August - Executive Board Recess
September - Date To Be Announced