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Library Informer
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Library Informer
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4 p.
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English
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Libraries & Instructional Media Services Department
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Libraries & Instructional Media Services Department
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Nassau, Bahamas

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Libraries -- Newsletters   ( lcsh )

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Library Informer (Vol. 1, no. 5)

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College of The Bahamas
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r .. ()mTheLib .. a ..ian's[)esk. In the coming year the Library would like talffiitiale two new programmes: a monthly forum entitled"Meetthe Low .andto establish a Friendsofthe Library Association.LIBRARYINFORMERhis IsSue...., fRC: ':. ....':.::::::/i .....:... ..-: '::.:::::'" .....:. Wilt\.T!lSTill: The Oakes Field Campus Library recently acquircll tineEroI
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HappyNewYeartoallCollege constituents.May.996bringyouhealth,happinessandprosperity.Aswebeginthisyear,wedosounder anewinstitutional structure.TheLibraryDivisionpreviously reportedtothePresident'sOffice,butwillnowbeadministered throughtheofficeoftheVice-President Research, PlanningandDevelopment, headedbyDr.Pandora Johnson.IwouldliketoexpressmydeepgratitudetoDr.KevaBethelforhercommitmenttotheLibrary overtheyears.Werealize that her sup port nowwillbedemonstratedindifferentwaysandwewillcontinuetoassistherwheneverandwhereverwecan.I wouldliketoextenda warmwelcometoDr.Johnson, whomwebelievewilldoherbesttoseetheLibrarygrowfromstrengthtostrength. Laterthisyearwewouldliketoconduct a survey inviting youtotellushowwearedoinginterms of serviceandtogivesuggestionsonhowwecanimprove. Acopyof the questionnairewillbeincludedinthe next issue ofthisnewsletter.Inthe coming yeartheLibrarywouldliketo initiate twonew programmes: amontWyforumentitled"MeettheLocalAuthor"and-toestablish a Friends oftheLibrary Association.Theobjectives ofthefirstprojectaretobringlifetotheholdings oftheLibrary,toacquaint studentsandfacultywith distinguished Bahamian authorsand,fmally,toprovide a forumfordialogue about writing, through which anewgenera tion oflocal authorsmightemerge..TheFriendsprogrammeaimstoattract individualswhoareinterestedincontributingtolibrary development, whetherfmanciallyorinkind,over a stipulatedperiod.The Friends associationwillincludecategoriesforstudents,faculty,staff,alumni, members ofthepublicandorganizations.WeinviteyoutojointheFriendsofthe Libraryandtohelpusbuilda college library thatissecondtonone.Another fund-raising venturetobeintroducedistheseUingofCD-ROMperiodical searchesandarticle deliveryservicestoindividual researchersandorganizations.BrochuresforthisandtheFriends AssociationareavailableattheCirculationDesk.Inadditiontothese new programmes,itishoped thatearlyin1996wewillbeabletointroduce automatedcirculationandanon-line publicacces'scatalogue(OPAC).Thesefeaturesare expectedtoimprove servicetoourpatrons.Finally,letuswork togetherthisyeartokeepourLibrary numberoneinthenation.Please continuetousethesuggestionboxoftentohelpusimprovewhatwedoandhowitisdone.Youwillsee thatwehavereceivedmanygoodsuggestionsinthepast fewmonths.Ourresponsesareinthecolumn,"Fromthe Suggestion Box".Again,Bestwishesforthe new semester! Willamae Johnson, Librarian LII3VAV"-1 The Oakes Field Campus Library recently acquired theERIC Index on CD-ROM.Education students will be delighted with this news! Students and faculty are welcome to use this index on the computer in the General Reference Area on the Ground Floorofthe Oakes Field Campus Library. The Office Centre Ltd. has donated severalnew software titles on CD-ROM in the fieldsofbiology, home economics, engineering and languages.Check withMyrna Reynes,Reference Librarian,ifyou would like to use them.The Office Centre Ltd. has also donated four computer terminalsfor the Library to installasOn-Line Public Access (OPAC) terminals to the Library's catalogue data base. The data base is still growing andwith the new terminals, we hope to intro duce our patronstothe easeoflocating the Library's holdings by computer. Many thanks to the Office Centre Ltd. for their generous donation! LIBRARYINFORMERA Newsletter ofTheCollege of The Bahamas Lihrary SPRING ISSUE VOL. 9, No.2. 1996

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BahamasGovemmentDocumentsIna bookondeveloping library collections, Robert Broadus has written that government publications are someofthe rhiHest, most routine matter ever lodged between covers; but also someofthe most fascinating, colorful and well written.lDocuments published by the Bahamas Government follow that pattern. They provide a wide rangeoffascinating and important information, publishing everything from Actsofthe HouseofAssembly to interesting statistical abstracts. There are basically four sourcesofgovernment documents in the Bahamas and where yougodependsonwhat you are lookingfor.GovernmentPUblicationsCentreLocated at Rawson Square, the Government Publications Centre falls under the authorityofthe Cabinet Office. Itisthe source and distribution centre for all official govern ment documents, such as Acts and subsidiary legislation passedbythe HouseofAssembly. The staffofthe Cen tre,Miss Bernadette Clarke,MrGregory Moss and Miss Kathleen Smithare always helpful and will assist youinlocating the documents you need.Miss Clarkewho has been with Government Publications for over10years encourages all students to visit Government Publications and purchase a copyofthe Bahamian Constitution so they will know their rights. Government Publications also stocks some publications from the Dept.ofStatistics.GovernmentDepartmentsNot all Government documents are available at Govern ment Publications, so you may wish to contact the Depart ment or Ministry whichisresponsible for the subject areainwhichyouare interested. Most government departments maintain a library or information centre at which you can have access to andinsome cases you -.:an purchase their documents.Governmentdepartments usually haveAnnual Reports and other on-going publicationsaswellas special reports which may be relevanttoyour topic. A good exampleofa department with a library and excel lent publicationsprogrammeis the DepartmentofStatis tics, located in the Clarence Bain BuildingonThompson Boulevard.TheDept.ofstatistics which falls under the MinistryofFinance, publishes a wide varietyofinteresting documents and statistical reports. Oneofthe most infor mative is the bookletTheBahamasinFigures whichisupdated annually.THE CollegeoftheBahamasLibrarySpecialCollectionsMost,ifnot all, government documents are available to COB students in the Special Collections Roomofthe Oakes Field Campus Library.Miss Gracie Robinson, Library Assistant. knows the collection insideoutand can assist students in locating the information they need. All docu ments are catalogued and students must consult the card catalogue to fmd the call numberofthe documents they need.HistoricalGovernmentDocumentsOneofthe earliest government documents relating to the Bahamas would have to be the "Articles and Orders" drawn up by Captain William Sayle and his Eleutheran Adventur ers in 1648. Copiesofthis early constitutional may be seenatthe Dept.ofArchives onMackeyStreet.TheArchives, which are managed byDr.Gail Saunders,have a large collectionofpublic documents, historical papers and early government records to the historyofthe Baha mas, on paper, microfilm and microfiche. There is more to the Archives than government documents but they also have a collectionofartifacts dating back to the timeofthe Lycayans.Theypublish a catalogue to accompany their annual exhibition which gives a glimpseoftheir vast holdingsofdocuments and artifacts. IBroadus, Robert N. Selecting materials for libraries (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1981),p.144... ;-:-:.:-:.;.:-" ::.:.....LIBRARYlNFORMERANewsletterofTheCollege of TheBahamasLibrarySPRINGISSUEVOL. 9, Nn.2. 19%

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tilLJ)AC4MVUS The Hilda Bowen Library wasinthenewslate last fall when the local Pan American Health Organization representativeDr.Claudette Harrypresented the Library with a certificate officially designating the library a PABO Publications Center.AllcurrentPABOpublications arenowavailableinthe Hilda Bowen Library,including the basic documentsofthe Pan American Health Organi zation, health statistics for the Americas, reports, studies and mostofthe Scientific Papers series. In addition, the Library receives many periodical publica tions. such as, Bulletinofthe Pan American Health Organization, EPI Reports, etc.Inresponse to continued demand for longer hours, the Hilda Bowen Library at the Grosvenor Close Campus will be opened an extra16hourseachweek, closing at 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thmsday. CMlVUS Beonthelook-outforarticlesfromCOBlibraryinthnation'ssecondcity!Remember,theFAXmachineis a perfectcommunicationsystemtokeep intouch with ourFreeportCampus. Vl!(VA12(() Last year the Library held a workshop for its staffonDisaster Preparedness and Prevention. Oneofour guest speakers wasD.Yvette Ingraham,a Customer Service Manager from J.S. Jolmson Co. She gave a thorough presentation entitled "Insming against Disaster". She described the various typesofinsurance coverage available for home and businesses as well as describing precautions that can be takenbyanyonetominimize risks. These pointers can be appliedtoanysituation and you should think about them in tennsofyour home and work placeandyour College: takeoutinsurancetorecoup itemsatthe timeofa loss. takecareofyour prpperty. Ensurethatequipment gets regular maintenance. install smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire extinguisher. And, maintain these systems. You will noticethatthe CollegeLibraryhas recently had smoke detectors installed. install burglary bars. keep premises clearofdebris, stairwells well lit and freeofboxes and garbage. report all incidents to the insurance company right away. ensure employees have a safe work envirorunent to workin:ensure they are all trained in the operationofequipment available to them.and >f)inus carryoutfire drills. keep an inventoryofall stock and equipment.Phillipa Ughtbourne, Library Clerk. has become a permanentstaffmemberofThe College. Phillipa holds an assoli:iate degreeinPsychology and Sociology from The College of The Bahamas.CongratulationsPhillipa! keep emergency exits unlocked and freeofboxes etc. know where the keys are located for all locked doors.LIBRARYINFORMERANewsletterofThe CollegeofTheBahamas SPRINGISSUE VOL. 9, No.2. 1996

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1j()()I\S Attention Technology Students!Atlong lastyourprayershavebeenansweredandthefoHowinghandbooks havebeenreceivedbytheLibrary.Nowyou'llnolongerbeabletosaythattherearenonewbooksintheLibraryIAllofthenewtitlesaretobefoundintheReference CollectionontheGroundFlooroftheMainLibrary: Machinerv's Handbook: A ReferenceBookfortheMechanical Engineer. Designer. Manufacturing Engineer, Draftsman. Tool-maker and Machinist. 24thEd.REFTJ15102451992Maintenance Engineering Handbook. 5thEd.REFT5192 M355 1995The McGraw-Hill Recycling HandbookREFTD794.5 M32 1993Standard HandbookforElectrical Engineers.13thEd.REFTK151 58 1993Standard HandbookofEngineering Calculations. 3rdEd.REF TA332 S37 1995Wang,ShanK.Handbook ofAirConditioningandRefrigeration.REFT87687W27 1993Ifyou have lostordamaged a COBLibrarybookyoumusteitherreplace the bookorremit toTheCoHege the fullmarketcost ofthebookplus a $5.00 processing fee. C[)-[2()M Itisnowexactly ayearsincetheProquest CD-ROMIndexandFuJI-TextArticleDataBasehasbeenavailabletostudents attheOakesField CampusLibrary. Many studentsandother patrons havemadefuJIuseoftheindexanddatabase.Forthose readerswhohavenot yet discoveredtheservice, Proquestisa powerfulindextohundredof periodicalsinavarietyoffields.Italsoincludesfulltextretrievalforarticlesinover100periodi cals. But exercise caution. Just because there appearstobe"noinformation"onyourtopiconProquestdoesnotmeanthatyouhave chosen a potentialPh.D.research topicforyourtermpaper! TherearemanyotherindexesintheGeneral ReferenceAreathat willleadyoutoarticlesandstudiesinfieldsanddisciplinesnotcoveredinthe Proquest CD-ROM. ThereareexcellentindexesinprintandonCD-ROMintheGeneral Reference Area, suchastheEducation Index, Library Literature, Social ScienceIndexandERICIndexonCD-ROM thataremorecomprehensiveandindepththanProquest.Theyjust require a littlemoreworktouse!Ifyouarehaving trouble locating informationonyourtopic,itmaybenecessarytowidenthescope ofyoursearchandtoconsider related subjects.Lookinthecardcataloguefora bookonthetopic, lookatthereferencesinthebibliographyinageneralbookonyourtopicorlookforarticlesinoneoftheindexesintheGeneralReferenceArea.Byproceeding thisway,youwillhavesomeideaof what informationisavailable beforevoucheckProquest.Proquest-CDROMislocatedintheMicroformResearchAreaontheSecond Floor oftheOakesFieldCampus.Searchescost$100forthefirst halfhourandSOperhalfhourthereafter. Article retrieval costs25perprintedpageand15perpageof citations.LIBRARYINFORMERA Newsletter ofThe College of TheBahamasLibrarySPRING ISSUE VOL. 9, No.2. 1996

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During the past term students and other library users were fairly honest and prolific...our suggestion box was literally stuffedwithanumberofsuggestions, criticisms and, luck ily enough, kudos. Here goes...1.Whyaren'ttheretextbooks for allcoursesin thelibrary?TheLibraryhasawhatiscalled a CollectionDevelopmentPolicy that guidesitinthetypesofbooksandothermaterialthatitpurchasesItisthepolicyoftheLibrarynottopur chas(;;ext books,buttobuysupplemental materials.Itisresponsibility of thestudenttopurchasetheassignedtextbookfortheir courses. Students and faculty are welcometocontactBerthamaeWalker,DeputyLibrarianresponsibleforAcquisitionsandCollectionsDevelopment,iftheywouldliketoseeacopyofthepolicyortosuggest titlesfortheLibrarytopurchase.2.More Librarians on duty on week-nights.Thereisa professional librarianondutyallhoursthattheLibraryisopen.from8a.m.to9p.m.dailyandfrom9-5on JJnudays. Thereareonly4professionally-trained librariansonstaffattheCollegeatthemomentandbetweenthem(andother para-professionals)theyareavailableforconsultationatalltimesthat the Libraryisopen3.Need space.We a:;ree Presentlythelibraryhasspacefor227studentstostudyandweneedaroomforatleast900toaccommodateatleastone quarter ofthestudentbodySimilarly ourbookandperiodical collections are jammed.Wearehoping thatsomeday Vie willmoveintoa new librarybuilding...onewithlotsofspaceforstudy carrelsandforhousing,ourcollections.4.Needmoreadvanced, up-to-date books.Weagree.InconJunctionwiththefaculty,wereviewthepublishers cataloguesandplaceordersfornewbooksAfter we placeanorder, dependingontheavailability offunds,itcantake up,0a yearforthebookstoarriveintheBahamas,full\'paidforandreadytobecatalogued.Yoursuggestionsfornewtitles areah\ays \velcome!6.Qualified staffToBetter ServeYou!Professional staffmembershavedegreesinLibraryScience(mostlyattheMasterslevel),inadditiontoundergraduatedegreesina variety of subjectareas(languages,economics,history,literature etc),orotherdisciplinesatthe BachelorslevelsuchasCommercialArtandEducational Media TechnologyManyoftheclerical staffhaveeitherA.A.degrees,andmanyhavefolloviedacademic courses eitherinlibrary scienceorinotherfields.Pleaserememberthatsomeof your \concernsandquestionswillrequiretheassistance of a professional librarian.G.Rules need tobeenforced. The Library is too noisy!We lI)' toenforcetherulesandregulationsandwetrytobefairtoalllibraryusersTherehavebeenmanycomplaintsaboutthenoiselevelandwhoistoblame?Youlibraryusers'Ifsomeoneisdisturbing your quiet study,donothesitatetotellthemtobequiet.Persistentabusersof Libraryrulesandregulationswillhaveprivilegeslifted.7.This library isjustfine howitis now, so don't change a thing.Thank.youforthecompliment,however,wearealwaystryingtoimprovethe quality and quantityofservices offered.Alllibrary personneltakecourses, attend workshopsandtrytokeepupwith new technological advancestocontinuouslyimproveour servIces.8.Doyou people have somethingagainstheat? The Library is too cold.Weagree.HaveyounotseenuslibrarystatTshivering?Wearealsowarm-bloodedandwealsofeelthecold.TheLibraryiskeptata constant70Fbecause thisisthe optimal temperatureforbooksandother library materials.Atthistemperaturepaperdoesnotdeteriorateasquicklyasitdoesathigher temperatures or whenthetemperature fluctuates.9.Too muchfraternizingamongststaffat the refer ence desk.Pointwelltaken.We will doour chattingandsocializinginourworkareasandnotinpublic.10. Removingstudentsbelongingswhendesksare vacant.Surely you agreethat something mustbedonetostop studentsfrom"reserving"spaceinthe Libraryb\'dumping belongingsina stud\'carre] thengoingofftoclassor .ur lunch.TherearesimplynotenoughSD.lLCSinthelibraryforeach studenttohave h.isor her "personal"' studycarrel...pleaseexcuseusifwearetooquicktoremO\'eyourbelongings. Next time,leaveanoteindicatingthe time yousteppedoutandwhenyouexpecttobe b::ck. Perhapsnowistile time togetCOBUStolobbyforlockers)LIBRARYlNFORMERANewsletterofThe ofTheBahamas Lihrary SPRINGlSSUEVOL. 9, No.2. 1996

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LIBRARYINFORMERA Newsletter of The College of TheBahamasLibrarySPRING ISSUE VOL. 9, No.2. 1996

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THEWORLOFBOO OVER5000TITLES IN STOCKIBooks For Children, Books About Wine, Cooking, Art, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Do it Yourself, Educational, Reference and Medical Books, Best Sellers, Daniel Steele: Five DaysinParis and more... BAHAMIAN SECTIONBahamianAuthorsBahamianSubjects With TheComplimentsofJEROMEE. PYFROM &Co.COUNSEL&ATTORNEYSAT-LAWNassau, The BahamasIslandBookShopBay&FrederickSts.Tel. (809)322-4183I 322-1011Nassau,TheBahamasFREE USUS FREEBringInThisAd AndGet10%offYour NextPurchaseofBooks! STATISTICS LIBRARY CIRCULATION AND REFERENCESeptember-December. 1995SEPT.OCT.NOV.DEC. TOTAL GENERAL CIRCULATION 2,375 2,580 2,603 288 7,846 TlitC()LLt(Jt ()f flitUI3VAVlt, Oakes FieldCampusLibrary:Telephone: (809) 328-8550 x 227 e-mail: Iibrcob@cob.edu.bsFAX:326-7834 HildaBowenLibrary:Telephone: (809) 325-5551x209or206e-mail: gcccob@cob.edu.bsFAX:328-0283 805 502 279 872 1,498 3,369 20 40 58REFERENCESPECIAL COLLECTIONSLoanTransactionsReferenceRequestMEDIA TOTALAN Hardware, Software&Media Services: 476 680 73686405 6 328 1,672 6,144 124 2,220FreeportCentreLibrary:Telephone: (809) 352-9761FAX:(809) 352-6167 pa,a;.Po,a;./ HILDA BOWEN LIBRARY42824551212 1,197Editor-in-ChiefGraphicDesignerAssistancethisissue Virginia Ballance Lorraine Cox Willamae Johnson Myma ReynesLIBRARYINFORMERA Newsletter ofTheCollege of The BahamasLibrarySPRING ISSUE VOL. 9, No.2. 1996


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