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Library Informer (Vol.13 no.2)


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Library Informer (Vol.13 no.2)
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Libraries & Instructional Media Services Department
Libraries & Instructional Media Services Department
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THELIBRARYINFORMERVolume13Issue2 -A THE DIRECTOR'S DESKOn behalfofthe staffofthe Libraries and Instructional Media Services (LIMS) Department, I extend awarmwelcome to newandreturningfaculty,students,andstaff. We look forward to partnering with you to strengthen the capacityofthe library so as to enhance the learning environmentofour institution. Therefore, you can expect to experience greater efficiency in service provision at The College Libraries this year. The cadreoftalented and committed personnel will always do their best to ensure that you get quick access to accurate and reliable informationinsupportofyour educational and other scholarly pursuits. The level and quality of our serviceiswhatwewish to be our trademark! The 2002 2003 academic year was a landmark one for LIMS. A numberofnew initiatives resultedinexpanded holdings and access to resources beyond our borders. These included: the establishmentofthe Resource Center on the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the SchoolofHospitality and Tourism Studies LibraryinSeptember; the official launchofthe Library's Online Public Access Catalogue, COBWEB, and the LIMS Web page (www.cob.edu.bs/library) during the third LIMS WeekinJanuary. The marketing programme for these events won the Association of Caribbean Universities Research&Institutional Libraries (ACURJL) 2003 Thomson-Gale Award for Innovative and Effective Information Services with the ApplicationofInformation Technologies. We also introduced EbscoHOST online periodical database products with remote access capability for all COB constituents, and the LexisNexis database for the Law programme. The Instructional Media Services Unit has outfitted more classrooms with overhead projectors, televisions and video players, and projection screens. The Unit has also acquired a few more data projectors and laptop computers, but the quantity still does not allow continuous availabilityineach classroom, a long-term goal for LIMS. Despite the achievementsofthe past academic year, the 2003 2004 year promises to be just as successful for LIMS. We pledge to continueFALL2003LIMSAWARDThe photo below shows staffofLIMS Department displaying theThomas Gale Awardplaque won by the Department for innovative and effective information services with the applicationofinformation technologies announced at the AssociationofCaribbeanUniversitiesResearch&InstitutionalLibraries(ACURIL)2003. .IKSIDE THISISSUEFromthe Director's Desk 1 Pathfinders 2LannanSeries 2 Hidden treasures 3StaffNews 3-4 19thCentury public Iibrary---4


tobuild a strong collection (total holdings now stand at approximately 80,000 volumes), acquire and expand resources and services to enhance the academic offerings, and liaise with the Management Information Services Department toward improving the speed and efficiencyofcomputing facilities available through the libraries. Presently, we are exploring the introductionofwireless technology, initially at the main library, to facilitate patrons' access to the Internetand other electronic resources by utilizing their laptop computers. Suchaninitiativeisexpected to mushroom the Internet access capacity considerably to users at this location. Similar facilities will be introduced at other branch libraries as well. The planning for the new library building will continue, with groundbreaking anticipated before the endofthe 2003 2004 academic year. I am pleased to report thatCOB'sinternal fundraising efforts for this project have amassedjustover $40,000inthe last year and a half. I use this opportunity to express special thanks toallSchools and Departments for their support and financial contributions. We are still a long way from our$1million goal, so I invite your continued support. All contributions will be formally acknowledged. With the increased availability and diversity of information resources and services accessible throughL1MS,nowisa good time to fully maximize the useofthe facilities. As always,rinvite your feedback so use our Suggestion Boxes.Welook forward to our many interactions. May you have a successful year! Willamae Johnson DirectorL1MSLannan Literary SeriesThe Oakes Field campus library hasinits collection a seriesofliterary (8 I) videotapes donated by the Lannan Foundation. A fantastic collectionofvarious exceptional contemporary artists and writers including inspired native activistsinrural indigenous communities. A numberofthe artists have received awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, Bollinger Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature and the National Book Critic's Awards. Interested person should contact the Media Department at 302-4460 particularly individuals who are involvedinreading, discussing, appraisal, writing and rewritingofaspectsofpoetryinorder to explore, defme and activate their literary talents. Why not borrow a tape today?Tameka ButlerBAHAMIAN PATHFINDERSWe areinthe information age, where there are numerous resources at our disposal. Yet students can still become frustrated when finding specific information relevant to their research topic, particularly when searching for Bahamian materials, which are often not includedininternational indexes and databases. Pathfinders have proven to be a very powerful library research tool for researchers. RecentlyincelebrationofForum 2003, the staffofthe CollegeofThe Bahamas Libraries undertook the projectofpresenting a seriesofpathfmders with specific reference to Bahamian topics. They are intended as guides that provide a starting point for research on a specific topicorina specific discipline. They emphasize books, journals, databases and Internet resources that are availableinthe Library, as indicated by call numbers or location information. Material not heldinthe Library may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. The initial titles and their compilers are:Junkanoo(Tameka Butler and Rosemary Munroe),Bahamian Folklore(Antoinette Pinder)Bahamian Visual Arts (BettyGibb),Nursing in The Bahamas and the Caribbean(Clarice Forbes),Eco-Tourism in The Bahamas (Christine Swann), Essential Bahamian Reference(Virginia Ballance),Traveller's Accounts oj The Bahamas (Anne Murphy) and Library Development in the Bahamas(Berthamae Walker). These Pathfinders are presently on displayinthe Oakes Field Campus Library (see photo above) and will be made available this Fall on the Library's COBWEB. These are worksinprogress and will be further developed and refined to include additional resources on the topics as they are added to the collection while additional Bahamian topics will also be developed as Pathfinders.Tameka Butler -2


"Hidden Treasures"The weekofJanuary 26-31 was entertaining for the Libraries and Instructional Media Services Department.L1MShosted a numberofactivities under the theme "Treasuresofthe COB Libraries and Instructional Media Services." The week kickedoffwith a church service at Calvary Bible Church. Dr. Leon Higgs, PresidentofThe CollegeofThe Bahamas, officially launched our library's web page on Monday January 27th. The branch libraries along with the main campus library organized open houses and tours for high school students and COB students. The first objectiveofL1MS week was to showcase library materials, services and staff (the "hidden treasures") to the entire collegebody-administration,staffand students to navigate and explore. The second was to attract young persons to the exciting and constantly evolving fieldoflibrary and informationscience. Also, profilesofyoung Bahamian library personnel were featuredinnewspaper articles throughout the week. Free EBSCO, OPAC and media training workshops were conducted and collections such as United Nations (UN) and Special collections were highlighted and displayed. The library entered an international competition forL1MSweek activities and won the Thomson/Gale Group award for using information technology in provisionofprograms and services. The week was a tremendous displayofwhat your library can do for you and how we intend to satist)r our patronsinthe future.Antoinette PinderSTAFF NEWSCHANGING FACESCatharine Archer -hasjoinedthe Law Library staff asofApril as Library Associate, transferring from the LL.B. Programme Office where she worked from October 2002 to March 2003. Catharine graduated from the UniversityofRichmond (Va.)in2002 with a BA degreeinSociology.Sharmila Smith -joined the staffofthe COB Hospitality and Tourism LibraryinMarch as part-time clerk. Sharmila graduatedin200 I Cum Laude from King's College, Wilkes-Barre,PAwith a BSinCriminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work.3


Nineteenth century public library catalogue & travel writing focusofL1MSpresentationsTwo LIMS staff members used their research skills and library resources to prepare two papers for FORUM 2003. Hilda Bowen Library Supervisor Virginia Ballance examined a catalogue from the Nassau Public Libraryinher paper "A New Look at Old Books: The Nassau Public Library Collectioninthe Mid-19thCentury." Anne Murphy, Cataloguing Unit Supervisor at Oakes Field Campus, turned her interestintravelogues into "As Others SeeUs:Travel Writing About The Bahamas." Both presenters used modem PowerPoint technology to summarize their work using mainly19thcentury sources. The Internet also played a large roleintheir research, from obtaining a printed and bound copyofthe 1862 public library catalogue on Advanced Book Exchange to downloading19th-century travel articles from the MakingofAmerica digital archive at Cornell University. Locating the 19th century printed library catalogue came as a major surprise for Ms. Ballance. "From earlier research on Bahamian public library history,wehad no idea that a catalogue existed. Finding and repatriating thecatalogue adds significantly to the understandingofearly Bahamian libraries." Her research focused on analyzing the typesofbooks and periodicals available to library patrons and the impact the library might have had on Bahamian society and culture. Ms. Murphy credited Ms. Ballance for lending her materials to review and suggesting sources."WhatI foundinmyresearch was that the natural beautyofThe Bahamas was its main selling pointintravel articles while the people were often portrayed as friendlyifnot overly ambitious. What also struckmewas the absenceofwriting about the livesofblack Bahamians, exceptinthe writingsofWilliam Drysdale." She found that writing the paper and listening to other presentations honed her research and reference skills. "I now have a better understandingofBahamian culture, history and politics." Copiesofthe presentations will be published as partofthe proceedingsofForum 2003, a colloquium organized by The CollegeofThe Bahamas and the Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies.Itwas held to celebrate the30thanniversaryofBahamian independence. Other LIMS staff members were also involvedinForum 2003. LIMS director Willamae Johnson was a memberofthe steering committee and chaired a panel session. Instructional Media staff members Rodman Forbes and Andrew Seymour provided technical assistance at the sessions. Several librarystaffmembers contributed pathfinders on such diverse topics as art, Junkanoo and nursing information.Virginia Ballance and AnneMurphyEditorialTeam:Anne Murphy, Antoinette Pinder, Betty Gibb, Tameka Butler and Yemisi Dina. "CHANGING PLACES ... Levette Richardson Morrishas transferred from the COB Law LibraryinNassau to the Northern Campus Library, Freeport asofMarch17.Levette joined the Library staffin1993 and has workedinCirculation and Referenceinthe Main Library, as well as the Law Library. She holds an AA degreeinLaw&Criminal Justice, COB, 1992; and a BA degreeinLibrary Science, Univ.oftheWest Indies, 2000.Elsie Bainisreturning to the COB Main Library as Public Services Librarian on Sept.I after completing her studies and being awarded her MasterinLibrary and Information Science degree this summer from Atlanta University. Congratulations Elsie! Elsie has workedinthe Main Library since 1989. She also holdsanAA degreeinLibrary Science from COB and a BA degree from the State UniversityofNew York, Albany. And last but not least, the COB Library bids farewell toDeborahEbster,Public Services Librarian for the past yearinthe Main Library. Best wishes Deborahinyour new endeavors!Betty Gibb4

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