Library Informer (Vol. 12 no.2)


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Library Informer (Vol. 12 no.2)
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"'INFORMEIBRARYFROMTHEDIRECTOR'S DESK r NewStallr WELCOME to the new academic year with all its op portunities for success and achievement! Libraries and Instructional Media Services(L1MS)intends to partner with you towards these milestones and to play a pivotal role in your ability to access, and retrieve the information you need in your educationalorother scholarly pursuits. You can expect to experienceanexciting difference in library service provision at The College this year, as we seek ways to serve our clients with greater efficiency. The new electronic tools we provide for research and to retrieve information will assist in this regard, but,ofcourse, these never super sede the personal attention provided by the cadreoftalented and committed staff who try to ensure that you receive efficient informational services. The level and qualityofour service is \Vhat we wish tobeour trademark! Progress has been made in areas this year and these will impact the information services we pro vide. Firstly, the library's Automated Catalogue 'COBWEB' became operational and is searchable via the Internet at, and enables you to get up to the minute updates to our catalogue -holdings, including the titles which have been ordered. Also, through an arrange ment with the library's periodical subscription agen cies, faculty can access certain journals we now get in print format via the Internet, andofcourse PRO QUEST, PUB-MED and QUICKLAW are available on line as well. These arrangements make it possible for membersofthe college community to conduct re search from their homesofresources to which the COB libraries subscribe. Further, faculty can access Cable programmingina numberofclassrooms at the Oakes Field Campus and television monitors are be-: ing permanently mounted in these. Finally, the plans for the new library building were 'further advanced, and ground breaking looms nearer.C.O.B Library welcomes Bain Kenyetta Dean Clarice Forbes Geanti Lightbourne Loniece MillerAntoinettePinder SharleneSmithINSIDETillSISSUEFrom the Director's Desk New Staff Hilda Bowen Library New Law Library Branch Surfing the Web : Tips for Finding Reliable Information The Acquisition Unit New Developments Farewell1 12 23344 The design developed by Jackson Burnside&Associ ates was unveiled to the COB and wider communities this spring and is available for viewing in the library at the Oakes Field Campus., Fact Sheet 5 Special Featuresofthe proposed new Library Building 6 (continuedonpage 5)


ITHELIBRARYINFORMERHILDA BOWEN LIBRARYA Visit to the World Health'OrganizationLibraryWhileonholiday in Geneva Switzerland, I took a few hours out to visit the libraryofthe World Health Orga nization (WHO). TheWHOis the premier interna tional organization in the worldforpromoting public health development.Asan officialWHOdeposit cen ter, the Hilda Bowen branchofThe Collegeofthe Ba hamas receives copiesofallWHOpublications. TheWHOLibrary is locatedonthe ground floorofthe main headquarters building so it is visible to all who come and go. The library maintains a very high pro file within the organization all new staff receivesanorientation to the library and its services. It has been the leader in implementing new technology and pro viding information services to statesofWHO. The only public areasofthe library are the reference room and the current periodicals reading room. Pa trons are not permitted inth'estacks to retrieve jour nals and books. The library also has a very large training facility where they give training, library orien tation sessions and other presentations. I was amazed to discover that the library has truly em braced theWebin addition to the "traditional" library resources that one might find to be automated and available via the Internet such as the periodicals list ing, the library catalogue and the staff contact listings. The library has also had ,many titles in,its collectionofrareorfrequently consulted documents digitized and made accessible through the web. Apparently the first web site was put together by staff member from the computer department and in volved someofthe' automated resources in the'li brary. Once it became apparent that theWHOweb site was receiving more than 100,000 site visits per month, the power ofthe Internet was realized and many more resources were digitized, automatedorlaunched, with considerable success. However theWHOrealizes that many libraries and information centers do not have high-speed Internet access and have made many Webpages text, rather than illustra tion rich. It was a wonderful way to spend a morning: with, a col league, in a pleasant library setting, sharing the excitementofnew technology. Submitted by Virginia Ballance Hilda Bowen Branch Library age and value and were found tobemost worthwhile in linking users to both primary and sec ondary legal materials. A copyofthe listing is avail able at the Circulation/Reserve Desk at a costof$1each.ILA_W_LI_B_RA_R_Y __ __...:..I Tech News..Electronic DatabaseThe library is pleased to announce the availabilityofQUICKLAW, Canada's largest online legal database. Quicklaw provides online access to more than 2,300 databases outlining legal documents, articles and cases from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Uganda and the Eastern Caribbean. Free access to the database is restricted to the students and facultyofthe LLB programme.Internet ResourcesWhat'sto'ComeJournal CollectionBysummer 2001 the Law library would have acquired about 29 new legal journals that will be added to the existing 13 titles, making this collection the largest one in The Bahamas. Researchingforlegal materialsonthe World WideWebhave just been made a lot easier thanks to the library staff efforts. An extensive listingoflegal web sites has been compiled at no cost to the user. These have been evaluated for, accessibility, content, cover-Expansionofthe Law 'LibraryThe highlightofthe summer will be the expansion projectofthis library. Yes folks! The law library willbe


THELIBRARYINFORfllER(Continued from page 2)increasing in size to accommodate our growing col lection and the new students. The project will com mence the endofthe summer semester and should be completed before the beginningofthe fall semester. So look to see us in our newly renovated library.Wewelcome all visitors.SPECIAL COLLECTION UNITSpecial Collections houses all the materialsonorabout The Bahamas, including Bahamian Personali ties. The Collection consistsofbooks, journals, news papers, pamphlets, disserations, articles, pho tographs and long studies. Additionally the collection houses The College's Archive Resources (print and photographic), and West Indian Reference materials.NEWACQUISITIONS include: The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune newspapersinmircofilm format. Microfilms are housedinthe Reference area. "VisionofSir Lyden Pindling" compiled and edited by Patricia Beardsley Roker, "Living Legends Woman who moulded the mod em Bahamas" produced by the Zonta ClubofNew Providence, among others.Ineffort to retrieve informationina timely manner, the Department is compiling a databaseofperiodical articles.For more information, please contact the unit at extension 4553. ., THE REFERENCE UNITSURFINGTHEWEB: TIPSFORFINDING RELIABLE INFORMATION. The World Wide Web offers researchers the opportu nity to find information and data from all over the world. However, theWWWis not a totally credible information source. This is because anyone can publish a web page. Because web pages are not evalu ated or filtered researchers are likely to encounter a mixtureofvaluable and dubious resources. It is there fore imperative that researchers, specifically the novice researcher, use critical thinking skills to evalu ate information they locate on the Web. Researchers should use the following criteria to evaluate. the qualityofinformation foundonthe Web:.:.Authority:Who is the author/creator and what is his/her educational background? Note that the Webmaster may not be the author..:. Publisher:Is the document a partofanofficial academicorscholarly Web site? NOTE:infonnaliontakenfrompelSonalwebsitesshouldbeapproachedwithextremecaution.:.Objectivity:When looking for information it is always critical to remember that: EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION, so try to detect the levelof(Continued onpage4)THE ACQUISITION UNITTheAcquisitionUnitofLIMS performs behindthescene activitiesandisoften wmoticed by the patrons; butitplaysanimportant roleinsupportofthe Library's mis sion.Itischarged acquiring withtheacquisitionofthe necessary resources,inallformats (monographs,journals, media) forthelibrary's collection.Thedepartment does the orderingandonreceiptofma terials prepares the materials for the next process which is cataloguingofthematerials before they are ready for the shelves. Facility,staffandstudents assistintheac quisition process by identifying titlesthatsupport the degree programmesandresearch needsofthe institution.Forthe past nine months,thedepartment was engagedinacquiring materials to build the collection forthenewly opened Law Library locatedontheground flooroftheBHTC'smain building. Between July, 2000andJanuary, 2001, the department acquired one thousand, nine hundredandeighteen (1918) volumes fortheLaw Library collection.Mrs.Anastacia Forbes, Library Associate assists Mrs.Myrna Reynes with the activitiesofthe Unit. They welcome your contributioninthebuildingofthecollection.Theworking hours are Mon. Fri. between 8:30a.m5:00 p.m.andare eager to assist youinthe selection process throughtheuseofbibliographic tools, e.g.BooksinPrintonCD, publishers'catalogues.TheUnit's contact numbers are 302-4555 & 302-4554.


THELIBRARYINFORr.1ERbias with which the information is presented? Note that a wide varietyofpointsofviewoncontroversial issues are availableonthe Internet. FAllEWEll .:.Does the document include a bibliography.Ifit does, then the author referred to or displayed knowledgeofre lated sources..:.Accuracy-Is the information accurate? Is the sourceofany factual information clearly stated?.:.Currency-How up to date is the information? Does the web site include a publicationorcopyright date. When last was it updated? According to the experts, the websites that are valuable for research purposes are those which: List the author, sponsoring institution and contact infor mation List the author's credentials Provide accurate and objective information with limited advertising Ifthe web page is current and updated regularly, and Ifyou can view the information properly -not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement. Web pages foundon(.edu;.gov, .org, domains are rated as high quality information.NOTE ON PLAGIARISMFinally', DO NOT COPY INFORMATION FROM THE WWW and present it as your own. Information taken from any source including the Web or"anywhere mustbeacknowl edged using any citation style. In our quest to keep abreastoftechnology, we have finally introduced cable television into eightofour major classrooms s well as the Student Activities Center. By the beginningofFall 2001, eachofthe cable-ready rooms willbeoutfitted with a television and VCR. Three classrooms will also house additional pieces of AV equipment such as overhead projectors and stationary or portable screens. The Library's cataloguecannowbeaccessed via the Col lege's web page. The Internet versionofProquest is now availableinthe Li brary. Patrons can forward articles to their e-mail ad dresses. Pat Rorick, Special Collections Librar ian left usinFebruary to further her careerinNew Mexico. Franka Boehme, a library science majorfrom Germany completed her six month internshipinFebruary. Franka has since returned to Germany to complete her studies. We wish Franka and Pat success in their future endeavors.LibraryHours_OakesFieldCampusMon Thurs. 8 a.m -9 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m -S p.m. Sunday 1 p.m -S p.m.HildaBowenLibraryMon Thurs. 8 a.m -9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m Sp.m. Saturday 10 a.m -4 p.m.LawLibraryMon. Thurs. 8 a.m -8 p.m Friday 9:30 a.m -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m -S p.m. Sunday 1 p.m -S p.m.NorthernCampusLibraryMon Friday 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. -1 p.m.SchoolofHospitality&TourismStudiesMon. Thurs. 8:30a.m -8 p.m Friday 8:30 a.m -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m -1 p.m.


II1 III H \ InI" I t>IZ \I! 1< With the amalgamationofBahamas Hotel Training College with The CollegeofThe Bahamas and commencementofthe BachelorofLaw in fall 2000, our complementoflibraries increased to five branches and one centre: Northern Campus, Hilda Bowen, Oakes Field, SchoolofHospitality and Tourism Studies Library, the Law Library and the Exuma Resource Centre, in Georgetown. The Law Library and SHTS Libraries are located in the Hospitality and Tourism Centre complex on Thompson Boulevard. LIMS total holdings now stand at approximately 85,000 volumes. And with access to the cataloguesofother libraries, and to online journal and electronic resources, the library is p leased to boastofexpanded access to informational services well beyond its boundaries. With the increased diversityofinformation services at your fingertips, nowisa good time to fully maximize the useofthe Libraries and Instructional Media Services. As always, we invite you to tell us how we can improve so use our suggestion boxes. We look forward to our interactions. May you have a successful year!COLLEGEOFTHEBAHAMASLIMSFACTSHEET Foundedin1974 with three branches Five libraries form COB Library system in 2001 Northern, Oakes Field, Hilda Bowen, SchoolofHospitality & Tourism Studies, and Law Collection sizeofapprox. 85, 000 volumesofprint, non-print and electronic formats Extensive periodical holdingsinprint, micro form, and CD-ROM formats Collectionofmedia equipment for instructional purposes Special collectionsofrare and general Bahamiana, governmentdO,cuments,Bahamian and Caribbean dissertations. (over 2, 000 titles), law reports, nursing and health related resources, tourism and hotel management resources, college catalogues and College archives Collectionofartwork by Bahamian Artists, among them Antonious Roberts, Max Taylor, Brent Malone, Stanley Burnside and Amos Ferguson Deposit collectionsofdocuments, reports, and other publications from the United Nations, Pan American Health. Organization, World Health Organization, nternational Labour Organization, and the British Science Council Provisionofspecialised services like booklet and document binding, and lamination Personalised reference assistance by dedicated staff complementof30 members Access to resourcesofglobal libraries via Internet and Interlibrary Loan Access to the library by membersofthe public through special arrangements Electronic contacts: Oakes Field ;Northern ;Hilda Bowen ; -If."


IIIII IBI,\In1'\1oln!1 I{ iii SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE PROPOSED NEW LIBRARY BUILDING.I OUTDOORGARDEN ON UPPER FLOORThese areas reflect the tropical natureofthe environment while at the same time create tranquil surrounding for study and research. . 75 SEAT CAPACITY AUDITORIUMLocated on the ground floor this auditorium can accomodate special Libraryas well as College functions.' Additionally, the designofthe facility allows for accesstothe auditoriunuil even when the library is closedtothe public. INDOOR CAFEThis umque feature brings the library in mode with modem research facilities around the world while at the same time, accommodates the needsofa growing working student population. MEDIA PRODUCTION AREAThis facility will enhance the capabilitiesofthe media unit thus expanding the role the unit can play in the developmentofinstructional media services. TECHNOLOGY AREAAccesstocomputers, the Internet and basic word processingwillbe provided in this area. The technologyinthis area puts the library user in touch with the world, thus exemplifying the con ceptofthe library without walls.


THELIBRARY INFORMER NORTHERN CAMPUS LIBRARYIWith the aimofenchancing the research and study environmentforpatronsatthe Northern Campus, staff at the library there set as oneofits goalsfor2000-2001 ,the reorganisation/renovationofthe library facility. Fol lowing monthsofwaiting for the furniture to arrive, in late January the renovations and re-organisation began. Library staff (Barbara Barton and Edith Gibson) received outstanding support from Provost, Mrs. Sylvia Darling, Security Officers Mr. Johnson and Mr. Wallace.Atthe endoftwo weeks, the major changes had been accom plished: tables were replaced by carrels, a new, more suitable circulation desk was put in place, the air conditioning system had been upgraded, and old wooden shelves were replaced bysteel shelving. The re-organisation also made provision to accommodate a few computer terminals (project still underway to up grade the present inventory)foraccess to the Library's on-line catalogue, the Internet and other electronic re sources. Patrons are delighted with the changes, and useofthe libraryforquiet study is increasing.THE CIRCULATION UNIThe Circulation SituationStudents, how many times have you come into the library searched in OPACor the card catalogueformaterials related to your topic, wrote down the call number, went to the shelf only to find that the book is inconveniently missingorannoyingly designated for in library use only? Doesn't it make you want to scream and find the personorpersons who have with out any regard, borrowed those books when they must have known that there were other people who needed to use them.? Not to mention that your research paper is due the following day at8:00a.m. and you no computer access at Don't despair students, here are a few tips to help you get through your projects, assignments and term papers with ,littleornostress.Avoid the last minute-Sad to say that the Library Ori entation participants haveonmany occasions proved that the last minute is indeed every student's nightmare. It would be unfair to measure the part-time students by the full time student's yardstick, but there are stress free ways to get the information you want in a timely manner. I find that students fail to prioritize their assignments and allot their time inaneffective and productive manner. The library's schedule has been designed with the students in mind in order to provide them with as much resources and study time as possible. Granted, there will be times when you won't be able to just walk in and access a computer but in the daily operationofthe library there are times when you can. It's not enough to come in during the day and leave di$couraged because you were unsuccessful in your questforinformation, come back at a slower time the eveningsorweekendsforexample, and look again. Be consistent and aggressive. about your research and consider your options toward topic development.Cross Reference-Sometimes the information that you want,forexample definitions, can be found in the many subject specific encyclopedias and journals that the library provides: Also dear student, try to utilize other books that may help you define and develop your topic.Forexample': information on juvenile delinquency can also be found in a sociology bookorTheEncyclopediaofSocial WorK. Cross-referencing helps you to approach the topic from various perspec tives and minimizes the chanceofa myopic subject presentation.Use Pro-Questis an online database that students can access at anytimeand guess what? It's FREE! Pro-Quest allows stu dents to find current information on various topics and articles, as they appear online. Pictures that can help you to illustrate your topic more effectively accompany these articles. Not enough? This program also allows the user to print selected articlesorhe can E-mail them to his E-mail addressforuse later. How's thatforconvenience?Purchase a Copy Card-These cards are avail able at the T BLOCK and its initial price is five dollars($5.00).Now don't roll your eyes and think "RIP OFF". The cost break down allots three dollars($3.00)forthe card to be activated and allows the holder two dollars($2.00)worthofcopying at ten cents per copy. As you copy, the card is automati cally debited and after the initial amount is depleted, you can then credit the same cardforany amount at the T BLOCK. Now you may ask "So what's the advantage?" Well dear student, having such a card will certainly end the wearisome questforchange and quarters, and you won'thavetosuffer on evenings and weekends when the various copy rooms are closed and that perfect sourceofinforma tion is in a book that cannot be borrowed.