Library Informer (Vol.12 no.1)


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Library Informer (Vol.12 no.1)
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IBRARYINFORMERSpring 2002FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESKWELCOME 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 roleinyour ability to access, and retrieve the information you needinyour educationalorother scholarly pursuits. You can expect to experienceanexciting differenceinlibrary service provision at The College this year,aswe seekways to serve our clients wrth greater efficiency. The new electronic tools we provide for research and to retrieve information will assistinthis 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 whatwewish tobeour trademark! Progress has been madeinseveral 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 or http:// and enables you to get up to the minute updates to our catalogue"holdings, including the titles which have been ordered. Also, throughanarrange ment with the library's periodical subscription agen cies, faculty can access certain journals we now getinprint format via the Internet, andofcourse PRO QUEST, PUB-MED and QUICKLAW are available on lineaswell. 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 mountedinthese. Finally, the plans for the new library building were further advanced, and groundbreaking looms nearer. The design developed by Jackson Burnside&Associ ates was unveiled to the COB and wider communities this spring and is available for viewinginthe library at the Oakes Field Campus.Ms.Willa mae Johnson DirectorofL1MS.


THE LIBRARY INFORMERIHILDA BOWEN LIBRARYTA Visit to the World Health OrganizationLibraryWhileonholidayinGeneva Switzerland, I took a few resources that one might find tobeautomated and hoursout to visit the libraryofthe World Health Orgaavailable via the Internet such as the periodicals listnization (WHO). The WHOisthe premier internaing, the library catalogue and the staff contact listings. tiona I organizationinthe world for promoting public The library has also had many titlesinits collectionofhealth development. Asanofficial WHO deposit cenrare or frequently consulted documents digitizedandter, the Hilda Bowen branchofThe Collegeofthe Ba. made accessible through the web. hamas receives copiesofall WHO publications. The WHO Libraryislocatedonthe ground floorofthe main headquarters building -soitisvisible to all who comeandgo. 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 leaderinimplementing new technology and pro viding information services to member statesofWHO. The only public areasofthe library are the reference room and the current periodicals reading room. Pa trons are not permittedinthe stacks 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. Apparently the first web site was put togetherbya staff member from the computer department and in volved someofthe automated resourcesinthe li brary. Once it became apparent that the WHO web site was receiving more than 100,000 site visits per month, the powerofthe Internet was realizedandmany more resources were digitized, automated or launched, with considerable success. However the WHO realizes that many libraries and information centers do not have high-speed Internet access and have made many Web pages text, rather than illustra tion rich. It was a wonderful way to spend a morning: with a col league,inapleasant library setting, sharing the ex citementofnew technology. I was amazed to discover that the library has truly em braced the Web -inaddition to the "traditional" library Submitted by Virginia Ballance Hilda Bowen Branch Library age and value and were found tobemost worthwhileinlinking userstoboth primary and sec ondary legal materials. A copyofthe listingisavail ableatthe Circulation/Reserve Desk at a costof$1each.ElectronicDatabaseIL_A_W_LI_B_RA_R_Y -----l Tech NewsThe 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.What's to ComeJournalCollectionThe journal collection is made upof58titles.Internet Resources ExpansionoftheLawLibraryResearching for legal materialsonthe World Wide Web have 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, coverThe Law Library was expanded during the summer.Itcannow accomodate more users and the growing collection.So we look forward to seeing youinour newly expanded library. We welcome all visitors.


THE LIBRARY INFORMER__ S_P_E_C_I_A_L_C_O_L_L_E_C_T_I_O_S_----.l1 IRE_F_E_RE_N_C_E_Special Collections houses all the materialsonor about 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.Inaneffort to retrieve infonnation in a timely manner, the Department is compiling a databaseofperiodicalarticles.For more information, please contact the unit at ex-Congratulations onyourbundleofjoy!!Mrs. JudyFrancis-GibsonMrs. Sharlene SmithSURFINGTHEWEB: TIPSFORFINDING RELIABLE INFOR MATION:TheWorld Wide Web offers researchers the opportunity 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 evaluated or filtered re searchers are likely to encounter a mixtureofvaluable and dubious resources. It is therefore imperative that re searchers, specifically the novice researcher, use critical thinking skills to evaluate information they locateonthe Web. Researchers should use the following criteria to evaluate the qualityofinformation foundonthe Web:.:. Authority:Whoisthe author/creator and what is his/her educational background? Note that the Web master may notbethe author..:. Publisher:Is the document a partofanofficial academic or scholarlyWebsite? NOTE:informationtakenfrompersonalwebsitesshouldbe approachedwithextremecaution.:. Objectivity:When looking for information it is al ways critical to remember that: EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION,sotry to detect the levelofbias with which the informationispresented? Note that a wide(Continued on page4)ACQUISITIONSThe Acquisition UnitofLIMSperforms behind the scene activities andisoften unnoticed by the patrons; but it playsanimportant role in supportofthe Library's mis sion.Itis charged acquiring with the acquisitionofthe necessary resources,inallformats (monographs jour nals, media) for the library's collection. The department does the ordering and on receiptofma terials prepares the materials for the next process which is cataloguingofthe materials before they are ready for the shelves. Faculty staff and students assistinthe ac quisition process by identifying titles that support the degree programmes and research needsofthe institution. For the past nine months the department was engaged in acquiring materials to build the collection for the newly opened Law Library located on the ground floorofthe BHTC's main building. Between July, 2000 and January, 2001, the department acquired one thousand nine hundred and eighteen (1918) volumes for the Law Library collection. Ms. Jennifer Bain assists Mrs.Myrna Reynes with the activi tiesofthe Unit. They welcome your contribution in the buildingofthe collection. The working hours are Mon. Fri. between 8:30 a.m 5:00 p.m. and are eager to assist youinthe selection process through the useofbibliographic tools, e.g. Books in Print on CD, publishers' catalogues. The Unit's contact numbers are 302-4555&302-4554.


THE LIBRARY INFORMERvarietyofpointsofviewoncontroversial issues are avail ableonthe Internet. FAREWELL .:. Does the document include a bibliography.Ifit does, then the author referred to or displayed knowledge of re lated sources. .:. Accuracy-Isthe information accurate?Isthe sourceofany factual information clearly stated?:.Currency-How up to date is the information? Does the web site include a publication or copyright 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 If you can view the information properly -not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement. Web pages foundon(.edu;.gov, .org, domains are ratedashigh quality information.NOTEONPLAGIARISMFinally, DO NOT COPY INFORMATION FROM THE WWW and present itasyour own. Information taken from any source including the Web or.anywhere mustbeacknowl edged using any citation style. eM} Inour quest to keep abreastoftechnology, we have finanyintroduced 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 piecesofAVequipment such as ,overhead projectors and stationary or portable screens. The Library's catalogue can nowbeaccessed via the Col lege's web page. The Internet versionofProquest is now availableinthelibrary. Patrons can forward articles to their e-mail ad dresses. Pat Rorick, Special Collectionslibrarian left us in February2001tofurther her careerinNew Mexico. Franka Boehme, a library science majorfrom Germany completed her six month internshipinFebruary 2001. Franka has since returned to Germany to complete her studies . Mrs. Anastacia Forbes leftusinthe Fallof2001We wish them all the bestintheir future endeavors.Library HoursOakesFieldCampusMon Thurs. 8 a.m -9 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m -5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m -5 p.m.HildaBowenLibraryMon Thurs. 8 a.m -9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m 5p.m. Saturday 10 a.m -4 p.m.LawLibraryMon. Thurs. 8 a.m -9 p.m Friday 9:30 a.m -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m -5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m -6 p.m.NorthernCampusLibraryMon Friday 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. 1 p.m.SchoolofHospitality&TourismStudiesMon. Friday 9:30 a.m -6 p.mEditorsSpecial ThankstoourEditorial staffJennifer Sain, Kenyetta Dean, Loniece Miller, Lisa Stubbs, Geanti Lightbourne and Vemisi Dinawhoworked feverishlytoproducethisissueoftheLibrary Informer.


SPECIAL FEATURESOFTHEPROPOSED NEW LIBRARY BUILDING OUTDOOR GARDENONUPPERFLOORThese 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 Library as well as College functions. Additionally, the designofthe facility allows for accesstothe auditoriumm even when the library is closedtothe public. INDOOR CAFEThis unique feature brings the library in mode with modern 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 AREAAccess to computers, the Internet and basic word processing will be provided in this area. The technology in this area puts the library user in touch with the world, thus exemplifying the con ceptofthe library without walls. EXHIBIT AREAIn additiontopresenting an aesthetic presence, this will allow the library to showcase special items and/or collections from the library and the wider community.


THE LIBRARY INFORMERNORTHERN CAMPUS LIBRARYWith the aimofenchancing the research and study for patrons at the Northern Campus, staff at the library there set as oneofits goals for 2000-2001, the .reorganisation/renovation of the library facility. Fol lowing months of waiting for the furniture to arrive,in January the renovationsandre-organisation began. Library staff (Barbara BartonandEdith Gibson) received outstanding support from Provost, Mrs. Sylvia Darling Security OfficersMr.JohnsonandMr.Wallace. At endof two weeks, the major changeshadbeen accom plished: tables were replacedbycarrels, anew,more suitable circulation desk was putinplace, the air conditioning system had been upgraded, and old wooden shelves were replacedbysteel shelving. The re-organisation also made provision to accommodate a few computer terminals (project still underway to up grade the present inventory) for access to the Library's on-linecatalogue, the Internetandother electronicresources. Patrons are delighted with the changes,anduseof the library for quiet study is increasing.ICIRCULATIONhe Circulation SituationStudents, how many times haveyoucome into the library searchedinOPAC or the card for materials related to your t?pic, wrote down the call number, went to the shelf only to find that the book is inconveniently missing or annoyingly designated forinlibrary use only? Doesn't it makeyouwant to scream and find the person or persons who have with out any regard, borrowed those books when they must have known that there were other people who needed tousethem.? Not to mention that your research paper is due the following day at 8:00a.m. andyouhavenocomputer access at home. Don't despair students, here are a few tips to helpyouget through your projects, assignments and term papers with l,ittle ornostress.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 wouldbeunfair to measure the part-time students by the full time student's yardstick, but there are stress free ways to get the information you wantina timely manner. I find that students fail to prioritize their assignmentsandallot their timeinaneffectiveandproductive man ner. The library's schedule has been designed with the studentsinmindinorder to providethem withasmuch resources and study timeaspossible. Granted, there willbetimes whenyouwon'tbeable to just walkinandaccess a computer butinthe daily operation of the li brary there are times whenyoucan. It's not enough to comeinduring the dayandleave discouraged because you were unsuccessfulinyour quest for information, come back at a slower time the evenings or weekends example,andlook again.Beconsistentandaggres sive about your research and consider your options to ward topic development.Cross Reference-Sometimes the information thatyouwant, for example definitions,canbefoundinthe many subject specific encyclopediasandjournals that the library provides. Also dear student, try to utilize other books that may helpyoudefineanddevelop your topic. For example: informationonjuvenile delinquencycanalsobefoundina sociology book orTheEncyclopediaofSocial Work.Cross-referencing helps you to approach the topic from various perspectives and minimizes the' chanceofa myopic subject presentation.Use Pro-Quest-Thisisanonline database that stu dents can access at any timeandguess what? It's FREE! Pro-Quest allows students to find current informationonvarious topicsandarti as they appear online. Pictures thatcanhelpyouto Illustrate your topic more effectively sometimes ac company these articles. Notenough? This program also allows the user to print selected articles orhecanE-mail themtohis E-mail address foruselater. How's that for convenience?Purchase a Copy Card-These cards are available at the Refence Deskandits 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) for the card tobeactivated and allows the holder two dollars ($2.00) worthofcopying at ten cents per copy. Asyoucopy, the card is automatically debited and after the initial amount is depleted,youcanthen credit the same card for any amountinthe Technical Services office of the library. Nowyoumay ask "So what's the advan tage?" Well dear student, having such a card will cer tainlyendthe wearisome quest for change and quarters,andyouwon't have to sufferoneveningsandweekends when the various copy rooms are closed and that perfect sourceofinformationisina book that cannotbebor rowed.Sodo well this semester and strive to get good grades!