Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CJARLC is Back!

So, like, it’s been a while, huh? Well, after all that exciting budget stuff -and the creation of LibraryLinkNJ- the CJRLC blog and meetings are back! So if you’ve been checking the blog and haven’t found anything exciting for a while well now, hopefully, you’ll find some exciting stuff. A couple of quick notes.

1. There will be a CJRLC meeting on Wednesday August 10th from 10am to noon. The meeting will be held at Mercer County Community College. Directions and parking information located here. If you’d like to come please RSVP to me. Our topic will be reference collection development and guides to selecting references resources.

2. The meeting minutes will still get posted here so if you miss a meeting you can read all about it here.

3. I’d like to update this blog semi-regularly with relevant articles, topics and “guest” posts about anything relating to academic reference. So, if you’ve got any ideas, know of an interesting article or want to write a post please feel free to contact me.

Also I’d like to thank Gary Schmidt of Ocean County Community College for helping with CJRLC and allowing me to take over the Chair. I look forward to meeting everyone hope we can really take off.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Meeting Outcome(s):

I hesitate to refer to this blog posting as the minutes from our last meeting. That sounds entirely too formal—and, frankly, not particularly accurate either. I’d rather refer to what follows as, “The Meeting Outcome(s).” They’ll serve more as a brief synopsis of what was discussed and, more importantly, an outline from which we can evolve and grow our conversation.

Now with that out of the way, I’m very happy to report that CJARL convened last week for the first meeting of the Fall semester. Even though we get together right before Halloween almost every year, there was something special about this meeting because it was the first one to occur in a “post-CJRLC” world. In other words, it serves to signify our intent to continue our tradition, leverage our core principles, and grow our ranks.

Our agenda was, er, ambitious, as always. But we’re a discussion group, after all. One of our greatest assets is our ability to foster open and honest discussion, right?

The item on the agenda that was afforded the greatest amount of time and focus pertained to the future of CJARL. Two important items came from that portion of the conversation. First, the meetings should begin incorporating regular opportunities for resource sharing. Bring your toolbox and share what you’re learned and the resources you’ve developed to assist your students and patrons. Also, if you’re preparing a presentation or an article for publication or even if you just want to explore the boundaries of a research question, put it on the table for some good old fashioned peer review. In short, let’s leverage our collective experience. Secondly, the group should begin encouraging attendance from among the ranks of Librarians at 4-year institutions. Over the years, numbers of regular attendees from 4-yerars schools has decreased. It’s vital to keep them engaged in the conversation.

I’ve agreed to continue to serve as Chair until such time that some brave soul chooses to take my place. This will be my third year as Chair, so if anyone has any interest in taking on the duties of Chair, please don’t be shy.

Our next meeting will be in December. The exact date has not yet been set, but it will most likely be on a Friday from 10am-12pm.

Until then....

Friday, October 29, 2010

NJEDge Conference 7.0: Aligning the Ubiquitous Campus

November 17 – 19, 2010

Register for attending this year’s NJEDge annual conference:

On Wednesday, Nov 17th, at 1:30pm we open with Google "From the Clouds: Google Digital Books and Education Apps in Large Classes" with Chris Palm, Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News Archive Search, and Google Magazines. This is a good opportunity to find out how Google’s digital books and research sources affect an institutional library. This session is for 1hr and 15mins for the purpose of allowing more Q&A.

Following the Google talk will be breakout session on Abilene Christina University’s initiative on "iPadin Every Student Hand...." Kevin Roberts who heads the program that seems destined for campuses adoption will talk ACU’s successful pilot program. In discussion will be issues that will affect you, the library, students and school policies.

Our keynote speaker on Thursday is Dr. Peter Smith, a renowned academic whose recent book "Harnessing America’s Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning" brings up issues regarding digital libraries.

At the first breakout session on Thursday, 10:30, Cathy Kelley (FDU) and Mary Jane Clerkin (Berkley) will present on "E-readers & e-books: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Both schools have pilot programs, using Kindle, Sony Reader and iPad Touch this year. This session shows some of the advantages and shortcomings of e-texts and e-readers.

At 11:45, Ken Ronkowitz from Passaic County Community College weighs in on open text books. "It’s anOpen Book: Adopting Open Textbooks" is treatise on why this option is good for learning, good for teaching, and good for the pocket book.

The afternoon has a talk by Perry Samson, "Surprise! Laptops INCREASE Student Engagement in Large Classes." Be sure to stay for Sujay Daniel’s reveal of NJVid.Net.

President Crabill of Raritan Valley Community College will talk about the community college’s Big Idea Initiative.

Taras Pavlovsky, Dean of the Library at The College of New Jersey, and John Brennan, Digital Projects Coordinator for Rutgers University Libraries collaborate on Friday for their poster session on “Partnering Today to Manage Tomorrow’s Libraries.” Here’s your chance to talk directly to them about The VALE OLE Initiative, which brings together leading academic libraries within New Jersey in partnership to employ the Kuali OLE open source library management software.

The conference ends with fireworks! David Pogue of The New York Times will be speaking about "Web2.0, Social Media, and Other Buzzwards."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meeting Agenda

WHERE: Ocean County College Library (Room L101D) / Toms River, NJ
WHEN: Friday, October 29, 2010 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

Driving directions and campus map available here.

*optional lunch to follow the meeting at a local restaurant*

I. Welcome & introductions
II. Upcoming event & program announcements
III. Update: Information Literacy Progression Standards Task Force
A. Recent “road show” presentations and endorsements
B. Next phase(s) in the project

I. The future of CJARL given the demise of CJRLC
A. What should the future of CJARL look like?
B. What is our most valuable asset?
C. What could we do better?

II. New models for reference desk coverage
A. “On Call”
B. “The Roaming / Mobile Librarian”

III. Evaluating Librarian faculty

IV. Update on credit bearing (3 credits) Information Literacy class at OCC

V. Front-end revisions to discovery software
A. EbscoHost
C. Likes? Dislikes? Quirks? Problems?

I. Reader's advisory for reference Librarians
II. Nominations for a new CJARL Chairperson

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Meeting Date Announced

Save the date!

The next meeting of the Central New Jersey Academic Reference Librarians Group will be held on Friday, October October 29, 2010 (10AM - 12PM) at Ocean County College Library in Toms River, NJ.

We have a lot to discuss--due in large part to the drastic changes that have occurred across the New Jersey Library landscape over the past 6 months. Among them was the dissolution of our parenting agent, the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.

I'll post a detailed agenda at this blog in the coming weeks. Of course, if you have an item that you would like to add, please send me an e-mail and I will include it on the agenda.

NB: If your schedule allows, a post-meeting lunch at a local restaurant is always a welcome idea.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to gschmidt [at] ocean [dot] edu. I'm looking forward to seeing you on the 29th.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Changes at JSTOR don't look good.

I'm not sure if everyone has seen the changes to JSTOR's interface yet but if not its worth pointing them out. Basically the default setting will now searches JSTOR's entire collection whether you want it to or not. You have to use the advanced search to limit to just the things your library subscribes to.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, this blog post does a good job discussing what's at issue:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different....

...and by that I mean: good news!

The news lately has been more than just a little depressing. But my Director just informed his Librarians that, "Norma Blake of the State Library announced yesterday at the VALE Members Council that the state will underwrite the costs of state-wide access to ASP for FY11."

Academic Search Premier is an essential--and equally expensive--database. I can tell you that our budget would have taken a huge hit if we had to pay for the subscription ourselves.