Information Update - Spring 2011

From the Library Dean

Welcome to the spring semester. As the new semester begins, we bid farewell to Dr. André Oberlé as he leaves the University to begin his retirement. We thank André for his many outstanding contributions to the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE) and for his strong collaboration with the Weinberg Memorial Library. I have appointed a search committee that will work with me to select André's successor. In the interim, CTLE Associate Director Eugeniu Grigorescu will serve as the acting director of the CTLE. I will share more about the progress of the search in the coming months.
 
One of the emerging issues facing libraries and universities is streaming video to the classroom. Changes in technology, modes of access, and patterns in the use of video are impacting many areas of the campus. Issues include policies for the provision of services, impact on budget, and compliance with copyright. I have appointed a Streaming Video and Digital Rights Task Force with membership from the library faculty and staff, teaching faculty, Information Technology Services, and the General Counsel's Office to discuss these issues and to develop a set of guidelines for the provision of services relating to streaming video. Additionally, the task force will identify resources for streaming and will work on a fair use checklist for faculty. It will include information about library use, classroom use and extracurricular uses.
 
Another emerging issue for libraries is WikiLeaks, which is a website and a self-described media outlet. As of today, its URL is: http://www.wikileaks.ch/. The best way to ascertain what it is and how it works is to read the website itself, understanding that it is the point of view of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' founder. WikiLeaks raises many policy issues for libraries including, but not limited to, access to government information, censorship and the blocking of websites, and the over-classification of government information, government transparency and the legalities surrounding classified information. For more information, access the American Library Association at http://www.emergingissues.ala.org/wikileaks/
 
The library is very pleased to announce a new initiative: the Library Research Prize. The purpose of the prize is to recognize excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate the use of library sources and show evidence of a high level of information literacy skills. An award of $500 will be presented annually to an undergraduate student or undergraduate student group. Faculty members should encourage students who have demonstrated an excellent grasp of the research process to apply. The prize is modeled after a similar initiative at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University; however, other libraries also offer a research prize(s), including the University of Notre Dame, University of California at Berkley and Ohio State University, to name a few). Information about the award can be found at www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize
 
The Friends of the Weinberg Library's 2011 Distinguished Author is Steve Berry, The New York Times bestselling author of "The Emperor's Tomb," "The Balkan Escape," "The Paris Vendetta," "The Charlemagne Pursuit," "The Venetian Betrayal," "The Alexandria Link," "The Templar Legacy," "The Third Secret," "The Romanov Prophecy" and "The Amber Room." Berry has 11 million books in print, which have been translated into 37 languages and sold in 50 countries. His road to publishing was long and arduous, spanning 12 years (1990 - 2002). He is also an accomplished instructor, having taught the concepts of writing to audiences across the globe. He lives in the historic city of St. Augustine, Fla. Steve and his wife, Elizabeth, have also started a foundation, History Matters, dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage. We hope you can join us at this year's 2011 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award Ceremony on Saturday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the DeNaples Center's McIlhenny Ballroom.

Best wishes,

Charles E. Kratz
Dean of the Library