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ONE BOOK, ONE CAMPUS
To support the first year of the One Book, One Campus program at RCC, the library has developed a webpage of resources about this year’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book is about a young African-American mother who died of an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951. During her operation, her doctor kept a sample of cancerous tissue for experimental purposes without her knowledge or consent. Those cells have mysteriously never died and have been invaluable to medical science ever since, including work on the cure for polio. One Book, One Campus is a program on hundreds of college campuses in which all students, staff and faculty are encouraged to read the same book. To access the library webpage of resources on the book and the related Moodle site to leave comments, click here.
DIGITIZING RCC’s HISTORY
Cover of 35 year old
The RCC library is pleased to announce the digitization of several categories of RCC archival materials: commencement programs, yearbooks, student handbooks and course catalogs. Many other categories will follow in the coming months. This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative. The project is partially funded with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions. All items were scanned from cover-to-cover and in full color and uploaded to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive provides online storage space for archival materials from hundreds of academic libraries across the country including several at Massachusetts community colleges. To view the collections, go the Archives and Special Collections link on the library website and choose Internet Archive. Or just click here here. If you have any questions about this project and the works that have been digitized, please contact Autumn Haag at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community College faculties are not especially known for publishing, compared to those in four year colleges and universities where there are publishing incentives. That doesn’t mean that publishing doesn’t take place, though. The library has started documenting the intellectual work of RCC faculty and staff including books, published articles, conference papers and several other categories. Over 360 items have been collected so far. Take a look at the list right here, sorted alphabetically by faculty/staff name. (It is also available from the Faculty Services link on the library website.) When possible, live links to documents are provided. If you would like to add to the list, contact Autumn Haag, who is in charge of this effort, at email@example.com.
Every fall, the media has stories about students complaints about textbook prices and about an accelerated move to online textbooks. See, for example, this September 1 article in the Boston Globe. For faculty who want to offer free online textbooks, the library offers a list of sources. Go to the Faculty Services link of the main library website at www.rcc.mass.edu/lib and look for the open source link. Or just click here. The list was compiled by Jenene Cook, Dean of Academic Technology and Bill Hoag, Reference Librarian.
GOOGLE TV FOR STREAMING VIDEOS
The library has added a Google TV for student video use. It is housed in the Group Video Room, opened last year inside the Group Study Room. Groups of students can now watch the library’s 1,400 regular videos as well as 6,700 library streaming videos using this special TV equipped for Internet reception. Regular television service is not available. The group video room became popular in the spring semester of 2011 and the addition of the Google TV should add to that popularity.
GIFT BOOKS FROM DONALD COLLECTION
Prof. Donald and friend.
In the summer, the library staff went to Lincoln, MA to select gift books from the estate of David Herbert Donald. Before his death is 2009, Prof. Donald was arguably the greatest scholar of Abraham Lincoln in the country. In 1995, his book, Lincoln, was a New York Times bestseller. It has been called the best biography of the sixteenth president. Prof. Donald won two Pulitzer Prizes for Biography---of abolitionist Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner and novelist Thomas Wolfe. For decades, Prof. Donald taught history at Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Harvard. He wrote thirty books. His academic work concentrated on Lincoln, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the South. He collected 12,000 books over sixty years.
RCC librarians selected hundreds of Prof. Donald’s books that are most appropriate for a community college library. Subjects include the Civil War, biography, art, and African American history. This is a timely gift. The year 2011 is the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War. Many of the books from the Donald collection are included in a display on the war, available for viewing throughout the fall on the library’s first floor.
Also, see the new online research guide: African Americans and the Civil War. Go to the main library webpage, click on Research Guides and find in the list. Or just click here.
DRAMATIC PICTURE ON LOAN
The library is pleased to host a painting entitled “Root” by Boston painter and illustrator Stephen Hamilton. This large and evocative 46” x 56” painting is on loan in the Group Study room. Be sure to come to Group Study to see it or look through the library windows from the first floor hallway in the Academic Building. To view dozens of other works by Stephen Hamilton, see the blog archive at his webpage at http://akin1987s.blogspot.com/. Thanks to Marshall Hughes and Pam Green of Media Arts for facilitating this display.
AUTUMN HAAG: NEW LIBRARIAN ARCHIVIST
After a lengthy search, the College selected Autumn Haag in May to be the new Librarian Archivist at RCC. Autumn graduated from McGill University in Montreal after spending a year abroad at Oxford. She received a Masters of Information Studies in Library Science at the University of Toronto. She has experience in libraries in New York, Maine and Massachusetts. Before coming to RCC, she was a Reference Archivist at the Massachusetts State Archives in Dorchester. Autumn does reference service and library instruction with students, catalogs all new library materials and organizes the College’s archival collections. Autumn is also the first member of the library staff to be a contestant on the TV quiz show Jeopardy. Here she is with host Alex Trebek accepting her $1,000 winnings.
TED INTARABUMRUNG EARNS 2ND MASTERS DEGREE.
In May, Totsaporn (Ted) Intarabumrung was awarded a second masters degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. All professional librarians have a masters degree in Library and Information Science. Ted has just completed a second degree, a Master of Education in Instructional Design. This additional education is directly related to a part of his job duties, teaching library research method classes to students.
WANDA YOUNG JOINS LIBRARY STAFF
Wanda Young has been at RCC for ten years, first in Human Resources and, since 2004, as Executive Staff Assistant to Vice President Stephanie Janey. Wanda will continue to work for Vice President Janey but has also accepted a part-time position as a library assistant. Wanda brings her calm and helpful presence to the task of assisting students in the library during evening and Saturday shifts. We are very pleased to have her.
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Welcome to the Library, published by Roxbury Community College Library,
Mark Lawrence, Library Director