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ACRL awarded prestigious IMLS grant

ACRL has received a National Leadership Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for its project, “Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Information Literacy Programs: Training Academic Librarians.”

The purpose of the ACRL project is to give librarians the skills to create baseline data that support the merits of information literacy programs. The $150,000 grant will fund the training of academic librarians to work with faculty to design, implement, and evaluate tools for assessing student learning outcomes resulting from information literacy courses taught by librarians and faculty. Ultimately, such training will not only enhance the status of librarians as educators, but also highlight the importance of campus information literacy programs.

“ACRL is committed to the idea that information literacy is a cornerstone of lifelong learning,” said ACRL Executive Director Althea H. Jenkins. “Effective information literacy programs on college and university campuses are critical to the success of today’s students. With this generous grant, IMLS will help to foster collaborations between faculty and librarians that will enhance the efficacy of these important programs.”

Beverly Sheppard, IMLS acting director, said, “Information literacy is critical to success in the 21st century.

National Leadership Grants provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership models for other organizations to emulate. We are proud of the work that ACRL will be doing to enhance the quality of library services nationwide.”

IMLS is a federal grantmaking agency located in Washington, D.C. that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries.

Quinnipiac University opens new library

Bestselling author Tom Wolfe was a featured speaker at the formal dedication of Quinnipiac University’s new Arnold Bernhard Library in September. The $13 million, 48,000 square-foot library features 600 seats, 13 group rooms, a 30-seat instructional facility, more than 70 public computer terminals, and 600 data connections for laptop computers. The facility, designed by Centerbrook Associates of Essex, Connecticut, was built between May 1999 and August 2000.

The library is named for Arnold Bernhard, the founder and chief executive officer of Value Line, Inc., the world’s largest investment advisory service. Bernhard’s son, A. Van H. Bernhard, made the renovation possible by donating $ 1 million for the library project and an addition $3 million for the university’s endowment in 1997.

Qunnipiac University dedicated its new Arnold Bernhard Library in September. The 48,000 square-foot facility features views of the Sleeping Giant Mountain.

The $10.5 million Waggoner Library at Trevecca Nazarene University, designed by Earl Swensson Associates, features a grand reading room with a twostory cathedral ceiling and clerestory windows. The new facility was opened and dedicated during the school's Homecoming on November 3.

Quinnipiac is a private institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and enrolls nearly 4,000 full-time undergraduate and 2,0 graduate students.

ACRL to award 50 scholarships to National Conference

ACRL is offering 50 scholarships to its 10th National Conference, March 15-18, 2001, in Denver. Each scholarship will provide complimentary registration and $250 for travel expenses. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide opportunities for librarians with five or fewer years of experience to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience. Scholarships will focus on librarians from diverse backgrounds and those employed at institutions serving underrepre-sented minorities. Criteria and application information are on the Web at The deadline for applying is December 15, 2000.

Newell and Simon papers online at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Archives has made available online the papers of computer scientist Allen Newell, including his collaborations with Nobel Prize winning economist Herbert A. Simon.

Access to the Newell and Simon papers is being developed as the second phase of the university’s original HELIOS digital archive, funded in part by a two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with support from Noel Marie Newell, wife of the late Newell.

Newell, who died in 1992, pioneered the study of artificial intelligence through designing computer architectures and program languages that were modeled on human problemsolving behaviors. Simon, Newell’s frequent research partner, applied scientific methods to the previously theoretical field of economics.

The Newell and Simon collections at CMU include technical reports, lectures, teaching materials, computer and publication drafts. Researchers may search, browse, and print more than 100,0 digital images from the Allen Newell Collection (http://heinz 1 Newell/). An estimated 150,000 images will be online when the project is completed.

CMU’s HELIOS project is complete and provides online access to the bulk of the H. John Heinz III Archives. Nearly 800,000 images documenting Heinz’s service in the U.S. Congress are now available.

ULS starts discussion list

ACRL’s University Libraries Section (ULS) now has an electronic discussion list. The list, open to all ULS members, will be used to facilitate section and committee work and to keep the membership informed. ULS leaders anticipate this will be a low-traffic list. To subscribe send an e-mail to with the following information in the message: subscribe uls-1 firstname lastname.

Mid-sized university association forms

Nearly 20 university librarians/directors have formed an association of comparable, midsized university libraries. The new University Libraries Group (ULG) has been formed to share best practices, promote the libraries’ interests, develop benchmarks for assessing quality of service, and discuss current trends in the delivery of information to undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of disciplines.

Libraries selected for membership are primarily privately funded. Membership is determined by size and quality of library, amount of institutional resources received by the library, number and caliber of students, and level of graduate programs supported. Libraries of the following institutions have indicated interest in ULG: American University, Baylor University, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic University of America, College of William and Mary, DePaul University, Fordham University, Lehigh University, Loyola University-Chicago, Marquette University, Miami University of Ohio, Northeastern University, St. John’s University, St. Louis University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Tufts University, University of Denver, University of Richmond, Villanova University, Wake Forest University, and Yeshiva University.

James L. Mullins, university librarian at Villanova University, will convene the meetings in 2000-2001.

Univ. of Rochester renovates hall for 150th

The Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester has been renovated, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the Gleason Foundation. The renovation was finished in time for the university’s 150th birthday during Sesquicentennial Weekend, October 12-15. The Great Hall, one of three historic rooms of the library, is rich in architectural detail, featuring intricate inlaid woodworking in the paneled oak walls. The renovation included recreating the effect of a skylight, restoring the ceiling artwork, and installing a new tile floor, acoustical panels, and exhibit cases.

Lead the Denver discussions

The ACRL National Conference, “Crossing the Divide” is seeking topics and facilitators for roundtable sessions March 15-18, 2001, in Denver. These informal, smallgroup discussions give attendees the opportunity to network, share information, and solve common problems.

Submit your topic idea(s) with a brief description of issues to be covered and their importance to academic libraries to Rhoda Charming, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7777, Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7777; voice: (336) 758-5090; fax: (336) 758-3694; e-mail:

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2000.

Architect's drawing of the Great Hall renovations in Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester.

Old Dominion mounts digital exhibit

The Old Dominion University (ODU) Libraries, in collaboration with the Department of English, mounted a Web exhibit chronicling the history and character of the ODU Annual Literary Festival, now in its 23rd year. This is the libraries’ first full-scale digital exhibit and signals its commitment to creating digital exhibits. Unique brochures capturing the character of each festival are featured at the site and may be viewed at litfest. ■

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