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BI liaison project update

By Carolyn KirkendallProject LOEX Eastern Michigan University

The latest news on papers presented, and a request for exhibit help in Dallas.

Academic librarians continue to participate on the programs of other professional associations in higher education and thereby assist in promoting the academic library’s role in higher education. Last month, Janice C. Fennell, director of libraries at Georgia College, spoke at the meeting of the Georgia Association of Historians on “Clio and the Librarians.” James Hart, instruction librarian at the University of Cincinnati, presented the paper, “The Library’s Role in Fostering Computer Literacy,” at the Boulder, Colorado, Fifth International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Academic and Research Libraries.

At the 82d Annual Meeting of the Society of Professors in Education, a panel of speakers addressed the issue, “Professors of Education and Education Librarians: Prospects for Collaboration.” Charles Thurston, of the University of Texas at San Antonio Library, moderated the panel. The meeting was held in San Antonio early this year.

Librarians are reminded that the University System of Georgia sponsors an annual Conference on the Improvement of Freshman-Level Instruction at Valdosta State College. Information about presenting a paper at the 1985 meeting can be obtained by writing to Projects and Sponsored Programs, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA 31698.

Almost a year ago an article appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 15, 1983) on “Views of Chief Academic Officers on Changes in the Learning Environment.” As Steve Marquardt,) director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has reminded our Project, the categories listed in the “Learning Environment” do not include library services, yet they cover health services and psychological counseling. In a letter to the Chronicle (July 20, 1983), Marquardt attests that the learning environment is indeed “shaped and influenced much more seriously and frequently by the quality of library services.” Academic librarians must agree, and therefore need to make themselves heard if similar surveys are planned and conducted by the academic officers on their own campuses.

Problems of logistics and staffing have prevented our Project from using the ACRL BI Liaison exhibits as comprehensively as we had hoped. Recently, however, the exhibit has been displayed at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters at a faculty colloquium on library services at Lansing Community College, in San Juan at an ACE- sponsored workshop on the future of libraries in Puerto Rico, at a presentation of the AAHE March meeting in Chicago, and at the Georgia Association of Historians’ conference.

Your help is needed. Our newly-designed ACRL Bibliographic Instruction Liaison Project Exhibit will be on display at ALA Annual Conference in Dallas. Can you spare an hour between your conference meetings to help staff the booth to distribute information about the Project and about the instructional services of academic libraries, to support the Liaison Project, and to let other librarians know about our purpose?

If you are willing to help, send the following information to me at the LOEX Clearinghouse, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197: your name, institution, and address, and which portion of these time slots that you might be able to work—Saturday, June 23, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 24, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Monday, June 25, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. I will contact you before Conference with the schedule.

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