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LIBNET comes to ISU

Indiana State University Li- braries (ISU) is providing ac- cess to more than 30 elec- tronic databases through every local area network (LAN) on campus through LIBNET (Library Network). The databases originate from the library’s one-year-old CD- ROM Network and comple- ment ISU’s LUIS III online catalog which contains the holdings on the ISU libraries and four other academic libraries in Indiana. A team of LIBNET resource librarians has used print, personal contact, and electronic means to promote the new service.

LOEX wants BI papers …

For the 21st Annual LOEX National Library Instruction Conference to be held May 14-15,1993, in Racine, Wisconsin, LOEX solicits abstracts of presentations for Short Instructive Sessions (45 minutes) or Poster Sessions. Topics should relate to methods of teaching and learning and the impact of technology such as the online catalog, CD-ROM indexes, or network communications, but may also deal with aspects that have not changed (if you explain why). Especially sought are submissions covering community colleges, instructional design, design of instructional materials (print), adult and returning students, the usefulness of CAI vs. workbooks vs. credit courses, specific hard-to-use databases or CD-ROM products, collaborative learning, active learning, teaching low-achieving students, and the best ways to teach technology. Send a one-page abstract by January 22,1993, outlining your session along with your name, address, and telephone number and any audiovisual or special equipment needs to Abstracts, LOEX Clearinghouse, Eastern Michigan University Library, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. For more information call Linda Shirato at (313) 487-0168 between 12 and 5 p.m., EST.

… and STS wants science research

The Forum for Science and Technology Library Research Committee of ACRL’s Science and Technology Section invites abstracts describing recent research or work in progress of interest to science and/or technology librarians. Committee members will select individuals to present re- ports of their research at the 1993 ALA Annual Confer- ence in New Orleans. Re- search should focus on timely, relevant, and signifi- cant aspects of science and/ or technology librarianship. Proposals should be limited to one page and should contain an abstract of not more than 250 words, as well as the researcher’s name, institution, phone number, and e-mail address. Abstracts should be submitted by January 1, 1993, to: Kathy Whitley, Science-Engineering Library, Univer- sity of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721; phone: (602) 621-6375; or kmwhitl@arizvms or kmwhitl

Choicereviews on CARL

The Choice Reviews Database is now available through CARL Systems, Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Choice book reviews are brief, critical reviews of scholarly books and quality nonfiction titles commonly found in a college or university library or college bookstore. The database contains more than 26,000 reviews of books reviewed since 1987 and is growing by 600 reviews per month. Libraries that have accessed the Choice database have used it for bibliographic instruction and as a reference database, as well as an enhancement to their catalog since it provides the full text of the book review.

Get help writing that RFP

RMG Consultants, Inc. of Chicago is now offering to license its RFPs to libraries. Request for Proposalfor Automated Systems and Services (RFP) may be of special interest to libraries looking for an automation system. The RMG Licensed RFP is available in machine-readable and paper form and the service includes telephone consulting time to answer questions or resolve problems. The cost of the service varies depending on the size of the library and ranges from $1,500 to $2,500. The RFP represents RMG’s 12 years of automation experience and defines the library’s requirements for systems and related services. For details contact Barbara Kopystecki of RMG at (312) 321-0432.

Libraries and librarians needed for international exchanges

ALAs Joint Committee on International Exchanges is building a database of U.S. and international libraries and librarians interested in international study visits or exchanges. Requests for information and inclusion on the database for and from all countries of the world are welcomed, although in 1992-1994 special attention will be given to visits and exchanges with East/Central Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Librarians considering a study visit abroad are invited to request an input form to be included in the database. Already the Moscow Library Association, the National Library of Romania, the Library and Technical University of Budapest, the University Library at the Lajos Kosuth University in Debrecen (Hungary), the National Library of Prague, and the National University Library of Macedonia have offered to host American librarians. Committee members are prepared to act as go-betweens and to assist those interested in finding sources of financial support.

The committee has received letters from Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and the Commonwealth of Independent States such as this from Lyubov, a reference librarian in a science library, “Neither we nor our children will live to see the society we are trying to built today. So I dream to see America—country of the future, as I imagine it.”

For more information contact Opritsa Popa, chair, ALA IRC/IRRT Joint Committee on International Exchanges, University of California, Davis, Shields Library, Davis, CA 95616.

Reference help available on the Internet

Need help answering a difficult reference question? “Stumper L” may be able to help. Students at Rosary College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science are operating a listserv on the Internet. Librarians can send in questions they need help finding answers to and the graduate students send the questions on to the over 500 librarians in 5 countries that subscribe. The subscribers then respond directly to the questioners using the Internet.

Questions sent to “Stumper L” have included “What state driver educational manuals allow advertising?” “How can one make a native American dream catcher?” and “What is the origin of the phrase ‘run-of-the-mill’?” To subscribe to the service send the message "Sub Stumper L (your name)” to ■

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