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Mary Ellen Davis

ASERL launches Kudzu

The Association of Southeastern Research Li- braries (ASERL) launched Kudzu, a system of linked online catalogs at 13 research li- braries across the Southeast, connecting more than 180,000 students and faculty to more than 23 million volumes. The system allows users to browse the catalogs of participating libraries using a single interface, and to sub- mit interlibrary loan requests directly to the source library. Using existing systems at each participating site, most documents can be de- livered within two days. Preview Kudzu at

Paul Gherman, ASERL’s board president and university librarian at Vanderbilt Univer- sity, said, “This is one of the largest shared catalog systems in the region, and something for which we are truly proud.”

Participating institutions are Wake Forest University, Tulane University, Clemson Uni- versity, Auburn University, Virginia Common- wealth University, Vanderbilt University, Mis- sissippi State University, and the Universities of Mississippi, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ten- nessee-Knoxville, Alabama-Birmingham, and Louisville.

LC and OCLC collaborate on digital reference

The Library of Congress (LC) and OCLC signed a cooperative agreement to develop a prototype for a new reference service based on the Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) pilot, begun in 2000 by LC and 16 participating libraries. Now in its third phase, the pilot project has expanded to include more than 60 libraries and other institutions internationally.

The goal of CDRS is to provide professional reference service to researchers anytime, anywhere, through an international, digital network of libraries and related institutions. The 24/7 service will deliver the direct benefits of quality reference service to a broad spectrum of users: a reliable and authoritative knowledge navigation service, a large searchable archive of authoritative answers, and increased visibility and support for libraries.

Diane Nester Kresh, director for Public Service Collections at LC, said, “By linking libraries for reference services, the CDRS would combine the power of local collections and staff strengths with the diversity and availability of libraries and librarians everywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There would always be a librarian available to provide to users located anywhere the interchange and experience of trained assistance in providing access to collections and resources both analog and digital.”

Univ. of Nevada opens new library

After two years of construction, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), opened its new main library, Lied Library, a $55.3 million, 302,000-square-foot facility.

The University of Nevada recently opened Lied Library, a $55.3 million, 302,000-square-foot facility. The technologically advanced library manages its collection with the 3M Digital Identification System.

Designed by architectural firms Welles- Pugsley and Leo A. Daly, the library received funding from the state of Nevada and the Lied Foundation Trust. The library features:

• a $1.5 million automated storage and retrieval system capable of holding 1.2 million volumes. They system’s crane and robotic arm is visible through a glass wall. Patrons can request items electronically and the retrieval system will automatically deliver available items to a pick-up area;

• an Information Commons with 96 computer workstations, remote laptop hookups, a Collaborative Learning Center, and a multimedia distribution center; and

• several group study rooms—some equipped to receive video or audio transmissions.

The library uses the 3M Digital Identification System, based on radio frequency identification technology, to manage its collection. This system integrates automated systems with 3M Tattle-Tape security.

Kenneth Marks, dean of university libraries at UNLV, believes “Lied Library is … one of the country’s premier research libraries and a model for the library of the future. As one of the largest and most technologically advanced libraries in the nation, Lied Library will deliver the highest level of information services to the campus and community.”

CLIC selects Innovative Interfaces

Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC), a consortium of eight academic libraries in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, will install Innovative Interfaces’ Web- and Java-based Millennium library automation system.

CLIC is a nonprofit federation of libraries including eight private colleges and universities: Augsburg, Bethel, Macalester, and Northwestern Colleges, as well as College of St. Catherine, Concordia University-St. Paul, Hamline University, and the University of St. Thomas. CLIC’s shared catalog includes more than one million bibliographic records, 1.9 million holdings, and serves approximately 64,175 patrons.

In Printoutlines publishing opportunities

ACRL’s new e-publication, In Print, addresses publishing opportunities for aspiring writers at all levels. It is intended to encourage articles in the journal literature by and about college librarians and the issues they consider relevant to their professional lives.

In Printis available exclusively in electronic form. The format allows searching and display accord- ing to criteria selected by the user. The data- base lists journals in library and information science, higher education, computer technol- ogy, and other related areas, and includes such relevant information as acceptance rate, re- sponse time, preferred article length, and whether the publication is refereed. A brief description of the editorial policy, topics cov- ered, style, and audience is included along with contact information for each publication. Go to for infor- mation on subscribing.

The price ($35; ACRL members, $25) in- cludes unlimited access for a period of two years. Records will be updated regularly as information changes or new data become available.

ACRL X Conference proceedings available

The full text of the invited and contributed pa- pers sessions is published in Crossing the Di- vide: Proceedings of the 10th National Confer- ence of ACRL, March 15-18, 2001, Denver. The 334-page pro- ceedings (ISBN #0-8389-8142-9) is available to ACRL members for $50 and lists for $55- To or- der, call (800) 545-2433, press 7, or write ALA Order Fulfill- ment, 155 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606.

Register for ACRL preconferences

Keep up with the latest developments in licensing, instruction, information literacy, or rare books at one of ACRL’s preconferences that will be offered in San Francisco, June 15, prior to the ALA Annual Conference:

• Navigating the Licensing Landscape

• Instruction Section Preconference:

How to Keep From Glazing Over When You Hear the Word Assessment: Realistic Strategies for the Library Instruction Community

• Reaching Students and Faculty: Putting the Information Literacy Competency Standards to Work

• RBMS Preconference: The Twentieth Century, June 12-15, 2001

Registration details are on the Web at

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