NELIG Meeting - 11/16/2001

NELIG Meeting, Nov 16, 2001

NELIG Minutes
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Worcester, Massachusetts

Esme DeVault, Chair of NELIG, welcomed new and old attendees and introduced the Steering Committee: Anna Litten, Chair-elect; Kendall Hobbs, Webmaster; Mary MacDonald, Past-chair. Julie Whelan, NELIG secretary was unable to attend today’s meeting. MacDonald will take minutes. 

Esme introduced Dr. Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah, Manager, Instructional Services at Boston College Libraries.

Kwasi’s presentation, “Bringing Information Literacy to Our World Population and Beyond”, was a discussion/conversation that covered many issues and barriers that international students must deal with while they do library research in the United States.

He discussed how librarians could help this population by being knowledgeable of their circumstances and situations that confront them. He suggested various methods of outreach that can help international students become information literate library users.

Following Kwasi’s presentation, Esme asked everyone to do a general introduction by name and institution. Twenty-eight librarians attended today’s meeting (detailed list follows these minutes). 

We then embarked on NELIG famous “open information exchange”. Here is a brief listing of the topics that were discussed:

  • Web Usability

  • Assessment/Accreditation/NEASC

  • 24/7 “Online All the Time” Reference Services

  • Student Issues with Info Lit Courses

At this point the group broke for a brief respite of refreshments and conversation.

Following this, three subcommittees met for a short time and reported back to the larger group.

 Web Site Group:

  • Looking to establish a page listing scholarship, (papers, presentations, and articles) among NELIGers. Kendall will provide information to the group on how to send information for this page. 

Assessment Group:

  • Began project of doing peer-observations of teaching this fall. It was decided that spring semester may be a less difficult time to schedule these evaluations.

  • Interested in having NELIG find a presenter to talk on library assessment and accreditation, particularly in light of NEASC standards.

Annual Program Group:

  • Patty Durisin of Simmons College Library will be this year’s Annual Program Chair.

  • Possible date (to be investigated) is June 7, 2002

  • Theme discussed : Creativity

  • Looking for keynote speaker suggestions

  • Working on timeline for proposals

  • Scouting out possible program location/host



Name - Institution - E-Mail Address -
Esme DeVault    Wheelock College
Kari Parker Wentworth Institute
Kitty Tynan Univ. of Hartford
Lori Stalteri Merrimack College
Barbara Kenney URI
Mark Caprio Boston College
Judy Hildebrandt Keene State College
Peg Barrett Keene State College
Lisa Scott Bentley College
Anne Paluck  Middlesex Comm. College
Kendall Hobbs Wesleyan University
Diane Klare Wesleyan University
Mary Sullivan Emerson College
Ed Rubacha Wesleyan University
Patty Porcaro College of the Holy Cross
Anna Litten Emerson College
Chris Cox WPI
Lynn Kleindienst STCC
Mary Jane Sobinski WNEC
Kathy Labadorf  UCONN
Jamie Burton  URI-GSLIS
Mary Berry URI-GSLIS
Ed Bailey Providence College
Sandra Rothenberg Framingham State College
Mike Havener URI-GSLIS
Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah Boston College


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