Shiny ... and in a New Location
Cannell Library's gleaming new book return is
standing ready to greet the first hints of Spring.
Because of all the construction hubbub on the north side of campus,
the book return's temporary home is on the northwest corner
of Hanna Hall, facing Fort Vancouver Way. Plenty of room
to pull up and drop off your checked-out books, DVDs, etc.
About Returning Books ... Circulation Highlights
out books just got easier! You now have the option
of using either your Clark College ID or
Cannell library card.
to the latest on renewing your library material: www.clark.edu/Library/PDF/renew_materials.pdf ...
Or pick up a bookmark at the Check Out Desk.
news from Summit – 3-day loans may now be
renewed for one time for an additional 3 days. For maximum
time, wait until the due date to renew. Material requested from
Summit, (the online catalog of over 30 academic libraries in Washington
and Oregon, including Cannell Library) usually arrives within 3
from the past ... Can you identify the two Summit-ly garbed Clark
faculty whose band, Los Profes, played at Cannell Library's "Summit
Day" in 2005?)
... Only a Click Away
need to schlep those slides around campus anymore. ARTstor,
a digital library of art images and associated information, has
software tools designed to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship.
Containing approximately 500,000 images from a wide range of cultures
and time periods, ARTstor is accessible via the Libraryís web site
under Articles & Newspapers: www.clark.edu/Library/Resources/articles.html
images can be copied, downloaded and displayed by students and faculty
under the Fair Use provisions of copyright law for scholarly and
educational purposes. Faculty and students may not post
an ARTstor image on a personal or course web site that is not password-protected.
Options for password protection of images include ARTstor shared
folders, the Libraryís electronic reserves system, and Blackboard
more ARTstor FAQs at: www.clark.edu/Library/Resources/artstor_off_campus_access.html
Pam Smith, x2443, email@example.com,
if you have any questions. (Deborah Trousdale received Foundation
funding for the ARTstor subscription.)
for Quarter Break
at 4:30, Friday, March 16
Closed March 17- April 1
Opening for Spring Quarter
at 7:30 a.m., Monday, April 2
During the break faculty and staff may gain admittance to the library
by buzzing in at the back door. Please
call ahead to x2504 to make sure the person with whom you'd like
to meet is available.
of the Quiet Study Room
you satisfied with the library as a good place to study? ... Yes,
now that the Quiet Study Room is back!
was an answer to one of the questions on our recent annual
Library Survey. Cannell Library is an active place, especially
mid-day. The loss of the original Quiet Study Room was noticed by
students. We're happy to say it's quietly found a new spot up on
the second floor in the former Sun Room (Room 217).
Ready for Spring Quarter ...
Reserves Deadline and DVD Booking
should give their reserve items to Kristin Poage by March 29 in
order to have them in time for the first day of Spring Quarter.
Other items can be submitted
any time throughout the quarter thereafter.
DVDs now check out for 3-days at a time. This means DVDs
that are being booked need to be requested at least a week before
the show date. Also, if instructors want a library DVD to be
library use only, they need to fill out a reserve form to have
it placed on reserve.
you have questions about reserves or DVD / video bookings, please
give Kristin Poage (firstname.lastname@example.org)
a call at x2553.
Whole Lotta Numbers ... and Opinions
- Polling the Nations -
the results of some 14,000 surveys from 1,000 survey organizations
in the U.S. and 100 other countries in our new database,
1986 to the present, Polling the Nations has the
flexibility to access more than 500,000 records, varying the names
of polling organizations, subjects, date range, etc.
in and explore the results. From the lighthearted, "Do you
approve of the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla?" ...
To the somber, "Do you feel that global warming is a serious
weather phenomenon demanding government attention?"
Cannell Library's New Interim Library Director
with Lynn Chmelir, Interim Library Director
September 21, 2006
your educational background?
I went to the University of Illinois as an undergraduate and stayed
around until I got a Masters Degree in English. I taught 8th grade
English for one year and decided that probably wasnít the career
for me. I had worked in one of the libraries at Illinois as a student
worker and later as a full time staff member. I got really excited
about what libraries had to offer. They are such a rich resource,
not only for academic work, but for life in general. Iím continually
amazed by the variety of things that you find in libraries, by what
you can learn about the tiniest little nooks and crannies that interest
humanity. That prompted me to get back into library work and I eventually
returned to Illinois to get my graduate library degree.
past experience have you had as a Library Director?
I was Library Director at Linfield College in Oregon
from 1981-1999 -- almost 20 years. In those early days, computers
were becoming very important for libraries. Libraries have been
working with computer systems for a very long time to manage bibliographic
information ó long before information itself migrated to electronic
format. At Linfield I was a founding member of Orbis, a library
consortium that started out with seven libraries. Now known as the
Orbis Cascade Alliance, this consortium has grown
to 33 academic libraries in Oregon and Washington. It runs Summit,
the union catalog and borrowing service that makes over 26 million
books available to Clark students and faculty.
In 1999, I moved to Pullman as Assistant Director of Libraries at
Washington State University. At first, I was responsible
for public services with the areas of reference, library instruction,
interlibrary loan, distance learning services under my purview.
I then became AD for Collections and Technical Services. WSU is
a research university, with a large acquisitions budget. Collection
building involved more than 25 librarians, so coordinating that
activity was important in supporting not only the teaching and learning,
but also the research mission of WSU. Much of my time was spent
licensing electronic information and overseeing the behind-the-scenes
work that makes the library run smoothly.
I recently moved to Vancouver and I am happy for the opportunity
to work at Clark College. Iíve been active professionally in organizations
where I have worked with community college librarians, so Iím familiar
with the role and mission of the community college. But this is
my first experience working at one. Iím here to learn and, hopefully,
to use my experience to provide some leadership during my interim
In your first weeks, what have you noticed about Clark?
The library staff has been a great help in getting me started in
my new job. I am so excited about the service ethic that I find
in the library. Everybody is here for the students and cares very
much about student success. Thatís what the library is here for
-- to support teaching and learning.
You touched on student success and the libraryís role. Did
you want to add anything further?
Yes. In order to support teaching and learning, the library staff
needs to partner with the teaching faculty to be sure that we are
doing the right things to support our students. We do this in many
traditional ways, like collecting the right books, putting things
on reserve when necessary, and getting things from other libraries
when they are needed. The librariansí role in library instruction
is especially important. Working with faculty members when
there is something the students need to do in the library helps
insure that the students are empowered with the information they
need about how to go about using the wealth of resources that are
available. Itís all about teaching and learning. Having librarians
involved in instruction makes students more successful.
Do you have any questions about Clark?
Iím wondering what kinds of mechanisms, official and unofficial,
are set up to gather feedback from faculty and students about library
services. Librarians need to be in regular conversations with users
so they can help students succeed.
I still have lots of people to meet. I will be meeting with the
deans and others who are delivering the academic program to our
students. One of the greatest pleasures in working in libraries
is getting to know people across the campus. Because the library
truly serves the entire college, you get a really good perspective
on what is happening in the academic areas.
Do you have other goals for the library and yourself this
One of the things I look forward to is representing Clark College
to the external constituencies that help the library fulfill its
mission. The Library Media Directors Council, librarians
from the community and technical colleges, will be meeting soon.
Iím hoping to learn more about whatís happening in the libraries
at other community colleges to be sure that Clarkís library is mutually
supportive of these other institutions.
other group that is especially interesting is the Orbis
Cascade Alliance. Summit is an incredibly rich resource,
but it doesnít happen by itself. It takes nurturing and I will enjoy
working on the Council of Librarians to foster successful collaboration
that supports our students. This consortium not only provides Summit,
but it also provides, for lack of a better word, a ďbuying clubĒ
for electronic resources. By pooling our collective resources, weíre
often able to get electronic resources at a reduced price.
I am delighted I have encountered a well-functioning library with
dedicated and talented staff. The instructional program is vibrant,
the services are all in place, and the staff is attending to the
needs of the students.
We have the accrediting process coming up. Joan Carey
is co-chair for Standard 5, Library and Information Resources, and
I will be working on her committee. I have a lot of experience
with accreditation. At Linfield, I survived three visits
of the Northwest Commission. I also have served on six or seven
accrediting teams that have visited institutions in most of the
states in the Northwest.
didnít know that the accreditation visit was on the horizon when
I was hired, but Iím delighted to work on the self study. Itís a
fascinating process that allows you to take a good look at what
youíre doing and give it some analysis and thought. Itís
a lot of work, to be sure, but the things that you discover about
your institution as you look at the standards and what youíre doing
can be very helpful in focusing attention. What is it we
really need to work on? Itís so easy to get mired in things of the
moment, but taking a step back and looking at the big picture really
helps focus on the big picture.
Did you want to say anything about assessment?
At WSU I worked on several assessment activities including the legislative
mandate to assess the information and technology literacy of our
graduates. I also have experience working with the library survey
tool called LibQUAL. The professional association
for academic libraries is called the Association for College
and Research Libraries, ACRL in library lingo. It promulgates
standards for academic libraries and I have always used those standards
as a yardstick to measure the institutions in which I have worked.
The emphasis now is on outcomes and student success. As we prepare
for the accreditation this year, weíll be focusing on those kinds
We havenít talked about the role of the library in life-long learning.
The most valuable thing anybody learns in their education
is not a discipline, is not how to get a job, itís how to learn.
You must continue learning your entire life to be a successful person
-- in your job and in your life. Using information wisely is an
important life skill that libraries help to develop. Itís the piece
of general education that belongs to the library.
you walk outside the doors of the library and go home, is there
a book waiting for you to read?
Right now, Iím in the process of still moving, so there hasnít been
too much time for reading. The book Iím reading right now is Bleak
House, by Charles Dickens. There was a television
series on PBS last year that I thought was quite well done. I had
never read Bleak House, so I thought Iíd tackle it. This
old English major tends to read mostly contemporary fiction, but
also a classic or two from time to time and an occasional non-fiction
favorite author, rest her soul, is Iris Murdoch.
I adore her books. She died of Alzheimerís in 1999. She was a prolific
English novelist and every year or so she would give me a gift Ö
just for me, there would be a new book. I miss not having my yearly
dose of Iris, so Iíve been re-reading them all.
What do you wish you had more time for?
I know itís exactly what youíd expect me to say, but reading truly
is my default activity. Like most people, I donít have enough time
to read everything I want. I keep throwing lists of books into a
file in my desk at home and I think that ďone of these daysÖĒ I
have a button on my bulletin board that says, ďSo many books, so
Is there anything that youíd like to add?
Iím really happy to be here and look forward to working with the
people at Clark College.
writes the Cannell Chimes? We all do! Everyone in the library contributes
ideas and proofreads the drafts until we're all satisfied with the
content. We hope you enjoy it, too!
Who are the two Summit t-shirt guys above?
Joe Pitkin and John Governale
and photos by Roxanne Dimyan
welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions.
March 9, 2007, 2:45 p.m.