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2017 ACRL Conference Calls Librarians to Action

by Susan McMullen, Professor – Research Services & User Engagement Librarian

The Association for College and Research Libraries 2017 Conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland from March 22nd to the 25th. This year’s conference broke attendance registration records, attracting 3,499 face-to-face library professionals and more than 246 virtual attendees from all 50 states and 31 countries. With its theme, At the Helm: Leading Transformation, the conference offered over 500 programs in a variety of session formats including contributed papers, panel discussions, workshops, lightning talks, and poster sessions. The conference also served as a call to action as American Library Association president, Julie Todaro, urged all participants to reach out to their legislators to preserve library funding.

Library professionals examined current trends and explored new paths forward in areas such as higher education funding and costs, information literacy, competency-based education, digital preservation, data curation, open access, scholarly communication, collection development, assessment and evaluation, planning and designing library spaces, and social justice issues. For those wishing to delve deeply into an issue, six full-day pre-conferences were offered in the areas of assessment, law, information literacy, digital learning objects, and open textbooks.

The conference featured three distinguished keynote speakers.  The opening key note was given by data journalist and information designer, David McCandless. He spoke about the power of data visualization for helping us understand the world and reveal new patterns, connections, and stories.  Many have called data the “new oil“, but David calls it the “new soil” because everything blooms from this soil. As a “data detective”, he usually starts off with a good question and sees what grows out of the data.   Author and cultural critic, Roxanne Gay, read from her new essay detailing what she believes is the “Age of American Disgrace.”  She wants to believe there is “grace beyond this American disgrace” and that to achieve real change we must be willing to think differently and act differently. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, delivered an inspirational closing keynote address that was the highlight of the conference.  Nominated for this prestigious role by President Obama, Hayden is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress.  In her role as CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, she famously kept the library open during the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.  In her new role, Hayden hopes to make the Library of Congress’s priceless collections available to everyone.

In the spirit of open access, The Conference Proceedings are freely available at http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/conferences/confsandpreconfs/2017/ACRL2017_A.pdf



New Library System is Live!

By  Betsy Learned, Dean of University Libraries

The University Library has completed its migration to a new library system, Worldshare Management Services (WMS). WMS Discovery is our library catalog and discovery service.  The tips below should help you learn to navigate your way through the changes. Since you will now be searching and have access to libraries across the country, as opposed to only the HELIN Consortium libraries, you may need help searching specific titles or topics. If so, please contact the Information Desk at x3375 or your library liaison for assistance.

1.   Please search WMS from the library homepage at http://library.rwu.edu or go directly to the Discovery search screen at https://rwulibrary.on.worldcat.org/.  (The former HELIN catalog link will no longer work.) Advanced searching options are available.

2.   In a single search, you can find items at the RWU Library, the HELIN libraries, and libraries beyond – and request those items be sent to RWU for your use. Be sure to use the facets on the left side of the results screen to focus your search. Because you are searching so many libraries, you will need to limit the search through the facets.

3.   Authentication from off-campus is your RWU single sign on—your username plus your domain (i.e. jsmith123@academics.rwu) and your default password.  This is the same login you use for the RWU Portal.

4.   Please let a library staff member know if something doesn’t seem to be working correctly or if you need help using the new system. Contact Us

Developing and Implementing Affordable Excellence with OER

Kelly Donnell from the School of Education, Lindsey Gumb from the University Library and Linda Beith from the Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching & Technology co-presented at the New England Faculty Development Consortium’s Annual Fall Conference on November 18, 2016 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The theme of the conference was Civic Engagement and Service Learning.

The trio’s interactive, 55-minute presentation was entitled: Developing and Implementing Affordable Excellence with OER. The focus was on the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) for both K-12 and higher education institutions to provide meaningful access to effective technology, current, high-quality texts, and Common Core State Standard resources. RWU’s OER Fellows program was introduced with examples of projects underway and OER collections under development.

Meet Dan Neal

by Barbara Kenney, Instructional Services and Campus initiatives Librarian



This fall the library has had the opportunity to host a graduate student from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Dan Neal, who holds Master’s Degrees in both Religious Studies and History from Providence College, spends 10-12 hours a week in a Professional Field Experience, the goal of which is to learn all aspects of academic librarianship. In a profession that has seen rapid changes, it is important for students in the program to move beyond the classroom and into the environment they hope to join. When designing Dan’s PFE, we built in opportunities for him to teach, participate in librarians’ meetings, interview staff members, and begin exploring areas of scholarship he might pursue.



above: Dan Neal collaborates with Lindsey Gumb, Instructional Technology Librarian


While a PFE offers terrific opportunities for the student, it also provides a new lens through which the librarians can view ourselves and our work. From Digital Scholarship to Open Access initiatives, our ongoing conversations enable us to explore what gaps may exist between the academic program and the front lines of librarianship. The library staff is actively engaged in the education of a new library professional. His questions and insights help us reflect on what we do and how we do it. Collaboration is the foundation of librarianship today. It helps us improve what we do, and in this case, it helps the student gain a better working understanding of the challenges facing academic libraries today. Thanks, Dan, for joining us this semester!


Photos by: Megan Lessard/Roger Williams University Library

U.S. Government visits RWU Library

Joe Paskoski, Senior Outreach Librarian from the U.S. Government Publishing Office in Washington DC, visited the RWU Library which is a Congressional designated federal depository library.  Mr. Paskoski was interested to meet with staff, provide FDLP consultation services and provide guidance in the management of the RWU depository.  He also expressed an interest in our partnership with the Law School Library which provides law students with needed resources.  John Fobert, Depository Coordinator and Electronic Resources Librarian, introduced him to the staff and provided tours of the University Library, Architecture Library and the Law School Library where he met with John Schlinke, Architecture/Art Librarian and Stephanie Edwards, Law School Collection Services Librarian, respectively.  All involved agreed that it was a useful visit as we became aware of new services offered by the GPO.
Pictured from left to right:  Jackie Katz, Electronic Resources Assistant, John Fobert, Electronic Resources Librarian, Joe Paskoski, GPO Senior Outreach Librarian.

Sana Mustafa visits RWU as the first Talking in the Library speaker of the semester













Photos by: Megan Lessard/Roger Williams University Library

From the Archives: The Fulton Dedication and Exhibition

By Heidi Benedict, University Archives
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, following Convocation Exercises, the University dedicated the RWU Bristol campus as the newly renamed Fulton Campus. In 1965, Dr. Marshall N. Fulton and his wife Mary Howe sold over 60 acres of Ferrycliffe Farm, founded by her grandfather, to Roger Williams College. To commemorate their gift, the University unveiled an historic marker and named the main road on campus to Fulton Way.

1900_fultonhowe_homestead 1900, Family “Homestead,” where the University Residence sits today


The current Fulton family members donated their family papers to the University five years ago. The collection documents the history of the Farm and of the family. With correspondence making up the bulk of the collection, it is particularly strong in representing the family members’ personal and professional activities and interests, and demonstrates their affection for learning, travel, and each other. The Library has prepared an exhibit featuring family photographs and selected letters from the collection. The Archives hopes to have the collection completely processed by July 2017, marking the 100th anniversary of Mary Howe Fulton’s birth.


June 1940, Marshall and Mary Howe

University Archives Annual Commencement Exhibit



The University Archives Annual Commencement Exhibit for 2016 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of Roger Williams College. A visual timeline highlights events from 1956-2016, and includes facsimiles of founding documents and newspaper articles, as well as commencement photos from 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006. The exhibit will open Friday, May 13.



Roger Williams College awarded its first four-year degrees on June 4, 1970. Commencement exercises were held on the campus green in front of the library (now the Gabelli School of Business). James Payson Dixon, President of Antioch College, delivered the Commencement Address.



Marshall and Mary Howe Fulton received the Roger Williams College Award  in 1972 for their service to the College.  The award was first introduced in 1970.

Rhode Island Red Cross Visual Timeline Collaboration with RWU

The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. The chapter was chartered September 16, 1916 on Aquidneck Island in Newport. As part of the year-long celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create a visual timeline highlighting milestones and achievements of the organization in Rhode Island over the last century.Faculty member John Farmer and graphic design students worked together on the 12-panel “A Century of Service Traveling Exhibit.”

The University Library is hosting the display from May 2 – 14. The exhibit will be touring various venues throughout the state, culminating in a special evening event in Newport at Tennis Hall of Fame on September 17, 2016.
For more information about the travelling exhibit, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/event/local/ri/Century-of-Service-Traveling-Exhibit




Student Partners:
Nick Corey
Augustina Dickinson
Ryan Cripps
Frank Tobitsch
Ryan Henriksen
Brianna Hardy
Kevin Cameron
Wakidi Hala

From the Nightstand: Professor Edward J. Delaney

Interview conducted by Brittany Parziale, Connections Intern

Edward J. Delaney photo

Edward J. Delaney, Professor of Creative Writing and Editor of Mount Hope magazine, has taught at RWU since 1990.



Current Reads


Currently reading Literary Publishing in the 21st century edited by Wayne Miller, Kevin Prufer, and Travis Kurowski. This collection of narratives describes the transformation in the world of publishing brought about by technological developments, market pressures, and changing reading habits through a wide range of perspectives.




“I am reading it to help with the literary publishing course I teach. But I also find it very interesting and insightful on a personal level.” As the editor of Mount Hope, the student run magazine operating out of Roger Williams University, Delaney finds himself gravitating to works about publishing and about the history of the modern publishing era. Also, to keep up-to-date, he regularly reads multiple magazines, including: The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Paris Review, and scores of smaller literary journals.


Memorable Reads


James Joyce’s Ulysses. Multiple works by Don DeLillo. Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem. William Kennedy’s Ironweed. “You read a good book and find that your priorities in life at the moment change a little . . . Those are the types of books that stick with me.” Several books from childhood also remain memorable such as The Catcher in the Rye, and William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy. Delaney remembers reading Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun, an anti-war novel, in his freshmen year of high school, and finding it “a very powerful read, telling the shocking story of the effects of war.”


“I have an interest in reading literary fiction and nonfiction of all kinds, ranging from historical context to biographies.” He enjoys short stories just as much as books, finding them “best when you want to get the entire reading experience in one sitting.” For Edward Delaney, it’s easy to be able to set aside time for pleasure reading. “I wanted to be a writer because I love to read; and a lot of the reason I read is because I write. Reading is an important part of my day. Every day.”


Upcoming Reads


Viet Thang Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. It tells the story of a Vietnamese, French communist spy living a double life in Los Angeles. “Primarily, I am interested in reading this because it recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It’s important for me to know what is being considered as among the best work out there right now.”


Essential Reads


“I don’t think there is an essential read, because no one needs to read any one book. So many different books speak to different human experiences. I don’t think any one good book can speak to everyone the same.”