It is with much sadness that I announce my resignation as library director at RCC. Events surrounding the passing of my father two weeks ago are forcing my family to return home to Louisiana. It certainly was a culture shock for me when I moved here from Baton Rouge over 2 ½ years ago. I cried the first few weeks after I moved to Boston because I sorely missed the boiled crawfish, andouille sausage and Mardi Gras parades of Down South, but I’ve learned to love (or maybe just tolerate!) cold weather, lobster, and endless traffic jams. I have made many good friends on campus and I will miss everyone…but not the snow!
I want to express my thanks to all of you who have helped me upgrade the RCC library from the antiquated state it was in when I arrived. I am so pleased that our students now have access to high-caliber databases and a premier online catalog system. The staff of the library is first-rate and I leave knowing it will be hard to find another job where my coworkers will be so enthusiastic and just plain fun.
Please look me up in the Baton Rouge phone book if you are ever in the area. I guarantee we’ll be the only Honeysuckers listed. I’m an excellent tour guide for the New Orleans and Plantation Country areas, and I can show you where the best place is to get some fine boudin and cracklins! The alligator bayou tour by pirogue will cost you extra!
Roblyn Walker Honeysucker
The library’s Hyperion online archival software is up and running. The first project has been to put reserve articles online that are required for RCC courses. Up until now, the library kept paper copies of these articles on reserve at the circulation desk for student use. Now, 30 articles required for 5 courses are available at the library web site. More are being processed. Library cataloger Suneela Dandekar has been doing a superior job getting this new project going. Temporarily, the articles are available only from campus computers. Soon they will also be available from home computers. Students will undoubtedly appreciate this flexibility. This is just another example of how library service doesn’t just happen in the library itself but increasingly happens wherever students need it.
To look at the online articles, go to the library’s web page, www.rcc.mass.edu/lib. Make the following choices: iLink > Digital Collections > Hyperion Hierarchy > Roxbury Community College > Reserve Articles. Click on the course you want and then the article. Or, do it this way: Choose iLink > Digital Collections. Then type the name of a course or article in the Metadata Searching field.
Having articles required for courses on Hyperion is actually an interim measure. All RCC faculty members can have access to the Intralearn course utility. A handful of professors have been using Intralearn to create and run online courses. One of the many features of Intralearn is the ability to post articles online that are needed for courses. Intralearn coordinator Sam Boadu is developing a scaled down version of Intralearn so that faculty members can start using it quickly as an additional resource for classroom courses. Those interested in getting online with Intralearn should contact Sam at x5396. In the meantime, anyone wishing to post required articles online in the library’s system should contact Mark Lawrence at x5323 or email@example.com.
RCC STUDENTS NEWSLETTER
Congratulations to the Student Government Association for publishing a very attractive student newspaper this fall! Called “RCC Students Newsletter,” it is the first such publication in several years. Its appearance is very welcome since a student-produced newspaper is an extremely important vehicle for promoting student identity and cohesiveness. The Newsletter was prepared by SGA president Abeba Attles and edited by Judy Kahalas of the Writing Center. Abeba distributed it throughout the college in the days before the Thanksgiving break. The library will be adding a version of the Newsletter to its online Archive shortly, for permanent reference. To access it from college computers or from home, go to the library website, www.rcc.mass.edu/lib. Select iLink > Digital Collections and then key in “rcc student newsletter” in the Metadata Searching field.
IMPROVE THE LIBRARY! IMPROVE THE LIBRARY!
Discussions on ways to improve the library have been heard in several quarters in the last few months.
· At the Strategic Planning sessions in September, faculty and staff members made these suggestions: “A lot more library books—(40,000 minimum)”, a “World class library (50,000 Volumes)”, and improvements of library databases.
· In October, the Student Government Association conducted a poll asking students their views of numerous topics related to the college. According to SGA president Abeba Attles, the item getting the most votes was the proposition to increase the number of books in the library.
· Among the items discussed at the October 28 Acuerdo Learning Resources committee was the feasibility of the following: increasing the size of the book collection, increasing the number of professional staff and increasing the library seating available for students. Student Aaron Ash joined the committee regulars and gave valuable feedback. He was the first student in years to attend a meeting of this committee.
In preparation for library reaccreditation, these and other items will be discussed over the next year by members of the Library and Information Resources Committee, Nancy Teel, chair. The committee held its first organizational meeting on November 18.
Charles Pinderhughes, Jr., of Dorchester has given the library a fine collection of 804 books, most in like-new condition. The books were the inventory of Mr. Pinderhughes’ former business, the Afro-American Book Source, also of Dorchester. The items include many authors, titles and themes, with an African American orientation, that students frequently seek out for research papers. There are also a couple of dozen popular children’s books that will enhance the library’s juvenile collection.
Mr. Pinderhughes’ gift is an excellent example of how the people of the Greater Roxbury community support the college. This is a theme that Dr. Gomes referred to in his inaugural address, October 10. As if on cue, Mr. Pinderhughes delivered his books 3 hours later. For this spirit of generosity, the college is always thankful and is, in fact, dependent.
OTHER GENEROUS DONORS TO THE RCC LIBRARY DURING 2003 WERE THE FOLLOWING:
INFOTRAC STUDENT EDITION
Some students at RCC are not yet working at a college level of proficiency. For example, many students in Eng097 Developmental Reading and Writing classes have not yet mastered reading, writing and research skills that they will need in Eng101. For them, a simpler database for their research projects may be a better match than the bigger databases offered to more advanced students. InfoTrac Student Edition, published by the Gale Group, has been working well with this segment of the college population. It is a general purpose database designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. It provides access to nearly 4 million articles compared with, for example, Gale’s premier database, General Reference Center Gold, that has over 21 million. This semester several classes coming for library instruction have worked on short projects using articles found in InfoTrac Student Edition in combination with back issues of the Boston Globe. The past 23 years of the Globe can be found in the Newsbank database.
To access either InfoTrac Student Edition or Newsbank, go to the library web page www.rcc.mass.edu/lib. Click on Electronic Resources and find both databases in the General Interest, News and Current Events section. You can access all library databases from any college computer and most are available from off-campus as well. From home, just key in your library bar code number when prompted. To get a library bar code, visit the circulation desk.
NEW BOOKS—TO SUPPORT THE CURRICULUM
--organized by call number category
B--PHILOSOPHY, PSCHOLOGY, RELIGION
Kushner, Harold S. When all you've ever wanted isn't enough / BD435 .K874
Cosby, Bill. Love and marriage / BF575 .L8 C67
Drake, St. Clair. The redemption of Africa and Black religion / BR563.N4 D7
McCray, Walter Arthur. The Black presence in the Bible : discovering the Black and African identity of biblical persons and nations / BS680 .B48 M33
Smith, James. Blacks in the Bible / BS680 .B48 S65
Thurman, Howard. The search for common ground : an inquiry into the basis of man's experience of community / BV4509.5 .T49 1986
Du Boulay, Shirley. Tutu : voice of the voiceless / BX5700.6 .Z8 T8734
C--AUXILARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
Abell, Stanley Opunabo. African names and their meanings / CS3080 .A35 A24
D, E. F--HISTORY
Newcomb, Richard F. A pictorial history of the Vietnam War / DS557.7 .N38
Bussey, Charles M. Firefight at Yechon : courage & racism in the Korean war / DS921.6 .B87 1991
Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa ; and, Shadows on the grass / DT433.54 .D56 1986
Plaatje, Sol. T. (Solomon Tshekisho). Native life in South Africa / DT763 .P7 1987
Pannell, William E. The coming race wars? : a cry for reconciliation / E184 .A1 P3 1993
X, Malcolm. Malcolm X on Afro-American history. E185 .L5 1990
Du Bois, W. E. B. The souls of black folk / E185.6 .D797 1990
Whitfield, Stephen J. A death in the delta : the story of Emmett Till / E185.61 .W63 1988
Reed, Adolph L. The Jesse Jackson phenomenon : the crisis of purpose in Afro-American politics / E185.615 .R38 1986
Madhubuti, Haki R. Black men : obsolete, single, dangerous? : Afrikan American families in transition : essays in discovery, solution, and hope / E185.86 .M33 1991
Peters, Erskine. African Americans in the new millennium : blueprinting the future / E185.86 .P49 1992
Parker, Frank R. Black votes count : political empowerment in Mississippi after 1965 / E185.93 .M6 P37 1990
Jackson, Jesse. Straight from the heart / E185.97 .J25 A25 1987
Hamilton, Virginia. Anthony Burns : the defeat and triumph of a fugitive slave / E450 .B93 H36 1988
Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the Civil War / E540 .N3 Q3 1989
Spofford, Tim. Lynch Street : the May 1970 slayings at Jackson State College / F349 .J13 S66 1988
Alan-Williams, Gregory. A gathering of heroes : reflections on rage and responsibility : a memoir of the Los Angeles riots / F869 .L89 N3127 1994
G--GEOGRAPHY, ANTHOPOLOGY, RECREATION
Ashe, Arthur. A hard road to glory : a history of the African-American athlete since 1946 / GV865 .B334 A3 1989
Winfield, Dave. Winfield : a player's life / GV865 .W57 A3 1988
Jones, K. C. Rebound / GV884 .J66 A3 1986
Thomas, Isiah. Bad boys / GV885.52 .D47 T48 1989
Henderson, Thomas. Out of control : confessions of an NFL casualty / GV939 .H395 A3 1987
Thorpe, Edward. Black dance / GV1603 .T49 1990
Pocket world in figures. HA154 .E256 2003
Grant, Lindsey. Juggernaut : growth on a finite planet / HB849.4 .G73 1996
Grant, Lindsey. Too many people : the case for reversing growth / HB883.5 .G73 2000
Elephants in the Volkswagen : facing the tough questions about our overcrowded country / [edited by] Lindsey Grant. HB3505 .E44 1992
Conner, Daryl. Managing at the speed of change : how resilient managers succeed and prosper where others fail / HD58.8 .C652 1992
Kotter, John P. Leading change / HD58.8 .K65 1996
Morrison, J. Ian. The second curve : managing the velocity of change /HD58.8 .M655 1996
Quinn, Robert E. Deep change : discovering the leader within / HD58.8 .Q56 1996
Management consulting : a guide to the profession / HD69 .C6 M36 1986
Gluck, Sherna Berger. Rosie the Riveter revisited : women, the war, and social change / HD6073 .A452 U64 1987
Iacocca, Lee A. Iacocca : an autobiography / HD9710.U52 I25 1984
Auletta, Ken. Greed and glory on Wall Street : the fall of the house of Lehman / HG5129 .N5 A8 1987B
Hofstede, Geert H. Cultures and organizations : software of the mind / HM258 .H574 1997
Greene, Melissa Fay. Praying for sheetrock : a work of nonfiction / HN79.G42 M354 1992
Cosby, Bill. Childhood / HQ767.9 .C68 1991
Russell, Diana E. H. Lives of courage : women for a new South Africa / HQ1236.5 .S6 R87 1989
Brown, Dorothy M. Setting a course : American women in the 1920s / HQ1420 .B75 1987
Women in Southern Africa / edited by Christine N. Qunta. HQ1800 .W66 1987
Dartigue, Esther. An outstanding Haitian, Maurice Dartigue : the contribution of Maurice Dartigue in the field of education in Haiti, the United States, and UNESCO /LA2353 .H22 D37413 1994
Baker, George A. Team building for quality : transitions in the American community college / LB2328.15 .U6 T43 1995
Building bridges : fund raising for deans, faculty, and development officers / Mary Kay Murphy, editor. LB2336 .B8 1992
Hampton, Lionel. Hamp : an autobiography / ML419 .H26 A3 1989
Berry, Chuck. Chuck Berry : the autobiography. ML420 .B365 A3 1987
Brown, James. James Brown, the godfather of soul / ML420 .B818 A3 1986
White, Barry. Love unlimited : insights on life and love / ML420 .W473 A3 1999
Thurman, Howard. Deep river ; and, The negro spiritual speaks of life and death / ML3556.T55 1975
De Veaux, Alexis. Don't explain : a song of Billie Holiday / ML3930.H64 D5 1988
P--LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Valette, Jean Paul. Discovering French: Blanc. PC2117.D3 BLANC 2001
Valette, Jean Paul. Discovering French Bleu / PC2117.D3 BLEU 2001
Valette, Jean Paul. Discovering French. Rouge / PC2117 .V3 ROUGE 2001
Thompson, Chantal P. Mais oui! / PC2129 .E5 T53 2000
St. George, LaVerne. Carousel magic / PE1126 .A4 S69 1997
Auf Deutsch! / Lida Daves-Schneider ... [et al.]. PF3111.A83 2000/
Barton, Paul Alfred. Afrikuandika : the African hieroglyphic writing system / PM8999 .B29 1991
Lukens, Rebecca J. A critical handbook of children's literature / PN1009 .A1 L84 1990
Hill, George H. Ebony images : Black Americans and television / PN1992.8.A34 H54 1986X
Ellerbee, Linda. "And so it goes" : adventures in television / PN4874 .E57 A3 1987
Mortimer, John Clifford. Paradise postponed / PR6025 .O7552 P3 1987
Le Carr*e, John A perfect spy / PR6062 .E33 P47 1986B
Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John / PR9275 .A583 K5634 1986
Webber, A. R. F. Those that be in bondage : a tale of Indian indentures and sunlit western waters / PR9320.9 .W43 T49 1988
Nkosi, Lewis. Mating birds / PR9369.3 .N58 M38 1986
Mungoshi, Charles. The setting sun and the rolling world : selected stories / PR9390.9 .M8 S47 1989
Totem voices : plays from the Black world repertory / edited and with an introduction by Paul Carter Harrison. PS628 .N4 T68
Harper, Frances Ellen Watkins. Iola Leroy, or, Shadows uplifted / PS1799 .H7 I6 1987
Childress, Alice. Like one of the family : conversations from a domestic's life / PS3505 .H76 L5 1986
Hansberry, Lorraine. A raisin in the sun ; and The sign in Sidney Brustein's window / PS3515 .A515 A6 1987
Roosevelt, Elliott. Murder at Hobcaw Barony / PS3535 .O549 M83 1987
Wright, Richard. Lawd today / PS3545 .R815 L3 1986
Blake, Michael. Dances with wolves / PS3552 .L3487 D36 1991
Block, Lawrence. When the sacred ginmill closes / PS3552 .L63 W49 1987
Bradley, David. South Street / PS3552 .R226 S68 1986
Brown, Rita Mae. High hearts / PS3552 .R698 H5 1987
Cussler, Clive. Cyclops / PS3553 .U75 C9 1987
Deveraux, Jude. The temptress / PS3554 .E9273 T4 1987
Haley, Alex. A different kind of Christmas / PS3558 .A3575 D54 1988
Jones, Gayl. Corregidora / PS3560 .O483 C6 1986
Jones, Mona Lake. The color of culture / PS3560 .O5227 C65
Kenan, Randall. A visitation of spirits : a novel / PS3561 .E4228 V5 1989
Kennedy, Adrienne. People who led to my plays / PS3561 .E4252 P4 1987
Neal, Larry. Visions of a liberated future : Black arts movement writings / PS3564 .E18 V5 1989
Polite, Carlene Hatcher. The flagellants / PS3566 .O47 F54 1987
Sherman, Charlotte Watson. One dark body : a novel / PS3569 .H415 O5 1993
Wideman, John Edgar. The lynchers / PS3573 .I26 L9 1986
Garden, Nancy. Lark in the morning / PZ7 .G165 LAR 1991
Hamilton, Virginia. The mystery of Drear House : the conclusion of the Dies Drear chronicle / PZ7 .H1828 MY 1987
Hamilton, Virginia. A white romance / PZ7 .H1828 WH 1987
Tate, Eleanora E. Front porch stories at the one-room school / PZ7 .T2117 FR 1992
Faison, Edward. African-American folk tales / PZ8 .A252 1989
Algebra 2 and trigonometry / John Benson ... [et al.]. QA154.2 A438 1995
Herriot, James. James Herriot's dog stories. SF426.2 .H47 1987
Waddell, Bernard. I am somebody : the true story of a Black US Navy frogman / VG87 .W33 1986
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Roblyn Walker Honeysucker, Library Director