Online Newsletter of Roxbury Community College Library
If it’s May, it must be final exam time.
Candid library shots of students getting ready.
During March, 105 RCC students and faculty took the time to fill out a four-page User Satisfaction Questionnaire. The point of the exercise, for library staff, is to listen to library users and try to improve the library based on that listening. The following selected comments reveal what people feel about the library and sometimes, between the lines, what they feel about more personal issues.
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE LIBRARY? ACCORDING TO STUDENTS.
HOW SHOULD THE LIBRARY BE IMPROVED? ACCORDING TO STUDENTS.
· “It is a little better than what it once was but it needs a 100% turn around to become an efficient and effective library.”
BEST THINGS ABOUT THE LIBRARY? ACCORDING TO FACULTY
HOW SHOULD THE LIBRARY BE IMPROVED? ACCORDING TO FACULTY.
In the meantime, the following is being done:
If you missed all of the times that RCC has been mentioned in the local daily press, here are links to articles from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald over the past 3 months. There are 2 kinds of articles: those about the college and those in which people connected to the college are mentioned. They are from the library’s database, NewsBank.
THIS IS THE WORLD THAT JACK'S BUILT, AND IT'S MOVING CROSSTOWN, Boston Globe, May 2, 2004. (Venue moved from RCC.)
Op-Ed AS YOU WERE SAYING . . . A Boston legend is honored for bringing people together, Boston Herald, April 24, 2004. (Former RCC acting president, Hubie Jones.)
DIRECTOR MCCAULEY SELECTS A DIVERSE CAST OF `JURORS', Boston Globe, April 23, 2004. (RCC stage production.)
WAR ON TERROR Battleground victim's cousin: Bring 'em home, Boston Herald, April 17, 2004. (Former RCC student, Iraq victim.)
ANXIETY RISES AT T STATIONS Boston Globe, April 12, 2004. (Comments by Prof. Ken Tangvik.)
BLACK LEADERSHIP REASSESSES AGENDA FORUM FOCUSES ON POLITICS, SOCIETY, Boston Globe, March 22, 2004. (National Black Agenda Convention.)
National black group tackles housing, jobs, Boston Herald, March 21, 2004. (National Black Agenda Convention.)
Natick peace march honors U.S. war dead, Boston Herald March 21, 2004. (Protesters leave from RCC.)
OP-ED Substance is missing from Black Agenda, Boston Herald March 21, 2004. (National Black Agenda Convention.)
A PHOTO SHOW TRACKS BOSTON'S PUERTO RICANS OVER 29 YEARS Boston Globe, March 14, 2004. (Prof. Angel Amy Moreno’s exhibit at Umass/Boston.)
AROUND TOWN Boston Globe, March 7, 2004. (Jobs Corp open house.)
`THE LITTLE SWEEP' OFFERS BIG HOPES FOR UNITY, Boston Globe, February 28, 2004. (Cantata Singers at RCC.)
TO SOME CONSTITUENTS, KERRY STILL A PUZZLE Boston Globe, February 28, 2004. (RCC Nigerian students like Kerry.)
MUSIC Kings of the world, Diverse backgrounds fuel these III rappers, Boston Herald, February 27, 2004. (Rappers met at RCC.)
OP-ED Building reform can save big bucks, Boston Herald, February 17, 2004. (Reggie Lewis example of fiscal success.)
To do your own search:
· Go to the library website www.rcc.mass.edu/lib
· Select Databases then Alphabetical List
· At Newsbank, select either On Campus or Off Campus. (If accessing from off campus, key in your library bar code number. You can get one by registering to be a library user at the circulation desk.)
· Select Massachusetts Newspapers
· Type “roxbury community college” (put quotes around any phrase you want) and press Search
· The newest articles come up first.
For instructions on how to search newspapers from around the country or around the world, see the February 2003 issue of Welcome to the Library. Look at the Featured Database article. To find this, go to www.rcc.mass.edu/lib and choose .
DONORS GIVE FINE GIFTS
The library has received several interesting gifts recently. Here are some of them.
The Black Women Oral History Project, 10 vols., ed. by Ruth Edmonds Hill. Gift of the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. Sylvia McDowell of the RCC Foundation was instrumental in the library acquiring this gift.
The set includes the transcripts of oral history interviews with 72 black women active in the twentieth century. The transcripts could be the basis of very interesting and profitable student projects. Students could pick one of the women, read the transcript of her oral history interview and then write interpretive essays. David Updike of the English Department has already engaged his students in just such a project. Here is a short biographical sketch of one of the women in this set.
Dorothy West (1906-1998). Dorothy West was the oldest living member of the Harlem Renaissance writing movement. She founded the literary magazine Challenge, later New Challenge, which focused on the writings of her colleagues including Langston Hughes. Born in Boston, her first short story was published in the Boston Post at age ten. In addition to being a writer and magazine editor, Ms. West was also an actress (with a role in a theater production of Porgie and Bess) and a social work investigator in New York. The latter job inspired her story “Mammy.” She was one of twenty writers, again including Langston Hughes, to go to the Soviet Union in 1932 to participate in a film on black life in America entitled Black and White. She continued to live there for a several years with Hughes. Upon “retirement” on Martha’s Vineyard, Ms. West worked as a cashier at a local restaurant and wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Vineyard Gazette.
Stolen Childhoods. Gift of Gloria Gallego of the New Beginnings Program. “Stolen Childhoods is a feature length documentary on global child labor. The story is told in the words of laboring children, their parents, and the people working daily to help them. Children share their experiences of exploitation and their hopes for a better life and future. Their stories are at once particular and universal.” An excellent addition for classroom use.
Other interesting gifts:
· 2 books by Edward R. Tufte: Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative and Envisioning Information. Gift of David Becker of the Nursing Department.
· 300 books on various subjects of interest to college students. Donated by Jean Claude Saint Louis, recently retired from the Division of Liberal Arts.
· Videos on investment. Gift of Hugh Stringer, Division of Business and Technology.
· 280 new textbooks. Gift of Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
· 25 nursing books. Gift of Pascal Nouna, Cambridge, MA.
· 121 books by African Studies authors. Gift of Frank Wharton, Quincy, MA.
· Video of the musical “Annie.” Gift of Christopher Dea.
EASY READER BOOKS
The library has a small collection of Easy Reader books, purchased originally for ESL students and those whose reading skills need improvement. They have not been used much recently, however. Over the past 2 months, the following has been done to promote them:
As a result, circulation has jumped dramatically. Now all we have to do is buy more of them!
To browse the Easy Reader collection online:
· Go to library web page www.rcc.mass.edu/lib,
· Select iLink,
· Select Switch to Power Search
· Under Location, choose Easy Reading Collection and
· Hit Search
All 171 of them are spit out.
THE LEARNING RESOURCES COMMITTEE
The Learning Resources Committee monitors library operations under the governance structure of the college. Attending the last Learning Resources meeting of the school year were (L to R) Abeba Attles, Student Government Association president, and professors Nancy Teel, David Updike and Veronica McCormack.
To build a better college library and provide superior customer service, we need your comments. Send both praises and gripes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed earlier issues of Welcome to the Library, click on “Read the Library’s newsletter” on the library website http://www.rcc.mass.edu/lib.
Welcome to the Library, published by Roxbury Community College Library, Roxbury Crossing, MA
Mark Lawrence, Acting Library Director