Fall 2001 Edition

New Faces in the Library
Library Dean Elected President of Michigan Library Association
Results of Faculty Library Survey
Library Instruction on Course WebCT
Trial Databases:  Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (password required; ask at Reference Desk)


New Faces in the Library

Julie Voelck will be joining the library as an Associate Professor and the new Associate Dean of the Library.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, a Master of Science in Librarianship from Western Michigan University.   She recently was awarded a Master of Arts in Sociology, with honors, from Central Michigan University, where her thesis was titled Gender-based Differences in the Management Styles of Academic Library Managers.   Professor Voelck comes to Oakland from a position as Head of Reference Services at Central Michigan University, a position she held for ten years. Prior to that appointment, she served as Assistant Director and Head of Public Services at Saginaw Valley State University, and held reference and bibliographic instruction positions at Saginaw Valley and Tri-State University in Indiana. Professor Voelck has published in College & Research Libraries,  made numerous presentations to professional groups, and has a strong record of contributions to university-wide committees and task forces.

Dana Juriew will be joining the regular library faculty as an Assistant Professor with assignments in reference, instruction and collection development.  She received both her bachelors degree in English literature and her Masters in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan. She has worked at the Undergraduate Library at the University of Michigan, the Queensborough Public Library and the Rochester Hills Public Library.  In addition to providing reference services she has also been involved in developing the collections in the social sciences and humanities and taught information literacy for the Rochester Alternative Center for Education. Sucessfully combining traditional library roles and activities with new technological developments, she's also been involved in web site development for the the Michigan Library Association and the award winning Rochester Hills Public Library web site. Her most recent project involves the digitization and organization of historic photographs as part of the Greater Rochester History Online initiative.

Pat Clark joins the KL staff as the new manager of the Interlibrary Loan Office. She received her bachelor of science degree in geology from the City College of New York and has taught and has worked in libraries at  both City College and Penn State University. At Penn State's Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, she managed the document delivery service as well as various other supervisory responsibilities. She was involved with Penn State's implementation of the Prospero software which enables the  library to forward articles requested via ILL to the requestor's desktop computer. The requestor is notified via email and can retrieve the article by simply clicking on the link.  Pat's husband, Charles Clark,  is the Director of the Academic Skills Center at Oakland.  You can reach her at 370-2510 or e-mail:  pclark@oakland.edu

Library Dean Elected President of MLA
Dr. Elaine Didier has been elected President of the Michigan Library Association for 2001-2002.   The Michigan Library Association, headquartered in Lansing, has advocated for libraries on behalf of the state's residents for over 100 years.
In its long history, the MLA has defended the right to read, sought to clarify library governance issues, promoted librarian education, worked for free access of information to all residents and proactively lobbied for adequate library funding.  Today's nearly 2,200 members include library directors, adult and youth services librarians, media specialists, systems administrators, cooperative directors, students, trustees, friends, educators, support staff, business representatives and others interested in information science and technology from across the state.

Results of Library Faculty Survey

In the Winter 2001 semester the Library mailed a survey to faculty designed to gather information on faculty satisfaction with library services.  Ninety-eight surveys were returned and the results have been collated. Most of the respondents are frequent library users and are generally happy with the services provided.  Many also expressed a desire for more books and more journals.

The most popular library activity is checking out or browsing books and journal articles.  Interlibrary loan is used by 70% of the respondents and 67% also access full text articles using the electronic journals collections.  E-mail is the preferred form of notification and Wayne State and University of Michigan are the most frequently used other libraries.  Complete 2001 library survey & report with all the comments.

Library Instruction on Course WebCT

The Library will be implementing an introductory module using Course WebCT this fall.   This module is designed to teach students how to use the Voyager OU Catalog and the FirstSearch system.  More details will follow in a later newsletter.

To schedule a regular library session for your class contact Kristine Condic at 2469.