A project was completed to preserve examples of catalog cards with historical significance to Central Missouri's library collections. They fill a 15 drawer card catalog, which will serve as an archival artifact in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.


Area librarians have shown much interest in the plans for the new James C. Kirkpatrick Library. The Kansas City Metropolitan Library Information Network invited representatives from Library Services in May to give a presentation on the plans for the library building. After introductory remarks by Dean Pal Rao, Mollie Lawson, Associate Professor, addressed technical services enhancements, Dr. Charles Slattery, Professor, discussed the place of traditional library services, and John Small, Assistant Professor, described advanced technological enhancements.


The 29th annual Children's Literature Festival was held March 23-25. It was attended by 5,807 registered children and adults, representing 160 schools from 112 districts and interested individuals. Thirty-four authors from 15 states were present to speak to the children and were available for autographs. Featured speakers were G. Clifton Wisler and Patricia Hermes. An exhibit of original art by Central alumna Cheryl Harness, author and illustrator, was on display in the art gallery.

Festival volunteers included 46 students and 35 faculty and staff from Central, 35 National Honor Society students from Warrensburg High School, and seven community members.


A special assessment project was undertaken in Technical Services which addressed Continuous Process Improvement. The project consisted of four parts, each a function or activity within Technical Services that related to the timely delivery of resources and materials to library clients. Part A was designed to study the average time required to receive library materials after orders are placed; part B investigated the length of time materials remain in Cataloging Services; part C assessed the time required to complete a "rush" processing request; and part D traced the error rate of student workers who perform physical processing of library materials. To date all four parts have been completed and as a result a number of processes have been altered. The goal of this project was to decrease the processing time for new materials.

In another assessment activity faculty members in Library Services met to prioritize a list of projects which need attention before the move to the new library. This activity is the product of efforts toward accomplishing "Goal B 2, Pedagogy and Assessment" of the Assessment Timetable. Faculty and staff are applying what they have learned about assessment to improve the quality of the student learning environment. The collaborative effort within Library Services identified tasks which must be accomplished to facilitate a smooth transition to the new facility.

Faculty and staff also worked together to plan and develop strategies for the transition to a totally electronic catalog and inventory system for collections.


In the Library Exhibit Room the featured exhibit was "Historic Textbooks: Arithmetics and Readers, 1629 ->". Arithmetic and reading textbooks dating back to 1629 were on display, with the Dick and Jane readers from the Scott, Foresman Company highlighted.


Library Services own web server ( provides information about services and facilities offered in Ward Edwards Library. At present the Library web site has been accessed by one-half million users world-wide. Library faculty and departments have developed specialized pages providing information on research strategies and information resources.


In the fall the Department of Library Science and Information Services offered a new course, Information Resources (LIS 1600). The first component of the course provides a foundation in researching general information in a university library and introduces the students to the rapidly changing research environment. Individual sections then focus on subject-specific research in the humanities, sciences, or social sciences. Students select a section according to their major field of study. Library faculty participate as team-teachers in order to incorporate subject-specific material and teach the use of electronic resources, including the Internet, as research tools.


The McNair Central Achievers Program (McCAP) was named after Dr. Ronald E. McNair, an astronaut who died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster. The purpose of McCAP is to prepare first-generation, low-income college students and students from groups under-represented in graduate education for doctoral study.

Twenty-six students comprised the McCAP Class of 1997. A three-person team (research mentor, departmental mentor and library mentor)serves these students. The program begins in January with a half-day seminar introducing the students to Library Services and research strategies using traditional and electronic resources. The primary role of the library mentors is directing the students with their research needs and serving as a reader for the written research projects.


National Library Week was celebrated April 13-19. Library Services joined libraries across the country in promoting their role in an information society. At Central the theme was "Information is Power." Special activities included hosting a presentation by distance education expert, Dr. Jane Moore McGinn, the creation of campus-wide displays, and a drawing for prizes.

Dr. McGinn addressed the university community April 16 with a presentation titled "Developing and Implementing Support Services for Distance Education Students: Issues and Strategies." A reception was held to visit informally with Dr. McGinn and discuss distance education.

Dr. McGinn has extensive experience with a variety of libraries, has taught classes using distance technology, and has managed distance education programs. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in Library and Information Science with a minor in Public Administration.

She provided a rich source of knowledge that will enable Central faculty and staff to explore the challenges of distance education in extending the university mission to off-campus students and faculty.

Dr. McGinn's visit was sponsored through a grant from the Minority Scholar's Initiative.


Library Services hosted an open forum and a reception for library consultant Ken Dowlin on April 29. The audience included library staff and faculty, students, and librarians from the Warrensburg area.

As chief librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, Dowlin guided the development and construction of the $137 million Main Library, a building with innovative information services designed to meet the needs of its San Francisco clientele. Dowlin reminded his audience that under the leadership of librarians, libraries are powerful learning institutions. In the 21st century libraries will be designed around community expectations, will be infused with communication and information technology, and will reflect the dramatically changing demographics of our society. Libraries will continue to support their historic mission and will continue as icons and hallmarks of their community.

Of Central Missouri's design for the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, Mr. Dowlin said, "I am impressed with the plans for the building. The layout and the integration of all the elements of information technology seems well thought out."

Dowlin was a candidate for President of the 56,000-member American Library Association. He traveled across the country in April and May, visiting libraries, library schools, librarians, and library supporters.


Each spring supervisors nominate those student assistants in Library Services who have demonstrated consistent excellence in job performance. The Library Services Council selected ten nominees to receive awards.

The 1997 Library Services Outstanding Student Assistant awards were presented to the following:

Christopher Baker, Government Documents

Stacey Brannen, Technical Services

Sean Cooper, Circulation Services

Marge Harrell, Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults

Sarah Miller, Administrative Offices

Jovanna Orrison, Administrative Offices

Sarah Reven, Circulation Services

Amy Steinman, Circulation Services

Amy Vienhage, Periodicals

Michelle West, Periodicals


One outstanding student assistant is chosen to receive the Dean's Special Recognition Award. This year the award was presented to Christopher Baker of Government Documents.


During August Library Services participated in a campus-wide orientation for over 100 teaching and graduate assistants. Dean Pal Rao hosted a reception for the assistants, which was followed by an overview of Library Services and demonstrations of electronic resources by discipline.


Library Services participated in Technology Day, March 18, an event to publicize Central Missouri's statewide technology mission. Central showcased ways in which technology is presently integrated into its curriculum. The event was open to Missouri educators and corporate representatives.

Library Service's Instructional Design & Development department demonstrated creative skills used to produce instructional materials for the campus. The Instructional Television department presented a video highlighting video production services.

Library Services faculty taught instructional sessions to conference attendees on the use of information technology. Session topics were "Introduction to HTML," "Hands on HTML," "Setting up a Web server," "Remote databases on the Internet," and "Surfing the Web for government information."


In conjunction with the 29th annual Children's Literature Festival, a Writer's Conference on March 21-22 featured one editor, one agent, and 14 authors. Emphasis was on writing for children. Author Isabelle Holland was the speaker for the Friday evening dinner. Among the 29 participants there were two from Great Britain.