Summer 1997 in this issue . . .

Dean's Corner

New Library Update

Interlibrary Loan Upgrade

Dorrell - Member of Delegation
to Presidents' Summit

News from Government Documents

Encyclopedia of Television

Staff Training

New Software

New Videos

Technology Funding - SIC

Library Innovator Visits

Best Sellers

Phil Sadler Retires

WEL Done


Library Trivia Quiz

The Dean's Corner


For a number of years, I and many of my library colleagues across the state of Missouri have been engaged in developing a statewide Common Library System. I am pleased to report to the academic community that our persistence has paid off and that the Coordinating Board for Higher Education is taking a special funding request to the Missouri Legislature to acquire a Common Library System for all interested academic libraries in the state. The implementation of the new system will commence in FY '99 and continue until all interested academic and public libraries are interconnected to a common catalog and a common circulation system.

When the system is fully implemented, any Missourian can check out any item located in any one of the members' libraries. A Central student can check out an item located in, for example, Washington University's library as though it were available on Central Missouri's campus. A student walks to a terminal and requests a needed item regardless of its location. If the item is located at Washington University's library it will be delivered to Central Missouri's library via courier service. When finished with the item, the student simply returns the item to Central Missouri's library, which assumes the responsibility of returning the item to the original lending library.

The new system makes millions of additional items available for the use of Central Missouri's academic community. At the same time it makes Central Missouri's library collections available to millions of other Missourians. Other states such as Illinois and Ohio which implemented such systems have reaped tremendous benefits. Based on the experiences of other states, one can say that the Missouri Common Library System will also be highly beneficial to all Missourians.

Paladugu V. Rao

New Library Update

We've seen great progress on the construction of the new James C. Kirkpatrick Library since our last update . . . take a look!

Interlibrary Loan Upgrades with Ariel

If you need an article that our library doesn't have and you use our Interlibrary Loan service to request it, you might be using the Internet without even knowing it. An advanced transmission system from The Research Libraries Group, Ariel provides fast, inexpensive, high-quality document delivery over the Internet. The system integrates scanning, sending, and receiving documents from one Ariel site to another, allowing libraries another way of getting information into the hands of clients as soon as possible. While this new technology will never replace conventional mail, it will provide loaning options for libraries which choose to access it. Move over snail mail, Ariel has arrived!

Dorrell Member of Missouri's Delegation to Presidents' Summit

Dr. Larry D. Dorrell, Professor of Library Science and Information Services, was appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan as a member of the state delegation to the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, held at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 27-29, 1997. This appointment was a result of Dr. Dorrell's election to a two-year term as chair of the Missouri Community Service Commission on April 2, 1997, a commission which is responsible for selecting programs which fund the costs of volunteers in community service. Also serving on the state delegation was Lt. Governor Roger B. Wilson, former chair of the state commission, former state senator Joe Mosley of Columbia, Lillian Metzger of Troy, Speaker of the House for the Silver Hair Legislature, and Karla Cooper of Kennett who serves as the treasurer of the Missouri Community Service Commission. The delegates from the state of Missouri developed a state plan with the goal of finding an additional 40,000 volunteers to provide the young people of Missouri with access to fundamental resources necessary to maximize their true potential.

Dr. Dorrell has just completed a six-month role as a faculty fellow with the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in Jefferson City. His duties included compiling a database of four-year accreditation programs from colleges and universities throughout the state and developing criteria for missions and evaluations in two and four-year public institutions. In May, he was also appointed to the Missouri Department of HealthÕs Commission on Adolescent and School Health. He also chairs the Strategic Planning Council for University of Central Missouri.

News from Government Documents

GPO -- A Technology Leader

The Government Printing Office is the federal agency which manages the distribution of U.S. government publications to our library, and has been a technology leader from its earliest days. Given the task in 1871 of supplying to Congress the text of House and Senate deliberations, GPO purchased state-of-the-art printing presses and instituted 24-hour operations to provide Congress with copies of the Congressional Record overnight. That first press, a Bullock Perfecting Press, was "the marvel of its day, . . . the first automatic, reel-fed rotary press which worked from stereotype plates, and printed on both sides of the paper," according to GPO historian Daniel R. MacGilvray. Challenges like the Congressional Record prompted GPO to invest in a long series of state-of-the-art presses and a variety of other new technologies over the years, including the Edison system of electric lights in 1884, electric-powered presses by 1895, and electric automobiles in 1912. GPO estimated it saved more than $12,000 that first year using electric-powered rather than horse-powered vehicles.

Concern for safety and worker health also prompted technology changes. In 1903, GPO installed steam central heat and a cold drinking-water system (upgraded in 1915 to bubbling fountains). A ventilation system was also added for the comfort and safety of employees. In 1921, employees funded and installed a cafeteria and recreational facilities. Soon after, GPO constructed a well-equipped emergency hospital room in the building to serve the needs of the hundreds of employees working there.

Computer technology came to GPO in 1963 when they invested in two Linofilm keyboards and a photo unit. Automation since then has transformed thousands of GPO processes. In the 1980s GPO began providing remote electronic access to a variety of publications via Telnet and electronic bulletin board technology. After years of lobbying by librarians and documents users, Congress finally authorized the publication of the Congressional Record in electronic format in 1993. From its first electronic issue, the Congressional Record was available in both ASCII format (plain vanilla text) and PDF format (graphic image that looks just like the ink-on-paper version). Today, hundreds of publications are instantly available via the World Wide Web free of charge, access that is the envy of government watchers around the world. Learn more about GPO history. See A Short History of GPO by Daniel R. MacGilvray.

Heeerrre's TELLY!

Encyclopedia of Television

Curious about the viewing habits of Swiss television audiences? Or why Johnny Carson quickly became more popular than his Tonight Show predecessor Jack Paar? This and much more is in Ward Edwards Library's new three-volume Encyclopedia of Television (Ref PN1992.18 E5 1997). The past and present of television is covered throughout the world, with emphasis on the United States. Famous and little-known names that are found here include actors, entertainers, news commentators, inventors, directors, and executives. There are also discussions of programs that were considered significant or historic, from American Bandstand and The Ascent of Man to Watch Mr. Wizard and Zorro. Among the variety of topics are blacklisting, colorization, family on television, police programs, and quiz show scandals. Use it as a resource for research or to settle bets.

Staff Trains to Improve Their Reference Skills

Library Services staff are participating this summer in a series of in-service training workshops designed to improve reference services. Begun in April and continuing through August, these workshops include such subjects as "Locating ANSI Standards", "Advanced ERIC Searching," "The Reference Interview," "Business Sources on the Web," "Finding Supreme Court Cases," and "Finding Literary Criticism." Since reference work is challenging, varied and ever-changing, these training sessions are a valuable way to update skills and learn about new resources.

Soft Spot

New Software in the SIC/MC


The 1990 U.S. Census (STF 3-A, B, C, & D) with over 3,500 demographic variables for 375,000 geographies, allows searching by geographic area or demographic variable name. Its area keys for CIS packages include latitude/longitude of centroids; block group geocoding by zip code and street name; and demographic radius reporting. Version 1.1 for IBM PC/AT.

Nutritionist IV Diet Analysis for Windows

Interactive nutrient analysis program allows a user to manipulate data to plan menus and create diets. Version 4.1 for IBM PC/AT.

Planet Earth

A multimedia guide to the lands, habitats, peoples, and cultures of the world through the use of digital video, computer graphics, photographs, music, and satellite remote-sensing techniques. First U.S. edition for IBM PC and Macintosh LCIII.

New Videos in AV

Adult Conflict Resolution


Antique Farm Tractors


The Business of Fashion


Career Pathways


China Rising


Computer Basics for Non-Techies


Domestic Violence


Eleanor Roosevelt: a Restless Spirit


Internet Curriculum Integration


LSAT Review


Learning Paradox 7.x


Lewis & Clark: Explorers of the New Frontier


Management of Complex Wounds


Managing and Financing Independent Business


Memory: The Past Imperfect


Multicultural Counseling: Issues of Diversity


Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers


Sexual Discrimination in the Marketplace


Tuba/Euphonium Maintenance and Repair


Your PC Inside Out


Women's Rights


Technology Funding - SIC

Thanks to state appropriated technology funds, the Self-Instruction Center has some new arrivals!

Soon to be available for lab use are six brand new computers.

Four Power Macintosh 7300's. Each of these is equipped with a 200MHz 604e Power PC processor, 32MB RAM, a 2GB SCSI hard drive, 12x CD-ROM drives, and 15" monitors with built-in stereo speakers. Two of these will be used for color and grayscale scanning, and the other two will be placed in the lab for general use.

Two 166MHz Pentiums from Dell. Each has 32MB RAM, a 1.2GB hard drive, 12x CD-ROM drives and 15" monitors. These machines will also be used as scanning stations for students to scan pictures for graphic arts projects, or for creation of web pages.

The Macintoshes and Pentium PCs will soon be receiving operating system upgrades as well. The Macintoshes will be upgraded to Mac OS8 upon its release in late July, and the Pentiums will be upgraded to Windows NT Workstation 4.0.

Librarian Innovator Visits Central

Library Services hosted library developer Ken Dowlin on April 29, 1997. As Chief Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, he guided the development and construction of its $137 million main library, a building bristling with innovative information services designed for its San Francisco clientele.

Mr. Dowlin reminded his audience that libraries are powerful learning institutions. In the 21st century they will be designed around community expectations, will be infused with communication and information technology, and will reflect the dramatically changing demographics of our society. Continuing to support their historic compact, libraries will remain icons and hallmarks of their community under the leadership of librarians who promote the use of technology for access to and preservation of information. Libraries will reflect librarians' values, leadership, and organization of information expertise. After his presentation, Mr. Dowlin and his wife Jan visited with Central librarians at a reception of cookies, tea, and coffee. Dowlin said of our new library, "I am impressed with the plans for the building -- the layout and the integration of all of the elements of information technology seem well thought out and I can't wait to return when it's open to see how it works."

As a candidate for American Library Association President, Mr. Dowlin travelled across the country in April and May, visiting libraries, librarians, and library supporters.

Best Sellers List

Goodnight Moon...
Goodbye Phil!!

After many years at UCM, Phil Sadler says a fond goodbye to the School of Education and to the library, where his office has been located. He first came to Central in 1963, teaching English and directing school plays in the Laboratory School. After graduate work at Florida State, he returned to Central in 1968 and has been here ever since, teaching his most loved genre, children's literature.

As a nationally known specialist in this field, he began the Children's Literature Festival, which has, over the past 29 years, become the largest such event in the United States. The festival's main focus is to bring children's authors to speak with groups of children from regional schools. Other festivals throughout Missouri and other states are now patterned around this successful format. He will continue to direct the festival on a year-to-year basis.

Phil has written articles for professional publications, spoken widely at schools and professional meetings about children's books, and gained recognition for both Central and himself. He has given generously of his time and expertise to many organizations and keeps in contact with many authors who have become his friends. Phil has even had several children's books dedicated to him, including Mary Downing Hahn's book A Time For Andrew: A Ghost Story which has just won the Mark Twain Award for l996-97. We wish you the best and will miss you!


Congratulations to Lucile Russell! She and Don Harleman were married May 7.

John Small presented a paper entitled, "Creating a Dedicated Web Server in a Library Setting," on March 11, at Computers in Libraries '97, in Arlington, Virginia. The paper was published concurrently in the conference proceedings.

Helen Gales has accepted the position of Media Assistant in the Self-Instruction Center as IBM Network Specialist. She replaces Catina Coleman who left to pursue teaching and a part-time National Guard position.

Debby Anderson, Secretary to the Dean of Library Services, and husband Craig, have moved to sunny California.

Barbara Allen, Library Assistant, Public Services/Electronic Resources, has accepted a librarian position in Pratt, Kansas.

Paula McDowell, Data Maintenance Receptionist, has resigned her position in the Library Information and Sciences Department.

Nancy Gieselman has accepted the position of Secretary to the Dean of Library Services.

Congratulations to Kathleen Weessies and Nancy Littlejohn for their recent promotions. Weessies has been promoted to assistant professor and Littlejohn to associate professor.

Cheryl Riley has been selected as the 1997 Missouri State High School Girls Swimming and Diving Official of the Year.

Nancy Littlejohn presented a poster session, "News from Home: Periodical and Newspaper Subscriptions for International Students" at the annual conference of the American Library Association, June 29 in San Francisco.

Mollie Lawson and Linda Medaris presented a poster session at the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco on June 30. The title of the session was "Information Retrieval Skills for College Students Beyond the Typical Library Use Class: Mastering the Maze of Information."

Mollie Lawson served as chair of a program sponsored by the Library Administration and Management Association of the American Library Association. Entitled "Preparing for Disaster: Building Protection Planning Before the Fact," the program took place June 30 in San Francisco.


Library Services would like to thank the following individuals for their generous donations of library materials and funds:

Ms. Jill Anderson

London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. D. Shelby Brightwell

Starkville, MS

Mr. Baird A. Brock


Mr. Greg Brown


UCM History Club


Dr. Kenneth F.T. Cust


Ms. Bernice Delaney


Ms. Cheryl Eason Warrensburg


Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald & Carter Attorneys,


Dr. George Gunn

Mesa, AZ

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kjos


Mr. James Kock

Pittsboro, NC

Mr. Peter Kung


Mr. Mark Luetkemeyer

St. Louis, MO

Dr. Catherine Murphy


Dr. James Obertino


Dr. Chitaranjan Saran


Dr. Marla J. Selvidge


Mr. Theofanis G. Stavrou

Minneapolis, MN

Mr. Cameron Thrall


Mr. Stephen Walker


Mr. Everett K. Woods


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