With increased responsibilities and important staff losses in both SCP Special Collections,
staff resources were stretched to the limit. Less was accomplished than we had planned as
our time was often fragmented and tasks begun could not be completed. However, the Scholarly
Communications Project and the Special Collections Department staff accomplished a
tremendous amount, expanding access to online library resources and providing excellent
library services to local and remote clientele.
Special Collections and Scholarly Communications
Dorothy Bodell resigned, leaving the experienced Special Collections staff to assume
her reference and access services responsibilities. Her knowledge of local history and
genealogical resources was so unique, and her salary quite expensive, so she was not
replaced. Instead, additional students were hired to assist with manuscript and archival
collection processing, freeing trained staff time for reference services. For the first
time Liz Ackermann assumed regular reference desk duties, drawing upon her experience
with the collections, but diminishing the time she could spend on other tasks, most notably
the Billings Collection inventory. She also supervised a welcome cadre of Chi Delta Alpha
service sorority volunteers who worked over 325 hours and contributed immensely to a
variety of projects.
Laura Katz Smith did a tremendous job of handling the most bloom that developed in
the Rare Book Room when the cooling system malfunctioned in the heat of the summer. She
also contributed to the Internet a wealth of information about the unique manuscript
collections held within the department. Tamara Kennelly's diligence in archival
collecting and Web access (particularly the Lyric Theatre and the Math Department History)
greatly improved the presence s well as the content of the University on the Web. Eric
Ackermann attempted to create and maintain a user database but was thwarted by PC
hardware failure and learning the Macintosh replacement system. Joyce Nester
co-presented a session on job rotation and cross training at the VLA Paraprofessional Forum
that was attended by nearly 200, and she contributed to planning the very successful
"Charting Our Course" staff development day for University Libraries.
The SCP's half-time grade six position (shared with Science Reference) was vacated in March
and the two halves were joined into one full time position for the SCP. Peter Haggerty
accepted the position, but stayed only six months before successfully applying for a grade
10 in Library Automation. He continues to support the SCP, especially the ETDs, Spectrum,
and VA News. Many of his programming initiatives immensely improved access, especially VA
News and ETDs.
James Powell continued to split his time between Library Automation and the Scholarly
Communications Project, enthusiastically devoting his energy and creativity to experiments
in electronic scholarship that evolves into popular new library services. He made
outstanding contributions to the Project digital initiatives with his ideas for improving
library services to students and faculty as well as to our remote clientele. His book,
HTML Plus! went to press this fiscal year.
Gail McMillan continued to split her time between the Scholarly Communications
Project and the Special Collections Department. Much of her time was devoted to the ETD
project, participating in SURA grant funded travel and training, contributing to the
successful FIPSE grant, and drafting technical services processes. (The latter included an
article published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly.) She also taught over
600 faculty about VT Online Class Materials and prepared detailed instructions for faculty
and students (both online and in paper). She served as a liaison to faculty interested in
the SCP's resources and services, especially online class materials and ejournals/, and she
was on call to give virtual tours of the University Libraries digital initiatives.
by the Staff of the
Special Collections Department and the Scholarly Communications Project
"Collaboration Result in Lyric Exhibition," in Library Friends, Blacksburg, VA: University Libraries, Virginia Tech, winter 1996 (1:3)p. 6.
"High-Tech Preservation: Webbing the Past Future," in Library Friends, Blacksburg,
VA: University Libraries, Virginia Tech, autumn 1995 (1:2)p. 6-7.
"Personalizing Membership Appeals: Key Contact Program," in Archival Outlook, July
"Restoring the Cracked Mirror," in Northeast Document Center News, v. 6, no. 2
(winter 1966):1-2 (abridged version of the article that appeared in Virginia
Librarian, winter 1995)
"A New Service from Libraries: Electronic Publishing" in Continuity & Transformation:
The Promise of Confluence, Proceedings of the 7th National Conference of the Association of
College and Research Libraries, Chicago: ACRL, 1995, p. 257-266 (based on a paper
presented May 30, 1995, Pittsburgh)
"Scholarly Communications Project: Publishers and Libraries," in Filling the Pipeline
and Paying the Piper: Scholarly Publishing on the Electronic Networks, Washington, DC:
ARL, 1995; p. 135-145 (based on a paper presented at the 4th symposium of the ARL/AAUP, Nov.
6, 1994, Washington, DC)
"Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Merging Perspectives" in Cataloging and
Classification Quarterly, vol. 22, no. 3/4, 1966 Nov. 1995 online draft
ETDs: Library Issues and Responsibilities (slide show)
Copyright: Is It Fair Use or Is It Criminal Use? (slide show)
ORG 1.0 User Guide (Oracle Gateway)
Documentation for ORG 1.0, July 11, 1995, updated June 26, 1996
Introduction to HTML
1996 ed.; currently being revised to incorporate HTML 3.2
HTML Plus! (written and accepted for publication this fiscal year)
418 pages; Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1997
"ORG: Oracle Gateway," chapter in Developing CGI Applications with Perl, with John Lewis
John Wiley, pub.
Survey of Four Meta-data Candidates
VPIEJ-L: moderator of electronic journal publishing listserv with 1038 current subscribers
Laura Katz Smith
"Preserving Your Important Memorabilia," in Library Friends, Blacksburg, VA:
University Libraries, Virginia Tech, spring 1996 (1:4), p. 6.
Preserving Your Important Papers, in Library Friends, Blacksburg, VA: University Libraries, Virginia Tech, winter 1996 (1:3), p. 4.
Capital Campaign Exhibition at Hotel Roanoke (Kennelly, Special Collections and University
Relations), Sept. 14-17, 1995
Celebration of 75 years of Women at Virginia Tech (Kennelly, Special Collections and
75 Years of Agricultural Engineering (Nester, Special Collections, and Agricultural