Fall 2001 Conference Highlights

It is an exciting time to be an academic information professional in Louisiana. The closing of 2001 brings many challenges to our state: the inclusion of information literacy as a general education requirement in the Board of Regents’ schools and a new access and ILL system. To help cope with these changes, the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Research Libraries (ACRL-LA) and the LOUIS system invite you to:


2001: An Information Odyssey

The Joint Conference of the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Research Libraries (ACRL-LA) and the LOUIS Users. The conference will be held on Thursday, October 25 - Friday, October 26, 2001 in Hammond, Louisiana (at Southeastern Louisiana University.)

The ACRL-Louisiana portion of the conference officially begins Thursday morning and runs through the luncheon. We are pleased to have as our special guest and keynote speaker, Patricia Iannuzzi of the Moffitt Library at the University of California--Berkeley.

Ms. Iannuzzi is well known in instruction circles for her work in integrating information literacy at Florida International University. Chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Task Force on Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, she is co-chair of the ACRL/American Association of School Libraries Task Force on the Educational Role of Libraries, which is developing a "Blueprint for Collaboration" between academic and school libraries. Ms. Iannuzzi also serves on the American Library Association President's Special Committee on Information Literacy Community Partnerships. She is the 2001 recipient of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award given by the ACRL Instruction Section. Her keynote address, Exploring New Roles for Academic Librarians: The Information Literacy Odyssey, will explore the considerations inherent in planning for information literacy in an academic environment.

The LUC portion of the conference will begin after lunch Thursday and will run through Friday morning. Topics of interest to both public and technical service professionals will be offered at all LUC breakout sessions Thursday and Friday. Attendees are encouraged to come for both days.

Those attendees who plan on staying in Hammond Thursday evening will have an additional treat. As part of Fanfare, SLU’s month long festival of the arts, the Capitol Steps will perform and tickets are available for conference attendees. Performing over 500 shows a year, the Capitol Steps are a troupe of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them.

Plan on joining us in Hammond October 25 and 26. You can count on a rewarding experience.


October 25, 2001
ACRL-Louisiana Conference
2001: An Information Odyssey



8:00-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:15 Welcome and Introductions--Laverne Simoneaux, Vice President of ACRL-Louisiana
Business Meeting--Karen Leeseberg, President, ACRL-Louisiana
Introduction of Keynote Speaker--Jean Caswell, SLU System Administrator
9:15-10:30 Exploring New Roles for Academic Librarians: The Information Literacy Odyssey--Patricia Iannuzzi, Moffitt Library, University of California, Berkeley
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Louisiana panel response to Exploring New Roles for Academic Librarians: The Information Literacy Odyssey
Sigrid Kelsey, Moderator, Electronic Reference Services Librarian, LSU
Ashley Bonnette, Bibliographic Instruction/Distance Librarian, UL-Lafayette
Kevin Cuccia, Reference Librarian, Louisiana Tech
Sharon Mader, Dean of Libraries, UNO
Stephen Sanders, Coordinator of LS102, SLU
Kay Stebbins, Associate Librarian, LSU-Shreveport
12:00-1:15 Luncheon

LOUIS Users Conference

1:30-2:30 LOUIS and SIRSI: The Future, Ralph

Boe, LOUIS

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Breakout Sessions

A. Digital Reference: Where are we now? Where are we going? –Andy Corrigan, Tulane; Tom Diamond, LSU; and J.B. Hill, SLU

Curious about Digital Reference? This session is intended to provide a forum to discuss experiences and challenges in providing digital reference. Presenters will assess current services being offered and investigate plans for real-time digital reference as well as consortia-wide opportunities.

B. SIRSI Policies -- Putting It All Together-- Aimee Fifarek, LSU

Stumped by SIRSI? In a pickle over your policies? Don't fret – this session should help. With the help of Cathy Sicard, we'll give the policy process a once-over by showing you how LSU came up with its policies and answering your questions. By the time we're done, your circ map will be as sleek as spandex and twice as tight!

C. Preparing for SIRSI Cataloging/Authorities - Marie Morgan, UNO; Marsha Aucoin, LSU; and Wendy Johnson, RPCC

With a true cataloger's attention to detail, catalogers from three very different libraries will share their cataloging policy and conversion decisions. The session is intended to help Phase 2 & 3 libraries better understand what the Phase 1 libraries are doing in preparation for cataloging on SIRSI.

D. ILLiad: An Overview of its Features & Limitations - Carolyn Coco, LOUIS

What is ILLiad? What does it do? Who is using it? Should I be using it, too? What do I need to know beforehand, and what hardware and software do I need to run it? What does LOUIS pay for and what does my library need to provide? What parts of ILLiad is LOUIS implementing now and what will LOUIS implement in the future? Where can I get more information? This session will provide an overview of the Interlibrary Loan software ILLiad, to give sites not using it the answers to these questions.

4:00 Door Prizes!!! (Must be present to win)

LOUIS Users Conference
Friday, October 26, 2001
2001: An Information Odyssey

8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Breakout Sessions:

A. Web Delivery of Library Credit Course– Barbara Wittkopf, Mike Russo, and Sandy Brady, LSU

LSU Libraries is offering its first totally web-based version of its LIS 1001 class this fall. Hear about the course objectives, syllabus and assessments; the delivery, grading and evaluation of a pilot this summer; and the integration of web tutorials that have been developed during the past few years by members of the Reference Instruction Group. Learn from “Lessons Learned” and plans for future modifications.

B. SIRSI Data Conversion - Mary Johns, LSU-Law

Feel overwhelmed with the prospect of getting all your valuable NOTIS data into SIRSI? Wonder how a system administrator can get input from all departments, fill out the conversion tables, understand the conversion documentation, and coordinate the entire process? Learn how LSU-Law and other phase 1 libraries with the help of Zehra Zamin, the conversion guru at LOUIS, managed data conversion.

C. Preparing for SIRSI Acquisitions/Serials - Natalie Palermo and Dana Taylor, LSU

From determining whether to migrate order pay statements to preparation for serials pattern data, this session will cover policy, data conversion, and other SIRSI issues in acquisitions and serials. Learn how LSU is boldly migrating to a new system in the middle of a fiscal year.

D. ILLiad Users Meeting - Carolyn Coco, LOUIS

A discussion by current users of ILLiad Interlibrary Loan software, and a chance for ILLiad users to get to know one another. Topics for discussion include: how to cope with workflow changes brought about by the software, "How do I do this" questions from new users and non-users directed toward established users, priorities for which ILLiad features should be implemented next, and priorities for enhancements by Atlas Systems (the company which supports ILLiad). Although this session is geared mostly toward those who are already using ILLiad, any site who is considering implementing ILLiad is welcome to attend, as this will be your chance to hear from the sites actually using it now and to ask them questions about it.

10:15- 10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Breakout Sessions:

A. Systematic Classroom Attendance, Miguel Pacheco, LSU-Eunice

Hear how systematic classroom attendance has helped one Louisiana librarian to increase knowledge of the text in an academic discipline and to create significant opportunities for interactions with students at various levels of achievement and with scholars in need of knowledgeable support for their activities.

B. SIRSI System Administration- Jeremy Landry, RPCC

You thought you had it all together as a NOTIS system admin and then along comes SIRSI. Attend this session to learn what's new and different about SIRSI system administration from someone who's been there before. Includes a special presentation by Glenn Manino of his program which converts the NOTIS patron load file to SIRSI format.

C. Preparing for SIRSI Circulation/Reserves - Betty Burroughs, SLU and Floris St. Amant, LSU

Come see the latest in SIRSI - Circ fashion policies and conversion parameters as designed and redesigned by Southeastern and LSU. See what we have to offer and choose what fits you!

D. Open Source Solutions in Libraries--Edward Iglesias, Delgado

Trends towards moving databases and reference sources to the Internet de-emphasize the importance of a particular operating system and highlight the need for connectivity of all workstations. Hear about options available using open source solutions and their benefits.

11:45 Door Prizes!!!(Must be present to win)