Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Pace High School Students Come to Campus
Birnbaum Library Receives Books from Federal
New Library Research
Tutorial is Available for General Use
ATTENTION ALL FILM LOVERS
Revised Collection Development Policy
HELLO, MY NAME IS…
Rolling Out the Welcome Mat:
Pace High School Students Come to Campus
Assistant University Librarian for Instructional Services
Unlike your typical lazy, hazy
days of summer, the week of July 12th was a busy one on the
Pleasantville campus, and in the Mortola Library. Not only were New
Student Orientations underway for Pace freshmen, we also welcomed
the inaugural class of the Pace High School to campus for the “First
As part of the week’s slate of activities, Sarah Burns Feyl, Assistant
University Librarian for Instructional Services, and Joe Seijo,
Courseware Designer/Coordinator for the Center for Teaching,
Learning and Technology partnered to facilitate Library and E-mail
orientation sessions for the class of one-hundred Pace High School
students. The “founding members” of the Pace High School – as their
lively gold t-shirts read - were first given basic information about
how they can access and use the Pace Library resources and services
when school starts in September – including book borrowing
privileges and remote database access.
Next on the agenda was an introduction to the Information Cycle – how
different types of information are produced, from news reports on
the Web through scholarly journal publications and books. The
introduction to the Information Cycle was facilitated through an
online flash presentation developed by Penn State University
Libraries. Check out the Information Cycle web presentation yourself
At the completion of the presentation, students were shown how they
could locate different types of information using the Pace Library
Students then engaged in a little friendly competition when they
were asked to use the library’s research databases to see who could
locate articles cited in the web presentation quickest. Students
retrieved full-text articles from the Academic Search Premier,
Research Library, and National Newspapers databases and were
rewarded with goodies such as pens, pencils, highlighters and
post-it note pads emblazoned with the Library web site address.
After recovering from the rigorous database search competition,
students were introduced to the Pace University Student E-mail
system. Students received their usernames and passwords, logged on
to the system, read the welcome message, updated their passwords,
and were off and running. The students’ creative sides kicked in
when they learned they could change the color scheme and design for
the STMail web interface. If you get a chance to log on to the
STMail system using one of the student workstations in the Mortola
Library Electronic Classroom, you’ll see what we mean.
The Pace High School students and their teachers returned to Pace in
early October, this time visiting the Birnbaum Library where they
experienced additional orientation activities, acquired their Pace
library barcodes, and worked with the Library’s web site and
research tools to do some searching for information on endangered
species as well as some “classic” literature.
The Library and the CTLT are happy to contribute to this new and
exciting chapter for Pace, and many thanks go to Dr. Art Maloney,
Dean Jan McDonald, Principal Yvette Sy, and the rest of the Pace
High School team for the opportunity to work with such a great group
of kids - all attentive, focused, bright and personable! We
thoroughly enjoyed our time with the Pace High School students, and
look forward to working with the School again in the future. We wish
the founding members of the Pace High School – students, teachers
and administrators – all the best good fortune in the school year.
Birnbaum Library Receives Books from
Greenberg: Latin American Studies
The Pace Birnbaum Library last year was the recipient of over 130
scholarly books about Latin America, thanks to a federal grant won
by Dr. Daniel Greenberg of the Latin American Studies (LAS) Program.
Awarded by the federal Department of Education, the grant provides
for $9,000 investment in new Curriculum Collection acquisitions over
2003-2005. The acquisitions will span the LAS disciplines of
History, Literature, Anthropology, Art History, Economics and
Sociology. "The purpose of the Library portion of the grant is to
strengthen our holdings with respect to both countries and
disciplines," commented Dr. Greenberg. "Pace's collection is already
strong in disciplines like Business and Economics, but needs
acquisitions in the Humanities and Social Sciences; particularly for
countries like Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador,
Venezuela and Colombia. We want to give students and faculty the
opportunity to learn about and research the region without having
the go uptown to the New York Public Library. This will strengthen
Latin American Studies and Pace as a university. And it will also
strengthen our Library, the heart of any great learning
New Library Research Tutorial is Available for General Use
Karen DeSantis: Instructional
Services Librarian, Mortola
APOLLO: A Pace Online
Library Literacy Orientation is now availabe for general use. The
goal of our tutorial is to help students develop information
literacy and research skills that can be used throughout their time
at Pace and even after they graduate. Whatever the research need,
they need to know what information resources are available, how to
access or obtain information, and how to evaluate whether the
information they have located is valuable.
APOLLO requires a brief account creation to register within the
database. This account creation allows you to set a password as well
as register your email so that if you decide to email your test
results or your research log, the tutorial knows where to send it.
After completing each of the seven units of the tutorial, a student
should be able to:
* Analyze their research project and determine what types of
information they need.
* Identify resources and explain the differences between different
types of information, such as primary sources and secondary sources.
* Search a variety of information resources using techniques such as
Boolean logic and subject heading searches.
* Locate materials using a variety of systems and tools, including
the Library Catalog, library research databases, and Interlibrary
* Evaluate their information in terms of quality and
Cite information using appropriate guidelines, and recognize and
* Locate additional help from the Library.
Each Unit of APOLLO has several opportunities for assessment
Test Yourself exercises are meant to reinforce concepts in the unit
and are not graded or recorded.
Final Quizzes can be emailed to the student or to a professor or
printed and the results are recorded in a databases.
Research Logs can be found in many of the units. These logs contain
questions that should be answered throughout the unit and can be
emailed or printed in the same way as the final quizzes.
APOLLO content was created by the Pace University Instructional
Services Team and all programming was created by Carlos Serrano,
Library Computing Specialist. Please contact any of the
Instructional Services Librarians for further information.
ATTENTION ALL FILM LOVERS
Award-winning independent and foreign films will be arriving soon in
the Birnbaum Library. RB Media, a division of the well- known
Recorded Books, is sponsoring the project. The films, all on DVD,
are the award winners from the top film festivals such as Cannes,
Sundance, Toronto, and New York. A panel of curators from the film
world decide on which films will be included in the arrangement. The
selected titles will be released simultaneously to participating
libraries as they as shown in the movie houses across the country.
Special features may include the director's commentary, the movie
trailer, and biographies of the cast and crew.
A sample of some of the films which were included in the 2003
Marian Bridge - Canadian
He Died With a Felafel in His Hand - Australian
The Party's Over - American
Hop - Belgium
Manito - American
Morlang - Netherlands
Watch for announcements of the arrival of the 2004 arrivals.
Revised Collection Development
The Pace University Library has
recently redefined our Collection Development Policy. (more...)
Department of the Library has been working on many enhancements to
the library computers as well as the library collection over the
summer. Here are a few of the projects that have been completed or
are in process:
Birnbaum Library and Mortola Library upgraded their computers. The
latest upgrades were for 30 computers in the Birnbaum Library and 8
more are about to be installed. Mortola’s upgrade are already been
The Library is collaborating with CSIS department to create full
catalog records of masters’ theses that will include the digital
copies of the same theses.
The library will install Innovative Interfaces’ AIRPAC—which will
allow Digital Assistants, mobile phones and PDAs to interface with
the online catalog using wireless technology. This is under works.
Please contact Rey Racelis, Associate University Librarian for
email@example.com, if you would like any further information
about these projects.
HELLO, MY NAME IS…
Janell Carter has joined the Instructional Services Team at the
Birnbaum Library. She received her Masters in Music Performance from
Ball State University in 1994 and her Masters in Library Science
from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Before completion
of her degree, she had the opportunity to work as an intern at the
Dartmouth College Library in Hanover, New Hampshire. Ms. Carter is
coming to us from the Farley Library of Wilkes University in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Her previous professional positions
include Reference Information Literacy Librarian, Reference
Bibliographic Instruction Coordinator, and Reference Collections
Librarian. She also served as Music Library Consultant for the Darte
Music Library of Wilkes University. In addition to her
library-oriented skills, Janell also has a wide array of technology
skills that will be very useful in her new position. She is also an
accomplished trumpet player, who, in her spare time plays in a
variety of music groups ranging from classical to jazz.