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The Library in Review
by Dr. Charles W. Triche III
 
The many friends of the Edith Garland Dupré Library continue to amaze me with their loyalty and generosity. This past year has been a particularly rewarding one—especially in the area of gift giving. As you will see when reading this issue of Joie de livres, the library has been the recipient of several very valuable research collections in the areas of music and photography. These collections enable the Library to assist researchers who study Acadiana and our Cajun culture.
 
As the costs of journal subscriptions continue to rise, the importance of the electronic databases continues to rise. Making effective use of these databases is of paramount concern to us. Document delivery services such as ISI's Web of Knowledge significantly enhance our faculty and staff's access to tens of thousands of journal titles, and our deposit accounts with such vendors as ISI make access easy. Since the document delivery services come with a cost to the library, we ask that the faculty and staff be more vigilant in checking the library's holdings before ordering an article online. We wish to see all our resources used to their fullest extent.
 
We continue to develop electronically. Over the summer some very important changes will occur. The Library will be migrating to a new statewide library system called SIRSI Unicorn. This new library system will have greater Internet capabilities than our current DOBIS system does. After migration is complete, just prior to the beginning of the fall semester, the Library will begin some very much needed digitization projects. We look forward to new and exciting times ahead.
 
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2002 Jefferson Caffery Award Winner
 
Dr. Charles W. Triche III, Director of Libraries, and Professor Allan Jones, chair of the University Library Committee, presented the 2002 Jefferson Caffery Research Award to Mr. Keith Manuel, an Honors History student, for his paper entitled, "Parsimonious Injustice: The Detention of Captain James Campbell, 1781-1783."
 
The Jefferson Caffery Research Fund was established at the UL Lafayette in 1967 by Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery to recognize outstanding research utilizing primary source materials from the special collections of the Edith Garland Dupré Library. For more information on the recipient's award-winning paper, or its predecessors, consult the Archives & Special Collections Department. Those interested in requirements for submission to the award should contact Dr. I. Bruce Turner, Head of Archives & Special Collections, or the staff of the Jefferson Caffery Louisiana Room, on the 3rd floor of Dupré Library.
 
BORSF Grant Award: Edith Garland Dupré Library has been awarded a Louisiana Board of Regents Traditional Enhancement Grant in the amount of $90,487.00. The BORSF project is entitled "To Preserve Cultures and Nurture Generations: Building a Collection of Cajun and Creole Music at the University Library." Funds from the grant will be used to acquire commercial recordings of Cajun, Creole, zydeco and swamp pop music. Grant funds will also be used to purchase equipment for listening and archival purposes. Project directors are Sandy Himel, Reference and Government Information Librarian; Jean Kiesel, Louisiana Room Librarian; Bruce Turner, Head of Archives and Special Collections; and Lance Chance, Systems Coordinator.
 
Women's Studies Materials
By Sheryl M. Curry
 
Denise Goetting and Sherry Curry have received a $700.00 Instructional Improvement Mini-Grant from the University to provide faculty and students with essential reference information to books, articles, essays and other materials on Women's Studies. The library is committed to supporting the new interdisciplinary minor in Women's Studies which is offered by the College of Liberal Arts. Acquisition of several videos and the CD database Women's Studies on Disc (produced by Gale Group) will provide a foundation for the Women's Studies collection in the library. The CD provides an essential historical background to periodicals, books, newspapers, essays and other resources and will be available for use in the Reference Online Center. Videos may be borrowed by students, faculty and staff.
 
STEP Grant Enhances PC Lab
 
Funds from a Student Technology Enhancement Program grant will both enhance and expand the current STEP PC Lab within Dupré Library. The grant, awarded in the Spring 2003 semester, will be administered by Library Systems Coordinator Lance Chance. The accepted proposal will provide new equipment and software for this popular and ever-bustling computer lab. Half of the existing computers will be replaced by thirty new Gateway 2000 PCs. The older terminals will be disbursed throughout the library for student use. The lab will also be supplemented by the addition of two HP LaserJet 8150Ns. Similarly, new software will be made available on these new PCs, including: Windows 2000 Pro, Macromedia Studio MX, and MS Office Professional XP.
 
Newbery & Caldecott Awards: A Subject Index
by Denise Goetting
 
After a year of compiling and editing, four librarians form Dupré Library have recently submitted their final manuscript of a book-length monograph. A subject index, this reference work will cover all Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor winners during the years from 1922-2002. Denise Goetting (Head of Cataloging), Sherry Curry (Head of Internet Access Services), Betsy Miguez (Reference Librarian), and Susan Richard (Head of Reference), have contributed to the volume to be published by Linworth Press.
 
Newbery and Caldecott winners are the most outstanding titles in children's books published in the United States each year. Because these titles stay in print longer than most children's works and are located in practically every school and public library and bookstore in the U.S., the authors believe that a subject index will enhance the use of these excellent books. Although there are several subject indexes to children's literature, none exclusively indexes Newbery and Caldecott titles. The potential audience for the index consists of school library media specialists and public librarians; educators and students of higher education; and children and parents.
 
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New Workstation for Visually Impaired
by Betsy Miguez
 
A workstation for the visually impaired is one of the latest purchases for Dupré Library, courtesy of a Student Enhancement Technology Program (STEP) grant. Housed in a separate room adjacent to the STEP PC Lab on the first floor, the workstation includes an IBM-compatible PC and a Braille embosser. A CCTV allows students to view handwritten materials on the monitor. JAWS, Magic, Openbook, and Duxberry Braille Translator software are installed on the work station. This software converts text into spoken language and provides screen magnification. Internet access is also available.
 
The workstation is networked with the STEP Lab, linking it to word-processing programs and laser printers. The lab is open all of the hours the library is open, and it is staffed by student workers at all times. The Reference and Circulation Departments are located near-by on the first floor of the library.
 
Barbara Flynn, Associate Director of Libraries, initiated the purchase of the assistive technology for the visually impaired. In her STEP grant proposal she pointed out that "having such professional library assistance, as well as the convenience of giving the visually-impaired access to library materials without the need to check them out, would provide the students with more time to actually use the materials. Having such a workstation would enhance the library's mission of supporting the research needs of the university community."
 
Grants Provide Microform Equipment
By Sandy Himel & Betsy Miguez
 
Access to Dupré Library's extensive microforms collections has gotten easier recently, thanks to equipment provided by two grants.
 
A $15,000 UL Lafayette STEP (Student Technology Enhancement Program) Grant was awarded to Betsy Miguez, General Reference Librarian and Steven Ring, former General Reference Librarian. The grant funded the purchase of equipment and supplies to implement digital technology for the Library's microfilm and microfiche collections, which include over two million items. Users may now print, download or e-mail microforms images for use in research, presentations, or papers.
 
Sandy Himel, Government Information Librarian, and Beate Kukainis, Head of Technical Services, received a $13,000 grant through the University's STEP program to purchase a new micro-opaque reader and ScreenScan digital scanner from Indus International, a Dell workstation, and an HP laser printer. The equipment allows printing, saving, downloading, and e-mailing of microcard and microprint images. The Library's micro-opaque collections total nearly one million pieces.
 
Cajun & Creole Music Collection
By Jean S. Kiesel and Sandy Himel
 
The Special Collections Department of Edith Garland Dupré Library recently received a gift of 127 recordings of Cajun and Creole music from Dr. Malcolm Comeaux, an alumnus of UL Lafayette. The recordings come from the personal record libraries of Dr. Comeaux and his cousin, the late Dr. Lauren C. Post. Comeaux and Post, natives of Southwest Louisiana and highly respected geographers, have researched Cajun culture. The collection includes seventy 78 rpm recordings as well as fifty 33 1/3 rpm LPs and seven 45 rpm records that span the period from 1928 through the 1970s. The recordings represent emerging styles of local music during that time period.
 
The rare 78 rpm vinyls feature pioneer Cajun and Creole recording artists of the late 1920s and the 1930s, such as Joe Falcon, Cleoma Breaux Falcon, Amédée Ardoin, Dennis McGee, the Breaux Brothers, the Hackberry Ramblers, and Leo Soileau and the Four Aces. In 1928 Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux Falcon made the first Cajun music recording, “Allons à Lafayette.” Amédée Ardoin was among the first Creole musicians to record commercially. The first Creole recordings were made in 1929 by Douglas Bellard and Amédée Ardoin. Other influential artists featured in the donated collection include Harry Choates, Lawrence Walker, Nathan Abshire and Doug Kershaw.
 
Dupré Library hopes to build on this collection and other recent donations to create an archive of commercially recorded Cajun and Creole Louisiana music.
 

Document last revised Saturday, August 30, 2003 3:03 PM

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