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IRLE eNews, Summer 2010: The Year in Review

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library Year in Review Report - Academic Year, Fall 2009-Spring 2010


The Library Commons

During 2009-10, the Library extended its outreach to the campus and community in a dramatic and visible way. The Library Commons was essentially "discovered" by students and faculty, and has become a popular study site with many return visitors. At the same time, circulation of library materials has increased over 40 percent. Graduate Student Instructors are among the heaviest users, and the Library's "complete and intact" collection is also popular with undergraduates who cannot find books elsewhere..

Reference and Research Support

The growth in use of the Library Commons has increased the reference workload for Library staff, particularly with new groups of patrons. The largest of these are UC Berkeley undergraduates and graduate Student Instructors. In addition, library staff presented bibliographic training by invitation. The most noteworthy of these presentations was held in summer 2009, when the Library staff gave two courses to The Labor Center's Labor Summer Interns.

California AFL-CIO: Proceedings and Publications

On May 3, 2010, 50 years of the California AFL-CIO was successfully added to the Library's collection of the Federation's documents. This leaves issues from 1994 through 2001 to be added; the issues were shipped in April 2010. Once these scans are completed, newer documents will migrate to the collection as electronic files, so the collection will continue to grow.

Web at Risk

The California Digital Library's Web at Risk project has entered Phase II, during which UC participating libraries will be used as examples of Web archiving projects. The IRLE Library is archiving the Web sites of the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, to capture the policy output of both organizations.

California Legislative Research Service: IRLE Library Partnership

The California State Library has entered into an agreement with several Affiliated Libraries at UC Berkeley to request specialized research assistance on demand. The IRLE Library is one of the partners in this project.

Book and Internet Reviews in Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society

Librarian Terry Huwe continues to review books in the Journal, which has become a popular service, with many authors sending unsolicited review copies. Janice Kimball continues to review new and interesting Web sites that present information that is relevant to industrial relations researchers.

Professional Activities of IRLE Librarian

IRLE Librarian Terry Huwe was a keynote speaker at the Long Island Library Resources Council's 18th Annual Meeting, which was held at the New York Institute of Technology on October 31, 2009. The title of his presentation was "Publishers 'in' Libraries: New Agents, New Roles, New Challenges."

On October 23, 2009, Terry co-chaired a major campus library conference, which was titled "Library Student Users: Deliver What They Need–The Way They Want It." The event was sold out and attracted attendees from across the US and from abroad.

Terry is also a columnist for Computers in Libraries magazine, and a contributor to Magazines in Libraries (Bowker, 2010), an all-purpose reference guide for general research. A list follows below:

"Core Values Lead Us to the Core of the Enterprise." Computers in Libraries Vol. 29, No. 6, June 2009

"Labor and Industrial Relations." Magazines for Libraries, Bowker, 2004-2008 (15th-17th editions)

"Mapping Your Digital Community in Five Steps." Computers in Libraries Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2010

"The New Synergy Between Print and Web." Computers in Libraries Vol. 29, No. 5, November/December 2009

"Three Strategies for Effective Data Oversight." Computers in Libraries Vol 29, No. 8, September 2009

"Thriving on Technology's Edge." Computers in Libraries Vol. 29, No. 9, October 2009

Recent Acquisitions

On April 22, The Library published a list of its recent acquisitions, which may be found on the Web: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/library/?page=49



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