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Library Joins Shared Print Trust

The Noreen Reale Falcone Library is now a member of the ConnectNY (CNY) Shared Print Trust.  Since 2005, members of CNY have shared their print book collections with one another through an efficient, highly popular, patron-initiated borrowing and delivery system. As these 18 libraries in CNY face both pressing space needs and economic pressures, they seek new options for sharing the costs and effort of long-term retention of low-use library materials.

The overall purpose of this shared program is to build a strong consortial print trust that is housed across the CNY libraries. This will leverage our resources, enhance our shared collection and relieve library shelf space pressures in all member libraries. Planning meetings of the Trust began in October 2012 and a timeline, which will be shared in advance with academic departments and programs, is forthcoming. The project is expected to evolve over a number of years, but data from a study on overlap and circulation are forthcoming in February.

Membership in the Trust will allow member libraries to: identify both the strengths and weaknesses in the CNY collection, identify collection redundancy and manage a drawdown of surplus copies, and share preservation and archiving responsibilities for unique items,.

Significant objectives of this program include: to assure that at least one copy of all titles currently held by participating libraries remains securely archived and available to CNY users, to assure that the maximum number of unique titles remain available to users, to free space now occupied by low-use surplus copies for collection growth and study spaces, and to avoid additional building costs

Please feel free to contact Bob Johnston, Director of the Library, if you have questions or concerns about this initiative ([email protected] or 445-4321).

 

Caroline Tauxe: Women’s Wealth – February 28 until March 27, 2013

Le Moyne College will host an exhibit of fiber arts and quilts by Caroline Tauxe in the Wilson Art Gallery, located in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library. The exhibit, titled “Women’s Wealth,” opens on Thursday, Feb. 28, and will run through Wednesday, March 27, and can be seen during regular library hours. The exhibit is part of Women’s History Month.

There will be an opening event on Thursday, Feb. 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Bernat Special Events Room, located in the library. Vanessa Johnson, a historian and Griot (a storyteller in the West African tradition), will perform “Foot on the Serpent,” a first-time telling of women-centered stories that transcend time and geography. Following her performance, there will be an opening reception in the Wilson Art Gallery from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4153.

Caroline S. Tauxe received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Yale University and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation research concerned power, conflict and social change in rural North Dakota communities undergoing coal-based energy development. It was a pioneering work in what has since become the field of political ecology in environmental studies. Tauxe later conducted research in Brazil on middle-class life during hyperinflation, especially the challenges it posed to class identity and the morality of exchange. Tauxe currently teaches at Le Moyne College and is active in community arts development.

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