by the Mortensen Library Board of VisitorsVol
9 No 1
Key to the Virtual Library Debbie Herman
In an effort
to provide the university community with the most sophisticated
and user-friendly tools to access scholarly resources, plans
are underway to upgrade the software used to perform critical
functions such as the libraries catalog, circulation and interlibrary
During the 2002 academic year, the University Libraries will
submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the major integrated
library system vendors.
new system will integrate traditional library print resources
with the growing and varied array of electronic publications.
To that end, the system selected will offer library users
integrated interlibrary loan with desktop document delivery capability,
automated borrower registration, and direct access to detailed
journal holdings, including the most recent issues received,
from the web-based
library catalog. This feature will improve access to electronic
journals, presently a concern in the library community. Stay tuned
for updates published on our web site and in future issues of
system migration planning occupies the largest segment of a broad
library initiative to expand access to library collections and
services, the benefits of completing another expansive piece of
this project are immediately visible in the 28 newly installed
computers and flat-panel LCD monitors occupying the public areas
of the Mortensen and Allen libraries. The Libraries owe a profound
debt of gratitude to the William H. Mortensen Foundation for awarding
us a $10,000 grant to perform this upgrade and to Information
Technology Services for their generous purchase of the monitors.
General Assembly, through the Connecticut Digital Library, has
provided state funding to purchase a group of databases to be
accessible to all residents through academic, public and school
libraries. The goal of the program, known as iCONN, is to provide
immediate, free access to timely and reliable full-text information,
according to Lieutenant Governor M. Jodi Rell. Rell chaired
the Task Force on the Connecticut Education Network, which recommended
the development of iCONN.
first group of databases iCONN made available to all libraries
in Connecticut arrived in the Spring of 2001. These sources
include general databases at
many levels from elementary school through university
researchers, as well as more specialized sources for business,
health and education information. All databases are published
by the GaleGroup.
late July 2001, a second group of databases was made available
by iCONN. Different databases were selected for the
different types of libraries. Academic
libraries gained access to information sources in religion, business,
nursing and psychology, as well as to a source of statistics from
government and other
organizations anda broad full-text news source. Public and school
libraries added two full text newspapers (The Hartford Courant
and The New York Times) and a biographical database,
as well as a collection of databases useful for middle and high
school students research.
to the iCONN databases is available from computer in public, school
and academic libraries. At the University of Hartford, users will
find the iCONN databases, as well as many others, by starting at
the Libraries and Learning
Resources homepage. (no longer available).
University of Hartford students, faculty and staff may link to our
databases from off campus by using their University e-mail username
and password. Public or school library users may access their databases
from home by entering their public or school library barcode number
Memorial Library News
The Allen library is pleased to announce new staff members:
Earley, Public Services Coordinator
The Hartt School;
BMus, Houghton College
Jennifer Forino, Evening Services
University of Connecticut/Storrs
Jennifer Olson, Technical Services
The Hartt School - in progress;
BMus, Moorhead State University
A large gift was received in May from Professor Douglas Jackson,
recently retired from The Hartt School. Professor Jackson had
a long and distinguished career at Hartt both as an administrator
and as a teacher of percussion, conducting, and contemporary
ensembles. In all there were 527 scores donated, including staples
of the band repertoire as well as student compositions performed
by various Hartt ensembles over the years. Another large gift
was received from former Vice President Stephen Jeffrey. Included
in this gift of 300 titles were many books on opera and the
current musical culture. Members of the Hartt faculty continue
to contribute to the library. Recent donors include Robert Carl,
John Wion, Watson Morrison, and James Sellars.
addition to these gifts-in-kind, the Allen Memorial Library
is also the recipient of donations to the Mitchell Stern Memorial
Fund. Created in the spring after Mitchs untimely death,
these funds will be administered jointly by Hartt Professor
and Linda Solow Blotner, Head of the Allen Memorial Library, to
acquire high-quality editions of the standard string quartet literature.
Mitchell Stern was a violinist and violist who taught at The Hartt
School and several other institutions. During his career he won
several competitions in addition to the Leventritt Award in 1978.
He performed and recorded as a member of the American String Quartet,
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Music from Marlboro, the American Symphony
Orchestra, and the Little Orchestra Society.
The Allen Memorial Library successfully completed a long-awaited
renovation in June. This space change created a Technical Services
office where the cataloging and processing of new acquisitions
can proceed more efficiently, thus making materials available
to library patrons more promptly. It also provided a secure shelving
area for the compact disc and video collections, and a much-needed
expansion for our reserves collection.
In cooperation with The Hartt School, the Allen Memorial Library
successfully completed a pilot project over the summer to digitize
audio reserve materials. Structured like Mortensen Librarys
e-reserves system for text materials, this project will enable
students enrolled in music classes to access their required listening
assignments from any computer, on or off campus, at any time of
the day or night. Hartt and the library system will continue to
work together on these audio e-reserves.
of the Road: Appraisals and the IRS
John A. Woods
end of the year always brings questions about donations of personal
property to qualified institutions. Property can include books,
documents, manuscripts, memorabilia, etc. The purpose of this
article is to explain what constitutes a qualified institution,
and what the Internal Revenue Service wants to see in an appraisal
report filed with the taxpayers 1040.
and librarians/curators are nervous when dealing with the IRS.
The IRS is straight forward with its requirements and issues
two bulletins on an annual basis that details the rules concerning
how, why, and to what extent property donated is valued, described,
and transferred. These bulletins are:
526, Charitable Contributions
561, Determining the Value of Donated Property
Examples of qualified institutions:
non qualified institutions:
non profit hospitals and medical research organizations
If you donate property with a fair market value that is more than
your basis (the original amount you paid), you may have to reduce
the fair market value by all or part of the increase when you
figure your deduction. Generally, if you deducted he expense of
an item (medical books when you purchased them, for example),
you may only deduct the difference, if any, between the fair market
value as of
of the donation and the original cost of the material.
exception is self-generated material. Current tax laws state you
may take no more than the cost of supplies required
to make the property; i.e., pens,paper, etc. You may not deduct
the fair market value of the property.
each gift on which you claim a deduction of more than $250, you
must attach a statement to your return giving the following information:
1. Name and
address of organization
2. Date of contribution
3. Description and physical condition of
at time of contribution
4. Approximate date you acquired the
5. The amount you claim as a deduction for
the tax year
6. Copy of letter of transmittal to the
7. Cost of the property
8. An estimate of the fair market value or
Form 8283, Non-cash Charitable Contributions, must be used
when the deduction exceeds $500. For all such items, the taxpayer
must provide relevant information. If the amount of the deduction
is between $500 and $5,000, Section A must be completed. When
the amount of the donation exceeds $5,000 in the aggregate of
same or similar property, Section B must be completed and signed
by all parties: the donor, the appraiser and the receiving institution.
The Rules of the Road are straightforward: follow the road
signs, stay in your own lane, and, if you have questions, ask
the IRS, your tax accountant, or a recognized personal property
appraiser. © 2001 - John A. Woods.
Woods is the owner of John Woods Books in South Windsor, CT. He
is an appraiser of personal property, specifically Fine Arts and
Machinery and Equipment, and a member of the American Society
of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, the Manuscript
Society, and the Mortensen LibraryBoard of Visitors.
of the Bess Graham Library
College for Women (HCW) began as a branch of Mount Holyoke in
Hartford. It was established in 1933 when the Hartford YWCA and
Mount Holyoke College president Mary Emma Woolley initiated a
freshman year in Hartford, which enabled young women of the Greater
Hartford community to begin a college course in liberal arts under
the instruction of members of the Mount Holyoke faculty.
20, 1939, Hartford Junior College was formally opened at 47 Highland
Street in West Hartford. In accordance with the original plan
for a strong curriculum in liberal arts, new courses and faculty
members from Trinity, Smith, Wesleyan, Yale and Connecticut College
were added to the Mount Holyoke in Hartford program. Helen Randall,
the first Dean, acted as librarian and built bookshelves wherever
there was free space for the growing library. Theodora Newlands,
a 1940 graduate from the Hartford Junior College was the first
librarian in 1948.
College moved to its present location (the old Severens estate)
in 1959 and was expanded to include 13 acres and a dozen additional
buildings. Hartford College for Women (HCW) was made the official
name of the College by an act of the 1963 Connecticut General
library was originally housed in the Reading Room of Butterworth
Hall; however, it did not offer sufficient space for the collection
to grow. The Bess Graham Library was added as a wing of Butterworth
Hall in 1965, and was named in honor of Bess Graham, the secretary
of the YWCA, and one of the original founders of Mount Holyoke
1991, the HCW became affiliated with the University of Hartford
as the ninth college. To continue HCWs tradition of serving
the needs of nontraditional students, the Academic Express
program was launched in 1997. It was developed to give adult women,
most of whom have families and full-time jobs, the opportunity
to go back to school at their own pace to pursue a college education
or finish an existing one. Classes are offered in the evening,
and on weekends, and in addition to the traditional 14-week classes,
accelerated seven-week classes were also added.
The majority of Academic Express students have been out
of school for many years. To help them regain their confidence
and academic skills, special workshops have been developed through
a grant from the United Technologies Corporation. Due to other
priorities in their lives, Academic Express students have
a limited amount of time to do homework or perform research. They
therefore prefer electronic resources which they can access from
their homes or offices.
of the reference assistance traditionally done face to face, is
now conducted over the phone or through email. In addition to
assisting the Academic Express students, the Bess Graham
Library also caters to the needs of the traditional student population
who live in the womens dorms, and the Hartt theatre students
who attend classes on the HCW campus.
HCW continues to grow and change, so, too, does the Bess Graham
Library to better serve the needs of the new and varied student
libraries Interlibrary Services Department (ILS) sadly
was diminished this year when Kim Farrington resigned in January
and Margie Petterson resigned in February. Service to the University
community, however, was not adversely affected. Susan Boss,
borrowed from the Periodicals Department, worked diligently
to satisfy patrons requests for books and journal articles.
April, the Libraries were fortunate to recruit Deegan Lukienchuk
to fill the Interlibrary Services Assistant position she previously
had held. After a lengthy and fruitless search for a new Head
of Interlibrary Services, restructuring of services and reassignment
of staff emerged as the solution to a significant vacancy.
the late summer, the Circulation and Interlibrary Services Departments
were merged to form the Access Services Department. The services
provided by each unit in the past will continue.
restructuring plan retained existing staff levels in Circulation
and provided for two full-time Coordinators in Interlibrary Services.
Elaine Sullo was promoted from the Circulation Department Assistant
position to complete the ILS staff. Both the Coordinators in ILS
are trained to perform borrowing and lending functions, ensuring
continuity of quality service for the University community. The
Access Services Department is headed by Mariellen Baxter.
R. Toboco Berkman's Gift to the University
funds are created to strengthen the Libraries for the benefit
of the University Community for today and long into the future as only
the income from the fund is spent. The principal remains in perpetuity
so the intent of the donor continues for generation after generation.
of Hartford Library Endowed Funds
Fund - Established in 1973
for the support of library development
- Established in 1977 for the acquisition of music materials
for the Allen Memorial Library
W. Cowles - Established in
1982 for the acquisition of art books
- Established in 1992 by Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Kaplan in memory
of Jose Garcia for acquisition of Spanish language materials
Martin - Established in 1977 and 1990 with a gift
from W. H. Mortensen and B. Friedlander for the acquisition
of materials for the Barney School of Business
Merrill Lynch - Established
in 1987 with a gift from the Merrill Lynch & Company Foundation,
Inc. for acquisition of books for the Barney School of Business
Albert Putnam - Established
in 1991 from a bequest gift from the Estate of Albert Putnam
for the uses and purposes of Allen Memorial Library.
Samolin - Established in 1993 with a gift from Else
Sackler for the acquisition of books on Central Asia in memory
of William Samolin
Walter Schultz - Established
in 1985 with a gift from Ruby and Walter Schultz for the acquisition
of art history books
Robert Smith - Established
in 1993 for the acquisition of CDs, videos and similar materials
for the Allen Memorial Library
- Established in 1985 with a gift from Mrs. E. Sweeney in memory
of Eugene Sweeney for the acquisition of jazz materials and art
Laurel Thomas - Established
in 1987 for the acquisition of art books
Humphrey Tonkin - Established
in 1998 for the support of scholarly materials in the 16th and
17th century culture
Turner Book Fund - Established
for the acquisition of communication books
Life and Casualty, Inc.
Dr. Jane M. & Norman D. Barstow
Mr. Peter J. Bartucca
Estate of Ms. Florence T. Berkman
Dr. Yvette Blanchard
Mr. John L. Bonee
Dr. A. Richard Brayer
Mr. Clyde S. Brooks
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel P. Brown, Jr.
Mrs. Peter Canterow
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Cathles
Ms. Cynthia C. Chamberlin
Mr. & Mrs. Adam P. Cohen
Dr. Susan Coleman
Mrs. Clare N. Cooley Edwards
Dr. Ann Costello
Mr. Joseph Crivelli
Mr. Daniel Davis
Mrs. Alice DeLana
Ms. Mikki Dembar
Dr. Bernard den Ouden
Dr. Mabel Donnelly
Elwer Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Ronald Epp
Mr. Jonathan Fensterheim
Follett College Stores Corporation
Mr. Steven Foote
Mr. Edward Foster
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Gaddis
George Washington University
Stephen B. Goddard, Esq.
Mr. Ellsworth S. Grant
Dr. Thomas Grant
Mr. Cleve Gray
Ms. Francine duPlessix Gray
Eunice S. GroarkC
Ms. Marcia S. Hall
Mr. Peter Holubowski
Mr. Jonathan Humble
Dr. Harvey Jassem
Ms. Barbara Klemmer
Mrs. Phradie Kline
Ms. Rachel Kovacs
Mrs. Janet M. Larsen
Dr. Malek Lashgari
Mr. C. James Lawler, FAIA
Mr. George Lechner
Dr. Louise Earle Loomis
James B. Lyon, Esq.
Estate of Mr. William Mead
William & Alice Mortensen Foundation
Murtha, Cullina, LLP
Ms. Patricia A. Myler
Dr. Minerva Neiditz
Phillip W. Neuberg, AIA
Dr. Geraldine Pellecchia
Dr. Joachim E. Pengel
Ms. Linda A. Pine
Dr. Charles L. Ross
Dr. Chittaranjan Sahay
Dr. Stuart Schar
Dr. John J. Schloss
Dr. Andrew Schwartz
Mrs. Anne T. Shafer
Ms. Julia Sheehan
Dr. Betsey Smith
Mr. Michael Smith
Professor Marilyn S. Smith
Atty. & Mrs. Robert H. Smith, Jr.
Mr. Allan Stern
Mr. John Stewart
Ms. Reha Talley Stewar
tMr. Paul Stucky
Dr. Humphrey Tonkin
Mrs. Elizabeth Tornan
Bishop David V. Williams
Ms. Susan Wilmarth-Rabineau
Mr. John A. Woods
John Woods Books
Director Accepts New Position
H. Epp accepted a position as Director of Shapiro Library
at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH
effective August 3, 2001. You may be acquainted with this
institution by its former designation New Hampshire
move to the North Country enables Ron and his wife, Elizabeth,
to further their environmental interests and puts them
closer to Bar Harbor where Ron is working on a biography
of the founder of Acadia National Park.
was the principle author of the first collection development
policies drafted at the University. A founder of the Council
of Connecticut Academic Library Directors, Epp contributed
to the health of academic librarianship and the building
of a collegial community of library directors for the
State of Connecticut.
the development and implementation of the libraries
working relationships between the libraries and ITS.
a dynamic online directory of more than 600 academic
library newsletters of the US (ALiNUS) that sets the
agenda for trends affecting higher education.
a series of lectures, performances, online and traditional
exhibits celebrating the Bicentennial of the Library
Library System wishes him well and will miss his gentle
humor and thoughtfulness. In the interim, the Universitys
Provost, Donna Randall, has appointed Randi Lynn Ashton-Pritting,
the Assistant Director, to serve as Director.
of Hartford Library Staff
takes a tremendous amount of talent and effort to support the
demand and needs of the University Community. Without the untiring
efforts of our talented and dedicated library staff, none of what
Libraries and Learning Resources (LLR) accomplishes would be possible.
They are truly the LLR's greatest resources. With this I would
like to introduce to you the staff:
Sara Metcalfe worked at the Mortensen Library for five
years before becoming the librarian of the Bess Graham Library
last year. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations
of the library which include (among other things) training and
supervising student staff, cataloging books, assisting patrons
with research, and maintaining library technology. Sara also
works closely with the faculty and staff at HCW to develop and
implement academic support and information literacy services
that accommodate non-traditional students and support the curriculum.
She is also currently enrolled at SCSU in Library Science.
Linda Solow Blotner has worked for the University since
1987. She heads the Music library, manages and teaches Graduate
Library Instruction, handles collection development for the
library, and is the editor of Notes.
Diane L. Napert the Assistant Head of Allen Memorial
Library came in 1999. She is responsible for the cataloging
and processing of all music items. She is also involved with
Earley joined the library system this summer. She is the
Public Services Coordinator of the Allen Library.
Jennifer Forino also joined the Allen staff this summer.
Jennifer is the Evening Services Coordinator and is responsible
for keeping the library humming in the evening.
Jennifer Olson is the Technical Services Coordinator
and joined the Allen staff this summer. On top of a new position
and the demands of cataloging, Jennifer is a Doctoral student
in Composition at The Hartt School.
H. Mortensen Library
Mariellen Baxter was hired in April 1989 as Circulation
Librarian and participated in the conversion from the GEAC computer
system to DRA. The project that has been most satisfying for
her, to date, was supervising the computer cataloging for the
Art Plate collection. Recently, she was appointed Head of Access
Marian Smith has been in the Circulation Unit for five
years and is the coordinator. Responsible for overdue materials
notices and billing, she processes a significant amount of Reserve
materials, does online catalog maintenance, and assists patrons
at the front desk.
Kathy Roberts, formerly Administrative Assistant to LLR
Director Ron Epp, recently was rehired. As Circulation Assistant,
she is responsible for processing Reserve materials as well
as the weekday opening of the library.
Julio Armstrong, Suzanne Bailey, and Gina Leone
work in Circulation as Evening Coordinators. Julio has worked
here since August 1998 and Suzanne and Gina were hired in 2001.
They are responsible for evening operations of the Circulation
Unit, general oversight of Mortensen student staff who work
in the evening, and arbitration of patron concerns.
Deegan Lukienchuk is one of the two Interlibrary Services
Coordinators who oversees the Interlibrary Services Unit. She
returned to the position in April 2001 and is an alum of the
University. She is currently enrolled at SCSU in Library Science.
Elaine Sullo, previously worked part time at Mortensen
Library for seven months in Circulation is now a full time staff
member in the Interlibrary Services Unit, part of the new Access
Services Department. As one of the two ILS Coordinators, she
is involved in all aspects of lending and borrowing and works
with the student staff on a daily basis. She is currently enrolled
at SCSU in Library Science.
Beverly Poggio has worked in the Acquisition Department
of Mortensen since 1979. In this capacity Beverly is responsible
for placing orders for all books, videos, CDs, music,
scores, and reference materials for the three campus libraries.
Judy Kacmarcik has worked for the University for seven-and-a-half
years. She began her employment in the Bursars office
and was promoted to Business Manager of LLR. Judy is responsible
for budgetary management of all library finances, ensures administrative
relations with other academic institutions, University departments,
faculty, staff, and patrons.
Randi Lynn Ashton-Pritting was recently promoted to Interim
Director of LLR for the current year. Randi has been employed
at the University since 1980. Active in both in state and national
library associations and committees, she is currently a doctoral
candidate in the field of Educational Leadership here at the
Ethel Bacon began teaching piano and organ at Hartt in 1944.
In 1960, Ethel became the full-time music librarian and in 1966
took over additional responsibilities of the University Archives.
She retired as music librarian in 1987 but continued as part-time
archivist. As University Archivist she preserves and makes available
for reference the history, unique and fascinating, of the University.
Kitty Tynan has served as Head of Reference Services since
January, 1995. She oversees all operations in Reference Services
and the Art Collection in Mortensen. Kitty developed and continues
to maintain and update the online Library Skills Tutorial,
which is assigned to freshmen in their writing classes, and
used by students at many levels. She coordinates Mortensens
instruction programs. Kitty is also the subject liaison for
business, economics, and communication.
Prescott has worked for LLR for 30 years. In her current
capacity as Reference Librarian, she assists library users
in making the best use of library paper and electronic resources
to further their research. She is the librarys liaison
to faculty teaching English language literature, cinema, drama,
and psychology courses, working with them to ensure that their
students have the library resources they need and, through
bibliographic instruction classes, the ability to use those
Lechner works as an assistant in the Reference Department
and has been on staff at Mortensen Library for ten years.
He is liaison to the history, politics, religion and philosophy,
African-American and Judaic Studies departments.
Bigazzi is the Coordinator in the Art Collection, where
she has worked for the past 22 years. From her office she
assists the patrons in their research, guiding them through
the Art holdings as well as the online catalog, databases
and Internet Resources. She collaborates with art and art
history faculty in collection development, maintains the files
of thousands of mounted reproductions, and offers TLC to most
of the suffering and needing mending volumes at Mortensen.
Fowler has worked as a part-time Reference Librarian since
January 2001, providing assistance to users in print and electronic
resources on Thursday evenings and occasional weekends.
Morelli has worked at Mortensen Library for two years
as a part-time Reference Librarian. She provides assistance
using both print and electronic resources.
Whitman has been employed at the Mortensen Library as
a part-time reference librarian for three years. She works
on Monday nights and some weekends, providing assistance to
Susan Boss, the Serials and Stacks Coordinator, has worked
at Mortensen Library for two years. Her duties include training
the student shelving staff, preparing periodicals and theses/dissertations
for bindery, and processing incoming journals. Susan serves
on the Library Outreach Committee and is currently enrolled
at SCSU in Library Science.
Debbie Herman has been a member of the LLR staff for over
five years. She oversees support and development of networked
library services and administers the integrated library system
software required to perform key library functions such as
circulation, acquisitions and the online catalog. Additionally,
Debbie oversees quality control of the libraries catalog,
a database of over 500,000 items held by the University Libraries.
From 1996 until 1999, Debbie held the post Assistant Head
of the Allen Library.
Dessureau has been the Web Applications Developer at Mortensen
Library for the past three years and is responsible for the
development, design and maintenance of the University Libraries
and special topics web sites. This semester Barbara improved
the electronic reserves by implementing active server pages
and making faculty syllabi and reserve articles accessible
by the web. She also designs and produces the library newsletter
Resources, as well as logos, promotional materials
Larry Coviello is the Library Technologies Assistant
and provides evening technical support for the libraries.
published twice a year to inform the Mortensen Library Board of
Visitors, faculty, staff and others interested in the Libraries
and Learning Resources of the University of Hartford. Please email
comments to Randi