Char Booth Appointed Director of Research, Teaching and Learning Services

The Claremont Colleges Library is proud to announce the appointment of Char Booth as the first Director of Research, Teaching and Learning Services (RTLS). In directing RTLS, Char will oversee a newly-created division within the library that will provide key research, teaching, and learning services, such as information literacy instruction, reference and research services, selection and management of information resources, and liaison work.

Char joined the Claremont Colleges Library in 2011 as the Head of Instruction Services and E-Learning Librarian; prior to that she was the E-Learning Librarian at University of California, Berkeley. A few of the notable projects that Char has created and/or worked to develop with colleagues at the Claremont Colleges Library include the Visual Curriculum Mapping program, a seven-college adoption of the Claremont Colleges Library's Information Literacy definition, and the Google Glass lending program.

Char has also amassed a formidable national reputation as a teacher, speaker, presenter, and author. She was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2007 and a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" in 2008, and currently serves on the faculty of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. Char has presented widely on topics relating to information literacy, technology, scholarly communication, and assessment. She's in frequent demand as a plenary speaker and has delivered keynote addresses at AMICAL in Rome, Italy; the M (or Mobile) Libraries conference in Milton Keynes, England; and the Digital Library Federation in Austin, TX. Her publications include Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL ,2009), and Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA, 2011) winner of the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year award in 2013. Most recently, Char has been publishing on her current work here at Claremont, producing articles in the professional literature on Visual Curriculum Mapping, re:book, Google Glass, and our open access publishing of senior theses.

We're both fortunate and thrilled to have secured Char's services for the Claremont Colleges Library.

Welcome the New Original Cataloger and Metadata Librarian, Jacqueline Munoz

The Claremont Colleges Library is pleased to announce that Jacqueline Munoz has been appointed as Original Cataloger and Metadata Librarian. Jacqueline will ensure that the Claremont Colleges Library's unique, rare, and distinctive collections in multiple languages and formats are discoverable. She will serve as the library's lead original and rare book cataloger and metadata creator.

Jacqueline joins us from Austin, Texas, where she served as Cataloging and Collection Development Librarian at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Jacqueline received her Master's in Library Science from Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas and recently received Postgraduate Certification in Digital Humanities from University College London, United Kingdom.

She has extensive experience in cataloging and a deep appreciation for making collections discoverable. We're both fortunate and thrilled to have secured Jacqueline's services for the Claremont Colleges Library.

What's New in Special Collections

SC Exhibit banner.jpgVisit Special Collections summer exhibition:

Staying Alive: What's New in Special Collections
On display now through August 29, 2014
Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections Gallery

Special Collections keeps its collections alive through donations and purchases of materials which support the academic missions and curricula of The Claremont Colleges (TCC). The materials take on a life of their own as they are preserved for and made accessible to future generations of TCC students, faculty and staff. The experiences of the people who created these items come to life as their book is read, their manuscript researched, or the materials they have collected are analyzed.

TMoore.jpgThis exhibit reflects a selection of publications, archival collections, and manuscripts acquired by Special Collections within the last 18-24 months. This sample of what our collections hold reflects but a glimpse of how these materials can bring your research and your passion for learning to life.


You can read about the painted fore-edge book (pictured above) and other items showcased in this exhibition by visiting Pictures & Conversations, the Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections blog.

FMI: Special Collections

2014 Senior Theses Now Available Online

What does undergraduate research look like on your campus?

The two campuses that require deposit in Scholarship@Claremont (the Claremont Colleges faculty and student repository and publishing platform) have added the theses of their most recent graduating class to their collections.

CMC added 173 senior theses this spring, bringing their total to almost 1000. Scripps College added 163 for a total of over 500 theses. Scripps includes some interesting multimedia capstone projects from the media studies department.

The intercollegiate Environmental Analysis Program collects theses from across the colleges and has over 100 hugely popular theses available to researchers, policy makers and people around the world who are interested in the environment.

HMC has 52 (mostly math) theses available. Pitzer has 59 and Pomona has 116 theses available, predominantly in environmental analysis.

Faculty and students are using theses as a pedagogical tool. Researchers and scholars are interested in what our students and faculty are studying. Connections, jobs and kudos are being offered.

Want to learn more? See Scholarship@Claremont and the Claremont Colleges Theses & Dissertations Guide | Contact Allegra_swift@cuc.claremont.edu

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