[Resume of Susan E. Beck ]

|| Education | Professional Experience | Teaching Experience | Publications | Presentations ||
|| Professional Activities | Awards & Honors ||
 

 

Education

MA Linguistics Ohio University, Athens, OH 1990
MS Library & Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 1985
BA Italian/Art History The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 1978

 

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Collection Development Coordinator (Associate Professor, Tenured),
New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, New Mexico

July 1, 2003 - Present
 
Responsible for library-wide coordination of all collection development activities and for the training and development of library subject specialists. Coordinate all requests for collection assessment, program reviews, accreditation reports and new program analyses. Represent the Library in cooperative collection development endeavors. Provide reference assistance to library users; teach for-credit library courses, course-related library instruction sessions, and workshops.

Interim Head of the Reference & Research Services Department (Associate Professor, Tenured),
New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, New Mexico 

July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003
 
Managed all aspects of research and reference services to library users. Oversaw acquisition and evaluation of reference materials and electronic resources. Guided, supervised and evaluated eleven library faculty, three reference assistants and four student workers. Defined direction of the department through the implementation of the department's annual work plan and monitored its progress. Managed and monitored departmental workflow to ensure smooth operation of unit. Co-ordinated departmental activities with other library departments to ensure open communication channels and to maximize efficiency.

Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Services Department (Assistant Professor),
New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, New Mexico 

July 27, 1998 - June 30, 2002
 
Managed all aspects of research and reference services to library users in the subject areas of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education. Oversaw acquisition and evaluation of reference materials and electronic resources in focus subject areas. Guided, supervised and evaluated six library faculty, two reference assistants and two student workers; coordinated the work of eight Reference Desk volunteers. Defined direction of the department through implementing annual work plan; matching departmental activities to Library’s strategic plan and monitoring progress. Managed and monitored departmental workflow to ensure smooth operation of unit. Co-ordinated departmental activities with other library departments to ensure open communication channels and to maximize efficiency. Provided reference assistance 6-10 hours per week. Served as library liaison to the Communication Studies, Journalism, Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology departments and selected print and electronic library materials in those subject areas.

Instruction Coordinator (Assistant Professor),
New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, New Mexico 
February 10, 1997 - July 17, 2000

Coordinated the library’s instruction program and instructional facilities. Developed instructional program goals and procedures. Created teaching materials. Managed electronic classroom use. Taught both course-related instruction sessions and workshops. Assigned library faculty to teach requested instructional sessions.  Managed and organized all library tours and workshops. Scheduled sessions, handled all publicity, assigned instructors, developed learning objectives and general procedures for all sessions. Served as initial library contact for all instructional requests and electronic classroom usage. Maintained and produced statistical reports.  

Reference Librarian (Assistant Professor, Tenured 1995),
William F. White, Jr. Library, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
August, 1990-January, 1997

Provided reference assistance an average of 20 hours per week using traditional and electronic resources. Promoted and taught library instruction sessions. Created, managed and taught library research lab required for all Freshman Composition courses. Team taught five intensive 2½ day Internet workshops to South Texas community college faculty and staff (April, 1996 – January, 1997), created web pages for training materials. Managed Reference department’s 14 workstation electronic reference system comprising 26 CD-ROM titles. Developed and administered the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Index project, a newspaper index available by subscription in print and electronic formats from 1991-97. Supervised two staff members assigned to project. Executed all faculty-requested online searches using DIALOG. Managed the department’s vertical file. Responsible for collection development and faculty liaison to the School of Business and the departments of Art, Reading, ESOL, Psychology and Geography. Created eight reference and subject guide web pages for the library’s web site.

Reference Librarian (temporary),
North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington
April, 1988-June, 1988

Provided reference assistance. Executed online searches using DIALOG and Knowledge Index. Updated the library’s vertical file. Generated bibliographies using dBASE III.

Director of Library Services,
City University, Bellevue, Washington
August, 1987-April, 1988

Responsible for overall administration of library services. Managed annual budget and administered grants to cooperating libraries. Presented library instruction sessions as requested by faculty. Conducted online searches using DIALOG and Knowledge Index. Maintained and increased library’s periodical collection. Supervised student assistants

Humanities Reference Librarian,
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
June, 1985-April, 1987

Provided reference assistance 8-10 hours per week. Coordinated online catalog instruction. Collection development responsibilities for and faculty liaison to the English, Communication Studies, Philosophy and Theatre Departments. Provided bibliographic instruction sessions. Conducted online searches using DIALOG and BRS. Presented library instruction sessions. Supervised Reference department student assistants.Created subject-specific library pathfinders.

Graduate Reference Assistant
Education and Social Science Library,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois,
1984

Provided reference assistance and basic library instruction; conducted online searches on BRS; performed original cataloging of English and foreign language materials; managed library and supervised student workers during evening and weekend hours.

Reference Assistant
Olympia Timberland Library, Olympia, Washington
1980-1981

Provided reference assistance in person and by telephone in a busy public library; verified book, serial and non-print requests using WLN bibliographic utility and a variety of other print and microform bibliographic tools; maintained the library’s vertical file and telephone book collection.

 

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Instructor
1997 - Present

Teach one section of  L SC 311, Information Literacy, on average one semester per year. The course is a three credit hour, upper level undergraduate course offering in the general education curriculum. Course materials are available via the internet for Fall 2003, Spring 2002 (WebCT course, no longer available), Fall 2000, Fall 1999, Fall 1998, Spring 1998, and Fall 1997.

Course Coordinator
1997 - 2001
New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Coordinated all facets of L SC 311. Select textbooks, recruit library faculty to teach course, monitor all course sections to ensure a common curriculum, schedule course offerings

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Ohio Program of Intensive English, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
1988-1990

Taught English as a Second Language in an academic preparatory program. Course sections include: Freshman Composition, Elementary and Advanced Reading, Advanced Listening/ Speaking, Elementary Composition and Intermediate Grammar (core leader). Instructor for the Fulbright Pre-Academic Orientation program, an intensive summer course for international Fulbright Scholars. Taught academic research, writing, note-taking and oral presentation skills. Summer 1989 and 1990.

Instructor & Course Coordinator
City University, Bellevue, Washington
1987-88

Developed curriculum and syllabus for MC 591, Accessing Business Information, a course requirement for all MBA students. Taught four sections of the course, Fall 1987 and Spring, 1988.

Instructor
College of Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
1986

Taught ED 586, Information Retrieval and Documentation in Education, a doctoral seminar covering research strategies, sources and methods.

English Teacher
Peace Corps, Azrou & Berkane, Morocco
1981-83

Taught English as a Foreign Language at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels to over 300 students at Moroccan high schools. Wrote, proctored and graded the English section of the Baccalauréat, a national qualifying examination for college-bound high school seniors.

 

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Books

Beck, Susan E. and Kate Manuel. Practical Research Methods for Librarians and Information Professionals. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2007.

Book Chapters

Beck, Susan E. "Analyzing Web Sites." Information Literacy Course Handbook for Distance and In-class Learners, Ed. Kate Manuel. Pittsburgh: Library Instruction Publications, 2005. 113, Lesson Plans, 62-64.

Beck, Susan E. and Kate Manuel. "Folding Information Literacy into the General Education Mix: Recipes for Getting Started." Integrating Information Literacy into the College Experience. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2003. 11-17.

Manuel, Kate, Molly Molloy and Susan Beck. "What Faculty Want: A Study of Attitudes Influencing Faculty Collaboration in Library Instruction." Learning to Make a Difference: Proceedings of Eleventh National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 10-13, 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2003. 292-306.

Beck, Susan E. "Hey, That’s No Fair! Copyright and Fair Use Case Studies." Teaching Information Literacy Concepts: Activities and Frameworks from the Field. Ed. Timothy Gatti and Trudi Jacobson. Pittsburgh: Library Instruction Publications, 2001. 245-248.

Beck, Susan E. "MetaLearning Research Essay." Teaching Information Literacy Concepts: Activities and Frameworks from the Field. Ed. Timothy Gatti and Trudi Jacobson. Pittsburgh: Library Instruction Publications, 2001. 17-20.

Beck, Susan, Norice Lee and Anne C. Moore. “Navigating by Thumb: Using the Rules of Thumb Approach to Teach Electronic Research Skills.” New Learning Environments. Ed. Linda Shirato. Ann Arbor: Pierian Press. 21-32.

Beck, Susan E. “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.” Teaching Students to Evaluate Internet Resources. Ed. Trudi Jacobson. Pittsburg: Library Instruction Publications, 2000. 159-174.

Beck, Susan E. “Web Jigsaw.” Teaching Students to Evaluate Internet Resources.  Ed. Trudi Jacobson. Pittsburg: Library Instruction Publications, 2000. 47-56.

Beck, Susan E.  “Theatre and Performing Arts.” Texas Reference Sources: A Selective Guide. 4th ed. Ed. Walter F. Bell. Austin, TX: Texas Library Association, 1993. 51-52.

Journal Articles

Manuel, Kate, Susan E. Beck and Molly Molloy. "An Ethnographic Study of Attitudes Influencing Faculty Collaboration in Library Instruction." The Reference Librarian. 89/90 (2005): 139-161.

Beck, Susan E. and Nancy Turner. “On the Fly BI: Reaching and Teaching Students from the Reference Desk.”  The Reference Librarian 34 (2001): 83-96.

Erazo, Ed and Susan Beck. "Teaching Portfolios." Texas Library Journal 74 (1998): 116-117.


ERIC Documents

Beck Susan E. and Brian Ormand. Making the Leap to Hyperspace in Distributed Learning. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing/Communication Services, Las Vegas, NM, 23 October, 1997. ED 416 724


Newsletter Articles

"Serials Collection Review and Assessment Project Wraps Up." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter 22.2 (2007): 10.
"New Research Databases Added." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter 22.2 (2007): 5.
"Serials Assessment Project Announced." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter 22.1 (2007): 9.
"What I Did on My Sabbatical." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter 22.1 (2007): 7-8.
"Open Access Provides New Approach to Scholarly Communication." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter, 21.1 (2006):7, 12, 14.
"Campus Reaps Benefits from 2002 Statewide Bond Issue." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter, 19.2 (2004):2.
"ISI Backfiles Provide Richer, Deeper Access to Research Lit." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter, 19.2 (2004):4, 11.
"Seventeen Research Databases Now Available." lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter, 19.2 (2004):10.
"E-Books Are Coming!" lib.nmsu.edu: New Mexico State University Library Newsletter, 19.2 (2004):11.
“Visit Us on the Web!”
Roadrunner Ramblings 22.5 (2000): 1.

"Desperately Seeking Answers: Which to Choose? Print or Internet?"
; Citations: The Newsletter of the New Mexico State University Library. September 1999:1, 8-9.
"Electronic Workshops for Faculty: Hot Tips From the Trenches."  LOEX Newsletter. April 1999: 2,5-6.
“Doing Research on the Web: Mining for Gold or Dross?” Citations: The Newsletter of the New Mexico State University Library. January, 1998: 6.
“Library Initiates Fees for Printing.” Citations: The Newsletter of the New Mexico State University Library. Oct. 1997: 9.
“They Ain’t Sexy Baby, But They Sure Got Teeth.” Texas Library Association/Reference Round Table Newsletter. June 1997: 3,5.


Reviews

"Film Facts" by Patrick Robertson. Choice 39.7 (2002): 1210-1212.

"Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-Language and Major Foreign Language United States Releases" by Harris M. Lentz. Choice 39.5 (2002): 852.

"The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation".  <http://www.grammarbook.com>, Choice 38.2 (2000): 293.

"Feature Films, 1950-59" by Alan Feltrow. Choice 37.1 (1999): 110.

"The New Dictionary of the American Film Industry" by Anthony Slide. Choice 36.5 (1999): 856.

“NetFirst.” from OCLC. [Online database] Business Information Alert. Feb. 1997: 8-9.

“Computer Desktop Encyclopedia.” by Alan Freedman. Business Information Alert. Jan. 1997: 11.

“InfoMarket Service.” from IBM. [Internet Search Service] Business Information Alert. May 1996: 10-11.


Web Sites 

The Good, the Bad & The Ugly, or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources, http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/eval.html, July, 1997.

Lessons Learned: Exemplary Practices in Teaching Web Evaluation, http://lib.nmsu.edu/staff/susabeck/checs98.html, October 30, 1998. (no longer maintained)

Unsolved Mysteries: Evaluating Sources on the Web, http://lib.nmsu.edu/~susabeck/brla.html, September 24, 1999. (no longer maintained)

Grants

Through a Lens Starkly: Visions of the Borderland and the Southwest in Feature Films. Southwest Border Cultures Institute Library Acquisitions grant. 2006.

Grant of $2,000 funded the purchase of 100 feature films that focus on the U.S.-Mexican border or the American southwest.



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National Conferences

Beck, Susan E., Kate Manuel and Molly Molloy. "What Faculty Want: A Study of Attitudes Influencing Faculty Collaboration in Library Instruction."Association of College and Research Libraries. 11th Annual Conference. Charlotte, North Carolina, April 11, 2003. http://lib.nmsu.edu/~susabeck/WhatFacultyWant.html

Turner, Nancy B. and Susan E. Beck. “Search and Rescue: Repair Strategies of Remote Users Searching the Online Catalog.” 8th Annual Reference Research Forum, American Library Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 16, 2002. http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaourassoc/rusasections/rss/rsssection/rsscomm/rssresstat/2002reference.htm

Beck, Susan E. and Kate Manuel. “Folding Information Literacy into the General Education Mix: Recipes for Getting Started.” Integrating Information Literacy into the College Experience, 30th National LOEX Conference,  May 10, 2002. http://lib.nmsu.edu/staff/kmanuel/LOEX20022.ppt

Turner, Nancy B., Janice R. Hylen and Susan E. Beck. “So Now What? A Study of Navigation and the Online Catalog.” Voyager Users Group Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 20, 2001.

Beck , Susan E., Norice Lee and Anne C. Moore. “Navigating by Thumb: Using the Rules of Thumb Approach to Teach Electronic Research Skills” Theory & Practice,  26th National LOEX Conference, Ypsilanti, Michigan. June 6, 1998.

Regional & State Conferences

Beck, Susan E., Norice Lee and Susan Metcalf. "In the Right Place at the Right Time: Delivering Library Resources and Services to Enhance Learning." Border Regional Library Association Annual Workshop, Las Cruces, New Mexico, September 24, 2005. http://lib.nmsu.edu/~susabeck/RightPlaceBRLA.htm

Manuel, Kate and Susan E. Beck. "Research Methodology 101: Yes! You CAN Do a Research Study in Your Library." Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 19, 2004. http://lib.nmsu.edu/~susabeck/ResearchMethodology101.html

Beck, Susan E. and Kate Manuel. "Reconcilable Differences: What Faculty Attitudes Can Tell Us About Public Services Delivery." Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 18, 2004. http://lib.nmsu.edu/staff/kmanuel/reconcilabledifferences.htm

"Transaction Log Analysis and the Voyager OPAC: Uses, Benefits, Drawbacks" South Central Voyager Users Group Annual Conference. Galveston, Texas, November 1, 2002. http://lib.nmsu.edu/~susabeck/tla.html

Beck, Susan E., Richard DeRouen and Mark Emmons. “Teaching With Technology: Tips, Tricks and Techie Tools.” New Mexico Library Association Annual Conference, Las Cruces, New Mexico, April 19, 2002.

Beck, Susan E., Sharon Amaste, Stella Gonzales and Kitty Spalding. “You Don’t Have to Be a Six Footer to Be a TALL Texan.” Border Regional Library Association Annual Workshop, El Paso, Texas, September 29, 2001.

"Unsolved Mysteries: Evaluating Sources on the Web." Border Regional Library Association Annual Workshop, Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. September 24, 1999. http://lib.nmsu.edu/~susabeck/brla.html

"Exemplary Practices in Teaching Web Evaluation." New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing Services (CHECS) Annual Conference, NMSU Alamogordo, Alamogordo, New Mexico. October ?, 1998. http://lib.nmsu.edu/staff/susabeck/checs98.html

Beck, Susan E. and Ed Erazo. “Portraits of Success: Capture Your Best Work with Teaching Portfolios” Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas. April 2, 1998

Beck, Susan E. and Brian Ormand. “Making the Leap to Hyperspace in Distributed Learning” New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing Services (CHECS) Annual Conference, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. October 23, 1997.

“Active Learning in Library Instruction." [Preconference]. New Mexico Association of College and Research Librarians (NMARL) and Council for Higher Education Computing Services (CHECS), New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM. October 22, 1997.

“How to Avoid Classroom Boredom” [All day workshop]. New Mexico Association of College and Research Librarians (NMARL) and New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL), New Mexico State University Library, Las Cruces, NM. July 24, 1997.

“Searching the Web in Your Subject Area: Workshops for Faculty and Librarians.” [Poster session]. Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Houston. April 23, 1996.

University Workshops

Beck, Susan E. “Staying Connected in an Electronic World” Center for Educational Development, New Mexico State University, March 1, 2002.

Beck, Susan E., “Research II: Designing Research Projects in an Electronic World.” Center for Educational Development, New Mexico State University. October 11, 2000.

“Using the Internet for Academic Research and Teaching.” Library Workshops for ITAL. 31 May 1998, 14 July 1998 & May, 1999. http://lib.nmsu.edu/ital/research.html

“Using Active Learning” [In-Service Training]. University of Houston Libraries. May 26 &27, 1998.

“Evaluating Web Sources” NMSU Center for Educational Development, December 4, 1997.

“Library Services for Distance Learning Students & Faculty. ” Institute for Technology Assisted Learning (ITAL). July 1997; January. 1998; May, 1998; January, 1999; May, 1999.

 

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Professional Memberships & Committees
American Association of University Professors, 1999—2001

American Library Association, 1983—Present
     Library Instruction Round Table, 1987—Present
        Research Committee, 2000-2002
     Reference and Adult Services Division, 1985-1987
     Reference and User Services Association, 2000-Present
        Collection Development and Evaluation Section, 2000-Present
        Machine-Assisted Reference Section, 2000-Present
Association of College and Research Libraries, 1983—Present
     Community and Junior Colleges Section, 1990-1996
     Instruction Section, 1987—Present
        Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2004-2007 (Elected position)
        Chair, Communication Committee, 2002-2004
        Member, Communication Committee, 2000-2002
Beta Phi Mu, 1985—Present
Border Regional Library Association, 1998—Present
     Program Chair, 1999-2000
New Mexico Association of Research Libraries, 1997—2003
    Secretary/Treasurer, 2001-2003
New Mexico Library Association, 1998—2002
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Association, 1986—Present
Texas Library Association, 1990—2001
    Councilor, District 4, 1994-1997 (Elected position)
    Continuing Education Committee, 1991-94
    Exhibits Registration Chair, Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, 1994
    Library Instruction Round Table, 1991—2001
           Awards Committee Chair, 1999-2000
           Chair and Chair-Elect, 1993-95 (Elected position)
           Nominating Committee, 1995-96
     Publications Committee, 1993-96
     Reference Round Table, 1990—2001
           Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee Chair, 1996-97
           Nominating Committee, 1996-98
           Program Committee, 1995-96
     TALL Texans Interest Group, 1995—2001

 

Campus Service & Committees

New Mexico State University

Search Committee, Vice Provost for Distance Education, January — December, 2001
Search Committee, Dean of the University Library, July, 1999 — December, 1999
Distance Education Advisory Board, 1998 — 2000
     Distinguished Visiting Professor Committee, 1998 — 2001
General Education Committee, 1999—Present
General Education Outcomes Assessment Committee, 1997—2002

Del Mar College

Strategic Plan Committee, 1997
Instructional Technology Committee, 1995-97
Faculty Grants Committee, 1992-94

Awards & Honors

New Mexico Library Leadership Institute, Plaza Resolana, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 4 – 8, 2001. 
   
One of 20 participants selected from a statewide pool to participate in an intensive, week long training that focused on
     developing leadership skills, building a vision plan for New Mexico libraries, and developing professional partnerships.

Delegate, ALA Legislative Days, May 5-7, 1996
     Elected by the membership to represent District 4, Texas Library Association during Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute, Harambe Oaks, Texas, July, 1995
     One of 24 participants selected from a pool of 130 to participate in week long leadership training seminar

Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Award [formerly S. R. Shapiro Award], 1985
      Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign,

Beta Phi Mu, National Library Science Honor Society, (Alpha Chapter)






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