May 13, 2003

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III Beta Updates
Circulation Unit congratulations
Music Library Summer Hours
Cookies 'n Learn May 21
The University of Miami Libraries' Cuban Heritage Collection receives two awards
Richter staff help at Commencement
Otto's Team successful in UM Corporate Run

Dexter Townsend joins Administrative Services

Suzanne Stemler attends Medical Libraries Association meeting in San Diego
The Society of Florida Archivists grants its Award of Excellence to Esperanza de Varona


III Beta Updates
Submitted by Cheryl Gowing
May 13, 2003


As noted in the III Beta Information sessions held last week, III will load mini-updates to the Phase 3 beta software on a weekly basis.

Our first 'update' will occur this Tuesday, May 13, or Wednesday, May 14. There will be neither system down time nor any noticeable interruption of service. After the update, any launch of Millennium clients will require a download of the new client software (.jar file(s), i.e., milcat.jar, milcirc.jar, etc.). You'll just have to close any existing Millennium applications, and then restart them.

I will receive an automated message letting me know when the mini-update has completed. I will then send a message to the bulletin to ask that you restart any Millennium application you may have open.

The release notes listing what this week's update contains should be posted on III's beta web site sometime tomorrow. I'll pass this information along as soon as I can.

Thanks, cheryl

Circulation Unit congratulations
May 13, 2003
Submitted by Schlomit Schwarzer

I would like to commend and thank the Circulation Unit for keeping the library open 24 hours during Reading Days and Final Exams. The entire Circulation Unit Staff made an effort and changed their regular schedule to ensure that students had access to library facilities non-stop, 24 hours a day from Saturday, April 26 until Thursday, May 8.

Special thanks to Andrew Schmidt who worked overnight almost every night, and to Conrad Foster, Eduardo Abella, Mike Valentine, and Mike Guarin, who shared in the load of working overnight until 7:00 AM. Lisa Diaz-Heimer, thank you for working the overnight shift during the first weekend.

Thank you to Roca Beiro for her special support during these two weeks.

Schlomit Schwarzer
Head of Access & Delivery Services

Music Library Summer Hours
May 9, 2003
Submitted by Nancy Zavac


Saturday May 10 & Sunday May 11 CLOSED
Mon May 12 & Tue May 13 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SUMMER SESSION I (May 14 – June 18)

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ,
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sat. June 21 & Sun June 22 CLOSED
Mon Jun 23 & Tue Jun 24 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SUMMER SESSION II (June 25 - July 30)

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9 00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday August 2 - Sunday August 17 CLOSED
Mon Aug. 18 - Fri Aug. 22 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday August 23 CLOSED

Sunday August 24 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ORIENTATION
Mon Aug. 25 & Tue Aug. 26 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nancy Zavac
Music Librarian

Cookies 'n Learn May 21
May 13, 2003
Submitted by Nellie Li

NEW "Cookies & Learn"
When: Wednesday, May 21, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Where: Library Conference Room

Presentations by Jeff Barry focusing on the CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) meeting and
by Schlomit Schwarzer on the III/IUG Conference
Everyone is invited!

The University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection
Receives Two Awards
May 13, 2003
Maria R. Estorino

The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) of the University of Miami Libraries
is twice recognized for its contributions to the preservation and dissemination of Cuban heritage and culture. The CHC is the recipient of the “Antonio Maceo” Award from Pregones magazine and the 2003 International Award for the Diffusion of Cuban Culture in Exile conferred by the Spanish “Asociación Cultural con Cuba en la Distancia.”

Pregones ( is a bilingual and bicultural magazine
that focuses on Cuban and Cuban American culture and life. The magazine
presents an annual award, the Premio “Antonio Maceo,” to persons or institutions that have distinguished themselves with their contributions
to the development of the Cuban American community. Imara Arredondo,
President of Pregones Publishing Corporation in Miami, notes that the
Cuban Heritage Collection was selected for the magazine’s 2003 award for
its great contribution to Cuban heritage and to the Cuban exile experience.

On May 21, 2003, the “Asociación Cultural Con Cuba en la distancia”
( will present the 2003 International
Award for the Diffusion of Cuban Culture in Exile in Cádiz, Spain during
its conference “II Encuentro Con Cuba en la distancia.” First given in
2001 to publisher Juan Manuel Salvat, founder of Ediciones Universal, this
award recognizes those individuals and organizations that have dedicated
themselves to the diffusion of Cuban culture in exile. In granting this year’s award to the CHC, the “Asociación Cultural Con Cuba en la distancia” acknowledges the dedication of the staff of the Cuban Heritage Collection to the preservation of the works and original papers of many exiled Cuban writers as well as the services the CHC provides to students and researchers in Cuban studies. Celia Cruz and translator Liliane Hasson will also receive this year’s International Award.

Richter staff help at Commencement
Submitted by John Renaud
May 12, 2003

Jeanne Ross, who worked at two commencement ceremonies during the day, one beginning at 6:30 AM and the other ending at 10:30 PM, deserves our thanks. Schlomit Schwarzer, Tina Surman, Carrie Leslie and John Renaud also helped make Commencement 2003 a success. It was a great chance to see our patrons and their families enjoying the rewards of all of our community's work and to connect with UM employees from other departments.

For folks who want to participate next year, tangible rewards include a free polo shirt and UM visor. In addition, although we did not know this beforehand, the University has generously decided to award volunteers an additional day of vacation time.

Otto's Team Successful in UM Corporate Run
Submitted by John Renaud
May 12, 2003

Participants in the 2003 Corporate Run to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society had a great time striving for their personal best during this 5K event. In a throng of 17,000 plus participants, it was hard to get off to a quick start, but Gary Heath and Dan Blazek returned excellent times. Following them in the middle of the pack were Carrie Leslie, Mike Centini, Ray Uzwyshyn, and John Renaud. Cecilia Leathem, Margaret Borgeest, and Judith Rabikin stuck together and led a large pack across the bridge into the home stretch, besting even Sebastian the Ibis.

The CHC gang also performed well, with Maria Estorino, Giselle Fernandez, and Eugenio Alonso making excellent time. Caryn Berryman, the socialite of the group, led a rowdy contingent of folks from other departments and businesses to a brilliant finish. We picnicked by the water and watched the sunset, then headed back to the UM tent for the raffle. For a full report, chat with one of the runners. Incidentally, the winning team this year, from the Medical campus, had 42 participants. Start training now for next year.


Dexter Townsend joins Administrative Services
May 7, 2003
Submitted by Roca Beiro

As of May 2, Dexter Townsend, our Temporary Shipping and Receiving Mail Clerk was made a Full Time Library Shipping and Receiving Mail Clerk. We would like to congratulate Dexter and welcome him to the Richter Library.

There are no new tips this week.

Suzanne Stemler attends Medical Libraries Association meeting in San Diego
Submitted by Jane Schillie
May 13, 2003

Suzanne Stemler, Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian, recently returned from the Medical Libraries Association (MLA) annual meeting (May 2-7). Attendees at MLA’s annual meetings present and discuss scholarly papers, applied research, and issues in health sciences information management. The event gives members and affiliated professionals a chance to share ideas, hear from other experts, see the latest products, and socialize. Visit for more information.

The Society of Florida Archivists grants its Award of Excellence to Esperanza B. de Varona
Submitted by Maria R. Estorino
May 12, 2003

Esperanza B. de Varona received the Award of Excellence conferred
by the Society of Florida Archivists (SFA) at its annual meeting in May
2003 in Lakeland, Florida. De Varona is Director of the Cuban
Heritage Collection, a special collection of the University of Miami
Libraries. The SFA Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding
contributions to the preservation of the documentary heritage of Florida
and is given to persons or institutions that provide exemplary leadership
in the archival field and contribute significantly to the betterment of
the profession.