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UI Libraries appoint two new research residents

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries have appointed two candidates for a three year Minority Research Library Residency Program in the Information, Research and Instructional Services (IRIS) and government publications departments. Established in 1993, the University of Iowa Libraries Minority Research Library Residency is designed to increase the diversity of the Libraries' staff and encourage the growth, development, and representation of under-represented groups in academic research libraries. This program will provide a new professional experience in a large research library.

Lamara C. Williams has been appointed to the position of reference librarian in IRIS beginning May 11. Williams is a recent graduate of the Louisiana State University (LSU) with a master's degree in library science. During her course of study she worked as a graduate assistant in the reference department at the LSU Troy Middleton Library. Williams has a bachelor's degree in journalism and has worked at the Oakland Tribune as well as serving as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper at Alcorn State University. As a member of IRIS, which combines reference, the Information Arcade, and media services departments, Williams will participate in providing reference and information services, user education, and assistance to faculty in incorporating information technology into curriculum design.

Charmaine H. Henriques has been appointed to the position of federal documents librarian in the government publications department. A recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a master's degree in library science, Henriques also holds a master's degree in international studies from Central Connecticut State University and has completed an internship in preservation at Yale University. As federal documents librarian in Iowa's regional federal depository library, she will provide reference, research, and instructional services within and outside the government publications department as well as overall management and policy guidance for U.S. federal documents bibliographic control operations. Henriques will join the staff June 15.

The University of Iowa Library system consists of the main library (including the Information Arcade) and 11 departmental libraries -- the largest of which is the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. With some 3 million volumes, the collections of the UI Libraries rank 29th out of 107 in the Association of Research Libraries. The University of Iowa Libraries uses a NOTIS-based automated system for OASIS, its on-line information system. The University of Iowa is a member of the Research Libraries Group (RLIN), OCLC, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which include the Big Ten Universities, the Pennsylvania State University, and the Universities of Chicago and Illinois at Chicago. Staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

For more information , contact Carol Ann Hughes, Head, IRIS, by phone, (319) 335-5489, fax, (319) 335-5900, or email, or Carolyn Kohler, Head, Government Publications (319) 335- 5925,