About the 2007 ERF

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August 17, 2007

On Monday, September 24, 2007, the University Library, in partnership with the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (WCAS), the School of Communication (SoC), the School of Education & Social Policy (SESP), the School of Music (SoM) and The Graduate School (TGS) will host a full-day program -- the Electronic Resources Forum (ERF). The purpose of the Forum is to introduce incoming graduate students in humanities and social science disciplines to the vast array of resources available via the University Library, and to provide a solid working overview of those electronic materials, tools, and techniques that are relevant to scholarly research. The ERF is an integral part of orientation for new graduate students in humanities and social science disciplines. In addition to learning about research resources, participants will have a lively and informal opportunity to meet a diverse array of faculty and graduate student colleagues. We are looking forward to your participation in this program.

On September 24, you are invited to begin the day with continental breakfast in the Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge, on the third floor of the University Library. Breakfast will be followed by Forum sessions in 50-minute blocks beginning at 9:10 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., you are invited to a box lunch on the third floor of the Deering Library, adjacent to the main library. The afternoon will be devoted to more Forum sessions, beginning immediately after lunch and continuing until the closing reception at 4:45 p.m.

This year’s program is available at http://www.library.northwestern.edu/collections/erf2007/. As you look over the session topics, you will see a wide range of choices. Some sessions are cross-disciplinary, with a focus on resources and techniques that are not easy to master. In other sessions, Northwestern faculty will present innovative digital scholarship and discuss the development of their projects. Some of the other offerings focus on tool and techniques. We welcome and encourage you to attend as many sessions as your schedule allows. Information on the registration procedure follows this letter.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeeyuhn Kang, who is the program assistant for the ERF; or Harriet Lightman, the library coordinator for the ERF.

We look forward to seeing you on September 24th, and we welcome you to Northwestern University.


Sarah M. Pritchard
Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian
Northwestern University