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Arlene Bielefield, J.D.

Arlene Bielefield, J.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: 203.392.5710

A.A., Hartford College for Women; B.A., Southern Connecticut State College; M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State College; J.D., University of Connecticut.

Teaching Experience

  • 1995-Present  Assistant and Associate Professor (1999), Department of Information & Library Science.  Graduate courses taught include Materials and Services for Adolescents, Foundations of Librarianship,  Legal Bibliography, Acquisitions and Collection Development, and Materials and Services for Children, Public Libraries, Copyright in the New Millenium, Ethics & the Information Professional (these last two are new courses).  Undergraduate courses taught include Literature for Children, Technical Services, and the Book Trade.
  • 1985-1995  Adjunct Professor, SCSU, Library Science and Instructional Technology. Graduate courses taught-Legal Bibliography, Evaluation and Research, Library Management, Development and Organization of Libraries and Information Agencies, History of Books and Printing, Preservation of Library Materials, Reference Materials and Services, Advanced Reference, Libraries and the Law, Audiovisual Media and Technology, Library Science Practice, Social Science Bibliography, and Materials and Services for Adults. Undergraduate courses taught-Book Trade, Literature for Children, Use of Information Sources, Information Resources, Technical Services, User Services, and Organization of Information Centers 

Library Work Experience

  • 1986-1995  Director of the East Hampton Public Library. As the Director of this full-service medium-sized public library, I was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the library, staff hiring, training and scheduling, long-and-short-range planning, collection development, and budgeting.  The library became a LION member during my tenure, and public access computers were installed as well.  I was in charge of the building, which housed a day care center, the senior center and the library.
  • 1978-1986  Division Head, Patron Services, Connecticut State Library. As Head of Patron Services, I supervised 50+ employees who provided the services of the following units: Archives, Connecticar, History and Genealogy, Law and Legislative Reference, Federal Documents, State Documents, Local Documents, General Reference, Library Line, Bill Room, Acquisitions, Cataloging, Printing and Graphics, Preservation, Bindery, the principal law library of Connecticut at 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, and 14 field law libraries located in court houses across the state.
  • 1971-1978  Bookmobile Librarian, Assistant Director, and Director, Russell Library (Middletown's Public Library). Russell Library provided me with the wonderful experience of being a Bookmobile Librarian.  In that position I visited neighborhoods, schools, convalescent homes, and housing projects to bring books to people of all ages.  After being Bookmobile Librarian for two years, I became the Head of the Children's Department for a short time and then was promoted to Assistant Director and, ultimately, to Director.
  • 1966-1968  Library Assistant, Middlesex Community College. This library job was my first one and provided an unusual and valuable experience, because the school was just being established.  Consequently, I helped to start the library.  That entailed selecting materials, ordering, receiving,  and cataloging them, paying for them, putting them on the shelves, checking them out, and furnishing reference services using them.  It was the best imaginable experience for anyone contemplating a career in libraries, because it meant learning to do every job in a library.

Other Experience

  • Worked for 10 years in the Research and Development Department of United Technologies Corporation as an Engineering Aide and Engineering Assistant. 
  • Worked with engineers on a variety of defense related projects, testing nose-cone and wing models in wind tunnels, performing complicated calculations, and making computer simulations of flight patterns.

Awards and Honors

  • SCSU Solsit Award as Distinguished Alumna 1985
  • President of the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) 1990-91
  • CLA Librarian of the Year 1992
  • Co-authored book (with Lawrence Cheeseman), Technology & Copyright Law  was chosen as one of the titles for inclusion in Library Journal's list of "Best Professional Reading of the Year" 1998

Productive Service to the Department and University 

University Activities-Current and Recent

  • Faculty Senate-Department representative (1998 to present), Chair the
  • Personnel Policy Committee, serve on Senate Executive Committee
  •  American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Council member and
  • Chair of the Grievance Committee (1999-present)
  • AAUP Negotiating Team Member since 2000
  • Faculty Load Assessment Team (FLAT) Member-2000 to present             
  • University Curriculum Forum (UCF)-1997 and 1998
  • UCF Rules Subcommittee-1997
  • President's Committee for Revision of the University Sexual Harassment Policy-1996-1998
  • Mentor for New Faculty-October, 1998, 2000

School and Department Activities

  • Department Scholarship Committee--2002
  • School Curriculum Committee-1997-2000
  • Chair, Department Curriculum Committee-1996-2000, member since 1992
  • Department Sabbatical Leave Committee-1997-1998
  • Planned and implemented presentation of the Library Science program on the ECSU campus-1996-1998
  • Department representative to Faculty Senate-1998-present

Professional Attendance and Participation

Library Organization Memberships

  • American Library Association
  • Public Library Association
  • Connecticut Library Association
  • Connecticut Storytelling Center, Treasurer, 1998-2001

Conferences Attended

  • Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference (ALISE), San Antonio, 2000
  • American Library Association, 1995-2001
  • Public Library Association, March 1996, Portland, Oregon
  • New England Library Association--Have staffed exhibit for our Department's program for 8 years (through 2000)
  • Connecticut Library Association (CLA), 1995-2001
  • Collective Bargaining & Leadership Training, 1997 Summer Institute, Hofstra University
  • SummerTech97,  August 4-8, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Collective Bargaining & Leadership Training, 2001, Summer Institute, University of Delaware

Library Organization Activities

  • Connecticut Library Association, Chair of Public Library Awards
  • Committee, 1999-present, and Co-Chair with Ralph Arcari of Ethics Task Force, 1999-present
  • Southern Connecticut Library Council (SCLC)-1993-present     
  • President, SCLC, 1998-2000
  • Vice-President/ President-Elect, Southern Connecticut Library Council-1997- 1998
  • Co-Chair, with Ralph Arcari, Connecticut Library Association (CLA) 1999 Annual Conference-1998-1999
  • Assistant Co-Chair (with Ralph Arcari), CLA 1998 Annual Conference-- 1997-1998
  • Board member, Connecticut Storytelling Center (CSC) 1998-2000


Creative Activity

Publications in Print

By Arlene Bielefield and Lawrence Cheeseman, Published by Neal-Schuman:

  • Understanding & Negotiating Licensing Agreements: A Guidebook for the Library, Research & Teaching Professions, 2000;
  • Technology and Copyright Law: A Guidebook for the Library, Research,
  • & Teaching Professions, 1997, updated in 1999, new edition in progress;
  • Library Patrons and the Law, 1995;
  • Maintaining the Privacy of Library Records, 1994;
  • Library Employment within the Law, 1993;
  •  Libraries & Copyright Law, 1993.

Published by The Connecticut Law Book Company

  • The Connecticut Legal Research Handbook, 1992

By Arlene Bielefield, Published by Aspen Publishers, Inc.

  • Legally Effective Employee Communication, 1994

Works in Progress

We (Cheeseman & Bielefield) have a six-book contract for a series called "Libraries and the Law" with Neal-Schuman Publishers.  Three titles of the series have been published, with the copyright book being updated twice with a third edition in progress.  The final three titles will commence once the latest copyright revision is finished.

Invited Formal Lectures


  • April 24 Copyright & Cyberspace, Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference, Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, Ct
  • April 27 Copyright & Photographs, New England Archivists Association Annual Conference, Babson College, Wellesley, Ma
  • May-September  Sessions of 3 ½ hours in length, sponsored by Easter Connecticut Libraries (ECL) and funded by LSCA ,  on "Dealing with Problem Behavior in the Library Setting" were presented at the following public libraries in eastern Connecticut-Killingly, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Mansfield, Norwich, Columbia, and Bolton
  • May 28  Copyright & Multimedia, Digital XVI Conference, Higher Education Group, Quinnipiac College
  • September 19-22  Technology & Copyright, continuing education for faculty, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • October 17  Copyright for Librarians in the Digital Age, for the Association of Research Libraries-New England Council, Eastern Connecticut State University 


  • May 2  Copyright & Historical Materials, Fairfield County Archivists, Greenwich, Ct
  • May 9  Copyright Basics, CLA Children's Roundtable, Cheshire Public Library
  • May 14  Copyright for Librarians in the Digital Age, Vermont Library Conference, Burlington, Vt
  • May 21  Technology & Copyright, New Hampshire Library Association Spring Conference, West Lebanon, NH
  • September 30  Publishing, Resource Sharing, and Document Delivery in the Electronic Era, National Association of Health Science Librarians, Burlington, Vt
  • November 1  Distance Learning and Copyright, Law Librarians of New England and Southern New England Law Librarians' Association joint Fall meeting, Hartford, Ct.


  • March 6  Copyright in the Electronic Environment, Western New England Academic Librarians, Springfield, Ma.
  • April 13  Copyright Basics, Public Libraries Group, Sandown, NH
  • April 14  Licenses and Copyright, Panel Discussion, Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference, Cromwell
  • April 24  Technology & Copyright, Conference for Library Media Specialists and Administrators, Latham, NY
  • May 13  Two talks-1. Technology & Licensing and 2. Censorhip and Young Adult Literature, with author Chris Crutcher, New Hampshire Library Association Annual Conference, Meredith, NH
  • June 27  Fair Use: A Value in the Digital Age, American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • August 14  Copyright and the Electronic Environment, Online Institute presentation, SCSU
  • September 5  Copyright Law Today and Tomorrow, Westchester Community College staff training session, Valhalla, NY
  • October 1  Copyright Issues for College Faculty and Staff,  Haverford College/Swarthmore/Bryn Mawr Consortium, Haverford, PA
  • October 8  Licensing Electronic Resources, New England Library Association Annual Conference, Providence, RI
  • November 4  Building quality Collections Librarians: A Current View from a Library Educator, Connecticut Library Association Resources & Technical Services Section, University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • November 6  Copyright and the School Library Media Center, Connecticut Educational media Association Annual Conference, Cromwell
  • November 19, Technology &Copyright, WSWHE BOCES School Library System Liason meeting, Castleton, NY 


  • April 13  Copyright and Schools, Stamford School System, Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 5  Copyright and Cyberspace, Eastern Connecticut State University, for incoming student orientation plus faculty and staff
  • May 11-15  Copyright and Interlibrary Loan, Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference, Denver, Colorado
  • May 18  Copyright for Teachers and Media Specialists, Stamford School System, Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 24  Copyright for Librarians, Western Massachusetts Library Consortium, Hatfield, Massachusetts
  • October 4  Copyright in the Information Age, Connecticut Educational Media Association, Cromwell, Connecticut
  • October 20  Copyright and Educators, Stamford School System, Stamford, Connecticut
  • October 24  Copyright and Academe, AAUP workshop, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut
  • October 29  Copyright Basics, New York Library Association Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York
  • November 2  Copyright and Educators, cont. from October 20
  • November 4 and 5  Copyright in the Electronic Age, North Dakota State Library, Fargo, North Dakota


  • February 11  Copyright & You, University of Connecticut at Storrs
  • March 9  Copyright--Basics and Beyond State Library of North Dakota, Bismarck
  • March 10  Copyright--Basics and Beyond , State Library of North Dakota, Fargo
  • March 29  Panel on Student Research, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury
  • April 13  Ethics & Librarianship, State Library of North Dakota, Bismarck                
  • April 14  Libraries & Licensing Agreements, What Yo Need to Know, State Library of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND
  • April 20 Copyright, The Basics & Beyond, Westchester Community College Valhalla, NY
  • April 27  Copyright for Public Librarians, Southern Maine Library District, Portland
  • April 28  Copyright in the Information Age, Southern Maine Library District, Portland 

Professional Consulting

  • December 18-22, 1999  St. George's University,  Grenada, West Indies, Weed library collection and  supervise move to new library building
  • January 2-8, 2000  St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies, Continuing education workshops for library staff