Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winter Break Hours

Beginning today, Thursday, December 19, 2013, Hewes Library will be operating on Winter Break hours.  The library will be open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Hewes Library will be closed on December 24-26 and January 1, 2014.  The library will return to regular semester hours on Monday, January 14, 2013, with the start of second semester classes.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Reminder: Return Library Materials

As you complete your finals, remember to return Hewes Library, I-Share, and ILLiad library materials before you leave for Winter Break.  Items can be dropped off at the library's Circulation Desk or in the drop box on the west side of the building.

If you are unsure of what items you may still have checked out, be sure to visit your Library Account online to view your account status.

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Lancashire Witches by Philip C. Almond
  • History of Central Asia by Christoph Baumer
  • Art of Intimacy by Stacey D'Erasmo
  • Essence of Buddhism by Jo Durden Smith
  • Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar by Steven Roger Fischer
  • Scientific Method in Brief by Hugh Gauch Jr.
  • Love and Money by Lisa Henderson
  • Rock Island Line by Bill Marvel
  • Political Beethoven by Nicholas Mathew
  • Constantine the Emperor by Daniel Potter

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blow off some steam in Santa's Study Break Shop


In the West Lobby of the library, the library staff have set up Santa's Study Break Shop for finals week.  Stop by and cut a few snowflakes, help put a jigsaw puzzle together, color, complete a crossword puzzle or word search, or fill out a Mad Libs story.  Take a few minutes to relax before head back to studying for finals.  We wish you all good luck with your final papers and projects!


Extended Hours Begin

Hewes Library's finals extended hours begin today.  The library will be open until 2am each night.  The full hours schedule is available online.  Good luck on finals!

Finals Week, Fall 2013 (December 12 - December 18)
Thursday - Friday
December 12-13
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday
December 14 - 15
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Tuesday
December 16 - 17
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday
December 18
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Reminder: Quiet Hours

The Hewes Library staff would like to wish all of our students good luck on your upcoming exams, presentations, projects, and papers!

Remember, quiet hours are going on in the library to help you study, so please be courteous of your fellow students. If you are looking for a quieter area to study, try the lower level study carols on the South wall.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Journal of the Month: Food Network Magazine

Published by the Hearst Corporation, Food Network Magazine is a monthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only.  A part of the Food Network empire combining with the programming and website to connect consumers to the power and joy of food.  Launched in 2009, Food Network Magazine has a circulation of 1.4 million.

The Food Network Magazine is geared toward readers who love to cook and eat!  The Food Network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to teaching, inspiring and empowering people through its talent and expertise.  Food network stars are regularly featured in the magazine; you can get a tour of Michael Symon’s kitchen in New York City or make a festive cake roll with Alex Guarnaschelli!  There is an extensive Recipe Index in every magazine and features a Bonus Booklet with quick ‘n easy recipes every month.  This year the booklets have included 50 Easy Vegetables Sides, 50 Things to Make with Canned Pumpkin, and 50 Twists on Mac ‘n Cheese.


See more at: www.foodnetmag.com or on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Current Periodicals section.

Friday, December 6, 2013

From the Archives: Literary Societies with Student Ryan Cameron

Senior English major, Ryan Cameron, has spent the semester working on the Literary Societies archival collection in the HIST290 Archives Practicum.  Ryan describes his work in the following post.  After reading about his experiences, please stop by the library east entrance to view his exhibit!


Ryan Cameron: “Since freshman year, I’ve been trying to get as much undergraduate experience in library and archival science as possible here at Monmouth College.  So when Professor Daw came to me with the opportunity to turn what I was doing in my HIST-290 archives class into a display here in the library, I jumped at it!


Getting to work through the Literary Society’s boxes to begin with was great fun—as an English Major, I assumed that these societies would be something like book clubs, but as it turns out, the four Monmouth College literary societies—Philadelphian, Eccritean, Amateurs des Belles Lettres, and Aletheorian—were more oratorical in nature, giving speeches written both by members of the groups and by great speakers, authors, and thinkers of the times.  In fact, Monmouth College’s four literary societies were among the most famous, and from the beginning of the College’s existence until the early 1900’s, became what the college was most known for.

The experience of putting this display together has been great—I had to work through the planning stages, often by taking pictures of the display cabinet and creating mock-ups of the shelving to see where and how things would fit together thematically.  Ultimately, once I was in front of the case placing things on shelves, it was all a lot easier than I thought it was going to be, but I think the planning stages were some of the most beneficial to me as a student of the archives.

Getting to see my work displayed every day makes me feel like I’ll have a real heads-up on my graduate school classes.  But most of all, it feels great to be able to bring to light something that once was such a prominent part of Monmouth College’s history that has somehow fallen so by the wayside.”

New ScotsRead Titles Arrived

New ScotsRead titles arrived and are available to check out.  Take a look at:
  • White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough
  • A Christmas Hope: A Novel by Anne Perry
  • Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  • The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook by Arthur Agatston
  • Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pre-finals Hours begin on Friday

Finals will be here before we know it.  Pre-finals additional hours begins this Friday - December 6, 2013.  The full hours schedule is available online:

Pre-Finals & Finals Week, Fall 2013 (December 6 - December 18)
Friday
December 6
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday
December 7
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday
December 8
9:00 a.m. - Midnight
Monday - Wednesday
December 9 - 11
7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Thursday - Friday
December 12-13
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m
Saturday - Sunday
December 14 - 15
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday - Tuesday
December 16 - 17
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday
December 18
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Database of the Month: Oxford Reference Online

For the month of December, Hewes Library is featuring Oxford Reference Online as it's Database of the Month.  Oxford Reference Online is continually updated and features research subject encyclopedias in an electronic format for easy access to information 24/7/365.  Oxford describes the Oxford Reference Online product by saying:
"Oxford Reference is the home of Oxford’s quality reference publishing, bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. With a fresh and modern look and feel, and specifically designed to meet the needs and expectations of reference users, Oxford Reference provides quality, up-to-date reference content at the click of a button. Made up of two main collections, both fully integrated and cross-searchable, Oxford Reference couples Oxford’s trusted A-Z reference material with an intuitive design to deliver a discoverable, up-to-date, and expanding reference resource."

Just a few of it's features are:
  • 300,000 pages defining unique terms
  • 270 timelines
  • Quick & Advanced Search Interfaces
  • Easily share content
Access to library databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Research over Thanksgiving Break? Yes!

No problem.  Access all of the library's databases remotely.  All of the databases provided by Hewes Library can be accessed from off campus. To do so, follow these directions:
  • From the list, select the database you wish to use off campus. (You must select it from this list instead of doing a web search for it.)
  • You will be prompted at a MC log in screen.
  • Enter your MC user name and password - which is the same one you use to access your MC email.
  • Once logged in, you can use the resource as if you were on campus.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Hewes Library will have reduced hours over the Thanksgiving Break.  Hours are listed below or you can view our full schedule online.

Thanksgiving Break 2013 (November 26 - December 1)
  • Tuesday, November 26: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - Saturday, November 28 - 30: Closed
  • Sunday, December 1: 6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Regular hours and the Einstein Brothers Bagel Shop will resume on Monday, December 2.  Travel safely over break and we'll see you for the final weeks of the semester!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Check out a ScotsRead Title for Thanksgiving Break!

The following titles recently arrived and are available in the ScotsRead Collection - which can be found on the main floor of the library:
  • The Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel
  • No Plan B: Payton Manning's Comeback with the Denver Broncos by Mark Kiszla
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel by Fannie Flagg
  • Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story by Diane Setterfield
  • Mirage by Clive Cussler

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Research Tip: Stable URLs

Have you ever been interrupted while researching and copied the search URL in an email with the intent to return to your search at a later time? If so, you have learned that in most cases, it does not work when you return to it.

Why? Each time you start a session in one of the library's databases, a unique session ID is attached to that search. When the window is closed, the database considers your research session over and the URL is no longer valid.

The fix: enter stable URLs. A stable URL is a short URL listed somewhere in the record for the article or periodical that you are interested in. It can also be called a permanent URL. If you bookmark, save, or copy a stable URL, you will be able to directly return to the article you selected. Look for stable and permanent URLs in our library's databases.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving Facts from the US Census

Hewes Library is a Federal Depository Library of the US Government.  Every year, the US Census publishes Facts for Features articles which provide statistical snapshots for major US holidays.  A few of their Thanksgiving statistics are below and you can view the full article online.  Here's to getting in the Thanksgiving spirit!

A few of this year's Thanksgiving statistics:

254 million
The number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2012. That is up 2 percent from the number raised during 2011.
 Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,
 <http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/TurkRaisSu/TurkRaisSu-09-28-2012.pdf>

$23.1 million
The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys for 2012, with 99.8 percent of them coming from Canada. When it comes to sweet potatoes, the Dominican Republic was the source of 51.1 percent ($4.6 million) of total imports ($9.1 million). The United States ran a $17.6 million trade deficit in live turkeys during the period but had a surplus of $71.2 million in sweet potatoes.
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
 <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/>

768 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2012. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 450 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 210 million).
New Jersey, Oregon and Washington were also estimated to have substantial production, ranging from 14 to 54 million pounds.
 Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,
 <http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/Cran/Cran-08-14-2012.pdf>

2.6 billion pounds
The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2012. North Carolina (1.2 billion pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state, followed by California, Mississippi and Louisiana.
 Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,
 <http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProdSu/CropProdSu-01-11-2013.pdf>

4
Number of places in the United States named after the holiday's traditional main course. Turkey Creek, La., was the most populous in 2012, with 440 residents, followed by Turkey, Texas (415), Turkey, N.C. (295) and Turkey Creek, Ariz. (294). There are also two townships in Pennsylvania with "Turkey" in the name: Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot. (Please note that the Turkey Creek, Ariz., population total pertains to the 2010 Census).
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Population Estimates and American FactFinder, Table DP-1, 2010 Census Summary File 1
 <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2012/SUB-EST2012-3.html>
 <http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/1600000US0477415>

7
Number of places and townships in the United States that are named Cranberry or some spelling variation of the acidic red berry (e.g., Cranbury, N.J.), a popular side dish at Thanksgiving. Cranberry Township (Butler County), Pa., was the most populous of these places in 2012, with 28,832 residents. Cranberry township (Venango County), Pa., was next (6,608). (Please note that population totals for the two places on the list that are census designated places — Cranbury, N.J., with a population of 2,181, and Cranberry Lake, N.Y., with a population of 200 — pertain to 2010.).
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Population Estimates and 2010 Census Summary File 1
 <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2012/index.html>
 <http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?fpt=table>

Friday, November 15, 2013

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion: Acts of Faith

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting a book discussion on Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.  The book discussion will be lead by Prof. Hannah Schell, PhD, of the Department of Philosophy & Religion at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.  Prof. Schell is deeply interested in religious pluralism in the American context, and teaches courses on world religious traditions. Since 2001 Schell has been asked to make numerous presentations on Islam to community organizations and other groups in the area.

The book discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. It will be held in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, Hewes Library Room 03, on the lower level of the library.

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New ScotsRead Titles

Recently arrived and added to the ScotsRead Collection, you will find:
  • Winners: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • Fifteen Minutes: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury
  • Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr
  • Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking 150 delicious and simple recipes anyone can master by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
  • The Wolves of Midwinter: the Wolf Gift Chronicles by Anne Rice

Monday, November 11, 2013

Journal of the Month: The Humanist

The Humanist: “A Magazine of Critical Inquiry and Social Concern”

Published by the American Humanist Association (AHA), The Humanist is a bi-monthly magazine which Hewes Library subscribes to in print only.  The AHA is a non-profit, educational corporation; North America's oldest and largest Humanist membership organization.

The Humanist applies humanism—a natural and democratic outlook informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion—to broad areas of social and personal concern.  With a distinguished cadre of writers covering everything from science and religion to media and technology to politics and popular culture, the Humanist continues to challenge readers with insightful ethical critique and commentary on the central issues of our time. Regular columns include “Church & State” and “Secular Humorism.”  Past interviews include the Humanist of the Year (Dan Savage 2013), Greg Lukianoff, A.C. Grayling, Sanal Edamaruku, and Leon F. Seltzer.

See more at: www.thehumanist.org or find it on the Main Level of Hewes Library in the Print Periodicals section.

Friday, November 8, 2013

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library Collection on a continual basis. Recent title have included:

  • Battle for God by Karen Armstrong
  • Winds of Change by Frank L. Battisti
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler
  • Average is Over by Tyler Cowen
  • Illinois Gardner's Guide by James A Fizzell
  • Cracking the MCAT by James L. Flowers and Theodore Silver
  • Helen Taft: Our Musical First Lady by Lewis L. Gould
  • Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Research Help

Are you struggling with a research paper? Are you unsure where to find scholarly journal articles on your topic? Stop by the Reference Desk or email the Reference staff to step up an appointment.


The Hewes Library librarians can help you locate scholarly articles for your paper, statistics for your speeches, and more! Librarians are available at the following times or by appointment:
  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - noon, 1:30pm - 4:30pm, and 6pm-9pm
  • Friday: 9am - noon and 1:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: No librarians are available
  • Sunday: 1:30pm - 4:30pm and 6pm-9pm

Monday, November 4, 2013

Muslim Journeys Lecture: The Veil

As part of the Muslim Journeys NEH Bookshelf grant, Hewes Library will be hosting a lecture entitled The Veil by Prof. Farhat Haq of Monmouth College.  Prof. Farhat Haq, PhD, is a Professor of Political Science at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.  As a Pakistani immigrant, Prof. Haq has worked on issues of religion and politics in the context of modernization, with an emphasis on constructions of gender.

The lecture is open to members of the public and will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2013.  It will be held in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, Hewes Library Room 03, on the lower level of the library. 

The Let's Talk About It and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Funded with a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association. Our local partners include the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Monmouth Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Database of the Month: Access World News

For the month of November, Hewes Library is featuring Access World News as the database of the month.  Access World News is provided by NewBank, Inc. and contains a large collection of local news sources in addition to the regional and national level.  NewsBank describes it product as containing:
"Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Content is easily searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface."
Among Monmouth College's resources, it is one of the richest for local papers in the State of Illinois.  If you are from the Chicagoland area, you can continue to read newspapers from your hometown in addition to the Daily Review Atlas, which is Monmouth's daily paper.

Access to databases is limited to the current students, staff, and faculty of Monmouth College.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

National Archives Month: What’s Up in the Archives?

Any collection or item that is “Up in the Archives” always begins by spending sometime “down in the workroom”.  The real archival work takes place in the technical processing room on the first floor of the library, away from the Archive collections room.  Here in the workroom there are always various projects underway that comprise the daily tasks of Archival work.


Archivists are all about arranging files in logical order so they are easier to use.  We research the creators of collections and describe the contents using finding aids and catalog records so users can discover and access them.  We also spend a considerable amount of time preserving and protecting our collections from the elements, using acid-free folders, Mylar sleeves, and sturdy boxes and paying attention to light levels, temperature and humidity.  We even perform a few repairs to those items that have been ripped or torn, or scan and digitize a document to preserve it and provide access via the web. ...a little TLC goes a long way!


Throughout the processing and hands-on work, we can become extremely attached to our documents and their creators…WE LOVE OUR STUFF!  And more importantly, we love to share it.  Does Archival Science sound like something you’d be interested in?  Stop by the library to check out the collections and find out about courses in library, archival, or museum science!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ScotsRead Titles Added to the Collection

Just arrived!  New ScotsRead titles include:
  • The One-day Contract: How to add value to every minute of your life by Rick Pitino
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker
  • The Circle: A Novel by Dave Eggers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Research Tip: Course Reserves

What are they? Where are they?

Course Reserves are library materials that check out for two hours and can only be used within the library building. They are available at the Circulation Desk and you'll need your student ID card to check out materials.

How can I find them? Does my professor have any course reserves?

You can find course reserves using the syllabus provided to you by your professors, or you can view the Searchable Course Reserves List in the Hewes Library Catalog. You can search by class, professor, or department.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Research Tip: Off Campus Database Access

All of the databases provided by Hewes Library can be accessed from off campus. To do so, follow these directions:
  • Select the database you wish to use off campus. (You must select it from the library's web page instead of doing a web search for it.)
  • You will be prompted at a MC log in screen to enter a user name and password. Enter your MC user name and password - which is the same one you use to access your MC email.
  • Once logged in, you can use the resource as if you were on campus.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Break Hours

Hewes Library will observe Fall Break hours beginning Thursday, October 17.  The library will be open:
  • Thursday, October 17: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, October 19 - 20: Closed
  • Monday, October 21: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Tuesday, October 22: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

National Archives Month: Homecoming Displays with Brittany Zenge '14

History Major, Brittany Zenge, ’14, has been spending the semester working on an independent study in Museum Studies (HIST 390).  Working with Archivist, Lynn Daw, she is examining the history of museum collecting, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation.  Her first love of these museum tasks is exhibits and displays, so what better mid-term assignment than creating just that for last weekend’s 2013 Homecoming events! 

Brittany interprets her experience in the following post:

Library Cases
"When Lynn asked me to design the library cases for Homecoming, I was ecstatic. I immediately wanted to get my hands on all of the artifacts in the archives. To decide on which artifacts to put in the case, I firstly had to decide what theme I wanted to go with. Seeing as it was Homecoming, there was a ready made title to bring to life, “Roll Out The Red.” From there I decided to make the cases resemble the red carpet like you see in Hollywood. This helped with picking out specific artifacts, like the roll of film and older camera.

My main goal was to keep to the Homecoming feel, therefore I kept pieces like the athletic jacket, football jersey, pipe band uniform and the yearbooks to signify those alums coming back to celebrate their time at Monmouth College.  Lastly, I placed Homecoming pins and Monmouth College banners inside each case to help represent school pride during this exciting weekend.

At MC, students can investigate the inter-related professions of Library Science, Archive Management, and Museum Studies, through a variety of courses and independent studies, no matter what major field of study they are pursuing.   Stop by the library for more information!"

Monday, October 14, 2013

New ScotsRead Titles - Just in time for Fall Break!

The following titles have just been added to the ScotsRead Collection on the Main Level of Hewes Library.  Find them next to the large group study tables and take one home for break:
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King
  • Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  • From Scratch: Inside the Food Network by Allen Salkin
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Spymistress: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library Collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:


  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Last Nude by Ellis Avery
  • Trial of Madame Caillaux by Edward Berenson
  • Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
  • When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Encyclopedia of Saints by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
  • Horse Named Sorrow by Trebor Healey
  • Marvel Comics The Untold Story by Sean Howe
  • Antietam and Fredericksburg by Francis Winthrop Palfrey

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Database of the Month: Mango Languages

Mango Languages is October's Database of the Month.  Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.  There are over 50 different language & ESL modules to choose from in the system. 

Mango Languages features:
  • 24/7 Access to language resources
  • Mobile support - 34% of users access Mango products from mobile devices
  • Apps for both the iPhone and Android operating systems
  • Unlimited access to language learning modules
  • Voice comparison
  • Native speakers examples
  • Articulated speed in lessons

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

National Archives Month: What's Up in the Archives

October is American Archives Month!  This is a time to focus on the importance of the documents and items that record our daily lives, records created by individuals, organizations, and governments.  “What records?” you might ask…

Think for a moment about your daily activities and the records you create.  These notes of daily life: correspondence, emails, tweets, diaries, legal documents, receipts, photographs, video and sound recordings, can all be considered potential Archival material when they contain enduring value and enhance a collective public memory.

How about a college student’s scrapbook from 1917 or the personal collections of a jazz aficionado?  Perhaps a page from the Apollo 11 flight plan? … A recording from President John F. Kennedy that reveals as much about being a father as it does about being president… or a photograph of a little girl and her bonnet taken during the Civil War.

Each of these historical records contains a lasting, intrinsic value that speaks volumes about a place and time and the people and culture that created them.  How do our records created today reflect what we are about? How are we making memories?


Monday, October 7, 2013

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion: Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the U.S.

Please join us for our second book discussion featuring: 

Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the U.S. by Edward Curtis
Discussion Leader: Spencer Dew
 
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:00pm
Barnes Classroom, Hewes Library, Monmouth College
Monmouth, IL 61462

We have a limited number of books for those interested in participating in these book discussions led by local scholars. Anyone interested in participating in this series of discussions of five selected titles from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf theme of American Stories, please contact Rick Sayre, 309-457-2192, Library Director, Hewes Library, Monmouth College.

For more information on the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Grant, please visit: http://library.monmouthcollege.edu/MuslimJourneys

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Research Tip: Learn more about your Library Accounts

Want to learn more about your Library User Accounts? Each Monmouth College students, staff, or faculty member has two Hewes Library accounts. 
  1. Library / I-Share Account: Allows patrons to renew items currently checked out and to place requests for books through the I-Share Catalog. You can also maintain a list of favorites in the system.
  2. ILLiad Account: Allows patrons to place interlibrary loan requests for articles and print materials that are not available in the I-Share catalog. Electronically received interlibrary loans requests can also be retrieved in a patron's ILLiad account.
Learn more about the differences between the two accounts and how to locate your username and passwords for each account.

Monday, September 30, 2013

New ScotsRead Titles

The following books arrived and can be found in the ScotsRead Collection:
  • The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler
  • Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach

Saturday, September 28, 2013

BBW: Books in the News

The ILA Reporter, news magazine of the Illinois Library Association recently published an article on books chanllenged in Illinois.  It also profiled the voices of several Glen Ellyn junior high school students after the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower was challenged in their school. 

Today, Banned Book Week concludes but be sure to stay informed with these resources:

Friday, September 27, 2013

BBW: Challenged or Banned Classics

From the American Library Association's website:

"According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles below represent banned or challenged books on that list (see the entire list here). For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site.

The titles not included may have been banned or challenged, but we have not received any reports on them. If you have information about the banning or challenging of these (or any) titles, please contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom."

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
 
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
 
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
 
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
 
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Thursday, September 26, 2013

BBW: Books on Display


On display in the main lobby and the east lobby is a collection of challenged and banned books.  The titles are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

 
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BBW: Banned Book Week 2013 Video

Video from Plainfield Public Library featuring book titles that were challenged in 2012 and the reason for their challenge:
 

 
Learn more about Banned Book Week at:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BBW: Top Ten Challenged Books List

Each year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom records and monitors challenges that are brought on books.  Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, here are the most frequently challenged books from 2012:
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Monday, September 23, 2013

BBW: Challenge vs. Banning

Banned Book Week (BBW) 2013: What is the difference between a challenge and a banning?

 According to the American Library Association:
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection." ~American Library Association's About Banned & Challenged Books
Looking to learn more on Banned Books Week? These resources will be helpful:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Banned Book Week (BBW): Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week this year will run from September 30 - October 6. From the American Library Association:
"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society."

Check out the displays and most frequently challenged book lists throughout the library and take home a challenged book today!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion: Prince Among Slaves

Please join us for our first book discussion of Prince Among Slaves, by Terry Alford. 
Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
Discussion Leader: Prof. Petra Kuppinger
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:00pm
Buchanan Center for the Arts, 64 Public Square
Monmouth, IL 61462

We have a limited number of books for those interested in participating in these book discussions led by local scholars.  Anyone interested in participating in this series of discussions of five selected titles from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf theme of American Stories, please contact Rick Sayre, 309-457-2192, Library Director, Hewes Library, Monmouth College.

For more information on the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Grant, please visit: http://library.monmouthcollege.edu/MuslimJourneys

Monday, September 16, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
  • Absolutist by John Boyne
  • Inscriptions: The Dedicatory Monuments by Daniel J. Geagan
  • Museum Administration: An Introduction by Hugh H. Genoways & Lynne M. Ireland
  • Chocolate Islands by Catherine Higgs
  • Measured Tones by Ian Johnston
  • Environmental Policy by Michael E. Kraft
  • God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
  • Cambridge Ancient History edited by John Boardman
  • Encyclopedia of Energy editor Morris A. Pierce

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Research Tip: Research Process Guide

The Research Process guide, which is accessible from the Research Process tab on the library's homepage, will walk students through the steps required to complete a successful research project or paper.

You will find information on:
  • Developing a Topic
    • Selecting a Topic
    • Develop Research Questions
    • Identify Keywords
    • Find Background Information
    • Refine a Topic
  • Locating Information
    • Find Books
    • Find Videos
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
    • Search Strategies
  • Evaluating Information
    • Evaluate Sources
    • Primary v Secondary Sources
    • Types of Periodicals
  • Using Information Correctly
    • Notetaking
    • Paraphrasing
  • Legal/Ethical Information Issues
    • Plagiarism
    • Citation Styles
    • Works Cited Examples
    • Copyright

Friday, September 6, 2013

New Title: National Geographic Traveler

With the discontinuation of Budget Travel, the library subscribed to National Geographic Traveler.  It can be found on the Main Level with the rest of the Popular Magazine Collection.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On Display: Muslim Journeys


On display in the East Lobby, you will find our display filled with items related to the NEH's Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys grant.  The kickoff event is tomorrow - Thursday, September 5 at 7pm at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth, IL. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Literature Criticism Collection

The Literature Criticism Collection is a newly formed collection as a result of the Reference and Oversize Collection moves on the main floor this summer.  The Literature Criticism Collection contains all of the Gale Literary Criticism series that were housed in the Reference Collection. 


They remain on their regular shelving in the middle of the main floor.  The collection is now marked with a green spine label to identify titles in this collection.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Reference & Oversize Collections Swapped Locations

Over the summer, the Hewes Library staff completed an extensive evaluation of the library's Reference collection.  The project involved updating many older materials and moving some items from the Reference to the Circulating collection to increase circulation of materials. 


To facilitate the growth in the Oversize collection, the Reference collection and the Oversize collection swapped physical locations.  Reference is now located on the east side of the library's main floor and Oversize is now housed on the old Reference shelves in the middle of the library's main floor.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On Display: Back to School

Currently on display in the East Lobby is a collection of Back to School items from the Monmouth College Bookstore.  You can visit the bookstore in person or online to purchase any of these items.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome back to campus!

Welcome back to campus for our returning students and welcome to our first year students!

If you ever need research assistance, please stop by and talk to a library staff member or read through some of our Research Guides to learn more about a research in a specific discipline or take a look at our guide on The Research Process for an overview.

Our library hours will be the same this fall. You can view the full list on the library's hours page.

From all of us, welcome back!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Faculty: Don't forget your Course Reserves

Now is the time to get your Course Reserves ready!

If you are a MC faculty member and plan to place items on course reserve, remember that all of our course reserve information is available on our website along with the necessary forms.

Please allow 48 hours for processing. At times of high volume, especially at semester's beginning, processing may take longer. For this reason, we recommend that reserve forms be submitted well in advance of their anticipated date of first use.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Recently Arrived ScotsRead Titles

The following titles recently arrived and were added to the ScotsRead Collection on the Main Level of Hewes Library.  Find them by the study tables:
  • The Daughters of Mars: A Novel by Thomas Keneally
  • Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
  • Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin by Chris Ewan

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New ScotsRead Titles

Just arrived and added to the collection are:
  • The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan
  • Fantasy Life: The outrageous, uplifting, and heartbreaking world of fantasy sports by the guy who's lived it by Matthew Berry
  • First Sight by Danielle Steel
  • Blood & Beauty: The Borgias, A Novel by Sarah Dunant
  • The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
  • The Highway by C. J. Box

Monday, August 5, 2013

Jane Austen Reading Group - Thursdays in August

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published 200 years ago, but it remains a much-read and much-loved book today. In celebration of the bicentennial of its publication, the Warren County Public Library will be hosting a Jane Austen reading group. Whether you're a fan of Austen or new to the world of her novels, you are most welcome to join us on Thursday August 8, 15, and 22 from 11:00-12:30. We will discuss her characters, her writing style, her contemporary female writers, her adaptations, and her legacy.
 
Thursdays, August 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 11am-12:30pm at the Buchanan Center for the Arts.

Kindly RSVP to Bridget Draxler at bdraxler@monmouthcollege.edu

Tea and cookies will be provided, you are welcome to bring a sack lunch.

In preparation for each discussion, please read Part I, II, or III in correspondence with the sessions. A limited number of free copies of the novel are available for participants at the Warren County Public Library.

Monday, July 22, 2013

ScotsRead Summer Reading

New titles were just added to the shelves.  Stop by and check out:
  • The Light in the Ruins: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
  • Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison
  • The Last Word: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz
  • Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
  • Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman

Monday, July 15, 2013

Looking for Summer Reading? Try a ScotsRead

New ScotsRead titles just arrived!  Recently added:
  • Revenge wears Prada: the Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
  • Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith
  • A Game of Thrones: the Graphic Novel, Volume Two by George R. R. Martin
  • The Feud: The Hatfields and The McCoys, the true story by Dean King
  • Beautiful Day: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New ScotsRead Titles

The following titles recently arrived and were added to the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor.  Check one out for some fun summer reading!
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Island Girls: A Novel by Nancy Thayer
  • Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos by Ed Hardy with Joel Selvin
  • Duet with the Devil: The True Story of how Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr teamed up to take on America's first sensational murder mystery by Paul Collins

Friday, June 14, 2013

Recent ScotsRead Titles

The following titles were just added to the ScotsRead Collection:
  • Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
  • A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Friday, June 7, 2013

From the Archives: Digitizing MC Student Life


As part of Hewes Library's ongoing digitization efforts, librarians and students worked together over the 2012-2013 school year to scan and make portions of the MC Archives Student Life Collection available online.  History Department Instructor and Technical Services Librarian, Lynn Daw supervised student Olivia Haines on a yearlong project that assessed, scaned, and cataloged scrapbooks from the Student Life Collection. 


The first items in the collection are scrapbooks from MC students Grace Acheson Rogers, Lois Glass, and Luella Beveridge.  The scrapbooks are part of the collection that serves to reflect campus life through the eyes of Monmouth College students over the past 160 years.
 
 
Photographs, scrapbooks, documents, and memorabilia record the activities of individual students as well as various clubs, groups, and campus organizations. These objects continue to display the traditions and culture of a small, private, midwestern liberal arts campus and its vibrant youth.
 
Watch the Monmouth College Archives or the Hewes Library blog for future updates to the collection.
 


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New ScotsRead Titles

The following titles arrived and were added to the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library.  Stop by and check one out for some fun summer reading!
  • The Hit by David Baldacci
  • Wedding Night: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella
  • Butch Cassidy: The Lost Years by William W. Johnstone
  • A Delicate Truth by John Le Carre
  • Muder as a fine art by David Morrell
  • Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown

Friday, May 10, 2013

Databases to Use this Summer!

As summer break begins, accessing a Hewes Library Database may be the furthest thing from your mind.  However, here are 5 reasons why you might want to access some of the Library’s databases during the summer months.
  1. You’d like to listen to some music besides the titles currently on your I-pod.  If you would like to listen to some different music, try the database Music Online.  This database has a wide variety of music available ranging from classical to World Music.  While most of the collection cannot be downloaded there are free downloads of classical and world music that change weekly.  Included in the collection American song are tunes from singers including Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby, and from composers Oscar Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and others.  The world music collection has music from various countries and cultural groups; Afro-Cuban, Jamaican, Greek and many others.  You’re sure to find something interesting to listen to in this collection.
  2. You’d like to watch something other than Netflix and what’s at the local Cinema.   The VAST database from Alexander Street Press contains thousands of videos.  There are numerous stage and screen dramatizations of plays found under the “performance” tab.  Some of the types of films are movies of historical plays such as Andersonville, the classic film Birth of a Nation and films of many Shakespeare plays.  Also included are a large number of dance and opera performances and PBS documentaries.  
  3. You want to learn more about your grandparents.   The Ancestry.com database contains many historical records that can be searched by name.  There are birth, death, census and marriage records, along with the ship manifests from some of many ships of immigrants that came to the United States from Europe and other places in the 19th century.  It is fairly easy to use and can return some interesting results.
  4. You want to do some research on or for prospective employers.  If you have been lucky enough to land an internship with a business for the summer, you can impress your bosses by your insight into the industry you are working in by using the database Business Insights Global.  For instance, you have an internship at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria for the summer.  Just looking up the company name (Caterpillar Inc.) takes you to a page with information on their business history, strategy, brands, current legal issues, number of employees, overall profits and much other information.  It also has a listing of their major competitors.  This database also lets you create charts and diagrams comparing various statistics and is updated regularly.  So get creative and let your business sense shine and impress your boss!
  5. You want to learn enough Spanish to order in a restaurant during your family vacation in Mexico or you’re not sure whether or not to take that course in Ancient Greek in the fall.  Mango Languages is a database that will allow you to do all of these things or to investigate many other languages.   You do not need to create a log-in or profile to use it.  Just click on “courses” and you can begin any of the language courses offered by Mango.  If English is not your first language, you can work on improving your ability in English by choosing one of the English learning courses offered for speakers of Spanish, French, Russian, Greek, Vietnamese or several other languages.  The database also has a translate feature where you can translate from one language to another.  It will translate individual words or the full-text of something written in another language.  So, baw siÄ™ dobrze with a new language this summer!
How do I access these databases from my location?  When you attempt to connect to any of our databases from off-campus, a window will pop-up asking for your login and password.  Use the same login and password that you use while on-campus.   This will allow you to access all of our databases from remote locations.  For more information on remote access, check here.

Have a great summer and hope to see you all again in the fall!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Library's Summer Hours

Today Hewes Library begins its summer hours.  The library will be open Monday - Friday from 8am until 4:30pm each day and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.  We will also be closed for Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) and the Fourth of July (Thursday, July 4).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Treasures of the Collection: Cha-no-yu; Tea Cult of Japan

Treasures of the Collection:  Cha-no-yu; tea cult of Japan


In the 1930s Dr. Howard Martin returned from Japan with a large number of Japanese books which he then donated to Monmouth College.  Many of these books are exquisite examples of the Japanese bookbinder’s art, which is famous worldwide.  For instance, this title is not only found inside a slipcover with pictures on the front and back, but the striped fabric cover of the book itself is a beautiful example of Japanese detailing.


The book itself presents an English language version of the art of drinking tea, a subject taken very seriously by many nations in the Far East, especially Japan and China.  In Japanese culture, one is not just invited over for a microwaved mug of hot water with a teabag in it, but one can be treated to a centuries’ old ritual involving a number of special implements, towels, cups, saucers and tea pots. 
This book goes into detail not only on the tea ceremony itself, but describes the proper setting for such a ceremony. 


In the past, it was customary for wealthy people to have a tea house on their property, where the tea ceremony could be performed properly for the family and guests.  There are numerous “schools” of the tea ceremony, with each ones rituals being slightly different.  A short history of the tea ceremony is given at the beginning of the book and some of the schools are mentioned.  However this book was printed for the traveler to Japan to learn something about the tea ceremony, so it just gives a general overview of the ceremony. 


The Special Collections title referred to above is not the only example of tea ceremony titles held by Hewes Library.  There is a book from the 1960’s on the tea ceremony found in the regular collection and one found in the oversize collection.  Monmouth College is also one of the few places with copies of a magazine devoted to the culture of tea, Chanyou Quarterly, Tea and the Arts of Japan.  This title, published by the Urasenke school of tea ceremonies can be found in the basement periodicals section. 


The tea ceremony is not dead, but alive and well with many practitioners found in America.  There are several videos on YouTube of the tea ceremony; here is a link to a short one (8 minutes) which demonstrates the simplest form of tea ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebQ384WZ5Po
For those with more interest, here is a link to a long video demonstrating the Urasenke tea ceremony in full (nearly 30 minutes in length) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCM6l1r1SqQ

The tea ceremony encourages relaxation and refreshment, so during exams, take a little time to have your own tea ceremony.  Have a cup of tea and take a short breather before hitting the books again. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Don't forget! Return your library materials

As the spring semester winds down, don't forget to return your Hewes Library, I-Share, and Interlibrary Loan materials once you are done with them.  You can return materials to the library's circulation desk or drop boxes are available inside the library and outside, on the west terrace.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Finals Week Hours: Open until 2am!

Hewes Library will be open until 2am during finals.  Our full hours are:

Finals Week, Spring 2013 (May 2 - May 8)
  • Thursday - Friday, May 2 - 3: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 6 - 7: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m

Monday, April 29, 2013

Treasures of the Collection: Official War Records Part III (post-Civil War)

Official War Records Part III (post-Civil War)


After the Civil war the U.S. military engaged in a number of conflicts, among them; the Spanish-American War, various Caribbean military interventions in the early 20th century, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts.  Most, but not all, of these conflicts were the subject of official government histories.    For the Spanish American War and the Caribbean interventions, no “official” government histories were written.  However after World War I the Historical Section of the Army War College wrote a 17 volume official history of the conflict and the Army’s participation in it.   Published in 1948 and republished in 1988 by the Center for Military History (CMH), these 17 volumes comprise the official record of the Army Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Europe in 1917-1918.   Hewes library has the 1988 republication found at D114.8:


In the middle of World War II, the Army created the General Staff historical branch in July 1943 which is now known as CMH.  This organization composed of historians, translators, editors, and cartographers began the publication of the Army’s official history of World War II.  Now comprising 79 volumes, the Green Books as they are called are a detailed accounting of all aspects of the Army’s participation in that war.   Go downstairs to the Ds and look for the green backed books.  These will all be volumes in the Army’s official history (but some of the titles are tan, not green).  There are also official Marine Corps histories of the conflict found in the same section. 


Subsequently, CMH wrote a series of books on the Army’s participation in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and is currently writing a history of the Cold War.  The Navy and Air Force historians have also written histories of those services’ participation in various conflicts.  

All of the more recent military histories, regardless of service are found in the D section of the basement.  Here is a breakdown of the areas to check for more these histories.
Air Force Histories: D 301
Army Histories: D 114.7
Marine Corps: D 214.13
Navy Histories:  D 207.10 and D 221.2