Friday, October 30, 2009

ProQuest CDs

You may have noticed a computer and some racks of CDs that are arranged by year next to the printer on the main floor of the library. What are they? The CD’s belong to an old journal search product published by ProQuest, an information company. They contain thousands of full text articles from hundreds of journals published between 1993 and 2003. The older computer on the shelf next to them has the software for searching and displaying the information contained on the CD’s. While using the computer to do a search for information is not recommended, the discs are useful for finding the full-text of articles not found in the library’s other databases.

How do you find out what is contained on these discs? All of the full-text journals found on the discs are listed in the library’s Journals: A to Z list . The listing of a journal that is found on the CD’s will look similar to the following: “ American Rifleman: from 1993 to April 2003 on ProQuest CD in the Hewes Library Print Holdings.” Should you find you need an article from these CD’s, please ask for assistance from any reference librarian.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gently Used Books and More

Did you know? Hewes Library has a book sale table in lower level of the library across from the computer lab. These books are withdrawn or duplicate items from the Hewes Library collection, as well as some general items from the library's collection. Generally the items are books, but occasionally videos and music cd's are offered for sale. Hardback books, videos and cd's are fifty cents each. Paperback items are a quarter.

Currently the table has a selection of children's books that education majors might be interested in for their own personal collection. On the end of the table, while supplies last, there is a pile of CD and DVD cases free for the taking.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

On Display: Charles Darwin, Celebrating 200 Years

Monmouth College is hosting a 16 month celebration of Charles Darwin and his work, sponsored by the Nineteenth-Century Studies Program and Biology Department. The celebration, called Darwinpalooza, is hosting a number of events around campus to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Hewes Library is supporting their efforts. Currently on display is a collection of library materials that relate to Darwin in the East Lobby Display Cases. Materials include a selection of Darwin's works, titles relating to evolutionism, and recent texts by some of the authors and speakers who will be visiting the Monmouth College campus.

Darwinpalooza's next speaker, Michael Ruse, will give a presentation titled The Evolution-Creation Struggle on November 2 at 7pm on campus. A full schedule of events for Darwinpalooza can be found online and events will continue through Spring 2010.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What are you reading? MC's Psychology Department

What are you reading? is a regular feature highlighting titles that members of the Monmouth College community are currently reading. The following list of titles, compiled by members of the Psychology Department on campus, have been highly recommended to others. To find each title's availability, be sure to check the Hewes Library Catalog.
  • A Leg to Stand On by Oliver Sacks
  • An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
  • The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  • Every Day Gets a Little Closer by Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Gift of Therapy by Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Fifty-Minute Hour by Robert Lindner
  • Born to Win by Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward
  • The Games People Play by Eric Berne
  • Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
  • Tales from a Traveling Couch by Robert U. Akeret
  • Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Through A Window by Jane Goodall
  • The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
  • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
  • Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik
  • Over My Head by Claudia Osborn
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
  • Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
  • When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank Vertosick
  • The man who tasted shapes by Richard Cytowic
  • A brief tour of human consciousness by V.S.Ramachandran
  • Born on a blue day by Daniel Tammet
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Hal Straus
  • Making Your Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

Many thanks to the Psychology Department for sharing their favorites!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art & Artifacts: Winding Road and Cypress Trees, San Vigilio by John Singer Sargent

Winding Road and Cypress Trees, San Vigilio (1913) by John Singer Sargent

Location: Upper Level outside Gallery 204

In 1970, the college received the painting as a gift from the national women's fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma, to mark the 100th anniversary of its founding at Monmouth. Kappa Kappa Gamma had purchased it from the Kennedy Galleries in New York, N.Y.

A 28" by 37" oil on canvas, San Vigilio was painted in 1913 while Sargent, along with his sister and three friends, was visiting San Vigilio, a small fishing village at the south end of Lake Garda in Italy. He called the area a "paradise - cypresses, olives, a villa, a tiny little port, deep clear water and no tourists."

In 2002-2003 the painting was selected to be a part of an international exhibit entitled Sargent and Italy. The painting was on exhibit at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Palazzo del Diamante) in Ferrara, Italy, from Sept. 22, 2002 to Jan. 6, 2003, and then returned to the United States for exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Feb. 2-May 11, 2003) and the Denver Art Museum (June 28-Sept. 21, 2003).

Monmouth College is the sixth owner of the painting. It was first catalogued in 1925 as part of Sargent's estate and was then owned by three collectors in London, including the Right Honorable Viscount Rothermere, before it was purchased by a private collector in New York and then by the Kennedy Galleries. More photographs and a news release of the painting's travels are available from the Office of College Communications.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Each week a selection of new items are displayed in the new book display case. The new book display case is located on the main level of Hewes Library next to the ScotsRead collection.

Recent titles have included:

  • Baseball at the University of Michigan by Rich Adler
  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Firebrand of Liberty by Stephen V. Ash
  • Autism by Lisa D. Benaron
  • America's Food by Harvey Blatt
  • Caesar's Hours by Sid Caesar
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • Lincoln President-Elect by Harold Holzer
  • Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
  • Measure of a Man by Martin Luther King Jr.

All new items in the New Book Display case can be found in the Hewes Library catalog and are subject to normal circulation procedures for their respective collections. For more information on collection circulation policies, please visit the Hewes Library home page.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Research Tip: Magazine & Journal Locations in Hewes Library

Did you know that magazines and journals are located in two different places in the Hewes Library? The current year’s issues of all the print journals received by the library are located on the Main Level, near the coffee shop. The most recent issue is found on top of the shelf, and all of the previous issues for the current year can be found underneath the current issue by lifting the shelf. Issues older than a year can be found on the Lower Level on the shelves with green ends. They are filed in alphabetical order. Still can’t find it? Ask a librarian.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

On Display: Baseball, A Collection from Prof. Howard Price

The collection of baseball materials comes to Monmouth College as a donation from Prof. Howard Price and Eastern Illinois University. Prof. Price, who passed away in March 2009, was a lively and enthusiastic teacher who taught at EIU from 1984-2005. Howard Price was a Professor of Journalism at Eastern Illinois University. His research focused on journalism & democracy, international journalism, and the relationships between sports and the media. Price donated much of his personal collection to Eastern Illinois University, and EIU graciously offered duplicate copies to fellow institutions.

All donated materials have been added to the Hewes Library collection. You can find the titles listed in the Hewes Library Catalog and the display is located in the East Lobby display cases on the Main Level. All books are available to check out.

Monday, October 5, 2009

FDsys: Federal Digital System

As the largest publisher of information in the world, the U.S. Federal Government’s Government Printing Office (GPO) is unveiling their new digital document system, FDsys. FDsys offers full digital content of information from Congress and federal agencies and their websites.

The new system is searchable in a variety ways; by branch, agency, document title, subject, date; and all results are full PDF documents. Popular titles include the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, laws, and Presidential Documents. The digital format not only allows for ease in searching, but also faster delivery and assures the preservation of the documents even as technology changes.

This new product is the latest in GPO’s charge to disseminate America’s government information. Hewes Library has been a partner in GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program since its inception in 1860. FDsys is the latest product offered in this 150 year endeavor to provide citizen’s free and open access to their federal documents. A short video from the Government Printing Office talks about the new FDsys software and how it is improving access to government information.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Banned Book Week 2009: Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged

As we continue to celebrate Banned Book Week 2009, we thought that we would provide you with some of the titles and authors of the most frequently challenged and banned books. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps track of challenges and banned year and have information relating to previous year's most frequently challenged books available on their website.

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
  4. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
  5. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
  8. Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
  9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  10. Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper

The Hewes Library Banned Book Week materials will remain on display in the East Lobby display cases for the next few weeks. Items are available to checkout and any member of the staff can assist you.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Banned Book Week Read Out 2009

Banned Book Week was celebrated by the American Library Association with a Banned Book Week Read Out in Chicago this week. Each of the top 10 most challenged books were represented at the 2009 Banned Books Read Out, where authors and ALA members presented these works to the public. The 2009 Banned Book Week video features ALA President Camila Alire, authors Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl) and Lauren Myracle (ttyl).