Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter Break Hours 2010-2011

With finals behind us, the library is moving to its Winter Break schedule.  A full description of the library's hours can be found on the library's website.  Our schedule over the break will be:
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Hewes Library will be closed the following dates for the holidays: December 23 - December 27 and December 31.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of North American Eating & Drinking Traditions, Customs & Rituals

Encyclopedia of North American Eating & Drinking Traditions, Customs & Rituals

1 volume: Illustrations, Appendix: Eating and Drinking Traditions, Customs and Rituals by Category, Bibliography, Index

This highly entertaining encyclopedia covers topics ranging from after dinner drinks to zucchini bread, describing along the way a multitude of topics relating to the various eating and drinking customs found across North America. It covers types of food: crème-filled sandwich cookies, lutefisk, hush puppies, salsa; holidays when special foods are eaten and drunk; not only the traditional Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter but those of other cultures and religions such as Diwali (Hindu), Oban(Japanese), Ramadan (Islam), and Passover (Jewish). It also covers different life cycle events, births, marriages, Prom night, Spring Break, and death. Other topics include different types of places ranging from brew pubs to soup kitchens, and the foods, beverages and traditions of many ethnic and national groups. So if you want to know why those of Swedish extraction eat lutefisk, those of Polish descent break an oplatki among the family at Christmas or how to celebrate the Chinese New Year or the Mexican Dia Los Muertos, look in this book. There are many see also references at the end of entries to refer you to more information as well as references to different sources for more information.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of the Essay

Encyclopedia of the Essay

1 volume: List of entries, Title Index, General Index

This encyclopedia attempts to categorize and explore the little known literary discipline of essay writing. The definition of essay used by the book is a short nonfiction prose text that does not seek to definitely explain subjects, but rather to explore a topic or topics, raising questions and pushing the boundary of ideas beyond the usual, somewhat in the nature of some 21st century blogs. Essays are often personal in nature, reflecting the ideas of the writer and written in a way to appeal to a larger audience of non-specialists.

The primary focus of the book is the European-American written tradition, although entries on the essays of other cultures can be found. There is information on the careers and writings of such essayists as Frederick Douglass, James Thurber, and Oscar Wilde. Short biographical notes giving birth and death details are added at the end of each personal entry.

Also included are descriptions of a number of magazines devoted to the essay such as the New Yorker and descriptions of the essay traditions found in various countries. At the end of each article is a list of selected writings, a bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The Preface to the book gives a good introduction to the essay and reasons that this genre could and should be studied further.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Finals Hours: Einstein Brothers Bagels & Coffee Shop

Don't forget!  Einstein Brothers Bagels will be open their normal hours through finals.  They will be offering complimentary coffee late in the evenings to get you through your last minute studying.

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Crusades by Thomas Asbridge
  • Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine
  • Pushing for Midwives by Christa Craven
  • Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
  • First Family: Abigail and John by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Wind Doesn't Need a Passport by Tyche Hendricks
  • On the Edge of Earth by Steven Lambakis
  • Joyce: A Guide for the Perplexed by Peter Mahon
  • Marie Curie by Marilyn Bailey Ogilive
  • Food Politics by Robert Paarlberg

Quiet Hours

Just a reminder that the library is currently under Quiet Hours now that Finals have begun.  If you are looking for a lower traffic area to study in the library, check out the study carrels on the south side of Lower Level.  All of the tables and chairs in the stacks, located throughout the building, are great places too!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hours through Finals

Hewes Library will be open more hours to allow students time to wrap up the semester and prepare for finals. The extended hours are:
  • Wednesday - Friday, December 6 - 10: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday - Sunday, December 11 - 12: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Tuesday, December 13 - 14: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, December 15: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The full schedule of the library's hours is also available on the library's website.  Good luck on finals!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Title Highlight: International Encyclopedia of Dance

International Encyclopedia of Dance

6 volumes
Illustrations, Alphabetical list of entries (v. 6), Synoptic Outline of Contents (v.6), Index (v.6)

This large set took 24 years to be published; the idea for an international encyclopedia of dance first being suggested in 1974, with the results printed in 1998. It attempts to include all forms of dance in all countries of the world, broken into 3 broad categories: Western theatrical dance, theatrical dance in the non-Western world and ritual and recreational forms of dance. Thus ballet, tap and jazz dance are described, but also Japanese Kabuki and No theater, Balinese mask theatre dance, square dancing and the polka. The work also includes biographies of selected dancers and choreographers along with descriptions of famous theatrical dances such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and others.

There are many illustrations of techniques, famous dancers and choreographers as well as a nice synoptic outline at the end of volume 6 that groups dance into various topics covered by the encyclopedia. The outline allows you to see the types of articles found in the encyclopedia and offers a more visual way to find a topic that you are interested in. Each article is signed and has see also references to other parts of the encyclopedia. There are suggestions for further reading and in some cases references to video recordings that highlight a particular dancer. In cases where archives exist with collections relevant to the topic, these are also listed at the end of an article. If you have any questions about dance, this would be the first place to look.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants

Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
1 volume: Illustrations, Glossary, Additional Reading & Bibliography, Index, Index of herbs by ailment

This encyclopedia deals with a growing topic of interest in medicine, medicinal plants. Prior to the development of synthetic chemical pharmaceuticals, plants were used to treat ailments ranging from cuts and bruises to heart disease. This well-illustrated book covers both the history and current use of plants in treating disease. There are sections on the development of herbal medicine, the history of their use in various parts of the world and descriptions of key medicinal plants and their uses along with a How-To section on herbal remedies which discusses the growing and harvesting of medicinal plants. The How-To section also contains recipes for preparing home remedies. However, before trying any of this at home, it would be well to read the cautions sections under each plant as many medicinal plants can be poisonous if misused.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Title Highlight: Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery

Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery

2 volumes: Illustrations, maps, tables
At the end of volume 2: Synoptic Outline of Entries, Timeline of Slavery, Bibliography, Index

Americans generally think of slavery as involving the ownership of black Africans by white Americans in the pre-Civil War south. Although this is true; slavery has a much wider history involving all races, places and times.

Interestingly enough, not all situations involving slaves involved people of different colors or even of different nationalities. In Ancient Greece and Rome other Europeans considered “barbarians” were often enslaved, but many native Greeks and Romans were also slaves. And in the Muslim parts of Africa, non-Muslims of any color were considered available for slavery.
This set covers the topic in depth, showing that no place or time has been free of the practice. The timeline of slavery illustrates that slavery was present as early as 3000 B.C. in Ancient Sumer and has been alleged in places like Burma, the Sudan, Brazil and Mauritania as recently as the 1990s. Each volume begins with maps displaying the history of slavery in various parts of the world and continues with articles on various topics including how slavery was practiced in various parts of the world, legal and political issues, and the abolition movement and its leaders. There are many illustrations and each article give references for further reading.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More ScotsRead Titles arriving!

ScotsRead titles are always arriving and a few of the latest are:
  • Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
  • The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Derek Ruiz
  • Of Love and Evil: A Novel by Anne Rice
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel by Steve Martin
If you have suggestions for a popular title or author that you would like to see added to the collection, please send an email to referenceATmonmDOTedu.

Fall 2010: Extended Hours for Finals

Starting on Friday, December 3, Hewes Library will be open more hours to allow students time to wrap up the semester and prepare for finals.  The extended hours are:
  • Friday, December 3: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday - Sunday, December 4 - 5:  9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Friday, December 6 - 10:  7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday - Sunday, December 11 - 12:  9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Tuesday, December 13 - 14: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, December 15:  7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The full schedule of the library's hours is also available on the library's website.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Renew your library materials!

It's a busy time of the semester with the end of classes and finals approaching!  Don't forgot to renew your library materials to avoid late fines. 

To renew items that you have checked out, please visit your account - which is accessible from the Hewes Library Catalog - to login and renew materials.  If you have any interlibrary loans that you requested via your ILLiad Account, don't worry - you can renew those items online in your ILLiad Account if you need to keep them a little longer. 

If you have questions or problems, please call the library's circulation desk at 309-457-2190.

The Big Read: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Once again, the Galesburg Public Library has received a grant to participate in The Big Read  - a nationwide program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts.  The selection for the upcoming year is The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.  After the first of the year, look for events, book discussions, and other activities related to the stories that will be happening in the west-central area of Illinois.  Look for more information to come!

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion

Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion
2 volumes: Photos, Maps
Appendices: Documents on Politics and Religion
Selected Readings, Reference Materials, Index (both volumes)

The purpose of this two volume set is to describe the roots of the relations between politics and religion in the modern world and the global connections between these topics. Primarily covering the 19th and 20th centuries, the book looks at diverse subjects including major world religions, geographic regions and countries, secularization, abortion and slavery, individual religious and political leaders from around the world and events ranging from the Crusades to the Holocaust.

Each article is written by a different author, so there are several different viewpoints expressed throughout the encyclopedia. Of particular interest is the appendix dealing with the constitutions of the world. These show that some countries proclaim freedom of religion as a fundamental right (United States) while others require adherence to a particular religion on the part of their citizens (Iran). The book covers contemporary topics showing how religious belief influences political issues like a society’s treatment of homosexuals. It also gives short histories of many of the world’s major religions and how those religions influence the countries and regions where they developed and are practiced.

Monday, November 29, 2010

To Go Workshops: December

Hewes Library is offering a few more To Go! workshops before the end of the semester. Workshops will last 15 minutes and be held in Hewes Library’s Instructional Area, Room 124, on the main floor of the library—near the public workstations.

Finding Research Articles
  • Tuesday, November 30: 10-10:15am
Working on your Bibliography
  • Wednesday, December 1: 4-4:15pm
  • Monday, December 6: 2-2:15pm

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Title Highlight: The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia

The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia (4th Edition)
Charts, Tables

This recent encyclopedia (2007) contains over 1700 pages of factoids on the world of baseball. No sport has taken statistics to the level that baseball has, and this book contains the proof. It is broken into 16 sections beginning with a section called The Long Season: The Historical Record which gives the final standings and stats for every season from 1871-2006. It ends with The Global Game which tells the story of international and amateur baseball. In between there is information on the usual statistics (batting, pitching, lifetime leaders) but also information on such topics a: the names and seasons worked by all of the major league umpires, big league ballparks of yesterday and today and rosters for all the major league teams throughout history. There are short articles at the beginning of each section which decode the shorthand used for the statistics and contain stories drawn from the lore of the game.

The listing for each player in the batting and pitching sections gives all of their nicknames in addition to their given names. So although Babe Ruth is listed by his nickname, his given name (George Herman) and other nicknames (Sultan of Swat, The Bambino) are listed along with his statistics. Did you know his lifetime winning percentage as a pitcher was .671? And that Sammy Sosa’s highest batting average was .328 in 2001 or that he was intentionally walked 151 times in his career? These and many other statistics can be found in this indispensible reference for baseball fans.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Break Hours: Fall 2010

Hewes Library will have abbreviated hours over the Thanksgiving holiday.  You can view the changes in normal hours below or visit the Hours Section of the library's website for more information. 

Tuesday, November 23:  7:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday, November 24:  8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday - Saturday, November 25-27: Closed
Sunday, November 28:  6:00pm - Midnight

Hewes Library will return to normal hours on Monday, November 29 - opening at 7:30am.

New ScotsRead Titles

More ScotsRead titles have been arriving and they're just in time for Thanksgiving break!  If you are looking for a good book to read over break, stop by the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library to check one out.  The ScotsRead Collection is located next to the News Books display.

Some recently arrived titles are:
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
  • Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Titanic Thompson: The man who bet on everything by Kevin Cook
  • Badass: A hard-earned guide to living life with style and (the right) attitude by Shannen Doherty
  • Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
  • William and Harry by Katie Nicholl
  • Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hewes Library To Go Workshops

Hewes Library is offering a few more To Go! workshops before the end of the semester. Workshops will last around 15 minutes and be held in Hewes Library’s Instructional Area, Room 124, on the main floor of the library—near the public workstations.

Finding Research Articles
  • Tuesday, November 30: 10-10:15am

Working on your Bibliography
  • Monday, November 22: 12-12:15pm
  • Wednesday, December 1: 4-4:15pm
  • Thursday, December 2: 12-12:15pm
  • Monday, December 6: 2-2:15pm

Monday, November 15, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of the Solar System

Encyclopedia of the Solar System
1 volume; Illustrations, charts, tables, graphs, photographs
Appendix: Planetary exploration missions, selected astronomical constants, physical and orbital properties of the sun and planets, physical and orbital properties of the satellites definition of a planet
Glossary; Index

Each of the 46 chapters in this encyclopedia deals with a different topic relating to the solar system we live in. Unlike a traditional encyclopedia where the articles are arranged in alphabetical order, this one is broken into chapters covering one subject relating to the sun and its planets.

Each planet is given at least one chapter and other astral bodies such as the Sun, Moon, meteorites, asteroids, moons of the other planets and comets get a chapter. Modern methods of observing the solar system such as x-rays, infrared technology and the use of nuclear spectroscopy to sense the chemical composition of objects are also detailed. One chapter describes the history of solar system studies and another looks at the origin of the solar system. The illustrations, charts, etc. enhance the chapters and each chapter has references at the end for further reading. Some technical knowledge is needed to understand some of the book’s chapters; however the majority of the book can be understood by any person with interest in the topic.

A side note: This encyclopedia went to press before the International Astronomical Union’s downgrade of Pluto from planet to “dwarf planet” in 2006 so it is still referred to as a planet in this book. This is not an error for people living in Illinois however, as the State Senate passed a resolution in 2009 stating that Pluto will forever be considered a planet in the state of Illinois.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Percussion

Encyclopedia of Percussion
Photographs; Diagrams, maps, charts, music notation;
3 Appendices: Selections from the Dictionary of Percussion Terms, Table of Percussion Instruments and Terms in English, French, German and Italian, Published writings on methods for percussion

Most people think of percussion instruments as being drums or xylophones. However, bells, gongs, woodblocks, castanets, tambourines and whistles are also considered percussion instruments and are described and illustrated in this book.

Interestingly enough, this encyclopedia does not start out with articles about percussion instruments, but instead begins with over 100 pages listing the different types of percussion instruments and terms used to describe them. The second section has 30+ pages of photos illustrating different types of percussion instruments. The third section has a number of articles describing different types of instruments, and the relationship between percussion instruments and dance as well as famous percussionists and articles on percussion instruments in various parts of the world such as Brazil, Latin America and Turkey. There is also an appendix on published writings on percussion methods arranged by type and date.

To Go Workshops: November & December

Visit one of Hewes Library’s To Go! workshops. In these 15 minute workshops, library staff will review skills to get you through the semester & beyond! Workshops will be held in Hewes Library’s Instructional Area, Room 124, on the main floor of the library—near the public workstations.  Workshop times and topics are listed below.

Searching the Library Catalog
  • Tuesday, November 16: 9-9:15am
Requesting Off Campus Materials
  • Monday, November 15: 1:30-1:45pm
Finding Research Articles
  • Wednesday, November 17: 3-3:15pm
  • Tuesday, November 30: 10-10:15am
Working on your Bibliography
  • Thursday, November 18: 4-4:15pm
  • Monday, November 22: 12-12:15pm
  • Wednesday, December 1: 4-4:15pm
  • Thursday, December 2: 12-12:15pm
  • Monday, December 6: 2-2:15pm

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
  • Theatre: It's Art & Craft by Stephen Archer
  • Soul of the Age by Jonathan Bate
  • Communication Power by Manuel Castells
  • Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
  • Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas
  • Performing in the Zone by Jon Gorrie
  • Women in the Age of Shakespeare by Theresa D. Kemp
  • Poetics of the Everyday by Siobhan Phillips
  • Everything I Want to do is Illegal by  Joel Salatin

Monday, November 8, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Geomorphology

Encyclopedia of Geomorphology

1 volume; Illustrations, charts, graphs, maps, tables; Index

When driving along the highway to reach Monmouth College one notices the features of the surrounding landscape; rolling hills, flat fields, the occasional river or stream. Have you ever wondered why some areas are flat and others are not? The science of geomorphology studies the landscape and the forces that produce it. This encyclopedia gives descriptions of geographic features (drumlins, plains, mountains, moraines, etc.) geologic processes including glaciation, erosion, sediment transport, frost action and individual geologic locations such as the Great Lakes, Utah’s Salt Lake and the Caspian Sea among others. Although some of the information is technical, the general descriptions of geologic processes and features are understandable by non-specialists. A basic understanding of geological processes is helpful in understanding many environmental issues such as the possible harm to the environment caused by a new dam or highway.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence

1 volume
Timetable of Plague and Pestilence which indicates the date, disease and locality affected
Bibliography, Geographical Appendix, Index

Diseases such as the bubonic plague, influenza, polio, smallpox and scarlet fever have frequently affected large portions of a population due to the ease of transmission and severity. When one disease affects a large geographic location at the same time, it is known as a plague. Plagues (now referred to as epidemics or pandemics) have been around since ancient times, the earliest example being the unknown plague of swellings that afflicted the Philistines in ancient Palestine during the 11 century B.C. after they took the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites. And outbreaks of plagues are still around today; among the most recent are HIV-AIDS, SARS and the Ebola virus. Although the causes, symptoms and course of each disease are different, the effects are often the same; large scale suffering and death of the infected populations. Sometimes there are political consequences as well such as the defeat of armies and empires. For instance, in 1801 the French surrendered control of Egypt to the British after a prolonged outbreak of the bubonic plague.

This book gives an introduction to the major outbreaks of disease throughout history. It details the locations, causes of infection, means of transmission, effects and outcomes of the various plagues that have affected mankind. Most entries have references for further information on a given outbreak.

Of special note are the Timetable of Plague and Pestilence which indicates the date, disease and locality affected by an epidemic and a Geographical appendix which allows one to look up the variety of diseases that affected people in different locations around the world. This appendix also has a listing of the plagues that affected people in ancient times.

Not all of the outbreaks were physical in nature; there is a description of the various “dancing manias” that affected Europe between the 12th and 17th centuries which were are usually attributed to psychological causes, although ergot of rye is suggested as a possible physical reason for the outbreaks. This book demonstrates that no location or population is immune from the wide-scale effects of some diseases.

However, the entries in the book are all of geographic or chronologic outbreaks of disease. The diseases themselves are not described in separate entries but many of the symptoms are found in the descriptions of the events.

New ScotsRead Titles

A few new ScotsRead titles have recently come into the library. Stop by and browse the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library - near the New Books display. Some of the titles that have recently arrived are:
  • The Confession by John Grisham
  • The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction by Wendy Northcutt
  • Life by Keith Richards with James Fox
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Hoaxes

Encyclopedia of Hoaxes
1 volume: Illustrations, Bibliography, Index

This entertaining book tells the story of some of the many hoaxes perpetrated throughout history. The author defines a hoax as a tale, object or other occurrence made with the intent to deceive. The book does not deal with frauds made for the purpose of obtaining money which the author considers as swindles, not hoaxes. Thus the book does not talk about Ponzi schemes or Bernie Madoff’s shady deals, but instead describes occurrences such as the Pulitzer Prize awarded in 1981 to Janet Cooke for a false story about a heroin addict, the curse of King Tut, the Loch Ness monster, the Bermuda triangle, and the “Elvis is alive” hoax along with many others.

The time period covered is very long, beginning with Plato’s description of the lost continent of Atlantis continuing until the late twentieth century. Each article gives a short description of the event and gives the sources and reasons why the author considers it a hoax. There is also a short article describing the psychology behind the belief in hoaxes, or why some people are willing to be fooled. If you are interested in learning more about any of the hoaxes each article has a short bibliography with recommendations for more reading.

Monday, October 18, 2010

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

Friday, October 15, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of American Prisons and Encyclopedia of Prisons & Correctional Facilities

Encyclopedia of American Prisons - 1 volume
Illustrations, Chronology of American Prison History, Index

Encyclopedia of Prisons & Correctional Facilities - 2 volumes
Reader’s Guide containing a list of articles by topic
A list of topics covered by sidebars
Appendix: Institutions of the Federal Prison System, Bibliography (at the end of articles and at the end of the second volume), Index

Hewes Library has two reference encyclopedias on prisons and correctional facilities. The first encyclopedia is a one volume work giving short descriptions of various topics associated with the American prison system including accreditation, architecture, diet and food service, escapees and women in prison. It includes short biographies of noted prison founders and reformers as well as short histories of a few of the more infamous prisons like Alcatraz and Sing Sing. All of the articles are signed and there are short bibliographies after each article for those who’d like more information.

The second title is a two volume set that covers primarily the American prison system, but also has articles on a few other countries. The range of topics covered is greater than in the first book and the articles are a bit longer. The articles are also signed with short bibliographies for more in-depth research on a topic. The articles in this encyclopedia are not as neutral in tone as the ones in the first encyclopedia, although both are factual.

Interestingly enough, the topics covered are not the same in both books. For instance the military prison at Fort Leavenworth Kansas is covered by a solo entry in the first encyclopedia but does not get its own entry in the second; while the federal prison at Leavenworth Kanas is covered by an entry in the second book, but not the first. So if the topic you are interested in is not in the first book, try the second one and vice versa. The good thing is that both of these titles are shelved next to each other in the reference section, so it is easy to look through both of them at the same time.

New October ScotsRead Titles

A few new ScotsRead titles have recently come into the library. Stop by and browse the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library - near the New Books display. Some of the titles that have recently arrived are:
  • Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor
  • Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop, 'tis the season to be deadly: Stories of mistletoe and mayham from 17 masters of suspense. Edited by Otto Penzler
  • The Brave: A Novel by Nicholas Evans
  • Snow Day: A Novel by Billy Coffey
  • Keeping Time by Stacey McGlynn
  • Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre
  • Da Bears! How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway became the greatest team in NFL History by Steve Delsohn
  • And then there was one: A Novel by Patricia Gussin
  • Dexter by Design: A Novel by Jeffry Lindsay
  • Earth (the book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Economics for the Rest of Us by Moshe Adler
  • History of the Reign of George III by Robert Bissett
  • Tortilla Curtain by Coraghessan Boyle
  • Black Circle by Patrick Carman
  • Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Digial Print by Martin Jurgens
  • Habits of the Heartland by Lyn C. MacGregor
  • Stock Scenery Construction by Bill Raoul
  • Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 by Harvey Sachs

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Title Highlight: Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience

Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience
REF: PN56. E65 E64 1994
1 volume, Illustrations

An entertaining book that gives brief introductions to such modern mysticisms as A Course in Miracles, UFO encounters and Neo-Paganism as well as older forms of mystic or paranormal phenomena including Alchemy, Voodoo, The Egyptian Book of the Dead and Mystery Cults. Arranged alphabetically, the entries cover topics drawing from a world-wide range of religious traditions including familiar religious traditions such as Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam as well as unusual ones including the I AM, Rosicrucian, Pagan and New Age movements. The number of topics covered ranges from those claiming scientific foundations (ESP, Teleportation and Hauntings) to those with mystical foundations such as faith healing, chakras and clairvoyance. A very useful aspect of the book is that each article has a number of sources listed immediately after it that will assist in finding out more on a given topic. The book confines itself to mystic and paranormal topics, so items like the Loch Ness Monster, vampires and werewolves are not covered by this book, although zombies do get an entry.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of traditional epics

Encyclopedia of traditional epics
REF: PN56. E65 E64 1994, 1 volume
Illustrations, Photos
Appendices: Epics Listed by Geographical Region, Epics Listed Chronologically, Epics Listed by Subgenre, Bibliography, Index

Epics are long tales of heroes and villains developed from the oral folklore of a people or nation, although there are exceptions. Some examples of familiar epics are Greece’s Iliad, Ancient Sumeria’s Tales of Gilgamesh and the Germanic nations’ Ring of the Niebelungen. This book contains summaries of over 300 epics from all continents. It covers epics from a time span beginning around 3,000 B.C until the 20th century.

The author explains in her preface that the selection and retelling of the traditional epics included in the encyclopedia is subjective and based on the author’s opinions as to the significance of the epic. She has also standardized spelling variations or indicated alternate spelling of the names of characters or works that cross languages and cultures, such as Siegfried and the Mahabharata.

Both the titles of works and famous characters are given an entry. For instance, both the Song of Roland and Roland have articles devoted to them. Each entry includes a short synopsis of the epic or character. The appendixes are very useful for finding the various epics of given regions or time eras, since the names of many of them are unfamiliar to the average reader.

The author’s introductory essay gives a good overview of the Epic and the important role it plays in a country’s culture. However the introduction also mentions that many heroic tales depict the mistreatment of women and children, something that is not considered acceptable in many present day cultures but which reflects the culture prevalent at the time many epics were composed.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October: Fine Arts Month

Monmouth College is celebrating October's Fine Arts Month with a variety of events across campus. To continue the celebration, Hewes Library has a collection of fine arts books on display in the cases located in the East Entry of the library.

Titles pertaining to the upcoming theater productions, art exhibits, and fine arts here at the college are included. Please see a library staff member if you are interested in checking any of the titles out. Be sure to attend one of the Fine Arts events on campus this month!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009

Continuing with Banned Books Week, below you will find the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009 as tracked by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. The OIF reported 460 challenges in the 2009 calendar year.

The Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
  6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Gambling

Encyclopedia of Gambling
Located in Reference: REF: HV6710.S54 1990
Illustrations, charts (B & W), Glossary, Bibliography, Index

Covering the history, lore and rules of gambling from its beginnings in pre-history to the slots of Las Vegas, this book gives out much useful information on one of mankind’s favorite ways to spend time (and money). Beginning with the introduction, which claims that loaded dice have been found in ancient graves in places as far apart as Egypt and South America, the book offers an in-depth look at both legitimate gambling and ways of cheating at the games it describes.

Contained in the book are the rules for many card games including such modern games as Blackjack, Pinochle and Poker as well as older games like Faro and Pochen (the forerunner of Poker). Dog and horse racing are covered along with games requiring devices that can be modified to change the odds such as craps (dice) and roulette (wheel) and games where one must choose a number or a winner to get a payoff (Keno, the Lottery and Sporting events). Among the interesting bits of information are pictures showing a sleeve hold out machine (a device for cheating in cards) and one illustrating how to run a shell game.

The gambling traditions of many countries are explained so that one learns that one has a good chance of finding illegal Fan Tan games in Hong Kong, but will find the casinos of neighboring Macao unfriendly and possibly dangerous and that Germans spend more money than most other Europeans on gambling activities, while Denmark has very few opportunities to lose ones money. Also included are short biographical descriptions of famous gamblers where interesting trivia is found such as the poker hand Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was gunned down in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876 contained pairs of aces and eights, a hand now known as the “dead man’s hand”.

The glossary is helpful for learning the meaning of various gambling terms and when to use them. Included are terms such as “Little Joe from Kokomo” (rolling a 4 in craps), “check and raise” (a somewhat unscrupulous method of faking in poker) and “kibitzer” (a person who watches but does not participate in a game) The bibliography contains further references for more detailed reading on all of the topics covered in the book except racing.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Banned Book Week 2010

Banned Book Week 2010
Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same

Every year, libraries celebrate Banned Books Week. It is a time to celebrate the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Sponsored and organized by the American Library Association (ALA), Banned Book Week is central to libraries and their belief in intellectual freedom - where patrons can access any type (unorthodox or mainstream) information freely and without censorship. At Hewes Library, we currently have titles on display in the East Lobby display cases that have been the subjects of attempted bannings across the United States.

Challenge VS. Banning:
According to parameters set in place by the American Library Association, challenges and bannings are defined as:

"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." (Definition from ALA.)

More information on Banned and Challenged Books:

Graphics complimentary from the American Library Association.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Allegorical Literature

Encyclopedia of Allegorical Literature
Located in Reference, REF PN 56.A5 L 44 1996
1 volume with illustrations/photos
Appendices: Titles featured in the text, Titles featured in the text, listed by date
Bibliography and Index

This short encyclopedia (fewer than 300 pages) serves to introduce how allegory has been used by authors throughout the ages to comment on human foibles and virtues. Although the work contains short sections on other art forms such as music and painting, it concentrates on works of literature and their authors. Some of the choices appear to be unusual (Alice in Wonderland as an allegory on the Church of England, Huckleberry Finn as an allegory on the development of America); but others are more traditionally viewed as allegories (Animal Farm, Gulliver’s Travels) The book gives insights and alternate ways of looking at a number of literary works and authors and contains a useful list of the titles covered in the work at Appendix A, which will let you know if the title you are interested in is covered by the book.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hewes Library To Go Workshops - September

Hewes Library is offering a few more To Go! workshops before the end of the month. Both workshops will take place in Hewes Library 124 - the instructional area on the main floor of the library.
  • Requesting off-campus Materials will be offered on Wednesday, September 22 from 3 - 3:15pm.
  • Searching the Library Catalog will be offered on Thursday, September 23 from 3 - 3:15pm.

Additional workshops for October will be announced soon here on the blog, the campus message boards, and via campus flyers.

Einstein Brothers Bagels

Over the summer, the coffee shop of Hewes Library was renovated into an Einstein Brothers Bagels location. Einstein Brothers Bagels, along with the library, is now opening earlier in the morning. The store's hours are:
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am - 2:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, September 17, 2010

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

Encyclopedia of aesthetics
Located in Reference, Main Floor REF: BH65 E53 1998
4 volumes, no illustrations, index at the end of the 4th volume.

People often hear the word “aesthetics” but have little idea what this philosophical concept means. The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics fills that gap with over 600 entries written by scholars across a broad spectrum of thought, from philosophers and art historians to anthropologists and legal theorists. The definition of aesthetics used by encyclopedia is that it is a: “…critical reflection on art, culture and nature…” In case this isn’t clear, the book helpfully opens with a history of the development of aesthetics. It is an 18th century concept developed in Western Europe, although its concepts apply to any art anywhere. The first work to fully describe this new field of philosophical endeavor was Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment (1790).

Although aesthetics is linked to art, that term is broadly defined by the authors and entries include not just visual arts, but also written works, music and dance. Included are short biographies of aesthetic philosophers such as Plato, Kant and Heidegger; some artists, writers and musicians like Louis Armstrong, John Cage, Edgar Allan Poe and Thornton Wilder; cultural topics such as Feminist aesthetics and Queer Theory, as well as the historical aesthetics of eras including Byzantium, Ancient Greece, the Harlem Renaissance, Roman Empire and Post-World War II America and the geographical aesthetics in places like the Caribbean, China, India, the Islamic world and Latin America. This work is a useful introduction to an unusual topic.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September's ScotsRead Titles

A few new ScotsRead titles have recently come into the library. Stop by and browse the ScotsRead Collection on the main floor of the library - near the New Books display. Some of the titles that have recently arrived are:
  • Hidden Heart of Emily Hudson by Melissa Jones
  • Does this make my assests look fat? A woman's guide to finding financial empowerment and success by Susan Hirshman
  • Dexter is Delicious: A Novel by Jeffry Lindsay
  • Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Midnight Angels by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hewes Library To Go!

Need a refresher on placing inter-library loan requests? Need help finding articles for your research paper? Visit one of Hewes Library’s To Go! workshops. In these 15 minute workshops, library staff will review skills to get you through the semester & beyond! Workshops will be held in Hewes Library’s Instructional Area, Room 124, on the main floor of the library—near the public workstations.

Searching the Library Catalog
  • Friday, Sept. 10: 11:55am—12:10pm

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14: 6—6:15pm

  • Thursday, Sept. 23: 3—3:15pm

Requesting Off Campus Materials

  • Monday, Sept. 13: 5—5:15pm

  • Thursday, Sept. 16: 11:55am—12:10pm

  • Wednesday, Sept. 22: 3—3:15pm

Finding Research Articles

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21: 6—6:15pm

The dates and times for additional sessions in October, November, and December will be announced at the end of the month previous.

Friday, September 10, 2010

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 the Hewes Library next to the ScotsRead collection. Recent titles have included:

  • Sin: A History by Gary A. Anderson
  • Arachnids by Jan Beccaloni
  • Romantic Drama by Frederick Burwick
  • Toxic Mix? by Herbert N. Foerstel
  • Progress and Values in the Humanities by Volney Gay
  • Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd
  • Martha Quest by Doris Lessing
  • Ten Hills Farm by C.S. Manegold
  • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Elia Kazan by Brian Neve

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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Director's Welcome, Fall 2010

Welcome to Monmouth College and Hewes Library, your academic resource center! The library staff is looking forward to introducing you to the resources and services of the library over the course of the next year and beyond. The library will be opening earlier on weekdays at 7:30am along with our new Einstein Brother’s Bagel franchise! It’s already been a very busy place during the first week of classes.

Hewes Library has over 310,000 books, periodicals, government documents and videos to fill your information needs. We provide access to approximately 100 online databases, which includes full-text access to articles in over 18,000 periodicals, all accessible through our Hewes Library web site. Over the past year we’ve added some exciting new databases, including Music Online with hundreds of thousands of musical works, including popular, classical, jazz, folk, and international pieces. American History in Video offers nearly 5,000 video historical documentaries, some from History Channel or A&E, as well as news reels covering historic events of past times. These can be accessed on any network computers or on your personal computers any time of day or night, along with all of our databases.

Since July 2007 Hewes Library has been a member of the I-SHARE consortium catalog that allows the sharing of catalog information, as well as, the collections of 76 academic libraries in the state of Illinois. For those items that we do not own, our students and faculty have enjoyed the opportunity to directly request items from any of the I-SHARE libraries through the I-SHARE “universal catalog”. For journal articles and other items not available through our I-SHARE consortium libraries, we continue to provide our new ILLiad Interlibrary Loan services for materials from any of thousands of libraries in the United States. The library staff will be happy to answer any questions you have any time on locating the resources you need.

Our lovely surroundings include the Barnes Electronic Classroom suitable for computer instruction and presentations and a more open HL124 for classes experimenting with tablet PC technology. Throughout the building, ample study space is combined with wireless network access that allows you to use your own laptop within the library. Several special collections reside on the Upper Level: the Rare Book Collection, the James C. Shields Collection of Ancient Art and Antiquities, and the Len G. Everett Galleries. An exhibit of native American artifacts on the upper level lounge area will be going up sometime this semester. Also new this fall to the Lower Level is the Archaeology Research Lab (HL11A).

The library is also celebrating its 150th anniversary as a Federal Depository of U.S. Government Publications. Monmouth College is the fourth oldest federal depository in the United States dating back to 1860 when the program was officially created by an act of Congress.

Please take advantage of the rich resources and helpful information on our library website and feel free to seek help from the library staff. We’re looking forward to working with you.


J. Richard Sayre
Library Director

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome back to Campus!

The staff of Hewes Library would like to welcome new and returning students back to campus as everyone starts the fall 2010 semester! The library staff worked on several projects over the summer and hope to unveil a few new services to the campus over the next few weeks. We're excited to announce that we will be continuing ScotsRead, our collection of bestsellers and popular books. A few of the recent arrivals have been:

  • Spider Bones by Kathy Reiches
  • The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Midnight Angels: A Novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton

Over the summer, the library coffee shop was renovated into an Einstein Brothers Bagels locations. To accomodate the new early morning coffee option, the library is now opening at 7:30am to allow students, faculty, and staff to grab a cup of coffee and a bagel before 8am classes start. The library's new hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30am to Midnight (Einstein Bros. 7:30am - 8pm)
  • Friday: 7:30am t0 5pm (Einstein Bros. 7:30am - 2pm)
  • Saturday: 9am to 5pm (Einstein Bros. 11am - 3pm)
  • Sunday: Noon to Midnight (Einstein Bros. 4pm-8pm)

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Drugs: America's Holy War by Arthur Benavie
  • Night Angels by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • Magic Flute Unveiled by Jacques Chailley
  • Beethoven by William Kinderman
  • Gender and Culture by Anne Phillips
  • Rachael and Sammy Visit the Prairie by Jannifer Powelson
  • Authentic Educating by Robert Leahy
  • Spark by John J. Ratey
  • A to Z of Russian Theater by Laurence Senelick
  • Predestination by Peter J. Thuesen

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • American Art to 1900 by Sarah Burns and John Davis
  • Mother Jones by Simon Cordery
  • Bud not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Megadisasters by Florin Diacu
  • Artscience by David Edwards
  • Introduction to Visual Culture by Nicholas Mirzoeff
  • Immigration Law: A Primer by Micahel A. Scaperlanda
  • Christendom at the Crossroads by J.A. Sheppard
  • Twelve-Toned Music in America by Joseph N. Straus
  • Not a Chimp by Jeremy Taylor

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Hours 2010

Hewes Library is currently operating on summer hours. We're open Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm. We're closed on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. For more information about the library's hours, please visit the Hours webpage.

Friday, May 14, 2010

New Items at Hewes Library

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

  • Super Crunchers by Ian Ayres
  • Remaking The Presidency by Peri E. Arnold
  • Those About Him Remained Silent by Amy Bass
  • Century Turns by William J. Bennett
  • Costume Since 1945 by Deirdre Clancy
  • Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
  • Calvin by Bruce Gordon
  • Arab Interlude by Kathryn Hulme
  • Muslim Women Reformers by Ida Litcher
  • Cracking the GMAT by Goeff Martz & Adam Robinson

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Atlases: Part 7, Census and Business Atlases

Census and Business Atlases: The final entry in our series on Atlases covers miscellaneous atlases on topics that do not neatly fit into the previous categories.

2000 Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide. This atlas contains detailed information on the transportation, economy and population of the United States. Aimed at business planners, the charts include information on regional trading areas, statistics on sales comparing the population/income/sales of a given area and detailed demographic information on areas that can be used to find basic business data on almost any location in the United States. Color

Atlas of the 1990 Census: This is a short atlas published with data from the 1990 census. It covers population, household makeup, housing, race and ethnicity, the economy and education. It contains a combination of text and charts and can be used for comparisons with the 2000 atlas described below. Text. Color.

Census Atlas of the United States. The official atlas published after the 2000 census by the U.S. government. It contains statistics and charts showing population distribution, race, age, sex, living arrangement, place of birth and U.S. Citizenship, migration, language, ancestry, education, work, military service, income and housing of the residents of the United States in 2000. There is a short text at the beginning of each section explaining patterns revealed by the data. Color

World Travel Atlas 1999. This interesting atlas has four main sections, General maps, Specialist maps (including Natural Heritage sites, Cultural Heritage Sites, International Flight times, info on ocean cruises (showing main areas where cruises take place). Very interesting information for planning a trip showing things like Hill Stations and Beach resorts in India, the Swiss Alps, route of the blue train in South Africa and many other sites and activities of interest to travelers.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Atlases: Part 6, Religious Atlases

Religious Atlases: In addition to the historical atlases, Hewes library contains a small number of atlases dedicated to the history of religion. Again the use of text and color illustrations is indicated after the entry.

Atlas of Islamic History: Unlike the Historical Atlas of Islam, this atlas contains text along with the maps explaining the development of Islam from its beginnings until the mid-twentieth century. It primarily concentrates on the Middle East and Europe showing how Islam and Islamic empires developed and changed over the centuries, with each map showing the developments of a given century. It has small sections on Islam in other parts of the world. B&W
Atlas of the Historical Geography of the Holy Land: An old (1915) map describing the physical, political , and economic geography of the Holy Land during the time prior to the establishment of the ancient kingdoms of Israel to the early years of the Christian era. Color.

Biblica: the Bible Atlas: A beautifully illustrated book containing text, illustrations, maps and charts illustrating the timeline of the events of the Bible from the time of Adam and Eve until the Revelation of John. It begins with explaining the difficulties inherent in developing a chronology of the Bible and the approach used in the book. Text, Color.

Historical Atlas of Islam: Illustrates the growth of Islam throughout the world from the time of Muhammad until the 19th century through the use of maps. There are special sections on the Ottoman Empire, the Muslim conquest and expulsion from Spain and Portugal, the development of Islam in India and the Far East, and even a section on Arabic names for the constellations. Color.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reminder! Return your library materials!

This is a reminder to all students to remember to turn in all of your library materials before you leave campus next week. The library is open until midnight every night through Tuesday, May 11, and then open on Wednesday, May 12 from 7:45am until 6pm.

Seniors: All your library materials must be turned in by Thursday, May 13 to have your account cleared with enough time for you to participate in Commencement.

If you have any questions, please contact a library staff member at 309.457.2190.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Atlases: Part 5, American Atlases

American Atlases: These atlases cover the history of the United States and Canada.

Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era 1760-90: This Atlas has a wealth of information on the early history of the United States. Included are visual representations of the largest cities in the American Colonies, the boundaries between the states, the Spanish borderlands, Indian settlements, population maps showing the distribution of urban and rural population, the non-English population, African American population, as well as the economic, cultural and political activities of the colonies. If you need any information on America at the time prior to and during the American Revolution, look here as there are few aspects of life that are not covered. Text. Color.

Atlas of the International Boundary between the United States and Canada along the 141st Meridian. A historical curiosity, this atlas was published by the U.S. government in 1918 as a result of a survey conducted by geographers from the U.S. and Great Britain from 1907-13 to determine the boundary between what is now the panhandle of the state of Alaska and Canada. The boundaries of the area were disputed until 1903 when the Alaskan boundary commission determined where the line was to be. The area was subsequently surveyed and the results published officially by the U.S. government in this book. Color.

Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana: A reprint of an 1876 atlas which shows the cities, towns, settlements, railroads and geographic features of Indiana. B&W.

National Atlas of the United States of America: Visual representation of America’s physical geography, history, economy, administrative details (time zones, voting districts, federal courts), and socio-cultural information. Published in 1970, it has a maps and charts illustrating such diverse topics as navigation, air pollution and geographic expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. Text, color.

West Point Atlas of American Wars: This is the premier set of Atlases describing the various conflicts America has been engaged in beginning in 1689 until 1953. It was originally prepared for the use of cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition to detailed maps and descriptions of the Revolution, Civil and World Wars, it also covers Colonial Wars, the War of 1812, and the Mexican, Spanish-American and Korean War. If you are looking for information and detailed battle charts for any major American conflict, this is the book. Text, B&W maps, color battle lines and movements.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pre-Finals & Finals Library Hours - Spring 2010

Hewes Library will extended its hours into the weekend before finals to allow students more time in the building to finish papers and meet with groups over end of the semester projects. The library's hours are listed below and are also available on the library's website under the Hours Section.

Pre-Finals & Finals Week, Spring 2010 (April 30 - May 12)

  • Friday, April 30: Open 7:45 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 1 - 2: Open 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Friday, May 3 - 7: Open 7:45 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 8 - 9: Open 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday & Tuesday, May 10 - 11: Open 7:45 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, May 12: Open 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Atlases: Part 4, Historical Atlases

Hewes Library has a number of interesting historical atlases that give graphic views of the countries and events of the past. Unlike the atlases in the other entries, not all of these atlases have color illustrations. The presence or absence of color illustrations is indicated after the entry. The use of the word “text” after an entry indicates that there is a lot of explanatory material accompanying the charts and maps. Not included in these historical atlases are those referring to the United States or those that deal with the world’s religions. These will be covered in future entries.

Atlas of Ancient History: Primarily a history of Greece and Rome in maps, although other areas that affected the development of the Classical World (such the Persian and Carthaginian empires) are included. The period from 1700 B.C. to the early years of the Byzantine Empire under Justinian I is illustrated. B&W

Atlas of British History: The maps display the history of Great Britain from 50 B.C. until 1967. In addition to maps showing the early history of the country including the Norse and Danish invasions, there are maps showing where events significant to Britain or its Empire occurred, such at Waterloo and the World Wars. British colonial ventures in the New World are also depicted. Given the far-flung nature of British political and economic concerns, much of the history of the world is depicted in these charts. Color. Text.

Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. This very large atlas illustrates a wider range of geographic areas that comprised and influenced the Greek and Roman world than either the Atlas of Ancient History or the Atlas of Classical History. These two atlases concentrate on illustrating historical events. The idea behind the Barrington atlas was to make clear to students and scholars the relationship between the land and historic events. The maps display the topography of areas, with ancient cities, roads and geographical features clearly displayed. The maps are not organized by the current names of places, but by their ancient names, with a large map at the front showing which portion of the world it illustrates. There is a good index at the back useful in locating where an ancient location is displayed. Color.

Atlas of Classical History: Unlike the Atlas of Ancient History, which contains almost no text, this Atlas is a combination of text and illustration showing the development of ancient Greece and Rome from 6500 B.C to 314 AD. B&W

Atlas of Russian and East European History: Shows in graphic form the many changes endured by the lands of Eastern Europe and Russia during their history. This region of the world changed hands more times than be counted and each invasion, uprising, and establishment of a kingdom/empire is illustrated. The maps cover the period dating from the Barbarian invasions of the 4th century to the establishment of the Eastern block of nations under the control of the Soviet Union after World War II. Each section of maps is prefaced by a short introduction. B&W

Atlas of War & Peace: Bosnia Herzegovina: A brief introduction to the many forces that resulted in the war leading to the separation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the former Yugoslavia in 1996. This small Atlas gives a short explanation of the “Who-What-Where-When-Why-How” of the conflict, along with many maps illustrating the region. Text. Color.

Atlas of World History: A large book showing the history of the world in a combination of text, charts and maps. It covers the period 9000 B.C. until the early 1990s. A useful feature is a timeline found at the front of the book that gives a side by side comparison of what was happening where and when, along with cultural milestones. For instance, in the mid-16th century while the English were defeating the Spanish Armada, the independent kingdom of Siam (Thailand) was founded, the Moroccans destroyed the Donghay kingdom in Africa and tobacco was introduced into Europe. This is a good place to find charts and maps of many historic events. (Text, color)

Forma Urbis Romae: This is a reprint of the famous work of the Italian archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani who published a 1:1000 scale map of the ancient, medieval and modern city of Rome between 1893 and 1901. Each chart describes an individual section of the city. Unfortunately, the text of the pamphlet included with the maps is in Italian. B&W

Historical Atlas of South Asia: Although this atlas says “South Asia” it is actually a detailed historical atlas of the region surrounding India, including Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon) If you need any information on this region’s history, geography and development you will find it in this atlas with its combination of text, maps and charts. (Color)

Historical Atlas of South-East Asia: Many maps and text that graphically illustrate the many changes and influences experienced by this region throughout its history. The colorful charts show things like: the prehistoric migrations of people, the development of various Kingdoms such as the Hindu, Khmer and Mongol, trade routes, regional archaeological sites and the locations of twentieth century conflicts. Color.

Poland: A Historical Atlas: Illustrates the history of Poland. From its beginnings in 600, the Polish people have passed through many statuses from independent kingdoms and republics to a total loss of independence during times of invasion and partition, until becoming a part of the Soviet bloc after World War II. The recent establishment of an independent Poland is not covered by this atlas, which was published in 1985, before the collapse of the Soviet Union. B&W

On Display: Henry VIII

This year marks the 500th Anniversary of King Henry VIII's accession to the British throne. Currently on display is a collection of library materials relating to the monarch's reign and his family. Materials on display are available for checkout. Please see a staff member at the library's circulation desk.

The Royal Household held a 500th Anniversary Exhibition at Windor Castle to mark the occassion and created an online exhibition on Henry VIII's life and regin for those who were not able to attend in person. The British National Archives also created an online exhibition featuring a variety of documents from Henry's regin, including marriage records, Anne Boleyn's treason papers, and his religious tracts.

Monday, April 12, 2010

National Library Week 2010: Communities Thrive @ Your Library

National Library Week will be observed April 11-17, 2010 with the theme, "Communities Thrive @ your library®." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country every April. The time is a celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Author Neil Gaiman, winner of this year’s Newbery Medal for "The Graveyard Book," has been named the 2010 Honorary Chair of National Library Week.

With the advent of televisions in the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less money and time on books and reading. ALA helped form the National Book Committee in 1954 and three years later, the committee developed the plan for National Library Week. The first National Library Week was celebrated in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” as assembled by ALA and the Advertising Council.

Friday, April 9, 2010

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:

Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War by Thomas Allen
South Africa in World History by Iris Berger
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Digital Imaging for Photographic Collections by Franziska S. Frey
Last Flowers of Manet by Robert Gordon
Africa's Freedom Railway by Jamie Monson
Don Giovanni: Opera in Two Acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Citizen's of London by Lynne Olson
Folk Songs of Illinois #s 1 - 3 by Illinois Himanities Council
Missions, Missionaries and Native Americans by Marie F. Wade

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.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Big Read 2010: My Ántonia by Willa Cather

This spring Hewes Library will join The Galesburg Public Library and the surronding community in The Big Read. The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Each year, communities apply for grant funding to select a book and read the book as a community, looking at the piece's themes and encouraging events to coincide with reading the text. This year, My Ántonia by Willa Cather was selected as the book for Western Illinois Reads - organized by the Galesburg Public Library. The Big Read has a reader's guide set up to provide context for the book and additional resources available.

There are several events planned - in addition to discussions of the book. More information can be found on the Galesburg Public Library's Big Read webpage.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Atlases: Part 3, Country and Regional Atlases

In addition to the World Atlases, Hewes library has some more detailed regional/country atlases that give more information on an area than what is found in the traditional Atlas.

Atlas de Espana: A two volume atlas of Spain published in Spanish by El Pais, a Spanish news service. The first volume has detailed maps of mainland Spain and its islands (the Azores, Balerics, Canaries and Maderia). The second volume has charts, text and photographs detailing Spain’s commerce, culture, geography and geology. (in Spanish)

Atlas of Japan: An older Atlas with detailed information on the physical, economic and social aspects of Japan in the 1970s. The climate and ocean current information is still useful.

Atlas of Israel: A very large Atlas containing a huge amount of information on a very small, but very significant country. In addition to the usual things found in a regional Atlas, it also contains historical maps of the area showing significant archeological sites and the history of the region from prehistoric times through the biblical kingdom of Israel, through Arab and Ottoman rule to the modern state of Israel.

Atlas of Modern Israel: This older atlas contains useful basic information on the geography, climate, geology and flora and fauna found in the region. The most interesting parts of the Atlas relate to the history and origins of the state of Israel and it also has an interesting entry on places on the country that are holy to various faith groups including Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze and Bahais.

Atlas of the South Pacific: Very detailed maps, with short entries on the people, industries and geography of a little known region of the world.

Landscape atlas of the USSR: An old Atlas published by the United States Military Academy at West Point that contains detailed geological and geographic information on the country that was the Soviet Union. This atlas clearly demonstrates how geology and landscape influence settlement, industry and agriculture in the region.

New Zealand Atlas: Contains information on the geological formation of the islands and how that has influenced settlement and development of the one of the world’s most remote countries. It also has the most detailed maps of New Zealand.

State of China Atlas: Contains many colored maps containing information on the people, culture, economy and political system of China.

The U.S.S. R. and Eastern Europe is an Oxford University Press publication from the 1950s. This atlas is interesting in that Russia and Eastern Europe were closed societies at that time, and this atlas represents a “best guess” as to economic and industrial conditions found in these countries.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Atlases: Part 2, Traditional Atlases

Hewes library has many “traditional” Atlases in its collection. These all show a range of information on the many countries and regions of the world ranging from detailed road and topographic maps of the earth to charts explaining the geographic and geologic features of the planet to historical maps illustrating the location of various empires over time.

All of the Atlases detailed in this section have roads and topographic features displayed, but the unusual features of each are described below.

Britannica Atlas has a small section of historical maps, information on major industries, claims made by various countries of navigable waters, and English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese indexes of any given location. It also has regional and detailed national information of some areas. The maps vary in scale of the maps, some very detailed, some not so detailed.

Collegiate Atlas of the World is published by National Geographic, so it has very good illustrations and maps. The Atlas incorporates satellite images into the different topics covered and uses information from global and national sources such as World Health Organization, U.S. Government and the World Wildlife Fund. In addition to the charts, maps, images, there are nuggets of trivia found in each section.

Hammond 5th Edition World Atlas: It has a good Table of Contents that shows where to find locations. It contains very current data (up to 2008) and has information and statistics on a wide variety of topics. Has a section of satellite images of cities, mountains and coastlines.

Macmillan Centennial Atlas of the World and Planet Earth: Uses satellite images, all maps to the same scale, all major roads shown. These are geographic atlases containing maps and none of the extraneous information. The Centennial Atlas has detailed maps of major cities from Amsterdam to Wash D.C. and the major city maps use the local language to describe features, including Arabic, Chinese and Japanese scripts/characters along with the Western script.

New Century World Atlas: Contains a world flags section in the front and has a good index. This atlas has information on a wide variety of topics including: global relationships of different environments, population, religion, standards of living, literacy, manufacturing and industry, land use and regional mineral resources. It ends with a collection of world statistics.

Oxford Atlas of the World 2005: An atlas that contains information on many different topics including: conflict, energy, travel and tourism, global warming, the stars, planets, world cities, regions and oceans. The text incorporates maps, charts and photos to illustrate the different topics.

Peters Atlas ‘philosophy is that all countries should be displayed as equally important, so the same map scale was used for each. The map section is the first half of the book, each map being 1/60 of the world’s surface. The second half displays charts and maps on different themes primarily geographic features, but also contains other information like climates, volcanoes, hurricane/typhoon prone regions, languages, education, etc. It also has charts of intangibles like “inequality”, “social order” and the “status of women” (mostly derived from United Nations Data, but in some cases they made their own estimates of information)

Times Atlas of the World: This old 1959 atlas is before the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. into Russia and other states and the establishment of many of the current African States, so is a good reference to use if you are looking to see what places were named and what they looked like 50 years ago. It contains other interesting information such as the world’s surface routes (roads, railways) and major air routes of the time.

Atlas Mundial: Spanish language world atlas 1998.

A curiosity in this collection is an Italian automobile club atlas of the world from the 1950s.

Monday, March 22, 2010

ILLiad Workshops

Hewes Library announced the implementation of ILLiad—a new interlibrary loan service to the Monmouth College campus last week. You can now request, and in most cases receive, articles electronically.

There are still a few opportunities to learn more about ILLiad by attending one of the sessions listed below in the the Hewes Instructional Area (HL124) - located on the library's Main Level. Stop by to learn more at the following times:
  • Tuesday, 3/23: 9am in HL124
  • Thursday, 3/25: 10am in HL124
  • Friday, 3/26: 3pm in HL124

On Display: Girl Scouts

This month Hewes Library features a display on the development of the Girl Scouts in the East Lobby Display cases. Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912 with just 18 members in the state of Georgia.

Today there are almost 3.5 million members within the US and the Girl Scouts organization is active in 90 countries overseas. A collection of books, uniforms, trivia, and more is currently on display. Books are available for checkout; please see a member of the Hewes Library staff at the Circulation Desk to check out an item.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Government Documents: Celebrating 150 Years at Monmouth College

2010 brings the 150th Anniversary of the Federal Depository Collection of Government Documents at Hewes Library and Monmouth College. Throughout 2010, portions of the Government Documents Collection will be featured.

In 1860, Congress authorized the Federal Depository Library Program which ensured that citizens had access to all information that was being produced by the government. Today, there are over 1,250 depository libraries throughout the country and they provide access to a wide variety of information. Citizens can go to any depository library to access information from the Census, any executive department, or get help looking for electronic goverment documents.

Atlases: Part 1, What is an Atlas and why should I use one?

Most people if they are familiar with Atlases at all think of the Rand McNally Road Atlas which shows maps of the major roads and routes one can take while driving through the United States. However, Atlases contain much more information than maps and cover many more subjects than the location of the nearest highway.

There are several types of Atlases, ranging from the general purpose map atlas to a wide range of specialty Atlases covering differing locations, historical periods and events. The one thing they all have in common is a copious use of charts, maps and other illustrations containing a variety of information designed to illustrate the relationship between a geographic location and a given topic. An Atlas graphically illustrates the interrelationship of a location’s geography and geology to its history and economic development. Some of the many topics covered by atlases include agriculture, business and industry, climate, geology, history, languages, population, religion, and the natural resources found in a geographic area.

Atlases can be used as visual aids to more easily explain a topic in a speech, paper or other presentation. Hewes library has numerous Atlases covering several different areas and they will be covered in this series of Research Tips.

But first, a little history of the Atlas. The first Atlas was printed in the 16th century by Gerardus Mercator, the inventor of a technique now known as the Mercator projection which is used to design the maps used by navigators to plot a straight line course to and from any location. On his first published book of maps, he placed a picture of the Greek Titan Atlas, holding the world on his shoulders, as the frontispiece of the book. This led to the title “Atlas” being used to describe any collection of maps, charts and other information that visually explain a given geographic area.

The Hewes library atlases are found on a tall desk to the right of the door to the Information systems office in the library. They can all be used in the library, but are not available for checkout. The next tip will discuss traditional Atlases found in the library.

Monday, March 15, 2010

ILLiad: A New Interlibrary Loan Service

Hewes Library announces the implementation of ILLiad—a new interlibrary loan service. You can now request, and in most cases receive, articles electronically.

Major changes ILLiad brings:

  • Your Monmouth College username and password will be your login for your ILLiad Account.
  • Request & receive (in most cases) articles electronically.
  • Enter your personal information once—the first time you login.
  • After your initial login, place multiple requests without having to re-enter your personal information.
  • Initiate your own requests and track the status of each transaction!

Learn more about ILLiad by attending one of the sessions listed below in the Barnes Electronic Classroom (HL03) or the Hewes Instructional Area (HL124):

Monday, 3/15: 3pm in HL03 and 6:30pm in HL03
Tuesday, 3/16: 9am in HL124 and 9pm in HL03
Wednesday, 3/17: 10am in HL03
Thursday, 3/18: 2pm in HL03 and 7pm in HL124
Friday, 3/19: 11am in HL03
Tuesday, 3/23: 9am in HL124
Thursday, 3/25: 10am in HL124
Friday, 3/26: 3pm in HL124

Friday, March 12, 2010

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:
  • Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War by Thomas Allen
  • South Africa in World History by Iris Berger
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Digital Imaging for Photographic Collections by Franziska S. Frey
  • Last Flowers of Manet by Robert Gordon
  • Africa's Freedom Railway by Jamie Monson
  • Don Giovanni: Opera in Two Acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Citizen's of London by Lynne Olson
  • Folk Songs of Illinois #s 1 - 3 by Illinois Himanities Council
  • Missions, Missionaries and Native Americans by Marie F. Wade

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.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring Break 2010

Hewes Library will be operating on our normal break schedule for Spring Break. The hours are available on the library's website and are listed below.

  • Friday, March 5: 7:45am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, March 6 & Sunday, March 7: Closed
  • Monday, March 8 - Friday, March 12: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday, March 13: Closed
  • Sunday, March 14: 6pm - midnight.
  • Monday, March 15: 7:45am - midnight and the library returns to regular hours.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On Display: Boy Scouts

In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America are celebrating 100 years of scouting adventure! A collection of materials is currently on display in the East Lobby Display Cases of Hewes Libary.

Today, over 840,000 boy scouts are organized into 40,000+ scout troops. Items from the Hewes Library collection are available for checkout. The Boy Scout publications, camping equipment, and uniforms are available to be viewed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Popular Magazines Update

Over the last few weeks, many of the new titles for the library’s light reading magazine section have arrived. Among the titles now on the shelves are: Brides, Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Glamour, People, Popular Mechanics, Vogue and Women’s Health. The next time you need a break from reading for class, come by and browse through a few of these new titles over a cup of coffee or tea in the Hewes Library Coffee Shop or curled up in one of the large comfortable chairs on the third floor.

More titles are due to arrive over the next few weeks, so be sure to check the shelves to see what’s been added. Some of the titles still to come are: Better Homes & Gardens, Frommer’s Budget Travel, Outdoor Life, Men’s Health and Wired.