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