Monday, April 30, 2012

Title Highlight: Dictionary of Antiques and the Decorative Arts

Dictionary of Antiques and the Decorative Arts

1 volume: Classified list of subjects and terms, Illustrations, Photographs, Bibliography

This older dictionary (1957) is very useful for its illustrations and descriptions of many of the terms used to describe the decorative arts (i.e. ceramics, glassware, jewelry, silver, textiles and furniture) as well as antiques. There are illustrations of objects and styles on the margins of every page along with short descriptions of things such as Gothic and Romanesque styles, artisans like Benvenuto Cellini, Duncan Phyfe and Paul Revere, objects including the nonesuch chest, hooked rugs, broadswords and commodes, and styles of decoration like the claw and ball foot (cabinetwork) petit point (needlework) and combed ware (ceramics). There are also entries for well-known factories like Sèvres (ceramics), Clichy (glass) and Aubusson (tapestry).
In addition to the illustrations on each page, there are also full-page illustrations and photographs of furniture, carpets, firearms, tapestries, spoons, etc. The full page illustrations and photographs are listed in the contents section for easy reference.
The “classified list of subjects and terms” at the end of the book contains a listing of all of the terms found under a given subject. This makes it simple to find all of the terms on a particular area of interest. Thus if you are looking up information on carpets under the heading carpets and rugs you will find a listing of all of the terms found in the dictionary that deal with carpets arranged by carpet-making region.
The coverage includes not only American and European decorative arts, but also Asia and the Islamic world. An unusual inclusion is the full description and illustration of Japanese sword mounts, the often elaborately decorated fittings found on the hilt or scabbard of a Japanese katana or wakizashi.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Student Artwork On Display in Gallery 204

On display in Gallery 204 on the Upper Level of Hewes Library is a new selection of senior student artwork.  Please stop by and enjoy their final exhibition as students.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Title Highlight: The Biographical Dictionary of Baseball

The Biographical Dictionary of Baseball

1 volume: Photos

This book about America’s national past time has an unusual premise. The personalities appearing in the book were selected for their contributions to the development of baseball, not necessarily for their outstanding play on the field. The short biographies include members of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, people who were involved in some of the game’s most memorable moments both good and bad including Cal Abrams (infamous 9th inning out for the 1950 Dodgers), Billy North (fighting) and Reggie Jackson (Mr. October). Also included are innovators of the game like Doc Crandall the first successful relief pitcher, Larry MacPhail-owner and introducer of night baseball and the first telecast of a game, record holders such as Pud Galvin-first 300 game winner and Pete Rose the record holder for most hits in a career. It also covers colorful characters including Andrew Freedman an eccentric early owner of the Giants, scouts and owners (ex. Jim Gallagher-Cubs, M. Donald Grant-first chairman of the Mets). There are no citations of sources and the entries vary from very short to quite lengthy, depending upon the authors view of the person’s importance to the game. The style of writing is lively and entertaining and each entry contains many interesting tidbits of information on people like Franklin P. Adams, a newspaperman who wrote the poem immortalizing Cubs infielders Tinker, Evers and Chance and Jack Norworth, the composer of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gain Background Knowledge: Try Online Reference Resources

Looking for the history of the word 'library'? 
Try the Oxford English Dictionary online.

Need to know the population of France? 
Try Europa World Plus database.

Ever wonder how a tsunami develops?
Try the Credo Reference database.

Hewes Library subscribes to a variety of online Reference Resources that you can use to develop a background, working knowledge of a subject.  The online reference materials are dynamic, up-to-date resources you can use to further develop your papers and projects.  From the library's homepage, the full list is available under the Find tab - select Reference Reources.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Database Highlight: FDsys, Federal Digital System

Developed by the GPO, Government Printing Office, the FDsys, Federal Digital System database is a portal to U.S. Government information and publications.  FDsys allows you to search for documents and publications issued by the US Government or browse by collection or government agency to learn more about a specific resource.
Currently, the following government collections - plus more - are available in the FDsys database:
  • Budget of the United States Government
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Compilation of Presidential Documents
  • Congressional Bills
  • Congressional Documents
  • Congressional Hearings
  • Congressional Record
  • Congressional Record Index
  • Congressional Reports
  • Economic Indicators
  • Economic Report of the President
  • Education Reports from ERIC
  • Federal Register
  • History of Bills
  • Journal of the House of Representatives
  • Public and Private Laws
  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
  • United States Code
  • United States Courts Opinions
  • United States Statutes at Large

Monday, April 16, 2012

Title Highlight: Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military (CREDO Reference)

This book contains short definitions of U.S. military terms, people and battles from the first colonial conflicts (such as King Philip’s War and King George’s War) through 2001. In addition to explaining terms like advance, active defense, and retrograde movement, it also explains military ranks, insignia, uniforms and vehicles used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard (which is not part of the U.S Military establishment, but the Department of Homeland Security). The “Browse this book” link goes to an alphabetical listing of entries with a search box at the top that allows entry of the terms to be searched. The “Links for this book” found under the “browse this book” link goes to a list of military related sites. Several of them are not related to the U.S. Military and not all of them work. There are no illustrations. A nice feature of this book is the cross-reference tab to the left of an entry which allows one to highlight a term and then click on the “cross-reference” button which results in a listing of other Oxford books that define or discuss the term. For example highlighting the term “Coast Guard” and clicking on the cross-reference tab goes to a list of other books that use the term including an entry on the history and formation of the U.S. Coast Guard in the book “The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea”. Under each definition is a suggested citation format.

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

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hews Library Collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:
  • Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary by John K. Alexander
  • Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare by William Baker and Kenneth Womack
  • Metaphysics: The Key Concepts by Helen Beebee
  • Art and Business of Photography by Susan Carr
  • Plots Against the President by Sally Denton
  • How the Economy Works by Roger E. A. Farmer
  • Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus by Tim Hindle
  • Mobile DNA by Haig H. Hindle
  • Quest for the Perfect Hive by Gene Kritsky
  • Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

Title Highlight: Historical Dictionary of Turkey

Historical Dictionary of Turkey

1 volume: Maps, Reader’s note, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Chronology, Introduction, Appendixes, Geography and Resources, Ottoman Sultans and Turkish Presidents and Prime Ministers, General Elections in the Republican Period (1923- ), Basic Economic Indicators, Basic Social Indicators

Turkey is truly a crossroads country. Because of its geographic location straddling both Europe and Asia it has been an area of strategic importance since ancient times. Nearly every civilization ranging from the Hittites in the 18 century B.C. to the European Union in the 21st century has left its mark on the country. This dictionary give a rapid introduction to a rapidly evolving country that is still a blend of the ancient and modern, tradition and change. The people now known as the Turks did not arrive in the country until the 12th century, the book does have a few entries for pre-Ottoman peoples. However, the majority of the book deals with the late Ottoman period of the 19th century and “modern Turkey” which is dated from the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The introduction and reader’s note are mandatory reading for people unfamiliar with the country, its language and its political development as it explains the use of the many strange diacritics found in the dictionary and introduces much of the background information required for an understanding of the country. The maps at the front display the growth and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire as well as the boundaries of the modern country. The bibliography is extensive and contains references for further reading arranged by topic. Two of the most divisive issues in Turkey’s international politics, the actions of Ottoman Turkey towards the Armenians after World War I and the current divided country of Cyprus are discussed in the short entries.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Recently arrived ScotsRead Titles

The following titles have recently arrived in the ScotsRead Collection.  Stop by to check out some light reading before the end of the semester.

  • A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel by George Martin
  • Do Yourself a Favor -- Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness by Joyce Meyer
  • Loving  by Karen Kingsbury
  • Gossip by Beth Gutcheon
  • Sacre Bleu: a Comedy d'art by Christopher Moore
  • The Spoiler: A Novel by Annalena McAfee
  • Calico Joe by John Grisham
  • Girl walks into a bar— by Rachel Dratch
  • Imperfect: an Improbable Life by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
  • The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Author Brad Metlzer for National Library Week

Author and host of the History Channel's “Decoded”, Brad Meltzer is this year's Honorary Chair of National Library Week.  His take on libraries and their value:

Welcome back! Library returns to Regular Hours

Hewes Library and the Einstein Brothers Bagels have returned to regular hours.  We hope everyone had a relaxing break.  Good luck on your final papers and projects as the school year draws closer to an end.

Monday, April 9, 2012

On Display: National Library Week

On display for National Library Week is a selection of materials relating to libraries, museums, and archives.  Stop by the East Lobby on the library's main level to take a look.  To check an item out, please stop by the library's Circulation Desk.

Title Highlight: A Dictionary of the avant-gardes

A Dictionary of the avant-gardes
1 volume: Introduction, Illustrations, Index of Names, Subject Index

This entertaining book devotes short entries to various practitioners of the numerous artistic styles known as “avant-garde”. While one often thinks of avant-garde in regard to paintings, sculpture and other visual art (light art, performance art), the author takes a broader view and includes representative topics and movements from the world of dance, literature, theatre, music, fashion, film, technology (strobe light) and other areas of the Arts. The ideas behind major artistic movements defined as avant-garde are described; some of the many areas covered are: Constructivism, Cubism, Surrealism (visual art), aleatory, microtonal and sampling (music) and performance art, mixed-means and theatre of the absurd (theatre). The unifying concept behind the book is that all of the movements, people and works discussed were initially considered outside the mainstream.

The book has references after all of the entries referring the reader to further information by listing representative works of an artist, works of criticism of the artist or work, webpages and documentation which gives suggestions for further reading on the topic. In the introduction, the author states that the book reflects his opinions on the topics and this makes for interesting reading as he often disagrees with main stream critics as to the value of an artist’s work. (See the entries on Diego Rivera, Jack Kerouac and Robert Mapplethorpe for examples) Artists, movements and works mentioned in an entry that are described elsewhere in the dictionary are indicated in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

National Library Week: You Belong @ Your Library

National Library Week will be celebrated this year from April 8-14 and the theme is "You Belong @ York 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 and host of the History Channel's “Decoded”, Brad Meltzer is this year's 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.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Title Highlight: A Dictionary of Church Music

A Dictionary of Church Music

1 volume

This short dictionary gives definitions of the many terms used to describe Christian church music. It does not describe composers or works; instead the definitions are for styles and forms of music found in traditional church services. Thus it describes the difference between an antiphon and an anthem, and defines church cantatas, fugues and Gregorian chants. It also contains many descriptions of the different stops found on church organs and the description of church bells includes a good description of change ringing, an unusual musical tradition most popular in England, although its use can be found world-wide. Use of this book requires some knowledge of music and its terms.

Hewes Library's Easter Break Hours

The library will have special hours over Easter Break 2012, which is April 5 - 9, 2012.  The library will return to regular hours on Tuesday, April 10.
  • Thursday, April 5: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday - Sunday, April 6 - 8: Closed
  • Monday, April 9: 8:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Tuesday, April 10: Return to regular hours
Einstein Brothers Bagels will close early on Thursday, April 5 and reopen on Tuesday, April 10.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Music at Hewes

A selection of Easter music can be found on the lower level in the Music Room, including:


Choral Music

Title Highlight: Historical Dictionary of Sacred Music

Historical Dictionary of Sacred Music

1 volume: Introduction, Chronology
A: Texts of the Roman Catholic Rites
B: Shema and Kaddish

Nearly all religious traditions have a role for music. This dictionary explores many of the composers, styles and works that express religious motives, celebrations and experiences. The majority of entries refer to Christianity and Judaism’s use of music, but other religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism are covered as well. The introduction to the book discusses what is meant by the term “sacred music” as in some traditions there is little to no use of music for devotional purposes (Islam) and in others, nearly every artistic expression has its roots in the religion and thus could be considered sacred (Hinduism). About a third of the book is biographical, with brief entries on composers important in various religious traditions. It is not a listing of major composers, for instance the entry on Beethoven is quite short as his output of sacred music was quite small compared to Bach and (ADD ANOTHER). Terms used in definitions that have their own entries are indicated in bold type. Although this is a recent book (2006), the texts given in Appendix A for the Roman Catholic Rite do not reflect the recent changes made to the text of the Mass. The bibliography is extensive and arranged by subject and is very useful for anyone seeking more information on the role of music in a specific religious tradition or in general.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Title Highlight: Fairchild Dictionary of Retailing

Fairchild Dictionary of Retailing

1 volume
How to Use this Dictionary

This interesting dictionary covers both the business/financial and marketing/advertising aspects of selling products. There are entries on accounting and data processing, e-commerce, inventory management and control, visual merchandising and display and wholesaling. The dictionary does not contain entries for famous retailers like Marshall Fields, brand name stores or of associations and organizations associated with retailing. It has definitions of current marketing terms and demographics like Generation Y and cyberbrand as well as classical retailing terms including inventory, product placement and packaging. Reading some of these definitions will clarify the way stores display goods, the psychological and physical techniques used to direct consumer attention to a product (i.e.,selective perception, diagonal floor plan) and also terms covering retail failures (absolute product failure, product life cycle). Almost any term heard in a marketing, management or psychology class to do with the sale of goods will have an entry in this work.