Eastern University Library
April 13, 2018 Spring, Issue 77
Bibliofile LIBRARY RANKS HIGH IN INSTITUTIONAL SUMMARY
We don’t usually like to toot our own horns – but it’s the end of the school year, so let’s celebrate!
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In this year’s institutional summary survey, produced by the Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment (IPRA), Warner Library ranked within the top two-thirds of important aspects of the college experience. Essen tially, this m e an s th at stu dents – both undergraduate and graduate – believe that our resources and staff are important to their time at Eastern (which, as you can imagine, makes us feel very important too). Even our alumni regard us as worthwhile, with 96% of respondents saying that they were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their interactions at the library while they attended Eastern (see chart above).
From the Director’s Desk ..... 2
Both the undergraduate and graduate reports reveal an increase of satisfaction am o n g the stu den ts. The satisfactio n o ver o u r r eso u r ces and services was within 0.5 points for both types of students, and we exceeded our undergrads’ expectations for the helpfulness of our staff. Compared to other four-year private institutions, Warner Library students are more satisfied in these areas than others – quite a feather in our caps!
De-Stress with Dogs ............. 2 Updated Databases .............. 3 Shakespeare B-day ............... 3 Final Semester Reminders ... 4
RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: LITFINDER A Gale database, dedicated to researching literature throughout history—perfect for celebrating National Poetry Month this April!
The entire report can be found in myEastern’s link for the Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment under “Institutional Surveys.”
Available in our Databases!
6TH ANNUAL DE-STRESS WITH DOGS: THURSDAY, APRIL 26,10AM TO 3PM Calling all dog lovers! It’s time for our 6th annual De-Stress with Dogs here in Warner Library! After the huge success of previous years, we’re bringing back our four-legged friends for the Eastern campus to enjoy. When? Thursday, April 26 from 10am-3pm. These dogs are certified from Therapy Dogs International (TDI) (https:// tdi-dog.org) and Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) (https:// www.therapydogs.com). This event is open to the entire Eastern community! So tak e some time to stop by, pet some lovable dogs and, most importantly, relieve some of that end-of-semester stress!
“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” -Harold Howe FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK By Jim Sauer, Director of University Library
Previously, I wrote about a book list I created in 1982 for an Eastern student. I have recently stumbled on another anal-retentive notebook of mine (see picture on the left). This notebook listed my reading, audio book listing and foreign film viewing from 1977 to 2000. I did not list the commercials I saw on TV—I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere. I was able to merge this notebook with lists from 2000-2018, thus completing a magnum opus of primary material that will be of great benefit to my yet-to-be-named official biographer. Here are some further books I love.
Dr. Jim Sauer Director of University Library
Velveteen Rabbit- A stuffed rabbit becomes alive when loved by a child. To be loved teaches us what it means to be real. Great theology and philosophy from the nursery. “And he breathed in us the breath of life.”
Bear By Himself- Geoffrey Hayes. Another children’s book. Simplicity, Teddy Bear introversion, and peace: “Sometimes a bear has to be alone with himself, to think his own thoughts.” The “Ursinian Option” for retirement.
Saki (a.k.a H. H. Munro)- A cynical, macabre short story writer: my favorite, Sredni Vashtar, a little boy’s tale of an avenging ferret.
Mildred Clingerman- Little known, hard to find, comic science fiction writer, best short story Stickney and the Critic. Wrote only one book.
The Pooh Perplex- I consider this the greatest piece of literary criticism. Every student of English Literature should read this. It parodies the entire critical apparatus. An update mocking Critical Theory and post-colonial trans-feminist writing is needed.
The Good Life- My favorite hippy Communists, the Nearings, go “Thoreau” and build stone houses in the boondocks. As Robert Frost said: “You come too.” Continued on page 4
TRIAL AND UPDATED DATABASE FOR USE! Before the year is over, we would like to encourage faculty and staff to take a look at two databases, one of which is a trial that we’ve acquired for this semester, and the other with a significant update and new title. The information in them is vast and useful to your students, so please encourage them to use the updated materials and give us feedback before the semester is over. Academic Search Ultimate (to left) is the expanded version of Academic Search Complete that we have obtained as a trial database. Pr ovided by EB SCOhost, this database “offers students an unprecedented collection of peer-reviewed, fulltext journals, including many journals indexed in leading citation indexes.” When comparing it to Academic Search Complete, Ultimate offers many more scientific journals than Complete, so be su r e to check out the journals that can be discovered in Ultimate that you can’t find in Complete.
Nexis Uni (see below) is the new and improved interface for Lexis Nexis Academic. Boasting a cleaner look with more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, Nexis Un i has un iqu e features such as creating Alerts on specific topics, saving searches and the ability to share folders for collaboration with other scholars. Nexis Uni also has wonderful browsing tools in the form of subject headings. When searching the database, Nexis Uni offers tips to help make the most of your results.
You can find both of these databases in our Database webpage, or locate specific journals housed in these collections in our A to Z Journal List.
Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! April 23 will mark the 454th birthday of the great bard. To celebrate, here are some cool resources available for all things Shakespeare.
Warner Library has the complete works of Shakespeare on DVD— and be sure to check out the display by the Media Room!
Explore the life of William Shakespeare through this interactive timeline produced by the Kennedy Center.
Folger Podcasts bring you fresh perspectives on Shakespeare and his times.
Open Source Shakespeare is a website designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s YouTube channel features great clips and interviews with the actors.
SOME FINAL REMINDERS FOR THE SEMESTER
Editor: Chelsea Post Contributor: James Sauer
All materials currently on Reserve will be removed on Friday, May 4. Faculty, please ar range to have your personal copies picked up by the following Friday (May 11).
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As a result of last year’s survey, we received helpful insights regarding the informational needs of our users. This year, we sent out another survey with slightly different questions. As we continue in this vein over the course of the next couple years, we plan on tracking the survey results as well as our progress in fulfilling the suggestions that arise from the results. Make sure to check your email for our survey link (sent 4/4), and we encourage you to take 5 minutes to co m plete it. Th an k you !
“The mission of Eastern University Library is to provide information access and research instruction to all of Eastern University’s communities; making a difference in the world, church, and individual lives through lifelong learning and Christian service.” —from the Eastern University Libraries’ Mission Statement
Warner Library offers individual research help to the campus community. At this time of year, please help us help your students by letting them know that our staff of librarians are there for them— when they have questions or need help researching for that final project or paper. Students can make an appointment by visiting the library homepage and completing the Research Consultation form located at the bottom of the webpage. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK (CONT.)
Lord of the Flies- William Golding. A classic tale of shipwrecked boys and original sin. “Sharpen a stick at both ends.”
Postern of Fate- Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence contrast rational and intuitive sleuthing styles. Applicable psychology to human personality types.
Orphans in the Sky- Heinlein sci-fi. People live centuries in a rotating world, only to discover it is a large spaceship. An atheist’s unwitting argument for God beyond all we can imagine or think.
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