New Look for ProQuest
One of our most popular library databases changed significantly over the Christmas break. ProQuest, a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary collection, introduced its new interface and search capabilities, designed to meet the changing needs of its user base. Here is a snapshot of ProQuest's new look:
We will be working on new help materials to give out to your classes and to post online in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you would like a detailed introduction to the new platform and layout of the database, please click here.
New Year, New Online Collections
While classes were out, we added two new collections to the library's sizable list of online, subscription databases:
Films on Demand is a source for streaming video of over 6,000 films covering a wide variety of subject areas, including communication, history, literature, mathematics, psychology, religion, and science. Special collections within Films on Demand include Cambridge Educational, Modern Marvels, the History Channel: Education segment, the Royal Opera House, the Bill Moyers' Collection, BBC, CNBC, ABCnews, PBS, etc. View the entire film or jump quickly to sections within the film. Clips may be embedded into your presentation. Bryan ID needed for off-campus access. Contact us to learn more. Please note: IT Services is working on resolving server access issues this weekend. While access to the database and its indexes is enabled, please check back next week for access to the full length films contained therein.
We now have access to vocal and instrumental sheet music of over 35,000 Western Classical pieces from renowned composers such as Chopin, Schubert, Bach and Beethoven. Our subscription allows users to download, print, and make multiple copies of the sheet music free of charge. Contact us to learn more.
From the Director
The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection for me. I don’t make formal resolutions, but there is always that feeling of starting with a clean slate and wanting to make something worthwhile of it. We really do wish to leave our Bryan students better off for having spent this part of their lives with us, do we not? The BCL library staff are no different. We want to make sure they have attained not only the information they need for particular projects, but also the skills that they will need to keep up with their life-long information needs.
In particular, I have noticed a great dearth of ability among many Christians to do the kind of research the academic community requires for making a viable case for our faith. For too long, way too many have assumed that since it is “faith” there is no intellectual support for what we know to be the truth. But faith is not believing something contrary to all evidence. It is weighing all the known evidence and then believing in the direction that evidence takes you. It is being reasonably certain that new evidence will be more likely to support your stance than contradict it. God invites us to come and “reason together” with Him, not to turn off our mind and blindly accept what we have been told about Him. Christians need to stop being intimidated by those who look upon our faith as anti-intellectual and get busy showing the world that there is more evidence for biblical Christian faith than against it. Those who say otherwise are merely expressing their faith in their own beliefs and presuppositions, often with little intellectual support.
In order to do this well all Christians (and thus our students also) need to be able to effectively 1) gather evidence wherever it is found and in whatever format, 2) evaluate information sources in order to give appropriate weight to each piece of evidence, and 3) organize that evidence into a logical argument for the conclusions which we have drawn from it. That process is what we academic librarians are really all about. That is the point of Information Literacy and is what we are here to help our students learn how to do.
We appreciate every opportunity we have to develop those skills in our students and hope to greatly enhance our student’s abilities in this area during their time with us. We are constantly seeking new ways and avenues to accomplish this. Thank you for your past collaboration with us on this most important area of their development, and we look forward to working with all of you on new collaborative initiatives in the future.
--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons