April 2009

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
April 2009 Volume 1, Issue 1

In This Edition:


This is a screenshot of the library’s home page (www.bryan.edu/library):

screenshot of library home page

The permanent links to our collections are on the left-hand sidebar (in red), while the main (white) part of our home page features informational, educational, and entertaining content that is refreshed on regular basis.

To see what’s in our physical collection, click on Find Books in the red sidebar on the library’s home page. This takes you to our online catalog, where you’ll find an easy-to-use search interface.

To access our online collection (periodical article and eBook databases), click on Online Resources in the red sidebar (see below). If you know the name of database you plan to use, find the name in the upper “Resources A to Z” drop-down box.

screenshot of Online Resources page

If you have a topic but don’t know which resource to select, try our “Resources by Subject” drop-down, which will take you to a page that the librarians have created with your discipline in mind.


RSS feeds, also known as XML feeds, syndicated content, or web feeds, contain frequently updated content published by a website. (RSS stands for really simple syndication). They are usually used for news and blog websites, but are also used for distributing other types of digital content, including pictures, audio or video.

To set up a feed:

1.    Go to the website that has the feed you want to subscribe to.

2.   Click the Feeds button Discover Feeds button(top right of browser window, next to the home button) to discover feeds on the webpage. (If the orange button is grayed out, there are no feeds detected for that page.)

3.    Click a feed (if more than one is available). If only one feed is available, you will go directly to that page.

4.     Click the Subscribe to this Feed button Subscribe to this Feed button, and then click Subscribe to this Feed.

5.     Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.

6.     Click Subscribe.

To view your subscribed feeds:
             click the Favorites Center button Favorites Center button,
             and then click Feeds.

(adapted from Microsoft Windows Help content)


Here's a small sample of what we ordered last month:

Main Collection

Beem, Charles.  (2008). The lioness roared: The problems of female rule in English history. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 941.0099 B392L

Huston, James L.  (2007). Stephen A. Douglas and the dilemmas of democratic equality. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 973.6 H969s

Kapic, Kelly M. (2007). Communion with God: The divine and the human in the theology of John Owen Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 230 K141c

Leinwand, Gerald. (2007). William Jennings Bryan: An uncertain trumpet. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield Publishers. 973.91092 L534w

McClay, Wilfred M. (1994). The masterless: Self & society in modern America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 302.5 M459m

Ylvisaker, John. (2000). Borning cry, hymns, anthems and Biblical songs. Waverly, IA: New Generation. 783.9 Y69b


Statistical abstract of the United States, 2009. (2008). Lanham, MD: Bernan Press. REF 317.3 Un3s

Audio/ Visual

God on trial: A debate on the existence of God. Christopher Hitchens and Dinesh D’Souza, St. Louis, September 2008. (2009). Fixed Point Production. A-V 373.768 H636g

Obsession: Radical Islam’s war against the West. (2006). New York: HonestReporting. A-V 297.09 Ob77

Children’s Literature

Agee, Jon. (2009). Orangutan tongs: Poems to tangle your tongue. New York: Disney/Hyperion Books. JUV FIC Ag32o

Well Said

Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. --Charles Lamb


April 14th is National Library Workers Day. Please help me recognize excellence among the Bryan College library staff! You can nominate library stars that have served you well and give them a big "Thank You!" for everyone to see at the NLWD Submit a Star form
–Dr. Gary Fitsimmons




About the Title

nota bene (Latin) means to "note well," "take notice," or "observe particularly"


Closed Easter Weekend: The library will close at 5pm Thursday, April 9, and remain closed Friday through Sunday, April 10-12. It will reopen Monday, April 13, at 7:45am.
Library Survey: How are we doing? What can we do better? We'd like to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to fill out this short, online survey any time between March 30 and April 12. Complete the survey for a chance to win one of three iTunes gift cards.
Mrs. Polly Revis recently attended two workshops concerning "Collections Care and Management." The workshops were sponsored by the Tennessee State Museum and were held at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN.
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons' column "Small Academic Library Perspective" is published in The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances by Emerald Publishing Group.

Dr. Fitsimmons attended the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver in January, chairing a committee and serving on two others, and he will be attending the ACA Library Directors meeting at Emory & Henry College in Virginia on April 2-3.
© 2009 Bryan College Library
Please direct your comments or questions to
 Dr. Gary Fitsimmons (Library Director) or Keri-Lynn Paulson (editor)

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