|May 2009||Volume 1, Issue 2|
In This Edition:
Journal Title Finder (JTF) is an online tool to find out if the library subscribes to a particular journal or magazine (online or print). The link to JTF is located on the library's homepage, directly beneath our Online Resources link:
Once on the JTF page, simply enter the title of the periodical you wish to find and click Search.
In the example below, we searched for the trade publication Forbes. The results show (1) the date ranges of our multiple holdings of Forbes (print or online database), (2) that Forbes is located in our print collection, and (3) the library's database(s) in which Forbes is located.
Select an online source for reading Forbes by clicking on one of the red hyperlinks. You'll be brought to a page that either lists all the issues of Forbes in that database (most recent first) or will embed Forbes into your search (i.e., any search you perform in that database will be temporarily limited to articles within Forbes).
Journal Title Finder also allows you to browse our journal/ magazine titles A-Z (there are thousands!) or to browse them by subject.
For any questions about Journal Title Finder and how to make further use of this multi-faceted tool, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twitter is a social networking site that asks users one simple question: "What are you doing?" The answers (called tweets) are limited to 140 characters, a form of microblogging. Those using Twitter are called tweeters. Users select tweeters they want to follow (i.e., get updates as they're posted).
On our campus, one department uses Twitter as a means of communicating rapidly with a broad community: "The Bryan College Financial Aid Office is using Twitter to inform current and prospective students about the latest financial aid opportunities and any impending deadlines," said Rick Taphorn, Director of Financial Aid. "We also follow higher education professional organizations and are finding out about the latest news in higher education without having to continually visit each individual organization's web site." Taphorn said he hopes to see the bcfinancialaid profile gain over one thousand followers, and he intends to post a Twitter widget on the Financial Aid web site.
Here's a small sample of what we ordered last month:
Bryan, William Jennings. (1923). Famous figures of the Old Testament. New York: Flemming H. Revel Company. 221.92 B840f
From seed to fruit: Global trends, fruitful practices, and emerging issues among Muslims. (2008). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 266.0088 F925
Peterson, Roger P. (2003). Maximum impact short-term mission: The God-commanded, repetitive deployment of swift, temporary, non-professional missionaries. Minneapolis, MN: STEMPress. 266.02373 L751s
Snyder, John A. (1997). How to prepare for the GRE, biology: Graduate record examination in biology. Hauppage, N.Y.: Barron's. 378.1662 B278h
Towns, Elmer L. (2004). Perimeters of light: Biblical boundaries for the emerging church. Chicago: Moody Publishers. 253 T662p
Wood, Todd C., et al. (2008). Johannes Buteo's the shape and capacity of Noah's ark. Center for Origins Research Issues in Creation, No. 2. Eugene, OR: WIPF & Stock. 575 W850c
The Anderson platoon. (2008). Haciendo Heights, CA: Allied Artists. A-V 959.7043 An243
Walker, Sally M. (2009). Written in bone: Buried lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books. JUV 614.17 W151w
I would like to wish everyone a good, safe summer. If the Lord brings up your library staff this summer, please pray for us and our “helpers,” as we will be busy working with the Academic Support Center to rearrange spaces to better serve the Bryan community in many ways. Look for new, more versatile spaces this fall along with new, more versatile services to follow throughout the school year.
By the way, two of our library student assistants were nominated as Library Stars for Library Workers Day, April 14th. You can see the nominations here.
When Insults Had Class...
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
Summer Hours: Library summer hours begin Saturday, May 9. During the summer, the library is open Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm; closed on weekends.
Library Survey Highlights: Of the 64 respondents to our recent survey, 62 (96.9%) have used the library (online, in person, or both) this year; the top three uses are, respectively, to check out books, study, and make copies. Our Online Resources page was the web site feature most frequently selected (by 52 respondents) as useful. The majority of respondents were very satisfied with the assistance they received from the library staff, and they were satisfied with the ease with which they could find information. Twenty-three respondents (37.7%) self-identified as faculty, staff, or administration. Congratulations to the winners of the iTunes gift card drawings: Anna Hull, Faith Kostreva, and Dinah Webster.
Mencken Collection: Bryan College and its Stevens H.L. Mencken Collection recently came to the attention of the Mencken Society and were mentioned on its homepage blog (scroll down past the latest few posts). The collection came to the college in a series of gifts from Dr. and Mrs. Ray Stevens, and it is housed in the Humanities Room on the 2nd floor of the library.
Lamination Materials: In the fall, the library will begin selling lamination materials to students and community patrons, in addition to making them available for interdepartmental purchase.
The Bryan College Library has been informed that it was not selected as one of the five locations for the ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show for this year. We, along with Tennessee Weslyan College and several of the ACA libraries had hoped to host the workshop and were competing with 46 other groups all over the country. If ACRL decides to tour the program next summer, we will be considered again. In the mean time, the library will be looking for other ways to support scholarly communication from and among our faculty.
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Please direct your comments or questions to
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons (Library Director) or Keri-Lynn Paulson (editor)
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