September 2009

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
September 2009 Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Edition:


New Books Display
Our newly-reconfigured Reference area boasts a variety of reader enticements, including a new books display featuring some of the latest volumes we've added to the collection. All books on display in this area are available for immediate check-out.
New Books and Featured Books displays
Featured Books Display
A companion to our new books display, this area presents collections based on current symposia and other events happening on campus. Our latest display features titles by the speakers slated for the Bryan Institute's upcoming Christ and Culture Symposium (Sept 25-26). For more information on these particular books, see the Selected Resources page compiled by our library staff on behalf of the Bryan Institute.

Bring Your World Into Our World Display
A new collaborative effort between academic  divisions/ departments and the library, Bring Your World Into Our World aims to pique students' curiosity about the various disciplines represented at the college with a two-pronged approach: by describing a particular discipline (including its fundamental principles, how it does research, the latest trends in the field, etc.) and by showcasing what the students who take classes in that discipline produce. We are showcasing the Christian Studies Division (Biblical Studies, Christian Thought & Philosophy, and Christian Ministry departments) beginning September 20. The Bring Your World display cases are located in the library's first floor eastern hallway across from the new Technical Support Desk and the newly relocated and expanded Academic Support Center.



Dr. Gary Fitsimmons

Editor's note: Watch for the Staff Spotlight once per quarter, in which we shamelessly promote our friendly library staff, accompanied by an embarrassing photo or two.

Dr. Gary FitsimmonsDr. Fitsimmons joined the library staff in January of this year, coming to us from Cisco Junior College in Cisco, TX, where he was the Library Director for the past ten years.

What drew you to Bryan College?
After I finished my PhD (2005) I began looking for a position that made better use of it. Somewhere in the middle of the search, I realized that I really had developed a deep desire to be involved at a place where the Kingdom of God was actively and intentionally being advanced and where students were offered an education from that perspective. Bryan College fit that bill perfectly, so I applied for the position. 

What do you see as the future of the library in academe? I see the academic library as a service outlet for the support of all of the academic endeavors of an institution. Not only does the library actively work to make information resources available to the academic community, but it also offers instruction in the proficient use of those resources and partners with academic departments in exposing students to the entire gamut of what their academic disciplines are all about and the part that they comprise of a well-rounded liberal arts education. The BC Library is well-situated in terms of cooperation with other departments to be that one-stop shop for every academic support need. The BC Library staff have the responsibility to see that every student who gets a BC education is information literate by the time he or she graduates. That includes not only being able to locate, evaluate, and wisely use information in whatever format it may be available, but also being able to continue in lifelong learning by making use of other libraries and information resources for the rest of their lives.


Anything else you'd like to communicate to our readers? I have really enjoyed the welcome I have received here at Bryan College and being able to be innovative with library services as well as continuing with traditional services that still meet the needs of the Bryan Community. Bryan is a place where things are happening in the Kingdom of God and I am grateful for the privilege of joining in what He is doing here that will impact lives for eternity.


A fun fact or two about you: I have lived in Germany, Colorado, six areas in Texas, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Hawaii, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Tennessee. I have worked in everything from food production and construction to police dispatching and higher education.



Tell us about your family: My wife Alyson (a school teacher) and I have three children: Valorie is a cosmetologist in Texas, Melinda is a Bryan student (Elementary Ed major) who transferred this year from Oral Roberts University, and Benaiah is beginning his first year at Harding University in Searcy, AR.


You can make recommendations for our collections here and on the library's forms page. We also have book catalogs available for your perusal. Ask at the library’s front desk.


Here's a sampling of what we added to the library over the summer. For more information on each title, please refer to our online catalog.

Main Collection

Brodie, Thomas L.  The quest for the origin of John's Gospel: A source-oriented approach.  (226.5 B784q)

Winner, Lauren F. Mudhouse Sabbath. (248.48 W73m)

Balzac De Honore. Le Cure De Tours. (448 B219c)

Duke, James A. The green pharmacy guide to healing foods. (615.321 D885g)

Hecht, Ben.  Erik Dorn. (813 H355e)

Albright, William. The archaeology of Palestine. (913.33 AL15a)


Zacharias, Ravi K. Deliver us from evil: Restoring the soul in a disintegrating culture. (A-V 155.93 Z115i) 

Myers, Jeff.  How to be a blessing(A-V 233 M576)

Built for the people: The story of TVA(A-V 973.91 B868)

Greatest classic films collection. (A-V 791.43 T851)

Alfred Hitchcock presents. (all 39 episodes from the 3rd season) (A-V 791.437 AL29)

Children's Literature

Dubosarsky, Ursula. The word snoop. (JUV 420.9 D852w) 

Rodriguez, Edel. Sergio saves the game! (JUV Easy R618s)

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Yes Day! (JUV Easy R727y) 


Mayhew, Eugene J.  Encyclopedia of messianic candidates & movements in Judaism, Samaritanism, and Islam.  (REF 232.1 M453e)

Online Resource

Oxford Biblical Studies-- Access to six essential Oxford editions of the Bible alongside commentary and annotations from study Bibles seamlessly combined with reference material and primary texts. (Off-campus access requires Bryan ID and password.)


When Insults Had Class...

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.


Welcome back to an exciting new school year! Do not forget that the Greatest Information Show on Earth is going on right now in your Bryan College Library! In case you missed the presentation to the faculty or would like to review, I have posted my Power Point at: Public Folder (R:)/Faculty/ Gary Fitsimmons. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us at the library for help with your information-related needs. We are always looking for new avenues of collaboration and service. We will be announcing new initiatives as we get them off the ground throughout the year. We’ll have more going on than a three ring circus! So stop by and see the action!

--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons


Library Hours for the Fall
Mon-Thurs 7:45am-11pm
Fri 7:45am-5pm
Sat 1pm-5pm
Sun 2pm-11pm

The library's semi-annual Book Sale will start on Sept. 21 and will end Oct. 7.  The silent auction (a smash hit last year!) will run only one week---Sept. 27 - Oct 4.

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© 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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