November / December 2009

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
Nov / Dec 2009 Volume 2, Issue 3

In This Edition:

ON DISPLAY: Biology Department


Our second in the Bring Your World Into Our World series, the Biology Department display showcases rocks on displaya variety of exciting fields of study within the sciences. Rocks, fossils, animal skulls, a video clip of the sun with a prominent sunspot, and a student's bug collection are featured in the cases,student Jeremy Blaschke's bug collection along with a telescope, star chart, and models of salt and ice crystals.  Read about what students in the Biology Department study, produce, and go on to do after they graduate, and view pictures of recent alumni. After student paper snowflakes on displaylearning about the man who pioneered snowflake photography, help the kids or grandkids make a proper (6-sided) paper snowflake (materials provided). 

NEW LOOK: Journal Finder

In the May 2009 issue of our library newsletter we featured a resource called Journal Title Finder. It allowed us to search, by title, the location of any online periodical (magazine, newspaper, or journal) within our databases. We have since changed vendors, and although the functionality of the resource remains the same, the look, name (changed to Journal Finder), and search process have changed slightly: 
  • Enter the title of the journal or magazine, click "search," and a results list appears.
  • Locate the exact name of the journal you want monitor icon in Journal Finder(some have very similar titles), then click on the computer icon to see a list of databases in which the journal may be found. 
  • Click on the hyperlinked journal title next to the database you wish to use, noting the date range of the available full text. As with any new resource, if you would like help with Journal Finder, please contact a librarian.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Lavonne "Vonnie" Johnson

Mrs. Vonnie JohnsonHow long have you been working at the college? Since 1987

What is your job title and role?
I am the Public Services librarian. I basically manage the public aspects of the library. I supervise the student assistants, develop the collections, work with database vendors, teach library skills classes, and much more.

What's the best thing about your job?
Two things: 1) interacting with the students and faculty and 2) doing research. I really enjoy that; I enjoy taking a subject and finding information about it. There's such a variety of subjects that students are looking for. I learn a lot, especially when the students are researching for biographical sketches. I love helping them do the research and then seeing how they apply those skills to other aspects of their college career. I also love being able to challenge students in their walk with the Lord. (editor's note: Vonnie is currently mentoring a student, is regularly involved in a small group Bible study on campus, and she and her husband, Paul, are hall parents for half of Robinson 3rd.)

What are some of your hobbies/ interests?
I love travelling with my husband, especially to the ocean (we have been to the Outer Banks of N.C. 7 times and recently went to Maine). I also like spending time with people--going for coffee, fixing meals for them, listening to them--and going to visit with extended family.

Anything specific you want to communicate to the faculty and staff?
We're here to serve you as much as we're here for the students. Sometimes that fact gets lost in the busyness of the school year. We're available to help both with personal research and in your classroom. Don't forget to contact me for assistance in helping your students to research, and send me your suggestions for additions to the library's print and online collections!



Trials are good for you...
The library regularly posts links to database trials on our web site for your review. Current free trial: Wilson Art Suite (ends Dec 31). Let us know what you think!


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

Main Collection

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by another name. 305.896 B566s

Woodward, Bob. Shadow. 973.92 W871s


The Buddy Holly story. A-V 791.43 B859

Children's Literature

Fleming, Candace. Imogene's last stand. JUV Easy F629i

George, Jean C. Pocket guide to the outdoors. JUV Fic G293p

Oldland, Nicholas. Big bear hug. JUV Fic OL19b

Bond, Rebecca. In the belly of an ox. JUV 779.32 B640i

Mann, Charles. Before Columbus. JUV 970.01 M315b


Butler, Trent C. Judges. World Biblical Commentary, Vol 8. REF 220.77 W891


Just for fun.....

New Conversion Chart

Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton

1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen

1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton

1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope



Well, it’s winding down isn’t it? Another semester is hitting crunch time and we are busy helping busy people. We are combining the November and December issues to help us feel a little more caught up with it all. In all your rushing, don’t forget to notice the little things in the library that make it a little more interesting place to be. For instance, we have added the corner shelving units (currently featuring seasonal books from our collections), a new sofa table, and end tables in the reading area. The kiosks are ready and should be equipped with computers to access the online catalog soon. The library digital sign runs daily quotes to add a little perspective to your day. Our “Bring Your World into Ours” display currently features the sciences and will soon be expanded with a wall display, thanks to a grant from the BWA. It’s also time to “deck the halls” of the library for Christmas. We wish you a holiday season that comes at a slow enough pace for you to notice and enjoy all of the little things.

--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons


Thanksgiving Break Hours
closes Wed, Nov 25, at 5:00 PM
closed Thurs-Sat, Nov 26-28
reopens Sun, Nov 29, at 7:00 PM

Christmas Break Hours
closed Sat-Sun, Dec 19-20
open Mon-Wed, Dec 21-23, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
closed Thurs, Dec 24, through Sun, Jan 3 
open Mon-Fri, Jan 4-8, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Mrs. Vonnie Johnson attended the Tennessee Information Resource Sharing Consortiums (Tenn-Share) Fall conference at the Nashville Public Library October 29-30.  The theme for this years’ conference was “Smarter, Faster, Cheaper”, or getting the most for your money in this economy.   At the Thursday “DataFest” conference attendees were able to view various databases from such vendors as Gale, EBSCO Publishing, Mergent Online, Morningstar, and ABI/INFORM.  On Friday sessions were held on how to share resources and expand services to patrons without “breaking the budget”.


Thought for Thanksgiving:
"The unthankful heart...discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"    - Henry Ward Beecher
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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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