January 2010

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
January 2010 Volume 2, Issue 4

In This Edition:


"Many authors are self-publishing via Web and print-on-demand companies. Is it vanity publishing? Call it what you will, it gets them noticed." more 
CNN, Apr. 6

Kyle Monson writes: “Want to be a Twitter ninja? Hordes of new users are joining and dreaming up new uses for it. As they do so, Twitter is maturing into a viable alternative not just to blog platforms but to RSS readers, news aggregators, media-sharing services, and communication tools.” more
PC Magazine, May 18

New Services:
“A new web-based rental service called BookSwim describes itself as Netflix for books.” more
Speeds and Feeds, Apr. 21

“GovFresh is a live feed of official news from U.S. government Twitter, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, and Flickr accounts, all in one place, launched May 3.” more
Sunlight Foundation Blog, May 5

Gary Price writes: “One of the most impressive freebies on the internet comes from ebrary.... It’s officially called ebrary Discover. Users (you don’t need to have a subscription) can search and read more than 20,000 full-text books online (recent titles) in a wide array of disciplines from a variety of publishers. The financial aspect only comes in to play if you want to print or save a page." more
ResourceShelf, Dec. 14


Records from three more databases are now indexed in WorldCat.org and included in WorldCat.org search results:


OAIster records are now fully accessible through WorldCat.org, and are included in standard WorldCat.org search results. OAIster is a union catalog of more than 23 million records that represent the open archives resources built by harvesting open archives digital collections worldwide.

Originally started at the University of Michigan in 2002, the database includes materials such as digitized books and articles, audio and video files, photos, data sets, theses and research papers.

There are also plans to release a freely accessible, discrete view of the OAIster records in January 2010 through a URL specific to OAIster.

PapersFirst and ProceedingsFirst

PapersFirst and ProceedingsFirst have now also been added to WorldCat.org results. These two indexes contain papers from conferences, symposiums and expositions worldwide. Created from items received by The British Library Document Supply Centre—you’ll find 7.4 million published items in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

--from WorldCat.org

Also from WorldCat.org

Did you know you can check out a number of other libraries’ digital archives online? You can simply search WorldCat.org to find archival materials such as digitized books, articles, audio and video files from libraries worldwide.

Can't Check These Out

"Top Ten Books of 1709" by Jill Lepore of The New Yorker.

What's New in the Collection

Last month we ordered over 150 items for our collections, many of which are to replace lost books. Have you been looking for the return of a particular book? If so, you may find that it's back and (literally) better than ever. Below is a sampling of what we added this past month to our main circulating collection. If the book you want isn't listed here, try our online catalog or contact a librarian.

Christensen, Michael J. C.S. Lewis on scripture: His thoughts on the nature of Biblical inspiration, the role of revelation, and the question of inerrancy. 220.1 C462c

Sartre, Jean-Paul. The philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. 220.6 M281e

Blocher, Henri. Songs of the servant: Isaiah's good news. 224.1077 B620s

Ross, Hugh. Creation and time: A biblical and scientific perspective on the creation-date controversy. 231.7 R733c

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Christ the center. 232 B641c

Schultze, Quentin J. Habits of the high-tech heart: Living virtuously in the information age. 241.65 Sch828h

Sire, James W. Discipleship of the mind: Learning to love God in the ways we think. 248.4 Si77d

Moore, T. M. Redeeming pop culture: A kingdom approach. 261 M781p

Great world trials. 347.07 K726g

Dennis, Jeanne Gowen. Homeschooling high school: Planning ahead for college admission. 371.004 D423h

Poincaré, Henri. Science and method. 509 P755s

Gould, Stephen Jay. Full house: The spread of excellence from Plato to Darwin. 576.8 G73f

Ricoeur, Paul. The rule of metaphor: The creation of meaning in language. 808 R426r

Alter, Robert. The art of biblical poetry. 809 AL792a

Dillard, Annie. An American childhood. 818.5409 D581a

The riddle of joy: G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. 820.9382 C426r

Milton, John. Paradise regained. 821.4 M642p

Glyer, Diana. The company they keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as writers in community. 823.912 G526c

Bowers, John. Stonewall Jackson: Portrait of a soldier. 973.7 B677s


MLK Day, January 18: The library will be closed until 6pm.

A recent national survey of faculty at institutions of higher learning reveals how they feel about their libraries:


  • 28.44% were highly satisfied with their academic library's level of physical comfort
  • 85.53% were satisfied or highly satisfied with their library's capacity to deliver help when needed
  • Only 14.33% were highly satisfied with the adequacy of their college library's materials collection for their own personal scholarly pursuits
  • 27.44% felt their library should increase spending on traditional print books
research conducted by Primary Research Group

Have you encountered a book or movie you'd like us to add to add to the collection? E-mail your suggestions to us at library@ bryan.edu.


Can you believe we are this far into the millennium already? Think of all of the technologies that have become obsolete (or nearly so) in the last decade or so. The library is still trying to support all of the technologies that store and transmit information from print to electronic. We are finding that we have to realize our limitations and to make practical decisions about what formats to keep, which new ones to invest in, and what to discard. Despite what the techno-prophets tell us, print will be around for a long time, since there will continue to be valuable information, both cultural and otherwise, available only in print for the foreseeable future. As for us at your Bryan College Library, we will be trying to convert as many of our other formats to digital formats as possible for ease of access for online and off-campus students as well as those on campus.

But even as we go more electronic, the library will always retain its importance as a place for learning, meeting, and other activities. That’s why we continue to also work on improving the atmosphere in the library to support the library’s function as a place. Watch for new things to continue to appear in the library and come by to enjoy them. We welcome any suggestions from you in our ongoing efforts to make the library a place that you want to be.

-Dr. Gary Fitsimmons

© 2010 Bryan College Library
Please direct your comments or questions to
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons (Library Director) or Keri-Lynn Paulson (editor)

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