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The Lazarus Project

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Lazarus Project Brings Damaged Texts Back to Life
By Erin Blakemore  April 19, 2016

Many libraries, archives, and museums have in their collections textual artifacts that can no longer be read. Now a multispectral imaging initiative  is uncovering value that can’t be detected by the human eye in ways that were previously only available to the largest and most deeply resourced institutions, and without having to take fragile manuscripts offsite.

It’s called The Lazarus Project, and it’s designed to give small and medium-sized institutions and individual researchers access to the most cutting-edge digital imaging technology available. The project brings a traveling multispectral lab directly to participating institutions.

“We help librarians create value in their own holdings,” said Gregory Heyworth, the project’s director. Ancient and modern manuscripts that are damaged or otherwise illegible are imaged using multispectral imaging—technology that records manuscripts under a controlled spectrum of light. The images are then processed to reveal details that the naked eye cannot see.

Instead of exposing fragile materials to large amounts of damaging light, the Lazarus Project’s portable rig takes images with light that amounts to merely opening the manuscript. This minimizes damage and comforts conservators who worry about exposing their precious papers to even more harm.

The results are often surprising, as when the Lazarus Project team uncovered erased ownership signatures in Shakespeare folios at the Folger Shakespeare Library and what might be William Faulkner’s fingerprints on what may be poems by the author. With the help of the expert team, erased, illegible and damaged text becomes legible material.

Librarians and archivists who want the Lazarus Project to come to their institution will need a description of an object, its damage, and how multispectral imaging could help. Visit for details.

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Lost Beatrix Potter Work to be Published

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Penguin Random House has announced that it will publish another “lost” Potter work about a cat: “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” which she had begun and abandoned in 1914. Several manuscripts of the story were discovered in 2013 in the Potter archive at the Victoria & Albert Museum by Jo Hanks, a publisher at Penguin Random House; the book is being published this fall to coincide with the hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of Potter’s birth.

According to Penguin Random House, Potter’s intention to publish the story is evident: the archive included a version that had been set in type, suggesting that its publication was once quite far along. In a letter to her publisher, Harold Warne, Potter characterized the principal character as “a well-behaved black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life, and goes out hunting with a little gun on moonlight nights, dressed up like puss in boots.”  This image, the projected frontispiece, shows a black, green-eyed cat wearing a hunting jacket, britches, and boots. In one paw, she is grasping a limp, indeterminate trophy—a pheasant, perhaps—while supporting a rifle with the other.

Potter included cats in many of her works, and the consistency of their characterization underlines her particular genius: the way in which she uses anthropomorphized creatures to examine human nature, while also maintaining a perceptive understanding of what makes animals irreducibly animal. The first Potter cat appears in her earliest book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” An unnamed white cat, she is observing some goldfish in the pond of Mr. McGregor’s garden—into which Peter has trespassed and inside which he is now trapped. The illustration shows the cat looking intently downward, the tip of her tail turned slightly up, as if in an involuntary twitch. “Peter thought it best to go away without speaking to her,” Potter writes. “He’d heard about cats from his cousin, little Benjamin Bunny.” Potter does not elaborate upon exactly what it is that Peter has heard from Benjamin, whose own adventures, foreshadowed here, will be the subject of a later book. But the humor of the line lies in Potter’s assumption that her readers will be in common agreement about some verities of feline nature: that cats are selfish, unpredictable, ill-tempered, unhelpful, and possibly violent.

Source: New Yorker, February 1, 2016

Beatrix Potter’s original illustration of Kitty-in-Boots. Credit Illustration Courtesy Frederick Warne Co. / the Victoria and Albert Museum

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New eBooks 4-20-16

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Find the links to these eBooks in OneSearch, and in the Library catalog.  Access is restricted to one ISU user at a time.

Author:     Petriello, David,
Title:     Bacteria and bayonets : the impact of disease in American military history / David R. Petriello.
Publisher:     Philadelphia : Casemate Publishers, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource

Author:     Rodak, Bernadette F.
Title:     Clinical Hematology Atlas [electronic resource].
Edition:     5th ed.
Publisher:     St Louis, Missouri : Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (293 p.)

Author:     Virdi, Surinder Singh,
Title:     Construction mathematics.
Edition:     Second edition / Surinder Virdi, Roy Baker, and Narinder Kaur Virdi.
Publisher:     London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Portney, Leslie Gross,
Title:     Foundations of clinical research : applications to pratice / Leslie Gross Portney, Mary P. Watkins.
Edition:     Third edition.
Publisher:     Philadelphia : F.A. Davis Company/Publishers, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource

Title:     The guide to assisting students with disabilities [electronic resource] : equal access in health science and professional education / [edited by] Lisa M. Meeks, Neera R. Jain.
Publisher:     New York : Springer Publishing Company, 2015, ©2016.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Information overload : framework, tips, and tools to manage in complex healthcare environments / Mary C. Sitterding, PhD, RN, CNS and Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, editors.
Publisher:     Silver Spring, Maryland : American Nurses Association, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (xvii, 108 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Author:     Roush, Karen,
Title:     A nurse’s step-by-step guide to writing your dissertation or capstone / Karen Roush.
Publisher:     Indianapolis, IN, USA : Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (xxvii, 136 pages) : illustrations

Title:     Particle radiotherapy : emerging technology for treatment of cancer / Arabinda Kumar Rath, Narayan Sahoo, editors.
Publisher:     New Delhi : Springer, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource (xiv, 194 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Author:     Corkin, Suzanne,
Title:     Permanent present tense [electronic resource] : the unforgettable life of the amnesic patient, H.M / Suzanne Corkin.
Edition:     1st ed.
Publisher:     New York : Basic Books, [2013]
Description:     1 online resource (xix, 364 pages) : illustrations

Author:     Jones, Jeffrey S. (Jeffrey Schwab)
Title:     Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing [electronic resource] : an Interpersonal Approach.
Publisher:     New York : Springer Pub. Co., 2012.
Description:     1 online resource (699 pages)

Title:     Radiology of infectious diseases. Volume 1 / Hongjun Li, editor.
Publisher:     Dordrecht : Springer ; [China] : People’s Medical Publishing House, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (xxii, 656 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Author:     Sonnex, Chris,
Title:     Sexual health and genital medicine in clinical practice / Christopher Sonnex.
Edition:     Second Edition.
Publisher:     Cham : Springer, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (x, 187 pages).

Title:     Vital signs : core metrics for health and health care progress / David Blumenthal, Elizabeth Malphrus, J. Michael McGinnis, editors ; Committee on Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Cost, Institute of Medicine.
Publisher:     Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (1 PDF file (xix, 287 pages)) : illustrations.

2014 Academic Library Trends

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) announces the publication of 2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges, and Research/ Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/ Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.

The 2014 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $6,471,262 for doctoral degree-granting institutions, $776,119 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions, $509,643 for baccalaureate schools, and $143,254 for associate-degree granting institutions. The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 70% of the total materials budget. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 74.6% of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2013, comprehensive schools spent an average of 76.5%, baccalaureate schools spent an average 71.5%, and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 55.6%.

The data also shows that expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 57.3% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 77.9% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 52.7% for baccalaureate, 54.7% for comprehensive schools, and 44% for doctoral/research institutions.

From: College & Research Libraries News, April 2016.

New eBooks 4-19-16

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Find the links to these eBooks in OneSearch, or in the Library catalog.  Note that access is restricted to one ISU user at a time.

Author:     Franco- Paredes, Carlos,
Title:     Core concepts in clinical infectious diseases (CCCID) / Carlos Franco- Paredes.
Publisher:     London : Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Critical observations in radiology for medical students / [edited by] Katherine R. Birchard, Kiran Reddy Busireddy, Richard C. Semelka.
Publisher:     Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     International Diagnostic Course in Davos (48th : 2016 : Davos, Switzerland)
Title:     Diseases of the brain, head and neck, spine 2016-2019 : diagnostic imaging / 48th International Diagnostic Course in Davos (IDKD), Davos, April 3-8, 2016 ; including the Nuclear Medicine Satellite Course “Diamond” Davos, April 2-3, 2016, Pediatric Radiology Satellite Course “Kangaroo” Davos, April 2, 2016, Brest Imaging Satellite Course “Pearl” Davos, April 2, 2016, and additional IDKD Courses 2016-2019 ; presented by the Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Medical Radiology, Zurich ; Jürg Hodler, Rahel A. Kubik-Huch, Gustav K von Schulthess, editors.
Publisher:     Switzerland : Springer, [2016].
Description:     1 online resource

Author:     Lyons-Weiler, James,
Title:     Ebola : an evolving story / James Lyons-Weiler.
Publisher:     New Jersey : World Scientific, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Evolutionary biology : biodiversification from genotype to phenotype / Pierre Pontarotti, editor.
Publisher:     Cham : Springer, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (ix, 409 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Title:     I wasn’t strong like this when I started out : true stories of becoming a nurse / edited by Lee Gutkind ; foreword by Karen Wolk Feinstein.
Publisher:     Pittsburgh, Pa. : InFact Books, [2013]
Description:     1 online resource (271 pages)

Author:     Costello, Victoria.
Title:     A lethal inheritance [electronic resource] : a mother uncovers the science behind three generations of mental illness / Victoria Costello ; foreword by Terrie E. Moffitt.
Publisher:     Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Philosophies and practices of emancipatory nursing [electronic resource] : social justice as praxis / edited by Paula N. Kagan, Marlaine C. Smith, and Peggy L. Chinn.
Publisher:     New York : Routledge, 2014.
Description:     1 online resource (xvi, 343 pages)

Author:     Welch, Rick.
Title:     Physiology [electronic resource].
Publisher:     Bern : Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (204 p.)

Author:     Kelsey, Charles A.,
Title:     Radiation biology of medical imaging / Charles A. Kelsey, Philip H. Heintz, Daniel J. Sandoval, Gregory D. Chambers, Natalie L. Adolphi, Kimberly S. Paffett.
Publisher:     Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley Blackwell, [2013]
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Radiology of infectious diseases. Volume 2 / Hongjun Li, editor.
Publisher:     Dordrecht : Springer ; [China] : People’s Medical Publishing House, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (xxii, 408 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Author:     Stirling, G. R. (Graham R.),
Title:     Soil health, soil biology, soilborne diseases and sustainable agriculture : a guide / Graham Stirling, Helen Hayden, Tony Pattison and Marcelle Stirling.
Publisher:     Clayton, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Petrovich, Anne,
Title:     Strengthening the DSM : incorporating resilience and cultural competence / Anne Petrovich, PhD, LCSW, Betty Garcia, PhD, LCSW.
Edition:     Second edition.
Publisher:     New York, N.Y. : Springer Publishing Company, LLC, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource (xx, 368 pages.)

Author:     Mizrahi, Janet.,
Title:     Writing for public relations : a practical guide for professionals / Janet Mizrahi.
Edition:     First edition.
Publisher:     New York, New York (222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017) : Business Expert Press, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource (1 PDF (136 pages) :) illustrations.

Authors Guild v. Google

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The Associated Press 10:08 a.m. EDT April 18, 2016

The Supreme Court turned away a challenge Monday to Google’s online book library from authors who complained that the project makes it harder for them to market their work.

The justices let stand lower court rulings in favor of Mountain View, Calif.-based Google and rejected the authors’ claim that the company’s digitizing of millions of books amounts to “copyright infringement on an epic scale.”

Lower courts have said that Google can provide small portions of the books to the public without violating copyright laws.

The Authors Guild and individual authors first filed their challenge to Google’s digital book project in 2005. Google Inc. has made digital copies of more than 20 million books from major research libraries and established a publicly available search function.

In October, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed with a judge who concluded that Google was not violating copyright laws when it showed customers small portions of the books. The authors said the project would spoil the market for their work.

The appeals court said that Google’s “snippet view, at best and after a large commitment of manpower, produces discontinuous, tiny fragments, amounting in the aggregate to no more than 16% of a book. This does not threaten the rights holders with any significant harm to the value of their copyrights or diminish their harvest of copyright revenue.”

The three-judge appeals panel did acknowledge, though, that some book sales would likely be lost if someone were merely searching for a portion of text to ascertain a fact.

Writers involved in the lawsuit include Jim Bouton, author of the best-seller Ball Four, Betty Miles, author of The Trouble with Thirteen, and Joseph Goulden, author of The Superlawyers: The Small and Powerful World of Great Washington Law Firms.

The case is The Authors Guild v. Google, 15-849.

Website Redesign

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The ISU Library is working to create a new, user-friendly website to make it easier to complete research using the many resources available through the Library. We would like your input into the structure and design of the new site. We will be conducting a short (~ 1 hour) card sorting exercise at the Library on April 20th at 12:30 pm.

Lunch will be provided and all participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card, there are only 10 total participants, so you have an excellent chance of winning!

To register for this event, please use the following link: Event Registration

If you have any questions, please email Charissa Brammer at or Tania Harden at

New Directions eBooks 4-15-16

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Check out our newest New Directions series titles!

Find the links to these eBooks in OneSearch, and in the Library Catalog.

Title:     Angst and hope : current issues in student affairs leadership / Elizabeth J. Whitt, Larry D. Roper, Kent T. Porterfield, Jill E. Carnaghi, editors.  New Directions for Student Services: no. 153.
Publisher:     San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Finding the why : personalizing learning in higher education / Margit Misangyi Watts, editor.  New Directions for Teaching and Learning: no. 145.
Publisher:     San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Issues in distance education / edited by Maureen Snow Andrade; Betsy O. Barefoot and Jillian L. Kinzie, co-editors.  New Directions for Higher Education: no. 173.
Publisher:     [San Francisco] : [Jossey-Bass], [2016].
Description:     1 online resource (113 pages) : illustrations.

Title:     Perspectives on creativity development / Baptiste Barbot, editor.  New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: no. 151.
Publisher:     San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2016.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Tectonic boundaries : negotiating convergent forces in adult education / Carmela R. Nanton, Editor.  New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education: no. 149.
Publisher:     San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource (110 pages) : illustrations

Title:     Transforming adults through coaching / James P. Pappas, Jerry Jerman, editors.  New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education: no. 148.
Publisher:     San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Understanding equity in community college practice / Erin L. Castro, editor.  New Directions for Community Colleges: no. 172.
Publisher:     San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource (107 pages)

Resource Spotlight: New Directions Series

Friday, April 15th, 2016

These quarterly journals are added to the ISU Library collection on a subscription basis and are now in eBook format. Each issue is a completely self-contained, fully indexed, edited collection featuring contributions from some of the top minds in the field and their latest research. The New Directions series covers  specialized topics in higher and adult education.

Find these titles in OneSearch by searching the series title in quotation marks, for example:  “new directions for student leadership”

New Directions for Student Leadership explores conceptual and pedagogical leadership topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues in this series are grounded in scholarship featuring practical applications and good practices in youth and adult leadership education.

An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.

Addressed to presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other higher education decision makers on all kinds of campuses, New Directions for Higher Education provides timely information and authoritative advice about major issues and administrative problems confronting every institution.

Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today’s open-door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.

New Directions for Teaching and Learning offers a comprehensive range of ideas and techniques for improving college teaching based on the experience of seasoned instructors and the latest findings of educational and psychological researchers. It’s a perfect volume for faculty, faculty developers, and administrators involved in professional development.

Noted for its depth of coverage, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education is an indispensable series that explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.

Always timely and comprehensive, New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.

To learn more about these resources go to:

New eBooks 4-13-16

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Find the links to these eBooks in OneSearch, and in the Library catalog.  Note that access is restricted to one ISU user at a time.

Title:     Advances in combination therapy for asthma and COPD [electronic resource] / editor, Jan Lötvall.
Publisher:     Chichester, West Sussex : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Description:     1 online resource (xii, 350 p.) : ill.

Title:     Common core in grades K-3 [electronic resource] : top nonfiction titles from School Library Journal and the Horn Book Magazine / edited by Roger Sutton, Daryl Grabaret.
Publisher:     Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Common core in grades 4-6 [electronic resource] : top nonfiction titles from School Library Journal and the Horn Book Magazine / edited by Roger Sutton, Daryl Grabarek.
Publisher:     Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.
Description:     1 online resource : illustrations.

Author:     Oleske, Denise.
Title:     Epidemiology and the delivery of health care services : methods and applications / Denise M. Oleske.
Edition:     3rd ed.
Publisher:     New York : Springer, ©2009.
Description:     xiii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Author:     Vaclavik, Vickie,
Title:     Essentials of food science / Vickie A. Vaclavik and Elizabeth W. Christian.
Edition:     Fourth edition.
Publisher:     New York : Springer, 2014.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Pennavaria, Katherine, 1959-
Title:     Genealogy : a practical guide for librarians / Katherine Pennavaria.
Publisher:     Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource : illustrations (some color).

Author:     Martin, William P. (William Patrick)
Title:     The mother of all booklists [electronic resource] : the 500 most recommended nonfiction reads for ages 3 to 103 / William Patrick Martin.
Publisher:     Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (369 pages) : color illustrations

Author:     Duncan, Scott F. M.,
Title:     Therapy of the hand and upper extremity : rehabilitation protocols / Scott F. M. Duncan, Christopher W. Flowers.
Publisher:     Cham : Springer, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (xvi, 282 pages)