Archive for May, 2016

Library of Congress Drops Subject Heading

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Thanks to the joint efforts of a student group and university librarians at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, with a push from the American Library Association (ALA), the Library of Congress (LC) announced on March 22 that it would remove the term “Illegal alien” from the LC Subject Heading (LCSH) system, replacing it with “Noncitizen” and, to describe the act of residing without authorization, “Unauthorized immigration.” Per LC’s executive summary, the proposed change will be posted on a “Tentative List” for comments “not earlier than May, 2016.”

Ultimately the heading “Illegal aliens” will become a “former heading” reference, cross-referenced with the new terminology; other headings that include the phrase will also be revised or canceled. This decision currently stands despite recent backlash: members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voted to attach language to a funding bill which would require LC to switch back to the original term, but the bill is not yet law.

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Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Memorial Day Holiday:

May 28-30 : Sat,Sun,Mon CLOSED

New Directions

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Our latest New Directions series titles:

Author:     Wagner, Wendy.
Title:     Leadership development through service-learning / Wendy Wagner, Jennifer M. Pigza, eds.
Publisher:      John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2016.
Description:     1 online resource.
New directions for student leadership ; no. 150.

Title:     MOOCs and higher education : implications for institutional research / issue edited by Stephanie J. Blackmon, Claire H. Major.
Publisher:     San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource.
New directions for institutional research ; no 167.

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New Resource: Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI)

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

We provide you with the best available evidence to inform your clinical decision-making at the point of care.  Prof Alan Pearson, JBI

Our newest resource is the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI),  the international not-for-profit, research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

JBI and its collaborating entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally and includes:

  • Translational Science
  • Synthesis Science
  • Implementation Science
  • Software for health professionals
  • Promoting evidence-based practice

From their website (

Our Name: Joanna Briggs was the first matron of Royal Adelaide Hospital. As the Institute is located at the hospital and had an original focus on nursing, it seemed fitting and appropriate to name it after an individual who had been involved in the hospital.

Our Logo: The JBI logo is a pebble dropping into water. It is a metaphor for the process of knowledge sharing and practice change and how a single act or piece of information can be a powerful catalyst for continuous change.

History: To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Institute a book was published which overviews the establishment of the Joanna Briggs Institute and its rapid development as an international leader in the promotion and facilitation of evidence-based health care. Jordan, Z., Donnelly, P and Pittman, E (2006) A short history of a big idea: The Joanna Briggs Institute 1996 – 2006, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne, Australia Available from Ausmed.

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ECU Launches Alternative Textbook Program

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

East Carolina University’s J.Y. Joyner Library recently announced the names of faculty who will receive $1,000 stipends to develop or incorporate alternative texts in their courses. The pilot program launched in January 2016 with a call for proposals.

The response was so positive that Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis decided to expand the number of stipends awarded from 10 to 15. Proposals included adopting existing open textbooks, incorporating library subscription resources, such as journal articles, e-book chapters, and streaming video in courses, and creating completely new content. In addition to a stipend, each recipient will be paired with a librarian who will assist with identifying potential course materials and offer copyright guidance.

The program’s primary goal is to reduce costs for students. One proposal for an introductory Economics course offers potential savings of close to $100,000 per semester. Many proposals touted other advantages of alternative textbooks, such as providing more timely and relevant content, engaging students in active learning, and ensuring that every student has access to course materials on the first day of class. The alternative textbook program is funded by library donors and income from the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment Fund.

Source: C&RL News / News From the Field, David Free / May 2016

College Library Usage Contributes to Graduation and Success

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

In the digital age college libraries face a dual challenge: making themselves indispensable to student users who have countless points of access to information, and evolving to meet the needs of today’s tech savvy student.

As college libraries foster accessibility and student engagement, they contribute to the success of their students through increased graduation rates, increased retention rates, and higher GPAs. When college libraries contribute to student success, they increase institutional prestige while preparing future leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s world.

The Association of College Research Libraries has begun to gather data from public land grant universities across the United States as part of a three-year project to measure and demonstrate student success.  The results are staggering. A research team of librarians at the University of Minnesota shows that first year students who go to the library once in their first semester are one and a half times more likely to re-enroll for their second semester of study. In addition, these students had higher grade point averages than their counterparts who never attended the library.

While institutions of higher learning in the United States are just beginning their quantitative analyses of library usage and student success, several studies conducted at research institutions abroad have found positive results. A study at the University of Huddersfield in England shows higher levels of student achievement among students who access library e-resources and books. A similar study at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales shows a positive correlation between database usage and borrowing and students’ grades.

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Thursday, Dec 3, 2:55 AM

Stolen Letter Returned

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Stolen Letter From Columbus Found In The Library Of Congress And Returned To Italy
May 18, 20167:12 PM ET  Merrit Kennedy

Two versions of a letter from Christopher Columbus about his discovery of the New World are now displayed in Rome. One of the books, produced centuries ago, has just been returned after having been stolen and replaced with a forgery.

The heist of a major historical document apparently went undiscovered for more than 20 years. Now, a stolen letter from Christopher Columbus spreading the news that the world isn’t flat has been returned from the U.S. to Italy.

The 1493 letter from Columbus to his royal patrons Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain details his “voyage of discovery to the Americas,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Printed copies of the letter, which was written during the trans-Atlantic journey back to Europe, were “instrumental in spreading the news throughout Europe about Columbus’s voyage.”

It was sold in 1992 at a New York auction for $300,000 and eventually donated to the Library of Congress.  The Justice Department says special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were tipped off in 2012 that the letter had been stolen — and was believed to be in the Library of Congress.

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Man Booker International Prize for Fiction Awarded

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

‘The Vegetarian’ Wins Man Booker International Prize For Fiction
May 17, 20164:18 AM ET  Doreen McCallister

South Korean author Han Kang was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for fiction for her dark novel The Vegetarian at a London ceremony on Monday.

The novel, Han’s first to be translated into English, is about a woman who decides to stop eating meat and wants to become a tree. Her decision has devastating consequences and raises concerns among family members that she is mentally ill.

The Associated Press reports, “Literary critic Boyd Tonkin, chairman of the judging panel, said Han’s ‘compact, exquisite and disturbing’ novel displayed an ‘uncanny blend of beauty and horror.’ ”

The prize, worth $72,000, will be split between Han, 45, and her translator, Deborah Smith, a 28-year-old Briton, who started teaching herself Korean in 2010.

Also on the list were Italian author Elena Ferrante for The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and concluding volume of her Neapolitan Novels; Angola-born author José Eduardo Agualusa for A General Theory of Oblivion, written in Portuguese; Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk for A Strangeness in My Mind; Austrian Robert Seethaler for A Whole Life; and Chinese author Yan Lianke for The Four Books.

The Man Booker International Prize, according to its website, was created in 2005 to highlight “one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.” It was awarded every two years “to a living author who published fiction either originally in English or whose work was generally available in translation in the English language.”  In 2015 it was announced that the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize would be disbanded.  The prize money from that award would be folded into the Man Booker International Prize, and the latter would become what the Independent prize used to be: a yearly book award for English translations, with the prize split between author and translator.

Former Winners 2005-2015
Year Name Country Language(s) Literary tradition
2005 Ismail Kadare  Albania Albanian Albanian literature
2007 Chinua Achebe  Nigeria English Nigerian literature
2009 Alice Munro  Canada English Canadian literature
2011 Philip Roth  U.S. English American literature
2013 Lydia Davis  U.S. English American literature
2015 László Krasznahorkai  Hungary Hungarian Hungarian literature

New eBooks 5-19-16

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Check out our new eBooks!  Find the links to these titles in OneSearch, and in the Library catalog. 

Access is restricted to one ISU user at a time.

Author:     Miller, Brian G. (Brian Glen), 1973-
Title:     Above the fold [electronic resource] : understanding the principles of successful web site design / Brian Miller ; foreword by Roger Black.
Edition:     1st ed.
Publisher:     Cincinnati, Ohio : How Books, ©2011.
Description:     1 online resource (vii, 261 pages) : color illustrations

Author:     Buehl, Jonathan,
Title:     Assembling arguments : multimodal rhetoric and scientific discourse / Jonathan Buehl.
Publisher:     Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [2016]
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Buuren, Stef van.
Title:     Flexible imputation of missing data [electronic resource] / Stef van Buuren.
Publisher:     Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2012.
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Bass, Alison.
Title:     Getting screwed [electronic resource] : sex workers and the law / Alison Bass.
Publisher:     Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, An imprint of University Press of New England, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource (pages cm)

Title:     Out of the closet, into the archives : researching sexual histories / edited by Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell.
Publisher:     Albany : State University of New York Press, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource.

Author:     Lavelle, Ashley,
Title:     Radical challenges to the family : from the sixties to same-sex marriage / Ashley Lavelle (Macquarie University, Australia).
Publisher:     Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, [2015]
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Sex offenders : a criminal career approach / edited by Arjan A. J. Blokland and Patrick Lussier.
Publisher:     Chichester, West Sussex ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015.
Description:     1 online resource.

Title:     Teaching about rape in war and genocide / edited by John K. Roth and Carol Rittner.
Publisher:     [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Pivot, 2015.
Description:     1 online resource

Trial Database: World Politics Review

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

WPR editors help you track the stories that you must follow to stay informed. The Media Roundup is published on the site and sent out by e-mail every weekday morning (U.S. Eastern time). You are linked to approximately 30 items from the world’s English-language press each weekday. These items include top news, opinion, and off-the-radar stories that have the potential to develop into headline news.  This resource:

  • Provides uncompromising analysis of critical global trends to give policymakers, business people and academics the context they need to have the confidence they want.
  • Is written by a network of leading experts and on-the-ground influencers.  Substantive content gives you access to comprehensive and detailed perspectives that are as valuable as they are uncommon.
  • Includes must-read news and opinion to help you closely follow important issues and events in MEDIA ROUNDUP.

Tools for convenient access to the information you need, when you need it include:

  • Multiple ways to browse and search WPR’s entire archives.
  • A tablet- and mobile-friendly website for optimal reading on any device.
  • Access to the WPR iPhone app with the same login credentials that you use for the website.
  • Institutional subscribers get access to the World Politics Review database on EBSCOhost.

Learn more about this resource and let us know what you think!  Go to the Library homepage, click on >>Library Quick Links, then on the >>Databases – Alphabetic link.