Two books walk into a bar extolling the Empire of Cotton. Wait, I can’t fit 500 book titles into a 200 word article. That’s right. The library purchased 500 books last year for the academic disciplines at Chadron State College. This number does not include the gifts received last year (1093), the juvenile/curriculum additions (358), or the rotating collection (188).
These new titles were recommended to each department by their librarian liaison. The department chairs along with the faculty then choose titles that would complement the curriculum or recommend other titles they have found. Come on in and take a look at some of these new titles:
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Questions of this nature were asked during the third annual Blue Key Club Brain Bowl Competition. The competition kicked off at 6 pm on Thursday, April 16th on the upper level of the Library Learning Commons (in the classroom space known as “the fishbowl”).
The Discreet Hero, searching for The World Beyond Your Head, ventured past The Buried Giant and tried not to disturb the Hissing Cousins who were attracting gawkers on Main Street again. Fearing the End of College and having to follow his father’s fate of becoming a Barefoot Lawyer, our hero traced the path of Galileo’s Middle Finger to The Fifth Gospel and The Future of the Catholic Church. Seeing The Red Notice and The Tusk That Did the Damage, he ran toward Washington’s Circle, which he always thought led to The Edge of the World. It was there he had an epiphany and thought Every Day I Fight I shall be Better Than Before. With a Blink of the Screen the film was over.
In addition to the titles constructing the narrative above, we have received the following books this month as part of our Rotating Collection:
- What Comes Next and How to Like It / Abigail Thomas
- 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History / Andrew Morton
- The Complete Poetry / Maya Angelou
- AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena / Mitchell Moffit & Greg Brown
- Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing / Laura Snyder
- Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young
- Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom / Blaine Harden
- Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care / H. Gilbert Welch
- Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man / Michael Tennesen
- Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles / Ron Garan
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) opens up a wealth of research possibilities for Chadron State College faculty, students, and staff. The Library Learning Commons (LLC) is part of an agreement between thousands of libraries nationwide that facilitates easy sharing of library materials. Books and journal articles not available at the LLC may be borrowed from other libraries through this service. Materials on such disparate topics as microbiology, classic cinema, historical perspectives on race and gender, and current trends in education are all available through ILL.
If you’d like to expand your research beyond materials available in Chadron, proceed to the LLC’s ILL webpage and complete the proper ILL request form. After we receive your request, we will tap into our network to get this material for you.
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Databases and electronic journal subscriptions have become a hallmark of academic libraries. Currently, the LLC subscribes to 28 different periodical databases. These databases provide content for over 45,000 journal titles, as well as specialized information specific to individual disciplines. To assess the value of these databases, we measure how they are being used, what content they provide, and how much they cost.
Resource utilization is measured by running usage reports for each of the databases to which we subscribe. These reports illustrate how often a database has been searched, the average length of a viewing session, and how many times an item has been viewed.
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This Friday, March 20, faculty members from the Departments of Physical & Life Sciences, Business, Education, and Communications & Social Science will gather to discuss Turnitin. Professors Ann Buchmann, Nathaniel Gallegos, Marc Daczewitz, and Bob Knight will join Electronic Resources Librarian Matthew Perrie to demonstrate how the application can be utilized to improve upon teaching and learning.
Perrie will kick off the panel discussion with some application statistics for February. And he’s got good news: In a relatively short period of time, 33 faculty members have opted to use Turnitin, and 832 students have submitted 1,926 assignments generating as many Originality reports. While fewer faculty members use the Grademarks tool in Turnitin, it is certainly gaining traction. Grademarks was accessed 175 times in February, and a total of 46 papers were graded via the tool.
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The main level of the LLC will be transformed into a miniature golf course, consisting of nine putting greens that include an assortment of interesting obstacles, all of which will be designed by the LLC and Learning Center student workers. The nine-hole course will include cardboard ramps, table obstructions, and book shelf traps.
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Today at the World Agriculture conference, a member of The Heinz Center was speaking about The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems 2008 when a group of people charged with Defending Childhood burst into the room led by The Undercover Economist.
Their goal was Introducing Freire, glorifying Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, and Building a Better Teacher. Waving The Mother of All Booklists, they stated that at The Decisive Moment, individuals need to Think Like a Freak, rather than like a Cougar, or The Swift Fox, or even Wolves, to translate the Words Onscreen and to learn that Beauty Pays.
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A course development team from Chadron State College recently showcased CSC’s award-winning process for facilitating OER/no-cost course development at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
NOLA is known for its rich history of mixing and remixing music, languages, religion, cultures, and culinary delights that create a vibrant city. The venue was an appropriate one for CSC’s course development team to present its own version of remix: “OER Remix Ology: A (Gently) Shaken, Not Stirred, Curriculum and Course Design Model” (see page 13).
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I love reading the New Media Consortium’s annual Horizon Report. Without fail, it brings out the geek in me—the person who adores sci-fi and imagines a day when Earth-based colleges and universities offer holographic courses to a booming population of students on Mars. I also imagine droves of arts and humanities majors because the people of Mars have grown more than a little technology weary. Now that they’ve engineered ways to live safely and comfortably on the planet, they’re looking for ways to live meaningfully on the planet.