The shelves holding the Rotating Collection are almost bare! No they haven’t all been checked out. (Although we would like that a lot!) Part of the Rotating Collection has been turned over, or returned to the vendor, so that we can order new titles that may be of interest to students, staff, and faculty.
One of the benefits of the Rotating Collection agreement is that for every four books we return we get to keep one. The committee that selects titles for the Rotating Collection worked very hard to determine which titles should be returned and which titles should be kept in the permanent collection. As you can imagine, there were many more titles in the “keep” pile then we could add to the collection at this time but we did add twenty four new titles to our permanent collection. These new titles are:
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One of the many services offered in the LLC is the Learning Center. Services provided by the Learning Center include:
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Prompted by the recent (jocular) request of a faculty member, the LLC is launching a book delivery service. CSC faculty and staff will now be able to request books from the library catalog and have them delivered to their campus office. Delivery services are offered Monday-Friday. During the workweek, books will arrive within 1-2 days.
The patron is responsible for returning the book to the LLC. We are not able to offer pickup service.
Although Turnitin is generally thought of as a plagiarism detection tool, it can also be used to improve the grading of written assignments. It includes features such as descriptive commenting and rubric grading that can enhance student feedback while simultaneously streamlining the grading process. These features will be covered in a multi-session TLC workshop offered this September.
The Fall 2015 Graves Lecture Series will commence on Tuesday, September 22nd. Dr. Josh Ellis, Assistant Professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department is the featured speaker.
Ellis will discuss fitness through the years and social factors that influence nutritional patterns. The title of his presentation is “Nutritional Ketosis: Fat is Phat.”
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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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