End of Year Listicle

As the year winds down, it’s time to take a closer look at what everyone is reading, watching, or checking out over and over just to mess with our circulation numbers.  The following includes the top circulating items over the past year, providing a useful glimpse into the minds of your fellow students and perhaps suggestions for how to spend all that free time you’ll have over the break.

Top 10 DVDs

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These represent the top ten circulated DVDs of the year.

  1. Game of Thrones (all seasons)
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. Up
  5. Frozen
  6. Identity Thief
  7. Nausicaä of the valley of the wind
  8. Jurassic World
  9. Maleficent
  10. Monsters, Inc.

Top 10 Fiction

Cover of Red Queen

These were the top circulated novels.

  1. Red Queen / Victoria Aveyard
  2. Breaking Dawn / Stephenie Meyer
  3. Fifty Shades Darker / E. L. James
  4. The First Time She Drowned / Kerry Kletter
  5. The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey / E. L. James
  7. Positive / David Wellington
  8. The Goldfinch / Donna Tartt
  9. The Good Girl / Mary Kubica
  10. Winter / Marissa Meyer

Top 10 Non-Fiction

Cover of book: What If?

Here’s the top non-fiction that were checked-out this year (excluding material assigned by professors).

  1. What if? : Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions / Randall Munroe
  2. Yes Please / Amy Poehler
  3. #Girlboss / Sophia Amoruso
  4. Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future / Ashlee Vance
  5. How to Be a Person : The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself
  6. Out of the Cage : Women’s Experiences in Two World Wars / Gail Braybon
  7. Problems in the History of Modern Africa / Robert O. Collins
  8. The Drunkard’s Walk : How Randomness Rules Our Lives / Leonard Mlodinow
  9. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace : a Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League / Jeff Hobbs
  10. The Witches : Salem, 1692

And finally….the number one circulated item of the year—with a whopping 271 check-outs—is:

Circulation Headphones #14.

We’re certainly excited it edged out Dry Erase Markers Set 5 and the calculators.  But the year is not over—come by the circulation desk and give the calculators another chance to catch up.  Reduced interim hours begin soon so check our schedule first.

Feel like we left something off the list?  Wondering why everyone is watching cartoons?  We do, too.  Let’s chat about it at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Have a fun and animated holiday and a happy new year!

Procrastinators Rejoice!

The Ross Pendergraft Library is open 24 hours the rest of this week to help you finally pull off what you’ve been putting off.  Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7th, the Library will be open until Friday, 9:00 P.M.  In addition to 24 hour service for Wednesday and Thursday, we’re also extending our Friday night hours.

As always our full finals schedule, as well as our reduced winter interim hours, is posted to our Library Hours page: http://library.atu.edu/about/hours/.   Alas, the Music Lab and Interlibrary Loan offices will retain their normal operating hours.

You will still be able to check-out materials, return items, borrow headphones, and ask Reference questions.  However, no fine payments will be accepted after midnight.

Late night study-animals will be treated to coffee, tea, and texting trivia.  Stress-relieving crayons and coloring books are positioned around some of the tables—color in case of emergency.  If you take a picture of the artwork, send it to askalibrarian@atu.edu–we might even put it on our Facebook refrigerator wall.

A colorbook owl saying, "You should be studying!"

You can also follow us on Twitter for more news, announcements, or pictures of the night owls of #clubpendy.

Also, when a second floor study group starts becoming less about study and more about group, summon a shushing librarian to the scene by sending a text with location and details to: 479-802-4876.  Our Text-A-Librarian service can also be used to provide instantaneous, expert answers for research, citations, and the brew strength of the library coffee.

Coffee Pots, coffee cups, and a poor attempt at a meme referencing the one about barber dialogues.

So join us again—our 5th semester—to burn the midnight oil in a place that always has your back and is cheering on your success to the finish.  You’ve made it this far—keep going and good luck on finals!

The Citation Situation

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As the semester wraps up, many students are also wrapping up their research papers and projects.  The all-important bibliography looms, and preparing that last page or two often becomes more complicated than it initially seemed.  The Ross Pendergraft … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving Hours

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The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will be closing early Tuesday, November 22nd, at 9:00 PM and Wednesday, November 23rd at 5:00 PM (or whenever the University closes).  It will not reopen until Monday, November 28th, at 7:00 AM.  See … [Continue reading]

Taking Reservations

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Need a room for a small group meeting?  Need a quiet space to study without distractions? The Library has made it easier than ever to grab a study room using our online reservation system, Book It.  You can reserve a room online at any time from … [Continue reading]

Do You Even Science?

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The Library has bulked up lately on new, performance-enhancing databases in science and engineering.  Let the library spot you on the following new tools to help bring your research game to the next level: Advanced Technologies & Aerospace … [Continue reading]

Recording in Progress

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Have you ever wanted to start your own talk show or record and mix your own song?  The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center would like to invite you to our new state-of-the-art recording studio, located on the second floor in room 204.  The … [Continue reading]

Read or Be Read

The Ross Pendergraft Library is now accepting volunteers to be a book for the 2016 Human Library on November 1st & 2nd.  Volunteers will be a living, breathing ‘book’, telling their personal stories about facing prejudice, discrimination, … [Continue reading]

Back to School Basics

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As you can imagine, the Library one of the major stops for new students and newly returning students trying to get ready for the new year.  We get asked a lot questions during this time, and--as librarians--finding answers is well…kind of our … [Continue reading]

Library Facts for Faculty

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Welcome back, faculty!  Or, in the case of brand new faculty—welcome to Arkansas Tech!  The Ross Pendergraft Library offers many services to support the research, curriculum, and curiosity needs of faculty, on or off-campus.  Here’s a list of a few … [Continue reading]