Solar Eclipse Party

The Ross Pendergraft Library has teamed up with the Department of Physical Sciences to host a solar eclipse watch party on August 21st, 2017, from 12:30-1:30.  Join us at the observatory patio adjacent to McEver for cold drinks, snacks, and free solar eclipse glasses.  The Department of Physical Sciences is also providing two telescopes with special solar filters for students, faculty, and staff to view the eclipse close-up.  All are welcome!

Carl and Rick meme where Rick says, "guess what snacks we're bringing to the solar eclipse party?" and Carl is just saysing, "Not..." and Rick finishes with "Sun chips and Moon Pies, Carl!". And Carl says, "Stop"

The last total eclipse across the contiguous U.S. has not occurred since 1979, and the whole country is celebrating with viewing parties, parades, and other special events. While Russellville will not be in an area of totality, where the moon completely blocks the sun, we will experience at least 89% of obscuration, reducing the light of the sun to a sliver.   The peak is expected to occur at 1:15 P.M.

Interactive map of the united states with the information for Russellville's percentage obscuration (89%)

Because we will not experience totality here at Tech, there is no safe time to look directly at the sun without special-purpose solar glasses.  Looking directly at the sun even if partially obscured can damage your retinas.  Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device while using the solar eclipse glasses—the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

An infographic on how to view the eclipse safely. Like, don't look at it with sunglasses on.

If you miss the eclipse, the Ross Pendergraft Library will show the live-stream from AETN of the eclipse as it passes through South Carolina beginning at 1:30.  While there, be sure to pick up a few books to learn more about past, present, and future solar eclipses.

book Jacket for book called "totality"Totality : The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024



Book jacket for book called "Sun Moon Earth"Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets


book jacket for Mask of the SunMask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses


book jacket for book called american eclipseAmerican Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World


Book jacket for book called solar scienceSolar science : Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More



For more information on this event or questions, email the public services librarian, Sherry Tinerella or call (479) 964-0571.   We hope to see you Monday, August 21st, from 12:30-1:30 for the great American solar eclipse. Your next chance to see a solar eclipse over the United States won’t be until 2024, so don’t miss this celestial event!


poster for the Great American Solar Eclipse

The Great War at RPL

WWI poster featuring a soldier reading a book. Quote: The Camp Library is Yours

2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.  To mark the occasion, the Ross Pendergraft Library will host a special program from September 5th – November 9th featuring lectures, a panel discussion, and special displays focused on historic events during the worldwide conflict.

Part of the program will feature a traveling exhibition on display in the library illustrating the historic events of that time.

The program is funded by a grant through the Library of America in support of educational programming about World War I.  Arkansas Tech University received the only such grant for the state of Arkansas.

WWI Poster featuring a sailor and soldier with books. Quote: "Hey Fellows! Your money brings the book we need when we want it"

Mark your calendars for the following presentations.  Each will begin at 7:00 PM in Ross Pendergraft library and Technology Center, room 300 south.

  • Thursday, Sept. 7 –  Dr. Buck Foster, Arkansas Department of Heritage, “World War I and Arkansas”
  • Thursday, Sept. 14 – Dr. Jan Jenkins, ATU, “Propaganda and Persuasion”
  • Thursday, Sept. 28 – Master Sgt. Lee Fields, retired, U.S. Army, “Ozarks to the Argonne Forest”
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 – Dr. Stanley Lombardo, ATU, Reading from WWI and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It
  • Thursday, Nov. 9 – All Veterans Appreciation Event, Discussion Panel on Veterans’ Issues

Cover of book, World War I and America, featuring typical doughboys in metal helmets.

All presentations are free and open to the public.  For more information, call (479) 964-0569, send e-mail to or visit

WWI Poster featuring iconic image of Uncle Same wearing a top hat, blue jacket, white beard, and red tie. Quote: "I want YOU for U.S. Army".



Legends of RPL

June at the Ross Pendergraft Library saw the departure of two beloved members of our family: Beverly Cooper and Delores Pollard.

Beverly has been our Public Services Assistant since 2010.  She graduated from Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching and a Master of Education in Elementary Education and Teaching.  She worked for Oakland Heights Elementary, Crawford Elementary, and Center Valley Elementary until her retirement in 2005.

For many students frustrated and frazzled by the mysteries of library databases and research assignments, she was a hero who gently guided them through the myriad of resources here at the Library.  Beverly’s smile was usually the first thing people saw every morning at the Ross Pendergraft Library, waiting to help the lost and comfort the confused.  She also took the time to fill our display cases with new and interesting collections and she made sure the new books were out front and center as soon as they arrived.

We will deeply miss her and wish her well as starts a new chapter in North Carolina.

Chareen, Beverly, and Sherry–the Public Services dream team

Another legend, Delores Pollard, officially retired on June 30th after a whopping 37 years as a full-time Serials Librarian Assistant.

Delores with her family and friends

She graduated from Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and started out in the library at a student worker back in 1975, when the library was in Tomlinson and grown men thought it was ok to wear sideburns, wide ties, and plaid pants.

Delores Pollard from 1979 Tech yearbook, the Agricola

Delores saw the transition of the library through waves of new technology—from card catalog cards to completely online collections and databases.  She faithfully drove from her home in Waldron, Arkansas, all the way to Tech every morning to help the library obtain, organize, bind, subscribe, and wrangle the library’s periodical collection.  Just about every newspaper, journal, ATU thesis, and microfilm roll since 1980 in this building has had her hands on it.


Cake decorated as a shelflist

Arkansas Tech University and the Library salutes Delores and Beverly on their new adventures.  Don’t you forget about us!

Judd Nelson and the classic scene from the Breakfast Club wherein he fist pumps the air

Got Music?

From now until July 9, be sure to add the Music Online Reference database to your Liszt of favorite websites.  The Ross Pendergraft Library is conducting a trial of this comprehensive music resource for Western classical music, World Music, Scores, and African American music.  You can find it in our A-to-Z list of databases, under New/Trial databases.

Picture of Handel: "too hot to Handel"

The collection includes reference titles like the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music.

Picture of Hipster Beethoven: Composed Nine symphonies, I probably haven't heard them

Search the entire collection for composers, movements, music terminology, instruments, and periods of music history.  You can also explore each collection separately:

  • African American Music Reference
  • Classical Music Reference Library
  • Reference
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  • Classical Scores Library

Picture of Mozart: "if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it"

The African American Music Reference collection includes personal narratives from oral historians and interviews, as well as manuscripts, songsheets, lyrics, and other text sources.  The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music updates the 10-volume paper version in the Library’s Reference Collection and makes it searchable—no need to read it from front to Bach.

Picture of Bach: "Baby got Bach"

The Garland Encyclopedia also includes audio tracks of music from around the world, in a variety of musical traditions, instruments, and cultural groups.  You might find some of these tracks Verdi inspiring.

Picture of Schubert: "Ar you Schubert That?"

The Classical Scores Library contains more than 51,000 titles and 1.3 printable pages of important scores from the Middle Ages to the present day.  It includes scores from 4,600 composers. But don’t Strauss over too much information—each list of results can be limited by composer, work, score type, music key, and more.

Picture of Haydn: "The see me rollin' they haydn"

Each entry can be cited in multiple citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago) and exported into Refworks.  Vivaldi options, your research paper is really going to Rachmaninoff!

Picture of Liszt: Classical music memes are so easy to come up with, I could make you a Liszt

Give Music Online Reference a spin and tell us what you think.  Your feedback helps the Library make the best selections while we’re Chopin around for the music resources.  Send us a note at AskALibrarian and tell us what you think about this database, other databases, or all these terrible puns.  Hurry–the trial ends July 9th!

Library and Chill?

Looking for a good film this summer?  With a film collection of over 6,000 DVDs, it can be a struggle to pick that perfect film.  If you have a title in mind, you can always try searching in our online collection of films at Find It.   You can also browse films by genre in the library as well as online, through our lists of films by category:

Still not sure?  Let our film aficionados on staff at the Ross Pendergraft  Library make some recommendations.  Here’s this summer’s staff pick list to get you going on titles ranging from epic classics to smaller films you might have overlooked.  All are available in the library on DVD.

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

Cover of Hacksaw Ridge and a soldier carrying another soldier on his back.

Tells the extraordinary story of Desmond Doss, a U.S. Army medic who refused to carry a gun but nevertheless saved 75 men during the bloodiest battle of WWII on Okinawa, becoming the first conscientious objector to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“True story and I admired the fact that someone let their turbulent childhood make them instead of break them.  It was interesting to watch the main character arrive at a solution that let him follow his convictions without sacrificing his beliefs.  I was also able to fast forward through the gory parts.” – Beverly Cooper.

Untergang = Downfall (2005)

Cover of DownFall, Hitler looking very worried

Travel into Hitler’s bunker, in 1945, during the brutal and harrowing last days of the Third Reich. Seen through the eyes of Hitler’s infamous secretary Gertraud (Traudl) Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany’s defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Führer and his closest advisors.  In German with English subtitles.

“The film provides a window into the madness of  — and devotion to — the Nazi cause, from Hitler, to his generals, to even the women and children in the bunker and on the streets of Berlin.  I appreciated being able to see how the events came to a close once Soviet troops had taken the city.” –Brent Etzel.

Gigi (1958)  

Cover of Gigi. There's a painting of a girl winking and some dapper people below it.

A musical set in Paris in which a girl trained as a high society courtesan falls in love with a rich and handsome boulevardier.

”The music is wonderful, and the story is an overall amusing tale of not only growing up, but also that finding love is sometimes closer than you think.” –Phillip McCaslin.

Songcatcher (1999)

Cover of SongCatcher. There's an image of a couple looking pensive

When musicologist Doctor Lily Penleric is passed over, again, for a prominent teaching position, she decides to leave the city to visit her sister in the rugged mountains of Appalachia. While there, Lily, discovers a well spring of emotional “love songs” (ballads) that have been passed down through generations from the original Irish and Scottish immigrants who have settled in the area. Determined to document the history of the songs, and the recording of them as well, she is profoundly changed by the generosity, strength and freedom of the fiercely proud mountain people.

“I chose this film because it is a hidden gem. It is an authentic portrayal of the musical folk traditions of mountain peoples in the United States. It is an extraordinary illustration of how music has been preserved. It emphasizes the role of music as part of life and a way of life. It’s what people did after dinner and on Saturday nights before television, radio, or reliable transportation. Great things happen when these traditions meet and are shared.” –Sherry Tinerella.

What the Health (2017) 

Cover of What the Health where this is a burger but with pills and money instead of beef patty.

A surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.

“This investigative documentary exposes the many connections between government, big business, and some of the major health advocacy organizations that are supposed to protect us from unhealthful food.” –Lowell Lybarger.

E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 

Cover of E. T.

A ten-year-old boy befriends a creature from another planet that has been stranded on earth.

“It’s my favorite childhood movie, with one of the most amazing soundtracks in the world. John Williams and Spielberg are an amazing team. The reason for this movie’s longevity is its soundtrack. In fact, the soundtrack was written first and the movie edited to fit the soundtrack. Usually it’s the opposite way around – edited first, then the soundtrack is written to fit.” –Slade Dupuy.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) 

cover of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life

George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.

“I think it appropriate for these times.” –Frances Hager.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Cover of Citizen Kane.

All-powerful press magnate Kane dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being ‘Rosebud’, leading a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane.

“A movie about a newspaper tycoon who tries to manipulate the masses is as relevant today as it was in 1941. Citizen Kane with its extended flashback scenes and retelling of the main character’s life from multiple viewpoints, keeps the viewer’s attention from the start. Reflecting on unbridled ambition and its consequences, in the end, the most important thing to Kane was actually….You need to check out the movie to find out (and debate)!” –Luke Heffley.

Spirited Away (2001) 

Cover of Miyazaki's spirited away

When a young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents.

“I love Spirited Away because the animation and the story gives you a different view inside the world of Studio Ghibli.  It’s a different side of Disney!” –Chareen Austin.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Cover of napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his older brother, Kip, and trying to avoid his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napoleon’s life – shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro – the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body’s wildest dreams come true.

“It’s my spirit animal and there’s a llama!” –MacKenzie Roberts.

Alien (1979)

Cover of Alien with Sigourney Weaver and tagline, In space No one can hear you scream.

Mindless, savage, and merciless alien is attacking the crew of an intergalactic freighter and it must be stopped before they are all killed.

“It mixes sci-fi and horror in just a fantastic way.” –Justin Wilkinson.

Memento (2000)

Cover of Memento.

An intricate crime story about a man who has lost his short term memory due to a rare brain disorder. Now he is out to catch his wife’s murderer, whose identity he cannot ever know for sure. The more he tries to figure out what is true and real, the more he sinks deeper into a multi-layered abyss of uncertainty and surprises.

“I like anything to do with crazies.” –Anna Pyron.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Cover of the Big Lebowski, one of the greatest films of all time.


A lazy, unemployed Southern Californian stoner who loves bowling gets mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. He’s beaten up by men looking for money from the rich man’s wife and gets drawn into the kidnapping of the millionaire’s wife.

“I watch it every summer in a bathrobe, with a cold beverage.” –Jacob Wardlaw.

My Dinner with André (1981)

DVD cover of My Dinner with Andre.

Two friends, an intense, experimental theater director and a down-to-earth actor, meet over dinner in a New York restaurant and discuss their innermost feelings.

“It really is just two guys talking about reality and life, but I found it captivating.  It reminds me of late night conversations in front of a campfire with a few friends…and Wallace Shawn.”  –Angela Black.


Got a favorite film not on this list and not in our collection?  Make a suggestion at AskALibrarian.  Thanks to all the staff who submitted their favorites.  Until next time, the balcony is closed.


On Trial

The Ross Pendergraft Library is now offering two new database trials until June 24th, 2017.  This is your opportunity to sample collections under consideration for purchase by the library.  Send your feedback to Ask A Librarian or if you are faculty, contact your subject liaison to voice your praise, concern, or indifference to the products listed below.

American Periodical Series

This ProQuest database contains periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.   Over 1,800 titles are indexed including Harper’s Bazaar, Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine, America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository.  It also includes historic issues of popular magazines like Vanity Fair as well as The Dial, Puck, and McClure’s.

The cover of the first magazine published in North America

The collection includes 89 journals from 1740 to 1800, covering America’s colonial past and establishment as an independent country.  Notable pieces include the serialization of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the writings of Edgar Allan Poe as contributed to the Southern Literary Messenger, and Nathanial Hawthorne’s first stories in the New England Magazine.

The cover of The Dial with the first published edition of T.S. Eliot's the Wasteland

The database goes further than most by including the digitized images of periodical pages.  Researchers can study the illustrations, typography, and advertisements.

The invention of the emoticon, 1881

In addition to full text searching, issues can be browsed visually, enabling the viewer to scan pages quickly to get a snapshot in time from first page to last.  Search within individual publications, issues, and across the entire collection.

A screenshot of browsing Puck magazine, a popular political cartoon serial from the 1800s.

Students and faculty hunting for primary source material relating to American history will hit pay dirt with the American Periodical Series.

New York Times with Index

The New York Times has published “all the news that’s fit to print” since 1851.  This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.  Search and find full-text articles up until 2013 without pouring over the library’s paper indexes and microfilm.

Read articles, editorials, advertisements and cartoons from the last 160 years in digital format.  Each page can be clearly read as though you were holding it up to your very own monocle.

Sinking of the Titanic announced

Browse an issue by specific date or use advanced searching to find articles by specific authors, keywords, or location and subject.  Travel back to a time when big fonts meant big news.

Nixon resigns -- headline from New York Times, 1974

If you enjoy the modern conveniences of hunting down primary resources from the comfort of your own sitting room, then please send a telegram or carrier pigeon to Ask A Librarian posthaste.  We rely on your recommendations to help us make tough decisions over which databases to keep, cancel, or purchase.  Remember, you have until June 24th until the trial expires, so send us your feedback soon.

Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

As the year wraps up, many of you might be planning exotic trips to Brussels, Paris, Stockholm, Lisbon, Paraguay, Beijing, or any major city in the United States where languages are as abundant as Uber and art museums.  To prepare you for your journey, don’t waste money on Rosetta Stone.  Use the Library’s online language learning tool, Pronunciator.

Pronunciator is available to all Arkansas Tech students, faculty, and staff.  You will need to create your own account at first using your ATU email address.

Login screen for Pronunciator database.

Once logged in, you have your choice between 80 non-English languages.  If you are a non-native English speaker, the service also provides ESL courses for speakers of 51 non-English languages including Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish and many more.

Learn at your own pace, or, for targeted objectives, through guided courses.  The guided courses range from early learners (3-6 years old), young learners (7-12 years old), 8-week travel prep, beginner courses, and even a healthcare course.  Choose the main guide to independently roam and explore the language through “postcards” where you can learn common expressions, cultural information, and more.

A boat in the Stockholm harbor, under a leaden sky.  The Swedish word for Please, "Snalla" perched on the mast.

Get the most out of Pronunciator using a microphone and headphones, which allow you the ability to practice speaking the language.  Pronunciator will play your recorded phrases back to you in comparison with the native speaker, provide drills to score how well you pronounce certain words and phrases, and offer assistance when you just can’t get the hang of it.

As you progress in each language, Pronunciator will let you review your overall progress and stats.  You can also take practice quizzes, review flashcards, and nail your rolling R’s with drills.

Not only can you learn a language structured in a learning course, Pronunciator doubles as handy phrasebook, giving you instant access to probably the most important phrase you’ll ever need to know:

The multitude of ways you can ask about Toilets in Swedish

Remember, there is also a Pronunciator App for mobile devices, capable of syncing to your existing account.  No matter where you are in the lesson, your phone or tablet can take your progress with you on the flight, train, ocean liner, or rickshaw.

Mobile app page with overly excited people stock photo.

Have a question about Pronunciator, the library, or where to find the best brunch in Stockholm?  Let us know at Ask-A-Librarian.  We’ll be open throughout the break, too, so stop in and grab a travel guide on the way to your next destination.  Hint: Search Find It for “Eyewitness Travel Guide.”

Have a great summer!

Non-Stop Library

Welcome to Finals!  The week when everyone tries to cram in days of work in a few feverish hours.  Once again, the Library’s got your back with extended hours this week:

Monday: 7:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M.

Tuesday: 7:00 A.M. –1:00 A.M.

Wednesday: 7:00 A.M. – Friday  9:00 P.M.

We will keep our normal hours this weekend before dropping down to Summer Interim Hours Tuesday, May 9th.  See our full hours for the rest of spring and summer here:

To help save time, here’s a list of top 8 recommended tools for that last minute, mad dash to the semester’s finish line:

  1. Find It – Search for those last minute peer-reviewed articles here.
  2. Book It –Reserve the Tegrity Room or a study room ahead of time. These are filling FAST.
  3. Owl at Purdue—The best in free citation help in MLA, APA, and Chicago. Not sure how to cite a resource? Use this.
  4. Refworks—Dump all your citations into this, let it generate your bibliography.
  5. Finals Schedule—We also have paper copies at all service desks.
  6. Text-A-Librarian—479-802-4876. Let us know when loudness strikes.
  7. Scantrons—Buy them for $0.20 at the Circulation Desk
  8. Cat videos—It’s not procrastination; you’re just taking a quick break.

Good luck—you got this!

Stuff @ Circulation

Did you know that DVDs are not the only thing you can check-out at the Ross Pendergraft Library?  The Circulation Desk, located on the first floor, keeps an entire collection of supplies and materials that you can freely borrow for a few hours to power up your late-night study sessions and keep more money in your pocket.

Here’s a few of the things you might want to acquire during the long study nights ahead:

Dry Erase Boards

Dry Erase Boards are Remarkable!

These are brand new, 4 x 3 feet, mobile, magnetic, reversible, and remarkable dry erase boards that you can check out for the low, low price of nothing.  Borrow for two hours, then renew for another two hours, if needed.  They offer large writing space to draw out all your molecular diagrams, musical arrangements, mathematical formulas, and next year’s NCAA basketball brackets.  Pairs well with our dry erase markers.

Dry Erase Markers

set of dry erase markers

What can you do with a dry erase board without dry erase markers?  Don’t find out by borrowing a set of markers at the Circulation Desk.  Each set of markers includes 8, multi-colored thick point markers, 4 black fine-point markers, an eraser, and a bottle of cleaner.  You can check them out for two hours and renew them for another two.

Graphing Calculators

Graphing calculators

Why have computers come down in price, but a graphing calculator still costs the same as it did twenty years ago?  Some mysteries may never be solved, but if you still haven’t saved up the bucks to buy one, and just need a loaner for a few hours, the Library has the TI-83, TI-83 Plus, and the TI-83 Plus Silver available for four hour check-out.  Four hours!  You can renew it for another four, as well, which is probably more time with a graphing calculator than is recommended by the American Psychological Association.


Experience two hours of moderately okay sound with our sturdy, pre-sanitized, and surprisingly comfortable headphones.  These headphones have circulated hundreds of times, making them the most popular item available in the library.  Don’t you want to be popular too?  Wear the same headphones as everyone else in the library, and you’re well on your way.

Now, I know what you must be thinking: Free stuff is great, but is there a way I can spend money, too?  There is!  Here are some of the items currently offered at cost to help you avoid a trip to the bookstore or a large 24-hour big-box chain.  (Cash only!)

  • Small Scantrons: $0.20
  • Large Scantrons: $0.40
  • Earbuds: $1.50
  • Helpful customer service from friendly people: Priceless

The Circulation desk—your source for the treasures above and more—operates as long as the library is open (though some of the services are reduced during the wee hours of the open-24-hours-for-finals period).  So when the bookstore is closed, and you don’t have a friend to take you to the store, come see us!  We won’t be your friend or anything (we barely know you), but we can sell you a Scantron and let you borrow our headphones.  Which is kind of like something a friend would do.

Survey Time!

Do you like us? Yes or Yes

If you haven’t had a chance to take the Library survey, take six minutes and help us help you: Take the Library Survey.  From now until April 24th, the annual library survey is your chance to suggest changes, recommend new services or collections, and/or lodge complaints about the temperature.

Not convinced it does any good?  Here’s a list of changes the library has made this year based on actual student, staff, and faculty comments on last year’s survey:

“Make it easier to know what rooms are available to be reserved for group study.

In the past, study room reservations were managed using old-fashioned, quaint methods like telephone reservation.  Last November, the library completely overhauled the reservation system and instituted the “Book It” online system.  Want to reserve a study room?  Click on a green square, log in, and now you’re done.  You receive an email confirmation of the booking, and your green square has now turned red, alerting other users that your room is now reserved.

Screenshot of Bookit

“EVERY survey EVERY year I ask that the library consider adding the HeinOnline database, which would benefit business, communication, history, and political science.”

We heard you, and now—until October 2017—we are running a trial of HeinOnline’s Government Politics and Law for Academics.  This database the world’s largest government documents and legal research database.  You can learn more about it here.

The library receives requests to add new databases all the time.  Sometimes we can accommodate, but sometimes we cannot (for a variety of reasons, cost being only one of them).  A trial is often an excellent way to gauge the databases that will be used heavily and those that may not meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff as well as another, competitive database.  For example, we already subscribe to LexisNexis Academic, another large legal, business, and government document resource.  Is it better than HeinOnline?  You be the judge and tell us at Ask A Librarian.

“I would like to see more database access”

Say no more—the library has added several new databases in the past year, including many in STEM fields.  Here’s just a few:

“Open up more rooms for private study groups.”

We did it!  Adding more study rooms has been a top issue in just about every survey since we started making surveys.  In the past, the Library’s study rooms were often targeted as swing space for other departments while other buildings were under construction and the campus grew.  This year, with the removal of TRIO offices to the new Brown Building, we were able to reclaim some of our old study rooms, bringing the total number available to nine.  Thanks in part to your survey responses, the Library was able show how important these study rooms were to our students, thus saving them from further repurposing by outside offices.  Finally, the study rooms are back serving their original purpose: study rooms for the students.

“Tutoring available for all majors at the library, not Doc Bryan.”

Done.  The Library has partnered with the office of Student Success to host tutoring on the second floor of the Ross Pendergraft Library, each Thursday and Sunday night from 5-9 p.m.  Read more about it at Tech News or see the complete tutoring schedule from ATU Office of Student Success.

“Updated furniture. The atmosphere has much to do with how I learn, and I get distracted by the old, worn furniture.”

Yes!  We agreed.  That’s why, last January, the Library replaced most of the older computer chairs & floral patterned couches with newer, more functional, more attractive, and more comfortable seating.

“Perhaps add a few more computer stations.”

Coming soon!  The first floor is in the process of adding 12 additional computer stations.  Right now, the computer desks are there, but the computers are on the way.  Stay tuned!

“Make library always 24 hours”

We did this—a little bit.  The library still opens 24 hours during finals, and we’ve extended our hours during the week, until 1:00 AM.

We would love to extend our hours further, but, in order to do this, we need more staff, more safety, and more students taking advantage of the late hours we already offer.

But keep asking!  Let us know that this issue and other issues are important to you.  We may not be able to make the changes you want right now, but each voice helps guide our decisions and strengthen our requests to the campus administration.  Your opinions matters—and we are listening.  This is YOUR library so tell us how to make it better.

Tell Us!