Time Travel with Dr. Stanley Lombardo

Picture of Stanley LombardoSaddle up for an adventure through time and space with author and professor of English, Dr. Stanley Lombardo, as we welcome him February 11th at 7:00 P.M. in the Ross Pendergraft Library, room 300B, as part of our Second Monday Author Series.

Dr. Lombardo is the author of a popular series of genre-bursting books called the The Crosstime Adventures of Carter Paxton in which a Yale-educated, buffalo hunting cowboy from the nineteenth century travels through time using an Apache medicine cave in Arizona.  Already on its fourth installment, Who Murdered Shakespeare, the series delivers something to satisfy fans of western, sci-fi, romance, and historical fiction genres.

cover of Paxton at Bosworth Field featuring black and white images of medieval armies clashing with ghostly nineteenth century old west cowboy image in the background

Learn more about this series as well as Dr. Lombardo’s children’s books by joining us this Monday in RPL 300B.  All are welcome to attend, and one lucky attendee will be entered into a door prize of one free autographed book by Dr. Lombardo.

If you want to get started on the Carter Paxton series, you can check them all out at the Ross Pendergraft Library.  It’s the best way to travel through time and space—no Apache Medicine Cave required.

The Crosstime Adventures of Carter Paxton
Children’s Books

New Year, New Library

Welcome to 2019 at RPL!  While the librarians have not yet been replaced by Alexa or replicants, we have been making changes to welcome the new year with improvements to the collections and services.

Shrinking Print Journals—Growing Online Journals

The excess first floor shelving is in the process of being removed to carve out more space for students to study.  Through a combination of decreased usage, increased costs, and a decline in print publications in general, the collection of magazines and journals on the first floor has shrunk.  While we still have many journals, magazines, and newspapers available for browsing, much of our collection has shifted to online-only formats.  If your favorite magazine or newspaper has disappeared from that location, check our Find It database to find its online equivalent.

Photo of empty, disassembled shelving units

While the paper collection has gotten leaner, the online journal collection has grown fat and richer in content and accessibility.  Last summer, the library added several new Gale databases covering everything from literature to environmental science, and we continue to add journals throughout the year through the purchase of database collections.  The library currently has access to tens of thousands of electronic journals and newspapers.  Find them all in our A-to-Z eJournals finder.

Spark Joy with our DVD Collection

The library holds over 6,000 DVDs, but finding something for the perfect Friday night chill-out or Monday morning class can be a challenge.  To help make browsing easier, the library has reorganized and relabeled the collection to better serve both needs.  Educational films, documentary films, and recorded performances have been moved to the taller shelves, while the rest of the collection—motion pictures, animated, foreign films, etc.—remain where they were, with more room to grow.

Photo of dvd shelves

Audiobooks have also been re-shelved at the end of the DVD collection, providing greater visibility to this underutilized resource.

Photo of audiobook collection

You can also browse our collection virtually by genre using our DVD Genre website.  All results are sorted with newest releases at the top.

New Databases

The library also recently acquired new databases for Education, Engineering and Music:

  • Education Week – An online journal covering K-12 education news, analysis, and opinion
  • Inspec— Includes bibliographic citations and indexed abstracts from publications in the fields of physics, engineering, environmental science, nanotechnology and more.
  • Naxos Music Library World— Listen to music from over 160 countries and 1,500 cultural groups.

Screengrab of front page of Education Week, where there's a headline, "The kids are right: school is boring" as though we didn't already know that.

Save the Date—International Film Festival is back!

The 4th Annual International Film Festival begins next month, February 27th and runs through March 14th with a slate of award-winning and thought-provoking films from around the globe.  View a list of upcoming movies at our website: http://libguides.atu.edu/4iff

Screenshot of International Film Festival website

To keep up to date on all of the new collections and happenings at the library in 2019, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  In the meantime, happy new year, and if you have questions about any of the above changes or if you would like to know how we did on the Voight-Kampff testAsk Us!



End of Semester Wrap-up

A Christmas tree with big eyes and presents underneathThis holiday season, the Ross Pendergraft Library has your next book or DVD check-out all wrapped up.   Come to the first floor to check-out our latest display featuring several mystery “Christmas-themed” library resources waiting for you to check out.

Our first-floor display with books, DVDs, and some wrapped DVDs which remain a mystery

Find these wrapped objects in our display, take them to the Circulation desk for check-out, and feel the thrill of Christmas morning a few weeks early as you get to rip off the paper to reveal your surprise.  Is it Christmas Vacation or Miracle on 34th Street?  Take a chance and embrace the unpredictable!

A fake fireplace created out of books with a little Christmas village on top.

Since we’re feeling generous, the library is also giving away the best present of all—extended hours during the week of finals!  Beginning Reading Day, Dec. 5th, 7:00 A.M., the library will keep its doors open and lights on until Friday, Dec. 7th at 9:00 P.M.  Twenty-four-seven is BACK!   You’re welcome!

John Travolta from Pulp Fiction wondering where to find a computer in the library

Come by in the late, late hours for free coffee and moderately-priced printing.    We also have all the friendly services you’ve come to know and love:

You can also stay up and on top of all the news in the library by following us on Twitter (#ATUFinals)/ Facebook / Instagram.  Good luck on finals!   You got this!

A magical cat granting you special powers to pass your exams

Check out a book at the Human Library

A photograph advertising the Human Library--pictures of people on a book shelf.

This Thursday, Nov. 15th, check out more than a book from the library—check out a human book.  From 6:30 until 9:00, the Library will host its 3rd annual Human Library in RPL 300B.  This event is free and open to the public—all are welcome.

The Human Library project is a national program promoting dialogue and understanding between people.  Each ‘book’ his a person sharing their experiences with prejudice, discrimination, or hardships beyond their control in an environment that allows for candid conversations within a smaller group. The purpose is to promote understanding within a diverse community.

“Readers,” the people coming to the event, will browse the shelves and choose a book to sit down with. The book will tell their story allowing for the reader to ask questions.

This year the library will feature 10 books for readers to choose from.  Titles include:

  • Naturalization: Becoming a Citizen of the United States.
  • Librarian in Blue: Chicago police officer becomes a librarian
  • My Past is Part of Me But Not All of Me: A non-traditional student overcomes abusive childhood in a strict religious home.
  • 30 and Still Nerdy: He speaks fluent nerd and owns a 13 volume encyclopedia of Middle Earth—capable of adulting yet hasn’t grown out of these nerdy things.
  • International Student: A student from the Middle East shares his experiences studying in Arkansas.
  • Sick Chase: A story of the survival of a religious crisis.
  • Not Your Average “Duke”: The story of a small-town moonshiner’s grandson and how he broke free from the social norm surrounding him.
  • Graditutde & Gears: A first generation Latina engineering major shares her experiences cultivating a postive network in college.
  • Invisible: A seemingly happy-go-lucky college student struggles with anxiety and depression complicated by the feelings of shame associated with the stigma of mental illness.
  • Unexpected: A first generation college student and her unexpected journey into parenthood.

For more information on the Human Library, including a list of past speakers, other Human Libraries, and videos, visit our website about the project: http://libguides.atu.edu/humanlibrary/home.  If you are interested in becoming a book yourself for next year, consider signing up.  No dust jacket required.

Stay in touch with all our books and programs by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  We hope you will come Thursday night and check out some books!

Hidden Gems on Monday, Nov. 12th

Photograph of Nancy DaneJoin us at the Ross Pendergraft Library on November 12th, 7:00 P.M. in RPL 300B,  for a special presentation from local author, Nancy Dane where she will discuss the “Hidden Gems of History”—the unique, local, and strange events of the River Valley that help inspire her children’s books and novels.  This event is free and open to the public.

She will also be signing copies of her latest historical fiction book, Secrets, which is set Arkansas and Indian Territory in the 1870s and features real-life figures like the Judge Isaac Parker (a.k.a. the Hanging Judge) and Bass Reeves, the first black lawman west of the Mississippi.  A copy of this book is also available for check-out in the library.Bookjacket of Nancy Dane's Novel "Secrets"

Nancy Dane has published several books including Tattered Glory, a non-fiction documentary history of the Civil War in the Arkansas River Valley.  She is also the author of children’s books such as Sarah Campbell: Tale of a Civil War Orphan which received the 2016 DeBlack Award, presented by the Arkansas Historical Society for best book in Arkansas History for young readers. This novel also received the Amazon Readers Favorite Award.

She has written other historical fiction novels such as A Reasonable Doubt, a novel of reconstruction in Arkansas, and Where the Road Begins, a historical fiction of the Civil War set on the Little Piney Creek.

For more information, you can call us at (479) 964-0546 or email Luke Heffley at lheffley@atu.edu.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more events and presentations from the library.




Gross Anatomy and Pretty Statistics

This November, test drive more database trials to dive deeper into the human body and the body of statistics.

Visible Body

Right now until Novemer 16th, explore the human body—inside and out—through the Visible Body databases.  These visual tools allow nursing, health, and art students peel back the layers of skin to navigate the human skeleton, muscles, organ systems, and more.

A screenshot from Visible Body showing a skinless human skull displaying the Tracheal cartilaginous rings

Each interface includes clear labels of each body part, descriptions, and the ability to download images, add notes, and draw. Rotate, move, flip, zoom in, and click on different pieces to explore further.  The Visible Body offers animations for many of the systems of the body, including muscle contractions, joint movements and more.

The current trials at ATU Library include 4 separate interfaces:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology: This includes 12 body systems in 50 chapters, designed for core concepts of an undergraduate course in Anatomy and Physiology.
  2. Human Anatomy Atlas: This is a 3D anatomy reference app for healthcare professionals, students, and professors. Includes dental anatomy, lab activities, dissection tools, and the Gross Anatomy Lab that mirrors what you would experience in a cadaver lab (without the smell).
  3. Muscle Premium: Ideal for orthopedic specialists, kinesiologists, practitioners of sports medicine, physical therapists, and other professionals and students of muscle and skeletal function. Includes muscle index, muscle movement videos, and a pathologies section.
  4. Physiology Animations: A video reference atlas with 3D animations that communicate core physiology and common conditions.

A screenshot of the Visual Body database showing a mandible movement

Hurry and dissect these databases before the trial ends on November 16th!

Sage Stats

Need some statistics to shore that research paper?  Test drive Sage Stats—a data download and visualization tool focused on statistical information in the United States.  Includes social science data on U.S. states, counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas from more than 150 different government and non-government sources. It spans topics like employment, crime, religion, and education, and includes over 400,000 datasets from sources like Woods & Poole Economics, U.S. Census, American Medical Association, and more.

Screenshot of Russellville, AR location in Sage Stats showing population and data series

Search by Topic or Location.  Compare two or more data series using charts.  This database includes tools for citing, exporting, downloading, and sharing.  There are also guides for using Sage Stats in the classroom as well as video tutorials.

Screenshot of Sage Stats showing active SNAP participants by county in Arkansas

The trial for this resource ends on November 30th.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

The go-to source for the most common statistics on the American economy, demographics, education, prices, and more is the Statistical Abstract of the United States.  While the Ross Pendergraft Library has this bulky tome in print at the Reference Desk, from now until November 25th, you can browse key statistics for the United States from anywhere with an internet connection.

Screenshot of Statistical Abstract topics and tables

This online version is a compilation of social, political and economic statistics. The focus is on national data, but some tables cover regions, states, cities, and comparative international statistics. It is divided into broad sections such as Population, Health and Nutrition, Education, Foreign Commerce and Aid, Prices and many others.

Screenshot of Statistical Abstract table 437 : Voting-Age population

Each table identifies the source of the data and the citation.  Tables can be downloaded in .xls or .pdf format.

These databases will only stick around for a short while UNLESS you speak up via Ask Us.  If you like these, hate these, or want to test something else, let us know!  Stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news and database trials in the future.

On Trial

This month, the Ross Pendergraft Library is trialing many new databases up for purchase consideration for next year.  Now is the time for you to test drive and give your feedback on the resources important to you.


BizMiner produces industry statistical reports, offering industry financial analysis benchmarks for more than 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. … These financial and industry market trend reports are used by business valuation professionals, accountants, and business owners.

Have a business plan you need to write?  Use this tool to gather market information on thousands of industries at the national, state, and city-level.  Need to know what it takes to open a hamburger restaurant in Russellville?  Look up annual sales, market volume, employment, productivity and more:

Screenshot of Bizminer report for hamburger businesses in Russellville

Early American Newspapers, Series 1 (1690-1876) and Series 6 (1741-1922)

This trial includes full text, digitized access to nearly 1,000 titles including the Weekly Arkansas Gazette (1819-1876) and Arkansas Gazette (1987-1908).  Series 6 is currently the ONLY way to access earlier editions of the state’s newspaper without using microfilm.  This resource is valuable for finding primary sources to the historical events that shaped our country and region.  The database is searchable by keyword or users can browse by newspaper title, place of publication, article types, and languages.  Once a newspaper article is selected, users will view the original, digitized version of the newspaper (includes photographs, advertising, and more).

Screenshot of Weekly Gazette showing map of new Iron Railroad passing through Arkansas

Take a trip through Arkansas history with this important resource!  But hurry!  It expires October 31st, 2018!

English Reports (HeinOnline)

Looking for early English Law?  The English Reports delivers exact page images of the original bound reprint edition, containing more than 100,000 cases, together with the Indexes and Book of Charts. This series includes the nominate reports or common-law rulings from various courts in England from the Middle Ages to the 1860s. The reports themselves were published in the early 20th century and would fill multiple shelves.  However, you can access this entire collection online using multiple navigation tools, such as a Case Locator, Chart Tool, and an Advanced Search feature enhance the ease of access to specific cases. Also included in this collection is the Statutes of the Realm (1235-1713), along with Pre-1865 Law Reports.

Screenshot of English Reports interface

Review and judge this database until November 5th.

Seldon Society Publications and the History of Early English Law (HeinOnline)

This library includes the Selden Society Annual Series, Selden Society Supplementary Series and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society published in 1987. The Seldon Society dedicates itself to the study and publication of English legal history. It also includes more than 220 English Legal History Classics including abridgments, digests and dictionaries. Moreover, you will be able to access early English case law and link to other online publications in early English history.

Screenshot of title page of early English text

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Like them?  Hate them?  Make a case for these trial databases at askus@atu.libanswers.com.  You can also reach us via text, phone, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or in person at the Ross Pendergraft Library.   Remember, your feedback determines what resources we purchase and what we don’t.  So let us know!

Fall Break and Early Closures

The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center officially closed at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, due to water issues impacting campus.  If all problems are resolved, the library will re-open at 8:00 A.M. on Thursday, Oct.11th, and we will observe special Fall Break hours:

  • Thursday, Oct. 11th — 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Friday, Oct. 12th — 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 13th — 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 14th — 1:00 PM-1:00 AM

If you are uncertain if the library is open, call ahead at (479) 964-0570 or Text at (479) 802-4876

You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for news and events.  Happy Fall Break!

About Johnny Carrol Sain – Monday, Oct. 8th

Photo of Johnny Carrol SainThe Second Monday author series continues this Monday, October 8th, as we welcome Johnny Carrol Sain to the Ross Pendergraft Library for an in-depth look at the challenges of being a free-lance writer, editor, and photographer.  Join us at 7:00 P.M. in RPL 300 for a presentation from an award-winning writer and a force behind the local magazine, About the River Valley.

Johnny Carrol Sain is currently the managing editor of About the River Valley.  He has also been published in Arkansas Life, Hatch, Food & Environment Reporting Network, the Courier, and Field and Stream.  His work specializes in the outdoors, conservation, natural and rural heritage—particularly in Arkansas.

His writing has earned him a Diamond Journalism Award and an Excellence in Craft award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

This presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information about this presentation or the Ross Pendergraft Library contact us at 479-964-0546 or email Luke Heffley at lheffley@atu.edu.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more news and events in the library.  We hope to see you there!

Front covers of About the River Valley

Voter Registration in the Library

The midterm elections in the United States will be held on November 6th, and if you are not yet registered to vote or updated your voter registration, the Ross Pendergraft Library can help.  We now have voter registration forms available on the first floor, across from the New Books Shelf.

Voting and registration by age in Arkansas.   More than half of 18-29 year olds either did not vote or were not registered.

To get registered and ready to perform your civic duty, simply grab a form, fill it out, slap a stamp on it, and drop it off at the post office.  The campus post office is located in the Young Building, next to the bookstore.  You can also turn it in directly to the County Clerk’s office at the Pope County courthouse.

Your voter registration must be turned in or postmarked by October 9th.    If you are just changing your current registration to a new address, it must be received no later than 4 days prior to the next election.

If you are a college student and registered in your hometown in another county or state, you can transfer your registration to your college address.  Just fill out the voter registration form with your campus current address and fill out the portion at the bottom indicating your former address.  You must keep your address CURRENT on your registration, so don’t forget to fill out another voter registration form if you reside in another county or state after graduation.  You can also vote absentee for your home state or county.

Voting and registration rates tend to increase with education.  This is a graph demonstrating voting and registration by Education in Arkansas 2016.  Those with bachelor's degrees and advanced degrees tended to vote at levels of 70-80%

Remember, filling out the form and mailing it off does not mean you are automatically registered.  Before considering yourself a registered voter, you must receive an acknowledgment of your registration from the county clerk–usually this arrives in the mail as a card a few weeks after you have mailed or dropped off the form.

You can also check your voting status and polling location at: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/Home.do.  This will tell you where to go to cast your ballot on Election Day.

A description of polling locations for the upcoming 2018 General Election.  Polling place is 1509 East Main Street, Suite 7

**An EXAMPLE of a polling location for a registered voter residing in Russellville. Results will vary based on residence.

Who can register to vote?  Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old or will turn 18 on or before the next Election Day can register.  You must also not be a convicted felony with an undischarged/pardoned sentence or a person judged mentally incompetent by a court.

If you are interested in voting, but not sure about the candidates or issues, here’s a list of sites and resources providing nonpartisan information on Arkansas and National elections on November 6th:

  • Arkansas Ballot Issues – A project of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service to provide fact sheets and education information about ballot issues.
  • Arkansas elections, 2018 Ballotpedia — Includes a sample ballot and searchable site for candidates, offices, ballot measures for Arkansas.  Ballotpedia is a free, digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
  • Candidate Information from Secretary of State – The Secretary of State’s interactive search for all candidates who filed in this election. You can search by candidate, contest, location, as well as past election results.
  • Vote Smart – A non-profit, non-partisan site devoted to providing information primarily about candidates including positions, voting history, campaign finances, interest group rates, speeches, and public statements.

For more information on voter registration, voting instructions, or great books on American civics, ask us at: askus@atu.libanswers.com.  Remember, sometimes the path to changing the world often begins by filling out a form.

VOTE: Where Justice is blind, let your voice be immutable

Designed by Drew Lettner for the AIGA Get Out the Vote Campaign