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 – TRIAL EXPIRES OCT. 22

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

 

 

 

 

Echoes of the River Valley kickoff on Sept. 13

Banner featuring Echoes of the River Valley series. Includes pictures of a violin and a quilt

On Thursday, September 13th, at 7:00 P.M. in RPL 300B, the Ross Pendergraft Library kicks off a new series exploring, sharing and preserving the folk arts of the River Valley.  Join us this Thursday as we welcome Dave Smith, old-time fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, who will share his tunes, traditions, and wealth of knowledge about the music of the Ozarks and the greater region.

Photo of Dave Smith, a handsome older gentleman in white shirt, dark vest, dark pants, and brown hat. He has a white beard and mustache of moderate length

Dave Smith is an accomplished folk musician from Mountain View, Arkansas.  He is the host of Ozark Highlands Radio, a popular weekly radio program featuring live music, jam sessions, and interviews from the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s auditorium.  Dave plays the guitar, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, and the button accordion.

He will discuss the role of music in everyday life before and after the Civil War. From there we can follow the music into the 20th century where we can examine the impact of technology on the on the evolution of the music. Find out how this music is not only surviving, but thriving in today’s fast paced digital age.

If this is your kind of jam, you might like to join a real jam at the Gatherings–a weekly series of musical jams open to all stringed instruments and all level of musicians.  The music will focus on the traditional tunes of the Ozark region.  The University of Arkansas Ozark Folk Songs digital collection will be the primary resource with emphasis on fiddle tunes.

Gatherings will be held on Thursdays, September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, and October 18th from 5:30-7:30 P.M. in Doc Byran 242.  Participants are encouraged to bring a recording device.  All tunes will be played slowly, phrase-by-phrase, working up to greater speeds. Chords will be available for those who wish to play rhythm with their strings.

"Four Thursdays in Autumn at Doc Bryan Room 242 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Thursdays Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct.11, Oct.18. The Gatherings"

The final event in the Echoes of the River Valley series will include a two hour session on quilting and piecing using traditional Ozark methods on October 25th.

So rosin up your bow and practice your finger work by clicking Like on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instragram pages so you can stay in the circle on what’s happening in the library.   You can also read up on the series at our website: http://libguides.atu.edu/echoes

All events are free and open to the public.  See ya’ll on Thursday!

 

Another Slice of Pie on September 10

Cover of Kat Robinson's book, "Another Slice of Arkansas Pie" featuring a plate of pecan pie and a scoop of vanilla ice creamCome get a slice of delicious writing and story-telling from Kat Robinson, the first author to present at our 2nd annual, 2nd Monday’s Local Author Series.  Join us on Monday, September 10th, at 7:00 P.M. in RPL 300B for a sweet time with food historian, travel-writer, and an Arkansas Tech alumnus.

Kat will share stories from her latest book, Another Slice of Arkansas Pie: A Guide to the Best Restaurants, Bakeries, Truck Stops and Food Trucks for Delectable Slices in the Natural State.  She will also be available for a book signing after what is sure to be a fun and hunger-inducing presentation.  All are welcome!

A picture of Kat Robinson, a friendly-looking hippie lady with long red hair and a floppy hat. She appears to be holding a chip covered in cheese dip.Kat Robinson is the host of the AETN program, “Make Room for Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State.”  She has also appeared on the Food Network, and has written articles for the Forbes Travel Guide, Serious Eats, and AY Magazine.  She is also the author of two works on Arkansas restaurants, including Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley and Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta.  If you are still hungry for another book about pie, check out Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State

For more about Kat Robinson, her travels, recipes, reviews, photos, videos and articles, help yourself to a slice of her website at http://tiedyetravels.com.

Want to stay connected for the next author and other events in the library?  Follow/Like/Love us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

In the meantime, we hope you will join us Monday for a little slice of Arkansas culture, food, and stories.

On Trial

The Ross Pendergraft Library has 2 new databases on trial for a limited time until September 22nd.  This is your chance to weigh in on new products under consideration for purchase by the Library.  Take these two new resources for a drive around the block, kick the tires, and look under the hood to see if it’s something we should take home.

Fold3

screenshot of Fold3

Fold3 is a military records archive providing access to the stories, photos, and documents of veterans of all military branches.  The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans.  This database includes millions of records making it a valuable resource for historians, researchers, family members, military enthusiasts, and genealogists.

Coverage includes records from the Revolutionary War up until Operation New Dawn.   Search the extensive archive that includes draft registration cards, navy cruise ship records, homestead records, muster rolls, casualties, war diaries, pension records, the Pentagon Papers, and photographs from a variety of service branches and conflicts.

Image of Vietnam Memorial Wall, highlighting the name Charles McMahon Jr.

Users have the ability to browse records by title, time period, and geographic region.  A separate section of the site includes a memorials section, featuring an interactive search for names on the Vietnam Memorial, the USS Arizona, and U.S. Hall of Honor.

This database will be on trial until September 22.

Proquest Statistical Insight

screenshot of Statistical Insight

Proquest Statistical Insight contains indexed tables of data from international, federal, state and private sources made available for search and retrieval.  This product includes the ability to search government reports back to 1973, includes state and private reports back to 1980, and tables for 1999 to present.

To begin searching, type in a couple of keywords and view results by report abstracts or tables.

screenshot of a search in statistical insight

Search results can be further limited by dates, source, local area, and “Data  Breakdowns.”  Click Tables to view statistical information arranged in popular tables.  Most tables can be downloaded as PDFs or XLS files.

Table from Statistical Insight featuring the CIRP Freshman Survey

For more information about using Proquest Statistical Insight, see this handy guide: https://proquest.libguides.com/statistical_insight.  This trial will also expire on September 22nd.

If you like these databases and want to access them well after September, send us an email, a message, a text, or a tweet!  Or come see us the old fashioned way at the RPL Reference Desk.  We’d love to hear your feedback on these databases or any of our other databases and services.