Apocalypse Then

Book jacket featuring a giant godzilla, tentacle, spider, ant, & a man holding a school bus.

If you or your loved ones live near a nuclear power plant, you will NOT want to miss the next exciting program on Monday, October 9th, at the Ross Pendergraft Library.  Mike Bogue will discuss his latest book “Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951-1967” in RPL 300B at 7:00 PM.  Explore how the United States (the only country to have ever dropped atomic bombs on another country) and Japan (the only country to be attacked by atomic bombs) portrayed the threat of nuclear fallout and annihilation differently on film during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Mike Bogue, whose previous book was titled Atomic Drive-In, will discuss movies like Godzilla (1954), The Mysterians (1957), On the Beach (1959), The Last War (1961), and Dr. Strangelove (1964) to illustrate how both cultures shared their apocalyptic fears in the cinema.  Following the presentation, there will be a question answer session, and Mike will be available to sign books if anyone wishes to take one home.

Godzilla gif, where godzilla (a giant reptile) is jumping up and down

This session is part of the Library’s ongoing “2nd Mondays” series where we invite local Tech authors to share their books with the campus community.  This session and all others at the library are free and open to the public.  For more information about this program or others in the series, contact Luke Heffley at lheffley@atu.edu or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Ozarks to the Argonne Forest

Come see the stuff of the history at the Ross Pendergraft Library this Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00 P.M. as we welcome Lee Fields for a presentation entitled “Ozarks to the Argonne Forest”.  The event will be held in room 300B.  Fields, a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army, will discuss and display his large collection of World War I memorabilia passed down from his father.  His presentation will also include a larger discussion of the hometown heroes who fought World War I in the Arkansas Division.

Soldier's uniform

Exhibit of various ww1 artifacts

The talk is part of the ongoing World War I Centennial series at the Library, which will continue throughout the month of October and November.  The Ross Pendergraft Library recently hosted a series of information panels on the Great War as part a traveling exhibit funded by a grant through the Library of America.  Though this exhibit has moved on, another one focused on the role Arkansas played in the war will take its place on the first floor of the library from Sept. 28th – Oct. 4th.

A panel exhibit on The Great War : Arkansas in World War I

The new information panels, provided by the Arkansas State Archives, will illustrate how the war impacted the people and the economy of our own backyard.  The exhibit will consist of 12 panels that showcase the state archives’ holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps, and other historical objects that illustrate the lives of Arkansans over 100 years ago.  This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Book cover for To Can the KaiserInterested in reading up on the role Arkansas played during World War I?  Check out To Can the Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War.  Written by Mike Polston and Guy Lancaster, this book covers the changes wrought by the global conflict in the natural state.  It includes information about the 70,000 Arkansans serving as soldiers, as well as their training at Camp Pike and Eberts Field.  It also explores the role of civilians and women, wartime propaganda, and the economic boon to the state provided by the demand for raw materials like cotton, mineral, and timber resources.  The book is available for check-out by any student, faculty, or staff.


Join us Thursday for a glimpse into history through the helmets, uniforms, bayonets, and the other things they carried as Arkansans marched off to the Great War.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Luke Heffley at lheffley@atu.edu or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday Night Propaganda—What We Want YOU To Know

The World War I lecture series continues this Thursday night, Sept. 14th, at 7:00 PM in Ross Pendergraft Library, Room 300B.  Dr. Jan Jenkins, Professor of History and Director of Honors at Arkansas Tech University, will give a presentation called: “Propaganda & Persuasion.”  Dr. Jenkins will discuss the United States’ role in dissemination of information before and during the war.  This event is free and open to the public.

wwi propoganda poster featuring german boots caked with blood

The presentation is a part of the World War I Centennial anniversary series at RPL.  The first floor of the library has been dedicated to a traveling exhibition featuring panels that illustrate the historic events of 100 years ago.  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 entire state of Arkansas.  The panels will be available here until Sept. 25th.

WWI propaganda poster featuring a sleepy american lady and a call to wake up for war.

You can read more about the exhibits on the first floor here, or swing by to see them for yourself.  Stay tuned for future events throughout the month of September, October, and November to celebrate the Centennial of World War 1.  You can read the full schedule here or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  For more information about the World War I speakers and events, contact Luke Heffley at (479) 964-0546 or lheffley@atu.edu

A WWI poster for the YWCA featuring women workers.  "for every fighter a woman worker"

Dardanelle and the Bottoms

book jacket image featuring two crows on a lifeless tree branch

Learn about local history with a special presentation at the Ross Pendergraft Library on Monday, September 11th, as we welcome Dr. Diane Gleason to discuss her latest book, Dardanelle and the Bottoms: Environment, Agriculture, and Economy in an Arkansas River Community, 1819-1970.  Join us at 7:00 PM in Room 300B of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center for this opportunity to explore the fascinating history of our own backyard.

Dr. Gleason is a recently retired associate professor of history from Arkansas Tech, who ended a forty-year teaching career last May in order to devote time to historical research and writing.  While at Tech, she created and taught the Southern Women’s History course, reintroduced and reinvigorated several defunct courses such as American Labor History and American Economic History, and taught a broad spectrum of other history classes.

She has written several entries in the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Arkansas Biography, and Writing Women’s History: A Tribute to Anne Firor Scott.  She co-authored Warren G. Harding, Harbinger of Normalcy with Dr. H. Micheal Tarver.

Dardanelle and the Bottoms describes the interdependence between the rural farming community known as the Dardanelle Bottoms and the nearby town of Dardanelle.  The book explores the history of that relationship beginning in the early 1800’s through the 1940’s and the economic upheaval brought about by changes in farming, particularly in the cotton industry.  Dr. Gleason examines the complex rural/town dichotomy revealing and analyzing key components of each area, including aspects of race, education, the cotton economy and its demise, the devastation of floods and droughts, leisure, crime, and the impact of the Great Depression.

This event is free and open to the public.  Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period and a book signing, with copies of the book available for purchase.  For more information, contact Luke Heffley at (479) 964-0546 or lheffley@atu.edu.

World War I and Arkansas

Mark your calendars this week for a special presentation as part of the World War I centennial exhibit.  On Thursday, Sept. 7th, Dr. Buck Foster from the Arkansas Department of Heritage will give a presentation entitled, “World War I and Arkansas.”  Join us at 7:00 P.M.  in the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, room 300 south, for this special program in Arkansas and world history.  The entire community is invited.

Additionally, the first floor of the library has been dedicated to a traveling exhibition featuring panels that illustrate the historic events of 100 years ago.  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 entire state of Arkansas.  The panels will be available here until Sept. 25th.

Display panels for the World War One exhibit

Display panels for the WW1 exhibit

In addition to the panels, a local collector, Lee Fields, has loaned his collection of World War I memorabilia for our display cases, including weapons, books, bayonets, and even the iconic dough-boy helmet worn by U.S. soldiers during the war.

Display case featuring a WW1 uniform and hat.Display case featuring WWI artifacts

Stay tuned for future events throughout the month of September, October, and November to celebrate the Centennial of World War 1.  You can read the full schedule here or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  For more information about the World War I speakers and events, contact Luke Heffley at (479) 964-0546 or lheffley@atu.edu

Back to School

Welcome home and welcome back!  The Library is open and ready for new and returning students & faculty.  Over the summer, we’ve really bulked up with new services, new hours, and new databases designed to help everyone keep calm and carry on through the academic life of Tech.  Here’s the top five things you should know about Tech’s most popular destination for studying, printing, and researching.

We’re Open Late…Really Late

The Library is the best and ONLY place on campus open for studying, printing, and meeting after midnight at Tech.  From Sunday through Thursday, we remain open until 1:00 AM and continue to offer excellent and slightly over-caffeinated service long after other offices and buildings close.

In addition, the Library will now offer extended hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Beginning Friday, August 25th, the library will remain open until 8:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays during the regular fall semester.  Additionally, we will open early on Sunday’s at 1:00 PM beginning Sunday, August 27th.

hours for the library in a chart.

Check our website for full schedules, special hours during holidays, and our upcoming 24-hour schedule at finals.  Feel free to bring in a coffee (with a lid) and burn the midnight oil with us.

We Got the Prints

We know many students at Tech only come to the library for the printers.  And that’s ok!  But if you are new, the act of printing can be a little confusing.  Here’s a step-by-step introduction on how to print:

  1. Login to a computer in the General Lab.
  2. Press Ctrl + P or find a Printer Icon to print your academic paper, course schedule, or cute cat pics.
  3. Choose “Dell Universal Print Queue” as your printer and select “Print”
  4. Get up and look for the printer stations. These are separate computers next to a large laser printer.
  5. Login with your Tech Username/Password or simply swipe your ID at the station.  You should see your document ready to print.  You’ll also see the balance on your account and the cost of the job.
  6. If everything looks right, press print.

Prints costs $0.10 a page in black and white, but we also have a color printer that eats up $0.30 a page.  Every student starts with $20 on their account each semester.  But if you run out of money on your account, you can always top it off with cash at the PHIL station, next to Circulation Desk.

If something goes wrong or you can’t find the right printer, friendly staff are standing by on all floors to help with this very thing.

You Can Get a Room

image of bookit chart with red squares indicating booked rooms and green squares indicating free rooms

The Library offers study rooms, multimedia-use rooms, and even an audio lab to record songs, mix music, or narrate video.  Reserve space using our online reservation system, Book It.   The Library has 5 study rooms that can be reserved by any Tech faculty, staff, or student on a first come, first serve basis.

If you need to make a Tegrity recording, reserve one of our Multimedia rooms.  These all-purpose rooms allow you to record yourself taking an exam for instructors, create video or audio presentations, or use interactive software such as Read & Write Gold or Pronunciator.

screenshot of how to book a tegrity room from the Book It dropdown.

If you need to make a podcast or lay down some sick beats, you might want to book some time in our new Audio Lab.  Open to all students, faculty, and staff, the audio lab contains sophisticated software and hardware designed to create professional recordings.   Professional staff are standing by to help you learn the software and make something amazing.

a picture of a woman's hands manipulating a Mini mixing board

We’re All About That (Data)base

Need research?  We have all that in one easy-to-use search:

Screenshot of our find it search engine. There's a blank to search articles, books, and moreSearch and find scholarly articles, books, DVDs, streaming video, or calculators using our search engine for all things Tech Library.  Not sure how to find something in Find It?  See this handy guide for getting the most out of your searches: http://libguides.atu.edu/FindIt

If you need something more specialized, see our list of A-to-Z databases, containing over 200 topical databases for every subject or format need.

We’re Better Than Google

google search result indicating that librarians are the secret masters of the universe.

A search engine will never replace the listening, knowledgeable, and compassionate humans at the Library (at least…not yet).  We have dedicated, friendly staff poised to drop anything to help you succeed.  We thrive on questions, and chase after answers like the professional information hunters that we are.  When you are in need of an answer and don’t know who to call, call us: (855) 761-0006.  We may not always know the answer, but we know the right place to find it.  You can also ask us a question via Ask-A-Librarian or text us at (479) 802-4876.

So come by this semester, either online or in-person, and let us help you find the answers, book a study room, or print your cat pictures.  In the meantime, welcome (back) to Tech and good luck!


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 lheffley@atu.edu or visit http://library.atu.edu.

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!