8 Library Facts

If you are new to campus, it’s quite possible you haven’t had the chance to visit the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.  Here are 8 library facts you should know to help you make the most of the collections and services we offer at the Library.

1. We have all the things

Looking for books?  Sure, we’ve got books.  But did you also know we check out graphing calculators?  DVDs?  Audiobooks?  Headphones?  CDs?  Scanners?  Yes, we have all of those, too.  Search our catalog to find all of this and more.  If you just need a quiet place to study, print your paper, or book a study room, we offer that, too.All the things

2. Get started with Libguides

There are so many resource at the Library, it can be overwhelming to find the right resource for your topic.  Where do you start?  LibGuides can give you direction for finding books, articles, and search strategies for whatever assignment is thrown at you.  Compiled by librarians, each guide is tailored for a specific subject, and in some cases, a specific course.

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 3. Learn anything with online tutorials

Whether you want to brush up on your Spanish or learn Microsoft Excel, the Library can help you further your education from the comfort of your own dorm room.

  • Mango Languages feature online tutorials for learning 63 languages, including Japanese, English as a second language, and Pirate.
  • If you are more interested in learning software, create an account with the Virtual Training Center (VTC).  As a student (or faculty/staff), you have free access to over 98,000 video tutorials on programming, databases, web design, or basic computer courses through the VTC.
  • For help using library resources, check out our own Library Tutorials page, featuring videos on using Dewey Decimal, online library resources, interlibrary loan, and other services.
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(Kung Fu tutorials not yet available)

4. Credo Reference is your new best friend

Think of Wikipedia.  Now imagine if it was a reputable, scholarly resource which could connect you to articles, books, and other academic resources about your specific topic.  That’s Credo Reference.  Comprised of hundreds of encyclopedias and dictionaries, it can mean one-stop shopping for many research assignments.  We love it so much, we put it on our homepage.

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5. We give away fabulous prizes on social media

Last year, we gave away books, buttons, and even a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.   We also gave away free information about our hours, events, and new additions to the library.  Like us & follow us.  We might even be giving away something right now…

6. We’re constantly acquiring new stuff

The Library continues to add new books, DVDs, and other materials as the semester progresses.  You can keep up new items by clicking the Open Your Mind logo on the top right corner of our homepage.  That will take you to a list of recently purchased books, movies, and music.

If you are in the library and would like to browse just the new books, we also have a new books section in the lobby, near the south entrance.

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7. Can’t find it?  Library A-Z it

We have a new way to navigate every library resource we offer—the Library A-Z page.    The Library A-Z list provides direct links to library maps, electronic tools, policies, collections, contact information, and anything else that we can provide through our website.

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8. Home of the ultimate know-it-alls

Despite their godlike powers, the librarians at RPL are highly approachable, friendly, and helpful.  No question is too mundane or too complex for them to lend their expertise and attention.  Give them a call (toll-free) at 855-761-0006 or email them at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Drop by the Reference Desk for on the spot questions.  Remember, you cannot yet contact them through intense mental concentration, but keep checking our website for additional services we may provide in the future.

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New audiobooks!

Planning a long trip this summer?  Take along the ultimate road companion—audiobooks.  The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center recently added a selection of newly published award-winning fiction, comedy, science fiction, biography, and more to our audiobooks section located to the east of the Reference Desk.

Browse our latest titles by clicking this link.  Most of our audiobooks are available in audio CD format, but we have a growing number of titles in MP3-CD format, which makes downloading a book to your phone or ipod a breeze.

The titles below represent only a fraction of the books you can take along for your work-outs, road-trips, or just a lounge by the pool-side:

Richard PryorFurious cool : Richard Pryor and the world that made him

Provides a rare glimpse into the life of the outspoken comedic genius whose humble beginnings as the child of a prostitute helped shaped him into one of the most influential and outstanding performers of all time.

Great Gatsby audiobookThe great Gatsby 

James Gatz, a self-educated nobody from North Dakota, amasses a fortune and adopts the persona of Jay Gatsby, an Oxford-educated man about town. His motive? To win back the heart of Daisy, the woman he loved in his youth.  This classic novel is narrated by Hollywood star, Jake Gyllenhaal.

I am Malala

I am Malala: [the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban]

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out.  She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, but her miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey

LongbournLongbourn

Pride and Prejudice was only half the story.  The servants at Longbourn estate, only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen’s classic, take center stage in Jo Baker’s new novel.

The SystemThe system: the glory and scandal of big-time college football

An explosive and revelatory portrait reported from deep behind the scenes of big-time NCAA football: the passion, the thrilling action, and the shocking realities that lie beneath this colossal, multibillion-dollar business.

I suck at girls I suck at girls

Presents a humorous collection of stories about the author’s relationships with the opposite sex told chronologically, from his first kiss to getting engaged.

World War ZWorld War Z

Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.  Read by an all-star cast including Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, John Turturro, Nathan Fillion, Simon Pegg, Bruce Boxleitner, and many others.

You can find these titles and more just across from the Reference Desk.  Have a suggestion for a great audiobook title?  Give us a shout at askalibrarian@atu.edu.  

 

Top Ten of 2013

Tis’ the season for top ten lists!  Bookstores have best seller lists; libraries have best circulating lists.  Here’s a look at what Arkansas Tech has been reading, watching, and listening to during the year 2013.

Top ten most checked-out books from the Popular Reading collection:

  1. World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war / by Max Brooks.
  2. Cinder / written by Marissa Meyer.
  3. Crown of embers / by Rae Carson
  4. Game of thrones / George R.R. Martin.
  5. Giver / Lois Lowry.
  6. Incarceron / Catherine Fisher.
  7. Scorpio Races / Maggie Stiefvater.
  8. Girl of fire and thorns / Rae Carson.
  9. History of the world according to Facebook / Wylie Overstreet.
  10. Why we broke up / novel by Daniel Handler

Top ten most checked-out audiobooks:

  1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone / J.K. Rowling.
  2. Hobbit / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  3. Game of thrones  / George R.R. Martin.
  4. Feast for crows / George R.R. Martin.
  5. Storm front / Jim Butcher.
  6. Telegraph Avenue : a novel / Michael Chabon.
  7. Bayou trilogy / by Daniel Woodrell.
  8. James Herriot collection / by James Herriot.
  9. Singularity is near : when humans transcend biology / Ray Kurzweil.
  10. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets / J.K. Rowling.

Top ten most checked-out movies:

  1. Curious case of Benjamin Button
  2. Silver linings playbook
  3. Avatar
  4. Life of Pi
  5. Insidious
  6. Thor
  7. Game of thrones. The complete second season
  8. Skyfall
  9. Walking dead. The complete first season
  10. Spirited away

And the number one most checked-out item in the whole library is….circulation headphones!

Want something from these lists that is checked out?  You can always place a hold request on the item so that when it returns, you will be the first to know.  Just find the item in the online catalog, and pick “Place a Hold or Recall” action from the top left of your screen.

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For questions about placing holds, checking out items, or searching the online catalog, contact your ever popular librarians: askalibrarian@atu.edu.  Happy new year!

Changes

For many of you, this week is all about change–a change in lifestyle, a change of address, and a change in sleeping patterns.  The Library has made some changes, too.  Here’s a summary of some of the new things we’ve added, along with some of changes we’ve made to our existing collections over the summer break:

New Databases

We added two new databases to our collection that is sure to appeal to anyone interested in current events, international studies, foreign languages, or just about anyone trying to brush up on their Spanish.  Mango Languages is our new language-learning system which can help you learn over 60 different languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, or even Pirate.   Library Press Display is a digital newspaper database featuring newspapers from around Arkansas, the United States, or from 97 other countries around the world.   Learn more about both services from our summer blog posts from July 12 and July 17.

New Research Guides

The Librarians have been hard at work this summer creating new study guides for various subjects and courses to get you prepared for researching using Library resources.  This summer, we added research guides for Art, Biology, Distance Learning, E-Tech 101, and many more.  You can view them all by directing your browser guns here: http://libguides.atu.edu/.  They can also be found under the Help menu from our homepage.

New Mobile Site

Get help from Library whenever and wherever you are with our new mobile site: http://library.atu.edu/m/.  Get quick access to our databases, online catalog, and our contact information from any mobile device.

Audiobooks Moved To the 1st Floor

We’ve moved the Audiobooks to the east of the Reference Desk, in the first section of shelving.  Last year, they were in the Music Lab, which made it difficult to browse for your favorite titles.  Now they are on the shelves near the Reference desk, available for check-out and browsing any time the library is open.

Youth Moved To the 1st Floor, Too

The Youth collection, comprising books for children and young adults, has moved to the first floor as well, directly across from the Periodicals section in the “short” shelves.

Reference and Index were shifted

Looking for a familiar book in a familiar place in Reference?  Can’t find it? Never fear–we have shifted the Reference and Index collections so not everything is in their usual place anymore.  If you still can’t find it, it is possible the item is missing or was removed from the collection.  If so, tell us about it: askalibrarian@atu.edu.   We might be able to acquire another copy for the library.

So how do you like the changes?  Let us know by commenting below, on Facebook, or send us an email.  It’s your library–what would you change?

 

Roadtrip!

Taking a roadtrip this summer?  Make the miles more interesting by bringing along an an audiobook for getting through those traffic jams and lonely highways.  Tech library has over 200 titles on CD or MP3-CD from which to choose.   Recently,  all audiobooks moved out of the Multimedia lab and onto the shelves to the east of the Reference desk for better browsing.  Swing by the Reference Desk for help choosing that perfect companion for long distance travel, working out at the gym, or sunbathing at the beach.

If you’re thinking about taking a long trip this summer, why not take along these books to pass the drive-time/flight-time:

And if you want to get fully caught up on all of the George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, made more popular by the Game of Thrones series on HBO, you have just enough time to listen to all five books on a trip from here to Destin, Florida—if you walk the whole way (192 hours).

Safe travels!

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Out of Order

Out of order

On Monday, May 13th, the online catalog will be unavailable while the Library performs a necessary maintenance upgrade to improve functionality.  During this time, you will not be able to use the online catalog to search for books, DVDs, CDs, journals, course reserves, or other locally held items.

But never fear–the librarians are still here!  If you need to locate at item within our collection, the circulation desk will be happy to help.  You can also use Worldcat to find out if materials are available at Arkansas Tech or other libraries in the community.  All of our research databases will continue to function, including Ebsco A-to-Z list of journals.  Additionally, you will still be able to check out materials, request items through ILL, and use the computer lab.

Thank you for your patience while we improve our systems.  Come see us at the Circulation Desk if you have questions or have trouble finding what you need.

Robert Baden-Powell

Robert-Baden-PowellBaden-Powell was born Feb. 22, 1857 in London, Arkansas (lol) England. He was a British army officer, but became famous as founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts youth movements. He ran his first camp in 1907. His Scouting for Boys book was issued in 1908 and is since the essence of the movement.

See what the Tech Library holds on the boy scouts subject at http://goo.gl/vg8Vs.

See what Britannica Encyclopedia says on Baden Powell at http://goo.gl/viheE.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood was born January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Best known for his portraying of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he also lent his voice to main characters in animated movies such as 9 and Happy Feet. He recorded James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard as audio book with the author in 2009. More recently, he is Ryan Newman in the TV series Wilfred. Ryan sees his neighbor’s dog Wilfred as a grown man instead of the animal that everyone else sees… The Tech Library holds all these items and more. Check the Tech Library collection at http://goo.gl/o5xF6.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill passed away forty-eight years ago at the age of 90. He is known for his major role as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He started writing in 1899 and Literature Online lists 59 works by him. Learn about his life and work through the biography database Literature Online at http://goo.gl/qkXkQ. View videos of some of his speeches in Britannica Academic Edition at http://goo.gl/JcETz. See what the Tech Library holds on Sir Winston Churchill at http://goo.gl/cPdko.

Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet was born in Paris on January 23, 1832. He was a French painter. He was a precursor of the famed impressionist period (late 19th to early 20th centuries). His art was openly rejected at first and it is only in the early 1870s that it was recognized as a new form. He and Monet became friends in 1874. Read about Manet’s life and work on Britannica Academic Edition at http://goo.gl/4bxmE. Learn about Edouard Manet through the books and DVDs the Tech Library holds (http://goo.gl/peLxv).