What's New in the Grinnell College Libraries, Fall 2013

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 12:00 am

New Faces

Micki Behounek:  Access Services Manager. Micki has a B.A. in Business Education from Buena Vista University and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in Library and Information Science. Micki has fifteen years of library experience as a High School/Middle School Teacher Librarian for South Tama County High School. Before working in education, Micki worked in sales and banking.

Tony Lewis:  Electronic Resources Management Specialist. Tony has an M.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University and has worked in academic libraries at Cleveland State University (Periodicals and Microforms), Bowling Green State University (Popular Culture Library), and the University of California Santa Barbara (Special Collections).

Interlibrary Loan Services Enhancement

We upgraded our Interlibrary Loan software! Beginning August 7, 2013, you will be able to check the status of your requests, keep track of borrowing history, and choose your preferred pick-up location for books (Burling or Kistle). Questions? Please contact Leslie Gardner (x3005, gardner[at]grinnell[dot]edu ).

New Furniture, New Name

Over summer, we purchased new chairs and tables in Burling Lounge. They make the Lounge a more flexible and attractive space for readings, lectures, or class presentations. Come check them out!

Burling's second-floor terrace overlooking Sixth Avenue has been named the Leggett Terrace in honor of Glenn Leggett, Grinnell's 8th president.

Poweshiek History Preservation Project

The Grinnell College Libraries and the Drake Community Library partnered to create the Poweshiek History Preservation Project in an effort to preserve the stories of day-to-day life of Poweshiek County residents. Digital Grinnell is serving as the long-term preservation repository for the images and audio recordings captured by the project. The public can also browse the collection through the local history Web pages of the Drake Community Library. Read more about the project at http://grinnell.lib.ia.us/poweshiekhistory/.

A Selection of New Databases

African American Newspapers (1827-1998): A collection of full text newspapers that reflect African American history, culture, and daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Dance in Video: Contains hundreds of hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980): A collection of full text newspapers that reflect Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Humanities Source (replacing Humanities International Complete): Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.

Making of the Modern World (Parts 1 and 2): The full text of thousands of books, serials, pamphlets, essays and more from major libraries around the world. These resources track the development of the modern, western world (from 1450 onwards) through the lens of trade and wealth. The titles are in English as well as many other languages.

Blackwell Companion to Phonology: A major reference work drawing together 100+ contributions from leading scholars in the field. The Companion represents a diverse range of approaches and methodologies to the key phenomena in phonological research. The Companion also focuses on phenomena and case studies to highlight historical and ongoing debates in the field.

Films on Demand Humanities and Social Sciences Collection: An extensive source for high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. The database covers various disciplines from anthropology, education, history, music & dance to philosophy & religion to political science, psychology, sociology, and technology & society.

UniWorld Online: Two unique directories that provide information about multinational business firms--"who operates where" and “who owns whom.” The database is useful for seeking employment and internships, sourcing, building a business, selling, or tracking competitors. Available information includes contact information for headquarters, branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates.