Monday, April 18, 2016

Ebrary Academic Complete Is Now Available!

A new collection of over 132,000 curated academic ebooks is now available to Piedmont College students and faculty. This is made possible thanks to the Library's participation in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library.

The Ebrary Academic Complete collection provides ebooks in all academic disciplines, so links are available on all the Library's subject pages for online resources. Soon, individual records will be available in the MAYFLOWER and in the Search Everything service.




The Ebrary Academic Complete collection includes scholarly ebooks from leading university presses, including the University of Georgia Press and the presses of Duke, Chicago, California, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and North Carolina, to mention only a few. 

It also includes titles from many important academic publishers, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Springer, Teacher's College, Wolters Kluwer, ASCD, National Academies, and Wiley, to name only a few.

There is no significant overlap with our EBSCO Academic Ebook collection, so a researcher's access to ebooks is greatly enriched and enhanced by the addition of Ebrary. Moreover, access to each title is unlimited, so many users can access or download a title simultaneously. And of course, Ebrary is available off-campus with your Ezproxy username and password.

To help keep track of books they are interested in, users can create personal accounts on the Ebrary system and create Bookshelves. Here is a link for further information about the Ebrary Academic Complete collection, and a link to learn more about how to use the collection.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What is Full Text Finder? or, Where's the Find It Button?

    
An important Library service has been updated and improved! The Find It service has been replaced by Full Text Finder.


As you know, the Library provides access to a huge number of full-text articles, e-books, and online reference materials, as well as comprehensive collections of streaming audio and video files. In addition, our researchers have access to an even larger number of citations and abstracts for articles, books, and dissertations that don't include in the full-text.

All of these materials, those available in full-text and those that are not, are provided through a large number of online services from several different providers. Without a central service that links all of this knowledge and information together, it would be very difficult for researchers to work efficiently. A comprehensive search would mean performing the same queries in many different resources, over and over.

Both Find It and Full Text Finder provide these necessary linking services. Both know about all the full-text articles that Piedmont College Library users have access to, as well as precisely which services offer them. This is what allows you, for example, to be working in ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health and have direct access to the full text of an article that's provided in CINAHL Complete, an EBSCOHost service.

We recently made the switch from Find It to Full Text Finder, which we believe allows a much simpler workflow for research. Let's take this citation as an example:


With the Find It service, clicking the icon would lead you to an intermediate screen where you might have to choose from a list of multiple services containing that article.

With Full Text Finder, there is no intermediate screen. You will go directly to a service that contains the article and you can begin reading immediately:

But what if the full text of an article is not available? We all know the frustration of realizing an article we need for our research is inaccessible. Thankfully, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for journal articles is very fast. Full Text Finder replaces the former hodge-podge of different ILL forms and provides the same interface no matter which service you are using.

Let’s look at different example. Let’s say you really want to read the article represented by this citation:


This is what you’ll see when you click on Full Text Finder:


And if you click on the ILL link, you'll always see this familiar form and you can fill out your contact information, click Submit, and in most cases, receive your article by email within 48-72 hours.


Monday, March 23, 2015

New in Contemporary Poetry!

Among the 90,000 or so books on the shelves of our library are hundreds of volumes of poetry. You can find thousands more in our online collection (did you know you could search Humanities Source and Literature Online for poems?). But the majority of this work was written before any of us were even born. We've all been reading Keats and Poe and Whitman and Ginsberg for years, but what kind of poetry is being written right now? Where is the poetry that speaks to our modern life experiences?

Last month, with the help of English professor Dr. Timothy O'Keefe, the Library began a collection development project to strengthen our holdings in contemporary poetry. Most of these books have trickled in over the last few weeks and they're now ready to hit the shelves. Click the image below to browse the collection at our Goodreads page:

 Piedmont College Library's Newest Poetry Books


As always, please send any personal requests or suggestions to dgibbs@piedmont.edu. The more, the better!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thousands of pictures worth millions of words




There are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them. 

--Diane Arbus, 1972

From the first horses scrawled roughly on cave walls to the latest Pixar film in 3-D, no art form in history has experienced as rapid an ascent -- or such astonishing evolution -- as photography. Through it all, it has remained a vital tool for self-reflection and a compelling product of human creativity. Silent and omnipresent, photography plays a role in all of our lives, every single day -- many times a day -- and yet never loses its inherent power to teach, delight, comfort, or overwhelm us.

Over the past few months, we at Piedmont College Libraries have been working hard to grow our collection of fine art photography monographs, nearly doubling the number of volumes in Class TR (which is where you'll find them, on the last row of the 4th floor of the Arrendale Library). From a small selection of books dealing mostly in black-and-white fashion and landscape photography from the mid-1900s, our collection has expanded to include the groundbreaking color work of pioneers like William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, the highly-stylized pop art of David LaChapelle and Gregory Crewdson, and the poignant social critique of Joel Sternfeld and Martin Parr. We've also gone back in time and acquired several masterpieces of the genre that had never sat on our shelves -- peerless classics like Robert Frank's The Americans, Bernd and Hilla Becher's Industrial Landscapes, Stephen Shore's Uncommon Places, Richard Avedon's Performance, William Eggleston's Guide, and Walker Evans' American Photographs. No photography collection is complete without these touchstones, and now they're available to you at the Piedmont College Library.


This project is ongoing. We've already purchased many significant new works, such as Richard Misrach's Petrochemical America -- which inspired the striking visual style of the hit HBO drama True Detective -- and Robert Polidori's After the Flood, which covers the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster...and we will continue to collect these important cultural and artistic documents. You can browse the newest additions by clicking here. As always, we love requests, so please -- if you don't see your favorite photographer in the stacks, let us hear about it!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AAUP Opposes Trigger Warnings

A subcommittee of the American Association of University Professors has drafted and approved a statement opposing the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. The document supports academic freedom and takes the following position:
The presumption that students need to be protected rather than challenged in a classroom is at once infantilizing and anti-intellectual. It makes comfort a higher priority than intellectual engagement and--as the Oberlin list demonstrates--it singles out politically controversial topics like sex, race, class, capitalism, and colonialism for attention. 
Indeed, if such topics are associated with triggers, correctly or not, they are likely to be marginalized if not avoided altogether by faculty who fear complaints for offending or discomforting some of their students. Although all faculty are affected by potential charges of this kind, non-tenured and contingent faculty are particularly at risk. In this way the demand for trigger warnings creates a repressive, “chilly climate” for critical thinking in the classroom.
Read the complete "On Trigger Warnings" (August 2014).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tug of the Past, Lure of the Future

Sociologist Allison Hurst helped launch the Association of Working Class Academics with a membership composed of "faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and administrators from working- or poverty-class backgrounds."

Among other research, Hurst has published an engaging study of working-class students and describes the many challenges they face in the realm of higher education:
Limited expectations, unfamiliarity with the college application process, transportation troubles (to tests, to campuses, to interviews), the perceived "treachery” of moving away from friends and family, the exorbitant cost of college and the necessity to work and take on unmanageable debt--all of these factors play a role in the decision to go to college. A few working-class students are either fortunate enough to find mentors who will help guide them through this process or are perseverant enough to make a way for themselves. 
It is crucial to understand, while applying to college is rarely easy, it is much more difficult for some, so much so that many working-class undergraduates feel they have “made it” simply by entering college. . . . [T]oo often there is a “myth of classlessness” operating on our campuses, that by the fact that all are here all are similar. This could not be farther from the truth.
Read more from College and the Working Class: What It Takes to Make It (2012).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We Were All Freshmen Once

Julie Wollman, president of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, enrolled in a spring music class with a group of undergraduates. Her experience helped to connect (and reconnect) her with many of the challenges and concerns that new college students bear:
"I’m really nervous about going to the second class, afraid I’ll be the only one who isn’t any good. I’m not taking it for credit or a grade, but the thought actually crosses my mind that I should skip class; after all, I can offer a good excuse. I am shocked to realize that, 36 years after I started my freshman year of college, being in a simple but challenging class well out of my comfort zone, I am again looking for excuses to miss class. So I go, despite my fear. Before class, waiting for the professor to arrive, I chat with my classmates about how hard it is to breathe right and make a sound come out and I feel less alone in my incompetence."
Read the rest of "Becoming a Freshman, Again" at InsideHigherEducation.com.