What’s on this Wednesday??? Only the oldest among us remember when there were no videos to rent and seeing a foreign film meant going to an art house theater. Companies like Janus Films saw that these movies were distributed in the United States, and Janus is now celebrating 50 years of film with a set called “Essential Art House”. The set includes a huge companion book and 50 films on DVD including classics by Eisenstein, Antonioni, Camus, Lean, Ozu, Truffaut, Renoir, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Bergman and Fellini. A keyword search in the library catalog for Janus Films will bring you a long list of what is on the shelf, any one of which might be perfect for viewing on a snowy weekend afternoon. If you want to keep a video over the holiday break, please ask for an extended loan period when you check it out.
With Christmas, Hanukkah and Id al-Adha upon us, it seems like a good time to mention the many interesting reference books on religion that the library has recently acquired . From large encyclopedic sets to Bible quotations, atlases and etiquette, there are a wide range of sources available on many aspects of Christianity and other religions.
- The Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.
- MasterPlots II. Christian Literature.
- Mainline Christians and U.S. Public Policy: a reference handbook.
- Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics.
- The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650: encyclopedia of global warfare and civilization.
- Where God and Science Meet: how brain and evolutionary studies alter our understanding of religion.
- How to be a Perfect Stranger: the essential religious etiquette handbook.
The Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition, is available in print but is also fully searchable online. This long-awaited revision of the premier reference source on Jewish life, culture, and history has been revised and expanded from 16 to 22 volumes. The editors have retained the important articles on Jewish scholarship and added many entries on contemporary Jewish life and culture., including more information on women and gender issues.
Credo Reference, our latest online reference library, includes access to twelve sources in religion including:
- Atlas of the Bible, Andromeda.
- Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth.
- Book of Bible Quotations.
- Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend.
- Dictionary of Jewish Lore and Legend.
- Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible.
- The Holy Bible, King James Version.
- The Qur’an.
- Who’s Who in Christianity.
- Who’s Who in Classical Mythology.
- Who’s Who in the New Testament.
- Who’s Who in the Old Testament.
Richard Kruizenga (’52) has given the college a splendid gift of 242 books from his personal collection of modern first editions. The donation includes works by Saul Bellow, John Cheever, James Gould Cozzens,John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, John Gardner, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Vladimir Nabokov, J. D. Salinger, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, and a few biographies about some of the authors.The gift contains extensive collections of works by Nabokov (32 titles) and Sinclair (41 items including 5 different editions of The Jungle).Perhaps the most notable books in the collection are first editions of The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, and A Farewell to Arms.
The entire collection will be kept together and shelved in the Rare Book Room where it will be available for use by students, faculty, and scholars.
Librarians are often asked, “I loved this book! What should I read next?” and created NoveList to help answer. By searching an author or title, you first identify a writer or work you already like. Then, you indicate by subject what about it piqued your interest. NoveList generates a list of books with the same subject tags and, from that list, links to plot summaries and reviews. When you find a title you’d like to read, search for it in HopeCAT or link the MeLCat and locate it there.
One copy of each DVD is on reserve to be viewed in the library. A second copy of each DVD is shelved on the CIS special collections shelves and is available for check-out.
The Library subscribed to PsycARTICLES this week, significantly increasing our holdings of psychology journals. PsycARTICLES is an electronic journal collection of 61 scholarly journals in psychology and related disciplines published by the American Psychological Association. The journals cover a wide range of fields besides psychology, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology and communications. Click here for a complete list of the titles included.
PsycARTICLES is updated daily, as issues are released to the database. The average currency is about a week after a print issue is mailed. In 2006, APA completed a multi-year process to digitize APA journals in PsycARTICLES back to Volume 1, Issue 1. The oldest journal, Psychological Review, began in 1894.
Users can search the PsycARTICLES database individually through the CSA platform or just link to full-text articles identified through searches in PsycInfo or other journal databases. Users can also set up new issue alerts to receive the table of contents of a specific journal via email whenever the latest issue is added to the database.
When the library subscribes to electronic journal packages, it is our philosophy that the license should include authorization to use articles for a variety of teaching and research purposes. Therefore, most of our journal package licenses include permission to include articles in Moodle courses and e-reserve. Some journal packages also allow the distribution through print course packs and as class handouts. PsycARTICLES allows use in Moodle but not for print course packs. The library is in the process of creating a database of electronic subscription licenses. If you have questions about how an electronic journal article may be used, please contact the library.
Barbara and Richard Mezeske dropped by the library to donate a copy of their new book, Beyond Tests and Quizzes: Creative Assessments in the College Classroom, which they co-edited. The book comes hot off the press from Jossey-Bass, October 2007. Contents of the book include chapters by a number of Hope College faculty including Janis Gibbs, Kathy Winnett-Murray, Thomas Smith, Lee Forester, Elizabeth Trembly and Susan Cherup, Michael Misovich and Roger Veldman, Richard Ray, Rhoda Janzen, Mary DeYoung, David Schock, and Scott VanderStoep.
The library attempts to collect all books published by Hope College Faculty. They are shelved in a special Hope Faculty Publications collection near the Reference Desk on the first floor of Van Wylen. In addition, the library maintains the official college Bibliography of Publications by Hope College Faculty. We rely on authors to submit information on their publications in order to keep the bibliography up-to-date. The bibliography includes books, stories, poems, plays, journal articles, chapters in books, reviews, musical and other recordings,choreographed works, CD-ROMS, computer programs and patents, etc. issued during the current year. Bibliographic information must be submitted by the end of February in order to be included in the upcoming 2007 bibliography. Bibliographies for previous years, including a cumulative collection, are also accessible from the library’s website.