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- Volume 4 Issue 3-
March, 2006

We Dance Together - Art Exhibition, Presentation and Reception by Candee Basford and Opening of the Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space

This art exhibition, reception and talk by Candee Basford will be the opening event for the Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space.

Candee Basford is a nationally known independent consultant, who works with families and educators on inclusive education and community building, specializing in incorporating art and images into her professional career and presentations.

The web site will honor the memory of Erin McKenzie, a 2004 Westerville South High School Graduate who had worked in the Otterbein College Theatre Department from the summer season of 2003 through August, 2004.  The purpose of this space is to gather books, media, and information that encourage conversations and facilitate our discovery of one another’s cultures, experiences, and struggles and how we are connected; to celebrate the gifts and talents in each of us; and to help us build inclusive communities where all are valued.

We hope you will join us on April 3 from 2 - 3:30 PM as we begin to thinking differently about how we listen, observe, reflect, learn, and share our stories, ­ in this case through art.

Candee is available to come to classes to discuss her work with students and faculty.  Please contact Lois Szudy, 823-1414, in the library to make arrangements for class visits.     

Candee Basford’s art work will be on display in the library from April 3 until April 13.

A Night of Treasures

The Friends of the Otterbein College Courtright Memorial Library are hosting "A Night of Treasures" on Saturday April 8 beginning at 7:00 pm.  This evening of music and entertainment includes a silent auction of wonderful treasures donated by area merchants and community members, a presentation by the 2006 Freshmen Musical Theatre students under the direction of Dennis Davenport, and the annual business meeting of the Friends.  The cost is $10.00 ($5.00 for students).

Arrive for this fabulous evening at 7:00 PM to begin bidding on the silent auction items, including (but not limited to) gift certificates to area restaurants; Easter baskets; art work (David Stichweh, Petie Dodrill, & Bess Armstrong); one-hour massage; a one night stay at Embassy Suites; and autographed copies of books written by Pat Lewis. 

At 7:30 PM, enjoy the Freshmen Musical Theatre Students production of "Ha-Ha" -- a presentation of comedy songs from various eras of musical theatre, including "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" as originally sung by Groucho Marx, and songs by Sondheim, Cole Porter, & Bernstein.

Immediately following "Ha-Ha" you will have the opportunity to finish bidding on the silent auction items and enjoy refreshments.  

All are welcome -- you do not need to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend.  Money raised from this event will be used for the historical preservation and renovation of the Otterbein Room, our college Archives.

Research Databases Updates

World Development Indicators: WDI Online offers the World Bank's comprehensive database on development data, covering more than 600 indicators, 208 economies, and 18 regional and income groups. The extensive collection of development data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators for more than forty years.

The easy-to-use data system allows you to retrieve the data, definitions, sources, and footnotes, with several ways of displaying the data--indexed, as percentage change, and in graphs--and standard export formats.

PsycCRITIQUES is a new searchable database of book reviews in psychology. PsycCRITIQUES provides full text reviews of current books and some popular films, videos, and software as well as comparative reviews of books. In each weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES will deliver approximately 20 reviews of psychological books, most from the current copyright year.

Quick Search @ OhioLINK:

Today, you can stop searching and start finding the information you seek with OhioLINK's new search tool, Quick Search @ OhioLINK.

Quick Search @ OhioLINK provides simple, Google-like searching with reliable, library-quality results that are appropriate for class and research. This search helps you save time by letting you search multiple resources simultaneously and receive results in a unified display.

Conduct a Quick Search to search resources in a specific subject or discipline or use the Multi-Database Search option to customize your search. Try Quick Search @ OhioLINK when:

  • you are working on a class assignment and don’t really know where to begin
  • you are looking quickly for a few articles and don’t need the most scholarly or complete results
  • you are used to searching Google
Quiet Study Place

Why does the library . . . never ask anyone to be QUIET?! To respond to the complaints about too much noise in the library, the staff has made the 3rd floor a quiet study space. Cell phones need to be turned off when you study in this quiet area.

There are several issues contributing to the noise in the library. The first is that the 1st floor (main level) & 2nd floor are designed to facilitate collaborative work and a more social atmosphere. Another contributing factor is that both staffed service points, the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk, are located on the first floor. Library staff answer questions, deal with technical issues and work with students over the phone.

The library is a combination of an educational and activity center, an information resource center for collaboration and learning, and a social commons for casual or scholarly interaction. All are as part of the process of enhancing learning and research . To encourage collaborative learning, the library is not monitoring noise levels throughout the building. If, as a user, you feel that someone is disregarding the quiet study space rule, please stop at the Circulation or Reference Desk to let a staff member know. If you plan to work in the Reference area on the main level you can expect to experience some noise!

Online Course Reserves Request Form

Course Reserves are a collection of materials with short loan periods that faculty members request to be made available as additional reading for their course offerings. Do you know that you can submit course reserve requests online? To submit a course reserve requests online, you can either bookmark http://library.otterbein.edu/Forms/creservef.htm or go to the library web and click on "Library Services and Information", then "Course Reserves".

Need more information? Have more questions? Visit the library home page at http://library.otterbein.edu. Chat with a reference librarian at http://olc6.ohiolink.edu/.
E-mail us at Library@otterbein.edu or call us at 823-1984