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- Volume 6 Issue 5-
September, 2008

College Archives Has Moved

The Otterbein Room has moved! Over the past three weeks the historical collection of the college has moved from its cramped quarters on the third floor of the Courtright Memorial Library to the basement area formerly occupied by WOCC-TV. This move doubles the amount of storage space available to the archives, which will allow the many treasures of Otterbein’s past to be properly displayed for the first time in over a decade.

Archivist Stephen D. Grinch and his team of student workers will spend Fall quarter and Christmas break organizing the collections and preparing the new museum space. During this time the Otterbein Room will be open by appointment only, Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 6:00. To schedule an appointment please call Stephen at (614) 823 – 1761 or contact him via e-mail at SGrinch@Otterbein.edu.

Ohio Textbook Portal

If you are a college or university student in Ohio, you can now use the Ohio Textbook Portal to save about 50 percent off the price of a new print textbook. It searches a commercial site where students can purchase etextbooks. It also searches the OhioLINK Central Catalog, the Ebooks Center, and Safari. As Otterbein is a member of the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) , you’ll receive an additional 10 percent savings from CourseSmart. You can use your credit card to buy the digital textbook, and it will be available immediately.


Delivered in digital formats, these textbooks support note-taking, bookmarking, and searching — ideal study aids when organizing your studying or preparing for a test. These digital texts are the ecological choice, but if you want to print several or many pages of the text you can do that, too. More news and details...


New materials added in the past month. More...
News About Research Databases

Black Thought and Culture provides approximately 100,000 pages of monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present. The collection is intended for research in black studies, political science, American history, music, literature, and art. It is a single source for the published works of numerous historically important black leaders. Along with well-known works, the collection features approximately 5,000 pages of unique, fugitive, and never-before-published materials. The database offers unprecedented possibilities for the study of the historical development of black culture and will appeal to students and scholars alike. It will enable teachers to create new courses and to compile reading lists that refer to individual authors, issues, viewpoints, and common critical issues.

EI Engineering Village is a cross database searching service offering a wide range of resources covering applied science and engineering. Databases include: Compendex, EI Patents, GeoBase, NTIS and Referex. Compendex contains references and abstracts from some 5,000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports covering all engineering disciplines. Online coverage is from 1884 to date. Ei Patents comprises millions of patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office. GeoBase is a multidisciplinary database of indexed research literature on the earth sciences, including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation. NTIS (National Technical Information Service) database contains citations to unclassified reports from U.S. and international government agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Materials cited date from 1899 to the present. Referex Engineering is comprised of six collections of full-text searchable engineering reference e-books.

Vault Online Career Library brand new video content has been added to the Vault Online Career Library!  These videos, which highlight the quality “insider” perspective which Vault is best known for, provide students with visual guidance on such topics as job search and interview advice, workplace diversity, and more!  The Vault Online Career Library is the world’s most popular and most useful career information database currently being used at over 1,000 institutions worldwide.  In this competitive job market, combined with these frustrating economic times, your students cannot afford to be without this resource. 

Several OhioLINK databases were replaced with new resources:

Biography Reference Bank (replaces American National Biography)

Consumer Health Complete [info] (new from EBSCO)

Science Online (replaces Access Science)

World Book Web (replaces Encyclopaedia Britannica)

New Online Nursing Journals from LWW

The library has added over 70 new nursing titles online from the publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) through the Ovid Technologies company. Journals from LWW include such titles as The Nurse Practitioner, Journal of WOCN, (Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing), and JONA (Journal of Nursing Administration). And, according to the publisher:
LWW Nursing & Health Professions Premier Collection features two new exciting nursing titles: LPN 2006 and Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! both of which feature essential content that will support your nursing staff development needs. The collection also features additional "must have" titles that professionals in your institution will want including Biomedical Safety Standards and Journal of Patient Safety.
To see a complete title list and access these journals search the OPAL catalog by keyword "ovid technologies." Not only are these titles listed in the catalog, but they are also integrated into our A-Z journal list and will be linked by the "FIND IT" command when articles come up in CINAHL or another nursing database.

New Macintosh, New Equipments & Refreshed Lab

Welcome back Students and Faculty to the new Fall Term at Otterbein. During the summer, five new Macintosh computers were added along with new PCs through the PC replacement program in the lower level lab.


The circulation department has purchased new equipment for your class, work, or personal use: new camcorders, Flip video recorders, digital cameras, and calculators. We still have laptops, data projectors, presentation remotes, digital audio recorders, and DVD/VCR combos. Item descriptions and online reservation options can be found at the library equipment webpage


Please allow at least one full business day to process reservations.

Items on Reserve for the Fall Term

It is time again for professors to place items on reserve for the autumn term. Please bring the items you would like placed on reserve and allow at least 2 business days for requested items to be processed. 

Online reservations can be made at the Course Reserve Request Form webpage.  You can also see what items you already have on reserve by searching for your name on the Course Reserves webpage.

If you own an item you would like placed on reserve, please make sure your name and department is written somewhere on the item. If the library does not own what you want placed on reserve and you do not have an extra copy, please request that the library purchase a copy by filling out the online New Item Request Form.  Please specify in the Comments section the course, term, and loan period the item should be on reserve for.  If you need the item quickly, please type “RUSH” in the Comments section.



Welcome Our New Staff Members

New Information Literacy Librarian - Rares Piloiu has joined us as information literacy specialist. He comes to Otterbein College from the Queens Borough Public Library System of NYC. He holds several degrees, including a PhD and MLS, has taught at SUNY Buffalo and worked as a librarian in Europe. He is the liaison librarian for the departments of Education, Psychology, Theatre & Dance, and ESL

New Evening Supervisor - Carrie ZhengWe are excited to have Carrie Zheng from China as our newest graduate assistant. Carrie is enrolled in the MBA program and works for the library from 10 pm to 2 am Sunday through Thursday.  Her work allows us to continue offering extended hours this academic year.  When Carrie isn't working or closing the library, she enjoys tennis and swimming.

New Acquisition Manager - Elizabeth Carroll. A special belated welcome goes out to Elizabeth Carroll, who joined the library in February as our Acquisition Manager.  She works closely with the librarians, faculty and staff to purchase items for our library collection.   

Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, graduated from Otterbein in 2002 with her B.A. in History, and is currently enrolled in Otterbein’s MBA program.  She now lives in Dublin, OH, with her fiancé, John, and their three puppies.  When she’s not reading or watching movies, Elizabeth and John can be found hiking or playing Frisbee golf.  Elizabeth and John will be married on September 17th, and she looks forward to many more years of service to the Otterbein community.  

1st floor Library Display

Otterbein historical connections with Sierra Leone are explored through artifacts from Sierra Leone on loan from the Art Department and the Otterbein College Archives. Visit the entire exhibit on the 1st floor.

Need more information? Have more questions? Visit the library home page at http://library.otterbein.edu. Instant Messaging a librarian (Screename:Otterbeinlibrary).
E-mail us at Library@otterbein.edu or call us at 823-1984