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- Volume 7 Issue 5 -
September, 2009

New Visiting Librarian from China

Starting in September, the library will be hosting, for two months, a visiting Chinese librarian Ms. Yunjiang Tan from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. Sichuan is also the giant panda's hometown.

Ms. Tan will be an active participant in regular library duties. Her goal is to gain first hand knowledge and experience in an U.S. academic library in order to apply that knowledge and experience in her home library in the future.

Academic librarians around the world are realizing the importance of developing a broader awareness of other cultures. An increasing number of academic libraries in the United States, China, and elsewhere are engaging in international partnerships.

Ms. Tan is not the first librarian to visit Otterbein from the Southwest Jiantong University (SJU). In January 2005, the deputy director who is now the current library director of SJU, Dr. Fan Gao visited the Otterbein library. In May 2006, Otterbein College library director Lois Szudy and Jane Wu were invited to visit five universities in China including the Southwest Jiaotong University library. This visit by Ms. Tan will support the institution's internationalization efforts by serving as a bridge for future exchanges between other academic programs on campus.

The Southwest Jiaotong University was founded in 1896 and is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, a major city in the southwest part of the country. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, continuing education and distant education programs to approximately 60,000 students. The university has 11 schools, 38 departments, 32 undergraduate specialties, master’s programs in 58 fields, doctorate programs in 24 fields and 6 postdoctoral centers. SWJTU is well known for its rigorous scholarship and has long been considered to be an excellent center of higher education pursued by many young students from China and aboard.

Welcome New Students, Faculty & Staff!

The staff of the Courtright Memorial Library extends a warm welcome to our new students, faculty and staff. 

If you are new to our library or just need a refresher, take a look at our FAQ page.

If you want to know what new items were purchased over the summer, check out the New Titles List.

 If you are feeling overwhelmed and could use a little help, just Ask a Librarian.

Welcome back!

New Saturday Hours

The library is changing our Saturday hours to better meet your needs. Beginning on September 12th, the new Saturday hours will be from 11:00am -6:00pm. The regular hours for the school term will be as following:

Mon. - Thurs. 7:45 am - 2:00 am
Friday 7:45 am- 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am

For other special hours, please visit the library web site Hours page.

Newest Employee

Come meet our newest employee, William Pearce, Circulation Graduate Assistant, who will be working from 10 pm – 2 am Sunday –Thursday. A lifelong resident of Westerville, Bill is the father of two daughters Meghan and Morgan and is married to Jennifer Pearce the director of Marketing and Communications for Otterbein College.

Bill is currently in the MAT program at Otterbein pursuing his certification in Middle School Teaching with a concentration in Science and Social Studies. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, fishing and hiking.

News About Research Databases

American History in Video

The library now have access to American History in Video . American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 1479 titles, including new documentaries from PBS and archival footage, equalling approximately 462 hours.

New LexisNexis Congressional Use Wiki

To help researchers use LexisNexis Congressional to answer questions about the current health care controversy and to examine U.S. and foreign country health care issues of the past, please visit their wiki. You will find an article and links to handouts on epidemics, opposing views on health care reform, the history of health care reform, Senator Edward Kennedy’s health care initiatives, and foreign country health issues, etc.

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