We recently added our 10,000th item to our holdings in the AUM Library! While this in itself was a momentous occasion, the book we chose for this honor is one that could give us pause:
Taken from the cover:
“[This book] discusses the future of American social and economic organization, and the effect on that society of big and of little industry. The fact that on the whole small industry is more profitable than big industry, for which fairly conclusive evidence is presented, is unknown to most people. The fact that small industry is not in the main a vestige of the past, but rather is on the frontier of modern technology, is also surprising to most people. The facts are twenty years ahead of most people.”
Interesting? How does this relate to us in our institution? Is there a way that we can appropriate this message and make it our own? Read the book we added, browse the shelves for other interesting titles, and start a conversation. Start a group- talk amongst yourselves!
And the book?
Industries for small communities, with cases from Yellow Springs
Arthur E. Morgan
Librarianship is a science? Really?
Most librarians recognize these five ‘laws’ (more like guiding principles) first created by S.R. Ranganathan in 1931 (considered by some to be the father of library science):
Books are for use.
Every reader his [or her] book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the reader.
The library is a growing organism.
Every so often, librarians like to change these, or add new ones. If you could change one of these ‘laws,’ or think of a new one, what would that be? Let us know!
Tired of keeping track of all your citations on paper? Desperate for help on creating APA or MLA citations? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could organize all the articles and books you’ve ever used, separate them by class or essay, and then pick and choose what to use when that Senior Project class comes up? Not to mention this gives you an organizational leg up when you enter graduate school!
We feel your pain. And have heard the frustrated moaning and sobbing in the library. The Midwest Library has responded by acquiring RefWorks! This handy online bibliographic citation manager stores, sorts and organizes your citations for you, generating bibliographies at the click of a mouse (generated by software, not humans, so trust but verify; caveat emptor).
There’s more! As long as Antioch University has access to RefWorks, so will you- even as alumni! Now that’s worth looking up! Where can you find this wonderful service? As always, start at the main page for the library, find the RefWorks tab!
New Databases (Sage, JSTOR)
Did you know that as an Antioch University student you have access to more information that you find through OhioLINK? Check out the library home page, and then look down to the middle of the left column. There’s a box with new research databases: LexisNexis, Sage and JSTOR. Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) has content from journals, reference books and videos specifically geared to research. By focusing on methodology rather than subject specificity, the content appeals to education, social sciences as well as health care.
JSTOR (“Journal STORage”) has tons of interdisciplinary content- but the most distinctive feature is that each journal archived goes all the way back to volume 1 issue 1. In many cases, journals go back into the 1950s, 30s and even the 1800s. Although we do not have full-text access to everything, there is at least citation access, so that by using Antioch Universities We Deliver program, you can try to get articles from around the world (ask us for help; that’s what we’re here for).
And LexisNexis has, well, you tell us! Let us know the most interesting, profound or shocking piece of information you find on Lexis!
One of the best parts of my job is not only to interact with books, but being able to interact with others who love books as well. If you are like me, you have a stack of books you think others might be interested in reading, and are always looking for the next new thing to read. While it might not be a newly published book, it’s always new to you!
We’ve created a new blog: books.aum for the Antioch University Midwest community for just this purpose. We need user-generated content, so if there is a book you’d like to share, go to the blog, check it out, write a review of a book and send it to me at the library. This is a great opportunity to jump in on the ground floor! I’ll post as many of these as I can, and that way you can share your love of that wonderful, esoteric, dangerous book with Midwest students, staff, faculty and administration. You might find others who share your interests: a friend who reads is a friend indeed.Or something like that.
Steve Shaw is the Antioch University Midwest Librarian. He writes from his blog, Looks Like Books.