Wednesday, December 9, 2009

LexisNexis Academic -- New Interface Jan. 8

On January 8, 2010, LexisNexis Academic will begin a new interface. The same content remains, but the initial interface will look different. Use Lexis for legal materials and up-to-date news sources from around the world.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009


EASTER Library Hours:
Friday 4/2: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 4/2: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 4/4: 2 pm to 10 pm

In Germany the Easter Bunny (Osterhase) hides painted eggs and sometimes sweets or little presents in the garden or the living room on Easter sunday. Sometimes he even goes so far as to hide eggs in the woods for the kids to be found while taking a walk with their parents.So it's no wonder, Easter is quite a popular holiday among little children. But it's a funny habit, erh, I mean rabbit, in any way, isn't it?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Book Discussion Group April Choice -- THE GARGOYLE

The Edinboro University Book Discussion Group met last evening. After members discussed Michael Pollan’s book, The Botany of Desire, they decided to hold their next book discussion on Tuesday, April 13. Andrew Davidson’s book, The Gargoyle, was selected as the reading for April. The April 13 meeting will be held in Baron-Forness Library room 715 at 6:45 pm.
The Gargoyle: the mesmerizing story of one man’s descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation.

"On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man’s disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed." Vintage / Anchor

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Display from the University Archives -- 7th Floor

University Archives: Baron-Forness Library Floor 7.
Exhibits prepared by University Archivist Dave Obringer

Ray Harm : Wildlife Artist-
Mr. Harm’s pictures are appreciated for being from living animals and wildflowers, sketched on location, not copied photographs . Enjoy seventeen colorful prints depicting flowers, birds and other wildlife on display in the University Archive’s Gallery opened Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 – 4:30.

Documenting Early Edinboro:
Photographs and documents from the Harrison Albums donated by John and Shirley Harrison.

Bruce Gallery Posters:
A collection of posters relating to exhibitions installed at the Bruce Gallery over a period of years.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Woman's History Month Special

Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania
Woman's History Month

March is Women’s History month and to celebrate, we’ve made the popular online collection, Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, Scholar's Edition, freely accessible for the entire month.

A mainstay of women’s history scholarship and teaching in universities worldwide, this online collection is edited by Professors Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton. This extensive collection of primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and Web site reviews documents the history of women’s activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question. Some examples are:

* How Did the Ladies Association of Philadelphia Shape New Forms of
Women's Activism During the American Revolution, 1780-1781?
* How Did White Women Aid Former Slaves During and After the Civil
War, 1863-1891?
* How Did Black and White Southern Women Campaign to End Lynching,
* How and Why Did the Guerrilla Girls Alter the Art Establishment in
New York City, 1985-1995?
* How Have Recent Social Movements Shaped Civil Rights Legislation
for Women? The 1994 Violence Against Women Act.

The Scholar's Edition also includes more than 40,000 pages of full-text sources, including:

* Proceedings of all women's rights conventions, 1848-1869
* Proceedings of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898
* Selected publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000

Also newly added to the /Scholar's Edition/ are:

* Notable American Women

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Spring Break Hours -- March 2010
Friday 3/5: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 3/6 and Sunday 3/7 CLOSED
Monday 3/8 to Friday 3/12: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 3/13: CLOSED
Sunday 3/14: 2 pm to 10 pm.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Library Hours Finals Weeks

Library's Finals Weeks Hours
Sunday 4/25: 1 pm to 2 am
Monday 4/26 to Thursday 4/29: 8 am to 2 am
Friday 4/30: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 5/1: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 5/2: 1 pm to 2 am
Monday 5/3 to Thursday 5/6: 8 am to 2 am
Friday 5/7: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 5/8 and Sunday 5/9: Closed
Monday 5/10 to Friday 5/14: 8 am to 4 pm.

Friday, October 16, 2009

African Weavings -- 2nd Floor of the Library

African Weavings : A display of baskets and textiles from Botswana and other African countries visited during the Dr. Andrea Wyman’s experiences as a Fulbright Scholar. The display is on the second floor of the Baron-Forness Library.

National Parks - Photos and further reading about out national parks and the people who helped create them. – Library 2nd floor

Photos and memorabilia from personal visits to the national parks by Edinboro University library administration, faculty, staff and friends are on display in the Baron-Forness Library 2nd floor. Included are photos of people who influenced the creation of the parks and books by and about them and the parks. Professor Christine Troutman is coordinating the exhibit

Inspired by The national parks : America's best idea in which Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. This book and video are on order.

Poe Commemorative Display -- Library Second Floor, from October 17 through November 17

Edgar Allan Poe, Master of the Macabre
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania joins major East Coast cities such as Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth. Baron-Forness Library will feature a Poe commemorative display on the second floor, from October 17 through November 17. The Halloween season is the perfect time to celebrate the undisputed “Master of the Macabre” who was famous for his gloomy poems and tales of terror which have sent shivers down the spines of readers for over 150 years. The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart, along with his poems Annabelle Lee and The Raven, are familiar to American audiences. Poe’s Gothic tales greatly influenced writers from other countries, including Baudelaire, Joyce, Kafka, Nietzche, Tennyson and Yeats. He was the pre-eminent literary critic of his era, and is generally acknowledged as the father of the detective story. Before his premature death at the age of 40, Poe laid the groundwork for future authors of science fiction and the horror story.

The exhibit will focus on Poe’s life and works and will feature a selection of the library’s print and media holdings related to Poe. Information will also be provided on famous illustrators of Poe’s works. Professor Lora Whitney is coordinating the exhibit. For further information, view these links:

Monday, August 31, 2009

American History in Video

The Baron-Forness Library has a new database, American History in Video. This database has films related to American History from the History Channel, PBS, and other services. The collection is always growing.

You can access these films both on and off campus. Go to All E-Resources A-Z. Click on American History in Video. If you are off campus, first check with Help with off campus access. Follow the instructions to gain access.

Instructional faculty might find this useful to stream to their classrooms.

Brown Bag Speaker Series -- Fall 2009

The Library Brown Bag Speaker Series will be moving from Wednesdays to Thursdays. Noon is the time. Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.

Fall 2009 Series: Dates, Speakers and Topics:

September 17: Dr. Suzanne McDevitt (Social Work); "Food Stamps for College Students."

October 15: Prof. Lora Whitney (Library); "Chick Lit."

Novermber 19: John Stonis (Emeritus); "Big Bad Richard III."

All programs and dates are subject to change. For more information contact Jack Widner @2175.

Friday, August 21, 2009

U-Borrow Ended January 31, 2010.

UBorrow ended on January 31, 2010.

The libraries of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Edinboro included, still offer EZBorrow. The Baron-Forness Library participates in this service and it will continue. The Library also offers Inter-Library Loan and that service will continue. You will still be able to borrow books from other libraries and have them shipped to the University Library. You will still be able to pick those books up at the Baron-Forness Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

BOOK AND GIFT FAIR -- Feb. 25-26--Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Thrusday and Friday, February 25-26 from 9am to 3 pm, the Baron-Froness Friends of the Library will conduct a BOOK & GIFT FAIR. Come to the Baron-Forness Library to get some book and gift shopping done. Got some children to read to? Love books, especially those table books? Along with the books are great gifts.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


The Brown Bag Speaker Series concludes its intellectual contribution to the academic life of Edinboro University on Thursday, February 18, with Dr. Elisabeth Iglesias speaking and presenting a film "Latin@ Spaces in changing Places," which is a collection of oral history narratives of the Latino experience in northwest Pennsylvania. The program begins at NOON in Room 715 of the Baron Forness Library; a light refreshment will be available.
Thank you for your support over these past few years!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Botany of Desire is the University Book Club Selection for February.

The University Book Club selection for February is The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. The book will be discussed on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:45. Where? High above the Edinboro Campus in Room 715 of the Baron-Froness Library. Refreshments will be served.

Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them? While the question is not entirely original, the way Pollan examines this complex coevolution by looking at the natural world from the perspective of plants is unique. The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication. ( review)

Monday, June 1, 2009

What we are reading -- Fall 2009

" A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon
"Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace" by Ayelet Waldman.
"Living to Tell the Tale" the autobiography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"New Moon" and "Eclipse" by Stephanie Meyer
"Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series by Rick Riordan.
"Te Independence of Miss Mary Bennet"by Colleen McCullough.
"The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It." ed. by Lawrence S. Ritter
"The Hunger : A Story of Food, Desire, and Ambition" by John DeLucie
"The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet" by Colleen McCullough.
"The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown
"The Marriage Bureau for Rich People" by Farahad Zama
"The Strain" by Guillermo Del Toro

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Tuesday 12/1 to Thursday 12/3: 8 am to 12 am
Friday 12/4: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 12/5: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12/6: 1 pm to 2 am
Monday 12/7 to Thursday 12/10: 8 am to 2 am
Friday 12/11: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 12/12: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12/13: 1 pm to 2 am
Monday 12/14 to Thursday 12/17: 8 am to 2 am
Friday 12/18: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 12/19 to Sunday 12/20: CLOSED
Monday 12/21 to Wednesday 12/23: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday 12/24 to Sunday 1/3/2010: CLOSED
Monday 1/4 to Friday 1/8: 8 am to 4:30 pm

University Book Club -- Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time

University Book Club Selection -- Read for January.
Marge Piercy’s, Woman at the Edge of Time
With a power and truth that rock us — and through the medium of a woman who becomes vitally alive, important, and dear to us — Marge Piercy moves between a revelation of our present society and a startling twin projection of the possible future.
WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME is at once a heightening of the novel of realism and a brilliant prophetic fable. It is Marge Piercy's triumph to take us so wholly into the very being of a stranger that we come to perceive her fate as inseparable from our own.

Monday, May 4, 2009

TUESDAY DEC. 8TH --University Book Club December Selection -- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, as its reading for the University Book Club's December meeting. The group will next meet on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm in Baron-Forness Library room 715. Refreshments will be served.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, translated from the original French (the book was a bestseller in France) is a tale centered on, of all things, the Cultural Revolution of China's Chairman Mao Zedong. Anyone who takes for granted the freedom from government that Western cultures enjoy would do well to read this book. But this wonderful novel (novella really) is not about politics,except in a cursory way; nor is it a treatise on the evils of China during the reign of Chairman Mao. It is, instead, a gentle, wise and humorous tale of two teenaged friends, young boys, and of a young teenaged girl, the seamstress of the title, whose striking beauty charms them both.

Books we were reading, May 2009

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000, by Stephen Kotkin
Atlas Shrugged, by Ann Rand
Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, by Diana Balmori
Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter
Here If You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup
Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur M. Schlensinger, Jr.
Little Bee, by Chris Cleave
Mama Lola: A Vodou Preistess in Brooklyn, by Karen MarCarthy Brown
The Age of Anxiety: Security and Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia, by Mark Galeotti
The Graveyard Book, by Niel Gaiman
The Reserve, by Russel Banks.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Novermber 10 at 6:45 University Book Club --The Red Tent --

The Edinboro University Book Discussion Group selected The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant as the book to read for its November meeting. The meeting will be held in Baron-Forness Library room 715, 6:45 – 8:15 pm on Tuesday, November 10. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The Red Tent retells the story of Dinah, which is found in the Biblical book of Genesis, Chapter 34. This episode, usually known as the "Rape of Dinah" has been a difficult passage for bible readers for centuries because of the murderous behavior of Jacob's sons. In Genesis, Dinah does not say a single word; what happens to her is recounted and characterized as rape by her brothers. In my retelling of the story, Dinah finds her voice. The Red Tent is told entirely from her perspective and the point of view of the women around her. (From the authors website)

Help Us to Help You -- Library Service Survey

Students, faculty, and staff:
Help us to help you. Please take our survey! We want to know how you rate the services Baron-Forness Library provides for you. This survey is being done by all the libraries in the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education. All of the libraries will see how well their patrons think they are served. The results of the survey will help us serve you better.

Just click here: Library Services Survey.

We have a few prizes for those who take the survey. First prize is an Apple® - iPod nano® 8GB* MP3 Player. Other prizes include EUP merchandise, Pazzelli's Pizza coupons, and food coupons from McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Wendys.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Looking for Richard III in Edinboro -- Brown Bag Speakers Series -- Nov. 19th at noon

Greetings and welcome to the third of the Fall 2009 idea-inflicting informal interpolations from the Baron-Forness Library Brown Bag Speakers Series. The Series meets THRUSDAYS at NOON (also knowen as High Noon) high atop the fall-accented campus of Edinboro University, "the most scenic lecture series on campus," in Room 715 of Your Library. This meeting will be held November 19, 2009.

Our third speaker is Professor John Stonis, Baron-Froness Librarian Emeritus . He is presenting Looking For Richard III in Edinboro.

Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.

Any questions? Call Jack Widner, Reference Librarian, at 2175.


Library Schedule Thanksgiving Week

Sunday, November 22: 1 pm to Midnight
Monday, November 23: 8 am to Midnight
Tuesday, November 24: 8 am to Midnight
Wednesday, November 25: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, November 26: CLOSED
Friday, November 27: CLOSED
Saturday, November 28: CLOSED
Sunday, November 29: 2 pm to Midnight.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Text Me This Call Number -- New Library Service

Baron Forness Library has a new service. If you check the catalog and find a book you like, you can text the call number to your self. Beside the call number is a widget, Text me this call number. Click on it. You will be ask to fill in your cell number and your phone provider. Your provider may charge for this service.
Well there you have it. No paper, no pencil, Text the call number to your phone.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday Sept. 17 -- First Brown Bag Speaker -- Dr. Suzanne McDevitt

Greetings and welcome to another semester of idea-inflicting informal interpolations from the Baron-Forness Library Brown Bag Speakers Series. Please note the Series has moved to THRUSDAYS but remains at NOON (also knowen as High Noon) high atop the autumn-accented campus of Edinboro University, "the most scenic lecture series on campus," in Room 715 of Your Library.
We begin our series with: Dr. Suzanne McDevitt from the Social Work department, "Food Stamps for College Students & Other Lessons from Poverty." Dr. McDevitt will be speaking on food poverty, and her own work on food banks in Pennsylvania and meeting the needs of our state's residents.
We infite you to bring along a canned good or something for the local Edinboro food bank. Your donation, while not necessary, is always appreciated.

Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.

Any questions? Call Jack Widner, Reference Librarian, at 2175.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Exhibits in the Baron Forness Library

The Baron Forness Library has Exhibits in the Galleries on the first and second floors. Come in and take a look.

On the first floor, as you enter, Students of the Edinboro for Environmental Defense (SEED) have a display with a goal to protect the remaining environment through activities and study. SEED is open to students in all majors interested in environmental topics. Faculty Advisers: Dr. Laurie Parendes and Dr. Karen Eisenhart.

In coordination with Earth Day activities, Baron Forness Library is displaying an exhibit about its Butterfly Garden by Professor Chris Troutman, one of the library volunteers who design and maintain the garden. The display includes the basics on creating a Butterfly Garden.

Louis Braille would be 200 this year. And exhibit on the 2nd floor commemorates Braille and his accomplishments. Included are examples of materials presented in braille, a braille writer and other informative texts. Dr. Andrea Wyman created this display to complement a travelling exhibit due to arrive in May. For more details contact Dr. Wyman at 732-2793.

The "Bunny Books" along with all the little bunnies brings color and pleasant memories to those enjoying the exhibit. This display, on the 2nd floor, was created by Dr. Andrea Wyman

Eric Carle, Children's book illustrator and innovative book designer is celebrated on the 2nd floor. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world. It has been translated into more than 47 languages and sold over 29 million copies. Dr. Wyman has designed a collage in honor of Eric Carle.

The Weaving and Fibers Club, students interested in promoting and learning the arts of weaving and fiber, has an exhibit in the Gallery on the 2nd floor. A majority of the pieces are from beginning level students, with a few from the intermediate level. The technique is hand loom weaving in both tapestry and pattern weave. Classes in weaving and fibers are taught in the Edinboro University Art Department.

On the 2nd floor is the Jane Austen exhibit coordinated by Lora Whitney. It commemorated Women's History Month. The exhibit features portraits of Jane Austen, focusing on the Regency era. It investigates the timeless appeal of Jane Austen's writing. The Edinboro University Woman's Association features a Jane Austen Special Interest Group. It meets periodically to investigate the culture, food, and history of the Regency Era. For more information on the Jane Austen SIG, contact Eleanor Randall at 732-2783.

Antique Banks from the collection of Dr. Andrea Wyman are on display on the 2nd floor.

"The Elegance of the Hedgehog" May selection of the Book Discussion Group

The Baron Forness Library Book Discussion Group has choosen Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog as its May selection. The group will meet in Baron-Forness Library room 715 at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, May 12 to discuss the book.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Library Used LP Record and Book Sale -- Sept. 24 & 25

The Baron-Froness Library will be hosting a sale of Used LP Records and Books that have been deleted from the library's collection. The sale will be September 24 and 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Record and Book Sale will be held in room 715, high above the campus on the 7th floor of the Library

Most of the records to be sold are from the classical collection. There are some jazz and pop/rock available.

Books from the library's collection will also be sold during these hours

Book Discussion Group August Meeting.

The Edinboro University Book Discussion Group has been taking a break for the summer. There next meeting is Tuesday, August 11th. They will meet at 6:45 p.m. in Room 715 of the Baron-Forness Library. The book under discussion is The Brief Wondrous Live of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz.

Junot Diaz is professor of creative writing at M.I.T.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

What we were reading -- Summer 2009

"Admission" by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
"Banker to the Poor" by Muhammad Yunus
"Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex" by Mary Roach
"Chu Ju's House" by Glorian Whelan
"Dead and Gone" by Charlaine Harris
"Dead until Dark" by Charlene Harris
"Fried Chicken: An American Story" by John T. Edge
"Masterpieces in Miniature: The Detectives" by Agatha Christie
"New England White" by Stephen Carter
"Nixon & Kissinger: Partners in Power " by Robert Dalleck
"Outlander" Series by Diana Gabladon.
"Relic" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs
"Reliquary" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs
"Schulz and Peanuts" by David Michaelis
"Survival of the Sickest" by Dr. Sharon Moalem
"The Art of Detection" by Laurie R. King
"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz
"The Host" by Stephenie Meyer
"The Well-Designed Mixed Garden" by DiSabato-Aust.
"Three Bedrooms, One Corpse" by Charlaine Harris
"To Play the Fool" by Laurie R. King
"What’s a Ghoul to do?" by Victoria Laurie
"Slave Ship: A Human History" by Marcus Rediker

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman -- Book Discussion Topic -- October 13.

The Edinboro University Book Discussion Group will discuss Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic for its October meeting. The meeting will be held Tuesday October 13 at 6:45 pm in Baron-Forness room 715. Refreshments will be served.

"For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their darkened house and their love concoctions and their crowd of black cats. All Gillian and Sally wanted to do was escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back to each other, and to the magic they couldn’t escape. A delicious novel about witches and real love, family life and everyday spells. A literary incantation."(from Alice Hofmans web pages)

2nd Brown Bag Speaker is Professor Loralyn Whitney -- Date October 15, 2009

Greetings and welcome to the second of the Fall 2009 idea-inflicting informal interpolations from the Baron-Forness Library Brown Bag Speakers Series. The Series meets THRUSDAYS at NOON (also knowen as High Noon) high atop the autumn-accented campus of Edinboro University, "the most scenic lecture series on campus," in Room 715 of Your Library. This meeting will be held October 15, 2009.

Our second speaker is Professor Loralyn Whitney Acquistions Libraian for the Baron-Forness Library. Her topic is Chick Lit.
This brown bag lunch program will discuss the works of three best-selling “hot” chick lit authors: Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Weiner. Come and find out what chick lit is, who reads it, and if this genre of contemporary fiction is dead or alive.

In brief, chick lit is targeted toward the urban career woman between the ages of 20 and 30. The typical chick lit heroine often has troublesome issues or addictions to deal with, and has problems sustaining a satisfactory romantic relationship. Many of the novels reflect society’s obsession with consumerism. The hunt for the right scarf or pair of shoes is second in importance only to the hunt for Mr. Right. The archetype of the evil boss is also present in many chick lit novels --think The Devil Wears Prada. A large part of chick lit’s appeal comes from escapism. What young woman wouldn’t want to pursue a trendy career (broadcasting, fashion, publishing) in a major urban center New York, Dublin, London) that offers unlimited opportunities for shopping and socializing? The presenter, Professor Lora Whitney, researched chick lit during a sabbatical leave in 2006.

Bring your lunch, refreshments will be served.
Any questions? Call Jack Widner, Reference Librarian, at 2175.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Grove Music Online is now the cornerstone of Oxford Music Online

Grove Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001, a glorious compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001), as well as all subsequent updates and emendations. Including 50,000 signed articles and 28,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell, has been widely acclaimed as an indispensable resource and a classic reference. For the 2001 Second Edition, every one of the first edition's 22,500 articles was reviewed and revised, with thousands of articles expanded. Previously neglected or under-represented areas were examined, explored, and explained. Movements and topics once deemed too controversial or too far from the mainstream were added along with extensive, authoritative contributions on non-Western music.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second Edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld, is the largest, most comprehensive and accurate reference work on jazz ever published, putting the world of jazz at your fingertips. With articles on every aspect of the field, from jazz groups, composers and arrangers to instruments, terms, record labels and venues, it is the ideal companion for scholars and enthusiasts in this rapidly growing field.
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie, is unsurpassed in its scope and quality, with contributions from over 1,300 of the world's leading critics and scholars. A remarkable 11,000 articles, all fully cross-referenced, create a work that has become established as the essential opera reference. Indeed, every aspect of this varied art form is covered: composers, conductors, directors, performers, librettists, literary sources, cities and countries, operatic historians, and opera genres and terminology.

Now the cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, a subscription to Grove Music Online also includes The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres; The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Second Edition, Revised (2006) will similarly supplement Grove's more extensive coverage with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. In addition, a robust, new linking program features improved and expanded links to sound examples via partnerships with Classical Music Library and DRAM, as well as links to the RILM database of music bibliography. Grove Music Online articles also feature biographical linking to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for mutual subscribers to both, and a host of tools and resources, including timelines and topical guides.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Library Adds Early American Books to Catalog

During the winter break, Baron-Forness Library added over 36,000 records to PILOT, the library’s online catalog, for its collection of the microform version of “Early American Imprints, First Series (Evans) 1639-1800.” This collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. For decades, the collection has served as the definitive resource of information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, slavery, temperance, witchcraft and just about any other topic imaginable. Until now, however, they were difficult to identify and locate because they did not appear in PILOT.

Now, the Evans books will turn up in the results of a search in PILOT along with other library materials. To see examples of some of the titles available, perform a keyword search in PILOT for “British taxes” or for “Congress Philadelphia.” Records for the Evans books should appear at or near the top of the results. Because the Evans collection includes classic works from many fields, it should be especially useful to students taking courses in the history or literature of a discipline.

The books themselves are printed on opaque sheets and shelved in 132 boxes on the first floor of the library, next to the main stairwell. Each box holds several hundred books. Individual titles can be located by their “Evans number” which appears in the call number in PILOT and is printed on the sheet. The sheets require a microprint reader to view, which is located in the Microforms Room on the first floor. The equipment is not difficult to use, but if you have any problems locating or using the reader/printer, feel free to ask a member of the library faculty or staff.


Charles Evans, a librarian and one of the founders of the American Library Association, set out in 1901 to create a comprehensive bibliography of American works, listing not just citations but also holdings at major academic and research libraries. His “American Bibliography,” completed after Evans’s death by Clifford K. Shipton, with a supplement by Roger Bristol, was published in 15 volumes from 1903 to 1970. This bibliography was acquired by university libraries, including Edinboro’s, to provide access to early American published works. Researchers using these bibliographies usually had to travel to the institutions holding the original works listed in them, or hope that they could obtain copies through interlibrary loan.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Readex Microprint Corporation reproduced in microform each of the works listed in Evans’s bibliography. They obtained originals from the libraries listed as holding copies, as well as from formerly-private collections of materials now housed in academic institutions in order to film them. The reproductions were compiled into the “Early American Imprints, First Series (Evans)” collection, which was purchased by the Edinboro University library, thereby providing in-house access to these works.

Indexing of these microform collections was originally provided through printed lists, guides and other finding aids, all of which operated outside of the library’s card catalog. Librarians accepted this system because adding tens of thousands of works to the card catalog was impracticable. Even if an ambitious library had wanted to do so, catalog records of the quality normally used were unavailable for these works.

In 1980, the American Antiquarian Society inaugurated its North American Imprints Program (NAIP). Envisioned in its broadest terms, NAIP's goal is to provide detailed bibliographical descriptions of and sophisticated access to materials published in the United States and Canada through 1876. Initially, the Program focused on books, pamphlets, and broadsides (but not newspapers, periodicals, or engraved matter) printed before 1801, whether held by AAS or by another institution. Since these works correspond closely with those listed by Evans in his “American Bibliography,” NAIP staff, with U.S. Department of Education funding, have created a full catalog of the Readex Microprint Corporation’s “Early American Imprints, First Series (Evans).”

The microform collection was purchased in the 1960s and 1970s, before the library had an online catalog like PILOT. At the time, cataloging major sets required producing printed cards. Typically four to ten cards per title were needed to allow for filing under author, title, and subject, plus one for inventory. The cost of producing, filing and maintaining cards for major sets of microforms, some of which contain tens of thousands of titles, was beyond the library’s capabilities.

With the implementation of online catalogs in the 1980s and 1990s, coupled with the retrospective cataloging of works in the canon of early American publishing, it became possible for the library to purchase a complete set of records for Evans from the American Antiquarian Society, and store them economically in the library’s electronic catalog database. The library obtained funding to pay for the records last year from part of a $50,000 grant from the Library Services and Technology Act awarded through the State Library of Pennsylvania.