Friday, December 17, 2010

ProQuest Databases have new interface.

Our ProQuest Databases are wearing a new look. That new look will be on the following databases by late Dec. 17th, 2010. Take a look and do some searching. Some great databases for some great research.

Those databases with the new look are:

Criminal Justice Abstracts: This database abstracts and indexes journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines from around the world. Topics covered include crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing.

Ethnic NewsWatch: This database provides multicultural full-text titles directly from the presses of ethnic, minority and cultural groups, from 1970 to current.

GenderWatch: This is a database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports.

PsycArticles: This database offers full-text articles from over 50 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association and Hogrefe & Huber. The database includes all material from the print journals. Many titles go back to volume 1, issue 1.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Saturday, Dec. 17 & Sunday, Dec. 18:  Library Closed

Monday, Dec. 19  to Thursday Dec. 22, 2011:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 through  Monday, Jan 2, 2012:  Library Closed

Tuesday, Jan 3 to Friday, Jan 6: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday, Jan 7 & Sunday Jan 8: Library Closed

Monday, Jan. 9 to Friday, Jan. 13:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday, Jan 14 & Sunday, Jan 15:  Library Closed

Monday, Jan. 16 to Friday, Jan. 20: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday, Jan 21 & Sunday Jan 22: Library Closed

Beginning Mon. Jan 23, 2012 we will resume normal library hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - Midnight

Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 PM

Saturday is 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday is 1:30 - Midnight.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Archives displays Audubon Bird Folios

Library Audubon Collection
Our library has a collection of Audubon bird paintings from the Double Elephant Folios which Audubon published during his life time. 100 of the 431 pages have been photographed and put on a CD. That CD is playing in the collections room of the Archives on the 7th floor. The drawings and paintings can be seen in the Collections Room during Archive hours. For the 2010 Fall Semester the hours are: Monday closed: Tuesday 11-3, Wednesday & Friday 3-5:30, Thursday 11-5.

2012 Holiday Season From the Census Bureau. Facts and Figures.

The holiday season is a time for gathering and celebrating with friends and family, gift-giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics.

Rush to the Stores

$27.2 billion

Retail sales by the nation’s department stores (including leased departments) in December 2010. This represented a 44 percent jump from the previous month (when retail sales, many holiday-related, registered $18.8 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.

Other U.S. retailers with sizable jumps in sales between November and December 2010 were clothing stores (33 percent); radio, TV and other electronics stores (44 percent); sporting goods stores (58 percent); bookstores (92 percent); and jewelry stores (113 percent).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector Statistics

Note: Leased departments are separately owned businesses operated as departments or concessions of other service establishments or of retail businesses, such as a separately owned shoeshine parlor in a barber shop, or a beauty shop in a department store. Also, retail sales and inventory estimates have not been adjusted to account for seasonal or pricing variations.


The percentage of total 2010 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For jewelry stores, the percentage was 20 percent.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector Statistics


The growth in inventories by our nation’s department stores (excluding leased departments) from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2010. Thanks to the holiday crowds, inventories plummeted by 22 percent in December.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector Statistics

$34 billion

Value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2010 ─ the highest total for any month last year.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Service Sector Statistics


The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2009. These businesses, which employed 320,721 workers, are a popular source of holiday gifts (NAICS code 45411).

If you’re not sure where to do your shopping, choices of retail establishments abound: In 2009, there were 150,205 clothing and clothing accessories stores (NAICS code 448); 8,663 department stores (NAICS code 4521); 8,424 hobby, toy and game shops (NAICS code 45112); 27,738 gift, novelty and souvenir shops (NAICS code 45322); 21,628 sporting goods stores (NAICS code 45111); 24,973 jewelry stores (NAICS code 44831); and 9,390 book stores (NAICS code 451211) across the nation. The figures shown are for locations with paid employees and do not include nonemployer firms (i.e. firms with no paid employees).

NAICS – North American Industry Classification System
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns,

Christmas Trees and Decorations

$983 million

The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2011. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($79.7 million worth) during the same period.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics

Where the Toys are ... Made


Number of establishments around the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys in 2009. California led the nation with 15 locations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code 339931,


The number of locations that primarily produced games, toys and children’s vehicles in 2009; they employed 7,858 workers. California led the nation with 98 establishments.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code 339932,

$2.5 billion

The value of U.S. toy imports including stuffed toys (including dolls), puzzles and electric trains from China between January and September 2011. China was the leading country of origin for stuffed toys coming into this country, as well as for a number of other popular holiday gifts.

These include roller skates ($24.6 million), sports footwear ($253.8 million) and basketballs

($38.9 million). China leads Thailand as the leading supplier of ice skates ($17.7 million versus $9.8 million), with Canada ranking third ($4.2 million).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics

Holiday Names

Place names associated with the holiday season include North Pole, Alaska (population 2,117); Santa Claus, Ind. (2,481); Santa Claus, Ga. (165); Noel, Mo. (1,832); and — if you know about reindeer — the village of Rudolph, Wis. (439) and Dasher, Ga. (912). There is Snowflake, Ariz. (5,590) and a dozen places named Holly, including Holly Springs, Miss. (7,699) and Mount Holly, N.C. (13,656).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa


Proportion of the nation’s spuds produced in Idaho and Washington in 2010. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah.
Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service

$1.5 billion

The value of product shipments of candles in 2009 by the nation’s manufacturers. Many of these candles are lit during Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Survey of Manufacturers, NAICS Code 3399995;

New Year’s Eve and Day
More than 315 million

The nation’s projected population as we ring in the New Year.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Library resources for mobile devices

Have you ever needed to find a magazine or journal article in a library resource but couldn't find an available computer? You'll never have that problem again if you've got a web-enabled mobile device such as an Ipad touch, Droid, Iphone, etc. Simply point your device's web browser to and search a selection of the library's full text journal databases.

NOTE: The service currently does not work with Verizon's "Mobile Web" web browser. We are working on a fix