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E-books now better than ever: Easy access, clean interface, off-line reading (Part 1)

Back in April, Mary Jackson wrote about significant improvements coming to many of the library’s e-books as a result of EBSCO Publishing’s acquisition of NetLibrary from OCLC in early 2010. These improvements have arrived, and I think they were worth the wait.

Introducing EBSCOhost eBook Collection

The P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library has a substantial collection of over 68,000 e-book titles that migrated from NetLibrary into what is now called EBSCOhost eBook Collection. (The library has e-books from other publishers and vendors–Mary noted we have over 73,000 titles in total. But this is by far our largest collection.) Library users familiar with our EBSCOhost databases (e.g., ATLAS, CINAHL, Education Research Complete, Humanities International Complete, PsycINFO, SocINDEX, etc.) will instantly feel at home navigating this e-book collection, because it actually is another EBSCOhost database. The only difference (though no small difference) is that it searches and displays book content instead of journal article content.

It has been our observation that students tend to prefer using journal articles in research because the search tools connected with accessing articles–especially full-text articles–make this easier, more convenient, and more productive. I believe applying this same capability to books will encourage greater use of this information resource format in student research. (As an aside, students need to appreciate that books and articles are different information ‘animals.’ They serve different functions. It isn’t simply that books are long and articles are short. Rather, books lend themselves to broad and developed treatment of topics, whereas articles tend to be very narrowly focused on a particular aspect of a topic. Because of their format and mandate, articles often do not have the luxury of providing the reader with extensive background or context. Consequently, over-reliance on journal articles can actually hamper a student’s ability to properly understand the development of a topic, its history, or the range of issues at play.)

The “problem” with books isn’t that they’re in print–in fact, students appear to still appreciate and in many cases prefer the printed book format. The “problem” is that print books are not easily searchable (though tables of contents and indexes intend to help). The search tool most strongly associated with finding books is the library catalog. But the catalog doesn’t search the content of a book. The catalog only searches records that point to their associated books (or media). A book record typically includes such things as title, author(s)/editor(s), publication information, subject headings (a controlled system of describing what the book is about), and maybe a table of contents. But not the content itself. This is an inherent limitation of a library catalog (which originated to efficiently organize descriptions of physical, print books). It’s not the catalog’s fault, of course. And for what it is designed to do, a library catalog is still a pretty nifty and powerful tool.

When we enter the digital realm of electronic books where space isn’t an issue–where a catalog record, as it were, can contain not just a “shorthand” description of the book’s contents but literally the entire text of the book–it suddenly becomes possible for a book to be entirely searchable, eliminating the “problem” described above. This is the really powerful capability provided by having our e-books on a platform like EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

In Part 2, I will take you on a quick tour of our EBSCOhost eBook Collection to demonstrate searching, e-book display and navigation, expanded printing, and a new capability for off-line (including to some mobile device) reading.

Homecoming Book Sale Art Contest: Display your art & WIN MONEY!

Can you produce a work of art that’s better than Ol’ Sticky here? If so, the library would like to see it!

Yes, the library is once again having an art contest! The 4th Annual Homecoming book sale is coming up and we’re looking for a creative student to put his or her talents to work to design the promotional material for the library’s biggest event of the year.  If you win, your original work will be the poster and postcard image for this year’s sale. Additionally, the winner will receive 2.5% of the book sale proceeds! Last year, that was about $50, but thanks to your eye-popping image, we expect this year’s sale to be bigger and better!

Entries must be two-dimensional, no larger than 11” x 17”, submitted in a sealed envelope (with contact info and a brief bio) to Jeff Harbin by 5:00 PM Friday, September 30. You may also email submissions to jeharbin@milligan.edu. The library staff will add text regarding the book sale to your image. Entries are limited to current Milligan students only.

For a little inspiration, you can check out our 2009 and 2010 contest winners, and see a full gallery of last year’s submissions on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Harbin, User Services Librarian, at jeharbin@milligan.edu or 423-461-8495. We are excited to see and display your artwork!

Introducing MCSearch: One search box–for the good stuff

The P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library is pleased to introduce MCSearch to the Milligan College community. What is MCSearch? We think our tagline says it all: “One search box–for the good stuff.”

One search box. Students are familiar with Google and other popular web search engines. They like the ease and convenience of being able to type a few keywords into a search box and get tons of results. But how relevant, reliable, or current is this information for academic research purposes? This is a serious question. Students need to acquire skills for evaluating information accessed from the open web. (The Library provides instruction to students in information literacy skills like information resource evaluation.) However, given a choice between digging hard for the best available information resources or the convenience of a Google search, students are often satisfied with “good enough.”

What if there was a tool available that provided the ease and convenience of a Google search, but the information resources searched and results returned were those provided by the Library? Students could get to the stuff that was truly good instead of just good enough. This is exactly what MCSearch does.

The good stuff. Every year the Library spends tens of thousands of dollars to provide Milligan College students and faculty with high quality information resources to support their coursework and research. Books, media, print and electronic journals and magazines, e-books, subject-based print and electronic reference works (encyclopedias and dictionaries), and numerous subject-based and multidisciplinary databases for accessing journal articles online. We also provide an array of tools such as online library catalogs, journal finders, link resolvers, and database interfaces to help students and faculty search these resources. We make this investment because, frankly (and contrary to much conventional current day “wisdom”), you can’t get everything you need on the open web. Academic information resources are costly to produce, publish and distribute. Although there is a slowly growing open access movement in academic communication online, generally speaking, the good stuff isn’t free.

One search box, again. The “killer feature” that makes a search engine like Google so powerful and compelling is that a single query is applied simultaneously across a multitude of sites and resources on the World Wide Web. Can you imagine having to browse or search each site on the web individually to try to find information you were looking for? I’m showing my age here, but I first got online in 1994, almost 5 years before the Google search engine started attracting attention on the Web. I still remember when Yahoo! was literally just a running list of websites. But enough about that. My point is that search engines have profoundly altered the way we search for information. What if it were possible to apply some of this kind of power when searching the Library’s information resources–a single query applied simultaneously to the Library catalog and databases, rather than searching each of these sources individually? This is exactly what MCSearch does.

The emphasis is on discovery. As the Library evaluated the various print and electronic information resources it provides to students and faculty, it occurred to us that in many ways we have enough stuff. What we felt we needed was a way to make the stuff we have more discoverable. MCSearch is not about “dumbing down” the research process, or pandering to the bad study habits of lazy students. Using a search engine effectively still requires skill and discernment. But because MCSearch applies a search query across a range of Library resources and formats at once, it can bring to the surface information a student may not have otherwise discovered through conventional means. This brings a delightful element of serendipity to the research process.

Filter on the way out. Because general or broad keyword searches tend to return too many results that are not necessarily relevant, conventional catalog and database searching with limited features encourages the user to formulate precise search queries in advance to get the best results. MCSearch also allows the user to apply limiters to search queries in advance to narrow search results. However, a particularly powerful capability of MCSearch is the ability to filter results after the search is completed. MCSearch includes the ability to easily refine or “facet” results by various criteria (date, format, subject, provider, etc.). This capability removes the “problem” of too many results, while still providing the opportunity to discover valuable resources from unexpected sources.

Try it out now! We will be providing more usage assistance in subsequent posts and instruction sessions. But right now I would like to encourage you to just take some time to play around with MCSearch and get familiar with its capabilities. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and we especially welcome your feedback.

Million Pennies Campaign raises $20.00 in August 2011

Milligan College Library is proud to announce that you, our loyal library users, contributed $20.00 in cash and change to our Million Pennies Campaign in August 2011. We have now raised $3,276.28 since the start of the campaign in April 2010, which means we’re getting close to 1/3 of our goal!

The Library staff would like to extend a hearty thank you to our August donors: Charlotte Anderson, Ben Carpenter, Kendra Fiddler, Curtis Huskins, Corrine Kaisand, Tommy Parker, Jubal Roe, Bev Schmalzied, Lauren Tomlinson, and Brennan Tracy . Remember, if you’d like us to thank you by name, please write your name down on the slips of paper in the tray next to the donation box, and we’ll let everyone know about your generosity!

Tommy Parker is the winner of our monthly drawing. He will receive the paperback The Shack by William P. Young. Congratulations, Tommy!

The next prize is the paperback Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon. Donate to the campaign, write your name on a slip of paper, and place it in the box at the Circulation Desk. On October 1st, we’ll draw a winner from the names in the box!

We still need your help in raising funds to help us reach our goal of a totally renovated library. Bring your loose change and help us get closer to $10,000. Remember, when we raise the money, we’ll allow you, the contributors, to name a study room whatever you like. Every penny helps! If you’re not familiar with the Campaign, check out original post on the library blog. And remember you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well. Thank you!

New Books and Media Received (August 2011)

The following Books and DVDs (144 items) were received into the Library collection through the Acquisitions Budget during August 2011:

Abe Lincoln grows up / Carl Sandburg. With illus. by James Daugherty. New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1975, c1928.

Abecedarium : poems / by Kevin Brown. Georgetown, Ky. : Finishing Line Press, c2011.

Acts of conscience : Christian nonviolence and modern American democracy / Joseph Kip Kosek. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.

The adventures of a radical hillbilly [videorecording] / produced by Betsy McCarthy ; directed by Sidney Smith ; a production of WNET/Thirteen. New Market, Tenn. : Highlander Research and Education Center, [200-?].

The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain ; illustrated by Neil Reed. London : Puffin, 2008.

The annotated Alice : Alice’s adventures in Wonderland & Through the looking- glass / by Lewis Carroll ; original illustrations by John Tenniel ; introduction and notes by Martin Gardner. New York : Norton, 2000.

Amant. English. The lover / Marguerite Duras ; translated from the French by Barbara Bray ; introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston. New York : Pantheon Books, c1997.

Amos Fortune, free man / Elizabeth Yates ; illustrated by Nora S. Unwin. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1989, c1950.

Anne of Green Gables 2 / Lucy Maud Montgomery. New York : Bantam Books, 1988.

Anne of Green Gables : Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island. Skylark 1987.

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret / Judy Blume. New York : Delacorte press, [2009], c1988.

Bambi / [based on the original novel by] Felix Salten ; illustrated by Maja Dusikova ; retold by Katja Alves ; translated by Kristy Koth. New York : NorthSouth, c2011.

The book that made your world : how the Bible created the soul of Western civilization / Vishal Mangalwadi. Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2011.

Brain-based learning : the new paradigm of teaching / Eric Jensen. Thousand Oaks, CA. : Corwin Press, c2008.

The brother/sister plays / Tarell Alvin McCraney. New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2010.

C D B / by William Steig. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000.

C. S. Lewis & philosophy as a way of life : a comprehensive historical examination of his philosophical thought / Adam Barkman. [Wayne, Pa. :] Zossima Press, c2009.

C.S. Lewis : apostle to the skeptics / by Chad Walsh. Eugene, Or. : Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2008, c1949.

C.S. Lewis as philosopher : truth, goodness and beauty / edited by David Baggett, Gary R. Habermas and Jerry L. Walls ; foreword by Tom Morris. Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Academic, c2008.

Caddie Woodlawn / Carol Ryrie Brink. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2006.

The call of the wild / Jack London. London : Puffin, 2008.

Captains courageous / Rudyard Kipling ; introduction by John Seelye. New York : Penguin Books, 2005.

Cast away [videorecording] / Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamworks Pictures present an Imagemovers/Playtone production ; a Robert Zemeckis Film ; directed by Robert Zemeckis ; written by William Broyles, Jr. ; produced by Steve Starkey, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke. Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001.

Cast away : the shooting script / screenplay and introduction by William Broyles, Jr. ; preface to the script by Robert Zemeckis. New York : Newmarket Press, c2000.

Schloss. English. The castle / Franz Kafka ; translated by Anthea Bell ; with an introduction and notes by Ritchie Robertson. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Chamber orchestra and ensemble repertoire : a catalog of modern music / Dirk Meyer. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2011.

The children of Green Knowe / L.M. Boston ; illustrated by Peter Boston. San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.

Clybourne Park / by Bruce Norris. London : Nick Hern Books, 2011, c2010.

Colonization and its discontents : emancipation, emigration, and antislavery in antebellum Pennsylvania / Beverly C. Tomek. New York : New York University Press, 2011.

Cross-curricular teaching and learning in the secondary school– the arts : drama, visual art, music and design / Martin Fautley and Jonathan Savage. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2011.

Crossings : meditations for worship / Susan Palo Cherwien. St. Louis, MO : MorningStar Music Publishers, c2003.

The cryptogram / David Mamet. New York : Vintage Books, 1995.

Was durfen wir hoffen? English. Dare we hope : “that all men be saved”? ; with, A short discourse on hell / Hans Urs von Balthasar ; translated by David Kipp and Lothar Krauth. San Francisco : Ignatius Press, c1988.

A death in the family / James Agee ; introduction by Steve Earle. New York : Penguin Books, 2009.

The death of Christian Britain : understanding secularisation, 1800-2000 / Callum G. Brown. London ; New York : Routledge, 2009.

Deenie / Judy Blume. New York : Delacorte Press, [c2009], c2003.

Designing & teaching learning goals & objectives / Robert J. Marzano. Bloomington, IN : Marzano Research Laboratory, c2009.

The diary of Virginia Woolf / edited by Anne Olivier Bell. New York : Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1977-

Different brains, different learners : how to reach the hard to reach / Eric P. Jensen. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, c2010.

Differentiation and the brain : how neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom / David A. Sousa, Carol Ann Tomlinson. Bloomington, IN : Solution Tree Press, c2011.

Dinah Zike’s big book of math : grade levels K-6 / Dinah Zike. San Antonio, TX : Dinah-Might Activities, c2003.

Dinah Zike’s big book of science : grade levels K-6 / Dinah Zike. San Antonio, Tex. : Dinah-Might Adventures, 2004.

Dinah Zike’s big book of social studies for elementary K-6. San Antonio, Tex. : Dinah-Might Adventures, c2002.

Dinah Zike’s foldables and VKVs for phonics, spelling and vocabulary : a photographic reference guide for kinesthetic learning : preK – 3rd grade. San Antonio, Tex. : Dinah-Might Adventures, 2007.

The essential 55 : an award-winning educator’s rules for discovering the successful student in every child / Ron Clark. New York : Hyperion, c2003.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind [videorecording] / Focus Features presents an Anonymous Content production in association with This Is That ; produced by Steve Golin and Anthony Bregman ; story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth ; screenplay by Charlie Kaufman ; directed by Michel Gondry. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, c2004.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind : the shooting script / screenplay by Charlie Kaufman ; introduction by Michel Gondry ; Q & A with Charlie Kaufman by Rob Feld. New York : Newmarket Press, c2004.

Exceeding expectations : a user’s guide to implementing brain research in the classroom / Susan J. Kovalik and Karen D. Olsen. [United States] : Susan Kovalik & Associates ; Covington, WA : Distributed by Books for Educators, c2002.

Extraordinary measures : disability in music / Joseph N. Straus. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Fanny Hensel  : the other Mendelssohn / R. Larry Todd. New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Fires in the mirror : Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and other identities / Anna Deavere Smith ; with a foreword by Cornel West. New York : Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1993.

Formative assessment & standards-based grading / Robert J. Marzano. Bloomington, IN : Solution Tree, c2010.

Free to be– you and me / conceived by Marlo Thomas ; developed and edited by Carole Hart … [et al.]. Philadelphia : Running Press, [2002], c1974.

From bloody shirt to full dinner pail : the transformation of politics and governance in the Gilded Age / Charles W. Calhoun. New York : Hill and Wang, 2010.

From glory into glory : reflections for worship / Susan Palo Cherwien. Saint Louis, Mo. : MorningStar Music Publishers, 2009.

From postlude to prelude : music ministry’s other six days / C. Randall Bradley. Fenton, Mo. : MorningStar Music Publishers, c2004.

The good earth / Pearl S. Buck. New York : Washington Square Press, 2004.

Great music for string orchestra : a conductor’s guide to program development featuring the top 100 intermediate and advanced works / Barbara Boscaino Tamburro. Galesville, MD : Meredith Music, 2011.

The highly engaged classroom / Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering with Tammy Heflebower. Bloomington, IN : Marzano Research, c2011.

A history of the popes : from Peter to the present / John W. O’Malley. Lanham, Md. : Sheed & Ward, c2010.

Hitty, her first hundred years, by Rachel Field, with illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop. New York, Macmillan Co., 1929.

Humana Festival 2010 : the complete plays / edited by Adrien-Alice Hansel and Amy Wegener. New York : Playscripts, Inc., 2011.

The hurt locker [videorecording] / directed by Kathryn Bigelow ; written by Mark Boal ; produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro ; Summit Entertainment presents in association with Voltage Pictures, Grosvenor Park Media, LP. and F.C.E.F.SA. a Voltage Pictures, First Light, Kingsgate Films production ; a Kathryn Bigelow film ; executive producer, Tony Mark ; director of photography, Barry Ackroyd. [Santa Monica, Calif.] : Summit Entertainment, [2010].

–If you sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 / by Ann McGovern ; illustrated by Anna DiVito. New York : Scholastic Inc., c1991.

In face of reality : the constructive theology of Gordon D. Kaufman / Thomas A. James. Eugene, Or. : Pickwick Publications, c2011.

Inception [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presentation ; in association with Legendary Pictures ; a Syncopy production ; a film by Christopher Nolan ; produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan ; written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2010.

Inception : the shooting script / written and directed by Christopher Nolan. San Rafael, Calif. : Insight ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2010.

The Indian in the cupboard / Lynne Reid Banks ; illustrated by Brock Cole. New York : Yearling, [2010?].

InSideOut coaching : how sports can transform lives / Joe Ehrmann ; with Paula Ehrmann and Gregory Jordan. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2011.

The internet of elsewhere : the emergent effects of a wired world / Cyrus Farivar ; foreword by Vinton G. Cerf. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011.

Invincible Louisa : the story of the author of Little women / by Cornelia Meigs. Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown, c1968.

Invisible man / Ralph Ellison ; preface by Charles Johnson. New York : Modern Library, 1994.

The jungle book / Rudyard Kipling ; introduced by Christopher Paolini ; illustrations by Alan Langford. New York : Puffin, 2009.

Katy and the big snow / story and pictures by Virginia Lee Burton. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1971.

Knee Knock Rise / story and pictures by Natalie Babbitt. New York, NY : Square Fish/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Leading and managing a differentiated classroom / Carol Ann Tomlinson, Marcia B. Imbeau. Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, c2010.

Listening to the customer / Peter Hernon and Joseph R. Matthews. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited, c2011.

The long goodbye / Raymond Chandler. New York : Vintage Books, 1992.

Lost superpower of the Bible [videorecording] / A&E Television Networks. [New York]  : History Channel : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2008.

Lucy / Jamaica Kincaid. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002.

Madeline / story & pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans. New York : Viking Press, 1967 c1939.

Manchild in the promised land / Claude Brown. New York : Touchstone, 1999.

Mandy / Julie Andrews Edwards ; illustrated by Johanna Westerman. New York : HarperTrophy, 2006.

Mathematics through the eyes of faith / by Russell Howell, James Bradley. New York : HarperOne, 2011.

May I bring a friend? / Beatrice Schenk de Regniers ; illustrated by Beni Montresor. New York : Atheneum, c1964, (1980 printing).

Middletown : a play / Will Eno. New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2010.

Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel : story and pictures / by Virginia Lee Burton. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1967.

The mouse and the motorcycle / Beverly Cleary ; illustrated by Tracy Dockray. New York : HarperCollins, 2006, c1965.

A moveable feast : the restored edition / Ernest Hemingway ; foreword by Patrick Hemingway ; edited, with an introduction, by Sean Hemingway. New York, NY : Scribner, 2009.

The mutiny on board H.M.S. Bounty : the captain’s account of the mutiny and his 3,600 mile voyage in an open boat / by William Bligh. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Narrative Press, c2003.

My friend Flicka / Mary O’Hara ; illustrations by Dave Blossoms. New York : Harpercollins Publishers, 2006.

The New international commentary on the Old Testament / R.K. Harrison, general ed. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 1965-

The new Oxford annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books / contributors, Bernhard W. Anderson … [et al.] ; edited by Bruce M. Metzger, Roland E. Murphy. New York : Oxford University Press, c1991.

The next story : life and faith after the digital explosion / Tim Challies. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2011.

Plays. English. Selections. No exit, and three other plays / by Jean-Paul Sartre. New York : Vintage International, 1989.

Nouvelle theologie – new theology : inheritor of modernism, precursor of Vatican II / Jurgen Mettepenningen. London ; New York : T&T Clark, c2010.

A number / Caryl Churchill. New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2003.

Old Yeller. Drawings by Carl Burger. [New York] Harper [1956].

Oliver Twist / Charles Dickens. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

The people’s psalter / Hal H. Hopson. Fnton, MO : MorningStar Music Publishers, c2008.

Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes : a story / by Jonathan Auxier. New York : Amulet Books, 2011.

Peter Pan [videorecording] / Walt Disney Pictures ; RKO Radio Pictures ; [presented by] Walt Disney ; directors, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimo, Wilfred Jackson. Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2007].

Philosophy of ecology / edited by Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown, Kent A. Peacock. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/North-Holland, 2011.

The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever / selected and with introductions by Christopher Hitchens. Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo, 2007.

Prayer for a child / by Rachel Field ; pictures by Elizabeth Orton Jones. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.

Rainbow Valley / L.M. Montgomery. New York : Bantam Books, 1985, c1919.

Religionless Christianity : Dietrich Bonhoeffer in troubled times / Jeffrey C. Pugh. London ; New York, NY : T & T Clark, 2008.

Research-based strategies : narrowing the achievement gap for under-resourced students / Ruby K. Payne. Highlands, TX : Aha! Process, Inc., 2009.

Rethinking Schumann / edited by Roe-Min Kok, Laura Tunbridge. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Ribsy / Beverly Cleary ; illustrated by Tracy Dockray. New York : HarperCollins, 2007.

Rilla of Ingleside / L.M. Montgomery ; with a biography of L.M. Montgomery by Caroline Parry. New York : Bantam, 1998.

Rip Van Winkle and other stories / Washington Irving ; introduced by Jennifer Donnelly. London : Puffin, 2010.

Rise, o church : reflections on the church, its music, and empire / Paul Westermeyer. Fenton, MO : MorningStar, c2008.

Rosanna of the Amish / Joseph W. Yoder ; illustrations by Joy Dunn Keenan. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press, c1995.

Runaway Ralph / Beverly Cleary ; illustrated by Louis Darling. New York : HarperTrophy, 2000.

The saddest music ever written : the story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” / Thomas Larson. New York, N.Y. : Pegasus Books 2010.

Schoenberg’s new world : the American years / Sabine Feisst. New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

Schumann : a chorus of voices / interviews and conversations with John C. Tibbetts. New York : Amadeus Press, 2010.

Secrets of the dead. Michelangelo revealed [videorecording] / a DocLab and Compagnie des Taxi Borusse [sic] production for Thirteen in association with WNET.org ; directed by Fabrizio Ruggirello ; written by Vania Del Borgo ; produced by Marco Visalberghi and Maurice Ribiere. [United States] : PBS Home Video, c2009.

The selfish giant / story by Oscar Wilde ; illustrations by Chris Beatrice ; musical adaption by Dan Goeller ; narration by Martin Jarvis. Sioux Falls, SD : Noteworthy Books, 2011.

Singing through the church year : a children’s choir resource book / Tamara Makdad Albrecht. St. Louis, Mo. : MorningStar Music Publishers, c2005.

Slumdog millionaire [videorecording] / a Fox Searchlight Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Celador Films, Film4 presentation ; directed by Danny Boyle ; co-director (India), Loveleen Tandan ; screenplay by Simon Beaufoy ; produced by Christian Colson. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2009.

The sons / Franz Kafka ; introduction by Mark Anderson. New York : Quality Paperback Book Club, c1991.

Sounder / by William H. Armstrong ; illustrations by James Barkley. New York : Harper Trophy, 2002.

Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself / Judy Blume. New York : Dell, 1991, c1977.

Steel drivin’ man : John Henry, the untold story of an American legend / Scott Reynolds Nelson. New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.

Stranger than fiction [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures and Mandate Pictures present a Three Strange Angels production ; produced by Lindsay Doran ; written by Zach Helm ; directed by Marc Forster. Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Industries : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2007.

Stranger than fiction : the shooting script / screenplay and scene notes by Zach Helm ; foreword by Marc Forster ; introduction by Lindsay Doran. New York : Newmarket Press, c2006.

The systematic thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar : an Irenaean retrieval / Kevin Mongrain. New York : Crossroad, c2002.

Teaching and Assessing 21st Century Skills. Solution Tree 2011.

Teaching with poverty in mind : what being poor does to kids’ brains and what schools can do about it / Eric Jensen. Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, c2009.

Technology integration in the elementary music classroom / by Amy M. Burns. Milwaukee : Hall Leonard, c2008.

Theater games for rehearsal : a director’s handbook / Viola Spolin ; foreword by Rob Reiner. Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2010.

Then again, maybe I won’t / Judy Blume. New York : Delacorte Press, [c2009], c2003.

Tools for citizenship & life : using the lifelong guidelines and LIFESKILLS in your classroom / by Sue Pearson ; illustrated by Kelly Cole & Lanitta Jaye Delk; Contributing editor, Karen D. Olsen. Black Diamond, Wash. : Susan Kovalik & Associates ; c2010.

Up from slavery : an autobiography / Booker T. Washington. New York : Modern Library, 1999.

Visual tools for transforming information into knowledge / David Hyerle ; prologue by Arthur L. Costa ; foreword by Robert J. Marzano. Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, c2009.

What do you say, dear? / by Sesyle Joslin ; pictures by Maurice Sendak. [New York] : Harper & Row, c1958.

William Morris : a life for our time / Fiona McCarthy. London : Faber and Faber, 1995.

The worlds of John Ruskin / Kevin Jackson. London : Pallas Athene & the Ruskin Foundation,2010.

The Writer’s market. Cincinnati, Writer’s Digest.

The yearling / Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings ; [with a foreword by Newbery author Patricia Reilly Giff]. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, c2001.

YouTube in music education / Thomas Rudolph, James Frankel. New York : Hal Leonard Books, 2009.

Zoolander [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures present ; in association with VH1 and NPV Entertainment ; a Scott Rudin and Red Hour production, a Ben Stiller film ; produced by Scott Rudin, Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld ; screenplay by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, John Hamburg ; directed by Ben Stiller. Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2001].

The following Books (5 items) were received into the Library’s bestsellers collection during August 2011:

The Little Women letters / Gabrielle Donnelly. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.

The other Barack : the bold and reckless life of President Obama’s father / Sally H. Jacobs. New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.

Robopocalypse : a novel / Daniel H. Wilson. New York : Doubleday, c2011.

The Sisters brothers  / Patrick deWitt. New York : Ecco, c2011.

State of wonder / Ann Patchett. New York : Harper, c2011.

The following Books (9 items) were received into the Library collection as Gift Donations during August 2011:

Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Through the looking-glass and the hunting of the snark, by Lewis Carroll [pseud.] illustrations by John Tenniel; introduction by Alexander Woollcott … New York, Modern library [192-].

The book of the thousand nights and one night / rendered into English from the literal and complete French translation of J.C. Mardrus by Powys Mathers. London : Dorset Press, 1987.

Character begins at home : family tools for teaching character and values / by Karen D. Olsen and Sue Pearson ; illustrated by Gwendolyn Pribble. Kent, Wash. : Susan Kovalik & Associates : Distributed by Books for Educators, c2000.

Cost and choice; an inquiry in economic theory, by James M. Buchanan. Chicago, Markham Pub. Co. [1969].

The five Gospels : the search for the authentic words of Jesus : new translation and commentary / by Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover, and the Jesus Seminar. New York : Macmillan ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.

Here I stand; a life of Martin Luther. New York, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press [1950].

Mercy / Jodi Picoult. New York : Washington Square Press, 2001, c1996.

The Republic / Plato ; translated with an introduction by Desmond Lee. London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003.

Shakespeare’s face / Stephanie Nolen ; with Jonathan Bate … [et al.]. Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2002.