Monday, January 30, 2006

Support OhioLINK Funding!

OhioLINK is looking for your support for its 2007 and 2008 projected capital funding. Without the increase in funds, OhioLINK will face severe shortfalls that will make it difficult to maintain this useful research database. Universities may not be able to receive updates or even access to OhioLINK if funding is not increased. Research capabilities of faculty and students will be severely hindered if OhioLINK is not made available. What you can do to support OhioLINK is call, write or e-mail your state legislatures, tell your friends or share your story of how this database has helped you in the past. Concerns or questions can be sent to Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK's Communication Manager at or call at 614.728.3600 extension 329. Be a part of the solution and take action to save OhioLINK!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Historical Photo of the Week - Original Main Building

Before Towers Hall, this building was the main classroom facility of Otterbein College. It was located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Grove Street (seen at the bottom of the picture). Work began on the building in 1857. Though it was occupied shortly after, financial trouble kept the building from ever being completed.

Early in the morning of January 26, 1870, fire destroyed the building and all of its contents, including the libraries of the three literary societies, all of the scientific equipment and a copy of the Codex Sinaiticus, a rare translation of the New Testament that had been presented to the University by the tsar of Russia in 1865.

President Lewis Davis suspected arson, though this was never proven. In his book History of Otterbein University, the Rev. Henry Garst said "Some who were familiar with the building destroyed, with its smoky recitation-rooms, its huge and uncomfortable auditorium, occupying the entire upper story reached by a flight of stairs, have been inclined, in spite of the heavy loss, to regard its destruction as a blessing in disguise."

Later that year, plans were drawn up for a new main building to be built southwest of the "Old Main" site, utilizing the salvageable brick from the original structure. This building would become known in the next century as "Towers Hall."

Friday, January 20, 2006

LearningExpress Library

Did you know…?

· Courtright Memorial Library’s website offers access to the resource LearningExpress

· LearningExpress Library is a valuable site that provides…

· Hundreds of online interactive practice tests for graduate students including LSAT, MCAT,
GRE, foreign language instruction and many more!

· Instant scorecards with complete answers are provided

· Targeted skill-building interactive courses in math, reading, and writing

· All you have to do is set up your private, individual account and start testing!

Click here to start testing!

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance

Have a paper due in your history of theatre class?
Researching a role?
Want to know more about a script?
The International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance, represents the most comprehensive multicultural and inter-disciplinary research tool available to theater students, educators and professionals. As part of EBSCO, this database offers 60,000 journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. Access to American Theatre magazine, Dance Research journal, Opera Quarterly journal and Stage, Screen & Radio magazine are all available in the theatre database, along with thousands of other resources! Research for a history of modern dance paper, study up on past screen legends or read about leading choreographers in the world of ballet. Be sure to use this valuable resource available at your fingertips! Click here to begin your search!