Friday, October 31, 2008

Author reception for book about Erin McKenzie

Sunday November 9th at 4PM Barbara McKenzie, author of Reflections of Erin The Importance of Belonging, Relationships, and Learning with Each Other will be in the library for a reception and book signings.

Drawing on observations and stories from Erin's life, Barbara McKenzie hopes to reengage discussions about inclusive learning communities and the opportunity for all children to learn together.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Art display of Lithuanian Curses in Becker Gallery

Zita Sodeika's series of paintings illustrating Lithuanian curses will be on display in the Becker Gallery located at the bottom of the staircase until January. Although she finds inspiration in nature, many of these works focus on the foibles of humans and asks us to view ourselves anew.
Some of the curses illustrated are:
"May you go to hell to wash dirty laundry" (pictured)
"May your tongue stand up like a post."
"Oh, go and scratch nightcrawler's underarms"

Besides the ten Lithuanian curses, there are four larger works by Zita on display as well. If you are left wanting more after your viewing in the Becker gallery you can go over to the Fisher Gallery in the lobby of Roush Hall to other works by the artist.

About the Artist:
Zita was born in Lithuania and raised there until the Russian invasion during WWII. She lived in refugee camps until she was 14 then settled with her mother in Chicago. She attended the Chicago Art Institute and lived for 25 years with her husband and children in Willard, Ohio. She has exhibited in Chicago, Columbus, Wisconsin, and Lithuania, where the National Museum houses much of her work, including a 75-foot etching mocking the Berlin Wall, made from walnut-based ink she ground herself.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

News videos are now available through America's Newspapers

The NewsBank database America's Newspapers now includes video news segments from the following sources: The Associated Press, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, as well as coverage from Canadian Broadcasting, Agence France-Presse and more. You can email these videos or embed them in presentations. Also, under bibliography you can format the citation for the video using APA or MLA style.

To find this video content, click on the Search Shortcut for United States.

In the middle of the page is a link for search shortcuts. Click on this link and you can limit your search to just find available video.

One final note as mentioned by OhioLINK - "A short advertisement that can be immediately closed will appear prior to each video. Please note that a free Flash plug-in is required to play these videos. It can be downloaded at"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

FIRSTLINK Online Directory available campus wide

The FIRSTLINK directory is now available online. FIRSTLINK is the local organization that facilitates connections; callers in need of services as well as individuals looking for volunteer opportunities.

The directory is divided into broad categories by agency or service and can be sorted by government or nongoverment. You can also sort by zip code. When using the directory, you will find contact information and a brief description of each service offered (there is no overarching description for each agency).

You can find the directory listed under Ebooks from the library home page.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Annual Torch and Key Book Sale

It is that time of year again, the annual Torch & Key booksale. Hardbacks are $1.00 and Paperbacks are .50. But wait, there is more than just books - records, tapes, and even a few puzzles! All purchases go towards scholarships for Otterbein students. So come out and buy some books.


Friday, October 03, 2008

Political Science resources on trial from CQ Press

Until October 23rd we can try out a number of products from CQ Press.

These include:
CQ Global Researcher - Similar to CQ Researcher but with a more global focus, this gives extensive overviews of contemporary issues (one report is on child soldiers) along with bibliographies, pro/con sections and much more.

Research Guides - These guides cover the Presidency, Congress, Political Campaigns, Elections and the Supreme Court. Each guide provides a wealth of information in the form of case studies, statistical data, analytical essays and more.

If you have an opinion about these databases, please contact Allen Reichert (preichert @ But you only have until the 23rd to examine them.