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- Volume 5 Issue -5
October, 2007

Common Book Programs

You are invited to join us in welcoming the 2007 - 2008 Otterbein College Common Book Author, Helena Maria Viramontes.

On Friday October 19th at 2:00pm, a convocation will be held at Cowan Hall to honor this year's author.

Immediately following the convocation, at 3:00pm the unveiling of the author's picture will take place at the Courtright Memorial Library. The author will sign copies of her books. Refreshments will be served.


Otterbein College Homecoming Saturday October 13th

  • See library staff in the Homecoming Parade at 10am!
  • Members of the Friends will be videotaping individuals for an "Oral History" of Otterbein - look for us and say a few words!
  • Come learn more about the history of Otterbein, presented by Jane Horn & Stephen Grinch
  • For more information, go to Otterbein's Homecoming web site.

Practice a Foreign Language with Digital Videos

Learning a foreign language? Practice Russian, Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, or Swahili with foreign language videos and clips from the Foreign Language Digital Videos.

The Foreign Language Video Instruction collection contains video clips in which native speakers of Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish, and Swahili elaborate on a wide variety of topics about their culture, family, daily life, and more. Each video clip is accompanied by a description of its contents, the country of the speaker, and additional grammar and vocabulary notes. These videos are produced by the ViewPoints Project of the Five Colleges of Ohio consortium and are freely available to anyone via the Internet.

If you're studying for class, getting ready for a trip abroad or just exploring another culture, visit the Educational Films & Documentaries collection for videos that will help you learn more about foreign languages and cultures. The collections includes several instructional series, including Get By in French, Get By in German, Get By in Spanish, Japanese for Beginners, and Talk French. The digital videos may be viewed online or downloaded.

News About Research Databases

AccessScience  McGraw-Hill launched AccessScience  on a new online platform.

  • Over 8,500 online articles from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science &
    Technology 10th edition, from over 5,000 contributors, including 36 Nobel Prize winners
  • Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science &
  • 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific
    and Technical Terms
  • 15,000 illustrations and graphics, and bibliographies containing
    more than 28,000 literature citations
  • Biographies of 2,000 well-known scientists from the Hutchinson
    Dictionary of Scientific BiographyR
  • The latest news in science and technology from Science NewsR and
    ScienCentralR videos

Film & Television Literature Index allows you to find full text, scholarly articles, covering the entire spectrum of television and film. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 270 publications (and selected coverage of more than 300), as well as full text for more than 70 journals and nearly 50 books.

Torch & Key Book Sale

The library will be holding its annual Torch & Key book sale from Thursday October 11th - Friday November 16th.

We need all Torch & Key members and anyone else who would like to help set up the book sale to come to the first floor of the library between 8:30 am and 11:00 am on October 11th.

Prices are $.50 for paperback books and $1.00 for hardcover. Proceeds support Torch and Key scholarships for Otterbein students.

Welcome Our New Staff Members

After 9 years as our Acquisitions Manager, Paul Heath left for a position within the IT department. And, while Paul is still near (both in terms of location and in our hearts) we had to look for his replacement.

We welcome our new Acquisitions Manager Melissa Previtera. Melissa is from the Mount Vernon area and is a 2007 graduate of Ashland University with a major in Marketing and minors in Studio Art and International Business. She recently was married to Michael Previtera and they reside in Bexley, OH.

We also would like to welcome our new graduate assistant who will be our late evening circulation supervisor, Carol Oaks. Carol is a MAT student at Otterbein and will graduate in June 2008.

Photography Exhibit

Photographs of migrant worker taken by Gary Harwood are currently displayed in the library until November 21. The display was brought to the library through the efforts of Terry Hermson from the English department, and with the support of the Thomas Academic Excellence Series.

The display features men, women and children at work and play and at special celebrations. This was made possible because of the unique community formed at the Hartville Migrant Center.

 The photographs were taken over four years and through a collaboration with David Hassler, who interviewed the migrants, community members and volunteers at the center,  Growing Season, the Life of a Migrant Community was published in 2006 and won the Ohioana  “About Ohio or an Ohioan” book award in 2007. 

Harwood is chief photographer at Kent State University and has won four national Circle of Excellence awards from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 

In 2001, he was named Photographer of the Year by the University Photographers Association of America and his work has appeared in numerous national publications. In 2006 the Ohio News Photographers Association awarded to him, the James R. Gordon, Ohio Understanding Award for the multi-image photo essay on Growing Season.

Need more information? Have more questions? Visit the library home page at http://library.otterbein.edu. Chat with a reference librarian at http://olc6.ohiolink.edu/.
E-mail us at Library@otterbein.edu or call us at 823-1984