Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Library Outreach: Do You Know All the Options at Dunn Library?

A recent study published in College and Research Libraries has brought to light the struggles of Library Outreach. As recently as 2012, only 17% of incoming freshman were aware of online resources through the library, and even then those options were limited to Google, Google Scholar, JSTOR, and the ever eternal “online”. The study goes on to separate the term “online” as meaning everything from catalogs to Google with no differentiation between academic resources and search engines.
                               Surprising for a generation who grew up teething on iPhones?
Not necessarily. The study went on to interview Seniors (meaning students at the end of a four year degree) and while there was a broader depth and understanding of the resources available and a sense of ease with research, only 50 percent of surveyed seniors were aware of the databases and assistance at their fingertips.
So close and still so far.
This is the struggle. How do libraries and librarians reach out and make these databases and resources more “Common Knowledge”?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

All Iowa Reads 2014: Little Wolves

Did you know that there is a mass reading movement happening?

As in all of Iowa ( at least those interested) are reading the SAME book, it's a real thing and you can be a part of it.
Dunn Library has teamed up with the Indianola Public Library and ALL of Iowa in a unified mass reading of  Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman. A discussion of the book led by Simpson Professor J.J.Butts will be held Thursday April 24 at 7pm at the Indianola Public Library so mark your calenders.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Simpson College Opera: Street Scene 2/28-3/2

The Simpson College Opera Department is Making a Scene. A Street Scene to be exact - set to premiere February 28th, March 1st and March 2nd.

Street Scene by Kurt Weill will be the inspiration for and culmination of a campus-wide festival addressing immigration, racism, diversity, and discrimination. Set around a tenement block of immigrant families in New York City, Street Scene portrays the life of its working class inhabitants, and centers on a budding but doomed romance, and an extramarital affair that ends in tragedy.

Featuring the talents of Mo Zhou as Director, Bernard McDonald as Conductor, and Design by Steve McLean this show is bound to be a hit. Add in the talent of Students from the department making up the majority of the cast and featured in the Orchestra, and we may just have a hit on our hands.

If you’ve never been to a Simpson College Opera, you are missing out. Every performance is the culmination of execution, expert direction, and hours of practice. The Fruits of the department’s labor never cease to amaze come performance time, and with the acclaim that this particular score has received, it’s best to get your tickets early to enjoy the show.

Want more information on Street Scene? Check out the Library Display Case and Photo Album:

Check out the Opera Simpson Page for more information about the production and how to purchase tickets.

If you still aren't sold on the idea of this opera, the Department has released a Teaser Trailer just for your entertainment.

Posted by K.P.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Young Americans and Their Library Habits

Have you ever checked out a book and actually looked at the date stamps? You know the old school ones that look like this?

You expect to see some sort of recent activity. The thing is like a newsfeed for books, or a Checkin, I mean someone obviously had this professor and its title is practically the theme of your project someone should have found it useful. So you read the last stamp only to realize that the last year anyone ever checked it out was 1980.

When was the last time you visited a Library on campus? How about in your hometown? Online?
These are the types of questions that the Pew Research Center hoped to answer when they did an extensive study about the library habits of young Americans.

Young Americans, that's you isn't it? are you between the ages of 16 and 60?
Interested yet? I mean they were practically surveying you, or at least people like you.
according to the study, 67% of people ages 16-29 visited a library in the last year.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Relaxing Reads @Dunn

Need a good book to read for over the holidays? There’s something to please everyone’s tastes at Dunn Library! There are so many great books to choose from, so come take a look and check one out over break!

The Hunger Games trilogy
By Suzanne Collins
Simpson General 
813 C71H
The Great Gatsby
By Scott F. Fitzgerald
Simpson General 813F55g
By Emma Donoghue
Simpson General 813D688r

Harry Potter series
By J.K. Rowling
Simpson Children R884h

The Help
By Kathryn Sotckett
Simpson General
813 S863h

The Lovely Bones
By Alice Sebold
Simpson General
813 S44L

The Giver
By Lois Lowry
Simpson Children

Wuthering Heights
By Emily Bronte
Simpson General
823 B86 1991
Posted by the RAC staff--Good Luck on Finals!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dunn Library via mobile

Are you using your smartphone or iProduct to access library resources?  With over half of the United States population using smartphones (Always Connected: How Smartphones and Social Keep Us Engaged)p. 3, doing research in the palm of your hand is becoming a norm. 

How can you use your mobile device in library research?  If you log into Simpson wireless it's super simple.  Search encore and take your phone to the stacks to find books or other items quickly.  Find an article from 1856 in JSTOR and add it to your RefWorks account.  Quietly text your study group and check out our Facebook for the latest library information.  Most databases through Dunn Library optimize their pages to fit nicely into the smaller screen, and some databases even have apps you can download to your phone and customize.  You can also use your mobile device to do research offcampus.  

Questions?  You can always Ask a Librarian for more information.

Posted by mep

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Why not just use Wikipedia?

One of the first steps in the research process is finding background information on your topic.  As students, you are often researching a topic that you know little about.  The library has many subject specific encyclopedias and other reference tools that you can turn to for help.  They will provide you with an overview of your area of interest, definitions of terms, timelines and major figures associated with a topic.  Often there are bibliographies that you can use for additional information.

Your professor won’t let you use encyclopedias?  You do not have to cite these sources in your paper.  They are to help you get started and learn more about your topic.

Why not just use Wikipedia?  Wikipedia is an ok place to start but you will want to verify the information that you find.  Anyone can add or change information on Wikipedia.  Published encyclopedia articles are written by experts in the field and have strict editorial guidelines.

Where can I find these resources in the library?

1.       Search Encore using a general keyword and the keyword encyclopedia such as criminal justice and encyclopedia.  Encore will retrieve information on print and ebook encyclopedias owned by Dunn.

2.       Search Credo Reference found under Databases A-Z on the Dunn website.  Credo is an online reference database offering over 500 highly-regarded scholarly reference books for all subject areas.

3.       Search Encyclopedia Britannica also found on the Dunn website under Databases A-Z.

Remember that if you have questions at any point in your research process, stop by the Research Assistance Center (first floor Dunn near computer lab) and we will be happy to help you.

Posted by Liz