Dean Sara Baron to Leave Library after Ten Years of Service

Sara Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children's literature.

Dean Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children’s literature.

At the end of August, Dr. Sara Baron will step down as dean of the University Library after ten years of faithful service at Regent. In September she will take up a new position as University Librarian at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Baron arrived at Regent in August 2005 and has led the Library through a decade of transformational change. During her tenure as dean, the Library grew from a highly specialized institution supporting graduate study in a relatively small number of disciplines, to a university library with the goal of reflecting Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the Library of Congress that “there is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.”

Along with building the Library’s collections in many new disciplines, Dean Baron will be remembered for her enthusiastic support for cultural events that brought the Regent and Hampton Roads communities into the Library. Under her leadership, hundreds of students, faculty, and visitors attended events such as the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, the St. John’s Bible Exhibit, Holocaust Remembrance Services, and the Living Word exhibition of Biblical manuscripts, to name only a few.

As she prepares for a new chapter in her life, Dr. Baron offered these reflections about her time at Regent: “The Library is a vital part of Regent University, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the Library team. It has been a joy watching the Library become more engaged with students, the local community, and the academic mission and goals of Regent. My time here has been a blessing personally and professionally, and I will truly miss all my wonderful colleagues and friends.”

The Library staff will miss our dear colleague and friend, but we rejoice that the Lord has opened a new opportunity and ministry in her life. Well done, and Godspeed, Sara!

Premier Political Science Database on Trial

EHPSCThe Library has a trial subscription to EBSCO Political Science Complete, one of the premier research databases in the world for this discipline.

Political Science Complete provides coverage of global political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary politics. Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations, and political theory. The database contains nearly 340 reference books and monographs, over 1,500 scholarly journals in full text, and more than 44,000 full-text conference papers.

According to Choice magazine, the review publication for the Association of College & Research Libraries, “Users will find no other source comparable to Political Science Complete. It captures the breadth of the subject with both a national and international perspective, drawing from scholarly, professional and peer-reviewed sources, and offering considerable full-text content—all in one place…Highly recommended.”

To try out Political Science Complete, click here. To comment about this or any other trial or any other electronic resource, use our online evaluation form.

Top Science Journal Available through the Library

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

The online journal features an engaging, user-friendly interface.

The online journal features an engaging, user-friendly interface.

Thanks to a “Science for Seminaries” awarded to the Regent University School of Divinity, the Library has a subscription to Science, one of the world’s most important scientific journals.

Science, also known as Science Magazine, is a top peer-reviewed journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The journal is published weekly and covers the full range of scientific disciplines. Features include new research, reviews, and news important to the scientific community.

The Science subscription will support interdisciplinary research and facilitate the integration of science and faith at Regent. Keep an eye out for other opportunities supported by this grant, such as campus guest speakers, a national conference about the intersection of the Holy Spirit, science, and theological education, and a peer-reviewed essay contest.

Overall, the goal of the grant is to improve the discourse around faith and science. School of Divinity professor Dr. Wolfgang Vondey explains, “We believe it will improve students’ understanding of the dynamic character of science in conversation with theological education, and it also provides teachers and students with resources to discuss the possible renewal of science and Christian faith.”

To take a look at Science, click here.

For more information about the School of Divinity’s receipt of this grant, see Mindy Hughes’s article for Regent Events.

Powerful New Statistics Database

With Statista, you can include charts like this...

With Statista, you can include charts like this…

The Library has a subscription to Statista, one of the world’s largest statistics portals. Statista contains over 1 million statistics on more than 80,000 topics. Data is drawn from 18,000 sources and over 500 new statistics are added daily.

Some of the uses for Statista include monitoring markets and consumer behavior, understanding social trends and shifts, and discovering new business opportunities.

No dry data!

…and this in your projects.

As impressive as the sheer volume of data in Statista is, the really unique thing about the database is its user-friendly interface and the full-color charts and graphs that accompany all statistics. Statista gives you to the power to explain and interpret complex data through intuitive graphics that can be exported into Excel or PowerPoint or saved as a PDF or PNG file. Statista’s infographics will definitely add a professional look to your projects.

Take Statista for a spin, and plug in literally any topic that interests you. To log in, click here.

New Microforms Scanner debuts at Library

Following months of heated anticipation, the Library is proud to announce the installation of its new microfilm reader and scanner.

ST ViewScan III is one of the most advanced microfilm scanners available today and brings the Library’s considerable microforms collections (microfilm, microfiche, and ultrafiche) into the digital era. The machine allows users to crop and save only the sections of a document they want as well as clean up any scratches that may be present on the film. Users have the option to print, email, or save their work to a flash drive.

While the machine will likely get its heaviest use from our InterLibrary Loan department in fulfilling requests for articles on microfilm, all Library researchers are welcome to use it. ViewScan is loaded with several video tutorials to get you started, and the Library staff and student assistants can also assist you.

So if you’ve always wanted to wade into the exciting world of microforms research, your time has come!