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!

Stay dry with a Library umbrella!

by Dorothy Hargett, Access Services Librarian

Multiple colors to match your outfit

Multiple colors to match your outfit

Rain no longer need be a reason not to come to the Library. Our latest service provides umbrellas to keep you dry on the walk to your car or next campus location.

Stop by the Circulation desk and see the brightly-colored umbrellas available for loan. Current Regent students, faculty, and staff members can check out an umbrella for up to three days.

So…the next time you are in the Library and see an unexpected downpour outside the window, just relax and continue studying with ease. No need to worry about getting soaked on the way to your class or the parking lot because the Library has you covered, literally!

Library Book Club Schedule 2015-2016

Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra (see image credit below).

In the final volume of In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s narrator experiences a number of epiphanies about the nature of creativity that have been percolating in his mind for hundreds of pages. One of these concerns the value of reading:

Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book.

And that is not all we get from literature. For Proust, it is literature (and the other arts) that teach us to see the world through new eyes:

By art alone we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe which for him is not ours, the landscapes of which would remain as unknown to us as those of the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world, our own, we see it multiplied…

The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our ninth year, we have assembled a schedule of American, British, and Israeli works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Library Book Club Schedule 2015 – 2016

Month Author Title Date & Time*
September Geraldine Brooks March September 24 at 12:00
October Jane Austen Persuasion October 29 at 12:00
Nov – Dec Patrick O’Brian The Far Side of the World December 3 at 12:00
January Henry James Washington Square January 28 at 12:00
February Toni Morrison Beloved February 25 at 12:00
March – April Meir Shalev A Pigeon and a Boy April 14 at 12:00
June Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd June 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

*Book Club meetings usually take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Dates and times above are tentative. Check the events pages on our Facebook or Google+ sites for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

Distance Students and Faculty Welcome

Distance students and faculty may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

For more information about the Book Club, see our webpage or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image Credit: Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra, a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. For information about Sister Isabella and examples of her work, see Lines and Colors (blog) at http://linesandcolors.com/2011/11/13/isabel-guerra/.

Power to the mobile devices!

Ed.D. student Sharon Gardner (right) and guest scholars make full use of the new electrical and USB ports.

Ed.D. student Sharon Gardner (right) and guest scholars make full use of the new electrical and USB ports.

When the University Library Building opened in 1983, no one imagined we would need electrical outlets and USB ports (which were not invented until 1994) all over the place. For several years we have noticed an increase in comments on our Customer Satisfaction Survey about the lack of electrical outlets, such as these:

  • “More plugs for laptops near desks on 2nd floor would be great!” (2013)
  • “There are hardly any available plugs. This makes it difficult to find study places.” (2014)

Library visitors frequently see extension cords snaking across the floors and people sitting in each other’s personal space huddled around outlets, reminiscent of airport travel. Fear the snakes and outlet sharing no more! The University Library has invested in over 100 surge protectors with both electrical outlets and USB ports. You will see some of these attached to tables and others in the study carrels. So, study away with the confidence that your laptops will have power, your notebooks won’t die, and your smart phones will remain charged.