Learn time-saving skills at our Research Lifesavers workshop.

Lifesavers® advertisement, 1948

Lifesavers® advertisement, 1948

On Thursday, January 29 at 12:00, the reference librarians will offer a luncheon workshop about basic resources on the Library website that everyone should know about. Enjoy a pizza lunch on us and learn easy-to-use techniques that will save you time in the research process.

The workshop will be held in the Library Conference Room. Reserve your place by “joining” this event on Facebook, Google+, or by e-mailing Stephanie Lowell at steplow@regent.edu.

Online Session

A live, online version of this workshop will be held on Thursday, February 5 at 6:00 pm EDT. We will meet via Google Hangouts.

If you have never used Google Hangouts before, click here. You will be prompted to install a plugin to your browser and then taken directly to our workshop.

Reserve your place at the online session by joining on Facebook, Google+ or by e-mailing Jason Stuart at jstuart@regent.edu.

Eric Patterson to lead Book Discussion

On Tuesday, February 3, Dr. Eric Patterson, Dean of the School of Government, will lead a discussion of Testimonies, Patrick O’Brian’s novel of love and death, set in a beautiful but forbidding landscape in Wales.

Patrick O’Brian is most famous for his Aubrey-Maturin series of novels, which many critics have proclaimed as the greatest historical novels ever written. Testimonies, written before the Aubrey-Maturin novels, was the fruit of the three years that O’Brian lived in a Welsh-speaking farming valley of Northern Wales.

About Testimonies, the poet and critic Delmore Schwartz wrote, “To read a first novel by an unknown author which, sentence by sentence and page by page, makes one say: he can’t keep going at this pitch, the intensity is bound to break down, the perfection of tone can’t be sustained–is to rejoice in an experience of pleasure and astonishment.”

Testimonies is a hauntingly beautiful novel that stays in the reader’s consciousness long after the book has been put down. The work is only 222 pages and fully enjoyable on a first read. The Library has four copies in the collection.

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en

For more information about this or other Library Book Club events, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

New Service for Distance Students

Dorothy Hargett, Access Services Librarian

The Library is pleased to announce a new service for distance students. Until now, distance students have only been able to borrow books from the Regent Library collection. We receive comments about this limitation each year on our Customer Satisfaction Survey, such as these:

  • “I have honestly avoided using any materials you don’t have because I am a distance student, and it’s not convenient to borrow. The one time I attempted to use Interlibrary Loan, they were unable to fulfill my request.”
  • “Need to let distance students get books through Interlibrary Loan”

Beginning this semester, distance students residing within the United States may use their Regent ILLiad accounts to borrow up to two (2) books per quarter from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department.

If you need a book that is not in the Regent Library, our ILL team will search holdings across libraries worldwide to locate an available copy. You can request these books by the same process you use for requesting Regent-owned items. As we have always done with our own books, we will ship items from other libraries to your home at no charge to you. You pay only the cost of shipping the items back (if you are unable to return the books in person). Returning borrowed books by the due date will enable the ILL team to ship them back to the lending library in a timely manner, saving us (and you) late fines.

Although we recommend using your local public library’s ILL service if available, we recognize that not all public libraries offer ILL, so we are glad that we can now make this important resource available to all our students.

To log into your ILLiad account click here.

2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey in Review

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

The Library faculty began the new year by pouring over thousands of comments and suggestions about the Library’s resources and services. The 2014 Library Customer Satisfaction Survey, which consisted of three separate surveys for students, faculty and staff, was completed over the course of two weeks in November. Our survey aims to help us gauge how well we are facilitating patron learning and research through our resources, services, and physical space. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Click here to view all three surveys.

We have thoroughly reviewed and discussed the results from over 740 respondents. Some of the most common concerns include:

  • Accessing the hundreds of thousands of e-books in the Library collection.
  • Requesting books for Library purchase.
  • Getting after-hours assistance, particularly for distance students in different time zones.
  • Accessing books and articles through the Library catalog, online databases, and InterLibrary Loan.
  • Using Special Collections.

Feedback Express

In the weeks ahead, we will address these and other topics in our Feedback Express column. The Library makes every effort to implement improvements requested by our faculty and students.

The Library faculty and staff are grateful to all our survey takers for taking the time to help us improve our services and resources and ultimately, our support for the University mission. We also appreciated the many compliments we received about positive experiences in the Library.

The next Library survey will be held in fall 2015, but you do not have to wait until then to share your thoughts Send us your ideas anytime via our online comment form or by filling out a comment card and dropping it in the box by the reference desk.

Educational Entertainment to Fill Your Free Time

by Georgi Bordner, Librarian, Head of Technical Services

"Please, sir, I want some more." Watch the best of PBS in the Library's Digital Theatre.

“Please, sir, I want some more.” Watch the best of PBS in the Library’s Digital Theatre.

Are you looking for a study break, and the usual TV programs just aren’t calling your name? The Library has a solution. Our collection of over 450 educational and entertaining PBS videos is available online, and offers something for everyone. Lovers of classic literature might enjoy selections such as Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, or Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. History buffs can choose from a wide selection of topics, from The Greeks: The Crucible of Civilization to The Civil War to The Invasion of Iraq. Sports fans who are looking for a break from football might consider Baseball. If you’d like to get a fresh perspective on your faith, you might want to check out From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians. For patrons of the arts, we have programs on music (Jazz), theater (Broadway: The American Musical), and artists such as Thomas Hart Benton. If none of those subjects interest you, how about science (Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens) or finance (Suze Orman for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke)? Take a look at the full list: You might be surprised at what you find, and you’ll never again be bored by the lack of quality programming on TV!