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Are you ready for the solar eclipse?

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Composite photograph of the phases of a total eclipse of the sun at five-minute intervals. Solar eclipses are shadows produced by the moon passing between Earth and the sun. During a total eclipse, the sun is completely obscured. The outer layer of the sun, composed of extremely hot gases, is called the solar corona (white) and is seen only during eclipses.

On August 21, the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred in nearly a century.

From August 1 through September 15, Gale-Cengage, one of the leading online publishers of reference and research materials, will offer free access to three of their databases: Science in Context, Student Resources in Context, and Research in Context. Users will have access to carefully chosen general periodicals, scholarly journal articles, terrific images, and much else.

After August 21, there will not be another total eclipse in the United States until April 8, 2024, so don’t miss this astronomy appreciation event!

To take advantage of this free offer and begin using Gale’s science databases, click here.

Image Credit:  Solar Eclipse. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/139_1951766/1/139_1951766/cite. Accessed 3 Aug 2017.

New Librarian for Undergraduate Research Instruction

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

The Library is happy to announce the appointment of our new librarian for undergraduate research instruction. Vivian Washington holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and has more than ten years of experience teaching information literacy in both public and academic libraries. In addition to her MLIS, Vivian holds a BA in History from James Madison University and a MA in Elementary Education from Hampton University.

Besides her responsibilities at Regent, Vivian also continues to serve as the branch manager of the South Norfolk Memorial Library in the Chesapeake Public Library System. Her principal research interests include libraries, information literacy and learning, and college and career success. Vivian writes that her interest in the new librarian position at Regent was a desire to work again in an academic community and to teach information literacy to the next generation of Christian leaders. “My passion is learning and helping others understand how to learn. I feel this is the most significant 21st century skill set to acquire.”

In her testament of faith Vivian writes, “I was reared to reverence and heed the Word of God. Romans 1:16 best describes my position of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My home church of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk is where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Under the stewardship of the late Dr. John H. Foster, I grew in faith and later served and fellowshipped at churches, both here in Virginia and in California. I am currently a member of First Baptist Church South Hill, where Rev. Michael R. Toliver is the Senior Pastor.”

The librarians are happy to welcome Vivian as a new colleague and are excited about the experience and enthusiasm she brings to her new post.

Summer Reading at the Library

JaneEyreOne of the ironies of academic life is how challenging it can be to find time to read for pleasure. If you have been meaning to set aside those peer-reviewed journal articles for a few minutes per day to read something just for enjoyment, the Library Book Club invites you to join us this summer for two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, has been “teaching true strength of character for generations” (The Guardian). One of the greatest of all bildungsromane, Jane Eyre has taught life lessons to generations of readers through its story of a young woman’s quest for freedom.

The_Bronze_Bow_coverThe Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young man bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

Our Jane Eyre discussion will take place on June 30 and The Bronze Bow discussion on July 28. Both meetings will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate, so please pass the word to middle and high school students in your acquaintance. As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For more information about these events, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Take the Library Customer Satisfaction Survey!

feedbackThe 2017 Library Customer Satisfaction Survey begins today and will continue through March 27. The survey, which takes only ten minutes to complete online, is the primary instrument we use to improve our services. By taking the survey, you can tell us what you like and what you would like to see changed at the Library.

Amazon Gift Card Prizes

This year, we have two surveys: one for students, staff, and non-teaching faculty; and one just for teaching faculty (part-time and full-time). After completing the survey, all participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a $75 Amazon gift card. Since we will be awarding a gift card for each survey, your chances of winning are quite good with this drawing! More importantly, it is a chance for you to help make the Library an even better place to study and find the best resources for your research. We read every response, and we act on them. Click here to begin the survey.

Summoning Great Things!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

SummonLogo1On Tuesday, January 17, the Regent University Library celebrated the official roll-out of its new discovery tool, Summon. A discovery tool simplifies the search process by enabling you to search for books and e-books from the Library Catalog and journal articles from most of our databases in a single search. You can find the search tool in the center of the Library homepage. It is the simplest way to launch your research.

As part of our roll-out, we encouraged the Regent community to give Summon a try through a contest that challenged each entrant to answer three search questions. Four entrants who answered correctly were selected at random to win an Amazon gift card. We are happy to congratulate our winners:

  • Ronald Riffle – Student, School of Psychology & Counseling
  • Khandicia Randolph – Student, School of Law
  • Michelle Tabannor – Student, School of Communications & the Arts
  • Zachariah Crompton – Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. T.J. Wolfe – Professor, School of Education

We hope this is the beginning of a long and happy relationship with our new discovery tool and that it will improve your research experience. If you have any questions about Summon, a friendly librarian will be happy to assist you. You can also check out a brief tutorial video on our Summon research guide that will introduce you to the powers of this tool.

Disclaimer: Summon is a great tool that will connect you to many resources, but do not discount the importance of searching individual subject databases. Summon is not intended to be your sole research source!