Category Archives: Extra! Extra!

Library display honors the life and work of Maya Angelou

by Ellen Cox, Business Manager & Special Projects Assistant

Photos of the display can be viewed on our Facebook, Google+, and Flickr pages.

Photos of the display can be viewed on our Facebook, Google+, and Flickr pages.

Maya Angelou’s 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought the author instant recognition. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas by her grandmother. She had a very traumatic childhood, but with her grandmother’s care she survived to become one of the most significant American authors of the twentieth century. Angelou had a varied career, including street car conductor, actress, and dancer. She had only one child—a son—born to her when she was sixteen.

In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry and received the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she lived and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She is outstanding not because she was privileged, but because of her grace under fire. Her lifetime achievements were born out of adversity and struggle. She represents the best of people who overcome prejudice to nurture their unique gifts and to become what God intended them to be.

In recognition of Maya Angelou’s accomplishments, the Library has created a display of her significant works from our collection. The display is located to the left of the reference desk and can also be viewed on the Library’s Facebook, Google+, and Flickr pages.

Learn time-saving skills at our Research Lifesavers workshops.

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 On Air. Make sure to log into your mail.regent.edu account or a personal gmail account if you want to ask questions during the workshop. Here is the link to the Google+ events page where you can get in to watch: https://plus.google.com/events/ct6b39v0sti2gftegt27c2p4g3k

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

Happy New Year, from the Library!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

Join us for fun events like National Library Week in April.

Join us for fun events like National Library Week in April.

The start of a new year is an exciting time to reflect on the past year and consider the great possibilities for the year ahead. The new semester brings fresh challenges and ways to grow in knowledge and understanding. In the midst of celebrating and creating resolutions, we encourage our readers to remember the Lord’s blessings. It’s easy to get lost in the deluge of negativity that often permeates media and news outlets, but the Bible reminds us that “…there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12).

As you begin the spring semester, we invite you to:

  1. Think positively and be encouraged by God’s blessings you have our lives!
  2. Find fulfillment through relationships with God, family, and friends.
  3. Grow in knowledge by taking advantage of the research help the Regent University librarians can provide.

Don’t forget that there are many ways to connect with the Library! We are on Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest. We also want to help you reach any reading goals you have this year through our lively Book Club, which meets monthly both on campus and online via Google Hangouts. We look forward to connecting with you in 2015!

More Trial Databases

The Library currently has trials to three research databases:

AtoZ the World includes beautiful images of each country.

AtoZ the World includes beautiful images of each country.

AtoZ the World
AtoZ the World is the world’s most thorough country-by-country resource for learning about culture and customs worldwide. AtoZ the World consists of 175 Country Guides of 100+ topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.”

Trial expires December 11, 2014.

Digital Theatre Plus
“At the heart of Digital Theatre Plus is the ethos to share the best of British theatre with teachers and students all over the world. We strive to offer the highest quality online experience of theatre arts, working with creatives and educators to ensure that watching and discovering the world of a play online is an exciting, relevant and authentic learning experience.”

Trial expires December 1, 2014.

Education Week
“For 31 years, Education Week has been the leading publication for coverage of K-12 education news and for reaching K-12 administrators.” The mission of Education Week is “to provide K-12 leaders with objective reporting on the news, trends and events that shape the rapidly changing education landscape. K-12’s most influential decision makers and educators in schools across the U.S. rely on us because they know our unbiased coverage is found nowhere else.”

Trial expires December 12, 2014.

The Library strives to spend its electronic resources budget on databases that best support the research of Regent students, staff, and faculty. Your input during trials helps us decide whether or not to subscribe to a new database. Please share your opinions on these resources by completing our short evaluation form.

Image Credit: AtoZ the World, “Dormant volcano Mt. Ararat frames Khor Virap Monastery, whose history reflects Armenia’s Christian identity,” http://0-www.atoztheworld.com.library.regent.edu/content.php?cat=grw&cid=6&nid=65&next_nid=66&parent=Overviews

Library launches Pinterest page

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

The Library is Pinning!

The Regent University Library is now showcasing the fun and beauty of the literary world through our photo-driven Pinterest page. Pinterest is a social media site that connects you with ideas, events, recipes, and more through visually stimulating images. The site has a simple layout, but is rich with content and connected to websites on every subject. Visit our Pinterest page and see our favorite places, cool book art, reading suggestions, and Library events.

As winter fast approaches, warm up with Louisa May Alcot’s Apple Slump from our literary foodie recipe board, get cozy by the fire with our Book Club titles, and satisfy all your Christmas shopping needs with our literary gift idea board. You can also learn about Virginia history or step into magnificent spaces from around the world.

When you click on the images, you will be whisked away to websites that provide full recipes, articles, and forums. We add pictures nearly every day, so “follow” us to see our latest posts immediately, and be sure to share your favorite posts on your own boards.