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Access the Chronicle of Higher Education anywhere, anytime.

by Leanne Strum, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Regent University Library is excited to share the news that our students, faculty, and staff can now access The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) online, anywhere and anytime. The Library now subscribes to an upgraded version of CHE that provides for direct off-campus access via a Regent University e-mail addresses.

CHE provides news and information about higher education, job listings in academia, online discussion forums, and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

To access CHE off-campus, users simply click “Log In” at the top of the page, choose “Create a Free Account” and enter their Regent University e-mail address.

Here are step-by-step instructions for creating a Chronicle of Higher Education account:

  1. Go to the Library’s A-Z database list at http://libguides.regent.edu/databases.
  2. Click on letter “C.”
  3. Click on The Chronicle of Higher Education link. (If off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your MyRegent ID and password.)
  4. Once you are on the CHE site, click on the “Log In” link at the top right of the page.
  5. Once you are on this page click on “Create a Free Account.”
  6. Follow the three simple steps to create your own personal account. It is that easy!
  7. Be sure to use your Regent University e-mail address so that the CHE server will recognize it as a paid member account.

With this account you will have three new ways to access CHE:

  1. From an iPad: Install the Chronicle’s free iPad app to download all sections of CHE. Includes both current and past issues. (Download at the iPad app store.)
  2. From a smart phone or tablet using a Web browser: The mobile interface makes CHE easy to read when one is on the go.
  3. From any computer: Go to chronicle.com from any location without having to sign in via the Library databases.

Research Lifesavers workshops

Lifesavers® advertisement, 1948

Lifesavers® advertisement, 1948

On Thursday, September 11 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 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.

A live, online version of this workshop will be held on Monday, September 15 at 6:00 pm EDT. The workshop will be conducted through Blackboard Collaborate. Here is the link we will be using:
https://regent.blackboard.com/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/external.guest.session.launch.event?uid=773ad1c5-63f4-402a-95ff-683f1ddb7afe

If you have never used collaborate, we highly recommend you log in 10-15 minutes early to the session. This will account for any downloads or set-up you may have to do to use the program.

Reserve your place at the online session by joining on Facebook, Google+ or by an e-mail to Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Grandson of Inklings member Owen Barfield to visit Library

On Tuesday, August 26, Owen A. Barfield, the grandson of Owen Barfield (1898-1997) will visit the Library for a discussion about his grandfather’s work and thought. Owen Barfield was one of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers. A philosopher and poet, Barfield was a friend of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, both of whose works were influenced by his ideas. Owing to his friendship with Lewis from their student years and his long life, Barfield has been called “the first and last Inkling,” a reference to the informal literary circle of that name at Oxford.

Although Lewis credited Barfield with helping to turn him from atheism to belief in God, Barfield was not an orthodox believer and his writings were heavily influenced by anthroposophy, a spiritualistic school of philosophy founded by Rudolph Steiner. Barfield believed in evolution and saw reincarnation as an essential compensation for the inequalities created by the gradual development of humanity. Yet he considered himself a Christian and declared that taking communion constituted his “happiest hour.”*

“A Conversation with Owen A. Barfield” is being sponsored by the School of Divinity, School of Communication and the Arts, and the University Library. The event will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Library Gallery area. Mr. Barfield will be joined by Dr. Michael Elam, Dr. Micahel DiFuccia, and Dr. Bill Brown in a discussion about the role of imagination in life, the Inklings, and more. Following the program, please join us for fellowship, tea, and scones. A RSVP, while not required, is encouraged, and can be done on Facebook, Google+ or by an e-mail to Stephanie Lowell at steplow@regent.edu.

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*Paul R Waibel and M. Kari Daven, “Owen Barfield,” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013), Research Starters, EBSCOhost.

Post your favorite book for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

It’s not too late to enter the Library’s start-of-the-year drawing for a $30 Amazon gift card. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Join our Facebook group or follow our Google+ page.
  2. Enter your favorite book in the comment section of the Amazon gift card post. (It’s at the top of the newsfeed.)

That’s all! Old members are also eligible to win. Just post your favorite book in the same location. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, August 26.

Library Book Club announces new schedule.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

One of the most famous openings in literature is the beginning of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Because Tolstoy is one the supreme writers of all time, readers have tended to accept his claim about families as a kernel of aphoristic wisdom. Reader and essayist David P. Goldman, however, argues that Tolstoy got it exactly backwards: “…unhappy families are all unhappy in the same way. It is happy families that are different, because every child is radically unique, such that raising children is the one human activity that is sure to surprise.”*

Goldman’s riposte to Tolstoy brings to mind three reasons on why it is essential that we read literature throughout our lives:

  1. To gain new perspectives, to see the world through other people’s eyes.
  2. To “converse” with the great authors through engagement with their works.
  3. To understand ourselves better.

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 eighth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, four highly acclaimed contemporary works of literature, and one work of non-fiction. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2014 – 2015

Month Author Title Data & Time
September Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima September 25 at 12:00
October Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger Jews and Words (with guest
moderator, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman)
October 30 at 1:00
November Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) November 20 at 12:00
December Alice Munro Runaway (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) December 11 at 12:00
January Patrick O’Brian Testimonies: A Novel (Dr. Eric
Patterson, discussion moderator)
January 29 at 12:00
February Leo Tolstoy Hadji Murat  February 26 at 12:00
March Marilynne Robinson Lila: A Novel (Dr. Michael
Palmer, discussion moderator)
March 26 at 12:00
April Haruki Murakami After the Quake: Stories  April 23 at 12:00
June Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (Dr. Peter
Fraser, discussion moderator)
June 25 at 12:00
July Louisa May Alcott Little Women (Dr. Susannah
Clements, discussion moderator)
July 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

Unless otherwise posted, Book Club meetings take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page 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 website or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

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*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, Accessed July 18, 2013, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/OA29Aa01.html (accessed July 18, 2014).