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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.

Last Day! Take the Library Survey and enter our Amazon gift card drawing.

Today (November 18) is the last day to take the 2014 Library Customer Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which takes only ten minutes to complete online, is the primary instrument we use to hear from our users and 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.

This year, we have separate surveys for students, staff, and faculty. After completing the survey, all participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. One $50 Amazon gift card will be awarded in both the staff and faculty categories, and in the student category, we will award one $100, $50, and $25 gift card for three lucky students. Your chances of winning are quite good with this drawing! More importantly, it is a chance for your voice to be heard. We read every response, and we act on them. Click here to begin the survey.

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.