Library Book Club Schedule 2015-2016

Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra (see image credit below).

In the final volume of In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s narrator experiences a number of epiphanies about the nature of creativity that have been percolating in his mind for hundreds of pages. One of these concerns the value of reading:

Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book.

And that is not all we get from literature. For Proust, it is literature (and the other arts) that teach us to see the world through new eyes:

By art alone we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe which for him is not ours, the landscapes of which would remain as unknown to us as those of the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world, our own, we see it multiplied…

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 ninth year, we have assembled a schedule of American, British, and Israeli works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Library Book Club Schedule 2015 – 2016

Month Author Title Date & Time*
September Geraldine Brooks March September 24 at 12:00
October Jane Austen Persuasion October 29 at 12:00
Nov – Dec Patrick O’Brian The Far Side of the World December 10 at 12:00
January Henry James Washington Square January 28 at 12:00
February Toni Morrison Beloved February 25 at 12:00
March – April Meir Shalev A Pigeon and a Boy April 14 at 12:00
June Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd June 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

*Book Club meetings usually take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Dates and times above are tentative. Check the events pages on our Facebook or Google+ sites 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 webpage or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image Credit: Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra, a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. For information about Sister Isabella and examples of her work, see Lines and Colors (blog) at http://linesandcolors.com/2011/11/13/isabel-guerra/.

Powerful New Statistics Database

With Statista, you can include charts like this...

With Statista, you can include charts like this…

The Library has a subscription to Statista, one of the world’s largest statistics portals. Statista contains over 1 million statistics on more than 80,000 topics. Data is drawn from 18,000 sources and over 500 new statistics are added daily.

Some of the uses for Statista include monitoring markets and consumer behavior, understanding social trends and shifts, and discovering new business opportunities.

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As impressive as the sheer volume of data in Statista is, the really unique thing about the database is its user-friendly interface and the full-color charts and graphs that accompany all statistics. Statista gives you to the power to explain and interpret complex data through intuitive graphics that can be exported into Excel or PowerPoint or saved as a PDF or PNG file. Statista’s infographics will definitely add a professional look to your projects.

Take Statista for a spin, and plug in literally any topic that interests you. To log in, click here.

Dean Sara Baron to Leave Library after Ten Years of Service

Sara Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children's literature.

Dean Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children’s literature.

At the end of August, Dr. Sara Baron will step down as dean of the University Library after ten years of faithful service at Regent. In September she will take up a new position as University Librarian at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Baron arrived at Regent in August 2005 and has led the Library through a decade of transformational change. During her tenure as dean, the Library grew from a highly specialized institution supporting graduate study in a relatively small number of disciplines, to a university library with the goal of reflecting Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the Library of Congress that “there is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.”

Along with building the Library’s collections in many new disciplines, Dean Baron will be remembered for her enthusiastic support for cultural events that brought the Regent and Hampton Roads communities into the Library. Under her leadership, hundreds of students, faculty, and visitors attended events such as the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, the St. John’s Bible Exhibit, Holocaust Remembrance Services, and the Living Word exhibition of Biblical manuscripts, to name only a few.

As she prepares for a new chapter in her life, Dr. Baron offered these reflections about her time at Regent: “The Library is a vital part of Regent University, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the Library team. It has been a joy watching the Library become more engaged with students, the local community, and the academic mission and goals of Regent. My time here has been a blessing personally and professionally, and I will truly miss all my wonderful colleagues and friends.”

The Library staff will miss our dear colleague and friend, but we rejoice that the Lord has opened a new opportunity and ministry in her life. Well done, and Godspeed, Sara!

Premier Political Science Database on Trial

EHPSCThe Library has a trial subscription to EBSCO Political Science Complete, one of the premier research databases in the world for this discipline.

Political Science Complete provides coverage of global political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary politics. Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations, and political theory. The database contains nearly 340 reference books and monographs, over 1,500 scholarly journals in full text, and more than 44,000 full-text conference papers.

According to Choice magazine, the review publication for the Association of College & Research Libraries, “Users will find no other source comparable to Political Science Complete. It captures the breadth of the subject with both a national and international perspective, drawing from scholarly, professional and peer-reviewed sources, and offering considerable full-text content—all in one place…Highly recommended.”

To try out Political Science Complete, click here. To comment about this or any other trial or any other electronic resource, use our online evaluation form.

Top Science Journal Available through the Library

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

The online journal features an engaging, user-friendly interface.

The online journal features an engaging, user-friendly interface.

Thanks to a “Science for Seminaries” awarded to the Regent University School of Divinity, the Library has a subscription to Science, one of the world’s most important scientific journals.

Science, also known as Science Magazine, is a top peer-reviewed journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The journal is published weekly and covers the full range of scientific disciplines. Features include new research, reviews, and news important to the scientific community.

The Science subscription will support interdisciplinary research and facilitate the integration of science and faith at Regent. Keep an eye out for other opportunities supported by this grant, such as campus guest speakers, a national conference about the intersection of the Holy Spirit, science, and theological education, and a peer-reviewed essay contest.

Overall, the goal of the grant is to improve the discourse around faith and science. School of Divinity professor Dr. Wolfgang Vondey explains, “We believe it will improve students’ understanding of the dynamic character of science in conversation with theological education, and it also provides teachers and students with resources to discuss the possible renewal of science and Christian faith.”

To take a look at Science, click here.

For more information about the School of Divinity’s receipt of this grant, see Mindy Hughes’s article for Regent Events.