The Library is pleased to congratulate a member of its staff. Rev. Dr. Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka has just published his first scholarly monograph. Dalit Pentecostalism: A Study of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God tells the story of the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) of God in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the largest and most populous state in South India.
In his preface to the book, Dr. Rapaka writes that the genesis of the book was his discovery during his doctoral research that no substantial research had ever been done on the Indian Pentecostal Church, the largest indigenous Pentecostal denomination in India.
Dalit Pentecostalism has already garnered laudatory reviews from leading scholars of Pentecostalism. Dr. Eric N. Newberg calls the book “a groundbreaking study… [that] authenticates the formative role played by Dalits in the formation and development of the Indian Pentecostal Church.” Dr. Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity calls the book “by far the best treatment of Indian Pentecostalism to date.”*
Dr. Rapaka has been with the Library since January 2002, serving as a circulation and reference GA, before joining the staff in March 2006. He holds M.B.A., M.Div, and Ph.D. degrees from Regent and is an adjunct professor in the School of Divinity and the College of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife Gloria are the founders of Love and Hope Ministries, which is active in India and Haiti, “meeting the physical, educational, emotional, and social needs of the poor, needy, destitute, abandoned, neglected, and the unwanted of society through providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education.”
Dalit Christianity will be offered for sale soon on the Love and Hope Ministries website.
*Emeth Press, “Dalit Pentecostalism.” http://www.emethpress.com/9781609450548.htm.
Written by Sandra Yaegle, Head of Public Services
This fall, the reference librarians are offering a series of informal workshops that we are calling Research, No Anchovies. The series covers basic resources on the Library website that EVERYONE should be familiar with. The purpose of these workshops is to give participants easy-to-use techniques that can be put into practice immediately to speed the research process.
The first session on September 5 covered OneSearch, LibGuides, the Full-text Journal Finder, and Interlibrary Loan. Twenty students were able to meet the reference librarians, ask questions, and learn time-saving research tips while enjoying a pizza lunch on the house.
As a result of the greater-than-expected turnout of the first session, the next workshop will be held in the Fountain View Room, located inside the Regent Ordinary. The focus will be on finding and using the Library’s e-books. The workshop will take place on Thursday, October 3 from 12:00 to 1:00. Come, enjoy a pizza lunch on us, and find out about the thousands of online books in the Library databases.
RSVP is not required but encouraged. To sign up, go to the events page on our Facebook group and choose “going” or “maybe” for any of our events that interest you.
Written by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian
If it hasn’t already happened, at some point, a book or DVD you need will be checked out. What are your options?
If the due date on the item is within a week or two, you may find it satisfactory to place a request. This can be done online by clicking the request checkmark in the top-left area of the record. When you place a request through the catalog, the system will slot you next-in-line for checkout. Once the book is returned you will be notified that it is waiting for you at the Circulation Desk.
If the book you need has a due date more than a couple of weeks in the future, your best option is probably to recall it by going to the Circulation Desk or calling 757-352-4150. If the book or DVD has already been checked out for three or more weeks, the Circulation department will contact the patron with the item and request that it be returned within a week. Once the item has been returned, you will be notified that it is waiting for you on the hold shelf.
For distance students placing requests through ILLiad, there is no need to choose between making a request or recall: the InterLibrary staff will automatically recall any item that has been checked out for three or more weeks.
The Library has just purchased a subscription to eBook Academic Collection, EBSCO’s new collection of online books selected especially for university libraries. The collection currently numbers nearly 120,000 books, and new titles are added each month. University presses in the collection include Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard. Commercial academic presses include Elsevier, Brill, Sage, and Wiley. All titles are available with unlimited user access.
To begin searching eBook Academic Collection, click here. A tutorial on using EBSCO’s eBook collections is located on the Library YouTube channel.
Written by Georgi Bordner, Head of Technical Services
In the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey, several of you wrote that you sometimes like to take a break from studying by reading popular, non-academic magazines. We received comments such as:
- “I’d like to read the Economist, Newsweek, and other popular magazines, but I’ve never found them.”
- “My only request is that additional material be available for personal reading/viewing.”
- “I had to go to another university library once to find older versions of Rolling Stone magazine.”
If you are looking for a popular magazine such as the Economist, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Ebony, or Sports Illustrated, we have good news for you: They ARE available in the Library! Although we need to concentrate on providing scholarly and professional journals, the Library still receives a few magazines, including the Economist, Time, and Ebony. Did you know that Newsweek is not even being published in paper format anymore, and is now only available electronically? You’ll find it, along with many other popular titles, in our databases, where they are accessible 24/7.
To find a specific magazine, start with the Full-Text Journal Finder on the Library’s home page. When you search for the magazine title, you will be able to see which databases have it in full-text and whether we have the hardcopy in the Library. If you like to hold the actual magazine in your hand, check the Library Catalog to see which issues are available, or just browse the “current periodicals” shelves on the first floor to see what’s there. All periodicals currently being received are shelved in alphabetical order by title.
When you’re ready to relax with your favorite magazine, the Library probably has it, either on the shelf or online. Happy reading!