Stephanie Lowell Receives Award for Excellence

SL_040116A routine Library staff meeting this morning was interrupted by messengers from the Awards for Excellence Committee announcing that Assistant to the Dean Stephanie Lowell is Regent University’s March Employee of the Month.

Here are a few of the comments that Stephanie’s colleagues at the Library sent in for her nomination:

  • Stephanie is one of those people you can absolutely count on for any number of things. She is organized and on top of just about everything that is happening in the Library. She also has an incredibly creative eye. She can develop materials and resources that look very professional and engaging at a moment’s notice. She is an incredible asset to the Library and helps everyone do their job better.
  • Stephanie has, on many occasions, done significant background research about materials and resources we were considering for the Library. She has a history of finding cost-effective ways to continue to provide creative services to our patrons.
  • Stephanie is active in her church and has stepped in to help with the Library staff chapels. She records the prayer requests and makes them available on the staff bulletin board.

The librarians and staff all join in congratulating Stephanie and thanking her for everything she does to make the Library a great place to work, research, or just relax.

Finding Books Made Easy

By Georgi Bordner, Head of Technical Services

Response GraphicIn our 2015 survey, we learned that some of you have trouble finding your way around the Library and locating the materials you need. We received comments such as:

  • “The second floor needs better signage for each book section. The organization is confusing and doesn’t follow the methods in public libraries.”
  • The Library is “not completely intuitive with where to find things.”

We understand that the Library of Congress Classification system (LCC), used by Regent and most other universities, may be confusing to those of you that are more accustomed to the Dewey Decimal system, used by most school and public libraries. But it’s really not hard once you get used to it! While Dewey uses numbers to define broad subject areas (such as 200 for Religion or 230 for Theology), LCC does the same thing with letters (B for Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion and BT for Theology). The first letter in each classification number represents a very general subject area or discipline, with an additional letter (or two) to break it down into more specific subject areas. Combined with numbers representing the most specific subject divisions, the LCC system allows large libraries to deal with a larger number of subjects, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Here’s a very general outline of the LCC subject divisions, to give you an idea of how it works. If you’d like to explore the LCC system in more detail, check out: https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/

A – General works
B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C – Auxiliary Sciences of History
D – World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc.
E-F – History of the Americas
G – Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
H – Social Sciences
J – Political Science
K – Law
L – Education
M – Music
N – Fine Arts
P – Language and Literature
Q – Science
R – Medicine
S – Agriculture
T – Technology
U – Military Science
V – Naval Science
Z – Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources (General)

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Quick guide to Library of Congress Classification system

The best way to find books on a specific subject is always to look up the subject in the Library’s catalog to find the exact classification number. Once you find one book on your subject, others on the same subject will be shelved in the same area. But if you prefer to just browse the shelves to see what you can find, help is on the way! Posters illustrating the full LCC outline are being hung around the Library, and we are preparing additional signs that will make it easier for you to find your way around the stacks to the subject sections you need. We hope to alleviate your confusion so that you will never be lost in the Library again!

Book Discussion: A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev

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U.S. edition, 2007

Meir Shalev is one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists, whose works have been translated into more than twenty languages. The subjects of A Pigeon and a Boy are two of the most powerful human desires: love and home.

The title of the novel refers to a courier pigeon handler serving in the fledgling Israeli army during the War for Independence in 1948. For the author, the courier pigeon becomes a symbol of the human longing to return to one’s home. A Pigeon and a Boy intertwines and connects the stories of two couples: one from the 1940s and one from contemporary Jerusalem.

Original Israeli edition, 2006

Original Israeli edition, 2006

To help us explore this captivating work, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman will lead our discussion. Rabbi Zoberman grew up in Israel in the 1950s and will provide insights into life in Israel in the early years following Independence. As readers who have attended previous Book Club discussions with him can attest, he is a terrific scholar, teacher and story-teller.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, April 14 at 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For information about future book discussions at the Library, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Georgi Bordner Heads to Guatemala with Librarians Without Borders

Librarians Without Borders: Putting Information in the Hands of the World

Librarians Without Borders: Putting Information in the Hands of the World

Regent University Librarian Georgi Bordner will be travelling with Librarians Without Borders (LWB) members from across North America to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzeltenango (Xela), Guatemala from April 22-May 2 to collaborate on the development and operation of a school library.

LWB has partnered with the Asturias Academy since 2009 to support the Academy’s vision to build a sustainable community library in the school. Each spring, a small group travels to the Academy to do work in the school’s library, to discuss emerging needs with the school, and to re-connect with the students and school staff. In their sixth year travelling to Guatemala, LWB plans to work with the Academy to help cultivate a reading culture and increase book use and literacy within the school and community.

“Many Guatemalans are restricted from getting a quality education, in part due to a severe lack of access to books and literacy materials. In a country where books are taxed beyond the reach of the 75% of the population who live in poverty, it is almost impossible to get children excited about reading because many cannot get actual books in their hands”, said Mark Gelsomino, Co-Executive Director of LWB. “Our goal is to work with our partners to give the local community access to a sustainable public library”.

This year’s work at the Academy will include collection management activities (cataloging, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers.

Georgi shares that she is “excited about this opportunity to use my cataloging skills and my knowledge of Spanish to help improve the library at the Academy and change the lives of the students there.”

Please pray for a safe journey for Georgi and all of the LWB librarians and that the Lord will bless their time in Guatemala.

Too Warm? Too Cold?

by Dean Leanne Strum, PhD

Response GraphicThis past fall the Library conducted its annual Library Satisfaction Survey. One question asked our users to rate their satisfaction in several areas. One area was “temperature.” On the first floor 51% of the responders were satisfied or very satisfied with the temperature, and on the second floor 48% were overall satisfied. Unfortunately, there were a number of our users who were dissatisfied, and this is the group that has us concerned.
It is difficult to study or work when you either too hot or too cold. We received a number of comments on the survey and I want to share a few of them with you, because you are not alone.

  • “The first floor is sometimes too warm.”
  • “It is very cold and not very inviting.”
  • “It is too cool in the Library, especially in the study rooms.”
  • “… entirely too cold to do any studying.”
  • “Too warm.”

How do we address this issue? Our students are either too cold or too warm. Immediately we thought of our Director of Facilities & Engineering, Rich Jemiola, and we sent him an email regarding the issue. He was just as concerned as we were regarding this problem.

The first problem that we uncovered was a lack of communication between our two departments. It appears that last fall, October to December, Facilities was working on an air handler on the fourth floor of the Library building, and that impacted the flow of heat. A decision was made that in the future the Library is to be alerted of known outages so that users can be notified. All agreed that this is important.

A second problem that Mr. Jemiola noted is that in the summer the A/C temperature is set too low. He requested that all complaints be reported so they can be addressed. If you are too warm or too cold, just stop by Circulation and let them know the location and time, or fill out a comment card located on each study table.

Study room temperatures are particularly challenging because the building code requires that we let fresh air into the space. Due to the small size of the rooms, temperature/humidity control is harder to maintain due to this influx of fresh air. Stop by our circulation desk and let an assistant know if you are experiencing a problem.

Please be assured that we want to make “you,” our Library user, as comfortable as we can when you are studying in the University Library. Let us know anytime you have a concern or comment regarding any issue in the Library.