Take the Library Customer Satisfaction Survey!

feedbackThe 2017 Library Customer Satisfaction Survey begins today and will continue through March 27. The survey, which takes only ten minutes to complete online, is the primary instrument we use to 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.

Amazon Gift Card Prizes

This year, we have two surveys: one for students, staff, and non-teaching faculty; and one just for teaching faculty (part-time and full-time). After completing the survey, all participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a $75 Amazon gift card. Since we will be awarding a gift card for each survey, your chances of winning are quite good with this drawing! More importantly, it is a chance for you to help make the Library an even better place to study and find the best resources for your research. We read every response, and we act on them. Click here to begin the survey.

Book Discussion: Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

51O46r7yCnL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Only the Bible has sold more copies than The Pilgrim’s Progress. John Bunyan’s classic, first published in 1678, quickly became a hallmark among Christian readers in the English-speaking world and beyond, enduring down to our day as a unique resource for spiritual edification. The story is an allegory transformed into intense drama, its characters superbly individualized, indelibly alive, and as memorable as the landmarks on Christian’s perilous journey toward salvation.

The Book Club’s discussion of The Pilgrim’s Progress will take place on Friday, March 31 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Peter Fraser, professor of literature and film, will lead our discussion. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Google Hangouts.

The Library has multiple copies of the book in both print and electronic formats.

Special Book Talk: One Hundred Pieces of Sun, by C. L. Kennedy

Mali: The Niger River, which the author crossed using local transportation in 1969.

Mali: The Niger River, which the author crossed using local transportation in 1971.

Author, educator, and public school reformer Dr. C. L. Kennedy’s memoir, One Hundred Pieces of Sun, charts a trajectory from her childhood in the Jim Crow Alabama of the 1950s and a not-exactly-equal-rights city in the Rust-Belt, to Sarah Lawrence College. The book ends with her junior year abroad at the University of Ghana, followed by travels through Africa using only local transportation. (Yes, her mother threw a fit when she first told her about her plans.) One Hundred Pieces of Sun is infused with the author’s enthusiasm for life and delivers a powerful, inspiring message: Have faith in God and yourself, be brave, and follow your dreams!

On Friday, February 24 at 12:00 in RH 105, Dr. Kennedy will present a reading and discussion of her book. A pizza lunch will be served. RSVP by clicking “going” on our Facebook event page or by e-mailing harohen@regent.edu.

For more about the book and three short excerpts, see the review on the Library blog.

Summoning Great Things!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

SummonLogo1On Tuesday, January 17, the Regent University Library celebrated the official roll-out of its new discovery tool, Summon. A discovery tool simplifies the search process by enabling you to search for books and e-books from the Library Catalog and journal articles from most of our databases in a single search. You can find the search tool in the center of the Library homepage. It is the simplest way to launch your research.

As part of our roll-out, we encouraged the Regent community to give Summon a try through a contest that challenged each entrant to answer three search questions. Four entrants who answered correctly were selected at random to win an Amazon gift card. We are happy to congratulate our winners:

  • Ronald Riffle – Student, School of Psychology & Counseling
  • Khandicia Randolph – Student, School of Law
  • Michelle Tabannor – Student, School of Communications & the Arts
  • Zachariah Crompton – Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. T.J. Wolfe – Professor, School of Education

We hope this is the beginning of a long and happy relationship with our new discovery tool and that it will improve your research experience. If you have any questions about Summon, a friendly librarian will be happy to assist you. You can also check out a brief tutorial video on our Summon research guide that will introduce you to the powers of this tool.

Disclaimer: Summon is a great tool that will connect you to many resources, but do not discount the importance of searching individual subject databases. Summon is not intended to be your sole research source!

Collection Spotlight: Passage to Israel, by Karen Lehrman Bloch

PassageBloch, Karen Lehrman. 2016. Passage to Israel. New York: Skyhorse Publishing. http://library.regent.edu/record=b2675954.

How is it that, year after year, the UN World Happiness Report ranks Israel as one of the world’s happiest nations? Israel – a country with compulsory military service, internal and external enemies bent on its destruction, and three national days of mourning. Readers looking for an answer to this paradox should check out Passage to Israel, a photographic tour through the astonishing varieties of nature, life, creativity, and faith that define Israel.

Divided into four sections – Land, Light, Life, and Soul – Passage to Israel presents the work of 34 of the country’s most gifted photographers with a forward and introduction that communicate the love and enthusiasm that together were the book’s genesis.

In her acknowledgments, the author writes that inspiration came not only from lovers of Israel (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) but also from the lies and disinformation that form part of the daily output in most of the global media. She also reveals a powerful idea at the book’s heart: “Israel is indeed a mirror to one’s soul. Those who see the beauty, who stand up for the truth, who understand the meaning, will never regret where they stood in this moment of history, when silence is not an option. Am Yisrael Chai