Oesterle Library News

Archive for October 2008

Get Out and Vote, but Know What You Are Voting For

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Election day is less than a week away, and many North Central College students and staff members have already made a decision. If you’re still not sure who to vote for, though, don’t despair! Oesterle Library has a resource that can help!

CQ Weekly includes a browseable list of topics, which allows users to discover how members of Congress, including Barack Obama and John McCain, voted on each presented in the Senate. World News Digest from Facts.com features an in-depth guide to the 2008 Presidential election. Each of these resources may be accessed from Oesterle Library’s home page.

Of course, all of the major news outlets are attempting to present the facts, too, and I invite you to add a comment below with a link to your favorite. I’ll start by suggesting National Public Radio’s coverage of the events.

Text Me This Call Number

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Looking for a book but don’t have pencil or paper to write down the call number from the catalog? A new feature that recently debuted in Cardinal Cat allows users to text message themselves the information needed to locate a book in the library’s stacks. Click on the “Text Me This Call Number” link in any record in Cardinal Cat to enter your phone number, including the area code, and service provider. A text message will be sent to your phone with the title, call number, location and status of the item!

“Text Me This Call Number” is available in the I-Share catalog as well as in Cardinal Cat for users interested in locating items in person at other I-Share libraries. The service is free but provider charges may apply; text messages may be truncated due to provider text message limits. Please call the Information Services Desk at 630-637-5715 or leave a comment below with any questions.

Celebrate United Nations Day, October 24th.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

On October 24th 1945, a majority of the founding members of UN ratified the treaty establishing the United Nations. United Nations Day celebrates the birthday of the organization, which, in the words of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, lives in the hearts and minds of every citizen to end violence and promote tolerance; advance development and ensure equality; protect human rights and alleviate poverty.

According to UN Briefing Paper #8, at United Nations headquarters, the day is marked by an international concert at the General Assembly. The Day is also notable for messages issued by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly. Other events and briefings are arranged for school and civic groups.

Some suggestions for celebrating UN Day in your school or community are:

– Invite a guest speaker, perhaps a diplomat with UN background.
- Volunteer time to a local charitable organization.
- Ask your city or state authority to issue a UN Proclamation or a UN stamp.

For more ideas on how you can celebrate United Nations day, go to the United Nations Day web site.

Recent Additions to Oesterle Library

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Recent Additions to Oesterle Library:

Letters to a Young Teacher
Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China
Anthropology, Politics and the State: Democracy and Violence in South Asia
Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identitiy in Western India, 1700-1960
Ritual and Music of North China: Shawn Bands in Shanxi
Cross of Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German War Machine, 1918-1945
Writing Intensive: Essentials for College Writers
Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827

Please visit the online catalog to search for library items. And remember to check our blog in the future for more additions!

Oesterle Gallery Hosts Nancy Rosen Exhibit

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The Oesterle Gallery displays an exhibit from artist Nancy Rosen from October 12 through November 14. “Collected Works” features painted artwork full of color and depictions of women that demonstrate her attraction to fabric and texture.

As always, the gallery is open to the public during library hours and admission is free.

Blackwell Synergy Merges with Wiley Interscience

Friday, October 10th, 2008

The list of electronic journals available to Oesterle Library patrons through the Wiley Interscience platform has exponentially grown with Wiley’s acquisition of the Blackwell Synergy electronic journal platform this summer. Oesterle Library patrons now have access to 1,190 electronic journals on the Wiley platform, covering topics across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences and including all titles from Blackwell’s popular Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) collections.

Wiley Interscience will launch a redesigned website in early 2009, integrating features from both the Blackwell Synergy and current Wiley Interscience sites. Oesterle Library’s Wiley Interscience holdings can be browsed from the “Browse Journal Holdings” link on the Articles page of the library’s website. Patrons can also visit Wiley Interscience’s website directly at the following URL:https://login.libproxy.noctrl.edu/login?url=http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/.

NCC Curriculum Collection Updated, To Be Renamed

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Over summer break, the library renovated its Curriculum Collection by purchasing over $30,000 worth of new materials. In addition to replacing outdated items with their current editions, hundreds of new volumes were added to the existing collection.

The Curriculum Collection is a noteworthy set of materials compiled especially for those studying education, all of which are available for use inside the library or check-out.

It includes teacher’s edition textbooks, workbooks, audio and video materials, digital media, and other assorted components, including science demonstration kits and math visual aids. Here, NCC teachers-to-be are given the advantage of access to tools aiding in their development of solid lesson-planning skills and can experience what it’s like to be a teacher.

The freshly-stocked curriculum collection is shelved in Giere Audiovisual Center, which is located on the library’s main floor, just north of the lobby.

Plans have recently been announced to rename the collection to The Lora Tyson Curriculum Resource Center, honoring NCC Associate Professor of Education Dr. Lora Tyson, who passed away earlier this month. More details will be announced as the plans are finalized.

Part-time Reference Services Librarian, Oesterle Library

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Shannon McGregor has resigned from her position in Oesterle Library, effective October 5, 2008, to pursue other career goals and interests. Our best wishes go to Shannon in her new endeavors. As a result, we would like to take this opportunity to announce that applications are now being accepted for the part-time, non-exempt, non-benefit eligible position of Reference Services Librarian, Oesterle Library. This position will work two evenings and one weekend day during three academic terms. Please click on the following link to view the job posting:


Thank you!