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Special Collections featured in Daily Herald

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Make sure to check out a story published in the Daily Herald about Oesterle Library’s Special Collections and Emily Prather,Technical Services Coordinator, who manages the Special Collections.

The Library’s Special Collections, which includes a 1632 first edition of Galileo’s “Dialogue,” some documents containing signatures of U.S. Presidents, an Abraham Lincoln collection, and jazz books and sheet music, is generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Tholin Chicagoana Collection, which is also a part of the library’s special collection is open to the public during regular library hours.

Please feel free to contact the library if you have any questions about the special collections.

Economic Crisis

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

It is hard to ignore the current economic crisis. Everywhere you look you see foreclosures, going out of business sales, job cuts, etc. Oesterle Library has up-to-date information on the current economic situation as well as information on recessions in the past.

The Economics Subject Guide is the best place to start and can be found on the Library Webpage “Research by subject” option. To perform a subject search in a database one might chose terms such as “economic crisis 2009” or “financial recession”. The Wall Street Journal, Business Sources Premier and Lexis Nexis all feature full-text articles on today’s economics and the current recession.  Perhaps you would like to research previous economic downturns? The Chicago Tribune historical file features full-text articles from 1849-1985, the historical New York Times database includes articles from 1851-2003, and America: History & Life offers a society perspective on the impacts of an economic crisis.  To keep up with the situation on an ongoing basis you might want to bookmark CNN’s economy section for articles and videos that are continually updated.

Get your news via Oesterle Library

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Hungry for the news? Both online and in print, Oesterle Library can connect you with a great assortment of news sources. For online news, start at Oesterle’s web page and use the “Find Articles” drop-down menu. In Lexis-Nexis, you can search within a huge number of news publications, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Daily Herald, as well as articles from the Associated Press and transcripts from the major TV networks’ newscasts.  Looking for the Chicago Tribune? Our Chicago Tribune databases allow you to search either the current issues of this paper (1986-present) or the historical file, containing issues from 1849-1985. To keep up with the happenings in Washington D.C., try CQ Weekly, an online magazine covering politics, government and commerce. If you are “old school” when it comes to your news consumption, relax in the comfort of Oesterle Library’s Periodicals Room, where you will find the current issues of many news sources including Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, the Daily Herald and the Naperville Sun.

Oesterle Library Student Coordinator Named Lincoln Laureate

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The staff of Oesterle Library congratulate Student Coordinator, Alyssa Vincent, who has been named North Central College’s 2008 Senior Lincoln Laureate. Alyssa began working at the library in September 2005, when she was a First-Year Student. She became an Assistant Student Coordinator in Fall 2007 and was promoted to Student Coordinator this past summer.

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois honors “senior students at each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence, in both curricular and extra-curricular programs. ” You may learn more about the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at http://www.thelincolnacademyofillinois.org.

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.

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.

Newspaper Source at Oesterle Library

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

(contents of this post submitted by Krystle Noelle, former Library Services Student Assistant)

Available at Oesterle Library, EBSCOhost’s Newspaper Source is a database that provides access to full-text articles found in 375 regional and national newspapers. Newspaper Source also includes transcripts from radio and television programs, such as National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Searches in Newspaper Source can be narrowed to a specific time frame and publication, saving a researcher from the hassle of digging through stacks of newspapers. Also available as an option is the ability to see a full-text PDF of the article, complete with the photographs that were published with the article.

Newspaper Source can be accessed through Oesterle Library’s website at https://login.libproxy.noctrl.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=nfh