Your Library...A Work in Progress
By Art Lichtenstein, Director of the Library
On May 7th, 2010, the UCA
Board of Trustees passed the
following resolution establishing a student fee for the support of Torreyson Library resources and services:
"Library Fee: New fee of $3 per
hour for Undergraduate and
Graduate. Justification: This
new fee was initiated by the
students and brought up
through the Student Government Association. The intent is
to generate a carryover fund to
support library resources and
services not being met by the
existing annual budget and frequently requested by the UCA
students and faculty. It will en-
hance funds for library acquisitions that support teaching and
research (e.g., books, journals,
databases), purchase additional
electronic research collections
and upgrade existing subscriptions, extend library hours of
operation past midnight, subsidize the
cost of printing and
photocopying for students, and provide additional amenities. A
made up of student
and faculty representation will oversee the
use of revenue from
these funds; committee recommendations will be subject to
appropriate administrative approvals. This fee is anticipated
to generate more than $800,000
annually. This change equates
to a semester increase of $45
for a student taking 15 hours."
For the purpose of overseeing expenditure of these funds,
a committee was established
consisting of four students selected by SGA leadership, one
student selected by the Undergraduate Dean, one student selected by the Graduate Dean
and one faculty member repre-
senting each of the six UCA colleges. The Director of the Library serves as the permanent
chair of this committee.
Revenue from this fee has
been collected since the Fall
2010 semester. Since that time
included both information resources
and library improvements. Among the
new information resources that this fee
supports are America: History & Life,
Oxford English Dictionary, SportsDiscus, and
Communication & Mass Media,
and Web of Science. Library
improvements include furniture,
electrical outlets, ceiling fans,
and color scanners. Two areas
that are currently under development with this fee money are
extended library hours and subsidized printing. For additional
information about this fee and
its use, please contact Art Lichtenstein, Director of the Library,
at [email protected] or 501-5405202. He will be happy to
speak with you.
By Chrissy Karafit, Serials/Microforms Librarian
Torreyson Library recently purchased a new digital microforms reader to make the microforms collection more user-friendly. Microforms, such as microfiche and microfilm, can contain dozens or hundreds
of documents printed in miniature on a small card or
roll of film. This format was widely used to efficiently
preserve and store information in the years before
the Internet. The library maintains a collection of
historical newspapers and journals
on microfilm and a number of government documents and other resources on microfiche.
While the older microforms readers enable customers to view and
print articles, the new microforms
reader can convert microform documents into pdf files that customers
can save to a flash drive or email to themselves.
Users can increase or reduce the size of the text on
screen and paper to improve readability, and they
can adjust the scanning resolution to clarify dark or
grainy photographs. Also, pdf files of articles can
be formatted to allow full-text keyword searching.
The new microforms reader can print articles on
standard 8.5” by 11” paper or on the larger 11” by
17” paper. Customers can print an entire newspaper
page on this larger paper size.
The library’s microform collection includes newspapers, such as the Arkansas Gazette from 1819 to
present and the Log Cabin Democrat from 1908 to
present. The collection also includes journals and
periodical collections, such as the American Periodicals Series, which contains American
journals and magazines published between 1740 and 1900. These periodicals provide a wealth of historical information, offering first-hand accounts of
events from the colonial and civil war
eras. In addition, a number of government documents are available on microfiche, including congressional records
and resources published by other federal agencies.
The microforms collection is located in the Serials
and Microforms Department on the second floor of
the Torreyson Library. For more information or to
schedule a training session on how to use the new
microforms reader, please contact Serials Librarian
Chrissy Karafit at [email protected]
Special Library Hours During the Holidays
Wednesday, November 23rd:
Thursday, November 24th –
Saturday, November 26th:
Sunday, November 27th:
Reopen with regular hours
Friday, December 9th:
Saturday, December 10th:
Sunday, December 11th—
Thursday, December 15th:
Friday, December 16th:
Saturday, December 17th—
Sunday, December 18th:
Monday, December 19th—
Tuesday, December 20th:
Wednesday, December 21st—
Tuesday, January 3rd:
The Philosophy of Dr. Suess
By Susan Burks, Public Services Librarian
All those who remember Dr. Seuss from their
childhood days will be fascinated to know that
the books are far more than wonderful language
and cute stories. Philosophers have been using Dr. Seuss books to explore concepts such
as the nature of the good life in
Oh the Places You’ll Go, the
method and value of thinking critically in Oh the Thinks You Can
Think, and morality and ethics in
How the Grinch Stole Christmas,
among many others.
If you love Dr. Seuss books
for the language or the wonderful
stories, you will enjoy hearing Dr.
Jacob M. Held, UCA Associate
Professor of Philosophy, discuss
how philosophy is being taught
through these books. Dr. Held’s
specialty areas include Legal and Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics. His work can be
found in journals such as Vera Lex, Idealistic
Studies, Radical Philosophy Review and Public
Affairs Quarterly. He also edits the journal, Dr.
Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the
Thinks You can Think!
Dr. Held will be giving a presentation entitled “PhiloSeussical Investigations-Teaching Philosophy
through the Work of Dr. Seuss.”
We are sure to hear fascinating
thoughts on a favorite from childhood. Dr. Held will be speaking on
Tuesday, November 15 at 3:00
p.m. in Torreyson Library 215. It is
sure to be a good time with light
Databases and Electronic Resources
Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970—Arkansas: Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. They are large-scale plans containing
data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information
such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
Naxos Video Library: An extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera,
ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Researchers can view over 1,335 full-length videos, and
search videos by category, role, composer, artist, production personnel, work, venue or festival.
What’s New– Services
Café style booths.
10 new MacBooks LF for checkout in addition to the 20
PC laptops the library already owns.
Comfortable sofas and chairs.
5 new calculators for checkout.
Paid for with student library fees.
-1493 : uncovering the new world Columbus
created / Charles C. Mann.
-After the orange glow / Mark Spitzer.
-The age of movies : selected writings of Pauline Kael / edited by Sanford Schwartz.
-Arkansas autumn : spectacular fall photos of
"the natural state" / Tim Ernst.
-The arrogant years : one girl's search for her
lost youth from Cairo to Brooklyn / Lucette
-Belong to me : a novel / Maria de los Santos.
-The best of me / Nicholas Sparks.
-Birds of paradise : a novel / Diana Abu-Jaber.
-Blind faith / CJ Lyons.
-Caim. [English: Cain] / José Saramago ; translated from the Portugese by Margaret Jull
-The Christmas wedding / James Patterson and
-The digital condition : class and culture in the
information network / Robert Wilkie.
-Down these strange streets / edited by George
R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
-Drinking girls and their dresses : poems /
-Free for all : Joe Papp, the public, and the
greatest theater story ever told / Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp ; with the assistance of
Gail Merrifield Papp.
--The future of the page / edited by Peter Stoicheff and Andrew Taylor.
-Gadget nation : a journey through the eccentric
world of invention / Steve Greenberg.
-Good morning midnight / Jean Rhys.
-Heat rises / Richard Castle.
-Howard Cosell : the man, the myth, and the
transformation of American sports / Mark Ribowsky.
-Instruments of darkness / Imogen Robertson.
-Jacqueline Kennedy : historic conversations on
life with John F. Kennedy interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. 1964 / Jacqueline
Kennedy ; foreword by Caroline Kennedy ;
introduction and annotations by Michael Beschloss.
-Jagger : rebel rock star rambler rogue / Marc
-Jamrach's menagerie : a novel / Carol Birch.
-Kate : the making of a princess / Claudia Joseph.
-Lethal / Sandra Brown.
-Life itself : a memoir / Roger Ebert.
-Lives other than my own / Emmanuel Carrère ;
translated by Linda Coverdale.
-The manga guide to calculus / Hiroyuki Kojima,
[illustrator] Shin Togami, Becom Co., Ltd.
-Michelle : a biography / Liza Mundy.
-My friend Michael : growing up with the king of
pop / by Frank Cascio.
-The night circus : a novel / Erin Morgenstern.
-Obama and the Middle East / Fawaz Gerges.
-The official rules of Major League Baseball.
-Pigeon English / Stephen Kelman.
-Rin Tin Tin : the life and the legend / Susan Orlean.
-Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2012.
-The Rosetta key / William Dietrich.
-Sarah's key / Tatiana de Rosnay.
-The sense of an ending / Julian Barnes.
-The sisters brothers / Patrick deWitt.
-Sixkill / Robert B. Parker.
-Snowdrops : a novel / A.D. Miller.
-Statistics deMystified: hard stuff made easy
-To die in Mexico : dispatches from inside the
drug war / John Gibler.
-Tutu : authorized / Allister Sparks & Mpho Tutu ; foreword by Bono ; introduction by His
Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
-A voice in the box : my life in radio / Bob Edwards.
-The wicked wit of Winston Churchill / compiled
edited and introduced by Dominique Enright.
-Zombies! zombies! zombies! / edited with an
introduction by Otto Penzler.
...and many more
-5 Day Fit Chi
-Akeelah and the Bee
-Alice in Wonderland (2010)
-All About My Mother
-And the Band Played On
-Angels & Demons
-The Assassination of Jesse James by the
Coward Robert Ford
-Blue Valentine: A Love Story
-Book Of Eli
-Burn Notice: Seasons 1-4
-Castle in the Sky
-Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
-Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage of the
-The Da Vinci Code
-Death at a Funeral
-Dexter: The First Season
-Eat Pray Love
-A Fish Called Wanda
-Frost / Nixon
-The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
-The Girl Who Played with Fire
-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
-Grapes of Wrath
-Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets
-Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire
-Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
-Lars and the Real Girl
-The Last Emperor
-The Lincoln Lawyer
-Love is a Many Splendored Thing
-Maria Full of Grace
-Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
-My Sister's Keeper
-The Old Curiosity Shop
-The Other Boleyn Girl
-Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin
-The Polar Express
-Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
-The Secret Garden
-Shadow of the Vampire
-The Time Traveler's Wife
-Trudie Styler's Weight Loss Yoga
-True Blood: Seasons 1-3
-Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
Did You Know…
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to
check out DVDs from the UCA Library. There
is a check out period of two days with a limit of
two DVDS at a time.
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