Monthly Archives: September, 2011

The 2011 Library of Congress National Book Festival

“First Two-day Festival Draws More Than 100 Award-winning Authors and an estimated 200,000 book-lovers gathered on the National Mall this weekend for the first-ever two-day National Book Festival. Organized by the Library of Congress with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the 2011 event featured presentations and book signings by more than 100 of our nation’s bestselling authors, illustrators and poets including Toni Morrison, Hoda Kotb, Dave Eggers, David McCullough, Terry McMillan, Katherine Paterson, Garrison Keillor and Jim Lehrer (visit for a complete list of participating authors).”

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Today is the birthday of the writer Truman Capote who is best known for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”. Many credit Capote with creating a new literary genre the nonfiction novel in 1959 with his book “In Cold Blood.”

Two October Events at the Davenport Public Library

The Davenport Public Library is hosting Genealogy Night on October 16th from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. A registration fee of $10 is all that is required for full access to genealogy databases, books, and census records for the Quad Cities and a delicious hot sandwich, chips, veggies and dip. If you wish to go to the library earlier, they are open 1:00 to 4:00.  

 Free to the public, on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00-12:30 guest speaker Lori Cox-Paul, the Director of Archival Operations for the National Archives in Kansas City, will talk about the archives, naturalization records, land records and the 1940 census.  For more information the location and phone numbers are listed below:

 321 N Main Street (Map and Directions)
Davenport, IA 52801-1490

(563) 326-7832 – Main Library Phone
(563) 326-7809 – Main Library Fax
(563) 326-7843 – TDD/TTY
(563) 326-7902 – Special Collections Phone

Databases: Films on Demand

The library’s subscription to Films on Demand can be accessed by current students, staff, and faculty to use streaming videos as research sources or as class presentations. Videos are available in many academic discipline including anthropology, biology, education, health and medicine, and more. In addition, users can bookmark clips, share playlists, of bookmark favorite videos. Films on Demand can be found on the list of subscription databases:

Banned Book Week Reading “Of Mice and Men”

In recognition of Banned Books Week we are hosting an oral reading of the book “Of Mice and Men “by John Steinbeck in Library A on Wednesday, September 28 beginning at 10:20 a.m.  To participate in the reading sign up for a ten minute slot at the circulation desk in the library or attend to listen to all or some of Steinbeck’s classic. If you would like more information, call Michelle Bailey at 441-4152 or Stephanie Newell at 441-4271.

Select New Fiction and New Non Fiction Books

FIC COL Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne
FIC HAR Hannibal Harris, Thomas
FIC MIL Ordeal Mills, Deanie
FIC LIN Color of Night Lindsey, David
031.02 JON Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t Jones, Judy
070.92 HAN My Year with Eleanor Hancock, Noelle
153.8 LAW Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices Lawrence, Paul
333.7909748 MCG End of Country McGraw, Seamus
813.52 MCC Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie McClure, Wendy
813.54 SLA J.D. Salinger: a Life Slawenski, Kenneth

 See a complete list of all new items at Click New Books Lists.

The Value of Libraries

If you love libraries, you would like the article “Let-Them-Eat-Cake Attitude Threatens to Destroy a Network of Public Assets” by Scott Turow. Scott Turow is president of the Author’s Guild. Turow writes that budget cuts threaten the vital services libraries provide. Here are a few comments from his article:

 “Libraries are one of the greatest ways to “guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry.”

“Having the “mistaken belief that [libraries] are somehow anachronistic in an age when so many Americans have instant computer access to information through the Internet… is, frankly, a let-them-eat-cake attitude that threatens to destroy a network of public assets that remains critical to our society.”

Most important of all, perhaps, a library within a community stand as a testimonial to its values, and its belief in universal access to literature and knowledge.”

The First Issue of National Geographic Magazine

Cover of January, 1915 National Geographic Mag...

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On this day in 1888, the newly established National Geographic Society began producing the National Geographic magazine, a scientific journal with no photographs, for their 165 members. The small group of men had as their mission “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.”

In spite of its global interests, National Geographic was rather a family affair when it started. Gardiner Greene Hubbard, an early investor in the first telephone company, was the first president of the Society; when he died, his son-in-law, Alexander Graham Bell, took over. Bell personally financed the expansion of the magazine, hiring Gilbert Grosvenor, the man who would soon become his son-in-law, as the editor-in-chief. Grosvenor eventually took over as the Society’s president … and then his son held the position … and then his grandson.

Along the way, the magazine transformed from a dry, scholarly periodical with a dull brown cover to one renowned for its coveted maps and pioneering photography, and the Society grew from a small, elite group to one with millions of members, funding projects like Jane Goodall’s studies of chimps and Jacques Cousteau’s underwater exploration. All of which suggests, given the five consecutive generations of family members at its helm, that nepotism isn’t always a bad thing.

Source: The Writer’s Almanac September 22, 2011. []

Technology in Academic Libraries

The Association of College and Research Libraries Planning & Review Committee has published the 2010 top ten trends in academic libraries. The committee listed the trends after an extensive review of current literature and a survey of over 9,800 academic librarians.  

  1. Academic library collection growth is driven by patron demand and will include new resource types.
  2. Budget challenges will continue and libraries will evolve as a result.
  3. Changes in higher education will require that librarians possess diverse skill sets.
  4. Demands for accountability and assessment will increase.
  5. Digitization of unique library collections will increase and require a larger share of resources.
  6. Explosive growth of mobile devices and applications will drive new services.
  7. Increased collaboration will expand the role of the library within the institution and beyond.
  8. Libraries will continue to lead efforts to develop scholarly communication and intellectual property services.
  9. Technology will continue to change services and required skills.
  10. The definition of the library will change as physical space is repurposed and virtual space expands.

Net Library Collection now available through EBSCOhost

You may have noticed that the link to NetLibrary is not available on the list of SCC Library databases.  EBSCO has acquired the NetLibrary collection and is offering full text access to eBooks. Choose eBook collection from the list of EBSCO databases.

Additionally, it is now possible to download a majority of the titles in the Audio EBSCO collection to Windows Media Player or iTunes.

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