Thursday, January 27, 2011

Library Faculty Celebrates Two New Doctorates

Dr. Michelle Foreman defended on November 1, 2010.  Her dissertation is entitled, “Resiliency in American Library Association Award Winning Juvenile Fiction: A Correlational Content Analysis.”  Her degree is a Ph.D. from the School of Education, Capella University.  Michelle is the Luhrs School Librarian and Interim Collection Development & Scholarly Resources Librarian for Lehman Library.
Dr. Kirk Moll defended his dissertation on November 8, 2010.  It is entitled, “Theological Education in Action: Adult Learning about Race in the Student Interracial Ministry of Union Theological Seminary, 1960-1968.”  His degree is a D.Ed. from the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg.  Kirk is the Coordinator of Library Instruction at Lehman and was recently elected Interim Department Chair to complete Berk Laite’s term.
Please congratulate Dr. Foreman and Dr. Moll for their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Free Citation Management Programs

The good news is that there are two free alternatives which work very well. Those of you who have RefWorks citation databases will be able to move them to the free software we will be supporting.
One very popular citation manager is Zotero. It is a Firefox add on which uses an MS Word add on to allow reference lists to be created from within Word. An article may be attached to its citation in Zotero making it easy to manage your research. Zotero also allows you to access your citations from multiple computers by synching with a web account.
Another popular alternative is Mendeley, which is a downloadable program. Mendeley works with any browser. It has much the same functionality as Zotero, including the ability to synchronize databases between computers. This software is best at organizing a folder of articles in pdf format.
Personally I am finding Zotero easier to use with more flexibility than Mendeley. Mendeley requires that you download all articles in pdf format to a file on your computer before it really is useful. Zotero, on the other hand, allowed me to create my own workflow as I researched. I will be using both products with EBSCOHOST and will post the results.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More Journal Articles from JSTOR

Thanks to Dr. Bloom and Dr. Ulrich, who were responsible for writing a successful Tech Fee Grant last spring, the library now has access to JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collections 5 and 7.  As well, we have access to Arts and Sciences Collections 1 through 4 and the JSTOR Life Sciences Collection.  
 JSTOR provides access to a unique set of digitized journals.  Most journals represented in the database include all content from the journal’s initial issue up to five years from the current year.  All journals included are in full text.
Subject Areas covered and Journals included can be accessed from JSTOR’s main page.  The entire database can be searched; or by choosing “Advanced Search” queries can be limited to journals in a specific discipline. 
 One of the differences between JSTOR and some of our other databases is that JSTOR indexes ONLY scholarly journals. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Students who are unable to purchase their textbook may not use the Library’s interlibrary loan services to acquire a copy. This policy reflects the National Interlibrary Loan Code which prohibits Lehman Library from requesting textbooks from other libraries.

Definition of a textbook: For purposes of this policy a textbook is considered a formal manual of instruction in a specific subject, one prepared especially for use in classrooms and typically published in revised editions over the years.

NOTE: Required readings such as fiction or non-fiction monographs may be borrowed.

There are several cost-effective ways to acquire a textbook:
With Chegg, for example, you go onto the site and enter the ISBN number for the book that you need. They will display the book information if they have it in their inventory for rental. Once the book information is displayed, you have the option to rent the book for a semester, quarter or summer session. You can even alter the dates to match the class dates for your school. Once you have the book you want, you do the traditional checkout by entering your credit card information for payment of the rental. You will receive your book within seven to ten days. You will also be given the return date when you are due to send your book back to Chegg. There are no shipping charges for returning books back; you just log on to Chegg, print out a label and return the book(s) via UPS.Below is the link for Chegg and other textbook rental sites
Reviewed by Academic Affairs Council
September 28, 2010

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pottery Collection donated by Stephen Schell (Class of 1969)

Stephen C. Schell (Class of 1969) recently donated an excellent collection of Greek and Roman pottery representative of  the 8th to the 3rd century BCE.
These 40 artifacts will give Ship students a glimpse into the daily lives of people in the Ancient Mediterranean.  Most of the pieces were used in religious ceremonies, storage of wine and oil, or entertainment.
The pieces pictured in this article are typical of the fine quality of the objects collected by Mr. Schell. 
 (above left) Campanian Pottery Squat Lekythos (3rd Century BCE)
A lekythos is a type of Greek pottery used for storing olive oil.  Typically these vessels had a narrow body and one handle attached to the neck. Campania is a region in present-day southern Italy.
 (above right) Apulian Daunia-Ware Stemless Kyathos (4th Century BCE)
Kyathos is the name given to a type of painted ancient Greek vase which was used as a ladle to dip wine.  Daunia is a historical region of Greece in Apulia, southern Italy.
Ship graduate student in Applied History, Tiffany Weaver, using archival research and identification skills as well as museum display skills learned from Ship faculty members, arranged the permanent display of the Steven Schell Collection in Lehman Library.
Besides being a grad student, Tiffany has also been a volunteer and intern at the Shippensburg Historical Society since 2007. At the Society she has worked on three Civil War exhibits, has a permanent exhibit on the WPA on display, and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Recording Secretary.
Alumni donor, Stephen Schell, majored in History at Ship and was active in sports, including track and weight lifting.  Originally from Elizabethtown, PA he now lives in Colorado where he taught history for 30 years.  Mr. Schell’s generous gift to the University will allow all Ship students to view artifacts used in the daily lives of Ancient Greeks and Romans because they are now prominently on display in Lehman Library.