January 23, 2015

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center (IRC) will open at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 26th. A complete listing of  IRC Hours Updates is available on the IRC web site.

IRC: Activity Books

The following activity books have been added to the IRC circulating collection. Activity books are located directly outside the Instructional Resource Center, AU Library second floor, adjacent to the curriculum textbook collection.

January 22, 2015

Main Collection: Education

The following books have been added to the library's main circulating collection. You will find them displayed in the new book area on the library's main floor or in their regular location.

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

January 20, 2015

Mock Caldecott Session

Today was the annual spring term Mock Caldecott panel session with Dr. Mary Rycik's EDEC 323 Tradebooks and Technology with Literature class. Students met in the IRC to review and evaluate picture books; titles selected for the panel session meet criteria established by the Association for Library Services for Children, American Library Association Medal committee.

Prior to the session (in class):Students were introduced to elements picture book art and illustration such as layout, design, form and function, balance, use of space, and the importance of art telling the story. Artistic media and style, as well as the parts of a picture book are discussed.

About the titles:Twenty-two picture books were considered; the selection included well known and award-winning illustrators as well as those new to picture book art. A variety of artistic mediums were represented such as collage, gauche, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, and mixed media.



Students narrowed the initial twenty-two titles to four and voted for their winner. The Mock Caldecott winner, the overwhelming choice for this panel session was:
  • Blizzard, by author and illustrator John Rocco

Honor book distinction was given to:

For additional information, visit the IRC web site Mock Caldecott Panels page, IRC Mock Caldecott Pinterest Board, or the EDEC 323 LibGuide.

All of the books considered for this session are now available on the second floor new book shelves directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center.

January 15, 2015

IRC Hours Update: MLK Holiday

In observance of the MLK holiday, please note the following IRC hours updates:
  • Saturday, January 17th - closed 
  • Sunday, January 18th - closed 
  • Monday, January 19th - open 6 - 10 pm 
 A complete list of IRC hours updates is posted on the IRC web site.

January 14, 2015

IRC Pinterest: MLK Resources

Visit the IRC Pinterest site and view the MLK, Jr. board for a selection of resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. All titles are part of the main juvenile collection located on the second floor of AU Library. Check availability by clicking the catalog link after each call number.

Follow IRC @ Ashland University Library's board MLK Books & Resources on Pinterest.

January 13, 2015

#IRCShelfie Tuesday: Spring 2015

A new collection of #IRCShelfie on Twitter and IRC Pinterest began posting today (January 13th) and will conclude Tuesday, May 12th. The spring edition of #IRCShelfie tweets will feature a variety of library shelves starting with doctoral dissertations and master's thesis (Reed Room) and include resources such as recreational reading, special books, the Kennedy collection, and Snyder poetry.

About #IRCShelfie Tuesday

What's a shelfie? It is a photo of a book shelf - or shelves - most often taken with a smart phone and shared on social media. They may be taken in conjunction with selfies, for instance people sharing their book shelves in a selfie, but often the book shelf is shared solo. Following in the footsteps of the Twitter hash tag #shelfie, the IRC has shares #IRCshelfies on Twitter.


Each Tuesday, a new #IRCshelfie is posted sharing a shelf from a different library collection. Not on Twitter? No worries, you can follow the IRC shelfie collection on Pinterest. Each Wednesday, #IRCshelfie pictures are posted to the IRC Pinterest board #IRCshelfie @IRCaulibrary. Pins are dated and link back to the original tweet.

Follow IRC's board #IRCshelfie @IRCaulibrary on Pinterest.


Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

January 12, 2015

Juvenile Books: Non-Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

January 09, 2015

Juvenile Books: Fiction

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.


This list of titles features 2014 Children's Choice and Teacher's Choice, they have been added to course reserves for Dr. Rycik's EDEC 323 Tradebooks and Technology with Literature students.

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will open at 10:00 am today, Friday, January 9th. 

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MSG: All Ashland main campus offices and classes are on a two hour delay. 1/9/15

January 03, 2015

IRC Hours: Spring 2015


The IRC Spring 2015 hours schedule begins Monday, January 5th. Our hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 am to 10 pm 
  • Friday: 8 am to 5 pm 
  • Saturday: Closed 
  • Sunday: 6 pm to 10 pm 

IRC hours and updates are available on the IRC web site; changes to normal operating hours are posted on the IRC web site,IRC blog, and @IRCaulibrary on Twitter. Monthly hours updates are posted on the IRC door.

December 12, 2014

IRC Hours: Winter Break

The Instructional Resource Center will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 12th and remain closed through Sunday, January 4th.

The IRC spring schedule begins Monday, January 5, 2015. For additional hours information, please visit the IRC Hours & Updates page on the Instruction Resource Center web site.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a safe and joyous holiday season.

December 11, 2014

Juvenile Books: Picture Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in their regular location within the juvenile collection.