January 30, 2007

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed the following times this week. If you are working on your EDCI 131/504 project & portfolio, be sure to mark your calendar:

  • Thursday, February 1st
    Closed 10 am to 1 pm
  • Friday, February 2nd
    Closed noon to 1 pm

Remember, printing is not available on the library, second floor, when the IRC is closed.

January 27, 2007

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

January 26, 2007

New blog options

Wednesday, January 24th, the IRC blog template migrated to the new Beta version of Blogger. While the information provided within individual blog posts remains unchanged, several different organizational features are now available that make using the blog more convenient.

Category labels have been added to the bottom of each post that correspond to content within the post. A blog sidebar lists Blog Categories and will allow users to click on a particular topic to view all posts with the same labels. If you are looking for juvenile book posts, of which there are currently 28, click on the juvenile book link. At this time, all posts from October 18, 2006 and forward have been labeled. Older posts will be updated as time permits. Additionally, some postings have tags and labels. The tags are technorati tags and are being used by bloggers to help categorize and label blogs in general. Clicking on a tag will take you to technorati and other blogs using the same tag will be visible.

Two book blog widgets from Library Thing have been added to the sidebar. These widgets, IRC Book Review Blog and New IRC Reference, feature new additions to the juvenile collection recently reviewed and new additions to the IRC reference collection. For more information on individual titles, search the catalog from the blog (another sidebar option), or follow the links provided to the library catalog.

Remember, site feeds are available on all of the IRC blogs. Use them and the latest news and information will be delivered immediately to the reader of your choice. I hope you enjoy the recent blog additions.




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Book Links: 15th Anniversary Issue

This week the 15th Anniversary edition of Book Links (Jul 2006, v. 15, no. 6) magazine found it's way into my mailbox. Laura Tillotson, editor, describes the challenge of putting this birthday special edition together saying:

"We have assembled this classics 'bible' to help remind readers of their favorite golden oldies. We also hope this issue will serve as a crash course in classics for those who may not be familiar with the best books of the past" (Book Links, p. 4).
Special features include interviews with "literary legends" Beverly Cleary, Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, E.L. Konigsburg, Bernard Waber, Laruent de Brunhoff, Marc Simont, Lloyd Alexander, Robert Lipsyte, Jean Fritz, and Mildred D. Taylor, as well as classic book lists detailing fifteen favorite books for preschool through high school readers.
  • Two of a Kind: 15 Pairs of new and Classic Picture Books
  • 15 Classic Read-Alouds
  • 15 Favorite Fantasy Classics
  • 15 prequels, Sequels, and Creative Retellings of Classics
  • Teaching Writing with 15 Informational Classics
  • 15 Young-Adult Classics
  • 15 Classic Easy Readers
  • 15 historical Fiction Classics
  • 15 Funniest Children's Classics
  • 15 Classics of Contemporary Poetry
  • 15 Picture-Book classics for Preschoolers

Book Links is part of the library journal collection and may also be accessed through library databases.

Juvenile Books

The following books have been added to the juvenile collection. They will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

AU Circulating: Graphic Novels & Comics

The following books have been added to the library collection. You will find them shelved in the regular location or in the new book display in the reference area on the main floor.

AU Circulating: General

The following book has been added to the circulating collection. You will find it shelved in the regular location or in the new book display in the reference area on the main floor.

January 25, 2007

IRC Reference

The following books have been added to the IRC reference collection. You will find these books shelved directly inside the IRC, library second floor, in the reference section.

January 24, 2007

AU Circulating: Education

The following book has been added to the circulating collection. You will find it shelved in the regular location or in the new book display in the reference area on the main floor.

Copy Machine & overheads

The venda card copy machine outside of the IRC is currently out of order; the wrong type of transparancey was used for copying and it melted in the machine. A service call was placed for repairs on Tuesday, January 23rd.

Only transparancies purchased in the IRC are authorized for use in the venda card copier.

Update 1/24/07: The copier has been fixed.

January 23, 2007

2007 Caldecott Award

Flotsam, by David Wiesner, won the 2007 Caldecott Award for the "most distinguished American picture book for children".

" 'Flotsam is a cinematic unfolding of discovery. A vintage camera washed up on the beach provides a young boy with a surprising view of fantastical images from the bottom of the sea. From fish-eye to lens-eye, readers see a frame-by frame narrative of lush marinescapes ebbing and flowing from the real to the surreal.' "

" 'Telling tales through imagery is what storytellers have done through the ages. Wiesner’s wordless tale resonates with visual images that tell his story with clever wit and lively humor,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Janice Del Negro" (
ALA Caldecot Medal, 1/22/07).

Wiesner has won Caldecott award for two other picture books; Tuesday (1992) and The Three Pigs (2002).

Tags: David Wiesner, Flotsam, Caldecott 2007

January 19, 2007

IRC Hours Update

The IRC will be closed between 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Monday, January 22, 2007.

January 18, 2007

AU Circulating: Education

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the regular location or in the new book display in the reference area on the main floor.

January 17, 2007

Juvenile Books

The following book has been added to the juvenile collection. It will be initially placed in the new book shelves on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, and then located within the juvenile collection.

January 16, 2007

IRC Circulating: Software

The following software titles have been added to the IRC collection. Educational software is located in the Instructional Resource Center and is part of the circulating collection.

AU Circulating: DVD

The following DVD's have been added to the library circulating collection. DVD's are located in the listening lab, room 201, library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Elementary Math

The following books have been added to the curriculum textbook collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the IRC, library, second floor.

January 15, 2007

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Roger Sutton, editor of Horn Book Magazine and author of the Horn Book Blog "Read Roger," posted the winner of this year's Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction last Friday afternoon. His post read in part:

"The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (Viking) is the winner of the 2007 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The award is presented to a children's or young adult book published in English by a U.S. publisher and set in the Americas. A standing committee (Ann Carlson; Hazel Rochman, chair; and Roger Sutton) selects the winner. Established by the late historical fiction writer, Scott O'Dell, the award is administered by his wife, Elizabeth Hall. The author is presented with a $5000 prize." (Read Roger, 1/12/07)

The Green Glass Sea (PZ7.K6768 Gr 2006) is part of the library's juvenile collection and professional reviews of the title, including Booklist, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, may be found in the library database Academic Search Premier.


Internet resources: Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Scott O'Dell Home Page




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January 11, 2007

The Cat in the Hat Turns 50!

It's the Cat in the Hat's birthday! The following is an article excerpt from the Children's Bookshelf, a Publishers Weekly email newsletter:

"With a loud "BUMP!" that made two very bored siblings jump, the irrepressible Cat in the Hat arrived on the children's book scene a half-century ago, revolutionizing the concept of the beginning reader and sounding the death knell to the stilted Dick and Jane primers. Widely credited with hooking a new generation (as well as subsequent ones) on reading, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat has sold more than 10.5 million copies in its classic edition alone (not including massive book club sales). In an even more impressive tally, Dr. Seuss's books have been published in more than 20 languages, with over 250 million copies sold worldwide." (Sally Lodge, Children's Bookshelf, 1/11/07)

A special web site, Happy Birthday Cat in the Hat, has been launched to commemorate and celebrate the event. Various activities are available for teachers, librarians, and kids, including printable worksheets and a way to send birthday wishes to the Cat!

IRC and Juvenile: Books by Dr. Seuss and other resources:

More about Dr. Seuss: AU CirculatingAU Reference, and IRC Reference:

Internet Resources:

January 4, 2007

AU Circulating: DVD

The following DVD has been added to the library circulating collection. DVD's are located in the listening lab, room 201, library second floor.

January 2, 2007

AU Circulating: Education

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in the regular location or in the new book display in the reference area on the main floor.

AU Circulating: DVD

The following DVD's have been added to the library circulating collection. DVD's are located in the listening lab, room 201, library second floor.