January 31, 2008

Library News: Databases

Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print have been added to Ashland University Library's database collection. A complete listing of library database resources, including links to more information about each selection, may be found on the library's Database Selection page. Please note, authentication is required to access databases from off-campus.

Mental Measurements Yearbook "is Produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. First published by Oscar K. Buros, the MMY series allows users to make knowledgeable judgments and informed selection decisions about the increasingly complex world of testing. MMY provides coverage from Volume 9 to the present."

Tests in Print (TIP) "serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). TIP is produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska."


Juvenile Books: Big books

The following big books have been added to the juvenile collection. Big books are located on the second floor, next to the new books shelf.

IRC Circulating: Maps

The following maps have been added to the IRC poster and map collection. You can find these items in the poster and map file located outside the listening lab, library second floor.

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following kits have been added to the Instructional Resource Center circulating collection. Materials kits are located inside of the IRC, on right side/east wall, and shelved numerically; for ease of use, each shelve is labeled.

January 30, 2008

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.

Caldecott Award, 2nd copy

Mildred L. Batchelder Award & Honor Book

Theodor Seuss Giesel Award & Honor Book

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: Technology

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 28, 2008

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.

AU Circulating

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.

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.

Juvenile Books: Replacement copies

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.

These titles are replacements for books that, after inventory, were reported as missing, lost, billed, or damaged.

January 23, 2008

IRC Color Printer

The IRC color printer has been repaired!

Need to print in color? All computers on the second floor may access the color printer. Remember, any print job, processed through the color printer is 10¢.

Color printing is not available when the IRC is closed.

January 22, 2008

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.

IRC Reference

The following book has been added to the IRC reference collection. You will find it shelved directly inside the resource center, library second floor, in the reference section.

AU Circulating

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

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novel

The follow 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.

AU Circulating: Education

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in their 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.

Juvenile Books: Replacement copies

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.

These titles are replacements for books that, after inventory, were reported as missing, lost or damaged.

Juvenile Books: Replacements

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.

These titles are replacements for books that, after inventory, were reported as missing, lost or damaged.

2008 Coretta Scott King: Author & Illustrator Awards

"Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream." - ALA Coretta Scott King Book Award

2008 King Author Award

2008 King Author Award Honor Books

  • November Blues
    PZ7.D78325 No 2007
  • Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali

2008 King Illustrator Award Book

  • Let it Shine


2008 King Illustrator Award Books

Book titles on this post link directly to the AU catalog; award winners not currently part of the juvenile collection have been ordered.

2008 ALSC Awards

The 2008 ALSC, Association for Library Services for Children, awards were announced at the ALA Midwinter Meetings, January 14, 2008. Noted children's award winners, the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the John Newbery Medal, are posted below. A complete list of 2008 ALSC Literary and Related Award Winners may be found on the ALA web site.

2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal

"From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage." - ALA Caldecott Medal Page

2008 Caldecott Honor Books



2008 John Newbery Medal

"In “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,” thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor; from Hugo, the lord's nephew, to Nelly, the sniggler. Schlitz's elegant monologues and dialogues draw back the curtain on the period, revealing character and relationships, hinting at stories untold. Explanatory interludes add information and round out this historical and theatrical presentation.

“Schlitz adds a new dimension to books for young readers - performance,” said Committee Chair Nina Lindsay. “Varied poetic forms and styles offer humor, pathos and true insight into the human condition. Each entry is superb in itself, and together the pieces create a pageant that transports readers to a different time and place.” - ALA Newbery Medal Page

2008 Newbery Honor Books

Book title links from this post go directly to the library catalog. Second copies of the Caldecott and Newbery award winners have been ordered for the juvenile collection.

January 16, 2008

2008 Alex Awards

The 2008 Alex Awards were announced Monday, January 14th, at the ALA Midwinter Meetings in Philadelphia. These awards are sponsored by Booklist.

"The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. The award is named in honor of the late Margaret Alexander Edwards, fondly called ├ČAlex├« by her closest friends, a young adult specialist at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. She used adult books extensively with young adults to broaden their experience and enrich their understanding of themselves and their world." - YALSA, Alex Awards

The awards list follows:

  • American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China, by Matthew Polly
  • Bad Monkeys, by Matt Ruff
  • Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm, by Jeff Lemire
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire, by Conn Iggulden
  • The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah
    AU Juvenile DT516.828.B43 A3 2007
  • Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Night Birds, by Thomas Maltman
  • The Spellman Files, by Lisa Lutz

Alex award titles may be found in several locations; AU Juvenile, AU Recreational, and AU Circulating. Be sure to check verify location from the catalog record.

2008 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

The 2008 Best Books for Young Adults list was unveiled on Monday, January 14th, at the ALA Midwinter Meetings in Philadelphia. The list, which includes eighty-five titles, is "recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction that reflects the diversity of the teen experience, nonfiction that brings to teens an awareness of the world they live in and its history, and fantastical stories told in both narrative and graphic formats" (YALSA, Best Books for YA).

A 2008 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults list was developed by the committee and includes:

Links from this list will take you to the library catalog to view holdings. Unless otherwise noted, each title is part of the juvenile collection and located on the second floor.

IRC: Color Printer

January 10, 2008

IRC Hours: First week of classes

Welcome back! Below is an update for IRC hours that includes the first week of classes and the MLK holiday. Be sure to check the IRC web page for additional hours information.


January 8, 2008

IRC Printing


To facilitate students wishing to work on the second floor when the IRC is closed, the regular IRC printer has been moved from inside the IRC and placed next to the venda card copy machine. Student workers leaving at 11 pm will fill this printer with paper and additional paper is, as always, located in the cabinet beneath the copy machine.

The color printer will be unavailable to students during the new library extended hours. We recommend anyone wishing to print color when the IRC is closed use the color printer in Patterson.

New Library Hours

Beginning Monday, January 14th, changes in library hours of operation will take effect; due to the popularity of later hours during end of term and finals week, these changes include offering extended hours until Midnight most weekdays!

The new hours are posted below:
  • Monday through Thursday: 7:45 am to Midnight
  • Friday: 7:45 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (no change)
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm to Midnight
The Instructional Resource Center hours of operation remain unchanged. However, the second floor (outside the IRC) will remain available for students to between 11 pm and midnight .

Reference assistance will be available until 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

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 the 2008 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis. His post read in part:

"With comedy and anguish, Curtis tells the gripping story in the voice of smart, funny Elijah, 10, the first child born free in the Buxton Settlement established for escaped slaves in Ontario, Canada, over the border from Detroit. Elijah loses his innocence when he crosses the border on a dangerous mission to the U. S. and encounters the horrifying cruelty his parents have escaped from. Curtis now lives near the Buxton Settlement, and, based on his careful research, he tells of ordinary people who are heroes." - Roger Sutton, Read Roger, 1/08/08.

Elijah of Buxton (PZ7.C94137 El 2007)is part of the library's juvenile collection.Professional reviews of the title, including Booklist, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, may be found via the library database Academic Search Complete (authentication required for use).

Learn more about the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction on the Scott O'Dell home page.


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January 7, 2008

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 4, 2008

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: Dean Collection

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.

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: Education

The following books have been added to the circulating collection. You will find them shelved in their 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.

AU Circulating: Education & Technology

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.

AU Reference: Publishing

The following volumes have been added to the library collection. You are likely to find them shelved in the regular location (reference stacks, main floor) or in the new book display in the reference area.

January 3, 2008

AU Circulating

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

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.

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.

IRC Reference

The following book has been added to the IRC reference collection. You will find it shelved directly inside the resource center, library second floor, in the reference section.