December 14, 2011

IRC Hours: Winter Break

The Instructional Resource Center will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 16, 2011 and remain closed through Thursday, January 5, 2012.

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.

IRC Hours Update: Twitter

December 8, 2011

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.

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.

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: YA 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.

Juvenile 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.

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novel

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 its regular location within the juvenile collection.

December 7, 2011

Library Holiday Open House

Today is the Library's annual Holiday open house. Be sure join use for refreshments and seasonal entertainment from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

December 2, 2011

Juvenile Books: YA 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: 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.

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following book has been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find it shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in its 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.

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.

Juvenile Books: Pop-Up Book

The following book has been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find it shelved in the new books display on the second floor or in its regular location within the juvenile collection.

November 30, 2011

Kirkus Reviews: Best Teen Books 2011

The editors of Kirkus Reviews have released their Best Books of 2011 lists. Included in this group are their choices for Best Teen Books 2011. From the Kirkus Reviews editor, Vicky Smith:
"With shelves fairly groaning under the weight of paranormal love triangles, it may be easy to think that books for teens are all the same these days. Not so, we are delighted to report. In sifting through the piles of great books published for teens this year, I was happy to discover soulful romance of the utterly normal kind, deliciously frothy historical novels, piercingly intelligent nonfiction, thrillingly inventive fantasy and science fiction and some great kickass horror, as well as some books that may leave you weeping with laughter."

"We have gathered them here together for you, sorted into thematic lists to help you find exactly what you need, whatever your taste or mood. We are also pleased to offer author Q&A's and essays that look deeper into some of these books, both newly commissioned and brought up from our archive. Happy reading!"

AU Library's juvenile collection has several of the Kirkus Best Teen books. Titles link to the library catalog and reviews may be accessed by clicking on the book cover featured on each page (record). Kirkus Reviews are among the resources available to users.

November 28, 2011

AU Circulating: Education

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

AU Circulating: General

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

IRC Reference

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

November 21, 2011

IRC Hours Update: Thanksgiving Break

IRC hours for Thanksgiving Break are:
  • Close 9 pm - Tuesday, November 22
  • Closed - Wednesday, November 23 through Saturday, November 26
  • Open 6 to 10 pm - Sunday, November 27
  • Open 9 to 11 am & 1 to 10 pm, Monday, November 28

Regular IRC hours resume on Tuesday, November 29.  Visit the IRC Hours and Updates page on the IRC web site for a complete list of  currently scheduled updates for Fall 2011.

November 17, 2011

Library & IRC: AU Homepage Offline

"In preparation for the AU homepage launch this weekend, the main AU webpage will be offline for several hours Friday evening (11/18/11). This outage will have no effect on other services (e.g. Student Email, Employee Email, ANGEL, Mediasite, etc.) however, your ability to access these systems via the main AU website will be temporarily unavailable. AU web services that are bookmarked will be available but there will be no access through the main www.ashland.edu website for a few hours what the site is prepared for cutover to the new homepage." -- AU Campus Communications, Information Technology

Many library resources will remain available during the scheduled AU web site down time;  please use the following links for direct access:

You may also use OhioLINK for access to databases:

Please feel free to call the library with questions regarding access to these resources. AU library will open at the regularly scheduled time for weekend services: Saturday (10 am to 5 pm) and Sunday (1 pm to midnight).  The IRC will open at it's regularly scheduled time for weekend hours: Saturday (1 pm to 5 pm) and Sunday (6 pm to 10 pm).

*Blog post was originally published on the AU Library News blog.

November 15, 2011

IRC Hours Update

The IRC will close this evening, Tuesday, November 15th, at 7:00 pm.  We will open Wednesday morning (11/16) at 8:00 am as scheduled. 

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Ready for the holidays? Here are a few children's picture books from the library's juvenile collection that celebrate Thanksgiving; new, old, and a few favorites along the way.



And ... a few old favorites


More juvenile holiday book resources are available on the Children's Literature Topics LibGuide, just choose the Holidays tab!

November 8, 2011

@IRCaulibrary

The IRC is now on Twitter @ IRCAULibrary.  Follow us for quick updates concerning the Instructional Resource Center, LibGuides, children's literature, curriculum textbooks, IRC collection items, educational technology, and anything else that is of interest to us!

November 3, 2011

Author Event: J. Patrick Lewis

Schar College of Education Hosts Children's Author and Poet

The Schar College of Education is sponsoring a guest author event this semester that will feature children's author and poet J. Patrick Lewis on Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.

Lewis is the current U.S. Children's Poet Laureate and winner of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2011 Excellence in Children's Poetry Award.

"This will be a lively, interactive experience for students, teachers and faculty," said Dr. Mary Rycik, chair of the Early Childhood Department. "Formerly a professor of economics, Mr. Lewis has published over 65 children's books and is known for his wicked sense of humor and his connection to non-fiction topics."

Lewis travels throughout the country holding events that are designed to get children excited about the wonders of poetry.

"Students and those in attendance can expect to hear a lot of poetry reading but not stuffy verse," Rycik said. "You will hear poems about animals, nature, people and holidays and that will include limericks, haiku, riddles, shape poems, narrative poems, song lyrics and nonsense verse."

More information about Lewis can be found at his website at: http://www.jpatricklewis.com/. Those wanting more information about the guest author event can contact Rycik at 419-289-5256 or email her at mrycik@ashland.edu.

Originally published in Campus Communications 10/18/11

October 26, 2011

Juvenile Books: Seasonal

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.
 
 
 

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.

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: 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: Poetry

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: Graphic Novel

The following book has been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find it 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.

October 25, 2011

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.


An integral part of the juvenile collection, these titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk, cataloging librarian, selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

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.


An integral part of the juvenile collection, these titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk, cataloging librarian, selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

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.


An integral part of the juvenile collection, these titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk, cataloging librarian, selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

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.

An integral part of the juvenile collection, these titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk, cataloging librarian, selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

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.

An integral part of the juvenile collection, these titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk, cataloging librarian, selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

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.
An integral part of the juvenile collection, these titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk, cataloging librarian, selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

October 24, 2011

Curriculum Textbooks: World History

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Art

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Art

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Spanish

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Music

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.
 

Curriculum Textbooks: Science

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Economics

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They will be shelved in the curriculum textbook annex directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, Library second floor.

October 19, 2011

IRC Hours Update: Fall Break

IRC hours for Fall Break:
  • 9 am to 5 pm - Thursday, October 20
  • 8 am to 5 pm - Friday, October 21
  • Closed - Saturday, October 22

Regular IRC hours resume Sunday, October 23rd; the IRC is open 6 pm to 10 pm.  Visit the IRC Hours Updates page to view our calendar of scheduled fall hours updates.

October 7, 2011

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: 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.

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novel

The following book has been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find it 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.

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.

October 5, 2011

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, shelves in the IRC are labeled.

September 22, 2011

Banned Books Week

"Banned Books Week 2011 is the thirtieth annual celebration of the freedom to read. This freedom, not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities, is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Although we enjoy an increasing quantity and availability of information and reading material, we must remain vigilant to ensure that access to this material is preserved; would-be censors who continue to threaten the freedom to read come from all quarters and all political persuasions. Even if well intentioned, censors try to limit the freedom of others to choose what they read, see, or hear." -- Books Challenged or Banned 2010-2011

September 24 - October 1, 2011
Learn more about Banned Books Week using these links:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week: Official Site
Banned Books Week on FaceBook
BBW Virtual Read Out - YouTube Channel
Judy Blume: BBW Virtual Read Out (Video)
Books Challenged or Banned 2010-2011

September 19, 2011

Virtual Read Out: Banned Books Week

Banned Books week 2011 is September 24th through October 1st; celebrate in a new way this year by participating in the Virtual Read Out. Create a video of yourself reading a passage from your favorite banned book and upload it to YouTube!


Here are instructions from the Banned Books Week web site:

Criteria You have two video options for the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out: 1) You can submit a video no more than two minutes long of a reading from a banned or challenged book. Here is a list of banned literary classics as well as a list of frequently challenged books throughout the years. 2) A video of an eyewitness account of local challenges can be submitted. This video should be no longer than three minutes long.
How to Upload Your Videos
You will need a YouTube or Google account in order to participate. Once you have one, please sign into YouTube and follow their instructions on how to upload a video.
As the video loads, you will need to update the TItle, Description, and Tag fields with the following information to help ensure that your video will be featured on the Banned Books Week Read-Out channel:


Title:  The title of your video should include "Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out." A good example is "A reading from The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-out" or "Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out: A reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Description: You may use the description to explain why the book you chose to read an excerpt from is your favorite banned/challenged book or offer more details about an eyewitness account of local challenges.
Tag: The most important part of the upload is the tag. Please tag your video with "virtualreadout" to ensure that the video will be featured on the Banned Books Week You Tube Channel.
Final Step
Once you have posted your video, please send e-mail to bbw@ala.org with the link to your video. The video will then be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel. Please allow a couple days for your video to be featured on the channel.

Learn more about the Virtual Read Out ...



September 15, 2011

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.

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.

Juvenile Books: Nonfiction

The following book has been added to the juvenile circulating collection. You will find it shelved in the new books display on the second floor, directly outside of the IRC, or in it's regular location within the juvenile collection.

September 13, 2011

Mock Caldecott Panel

Dr. Mary Rycik's children's literature classes participated in a Mock Caldecott Award session Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Criteria and terms followed were those used by the Association for Library Services for Children, American Library Association Medal committee.

Titles selected for review mix well known illustrators with artists new to the field of picture books illustration. A variety of art mediums are represented including collage, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, ink, acrylics, and mixed media. Each title under consideration is a recent addition to the library's juvenile collection (July 2011 - September 2011). 

Students considered eighteen (18) picture books and narrowed the original field four semi-finalists;  If I Never Forever Endeavor (Holly Meade), The Great Race (Kevin O'Malley), Farmyard Beat (Marc Brown), and Grandpa Green (Lane Smith). The final decision was clear as only two of the four featured titles received votes from the group.

And the winner is ... Grandpa Green, by Lane Smith











Below is a list of picture books considered by Dr. Rycik's class, all title featured here link to the Ashland University library catalog:
Additional information about the Caldecott Award and other children's literature awards may be found on the Children's Literature Award Book Resource LibGuide.

September 12, 2011

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: YA 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.

September 8, 2011

Juvenile Books: Graphic Novels

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.

August 31, 2011

Hours Update: Labor Day Weekend

IRC hours for Labor Day Weekend are:
  • Closed - Saturday, September 3rd
  • Closed - Sunday, September 4th
  • Open 6pm to 10 pm - Monday, September 5th

Regular IRC hours resume on Tuesday, September 6th.  Visit the IRC Hours and Updates page on the IRC web site for a complete list of  currently scheduled updates for Fall 2011.

August 29, 2011

AU Circulating: Education

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

AU Circulating: General

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

August 22, 2011

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: 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.

AU Circulating: Recreational

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

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.

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.


August 19, 2011

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.

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.

Juvenile Books: Picture Book

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.

Juvenile Books: Poetry

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.