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.

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.

#IRCShelfie Tuesday

Have you been following #IRCShelfie on Twitter and IRC Pinterest this term? A new collection of shelfies will begin posting on Tuesday starting again in January. Interested in a particular IRC or library shelf collection?  Tweet your shelfie suggestion to @ircaulibrary.

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 been sharing #IRCshelfies on Twitter.


Each Tuesday, a new #IRCshelfie is posted sharing a shelf from a different IRC or library second floor collection. As of July 1st, fourteen #IRCshelfies have been shared via the @IRCaulibrary. Not on Twitter? No worries, you can follow the IRC shelfie collection on Pinterest. The following 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.


* #IRCShelfie Tuesday Originally posted 9/30/14

December 10, 2014

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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk 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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment

December 9, 2014

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.

Main collection: Education

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

Main Collection: General

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: 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.

Main Collection: General

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: 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: 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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk 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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk 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.


These titles were purchased with library funds from the Dean endowment for juvenile fiction. Sue Ellen Ronk selects juvenile and young adult titles for this endowment.

December 8, 2014

IRC Hours Update: After Finals

IRC hours after finals are noted below.
A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.
Please note the IRC will be closed for lunch from 1 pm - 2 pm after finals.

  • Monday, 12/8 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 12/9 -  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12/10 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 
  • Thursday, 12/11 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 
  • Friday, 12/12 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

December 5, 2014

IRC Weekend Hours

The Instructional Resource Center will be open Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, December 7th from 5 pm to 10 pm for extended finals week hours.
A complete list of IRC Hours Updates is available on our web site. Remember, you can still make holiday buttons on Saturday.

December 4, 2014

IRC Pinterest: Materials Kits

Visit the IRC Pinterest board, Materials Kits to view recent additions to this circulating collection. Our materials kit collection features puppets, flannel board stories, dry erase boards, and games for math, science, language arts, social studies, music, and other subject areas.


Follow IRC's board IRC Materials Kits on Pinterest.


Materials kits are part of the IRC circulating collection, located on the second floor of AU Library. Check availability by clicking the catalog link after each call number.

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following materials 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, shelving in the IRC are labeled.

IRC Circulating: Kits

The following materials 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, shelving in the IRC are labeled.

IRC Posters & Maps

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

December 3, 2014

Holiday Buttons During Finals

Did you know the IRC has a button maker?


Button, button, who has the button maker? We do!

Need a break from studying for finals? Come to the Instructional Resource Center, library second floor, and make a small holiday button for free. Starting Wednesday, December 3rd and continuing through Monday, December 8th, choose one of six available designs and make your own button during regular IRC hours. Offer is limited to one button per person while supplies last. We’re excited to button up for finals!

December 1, 2014

Finals Week: Quiet Spaces

Looking for a quiet space to study during finals?

AU Library has designated the 4th and 5th floors as quiet spaces during extended hours and finals week, November 30th - December 10th. Comfortable open study areas are available to students on both floors.

Interested in reserving a study room?  

Stop at the circulation desk and reserve one of our study rooms on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors for a maximum of three hours. Please note, students using a reserved study room will be asked to vacate the room.

November 21, 2014

IRC Hours: Thanksgiving Break

Please note the following changes to Instructional Resource Center hours for the Thanksgiving week. A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

  • Monday, 11/24:  1 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/25:  Closed
  • Wednesday, 11/26: Closed

The IRC will be closed Thursday, 11/27 thorugh Saturday 11/29 for Thanksgiving Break. Regular IRC hours will resume on Sunday, November 30th.

November 18, 2014

IRC Pinterest: Thanksgiving

The IRC Pinterest Thanksgiving Board features a variety of juvenile fiction & non-fiction books about the Thanksgiving holiday. You should be following the IRC on Pinterest.

Follow IRC's board Thanksgiving on Pinterest.

Books on this board are part of the main juvenile collection located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link after each call number in the pin description.

November 17, 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.

November 12, 2014

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will open at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 13th and Friday, November 14th.  A complete listing of IRC Hours Updates is available on the IRC web site.

November 11, 2014

Curriculum Textbooks: Math

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They are located in the curriculum textbook area directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, AU Library second floor.

Curriculum Textbooks: Science

The following curriculum textbooks have been added to the IRC circulating collection. They are located in the curriculum textbook area directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center, AU Library second floor.

November 10, 2014

IRC Pinterest: Autumn Books

The IRC Pinterest Autumn: Fall Board features a variety seasonal Autumn and fall themed picture books, fiction and nonfiction. You should be following the IRC on Pinterest!

Follow IRC's board Autumn: Fall Books on Pinterest.

Books on this board are part of the main juvenile collection located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link after each call number in the pin description.

October 31, 2014

IRC Hours Update: Nov. 3 - Nov. 7

Please note the following changes to Instructional Resource Center hours for the first week of November. A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

  • Monday, 11/3:  Open 1 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/4: Open 1 pm to 10 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/5: Open 1 pm to 10 pm
  • Thursday, 11/6:  Open 1 pm to 10 pm
  • Friday, 11/7: Open 1 pm to 5 pm

October 30, 2014

October 29, 2014

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 the juvenile collection.

October 28, 2014

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 the juvenile collection.

October 27, 2014

IRC Collections: New Ellison Dies

New Ellison Dies have been added to the IRC collection!
  • Combo Dies: Halloween and Thanksgiving
  • Animal Set: Lion, Giraffe, Hippo, and Elephant
  • Peace Sign, Birthday Cake, and snowflake
  • 3-D Christmas Tree, Large


Follow IRC's board Ellison Dies: Holiday on Pinterest.


The IRC has an extensive collection of Ellison Dies available for use including a variety of images, borders and five different alphabet fonts (upper and lower case). Five Ellison Prestige Pro die cut machines are available for use. Interested in the Ellison Dies?

  • Bring your won paper and use die cuts and machines for free. 
  • ANY use of our paper (even scrap box paper) is a penny per cut. 
  • Construction paper, craft paper, and even wrapping paper may be used in our machines. 


Follow IRC's board Ellison Dies: Seasons on Pinterest.

View the IRC's entire Ellison Die collection on the IRC Pinterest site.

October 24, 2014

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 the juvenile collection.

October 23, 2014

IRC Pinterest: Halloween

The IRC Pinterest Halloween Board features a variety of Halloween themed picture books, fiction and nonfiction. You should be following the IRC on Pinterest!

Follow IRC's board Halloween on Pinterest.

Books on this board are part of the main juvenile collection located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link after each call number in the pin description.

October 22, 2014

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 it's regular location within the juvenile collection.

October 21, 2014

Juvenile Books: Non-Fiction

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 the juvenile collection.

IRC Reference

The following new book was added to the IRC reference collection. You will find it shelved inside the Instructional Resource Center, library second floor, in the IRC reference area.

Main Collection: General

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.

October 15, 2014

IRC Hours Update: Fall break

IRC Fall Break hours are noted below:
  • Friday, October 17th:  1 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturday, October 18th: Closed
  • Sunday, October 19th: Closed
  • Monday, October 20th: Closed

Regular IRC fall hours resume on Tuesday, October 21st.
A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

October 14, 2014

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.

October 13, 2014

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.

October 8, 2014

Pardon our dust ...


Last spring the curriculum textbooks, big books, book kits, and award titles (Caldecott & Newbery) on the second floor were shifted in preparation for expansion of the juvenile collection. The collection shift project began last week and is planned through the fall 2014 and spring 2015 term. Children's books will remain on the second floor; the collection footprint will be expanded into the empty stacks directly behind big books, book kits, and award books.

During this project, juvenile books will be evaluated and a variety of dated, damaged, and titles that are no longer relevant will be withdrawn. Doing so, especially within the non-fiction portion of the collection, will help focus resources and provide updated titles for classroom use.  Some withdrawn titles will be moved to the special books collection (as warranted), most will be made available to students on the free book carts located on the library main floor.

New books, fiction and non-fiction, continue to be added to the juvenile collection; new items are placed on the second floor new book shelves when shelf ready and corresponding blog posts published here. If you need help locating a book, be sure to stop in the IRC for assistance.

Thanks for your patience during this project.  And please, pardon our dust (we will keep the noise down).

October 6, 2014

October 2, 2014

IRC Hours Update

The IRC will open at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 3rd.
A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

Library email notices

If you currently are not receiving email notices from the library such as courtesy notices and hold/pickup notices, please check your email spam folder. Be sure to mark any messages from the library as “not spam” so that emails from that address will not be classified as spam.

Remember, the My Library Account link on the web site provides options to view and renew books online and check status of requests. Questions?  Stop at the circulation desk, AU Library main floor, for additional information.

* This post was originally published on the AU Library News Blog 10/1/14

September 30, 2014

#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 been sharing #IRCshelfies on Twitter.


Each Tuesday, a new #IRCshelfie is posted sharing a shelf from a different IRC or library second floor collection. As of July 1st, fourteen #IRCshelfies have been shared via the @IRCaulibrary. Not on Twitter? No worries, you can follow the IRC shelfie collection on Pinterest. The following 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.


Follow the IRC on Twitter @IRCaulibrary and on Pinterest for the latest information on collections and resources.

September 29, 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.

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.


September 26, 2014

Banned Books Week: Virtual Read Out

From the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel and Read Out playlist, here are several videos discussing the right to read, censorship, and orations of passages from banned and censored books.







September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week: @IRCaulibrary

How well do you know banned and challenged books? During Banned Books Week @IRCaulibrary, in conjunction with the IRC #BannedBooksWeek Pinterest board, will feature a book each day that has been challenged or banned with information about why it has been challenged, when it has been challenged, and reasons for the challenge.


The IRC Banned Books Week Pinterest board will present a catalog link to the answer. Follow the IRC on Twitter and Pinterest and play along, submit your guess in the comments on Pinterest. No peeking.

September 18, 2014

Banned Books Week: September 21-27 2014

It's time to celebrate Banned Books Week; this year's theme is "Celebrating the Freedom to Read." What is Banned Books Week?
"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular." -- ALA Banned Books Week

Interested in learning more about Banned Books Week? There's a Banned Books Week LibGuide for that! The library guide presents an overview of  Banned Books Week history and challenged books, Library Resources and Internet Resources for celebrating Banned Books Week, links to frequently banned and challenged books for the last ten years - and - challenged classics,  an interactive timeline highlighting 30 Years of Challenged Literature, and the IRC Pinterest site.


The IRC Pinterest site features a Banned Books Week board with additional resources.

Follow IRC's board Banned Books Week on Pinterest.


Get involved by sharing your Banned Books Week story on Twitter using the hash tag #bannedbooksweek, following Banned Books Week on Facebook, enjoying a variety of Read Outs on the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel, and find great display ideas from the Banned Books Week Pinterest page.

September 17, 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.

September 16, 2014

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 15, 2014

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.

September 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.


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: 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.


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.

September 10, 2014

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: Graphic Novel

The following book was 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.


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.

September 5, 2014

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.

Main Collection: General & Poetry

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

September 4, 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.

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.

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 it's 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.

September 2, 2014

Mock Caldecott Panel

Today was the annual fall term Mock Caldecott award 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 picture books considered are recent additions to the AU library juvenile collection. 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 titles to four and voted for their winner. The Mock Caldecott winner, an overwhelming choice with 17 of 19 votes was:
  • Baby Bear, by author and illustrator Kadir Nelson 

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.