January 28, 2016

IRC Hours Update: Friday 1/29

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed Friday, January 29th. Regular hours will resume on Sunday, January 31st. A complete listing of IRC hours updates is available on the IRC web site.

January 25, 2016

Mock Caldecott Panel: Spring Edition

Today was the annual 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, voting on a winner and honor book; titles selected meet Caldecott Medal 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 were considered; the selection included a mix of artists publishing their first picture book and well known and award-winning illustrators. A variety of artistic mediums were represented such as collage, gauche, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, and mixed media. Most of the titles are new to the library juvenile collection.

All of the titles are available on the Mock Caldecott Panel  Pinterest board:

Students reviewed nominated titles, and completed two rounds of voting to select a final winner and two honor books.  The Mock Caldecott winner for Spring 2016 is :

Honor book distinction was given to:

For additional information about the panel and books, visit the IRC web site Mock Caldecott Panels page or the EDEC 323 LibGuide.  All of the books considered for this session are available on the second floor new book shelves directly outside of the Instructional Resource Center.

January 22, 2016

IRC Pinterest: Black History Month

Visit the IRC on Pinterest for a selection of Black History Month resources. Featured titles are part of the main juvenile collection and located on the second floor of AU Library. Check title availability by clicking on the catalog link in the pin description provided for each book.

Follow IRC's board Black History Month on Pinterest.

January 15, 2016

IRC Hours Update: MLK Holiday

In observance of the MLK holiday, please note the following IRC hours updates. A complete listing of IRC hours and updates is available on the IRC web site.

  • Saturday, January 16th - closed 
  • Sunday, January 17th - closed 
  • Monday, January 18th - open 6 - 10 pm 

January 14, 2016

IRC Pinterest: MLK

Visit the IRC Pinterest site 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.

2016 Scott O'Dell Award

The 2016 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner is The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz.
"Scott O'Dell established this award to encourage other writers-particularly new authors--to focus on historical fiction. He hoped in this way to increase the interest of young readers in the historical background that has helped to shape their country and their world." - Scott O'Dell Award.
The Hired Girl is part of the AU Library Juvenile Collection.
"Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Inspired by her own grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions." - Publisher Summary
Read the official announcement on The Horn Book's Read Roger Blog: The 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

January 12, 2016

#IRCFAQs Tuesday

A new weekly @IRCaulibrary tweet using hashtag #IRCFAQs began late last fall and will continue through the spring semester.  Tweets feature popular FAQs from the Instructional Resource Center and AU Library LibAnswers knowledge base. 

Interested in learning more about AU Library & IRC FAQs? Check out the AU Library News Blog post: AU Library FAQs. If you have questions not answers on our FAQs page, be sure to submit your suggestions for Qs using the link at the bottom of each page:  AU Library Qs form - IRC Qs form. Stay up-to-date with the IRC on Twitter and Pinterest.

January 8, 2016

IRC Hours: Spring 2016

The spring 2016 IRC hours schedule begins Monday, January 11th. Our hours are:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8 am to 10 pm 
  • Friday: 8 am to 5 pm 
  • Saturday: Closed 
  • Sunday: 2 pm to 6 pm

A complete listing of IRC hours and updates, including changes to normal operating hours, is available on the IRC web site. All hours updates will be published here on the IRC blog and 'tweeted' via @IRCaulibrary on Twitter; a monthly hours update is always posted on the IRC door.  Welcome back!

January 4, 2016

IRC Hours: After Winter Break

Instructional Resource Center hours for after winter break are noted below:
  • Monday, January 4th:  Closed
  • Tuesday, January 5th - Friday, January 8th: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday, January 9th: Closed 
  • Sunday, January 10th: Closed 

The IRC spring hours schedule begins on Monday, January 11th. A complete listing of IRC Hours updates is available on the IRC web site.