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Off the Shelf by Werner Lind


Here at the library, we continue to add books as a rapid rate in order to upgrade our collection and serve you better.  Right now, the disciplines most heavily represented on our new books rack are Biblical Studies and Business; but whatever your discipline may be, or whatever your broader reading interests are, you’re likely to find something of interest there.  (Also, we’ve been adding donated books as well; these go directly to the shelves rather than to the new books rack, since they’re usually older titles than the typical “new” book –but they’re certainly new to this library.  So, keep on browsing in the stacks; you never know when you might find a book you’ve never met before!)

Those of you who thoroughly enjoyed the recent movie versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy might be interested in learning more about the life of the serious philological scholar (and devout Christian) who wrote the novels, J. R. R. Tolkien.  If so, then the recent biography by Leslie Ellen Jones, part of Greenwood Press’ excellent Greenwood Biographies series, might be just the book for you.  (And you owe it to yourself to read his trilogy, and its prequel, The Hobbit, if you haven’t done so already.)


How many of you are fans of the TV series C.S.I.?  Or how many of you read the novels of Patricia Cornwell, or other mystery writers who focus on the forensic aspects of crime investigation?  If you find these aspects fascinating, Colin Evans’ The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World’s Most Baffling Crimes (Wiley, 1996), one of several titles we’ve added to support the new Forensic Science major, but written for the layman rather than the scientist, might be right up your alley.


Most of us do the bulk of our shopping at Wal-Mart, or have family members who do.  That’s not surprising; the Arkansas-based company is the largest retailer in the world, and the biggest private employer in the U.S.  But the retailing giant is not without its critics, one of the most vocal of whom is salty octogenarian Texas journalist Bill Quinn.  The title of his book, How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (and the World): And What You Can Do About It (Ten Speed Press, 2000) states his thesis succinctly.  (For a contrary view, see Jay Nordlinger’s article “The New Colossus” in the April 19, 2004 issue of National Review, also here at the library.)  This particular edition was donated to us; readers wanting the newer 2005 edition will soon be able to obtain it at Craft Memorial Library in downtown Bluefield, WV.


Shott Foundation Supports Bluefield College Library Renovation 

While Bluefield College may be in the preliminary "quiet" phase of a new capital campaign, "Vision 2012: Promises Kept, Dreams Alive," the Shott Foundation of Bluefield, West Virginia, is making lots of noise on campus with its support of an early campaign component, "The 21st Century Library Renovation Project."

Providing the initial lead gift for Bluefield College's first capital campaign since 1997, the Shott Foundation recently awarded the college a grant in the amount of $150,000 for a renovation project that will significantly restore the school's Easley Library.

Typically a time of one to three years of planning, leadership development and feasibility study, the quiet phase of BC's capital campaign will feature the early lead gift from the Shott Foundation that will allow the college to begin one of its campaign improvement projects sooner than expected.

"The value of the Shott Foundation's generous and loyal commitment to assist Bluefield College cannot be overstated," said Harold Hazen, BC's vice president for institutional advancement. "Seldom in my 30-plus years in higher education have I witnessed such outstanding faithfulness by a private foundation."

Bluefield College's Board of Trustees approved the school's latest capital campaign, "Vision 2012," in the spring of 2006. Currently in its quiet phase with public involvement scheduled to begin in 2008, the new BC campaign is a $17 million fundraising venture designed to provide funding for a new student activities center, endowment growth, scholarships, and other campus improvements, including "The 21st Century Library Renovation Project."

"Easley Library is the one facility on campus that represents the academic nerve center of our institution," said Ruth Blankenship, BC's associate vice president for institutional advancement. "That's why the Campaign Planning Committee identified this project as a priority for the campaign. We're grateful the Shott Foundation decided supporting the project was a priority, as well."

The 21st Century Library Renovation Project will be a $300,000 venture that will completely refurbish the interior portion of Easley Library. Improvements will include the addition of new technology, including wireless Internet access, fully equipped computer workstations, and research carrels. The improvements will also include new lighting, windows, drop ceilings, ceiling fans, carpeting and furniture.

"If Easley Library is to remain a dynamic life force on the campus, it must change to meet the needs of 21st century students and faculty," said BC interim president Dr. Charles Warren. "Its space must be welcoming and flexible in design in order to accommodate evolving information technologies and their usage. In addition, it must become a laboratory for new ways of teaching and learning in a wired or wireless environment."

Like most historically developed academic libraries, Easley Library was designed foremost as the place to acquire, access and preserve collections. Interiors were dim, confining and not intended for technology and collaborative work and study. Built in 1956, the library has had little change in its interior design and physical layout, but that will all change thanks to the generosity of the Shott Foundation.

"We want to respect the history of Easley Library, while recognizing the future role of libraries and education," Dr. Warren said. "We want to advance the institution's academic mission through extensive interior renovations and technology upgrades to create a library of the 21st century. It is our intention to make Easley Library a beautiful, functional, and flexible facility that will bring together written and new digital information for learners on the BC campus and beyond."

The Shott grant will also allow BC to create an information commons area on the main level of the library, renovate classrooms on the lower level, and make the building ADA compliant. The new Easley Library will be a space that accommodates a variety of learning and study styles and a facility that facilitates interactions between the library staff with students, faculty and visitors.


New Database

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995, as well as Financial Times and Times of London since 1985. Updated daily. 

Consider this database as a general database like Expanded Academic that is for the more advanced researcher. It is available to us at no cost through VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia).

Years Covered: Varies with each publication. This resource is updated daily.

Title List in Excel: http://www.gale.com/tlist/aone.xls

JSTOR - Scholarly, full-text, and Many Disciplines

The JSTOR archive database holds the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. New titles and disciplines are being added regularly. Issues of journals are never "out"; they are always accessible, and in excellent condition. The capacity for searching across disciplines opens up vast possibilities for scholarship and research. Please encourage your students to use JSTOR. Here are two popular subject areas and their content. Click here to view other subject disciplines.

19th-Century Music 1977-2002
Acta Musicologica 1931-2000
Mitteilungen der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Musikwissenschaft / Bulletin de la Société internationale de Musicologie 1928-1930
American Music 1983-2003
Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 1918-2001
Sammelbände der Internationalen Musikgesellschaft 1899-1914
Asian Music 1968-2001
Black Music Research Journal 1980-2002
Black Perspective in Music 1973-1990
British Journal of Ethnomusicology 1992-2000
Cambridge Opera Journal 1989-2000
Early Music 1973-1999
Early Music History 1981-2000
Ethnomusicology 1953-2001
Galpin Society Journal 1948-2000
International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 1971-2000
International Review of Music Aesthetics and Sociology 1970
Journal of Music Theory 1957-2000
Journal of Musicology 1982-2002
Journal of Research in Music Education 1953-2005
Journal of the American Musicological Society 1948-2002
Bulletin of the American Musicological Society 1936-1948
Journal of the Royal Musical Association 1986-2000
Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association 1944-1985
Proceedings of the Musical Association 1874-1944
Latin American Music Review / Revista de Música Latinoamericana 1980-2002
Anuario Interamericano de Investigacion Musical 1970-1975
Anuario 1965-1969
Leonardo Music Journal 1991-2000
Lied und populäre Kultur / Song and Popular Culture 2000-2001
Jahrbuch für Volksliedforschung 1928-1999
Music & Letters 1920-2000
Music Analysis 1982-1999
Music Educators Journal 1934-2006
Music Supervisors' Journal 1915-1934
Music Supervisors' Bulletin 1914-1915
Music Theory Spectrum 1979-2002
Musical Quarterly 1915-1999
Musical Times 1903-2002
Musical Times and Singing Class Circular 1844-1902
Notes 1934-2000
Perspectives of New Music 1962-1998
Popular Music 1981-2000
Revue de musicologie 1922-1998
Bulletin de la Société française de musicologie 1917-1921
Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 1961-2000
Tempo 1939-2000
Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis 1995-2000
Tijdschrift van de Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis 1960-1994
Tijdschrift der Vereeniging voor Noord-Nederlands Muziekgeschiedenis 1882-1959
Bouwsteenen 1869-1881
Yearbook for Traditional Music 1981-2001
Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council 1969-1980
Journal of the International Folk Music Council 1949-1968
AJS Review 1976-2001
Asian Folklore Studies 1963-2000
Folklore Studies 1942-1962
Buddhist-Christian Studies 1981-2002
Church History 1932-2000
Harvard Theological Review 1908-2000
History of Religions 1961-2002
Jewish Quarterly Review 1888-2000
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 1961-2000
Journal of Biblical Literature 1890-2002
Journal of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis 1881-1888
Journal of Law and Religion 1983-2003
Journal of Religion 1921-2003
American Journal of Theology 1897-1920
Biblical World 1893-1920
Old and New Testament Student 1889-1892
Old Testament Student 1883-1889
Hebrew Student 1882-1883
Journal of Religion in Africa 1967-2000
Journal of the American Academy of Religion 1967-1999
Journal of Bible and Religion 1937-1966
Journal of the National Association of Biblical Instructors 1933-1936
Modern Judaism 1981-1999
Near Eastern Archaeology 1998-2002
Biblical Archaeologist 1938-1997
Novum Testamentum 1956-2000
Numen 1954-2000
Oriens 1948-1996
Philosophy East and West 1951-2002
Religion and American Culture 1991-2002
Review of Religious Research 1959-2003
Studia Islamica 1953-2002
Vetus Testamentum 1951-2000
Vigiliae Christianae 1947-2000
Welt des Islams 1913-2000


It is with extreme sadness that I think about leaving BC and the wonderful colleagues and students that I've known over the years. And, at the same time, it is with unimaginable joy that I look forward to retirement. It has been a pleasure serving the college community for the last sixteen years and serving in the educational community in some capacity or another for the past forty years.


They say old librarians never retire; they just get reshelved. I look forward to whatever "shelf" God has for me in this new phase of my life. I especially look forward to spending more time with family and friends, reviving old hobbies and learning new ones, and staying home on snowy days. May God bless each of you as you continue to serve Him in this place.  ~~Ann Massey

Lynne Bartlett, circulation supervisor, completed her M.L.I.S. (master of library and information science) from the University of South Carolina-Columbia fall semester. We are proud of Lynne!

Remember you can renew books, dvds, and videos from any internet computer. From the library website, click on My Library Account.


If you haven't taken time to use our 53,600 full-text electronic books, you're missing out!! Students love them; they are academic in nature and current.  Why not click here now http://www.netlibrary.com/ and type in a topic of interest? To use them from off campus, just open an account (very easy to do) or go to our off-campus database page and login with your name and library barcode.



Quotes of the Day


"Information on the Internet is free, but you get what you pay for." --Anonymous librarian


"Massive information overload is placing librarians in an ever more important role as human search engines. They are trained and gifted at ferreting out and vetting the key resource material when you need it. Today's technology is spectacular — but it can't always trump a skilled human. Have you hugged your librarian today?"--William R. Brody is president of The Johns Hopkins University.

We are your human search engines!!!

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A Library Newsletter for the Faculty of Bluefield College 

Spring 2007