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STEWART LIBRARY NEWS - December 2014

 

LIBRARY NEWS

iPads for WSU Community

iPads are available for checkout at the Stewart Library Circulation Desk for all students, faculty, and staff at Weber State University. Those checking out the iPads are encouraged to explore the various apps and features available.  Please visit http://libguides.weber.edu/iPads for information about the circulation, use, checkout, and return policy.

New on Campus

MobilePrint, a campus-wide printing enhancement, is now available. Register to use Mobile Print to print from your mobile device on campus.  Release print jobs either from a campus print station or by using Web Release.  Use a print station in any open computer lab, by logging into Mobile print from your device and printing your job by means of your Wildcard. Use Web Release by logging in to the Web Release site, finding and selecting the printer you want to use, and printing. Be sure you are physically close to the printer when you use Web Release.

REFERENCE

Database News

The library has added two new databases! Newspaper Archive searches more than 300 years of local historical newspapers dating back to the 17th century with some coverage up to the present.  The titles of the newspapers are being added to the library catalog. The other database, PsycArticles, gives us access to 131 fulltext articles from journals from the American Psychological Association and other professional organizations.  The journal titles have been added to the catalog.  Coverage of many of these journals goes back to the first volume published.

Database of the Month

Published annually by the federal government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world. It is the authoritative source as both an answer book (“How much corn is grown in Iowa?”) and a guide to statistical sources (“What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?”). As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people.

In the spring of 2011, the Census Bureau announced that the edition that year would be the last one produced at government expense. Despite protests from librarians and journalists and despite petitions to Congress, the Census Bureau unit that published the Statistical Abstract was eliminated in November. Its elimination resulted not from a decline in popularity or perceived value, but from the need to reduce agency spending while supporting new and existing data collection efforts.

ProQuest has now taken on responsibility for updating and releasing this publication, the most used statistical reference tool in U.S. libraries. Proquest staff bring to this task 35 years of experience in acquiring, abstracting, and indexing Federal Government statistical publications and tables.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstractis available in both print and online versions. The print version resembles past editions and contains roughly the same number of tables, detailed bibliographic documentation, the back-of-the-book index, and updated introductory sections. ProQuest is co-publishing the book with Bernan Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc, which is printing, marketing, and distributing the book.

In print, the Statistical Abstract of the United States is a one-volume, comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Online it is 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets), both searchable and browsable.  Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.  Proquest makes XLS format access available for all tables - you can refine tables to suit your needs.  Some online features:

  • Tables have source and durable URLs
  • APA and MLA styles are included per table
  • Convert table data into pie charts
  • Each table has latest update information
  • Each table has data source information
  • Search by table number
  • Search using Boolean operators

ACCESS ALL DATABASES, EXCEPT TRIAL PRODUCTS, FROM ANYWHERE, WITH YOUR WEBER USERNAME AND PASSWORD 24/7. 

BOOK DISPLAYS

Upper Level by Honors: Fiction Favorites

Middle Level Systems Area: Holiday Traditions

Middle Level Reference Area: Architecture

 

Digital Collections has uploaded 18 brief video bytes that correspond with oral histories. They have been working towards this for some time and are excited to have these great stories to share.

 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES/DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

Special Collections will be changing Saturday hours.  We will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting Saturday, September 13, through the end of the semester.

 

DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS AND COMMEMORATIONS

December 1

World AIDS Day

Comedian Richard Pryor born, 1940

Rosa (Louise McCauley) Parks refused to give up a bus seat to a white passenger, 1955.  The incident became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement.

Production began on the Ford assembly line, 1913

December 2

American author and artist David Macaulay born, 1946

French artist Georges Seurat born, 1859

Physicist Enrico Fermi produced the first nuclear chain reaction, 1942

President James Monroe stated the Monroe Doctrine in US foreign policy, 1823

Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of the French, 1804

December 3

First heart successful heart transplant, 1967

Polish-English author Joseph Conrad (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) born, 1857

Union Carbide pesticide leak disaster at Bhopal, India, 1983

December 4

Oliver Kelley founded the Grange movement, 1866

Phonograph invented, 1877

December 5

Rodeo star Bill Pickett born, 1871

Montgomery bus boycott, 1955

Prohibition ended, 1933

December 6

St. Nicholas Day

Composer Ira Gershwin born, 1896

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye, explorer, fur trader, military officer, died, 1749

13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, ratified, 1865

Halifax explosion, largest man-made explosion prior to nuclear explosions, occurred, 1917

December 7

Pearl Harbor bombed, 1941, US drawn into WW 2

Writer Willa Cather born, 1873

December 8

Humorist James Thurber born, 1894

Inventor Eli Whitney born, 1765

Musician John Lennon shot, 1980

Montanan and first woman member of Congress Jeanette Rankin cast the only vote against the declaration of war against Japan, 1941

December 9

Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity trade union, became the first directly elected Polish leader

Start of the first intifada in the Gaza Strip, 1987

December 10

Poet Emily Dickinson born, 1830

Singer Otis Redding died in an airplane crash, 1967

The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

December 11

Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn born, 1918

Investment fraud mastermind Bernard Madoff arrested, 2008

Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, 1620

UNICEF established, 1946

 

December 12

Inventor Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean, 1901

French author Gustave Flaubert born, 1821

December 13

Explorer Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand, 1642

Rape of Nanking, 1937

December 14

South Pole discovered by Roald Amundsen and party, 1911

Physicist Max Planck published the article that was the first statement of quantum theory, 1900

Newtown, Ct elementary school murders, 2012

December 15

First ten amendments to the Constitution of the US, the Bill of Rights, ratified, 1791

Sioux chief Sitting Bull killed by Indian police at Standing Rock, North Dakota, 1890

December 16

Beginning of Las Posadas

German composer Ludwig van Beethoven born, 1770

Boston Tea Party occurred, 1773

Composer Antonin Dvorak’s New World symphony premiered in New York, 1893

December 17

Orville Wright completed the first manned flight, 1903

France formally recognized the United States as an independent nation, 1777

December 18

Outfielder Tyrus Raymond (Ty) Cobb born, 1886

Richard Wetherill and Charles Mason discovered Mesa Verde, 1888

U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America, 1865

December 19

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol published, 1843

December 20

U.S. invaded Panama in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, 1989

December 21

Winter solstice, the first day of winter

Pan American flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, 1988

Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and 80 soldiers ambushed in Northern Wyoming, 1866

December 22

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony premiered in Vienna, Austria, 1808

Dreyfus Affair began in France, 1894

December 23

The Federal Reserve established, 1913

Construction of Plymouth settlement began, 1620

December 24

Apollo 8 reached the moon, 1968

Devastating fire at the Library of Congress, 1851

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Beginning of Kwanzaa

Tsunami along Indian Ocean coast, 230,000 deaths estimated, 2004

December 27

World Bank established, 1945

British naturalist Charles Darwin sets out from Plymouth, England, aboard HMS Beagle, 1831

December 28

Argentinian novelist Manuel Puig born, 1932

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, is published in the original Russian in Paris, 1973

December 29

Wounded Knee massacre, 1890

London suffered its most devastating air raid from German firebombing, 1940

December 30

British author Rudyard Kipling born, 1865

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was established, 1922

December 31

New Year’s Eve

French artist Henri Matisse born, 1869

Panama took control of the Panama Canal, 1999

Honourable East India Company received a Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth I, 1600

 

December Commemorative Weeks

Kwanzaa, African Harvest Festival (Last week in December)

December MonthlyCommemorations

Read A New Book Month
Universal Human Rights Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEWART LIBRARY HOURS

 

Fall  Semester Hours

August 25, 2014 - December 12, 2014

 

Monday - Thursday

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday

1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Fall Finals Week Hours

 

 

Friday, December 5

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 6

 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 7

1:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Monday, December 8

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 9

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 10

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 11

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday, December 12

7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Winter Break Hours

December 13, 2014 - January 11, 2015

 

 

Monday - Friday

7:30a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Closed

 

Spring Semester begins on January 12, 2015.

 

EXHIBITS

Jeffrey Favero Fine Art Photography
Throughout the Stewart Library (August 2014 - December 2014)

Jeffrey Favero is a retired dentist from Ogden, Utah.  Favero says, "For me, the art of photography is more about the Giver than the taker.  A visual synergy of divine gift, serendipity and a splash of creativity."  Favero's images can be viewed on all three levels of the library and in the Hetzel-Hoellein room.  Go online to see more of his work at www.jeffreyfaverophotography.com

CHINA!

Stewart Library, Middle Level (Ongoing)

Five display cases filled with an array of fascinating dignitary gifts belonging to the WSU Archives Collection, and received from institutions in the People’s Republic of China, are displayed.

 

Weber Stake Academy to Weber State University:  Celebrating 125 Years

University Archives Lower Level (Ongoing)

The University Archives is pleased to announce the installation of a new exhibit, Weber Stake Academy to Weber State University:  Celebrating 125 Years. Weber Stake Academy opened its doors for the time on January 7, 1889.  There were two departments with approximately 100 students in attendance on the first day.  125 years later, Weber State University has over 26,000 students enrolled and over 250 different degree programs.

Special Collections Images

Stewart Library, Top Level (Ongoing)

The exhibit on the top floor of the Stewart Library showcases photographs housed by Special Collections. These photographs document the history of Ogden through business and people.

 

Photographs by Kevin Mikkelsen

Stewart Library, Middle Level (Ongoing)

Kevin Mikkelsen resides in North Ogden, Utah right at the base of the Wasatch Range. “Besides being a beautiful place to live, North Ogden is the perfect jumping off point in which to reach one of 7 National Parks, all within a 5 hour drive time. As time passes, and new things are seen, more miles are traveled, and more mountains climbed, that love progressively deepens and has become an inspiration in his photographic work. Capturing images through today’s digital and film technology has allowed Kevin to express that inspiration in the form of scenic landscapes and wildlife fine art prints.” We are pleased to have the opportunity to show 13 of Kevin’s beautiful images in the library, his complete works may be viewed by going to: PhotographyOutdoors.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated December 9, 2014 . Please send questions or comments to Lonna Rivera, Information Services Manager.

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