Sunday, August 23, 2015


The Armacost Library is now a member of LINK+, a resource-sharing system that allows current University of Redlands students, faculty and staff to borrow books and media at no charge from over 50 academic and public libraries throughout California and Nevada. LINK+ enhances the Armacost Library's existing interlibrary loan program by adding several useful, time-saving features. LINK+ requests can be placed through the Armacost Library catalog or the shared LINK+ catalog, and items you borrow arrive faster (generally in 3-4 days) because they are delivered to us by courier rather than shipped through the mail.  In addition, the status of LINK+ requests can be monitored by checking your personal library account online at any time.

To access LINK+, go to the LINK+ catalog. Once you identify an item you need that is not available in the Armacost Library, click the "Request this item" link. During this process, you will be asked to verify your University of Redlands affiliation by logging in to your Armacost Library account.  After an item you request has arrived, we will notify you by email that it is available for pickup at the Armacost Library's Help Desk. You may keep books borrowed through LINK+ for 21 days and request one 21-day renewal.  Most media, including DVDs and audio CDs, may be kept for 7 days but cannot be renewed.

Some LINK+ member libraries also participate in two optional programs called Pick-up Elsewhere and Visiting Patron. Pick-up Elsewhere enables you to have items you request delivered to a different LINK+ library. Visiting Patron allows you to  use your University of Redlands ID card to check out items directly from a LINK+ library you visit in person. Both of these programs are useful if you are away from the Armacost Library and would like to use a library closer to your home or workplace.

For more details and complete instructions on how to use LINK+, check our  LINK+ information page.  You can also ask at the Armacost Library's Help Desk or call us at 909-793-8022

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Library Open House

Greetings new students! The Armacost Library will host an open house on Friday, September 4th, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Please drop by to enjoy light refreshments, short tours, and discussions with your Librarian. That's right, all students have their own Librarian depending on what their major is. For example, there is an Arts Librarian, a Natural Sciences Librarian, and so on. We look forward to introducing you to all the ways in which the Library supports student research.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Summer Reads

August brings us the last lazy summer days and a reminder that there's still time to spend laying in the sun with an enticing book for company. Consider the following highlights from the Armacost Library collection as you decide on your end-of-the-summer reading material.

Kon-tiki: Across the Pacific by raft by Thor Heyerdahl
On April 28, 1947, Thor and five other Norwegians set sail from Peru in a balsa raft to try to reach the Polynesian islands.

Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
"Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her." ~From the publisher.

Blue is the warmest color by Julie Maroh
"...a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma." ~From the publisher

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. ~From the publisher.

The time traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Love between an artist and time-traveling librarian who has been diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder.

Comedy / Satire
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Meet Bridget Jones - a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could: a. lose 7 pounds. b. stop smoking c. develop Inner Poise. ~Back cover

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
"Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny." ~From the publisher.

Cat out of hell by Lynne Truss
"...much of what we fear about cats is true. They do think they're smarter than humans, for one thing. And, well, it seems they are! What's more, they do have nine lives. Or at least this one does - Roger's older than Methuselah, and his unblinking stare comes from the fact that he's seen it all." ~From the publisher.

Fantasy / Horror
Alif the unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
"In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. [...] Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen." ~From the publisher. 

Fledgling by Octavia Butler
An incredibly unique vampire story. A "novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human." ~From the publisher.

The hundred thousand kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
"Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had." ~From the publisher

Science Fiction
Wool by Hugh Howey
"In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events." ~From the publisher

Lovestar: A novel by Andri Snær Magnason ; translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb.
"LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken and soulmates are identified and brought together. Indridi and Sigrid, two happy young lovers have their perfect worlds threatened when they are 'calculated apart' and are forced to go to extreme lengths to prove their love." ~From the publisher

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Book Sale and Clothing Drive

This year the book sale will be held on Thursday, June 18th, from noon - 4:00 p.m. and Friday, June 19th, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You will find us at the Armacost Library's North Patio, Garden Level.

You are also welcome to bring clean work clothes on hangers for the Ready to Work clothing drive.

For complete details, please refer to the flyer below:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Redlands and the Citrus Industry

Silent film actress Colleen Moore and the San Bernardino Mountains
Cover of The California Citrograph, October 1923, Vol. 8, Iss. 12
The citrus industry has quite a history in Southern California, and Redlands is one of the cities in which groves were tended for many years. As a citrus town, active packing houses packaged and shipped fruit, smudge pots were lit when the temperatures dropped to protect citrus trees from freezing, and growers prepared to bring their best fruit to the annual Orange Show in San Bernardino, California, to compete for awards.

In the Armacost Library, industry specific publications bring to life the history of citrus in Redlands. The California Citrograph, aimed at citrus growers, published on topics such as propagation, pest control, packinghouse technology, and highlighted people and cities in the industry. After a scan of the covers from the first decade (1915-1925), two were of interest, showcasing the San Bernardino mountains in the background, and a silent film actress in the foreground. For example, here is a close up of silent era film actress Virginia Valli, preparing orange juice, with the Redlands citrus district behind her.

The California Citrograph, June 1923, Vol. 8, Iss. 8.

The California Citrograph also covered the annual Orange Show held in San Bernardino, California, which the Redlands Chamber of Commerce and Redlands area citrus growers attended regularly.

In fact, the Redlands Chamber of Commerce won 2nd prize for a motion exhibit in both 1921 and 1922:

Interested in discovering more local gems like these? Come check out The California Citrograph in the bound periodicals section of the Library. Or, pick up an issue of Citrus Leaves, published beginning in 1921 by Redlands based Mutual Orange Distributors (MOD), a cooperative association of local citrus shippers.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Who's Reading the Reader?

"Who's reading the reader?" is the theme of this year's Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2015).

"During Choose Privacy Week the American Library Association invites librarians and library users to engage in a conversation about protecting and defending reader privacy rights and how to acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address the widespread surveillance and data mining that collects information about users’ communications, reading and web surfing habits."

The American Library Association will be hosting a week-long online forum for Choose Privacy Week featuring various speakers on privacy and surveillance.  Librarians have long been advocates for their patrons' privacy.   

In 1972 Zoia Horn became the first U.S. librarian ever jailed for withholding information as a matter of conscience by refusing to testify against antiwar activists accused of a bizarre terrorist plot.  She was the chief reference librarian at Bucknell University at the time.   

Librarians have been and continue to be opponents of the broad surveillance power afforded by the Patriot Act

"Sonnie and Macrina both see privacy as not just an issue of intellectual freedom, but also of social justice. 'We serve members of communities who have been historically under greater surveillance than the rest of the population: immigrants, Muslim-Americans, people of color, political dissidents,' Macrina explained."

Recently privacy and security concerns were raised about Adobe Digital Editions platform for ebooks collecting and transmitting user data over insecure networks.  "Adobe’s total failure to protect user information during transmission may be a violation of privacy laws.

Interested in protecting your own privacy?  Check out the Surveillance Self-Defense toolkit from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tune in to the forums taking place during Choose Privacy Week, and check out some of the books, films, and other resources on privacy and surveillance available at Armacost Library.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Going Live on Monday: The New Article Databases & Online Resources

It's been around since January and as mentioned last month we're replacing the old Article Databases & Online Resources with the new Article Databases & Online Resources on Monday, May 4, 2015.

As you may recall, you'll need to update any bookmarks for


You may also recall that at the top of your screen you'll be able to filter databases by subject, type, as well as alphabetically.

When you filter by subject, rather than changing the resources listed in the lower part of your screen you'll instead be dropped into the "Find Articles" tab of the appropriate subject research guide. We intentionally designed it this way so that lists of resources are presented within the context of learning more about a subject. 

The ability to filter by source type is new and will limit the databases and online resources listed in the bottom half of your screen. We hope that it offers added functionality for our researchers, but it also raises questions for us as educators. How do we as library faculty curate such lists in a manner that enables independent inquiry without being prescriptive? Students who are used to research assignments that require them to report facts rather than explore their own unique curiosities alongside communities of knowledge may approach lists such as these and misunderstand how to use them. They may mistake information sources to be static objects ready for consumption rather than dynamic knowledge ready to be wrestled and interacted with; and view sources as fitting arbitrary categories determined by others rather than interpreted by the researchers themselves. 

We're also aware that researchers are sometimes confronted with the surprisingly confusing complexity of searching, filtering, evaluating, selecting, and locating sources. We are thus interested to see how researchers respond when their experiences don't quite match their expectations. For example, many databases listed under the type "scholarly" will also include non-scholarly content. Using the library website as a tool for learning, we'll modify this page over time to meet the educational needs of our users.

Returning to the new Article Databases & Online Resources, you'll find that you're still able to locate the full text of a specific item whether it at the journal, magazine, newspaper, or article level. There's a new area devoted to new and trial databases and I encourage you to see what's there periodically. When you click on the "View new & trial databases" button you'll also see a form where you can let us know how these resources might impact your teaching and learning. 

Speaking of feedback, in response to an observation that this page was "like walking into a huge big box store with no idea how to narrow" down one's choice of resources, we agreed and collapsed the legend that explained what the database icons represented, removed additional content on the page, and tried to reduce the visual clutter as a whole. We hope this is better, but please let us know your thoughts.

Overall, since January 2015 we've received a total of seven feedback forms (1 School of Education student, 1 administrator, 2 faculty, and 3 School of Business students). Some of the feedback was positive, others offered constructive suggestions. Where possible we've tried to incorporate your suggestions, but even when we can't implement your ideas immediately we still take your suggestions into consideration as it informs our work in general on the website. Thank you to the seven for their thoughtful comments. We invite you and everyone to continue to share your thoughts and experiences with by clicking on "What do you think of this page?" or by writing in the comments below.