Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Claudia Rankine to Visit Redlands

Poet and Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College, Claudia Rankine, will speak at the University of Redlands on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room. This free event is co-sponsored by the departments of Creative Writing, Race & Ethnic Studies, English, and Campus Diversity & Inclusion.

Rankine will read from her collection of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, which was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry. Her poems address the effects of racism in the media and modern life.

Citizen follows the 2004 publication of Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Both books are available for checkout in the Library.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Routledge Handbooks Online Trial

Armacost Library just started a trial to Routledge Handbooks Online! Trial access is on-campus only and will be active until March 12, 2015:  

Each handbook is peer-reviewed, and each chapter includes a detailed abstract to facilitate effective searching and access of content. The handbooks cover a wide range of the social sciences and humanities, including Asian Studies, Business, Education, Environment, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

We invite you to explore over 300 volumes and 15,000 chapters. Your feedback is valuable to us, so please give your Librarian your thoughts after making use of this resource.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

I hope all of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break and are ready for all the opportunities that Redlands has to offer. We realize that the semester will quickly get busy, therefore we want to make sure you consider this opportunity before it's too late.

The Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award (ALURA) recognizes the challenges that students face when conducting research in today’s complex information landscape. In addition to finding information, one must have developed the skills needed to evaluate information and select that which meets the specific requirements of the research project. Librarians are partners in this process and although we are aware of student projects, rarely do we see the final product. ALURA gives us an opportunity to do just that.  

This Award applauds the student who is passionate about a question, has experienced the thrill of searching for evidence to prove a point, has felt the need to find answers that lead to more questions, and has been thoughtful about the process during this great adventure. 

We are now calling for submissions for the 2015 award. The deadline is February 20th. More information at

You can still apply for the award if your research product is in process. Be sure to use this checklist as you prepare the submission:

  • Award Application Form
  • Research Reflection Essay
  • The Research Product
  • Bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted
  • Letter of Support from Faculty Advisor/Course Professor

Friday, December 12, 2014

ArmacostFit Holiday Workouts

Winter Break 2014-2015
Information Workout of the Day (IWOD) schedule

  • Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
  • No so-called ‘Rest Days’. Information never rests, nor shall you, Infoseeker! Except when you want to.

3 rounds to ensure access to, and understanding of:

From an ergonomically-appropriate chair or sofa, in front of a clock set for 40 minutes, with a cup of coffee on the side table, and a 25-gram, 2HB wooden pencil at hand:

  • 10 minutes – search for and skim articles on culture and commodification in the ABI/INFORM Complete business database.
  • 5 minutes – Armacost Library Catalog Subject and/or Keyword browsing for French literature.
  • 5 minutes – two-finger pencil dead lifts, alternate fingers.
  • Repeat.
  • You may choose a non-French language for the second literature-browsing session.
  • Sip coffee as needed.

Full-brain information exercises, alternating eyeballs as needed.
For all eternity:

  • Read a piece from a poetry volume found via the Armacost Library Catalog… aloud… in front of a cat.
  • 8-lb. dumbbell cat lifts, 50 reps. (If you can’t find a dumbbell cat, Armacost Library staff, or Barbara Murray, may be able to provide access.)
  • Put the cat down.
  • Read 30 more pages in your book of choice.

Complete as many rounds as possible… in as many minutes as you want… wherever you want:

90 minutes

1 hour

  • Listen critically to a section of Weinberger’s Svanda Dudak aka Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeifer in the Naxos Music Library.
  • Got pages? Keep reading that book!

10 minutes

  • Synthesize what you have learned this week in a one-page essay (1.5 spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman, narrow margins) and send it to Your Librarian at the Armacost Library.

Have a Fine Winter Break, InfoBulldogs!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Extended Finals Hours

Looking for a quiet place to study for finals? Armacost Library will have extended hours during Finals Week.
The schedule is as follows:

Monday - Thursday, Dec.8 - Dec. 11th: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 12th: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Good luck!

Lua Gregory
First Year Experience Librarian
Armacost Library

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Native American Heritage Month!music/rebel-music/episode/native-america

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and some of us will also celebrate Native American Heritage Day, the day after Thanksgiving.  Actually, the entire month of November has been proclaimed Native American Heritage Month.  American Heritage months are meant to encourage us to commemorate, learn about, and revalue lives that have been decentered from American history.

What do you know about that first Thanksgiving?  Have you ever heard the story told from the perspective of the native peoples to whom the pilgrims were thankful? Learn more about the Wampanoag nation, Native histories, and the ways in which Native peoples have been represented in the U.S.:

"The first Thanksgiving wasn't celebrated with turkey (there weren't any in Massachusetts) and didn't take place in 1621. Indeed the settlers, who probably didn't think of themselves as Pilgrims and were most certainly not revolutionaries against their king, were lucky not to be wiped out during their first winter...Godfrey Hodgson throws new light on the radicalism of the so-called Pilgrims, the financing of their trip, the state of the Indian tribes that they encountered when they landed and the reasons why Plymouth probably didn't have a rock."

 We Still Live Here
"The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. This film tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers for many generations has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back home."

"In Indian Voices, Alison Owings takes readers on a fresh journey across America, east to west, north to south, and around again. Owings's most recent oral history--engagingly written in a style that entertains and informs--documents what Native Americans say about themselves, their daily lives, and the world around them."

"Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, Charlie Hill and Russell Means, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to the present day."

"Indeed, it seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria’s Manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest."

Talk to your librarians if you'd like to find more books, DVDs, articles and other resources related to Native Americans.   Learn more about Native American Student Programs at University of Redlands.

Shana Higgins
Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GIS Day 2014!

Today, November 19, 2014, marks the 15th annual GIS Day. Geographic Information Systems are used daily to connect people with spatially-referenced information, data, images, and more. Anytime you use Yelp! to look up a local restaurant, or your smartphone’s navigation function, view a map of political or economic trends across the country, or an infographic of which Halloween costume was most popular in each state, you are interacting with a GIS. This week celebrates this technology and its many applications, in order to highlight great work, and encourage new participation.

Here at the University of Redlands, you may know there is a special emphasis for the opportunities available in this growing field, traceable to our friends and supporters at ESRI across town. The Environmental Systems Research Institute are leaders in GIS technology and make it possible for Redlands students to foster a spatial skill set by enabling the use of their ARCGIS software on campus and in classes. Have a look at what the University is doing to celebrate the day, get involved, and perhaps seek out some spatially-minded opportunities in your coursework across campus. 

Janelle Julagay
Business Librarian