Monday, April 25, 2016

Congratulations Bulldogs!

Congratulations Bulldogs!  Happy Graduation to those who participated in festivities this past weekend! It’s that time of year when students and faculty begin wrapping up shop, preparing for holidays, planning for the future! But wait, did you forget to turn something in??

While you are cleaning out your dorm room or office, you may stumble across that thesis you were supposed to send somewhere. Was it InSPIRe? Yes! There is still time for graduates to submit an honors thesis to InSPIRe.

InSPIRe @ Redlands is the University of Redlands's institutional repository. That's just to say that it's a collection of intellectual and creative artifacts created by the University of Redlands community.  If you are still not sure what InSPIRe is, check it out here: InSPIRe@redlands While it is better to complete this task before you depart this beautiful campus, the library can still assist you over the summer. The Armacost Library is always here to help and we are open year-round!

The final approved copy of a thesis can be sent to the InSPIRe mailbox at and the signed permission slip can be sent to the Library Director, Gabriela Sonntag via email Don’t forget there is always snail-mail: University of Redlands, Armacost Library, 1249 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92374 ATTN: InSPIRe

Share your knowledge with future generations. Leave a legacy of scholarship, generate new ideas and contribute to new knowledge. Inspire others! You may become famous!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Santa Anas

It’s a little hot and windy lately, eh!?  (No - not that last lecture.)  The Santa Anas have kicked up.  Here are some Armacost Library sources about Southern California’s own devil winds.  Don’t let them get to you - come on in, find a comfy spot, and read in the cool comfort of the Armacost Library!

Baron, R. A., Russell, G. W., and Arms, R. L. 1985. “Negative Ions and Behavior: Impact on Mood, Memory, and Aggression among Type A and Type B Persons.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 48(3): 746-754.

Brown, James. 2002. “Fire.” New England Review 23 (1): 45–51.

Carle, David. 2006. “Santa Ana and Diablo Winds.” In Introduction to Air in California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Chandler, Raymond. 1995. “Red Wind.” In Stories and Early Novels. New York: Library of America.

Cody, M. L., and H. A. Mooney. 1978. “Convergence Versus Nonconvergence in Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems.” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 9: 265–321.

Davis, Mike. 1995. “The Case for Letting Malibu Burn.” Environmental History Review 19 (2): 1–36.

Didion, Joan. 2008. “Los Angeles Notebook.” In Slouching towards Bethlehem. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Langford, A. O., R. B. Pierce, and P. J. Schultz. 2015. “Stratospheric Intrusions, the Santa Ana Winds, and Wildland Fires in Southern California.” Geophysical Research Letters 42(14): 6091–6097.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Celebrate the 2016 ALURA Winners!

The 2016 Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award winners are ....

STEM category
Sarah Grimley whose research is titled The Need for a Neutral Speaking Period in the Trier Social Stress Test with faculty support from Dr. Lisa Olson, Biology.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences category
Ellen Holt whose research is titled The American (Birth): A Valuable Pain with faculty support from Dr. Jennifer Nelson, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Ellen impressed the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Selection Committee with her reflection essay where she described the inspiration for her research, discussed her research methodology, and demonstrated an ability to adjust her search process when encountering challenges while gathering primary source data.

The STEM Selection Committee was struck by Sarah's tenacious search for information and use of multiple information tools. Her reflective essay and references demonstrated flexibility thinking in her searches, line of research, and integration of sources outside her discipline.

To view their research projects, check back shortly with the University's Institutional Scholarly Publication and Information Repository (InSPIRe). In the near future we'll upload their research projects to the ALURA series.

On behalf of both ALURA Selection Committees, we congratulate Sarah Grimley and Ellen Holt, two outstanding students at the University of Redlands! Please join us in the Library Conference Room (3rd floor) on Wednesday, April 6 from 4-5pm to celebrate their achievements.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Selection Committee
Nathaniel Cline, Economics
Lua Gregory, Library (Chair)
Tim Seiber, Johnston Center
Gabriela Sonntag, Library

STEM Selection Committee
Ben Aronson, Biology
Les Canterbury, Library
Eric Hill, Physics
Hillary Jenkins, Environmental Studies
Paige Mann, Library (Chair)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tolkien Reading Day

According to The Tolkien Society, Friday, March 25, is Tolkien Reading Day, an international celebration of J. R. R. Tolkien's literary works.

Participants (or Tolkien enthusiasts) are encouraged to read their favorite passages. Here are a few books from the Armacost Library to get you started:

And feel free to search our Library for more books by J. R. R. Tolkien

After you've read and reflected on your chosen words, I invite you to listen to Tolkien read to his friend, George Sayer. In August of 1952, while Tolkien visited George Sayer in Worcestershire, they recorded the following reading from The Hobbit, featuring Tolkien's voice acting for Gollum:


Saturday, March 05, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Children's Literature and Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival

The annual Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival takes place this week, on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 and the lineup of authors and illustrators includes award winners such as Jerry Pinkney, Linda Sue Park, Kevin Henkes, Debra Frasier, and more.

Those interested in children's literature may want to visit the Juvenile Collection on the 3rd floor of the Armacost Library! In addition to award-winning children's literature, you can also discover literature which supports the School of Education's mission of social justice. Informational texts that align with current curriculum standards are also acquired to support teachers in the credential program.

Here are some new highlights in the Juvenile Collection:

Happy reading!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Researchers Wanted: Apply to ALURA

Slideshow image of Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award

Polish up your capstone project, research poster, documentary, seminar paper, or other work and submit it to the Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award (ALURA).

In 2016, for the first time, we'll have two categories: for the STEM disciplines and for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science disciplines.

Undergraduate research is much more complex these days so the Armacost Library created this award to recognize scholars who demonstrate thoughtfulness, creativity, and critical thinking in their approach to research. We'll look for this in your Research Reflection Essay using our  evaluation rubric. Learn more about the submission process at

The award for each category is $500 and submissions are due Friday, March 11, 2016.