Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stories and Films to Make You Scream (for Halloween)!

Halloween by Gaudencio Garcinuno

Halloween is almost upon us and a scary story or film is the perfect way to get into the spirit. Luckily, Armacost Library has you covered if you are seeking frightening literature or films for the evening hours. Here follows a small glimpse of what our long and winding stacks have to offer.

Classics and Masters of Horror
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury: A carnival arrives in a sleepy town a week before Halloween, with many sinister secrets!

Nightmares and Dreamscapes as well as Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, both by Stephen King. These tomes are his first two collections of short stories, many of which are award winners. We have more books by Stephen King if you are a fan.

Tales by H. P. Lovecraft: This massive collection includes Lovecraft's famous "The Call of Cthulhu."

Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe: This collection has all of Poe's top stories, including "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." A must-read.

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley: Mary began writing this classic when she was 18 years old. This volume includes the original draft of the novel, without her husband's (Percy Shelley) edits.

Dracula by Bram Stoker: Stoker's Gothic masterpiece which influenced the modern incarnation of vampire stories.

Restless Spirits: Ghost Stories by American Women, 1872-1926: Classics from women writers such as Edith Wharton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories: These are Edward Gorey's favorite ghost stories, many of them classics by authors such as Charles Dickens, Algernon Blackwood, E. Nesbit, Bram Stoker, and others.

Modern Horror Fiction
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance--Now With Ultraviolet Zombie Mayhem by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith: Austen's classic, but with zombies!

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks: Read this epic on the conflict between humans and zombies.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: The story of a boy raised by ghosts in his graveyard home.

By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz: Artists, psychics and evil doctors...

Damned: Life is Short, Death is Forever by Chuck Palahniuk: Check out Palahniuk's take on eternal torment.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice: A family saga of witchcraft in New Orleans from sinister story-spinner, Anne Rice.

American Psycho (2000): A modern take on the classic.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: This is a 1919 horror classic that influenced many modern day horror filmmakers.
Bram Stoker's Dracula: This 1997 film follows Dracula as he moves to London to search for his lost love.
Häxan: A 1922 silent film which depicts witchcraft from the 15th - 17th centuries.
Psycho (1960): Hitchcock's terror classic at the Bates Motel.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): A Tim Burton classic starring Jack Skellington who brings Christmas to Halloweentown.
The Shining (1980): A Stanley Kubrick film featuring insanity in a Colorado hotel.
Sleepy Hollow (1999): A Tim Burton film. Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod and is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the Headless Horseman.
Vampyr: An early vampire classic from 1932.
Waxworks: A 1924 classic directed by Paul Leni.

Wishing you a safe, yet spine-tingling week,

Lua Gregory
First Year Experience and Humanities Librarian
Armacost Library

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Armacost Library, Campus Diversity & Inclusion, Redlands Peace Academy, and A.K. Smiley Public Library have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host events that highlight Islam and the cultures, histories, and stories of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

At A.K. Smiley Public Library, we will be hosting the second book discussion of the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series, focusing on the graphic novel Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. The discussion of Persepolis will be on Saturday October 26, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

All book-based discussions are led by Dr. Patrick Wing, Assistant Professor of History. Copies of all the Muslim Journeys books to be discussed are available for borrowing from Armacost Library and A.K. Smiley Public Library. Due to limited space, pre-registration for the book-based discussions is strongly encouraged, but not required. This can be done through the project website (link provided below, through the Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussions tab), by contacting Melissa Cardenas-Dow at the Armacost Library, or registering in person at A.K. Smiley Public Library.

We will also be hosting several film screenings and guest speakers on campus. All events are open to the public.

For more detailed information and online pre-registration, please visit the project website: http://library.redlands.edu/muslimjourneys.

For inquiries, questions, and suggestions, please contact Melissa Cardenas-Dow at Melissa_Cardenasdow@redlands.edu or x8089.

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Searching for Answers

Ever wish you could search the library website from a single search box? Ever ask why book searches are separated from article searches? How about why you're prompted to log into library databases even after you've logged into myRedlands? 

In a nutshell, it's because the Armacost Library website is comprised of several systems that don't necessarily communicate with each other.

To get a sense of the complex nature of library websites, let's take a look at the library's home page. This page alone knits together a patchwork of nine different systems.

  1. Article Databases is actually an aggregate of over one hundred links to various information systems provided by dozens of vendors.
  2. Books & More is a searchable database, WebPAC Pro, from Innovative Interfaces that helps you find mostly physical items in our collections.
  3. Course Reserves is a separate, searchable module, WebPAC Pro Course Reserves, from Innovative Interfaces that helps you find items reserved by professors for their students.
  4. Journals & Magazines is a searchable database, 360 Core, from Serials Solutions that finds journals, magazines, and newspapers for which full text is accessible through Armacost Library.
  5. Research guides, and many of the library's web pages, created with LibGuides CMS from Springshare, teach you about available resources and how to use them.
  6. Interlibrary Loan, managed with  ILLiad from OCLC, lets you request items unavailable at Armacost Library from other libraries.
  7. How Do I? is a searchable database of common library questions and answers powered by LibAnswers from Springshare.
  8. Today's Hours displays today's hours using LibCal from Springshare.
  9. Library News & the Slideshow integrates library news and highlights using  Blogger from Google, with a bit of help from Springshare and javascript.

While it can be challenging to navigate through a myriad of systems, get to know these tools and you'll develop your skills as a researcher. Use these tools and you'll come to understand their distinct and complementary roles in research. If you have any questions, and I'm sure you do, don't hesitate to contact me or anyone else in the library.

Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian (and Web Experiences Librarian)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

2013 Nobel Prizes

Every year, when the Nobel Prizes are announced, I experience a surge of interest in science.  I usually watch a few TED Talks and read some of the winner in Literature’s writings, and sometimes I wonder if I could track down and read an original paper with the ideas that led to a Nobel Prize.  Unfortunately, my science education topped out around sophomore biology, so the idea that I could make it through something of that caliber is, objectively speaking, hilarious.

So, for science types, I’ve located those original papers that won this year’s Nobel prizes.  And for the rest of us, I’ve found some clever things to read.  Everything can be found in the Armacost Library.  Enjoy!

Rothman, Schekman and Südhof discovered how cells transport key substances, which has implications for conditions like immuno-deficiency, diabetes, and autism.  For some Sherlockian adventures in medicine, check out The deadly dinner party & other medical detective stories.


Englert and Higgs were among the first to identify what gives weight to the universe-- you might remember the Higgs Boson particle was finally pinned down a few years ago-- and their original papers were published in 1964.

The Nobel people wrote a detailed article on the Higgs Boson here, and a friendlier article for non-physicists here.  If that all sounds fascinating, check the shelves for The Particle at the End of the Universe.

Not enough pictures?  How about a graphic novel on physicist and Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman?

If even that’s too much, see what you can get out of this recording of “Higgs Boson for string quintet” on Naxos, the library’s streaming music service.


Karplus, Levitt, and Warshel developed computer programs to simulate chemical reactions, which help guide the experiments that are carried out in the real world.  Again, the people at Nobel described it all for chemists and then for the rest of us.

If that’s still incomprehensible, you can read about chemists who have saved the world in The Alchemy of Air and Obsessive Genius: the Inner World of Marie Curie.


We have plenty of works by Canadian author Alice Munro.  You may want to start with her collection The Beggar Maid, which was also nominated for the Booker Prize in 1980 (Munro won that award in 2009). 


The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Peace Prize, and you can read about the history of chemical warfare in War of nerves: chemical warfare from World War I to al-Qaeda.  For something a bit more exciting, Cassidy's run: the secret spy war over nerve gas tells a true story of espionage during the cold war.


The prize in economics was not in Nobel’s will, but was created by Sweden’s Central Bank.  With what may have been unintentional irony, three Americans were recognized for contributions in economics: Fama, Hansen, and Shiller. 

You can find a few of Shiller’s books in the library, including his classic work “Irrational exuberance”.  For more on the psychology of irrationality, check out author Dan Ariely.

Citations: nearly all of these articles can be found in the library, either on-site or in the databases.
  • Novick P, Schekman R: Secretion and cell-surface growth are blocked in a temperature-sensitive mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1979; 76:1858-1862.
  • Balch WE, Dunphy WG, Braell WA, Rothman JE: Reconstitution of the transport of protein between successive compartments of the Golgi measured by the coupled incorporation of N-acetylglucosamine. Cell 1984; 39:405-416.
  • Kaiser CA, Schekman R: Distinct sets of SEC genes govern transport vesicle formation and fusion early in the secretory pathway. Cell 1990; 61:723-733.
  • Perin MS, Fried VA, Mignery GA, Jahn R, Südhof TC: Phospholipid binding by a synaptic vesicle protein homologous to the regulatory region of protein kinase C. Nature 1990; 345:260-263.
  • Sollner T, Whiteheart W, Brunner M, Erdjument-Bromage H, Geromanos S, Tempst P, Rothman JE: SNAP receptor implicated in vesicle targeting and fusion. Nature 1993; 362:318-324.
  • Hata Y, Slaughter CA, Südhof TC: Synaptic vesicle fusion complex contains unc-18 homologue bound to syntaxin. Nature 1993; 366:347-351.
  • F. Englert and R. Brout, “Broken Symmetry and the Mass of the Gauge Vector Mesons”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 13, 321 (1964). 
  • P.W. Higgs, “Broken Symmetries and the Mass of the Gauge Bosons”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 13, 508 (1964). 
  • R. Praiser and R. Parr, J. Chem.Phys. 21, 466, 1953.
  • Warshel and M. Levitt, J. Mol. Biol. 103, 227, 1976.
  • M. Levitt and A. Warshel, Nature 253, 694, 1975.  (Q 1 .N2) 
  • Warshel and M. Karplus, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 94, 5612, 1972.
  • J. A. Pople, Trans. Faraday Soc. 49, 1375, 1953.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Magic of Redlands! Homecoming 2013

This year at Homecoming, be sure to stop by at the Magic of Redlands Magic Show! Featured, will be award-winning magicians such as Tina Lenert, Rob Zabrecky, and several others.The show will take place in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Tina Lenert http://www.mcmagicwords.com 
Rob Zabrecky http://www.robzabrecky.com/index.html

For more information on The Magic of Redlands Magic Show and all of the other activities going down during Homecoming weekend, visit the Alumni Page.

Come visit the second floor lobby of the Armacost Library to enjoy the Magic of Redlands Homecoming 2013 display!

Zack Schrimpf

Monday, October 07, 2013

Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys: Film Screenings of Koran by Heart

Armacost Library, Campus Diversity & Inclusion, and Redlands Peace Academy have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host events to highlight Islam and the cultures, histories, and stories of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

This month, we will be screening the documentary film Koran by Heart at several locations. The film screenings are free and open to the public. On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the film will be shown on campus at Gregory Hall 161 at 7:00 p.m. Another screening is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Redlands Peace Academy at 7:30 p.m. A facilitated discussion, headed by Dr. Patrick Wing of the University of Redlands history department, will follow both screenings of the film.

Koran by Heart offers an engaging glimpse into the world of several Muslim children and their families as they compete in Egypt’s 2010 International Holy Quran Competition in Cairo. The children featured in the documentary film are under the age of 10.

For more detailed information, including maps, other events associated with Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys, and online pre-registration, please visit the project website: http://library.redlands.edu/muslimjourneys.

For inquiries, questions, and suggestions, please contact Melissa Cardenas-Dow at Melissa_Cardenasdow@redlands.edu or x8089.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Local support is provided by University of Redlands Campus Diversity & Inclusion and Redlands Peace Academy.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

In Memoriam, Klaus Musmann

Klaus Musmann, our friend and colleague, passed away on September 26, 2013. Klaus came to the University of Redlands in August 1984, and was the Collection Development and Acquisitions Librarian in the Armacost Library for ten years. In August 1994 he became the Library Director, and remained in that position until December 2001. Klaus was the library’s bon vivant. If you did not know him, these photos should offer a glimpse. He was a scholar and innovator. Klaus studied adoption of technology by libraries and put that interest into action here at Armacost. In the early days of PCs, when we still used a card catalog, Klaus learned how to use database management systems and instituted use of that software for library record-keeping. A few years later, he initiated Armacost’s ongoing access to eBooks with the purchase of a NetLibrary collection when those kinds of packages were first made available to libraries.

In addition to his positions as a Librarian and Library Director, Klaus authored numerous scholarly articles on library science for professional journals as well as several books. Some of his publications include The Helen & Vernon Farquhar collection of California and the great Southwest: a bibliography of books and journals in the Armacost Library of the University of Redlands, The Hawaii/Pacific collection: a selected bibliography of books and periodicals in the Armacost Library, University of Redlands, Diffusion of innovations: a select bibliography compiled by Klaus Musmann and William H. Kennedy, and Technological innovations in libraries, 1860-1960: an anecdotal history. His final book, the first English language translation of Mein Leben - A Social and Political Critique of Life in Eighteenth-century Germany: The Autobiography of Johann Gottfried Seume (1763-1810), was published earlier this year by the Edwin Mellen Press.

Klaus’s former colleagues at the Armacost Library miss him and will always remember his wit and charm.

Obituary from the Redlands Daily Facts, published Sept. 29, 2013.

Klaus Musmann, Ph.D.
June 27, 1935 – Sept. 26, 2013

Klaus Musmann, former director of the Armacost Library at University of Redlands and the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, passed away at his home in Beaumont, California, on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

In addition to his positions as a librarian, Klaus authored numerous articles on library science for professional journals as well as several books, one of which was recently published in 2013 and was the result of a six-month sabbatical from Notre Dame de Namur University whereby he travelled in Europe to research and write. He also enjoyed serving on many committees for both universities and was the recipient of several research grants from both institutions. His professional activities are extensive.

The journey of his lifetime began at his birthplace in Magdeburg in the former East Germany; he escaped to West Germany, and in 1957 he came to the United States where, in Michigan, he completed much of his advanced education, eventually arriving in Southern California where he raised his family and earned his Ph.D. In 1986 he married Lois Steele Clapp whom he met while she was engaged in music research at the library at the University of Redlands.
Klaus received his B.A. in German and Geography from Wayne State University in 1962, his M.A. in Library Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1963, his M.A. in Modern German Literature from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1967, and his Ph.D. in Library and Information Management from the University of Southern California in 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, and children Carlton Musmann and Michelle Musmann, and his grandchildren Christian, Jaron, and Courtney Musmann, and Gianni and Giordon Roque. He was a member of the Fortnightly Club and is remembered for his attention to scholarly detail, his sardonic wit, and his enjoyment of the company of good friends.

A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 419 S. Fourth Street, Redlands, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM with a reception that followed in the parish hall. Contributions in Klaus's memory may be made payable to Trinity Episcopal Church and designated for "Music”.

Contributors: Bill Kennedy, Les Canterbury, Sandi Richey, Trisha Aurelio, Lori Alaniz and Susan La Rose

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Government Shutdown Leads to Unavailable Resources

Government shutdown 2013 by kenudigit

Due to the federal government shutdown, several resources which you may need for research assignments are currently unavailable. They include the following (not a comprehensive list):

Resources operating with minimal staffing and services:

Please let a librarian know if you encounter difficulty finding information for an assignment due to the government shutdown and we will help you find alternative resources.

Lua Gregory
First Year Experience and Humanities Librarian
Armacost Library