Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Extended Library Hours During Finals Week

The Library will extend its open hours during final exams.

Our extended hours are the following:

Tuesday, December 9, 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Wednesday, December 10, 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Thursday, December 11, 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Friday, December 12, 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday, December 13, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Coffee and refreshments will be served at midnight, to get you through the long night.

*Image by solja, found on Flickr.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Library Photography and Digital Art Contest is Up!

Congratulations to all participants in the Library Photography and Digital Art Contest!

The results for the contest are as follows:
1st place: Embrace It by Michelle Deyden
2nd place: Light Dance by Chelsea Crowl and Untitled by Laura Conner

Please come by the Library to view the creative work of our artistic community!

Image credit: Chapel Against the Hills by Kevin Keller

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Welcome Eugene Owens to the Armacost Library

Eugene is a Visiting Assistant Librarian, looking forward to helping students at the reference desk and meeting new people. He will collect books for the library on Psychology, Religious Studies and Philosophy. He is excited about buying some new books for the popular fiction area near the circulation desk. Eugene will be providing library research instruction in the Spring term, so look for him in your class.

Having just flown in from Boston, he is still getting used to the sun, wearing shorts in November and all the cars. Eugene enjoys seeing loud music in small venues, such as The Mars Volta and Deerhoof. He is looking forward to seeing the Melvins over the Thanksgiving break at the Troubadour. Moreover Eugene wants to be part of the intelligentsia someday, but is afraid he reads too much trashy fiction.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Election 2008

With the November 4th election fast approaching, how do you sift through the "truthiness" of claims and accusations made during the debates, in political advertisements, in campaign phone calls received, and those of your friends and classmates? Here are a few Internet sites that will help you make decisions about all those claims and more.

Project Vote Smart
The organization defines themselves as "thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups." Compare what candidates say to their actual voting records, compare candidate positions on issues, and keep track of what candidates have said in public statements.

You Choose '08--YouTube
YouTube has created a centralized hub of candidate-created Channels that feature campaign videos, speeches, informal chats, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

SourceWatch is a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy to produce a directory of the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda. In the spirit of Wikipedia, this wiki can be edited by anyone of us with an interest seeing through deceptive information. However, unlike some other wikis, SourceWatch has a policy of strict referencing ("This means that every piece of information in an article should be accompanied by a link to an authoritative source for that information."), and is overseen by a paid editor.

Election 2008 Government Information from the Jean & Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University
A portal to various Internet resources related to Election 2008, from general election information to campaign finance to Statistics and Polls to voter participation sites.

Be an informed citizen when you vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008

The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond has developed a series of "cinematic maps" that visualize "American voting patterns as they moved across the landscape of the United States": Voting America. The maps combine political data with GIS cartography in order to create animated maps of "how Americans voted in presidential elections at the county level for the past 164 years." As you study the current presidential election with your students, these interactive maps visualize voting patterns in relation to voter turnout, population, popular votes versus electoral votes, party strength, etc.

The site also includes several video expert analysis and commentary on the maps, including Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater's "Shifting Party Coalitions and Social Welfare Policy, 1932-2008."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Treasures from the American Film Archives

The National Film Preservation Foundation has produced several DVD collections of early American film, all three of which the Armacost Library owns. Consider using these historical visual collections in U.S. history courses, as well as race & ethnic studies, women's studies, and business history courses. Included in the three collections are early political ads, product advertising, news reels, avant garde films, training films, social issue films, and much more. You might want to view footage from Zora Neale Hurston's fieldwork in a literature course, watch the "racial tolerance epic" Redskin (1929) in a U.S. history course, or view Lois Weber's anti-abortion, pro-birth control classic, Where Are My Children? (1916), in a women's history course. Take a look at these treasures!

Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 Preserved Films
PN1993.5.U6 T74 2005
More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931: 50 Films
PN1993.5.U6 M67 2004
Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934
PN1995.9.S62 T73 2007

Friday, August 01, 2008

Farewell, Verletta!

Please join the faculty and staff of Armacost Library in wishing a fond farewell to Electronic Services Librarian, Verletta Kern. In her five years at the University of Redlands, Verletta has not only made access to the library more seamless (maintaining access to the online catalog, getting the proxy server in place for off-campus access to databases, updating library webpages, implementing Web 2.0 services, etc.) but also has built a music collection worthy of our undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Music. Verletta's research has included citation analysis of music student theses and she has also presented on her work with the Barney Childs Collection. She is very involved with the Music Library Association and has served the University on various committees. We will miss her.

Verletta leaves us to take a position at the Music Library at University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. Our best wishes travel with her.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Armacost Library Facelift

The entryway to Armacost Library will be receiving a facelift including elevator access to the front of the building! Beginning Monday, July 21st patrons of Armacost Library will be asked to enter the library through tunnels on the east and west sides of the building. These tunnels will serve as the main entry to the library until the summer of 2009 when the construction project is completed.

On July 28th, our construction team will begin the process of removing the library’s portico. The library will be closed and reference, interlibrary loan and reserves services will be suspended from July 28th to August 5th while this intensive construction takes place. We thank you for your patience and understanding during the construction period.

You may view the construction progress on our building by visiting the library’s Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/armacostlibrary/ or by viewing the library on the bulldog cam http://www.redlands.edu/webcam.xml

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Farewell, Angelynn!

The faculty and staff of Armacost Library are saying goodbye to a longtime colleague, Angelynn King. During her tenure at University of Redlands she served first as Access Services Librarian, then as Bibliographic Instruction Librarian, and finally as Technical Services Librarian. Angelynn has published articles and given presentations on information literacy and plagiarism, equitable access to information, Internet research habits of undergraduate students, health issues, and library humor. She has taught credit-bearing courses at the University of Redlands with topics ranging from “Buddhism in America” to “Information, Knowledge, and Power in the Electronic Age.” Her contributions to the Library and the University will be greatly missed.

Angelynn leaves us to take a position as Library Director of the Merrill Library at the University of Maine at Machias. We wish her all the best.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wild Weather at Armacost Library

The academic year ended with a bang last week as a rare hail storm blanketed the ground near Armacost Library.

Special thanks to Trisha Aurelio and Allison Fox for the photos.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Armacost Library is pleased to welcome a new database to its online collection. Oxford Islamic Studies Online combines entries from reference works and primary sources with topics ranging from global Islamic history to politics and culture. Timelines are viewable for both world and Islamic events from 542 to the present day. Other features include a prose translation and concordance of the Qur’an, images, maps, and even a date converter. Oxford Islamic Studies Online can be found on the library’s Database by Title and Databases by Subject web pages. As always, if you have questions or need help please ask a librarian!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May is officially designated Asian Pacific American Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans to the culture and history of the United States. May was chosen for recognition because of two significant events. May 7, 1843 saw the first arrival of Japanese immigrants to the United States. And the transcontinental railroad, the building of which included many Chinese laborers, was completed May 10, 1869.

Take some time out from your studies this May Term, and immerse yourself in Asian/Pacific American culture with these books and movies…


Carbó, Nick and Eileen Tabios. Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2000.

Jen, Gish. Typical American. New York: Plume, 1992.

Quang Bao and Hanya Yanagihara, eds. Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. New York: Asian American Writer’s Workshop, 2000.

Srikanth, Rajini and Esther Y. Iwanaga, eds. Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2001.

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996.


Kibria, Nazli. Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Mimi Thi Nguyen and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, eds. Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2007.

Min Zhou and James V. Gatewood. Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2000.

Yoo, David. Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture Among Japanese-Americans of California, 1924-1949. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2000.


Bruce Lee: The Master Collection, 1999.

The Joy Luck Club, 1994.

Los Angeles Now, 2004.

Monsoon Wedding, 2002.

Roots in the Sand, 1998.

Also check out…

24th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 1-8, 2008

Connecting Cultures: Music of the Mekong River from Smithsonian Global Sound Archives

On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints, Library of Congress Exhibition

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Armacost Library (Verletta Kern) and MLuM members of the School of Music will present Librart/Audiopsy, a site-specific sound work and exploration of library science as an aesthetic procedure and category. The work will feature music and wall projections. Please join us for Librart/Audiopsy on Friday, April 11th, 2008 from 7-9 PM in Armacost Library. An informal lecture about the work will be given in the Music/Film Room of Armacost Library at 8 PM.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Visual Media and Presidential Campaigns

As presidential campaigning intensifies toward the November 4th election we’ll be seeing more and more presidential campaign advertisements and media coverage. Visual portrayals of candidates play a powerful part in swaying opinions and forming voter decisions.

For those interested in presidential campaign ads, take a look at these two excellent online sources (available free of charge).

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials,
from the Museum of the Moving Image is an archive of some of the more “famous” presidential campaign commercials from Eisenhower to Nixon to Kerry


Campaign 2008: Presidential Primary Campaign Ads
from Stanford’s Political Communication Lab provides access to current campaign commercials.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month. In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women established a "Women's History Week" celebration. The week of March 8th was chosen to spotlight International Women’s Day. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution declaring a National Women’s History Week with the support of schools and women’s and girls’ organizations across the country. Celebrating women’s history was extended to span the entire month of March in 1987 with the support of the National Women’s History Project.

There are many ways to celebrate the wide variety of women’s experiences and of women’s histories at the University of Redlands.


Clare Weber, U.S. Peace Activist in Nicaragua reading and discussion, From War to Women’s Activism and Globalization. Tuesday, March 18th @ 4:30PM in Hall of Letters #213.

Ai Xiaoming, feminist literary scholar and co-producer and director of the Chinese version of the Vagina Monologues will be screening her documentary film, Care and Love about the AIDS epidemic in China. Wednesday, March 19th @ 7:00PM in Appleton Hall #116.

LUNAFEST: Short Films by...for...about women. Friday, March 21st @ 7:00PM, Orton Center. $5.00 (University of Redlands), $10.00 (General Public).


Ammer, Christine. Unsung: A History of Women in Music. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus, 2001.

Hewitt, Nancy A., ed. A Companion to American Women's History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.

Porter, Karra. Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women's Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

Rowland, Debran. The Boundaries of Her Body: The Troubling History of Women's Rights in America. Naperville, Illinois: Sphinx Publishing, 2004.


More Treasures from the American Film Archives, 1894-1931: 50 Films, 2004.

Portrait of a Muckraker: The Stories of Jessica Mitford, 1986.

Rosie the Riveter, 2001.

These books, dvds, and videos and many more can be found in the library catalog. Take a look!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Engaging Hiroshima-Nagasaki Today

Armacost Library is pleased to be one of several sites on campus hosting a poster exhibition entitled Engaging Hiroshima-Nagasaki Today. The exhibition will run until March 28th. For more information on the exhibition and related events, please see the University website http://www.redlands.edu/x35021.xml

Monday, March 03, 2008

Farewell, Susan!

The faculty and staff of Armacost Library wish a fond farewell to Off-Campus Services Librarian Susan Clayton. During the past five years at Armacost Library, Susan has advanced both book and online holdings for the Schools of Business and Education and the Department of Business. In service to the School of Business, Susan traveled to the various satellite locations promoting library services. She has authored articles and presented papers on topics of copyright and library instruction for distance education programs and edited a book, Going the Distance: Library Instruction for Remote Learners. Susan is recognized by her colleagues as a patient and dedicated librarian who works meticulously to serve all library patrons both on and off-campus. We wish Susan well as she begins her new position as Assistant Director of the Lake County Library system.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Celebrating Black History Month

Observed annually in the month of February, Black History Month celebrates and honors the achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the cultural, economic, spiritual, and political development of the United States. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed the establishment of “Negro History Week” in February 1926. The week would honor the history and contributions of African Americans to American life. Dr. Woodson chose the second week in February because it coincides with the birthdays of two men of importance to the African American community: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). In the early 1970s Negro History Week became Black History Week, and in 1976 was expanded to a month-long observance.

Celebrate Black History Month locally by attending events in our area and by checking out the Armacost Library's collections.


Charles Holt in Black Boy, a one-man play. Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at the Orton Center, 7:30PM.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Byron Hurt. Monday, February 18 at the Orton Center, 7:00PM.

The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation's Black History Parade, Expo and Ball. Saturday, February 2, 2008.



Himes, Chester. Cotton Comes to Harlem. New York: Vintage Books, 1965.

Jones, Edward P. The Known World. New York: Amistad, 2003.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. New York: Knopf, 1973.

Mosley, Walter. Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. New York: Washington Square Press, 1998.

Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York: Harper Perennial, 1998.


Appiah, Kwame Anthony and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Baraka, Amiri. Black Music. New York: W. Morrow, 1967.

Conrad, Cecilia. African Americans in the U.S. Economy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

Hooks, Bell. Black Looks: Race and Representation. Boston: South End Press, 1992.

Omi, Michael and Howard Winant. Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1980s. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986.

DVDs and Videos

BaadAsssss Cinema (2002)

Color Adjustment (2004)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Malcolm X (1992)

Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2002)

Image titled "Black Flappers" posted by discoverblackheritage at Flickr

Monday, January 14, 2008

Primary Facts

California’s February 5th primary is fast approaching. Need more information on the candidates or propositions? Want to register to vote or find a local polling place? Here are some sites that can help!

California Voter’s Guide
Provides information on California’s propositions as well as statements from each Presidential candidate.

California Voter Registration
Find out how to register to vote in California along with voter registration deadlines.

CQ Politics 2008 Primary Guide
Provides a primary map, information on the number of delegates from each state, campaign finance information.

League of Women Voters
Find out how to register to vote anywhere in the United States or how to vote absentee. Also provides information on ballot measures from across the United States and much more.

Lists dates for each state primary along with candidate profiles.

Polling Stations for San Bernardino County
Find out where you can go to vote on primary night.

Project Vote Smart
Locates information on voter registration and ballot measures from across the United States.

The library also owns books written by the candidates.

Hillary Clinton
HQ792.U5 C57 1996
Clinton, Hillary. It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

E887.C55 A3 2003b
Clinton, Hillary. Living History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

John McCain

E840.8.M467 A3 1999
McCain, John. Faith of My Fathers. New York: Random House, 1999.

Barack Obama
Popular 1352
Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the
American Dream. New York: Crown Publishers, 2006.

E185.97.O23 A3 2004
Obama, Barack. Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.
New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004.

Special thanks to Bill Kennedy for providing suggested websites