Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Finals Week Hours

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

Friday, December 11: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 13: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 14 - Thursday, December 17: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 18: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Good luck!

Lua Gregory
First Year Experience Librarian
Armacost Library

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Awards (ALURAs)

Finishing up a capstone project, a seminar paper, a research poster, a documentary film? Consider submitting your work for an 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.

Learn more about the submission process @ The most important piece of the application is your Research Reflection Essay. What are we looking for? Review the evaluation rubric. Meet with your subject librarian for guidance on writing an award winning Research Reflection Essay.

Submission deadline is March 11, 2016.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Alice Creative Works Contest

Calling all illustrators, painters, writers, sculptors, photographers, crafters, and other creative minds! It’s the 150th anniversary of  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To celebrate, we are hosting a creative works contest! 

What do we need from you?
Any creative works that are inspired by Lewis Carroll’s  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series. Feel free to be abstract in your thinking as you incorporate elements from the story into your work. Any creative work (poetry, fiction, photography, paintings, sculptures, etc.) will be accepted. These works will be on display in Armacost Library!

When do we need it by?
Please turn your creative works in to Lua Gregory or Trisha Aurelio on the 2nd floor of the Armacost Library by Friday, December 4th, 5:00 p.m.

What's in it for you?
Fun times and glory, of course!
As well as the possibility of winning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes ($50, $30, $20 gift cards), and a tea party and reception to take place on December 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Please send your queries to or 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Is feminism relevant today? Why/why not? -- What you said

Back in October, I asked people to suggest questions they'd like to see on the Student Engagement Board. Based on these responses I've posted, "What is a life?" and "What meal from home do you miss most?"

This past week, I asked,

Is feminism relevant today? Why/why not?

Responses, were quite varied, representing our different experiences and perspectives. Thank you to everyone who used this space to respond openly and honestly and engaged in brave conversations. It's my hope that we can inform, respectfully challenge, and learn from each other. See for yourself. Click on the images to view a larger version, and look for a related article (forthcoming) by Livvy Fore in the Redlands Bulldog.

Based on your responses, issues facing our nation, university campuses, and our own campus, this week's question is 

What's needed on campus to help all feel included?

Although the question is vague, I ask you to share your vision for what's needed on this campus so that everyone can thrive and experience a sense of belonging, inclusion, safety, and empowerment.

Monday, November 09, 2015

"Ain't I a Woman": Laverne Cox Visits University of Redlands

Transgender Pride Flag

Emmy-nominated actress, transgender advocate, and cultural icon Laverne Cox will give an address titled, “Ain’t I A Woman? My Journey to Womanhood” Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. She will meet with students at a reception following. Student groups, as well as classes across the College of Arts & Sciences – in History, English, Theatre Arts, Race and Ethic Studies, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program – are participating in or discussing Cox’s lecture and related topics.

Tickets available for purchase online.

Interested in learning more about transgender issues, activism, and history?  Check out some books from the Armacost Library.   

Driver, Susan. Queer youth cultures. (2008). 

Feinberg, Leslie. Stone butch blues: A novel. (1993).

Kafer, Alison. Feminist, queer, crip. (2013). 

Stryker, Susan. Transgender history. (2008). 

Some films you might be interested in watching:

Boys Don't Cry. (1999). 
Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink). (1998). 
TransAmerica. (2006). 

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Sculpture and 2-D Art Exhibit

Student sculptures and artwork from Professor Renée Azenaro's Art 132: Two-Dimensional Design and Art 145: Introduction to Sculpture are currently on display in the 2nd floor foyer of the Armacost Library. Come visit the library soon to view these amazing student works, as they are only on display until November 8th!

Two-dimensional design pieces on display feature black and white texture and symmetry balance and color works.

Sculptures shown on display are carved from plaster. The awesome news is that both of these art classes are open to art and non-art majors!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Scary Books @ the Armacost Library

Brave Readers,

Submitted for your approval, a selection of seasonal readings.  Delve in... if you dare!

Yours truly,
Mr. Bones

Ghosts on TV!  Aahhhhh!  Gothicka  Sundays with Vlad

Can You Make a Scary Face?  Math for the Frightened

Horror and the Horror Film    Zombies!  Oh no!  Creepy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Open Access Week

Open Access Week

October 19-25, 2015

Open Access Week

“’Open Access’ to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to... ...increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.”

Open Access resources available to all, and linked from the Armacost Library website:

“Open access to 1,084,095 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.”

“BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.”
Approximately 70% of the 75,000,000+ documents indexed in BASE are open access, full-text.

“The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.”
UR’s InSPIRe is a part of the Digital Commons Network.

“The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.”

“DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.”

2015 Open Access Cookies

Friday, October 16, 2015

David Nuffer Hemingway Collection

Armacost Library is honored to be the recipient of the David Nuffer Hemingway Collection. Please join us for a first viewing of this collection on Saturday October 24, 2015 from 10:00-11:30am at the Armacost Library, 2nd floor lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

David Nuffer (’54) was well known as a Hemingway aficionado. His research, which included travel to both France and Cuba, led to a pair of self-published books and an opportunity to present at the Hemingway Society conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

When David passed away in 2011, Mary (’56) and the family wanted to find a proper home for his beloved collection of first editions and other Hemingway works. Armacost Library was a good choice. We want to thank them and show off the collection at this event scheduled during Homecoming Weekend. Please RSVP to Debbie Alban, 909-748-8092 or

Monday, October 12, 2015

Your Learning Toolbox (Fall 2015 edition)

Welcome new and returning students! Have you taken full advantage of the librarians and Library website? Consider the following whether you're a novice or an ol' research pro.

Cultivate your research & critical thinking skills

Use the "Ask Us" bulldog to meet or speak with, chat or email a member of the library faculty. Contact us when you're developing ideas for a research topic, deciding to use or forego a source, identifying useful search terms, or any other activity that makes use of information sources.

Use Research Guides (by subject and course)

Library faculty have crafted these guides to help you learn about research strategies, habits of mind, and anything else that can develop your scholarship, including recommended resources.

Get quick answers to questions with "How Do I?"

Use "How Do I?" when you want to know, "How do I renew my books? How do I read scholarly articles? How many items may I borrow at a time?"

Read a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper

Sometimes your professor will recommend a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper. To see if the library has it, go to Article Databases & Online Resources and click the "Find a journal, magazine, or newspaper" button to search.

Look up a specific article

When all you have is a citation and you want full text, if the item being cited is an article go to Article Databases & Online Resources and click the "Look up a specific article" button to search.

Find a book

To locate a book or a book chapter, print or online, use the Library Catalog. To access online books, click on the hyperlink provided in the record, to find print books look at the book's location, call number, and availability. Click on the location (e.g. Reference, Periodicals, etc.) to view a map.

Find more books & media in Link+

When searching the Library Catalog, extend your search by clicking "Find in Link+" near the top of your screen. Link+ is like a quicker version of interlibrary loan for books and media only.

Save it to a list

When you search the Library Catalog and find a book, music score, CD, or DVD but don't have time for just yet, save it to a list. Select the item, click on "Save," and select the list to which you'll save it.

Request, Recall, or Place a Hold

Ever search for something in the Library Catalog and find it's not available? Request, recall, or place a hold by selecting the item, then click on "Request" and follow the directions provided.

Recommend a Library Purchase

Found an excellent book that's missing from the Library Catalog? Log into your library account and suggest that the Armacost Library purchase it and list the course(s) to which it relates.

Receive Alerts When the Library Acquires Something You Like

If you've made a purchase suggestion or if you simply want to know when Armacost Library acquires the latest book from your favorite author log into your Library account, run a search, then click "Save this search." To receive an email when a new title matching your search arrives, view your record, click on "Saved Searches," and select the "Mark for Email" box.

Do you have a favorite learning tool? Let me know by adding a comment below.


Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian and Web Experiences Librarian

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Syrian Refugees -- What you said

Nearly every week, I pose a question on a dry-erase board near the entrance of the library. It's the Library's way of engaging with students, learning from you, and providing a space where you can learn from each other. Last week, we asked,

"Syrian Refugees:  What Should We Do?"

Moved by some of your thoughtful responses, I wanted to keep the conversation open by posting what you wrote.

Some are harder to read so here are a few close ups.

Thank you for your honesty and willingness to respond to a complex question.


Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian/Web Experiences Librarian

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Banned Books Week

September 27 - October 3 is Banned Books Week, a time in which we can celebrate our freedom to read and explore diverse ideas. This year Banned Books Week focuses on challenges to young adult literature. Events planned over the next several days include a a lunch time Read-Out, a discussion of young adult literature and why it is frequently challenged or banned, a literature display in the Library, and an introduction to a year-long program focusing on subversive literature.

Banned Books Week events are sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, and Armacost Library. Special thanks (in advance) go to Leela MadhavaRau, M.G. Maloney, Heather King, Zack Ritter, Sigma Tau Delta, and the students of the Harry Potter and the Widely Applicable Skill-Set first-year seminar.

Banned Books Display
When: All week
Where: Library entrance, 2nd floor
The Armacost Library will highlight banned and challenged literature available in its collection.

Hunsaker Read Out
When: Tuesday, September 29, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Outside the Irvine Commons
Brave members of the community will read from their favorite banned or challenged book. Stop and listen for a spell, or join in the freedom to read. Banned and challenged books will be available for perusal.

Subversive Verses & Courageous Conversations
When: Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Larsen 126 
Leela MadhavaRau, Associate Dean, and Zack Ritter, Associate Director, of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, will introduce a year-long program of subversive literature and films that have been challenged or banned. These fine works will lead us as a community to engage in courageous conversations.

Why YA?
When: Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Orton Center
Join Heather King, Professor of English, and M. G. Maloney, Assistant Director of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, in a discussion of young adult literature to consider why it is frequently challenged and banned.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Welcome back Bulldogs!

Photo of Thurber by Carlos Puma, 2012, Redlands Visual Assets

Armacost Library welcomes everyone back to campus.
A new semester means new classes, and new research assignments! Fortunately we have new resources to help you out. Some of which include the following:

Link+ allows the University of Redlands community to borrow books and other tangible items from libraries across California and Nevada. The service is free and items can be delivered to the Armacost Library and other, select locations. Check out our blog post on Link+ to learn more!

CQ Researcher Plus Archive
Expands CQ Researcher’s 12,000 word, journalist-authored reports to include the time period from 1923 to ten years ago.

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance Full Text
An index to reviews and scholarly articles covering the performing arts, maintained by the Theatre Research Data Center at Brooklyn College.

Loeb Classical Library
Access over 520 volumes of classic Greek and Latin texts presented in parallel translation.
View streaming videos of counseling sessions with master psychotherapists.