Umbreit Library


A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 2, No. 1 - Sept/Oct 1996

Naomi Booth Memorial

By Carol Briggs-Erickson

Umbreit Library was recently named the recipient of a memorial fund established in honor of Naomi Booth, who died in Minnesota on June 16, 1996.

Naomi Booth was a poet, an author and an educator whose poems have been published in magazines and books. During the 61 years that she lived in the Muskegon area, she also was an active member in civic and thematic groups including The Theater of Muskegon, Friends of Art, The Muskegon Women's Club, Service League and Hackley Circle. In addition, she served on the YWCA Board of Directors and was chapter president of PEO.

Mrs. Booth was the widow of Lionel L. Booth, who was the first chairman of the Muskegon Community College Board of Trustees when it formed in 1963. He served on the Board until 1969. Among the many contributions that Lionel Booth made to MCC and the Muskegon area was the major role he played in moving MCC (then MCCC) from the downtown Muskegon location to its current Quarterline Road location. Mr. Booth was the Muskegon Area Division Manager for Consumers Power Company.

The memorial funds donated in honor of Naomi Booth will be used to purchase books pertaining to all aspects of poetry: poetry collections, poetry criticism and analysis, and biographical sketches of poets. Donations may be sent to Roger Stoel.


Browsing Collection

By Carol Briggs-Erickson

Our Browsing Collection was recently established as the result of both student and faculty requests. (See May/June, 1996 issue.)

The following are the titles you can expect to see on the Browsing Collection shelves due to student requests:

  • Black Enterprise
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Ebony
  • Jet
  • People Weekly
  • Readers Digest
  • Redbook
  • Rolling Stone
  • Spin
  • Your Money

Library Friends

In addition to specified memorial funds and frequent book donations, Umbreit Library periodically receives financial contributions from people with an interest in helping us provide enhanced library services for our faculty, staff, students and community patrons.

The library staff would like to thank these people who have donated monetary gifts over the past year:

  • Kay Bocian
  • Paula Butler
  • Mary Ellen Doe
  • Ann Easley
  • Fred C. Mendenhall
  • Dorothy J. Scott
  • John Tully
  • Christopher Visscher

We are very grateful for their donations in support of Umbreit Library.


CD-ROM Corner

David Mabunda recently invited our library staff to present a brief overview of the electronic resources being used in Umbreit Library. The presentation was for the Department Chairpersons' and Coordinators' meeting which was held on August 22nd.

A very brief introduction to the types of electronic resources available in Umbreit Library was given:

  • online computer catalog
  • CD-ROM databases
  • FirstSearch online service
  • the Internet

Of the four areas above, the CD-ROM databases were chosen to be demonstrated. The demonstration consisted of the most-used CD-ROMs. (Academic Abstracts, Detroit News Index, and Books in Print).

A brief discussion of the implications for effective research followed.

The reference staff is always happy to schedule classroom orientations about the electronic resources that are being used in Umbreit Library. These sessions may be for the faculty in a specific department or for a particular class. Depending on the needs of the group, the sessions may cover the CD-ROM databases, the online computer catalog, the Internet, the FirstSearch online service, or any combination of these four areas.

Call Carol Briggs-Erickson or Roger Stoel to schedule a session.


Internet Interchange

Are the electronic journals that are available on the Internet affecting scholarly research?

A recent study was conducted to find the answer to this and other questions regarding electronic journals (e-journals). (See Harter)

By analyzing the reference citations in research articles, it was found that e-journals are being cited in research, but not in overwhelming numbers. The e-journals cited by researchers the most often are:

  • Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials
  • Public-Access Computer Systems Review
  • Digital Technical Journal
    Where are the sites dealing with the presidential campaign?

    In volume 2, issue 7 of The Internet Connection, the following sites were among the many listed:


    Check These Out!

    Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

    The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 2nd edition, edited by Colin Larkin, Guinness/Stockton Press, 1995

    This set includes the largest and most comprehensive guide to non-classical Western music: rock, pop, country, reggae, vaudeville, movie and theater music, blues, jazz, and other forms.

    Most of the 15,000 unsigned articles focus on individuals who are primarily performers, but many of the articles are also about producers and others whose work is done behind the scenes. In addition, articles cover recording labels, movies, and plays.

    Includes nearly 50,000 named individuals.

    Located in our REFERENCE collection:
    ML 102 .P66 G84 1995 V.1-V.6



    The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie, Macmillan Press, 1994.

    This four volume set covers all aspects of modern Western opera. It includes composers, performers, directors, companies, stagecraft, theaters, cities, opera terms, and individual works.

    This British publication includes 10,000 signed articles.

    Located in our REFERENCE collection:
    ML 102 .O6 N5 1994 V.1-V.4


    Online Spotlight

    DataTimes Newspaper Abstract and Index, an index to 92 newspapers published in the United States and 44 international newspapers, was recently added to the FirstSearch databases. This potentially valuable database offers abstracts of articles covering a wide range of national and international news. Use our Interlibrary Loan Department if you would like a copy of the entire article.

    Some of the U.S. newspapers include:

    • Atlanta Journal and Constitution
    • Commerce Business Daily
    • Rocky Mountain News
    • San Francisco Chronicle

    Some of the international newspapers include:

    • Budapest Sun
    • China Daily
    • Singapore Press
    • Toronto Star


    Audio & Video Added

    Our video cassette collection and our musical CD collection were cataloged and added to our online computer catalog by Bob Vanderlaan over the summer.

    You may search the online computer catalog from your office (PEP connection required) to see what is available in our library.


    Like our book and pamphlet collections, these titles are searchable by author (or composer), title, subject and keyword.


    The Top Ten

    According to statistics collected over the 1995-96 academic year by our Public Services Department, the following periodical publications were the most in demand by Umbreit Library researchers:

    1. The New York Times
    2. The Wall Street Journal
    3. Business Week
    4. Newsweek
    5. US News & World Report
    6. Time
    7. Education Digest
    8. Fortune
    9. American Journal of Psychiatry
    10. The Reading Teacher


    On Display

    By Barbara Daniell

    In connection with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Board of Trustees of Muskegon Community College recently passed a resolution to honor the contributions made by Hispanics to the enrichment of the pluralistic cultural strength of the United States. Beginning September 15 and running for two weeks, the Umbreit Library will feature a display of books highlighting these achievements.

    On October 1, books donated to the library by the Polish Heritage Society of Greater Muskegon will be featured in conjunction with Polish Heritage Month. A variety of art and craft items from the Society will also be on the display which will run until October 15.


    Electronic Currents

    If you asked to be placed on our electronic mailing list, thank you again. This will keep our costs low and save time. You will also receive your electronic edition about two weeks prior to the publication of the print version.

    The Currents staff hope more of you will take advantage of this mode of dissemination in the future. Contact Carol Briggs-Erickson if you wish to placed on the e-mail list of Currents recipients.


    Reference Survey

    The annual fall reference survey will be conducted from October 11th through October 31st. Surveys will be given to anyone receiving reference assistance during the three week period.


    Library Hours - Fall Semester

    (August 29 - December 21)

    Monday - Thursday
    8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    (Saturday hours begin September 7)


    Umbreit Library Currents is published bimonthly by the staff of the Allen G. Umbreit Library at Muskegon Community College. It is distributed to faculty, staff and administrators of The College and to area libraries free of charge. It is available in print and electronic formats.

    The mission of Umbreit Library Currents is to aid in our goal to keep all Umbreit Library users current about resources, policies, and staff activities.

    Carol Briggs-Erickson

    Contributing Editorial Staff:
    Barbara Daniell
    Roger Stoel
    Robert Vanderlaan