Umbreit Library


A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 2, No. 2 - Nov/Dec 1996

CD-ROM Development

By Carol Briggs-Erickson

The librarians give several library orientations to groups and individuals during the year. Students learn how the electronic systems work, how the library is organized, and how to locate materials available in our library and via interlibrary loan.

To assist us in introducing library services and research concepts, several years ago we developed a video tape tutorial. This provided a comprehensive tour of the library and research strategies for using library materials. However, as changes in technology took place in the library, the video tutorial became less and less meaningful.

Therefore, we have been working with Tom Race in Media Services in developing an in-house CD-ROM. The CD-ROM has the potential to present an interactive learning sequence. Tom promises that the CD-ROM format will be easier to update than the video tape format.

Tom and his student assistant, Mike Feldt, have started taking pictures in the library and you may continue to see them at work for the next couple of months.

We hope to make the CD-ROM available on the college-wide network. Having it available on the network will allow students to use it from computer labs and will allow classes that require research papers to use it from classrooms equipped with network connections.


Untouched by Human Hands

By Paula McClurg-Ziemelis

Back by popular demand--the Umbreit Library New Book List!!

Our automated library system, ARLIS, has made the publication of a new book list once more possible. New book titles, authors and call numbers are downloaded directly from the mainframe. They are then edited and readied for paper or e-mail distribution (with none of that cumbersome typing involved). The books are arranged by call number and divided into subject groupings to help guide you through the quagmire.

Contact Paula (X493) if you're interested in a free subscription.


Free Journals and Magazines Offered

We currently subscribe to over 300 journals and magazines. For research purposes, we need to keep many years of back issues. Since our space is limited, it is necessary to keep older issues on microfiche.

In October, our 1995 microfiche arrived. This means that we may now withdraw the 1995 print copies that have been replaced by this microfiche.

Beginning November 25 and continuing for two weeks, the withdrawn items will be available to staff and students in the area outside the library on the third floor by the elevator. For information regarding the periodicals, contact Brenda (X492).


Newbery/Caldecott Medals List

Our Children's Literature collection is composed of many award-winning books. These books are used primarily by students in the Education classes.

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". Recent books receiving this award have been The Giver in 1994 and Midwife's Apprentice in 1995.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually for "the most distinguished American picture book for children". Recent books receiving this award have been Grandfather's Journey in 1994 and Officer Buckle & Gloria in 1995.

It is now possible to locate books in our library based on their having received either of these two awards. To get a listing of all the Newbery or Caldecott Medal books in Umbreit Library, press the MENU key while in the main menu. This will bring up the PUBLIC ACCESS MENU. Then, TAB to "Awards and Lists Display", enter a 'y' and press XMIT or Scroll Lock. Next, type in "newbery" (or "caldecott") and press XMIT or Scroll Lock.

[We will keep readers informed when additional lists become available.]


Manufacturing Resources

The 7th annual World Class Manufacturing Conference was held October 16 in the Muskegon Center for Higher Education. Attendees from Muskegon area manufacturing firms heard invited guests speak on a variety of topics. Carol Briggs-Erickson spoke at an afternoon session on how area, state and national businesses and industries are using the Internet.

A listing of Internet sites of associations and research centers useful to those in manufacturing was compiled for the session. If you would like a copy of the list of those Internet sites, contact Carol (X416).


On-line Spotlight

The newest addition to the FirstSearch databases is Business & Industry. FirstSearch now contains 62 databases.

The business researcher will find this source valuable as it "contains important facts, figures and key events dealing with public and private companies, industries, products and markets for all manufacturing and service industries at an international level."

Sources include trade magazines, newsletters and newspapers.

A search for "Muskegon" located several records on Muskegon area businesses and their activities.

This database includes 25 searchable fields including Parent Company, Geographic Location, Slogans, and Spokesperson.

FirstSearch, already a solid source of business information from databases such as Disclosure, Wilson Business Abstracts, Business Dateline, and Business News, is now a more valuable tool for anyone doing research in the business area.


Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

Encyclopedia of Cancer, edited by Joseph R. Bertino, Academic Press, 1996.

This three volume set is a comprehensive summary of cancer research. It contains 163 articles on various aspects of the disease, including its epidemiology, treatment, and its molecular and genetic processes. All of the articles are original and provide a comprehensive overview of the topic for a wide range of readers.

Article titles include "Chemoprevention Agents", "Tumor Suppressors and Gene Therapy", "DNA Damage, Mutation, and Repair", and "Radiation Biology of Tumors".

Located in our REFERENCE collection: RC 262 .E558 1996 V.1-V.3


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Encyclopedia of American Education, by Harlow G. Unger, Facts on File, 1996.

This three volume set is a ready reference tool for the entire educational community. Nearly 2,500 entries cover every broad area of education: administration, pedagogy, history, reform and issues such as civil rights, minority education, and women's education. The articles cover all aspects of education including people who have contributed to the field of education and acts and lawsuits pertaining to education.

Brief bibliographies are given for most articles.

Located in our REFERENCE collection: LB 17 .U54 1996 V.1-V.3


What About Bob?...

(Staff Profile: Robert J. Vanderlaan)

Though our staff profiles are generally reserved for new staff, we felt that special attention should be given to one of our not-so-new staff.

Robert J. (Bob) Vanderlaan joined the library staff in May, 1967 and has seen many changes in the 29 years that he has been at MCC.

When he started in his position as Cataloger/Reference Librarian, our library was using the Dewey Decimal System. A large portion of his job was aimed at converting the library collection, about 10,000 volumes at that time, from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress Classification.

Other changes that Bob noted as having an impact on his job were the automation of the card catalog and being able to use the Library of Congress Classification manuals on CD-ROM.

Bob's typical day is spent doing author and subject authority work for the online catalog, collection development, cataloging, and assisting staff and patrons with reference questions.

Bob received his Associate's degree from MCC in 1963 and then attended WMU.


On Display

By Barbara Daniell

You've seen the movie, now read the book! Recent productions of Sense and Sensibility, Rob Roy, and Little Women have been beautifully filmed and well acted. But reading a classic provides the opportunity to savor the nuances of the language, to imagine the way a landscape looks, and to reread a favorite sentence or paragraph over and over.

With cool weather here now, what could be more pleasant than curling up by the fireplace under an Afghan with a cup of hot chocolate and a classic? The Umbreit Library is featuring a display of these books, and others can be found in the online catalog.

It's a good time to discover one of those classics or to read one again. Clifton Fadiman said, "When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before."


"A room without books is like a body without a soul." --Cicero

Holiday Library Hours

Thanksgiving Weekend: Closed Thursday through Saturday
Regular Fall Hours End: December 20

Interim Schedule

December 23: Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
December 24 - January 1: Closed
January 2 - 3: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January 4 - 5: Closed
January 6 - 7: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regular Winter Hours


(Beginning January 8)

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Weekend: Closed Thursday through SaturdayRegular Fall Hours End: December 20December 23: Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 24 - January 1: ClosedJanuary 2 - 3: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.January 4 - 5: ClosedJanuary 6 - 7: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.(Beginning January 8)

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
Paula McClurg-Ziemelis
Roger Stoel
Robert J. Vanderlaan


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