Umbreit Library


A Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 2, No. 4 - Mar/Apr 1997

Videos--Something Old, Something New

By Carol Briggs-Erickson

We have added two new series to the library video cassette collection. These series are The Shakespeare Plays (37 titles), and Life on the Internet (13 titles).

The Shakespeare Plays are presentations of the British Broadcasting Corporation. They are performed using Shakespeare's original text. The plays are on one video cassette with the exception of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, The Tragedy of Richard III, and Henry VI (two videos).

The titles are:

  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • Anthony & Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Cymbeline
  • The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV (Part One)
  • Henry IV (Part Two)
  • Henry VI (Part One)
  • Henry VI (Part Two)
  • Henry VI (Part Three)
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Lear
  • King Richard the Second
  • The Life & Death of King John
  • The Life of Henry the Fifth
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A Midsummer's Night Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Pericles
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • The Tragedy of Coriolanus
  • The Tragedy of Richard III
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Winter's Tale







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The Life on the Internet series was recorded in 1996 at GPTV in Atlanta, Georgia and was broadcast on PBS channels.

The Internet titles include:

  • Cyber Secrets
  • Cyber Students
  • Digital Doctors
  • Digital Dollars
  • Electric Ink
  • Electric Mail
  • HollyNet
  • Internauts
  • InterNetworking
  • Net Profits
  • Next Stop, the Future
  • Sounds from Cyberspace
  • Spiritual Surfers







These 27-minute Internet videos are very informative and well done. They are recommended for any level of Internet expertise.


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All of the new titles are included in our online catalog. So, you may check the availability of any of them from your office. Search for them by individual title, or by the series title (Shakespeare Plays or Life on the Internet).


New Internet Station

On February 7, Umbreit Library made a publicly-accessible Internet workstation available for its patrons. Though the reference staff have been using the Internet for several years, the Internet has not been available for patrons to use on their own.

People wanting to use the Internet station must stop at the reference desk first to receive a copy of MichNet's Acceptable Use Policy and a copy of Umbreit Library's Internet Use and Guidelines. After reading the guidelines, they must sign a form which serves two purposes: 1) to indicate their agreement to adhere to the policies, and 2) to reserve a time to use the station--which is usually immediately.

To date, many students have used the Internet successfully as an additional, valuable resource. With the assistance of the reference librarians, they have located full text reports and newspaper articles which would have been available to them only through our Interlibrary Loan Department.

If you would like a copy of Umbreit Library's Internet Use and Guidelines, contact Carol Briggs-Erickson (X416) or via e-mail.

The MichNet Acceptable Use Policy is available at the Merit Web site.


Internet Interchange

How do you tell if an Internet document is reliable?

As students and other researchers use the Internet for their research needs, they need to be aware of the potential problems in the resources found on the Internet. As librarians have done for years, they need to evaluate the documents for:

  • Authority: What are the author's credentials or qualifications?
  • Accuracy: Is the material free of errors?
  • Objectivity: Is there bias? Who is sponsoring the site?
  • Coverage: If there is a print version, is this the full version of the print one?
  • Currency: Is the site and information presented up-to-date?

These five areas were covered in detail by Jan Alexander and Marsha Tate at an American Library Association annual meeting last summer. Tate and Alexander also gave recommendations for evaluating specific types of documents. A link to their must-see site is available from the Umbreit Library home page (under Internet Information) or go directly to their site.


Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel.

The Twelfth Mental Measurements Yearbook, edited by Jan Close Conoley and James C. Impara, University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

This new yearbook contains 418 new or revised commercially available tests for English-speaking persons. Additionally, 803 critical reviews by expert professionals in their fields are included.

Indices include test title, publishers directory (with addresses), a name index, an 18-category subject index, and a detailed score index.

First compiled by Oscar Krisen Buros and published by Rutgers University Press in 1938, this title is a classic and a standard in the field of educational measurement.

Located in our REFERENCE collection: LB 1131 .B874 1995

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Black American Colleges & Universities, edited by Levirn Hill, Gale, 1994.

This work profiles two-year, four-year and professional schools. It is a comprehensive index to 188 historically and/or predominantly black colleges and universities. Included are 22 community colleges, 91 four-year schools, and five professional schools.

Arrangement is alphabetical by state. The entries for each school cover its history, admission requirements, student body, degrees offered and special programs.

Also included is a listing of notable alumni, several appendices and an index.

Located in our REFERENCE collection: LC 2781 .H54 1994

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Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, by W. James Popham, Allyn and Bacon, 1995.

This new book on classroom assessment covers test reliability, validity, and absence of bias. Other chapters cover selected response tests, constructed response tests, affective assessment, and performance assessment.

Located in our FACULTY BOOKSHELF collection:LB 3051 .P6142 1995

On-line Spotlight

Through a special offer, searches on FirstSearch have been free since the first of February and will continue to be free through the end of April. In addition, the full text of many of the articles are also available free of charge. (We do, however, charge for copies made on our laser printer.) Since many students copy the fulltext articles and bibliographies to their disks, there is no cost involved.

FirstSearch offers over 60 searchable databases and is available on the Internet. If any faculty or institutional researchers wish to use FirstSearch via the Internet, they should contact Carol Briggs-Erickson and receive instructions, documentation and a password.

Some of the databases most used by Umbreit Library researchers include WorldCat, Readers Guide Abstracts, MEDLINE, FactSearch, Education Abstracts, Newspaper Abstracts, Social Science Abstracts, and General Science Abstracts.


On Display

By Barbara Daniell

The contributions that women have made in U.S. history will be featured in March's book display in honor of National Women's History Month. Biographies of women representing various American cultural groups will be on display as well as literary collections such as the recently published U.S. History as Women's History.

In April a collection of poetry books purchased in honor of Naomi Booth (see Umbreit Library Currents, Sep/ Oct 1996) will be on display in conjunction with National Poetry Month. President Clinton calls this a welcome opportunity to celebrate ... the vitality and diversity of voices ... of American poets. Included in the display will be biographical works on Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay and collections by Langston Hughes and Robert Bly.


Celebrate Libraries

April 13-19 is National Library Week. This annual observation was established in 1958 to promote and encourage the use of libraries. Visit Umbreit Library, your public library, or the American Library Association home page to honor this event.


Library Hours - Winter Semester

(through April 29)

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.
(Closed March 29)


Library Hours - Interim Semester Period

(April 30 - May 2)
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Library Hours - Spring Semester

(May 5 - June 26)

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

8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends

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


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