Umbreit Library


A Quarterly Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 4, No. 3 - Mar 1999 - May 1999

Inside this issue:

  1. New Library System
  2. Library Personnel Directory
  3. Pamphlet File Retires
  4. CD-ROM Corner (National Geographic)
  5. Internet Interchange
  6. Check These Out! by Roger Stoel
  7. On Display by Su Bell
  8. Spring/Summer Session Hours

New Library System

As most of you are aware, MCC's IT Department migrated almost all programs and data from the mainframe to the new Unix servers last year. However, our current library system was unable to migrate because it was incompatible with the Unix server. Since the mainframe needs to be phased out, we have been in the process of locating a new library system.

We formed a committee and began looking at systems about a year ago. By the end of the summer, we had narrowed our list to four systems. All of the systems met the following criteria:

  1. Web-based so that students, staff, and other patrons may access our new system via the Internet.
  2. Flexible searching throughout.
  3. An Instructors' Reserves Module for those items placed on closed reserve by our faculty.
  4. Meets all library and information technology standards.

We are in the process of negotiating a contract with the lowest bidder for a new library system. We hope to have our new system available during the Fall, 1999 semester.

Library Personnel Directory

The following is a personnel directory to use when contacting library staff:
  • Roger Stoel, Library Coordinator and Department Chairperson, x260
    Contact Roger to schedule class orientations and for reference assistance. Also, send book requests and gift donations to Roger.


  • Robert J. Vanderlaan, Cataloger and Reference Librarian, x267
    Contact Bob for reference assistance, book selection and reader's advisory assistance.


  • Carol Briggs-Erickson, Electronic Reference Services/Reference Librarian, x416
    Contact Carol for reference assistance and to schedule in-class demonstrations of library and Internet resources.


  • Paula McClurg-Ziemelis, Library System Administrator and Library Technician, x493
    Paula is the System Administrator for our online catalog. She is also in charge of our College Archives collection. Call Paula if you are having difficulty with the online catalog or if you have questions regarding the College Archives collection.


  • Brenda McClain, Circulation Supervisor, x492
    Brenda oversees all circulation activities.


  • Joyce Piggee, Circulation Supervisor--Nights and Weekends, x491
    In addition to assisting with regular circulation activities, Joyce maintains the Faculty Reserves Collection.


  • Louanne Feuerborn, Technical Processing, x274
    Louanne is in charge of ordering and processing new books and videos.


  • Connie Holmberg, Interlibrary Loan Clerk, x205
    Connie is responsible for ordering and processing requests for materials held by other libraries. Call Connie if you need interlibrary loan request forms or to inquire about materials you have requested. She can be reached at the above extension from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


  • Su Bell, Library Paraprofessional, x212
    Su assists in the maintenance of archives and the online catalog and creates all library displays. She also maintains the company records pamphlet file.


  • Upper Level Public Services Desk, x269
    Call this number to renew library materials or to inquire about books you may have checked out. This desk is generally staffed by student workers.


  • Reference Desk, x326
    Call the reference desk for any type of reference assistance.


Pamphlet File Retires

Our pamphlet file collection was established many years ago. Over the years, it has provided current information issued by a variety of governmental sources, non-profit organizations and companies. It primarily has contained informational materials that could not easily be shelved with the book collection such as factsheets, maps, and companies' financial documents.

However, with the growth of the Internet, our pamphlet file was no longer serving as the best source for the "most recent" materials. Therefore, in April, topical materials from the pamphlet file were withdrawn. We will continue to collect and maintain local and national companies' financial reports and publications. These will be kept in a file cabinet at the upper level public services desk.

This move gives us more space for our audio book collection and our growing video cassette collection on the lower level.


CD-ROM Corner

We recently added The Complete National Geographic to our CD-ROM collection. This CD-ROM collection includes 31 discs covering 109 years (1888-1997) of National Geographic Magazine.

Users may browse the covers by year, scan through subject headings or perform keyword searches.

Internet Interchange

AccessMichigan is a statewide project devoted to making electronic sources of information available to every Michigan library. Their goal is to offer every resident of the state equitable and easy-to-use access to a core set of information sources. Their databases are made available through federal funding from the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Library of Michigan.

AccessMichigan recently received permission to make Detroit Free Press articles (from 1982-1999) available to all Michigan public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities.

Look for it soon at

Since access is through IP address recognition, you will only be able to access the full text portion of the database from computers on the MCC campus.

Access to the Detroit Free Press full text will be available through September 30, 2000.

Check These Out!

Selected and annotated by Roger Stoel

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. 5 volumes. Gale Research, 1999.

Aimed at a lay audience, this new encyclopedia contains nearly 1,500 common medical disorders, conditions, tests, and treatments. Most medical conditions are broken down by: definition, description, key terms used in relationship to this condition, causes and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and alternative medicine options, prognosis, and prevention. Most of the articles are signed and include bibliographies. The bibliographies include books, periodical articles and organizations' Web addresses.

The volumes are illustrated with black and white photographs. Approximately one half of volume five is a comprehensive index with main references highlighted in bold type. An excellent source of down-to-earth and understandable medical information.

Located in our REFERENCE collection: RC 41 .G35 1999 V.1-5


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Magill's Medical Guide. 3 volumes. Salem Press, 1998.

This is another medical encyclopedia aimed at the layperson. The 740 articles in the three-volume set describe major diseases and disorders of the human body, the basics of human anatomy and physiology, specializations in medical practices, and common surgical and nonsurgical procedures in medicine.

Most articles are illustrated with black and white illustrations and contain bibliographies. The third volume contains several appendices:

  • a glossary of terms,
  • types of health care providers,
  • alphabetical list of contents,
  • entries by anatomy or system affected, and
  • a subject index with main entries highlighted in bold type.

Another excellent source of medical information in the Reference section of the Umbreit Library.

Located in our REFERENCE Collection: RC 41 .M34 1998 V.1-3

On Display

By Su Bell

Last month as you turned your clocks forward an hour, you may have asked yourself, "How did daylight saving time begin?" If you don't remember, you should check out the current display in the library. The display chronicles the history of daylight saving time, how it is observed around the world, and what its benefits have been. You may also want to check out this California Energy Commission site which was one of the sources used in our display.

Also, don't miss the new book section of the display which currently includes both new and not-so-new titles.


Library Hours

Spring Session
(May 3 - June 25)

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

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

No Weekend Hours

Summer Session
(June 28 - August 19)

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

Wednesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No Weekend Hours


Umbreit Library Currents is published quarterly 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:
Su Bell
Roger Stoel
Robert Vanderlaan


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