Umbreit Library


A Quarterly Publication of Muskegon Community College

Vol. 6, No. 1 - September 2000 - November 2000

In this issue:

NCA Team Visit Fall Reference Survey
Mochi Bowl on Display Library Web Site
New Books Added Check These Out!
Focus On Special Collections Internet Computers
Publicity Committee Formed Library Hours

NCA Team Visit

An accreditation committee appointed by the North Central Association will be on campus in October. It has been ten years since their last visit. As we look back over the last ten years, it becomes very apparent that some substantial changes have taken place in our library:
  • Dramatic increase in usage of online and CD-ROM databases for research
  • Remodeling and reorganization projects in upper and lower levels
  • Two new staff positions created
  • Annual reference survey created (1993)
  • Automated circulation of books and periodicals (1995)
  • Archives reorganized and moved to room 346 (1995)
  • Library newsletter, Currents, established (1995)
  • Student opinion survey created (1996)
  • Internet computers available for student use (1997)
  • Internet-accessible catalog (WebCat) available (1999)
  • Faculty reserves available online (1999)
  • International flag collection (2000)
  • Citation analysis study created (2000)
  • All cataloging and interlibrary loan procedures (OCLC) moved to Internet (2000)
We are looking forward to the next ten years. We anticipate further growth and improvement as we meet and answer new challenges.

Mochi Bowl on Display

A spacious Japanese mochi bowl recently found its way to our library. It was presented to MCC on August 17, 2000 by the touring Taiko Drum troupe from Koka, Shiga prefecture, Japan. It is near the front entrance to the library.

Mochi is a Japanese rice treat traditionally made at New Year. Sweet cooked rice is seasoned and placed in the mochi bowl. Members of the family then take turns swinging the mallet, beginning with the oldest person. As one person swings the mallet, a second folds the rice in the bowl between strikes. Family members chant to define the striking rhythm. It is a loud and messy process, with rice and water flying through the air to everyone's delight. When it has been pounded into the proper consistency, the paste is squeezed by hand into mochi balls.

If you are interested in learning more about Japan or the Japanese culture visit the library and our reference librarians will be happy to assist you.

New Books Added

Listing now available on WebCat

To get a list of the recently added materials to the library, go to our WebCat Online Catalog. In WebCat, click on the INFO DESK button at the top of the screen. Then, click on New Books. Titles in the New Book List will change every month.

Focus on Special Collections

New Videocassettes

Our Video Collection grew over the summer as we added 154 new videocassettes. These videos, which may be checked out for one week, cover a wide range of topics with titles from Abraham Lincoln in Michigan to The Year 2000. Several of the videos are from series produced by Discovery Channel and A & E Network.

To get a listing of all videos currently in Umbreit Library, connect to WebCat. Then, click on the COMPLEX SEARCH tab in the upper right corner of the screen. This will bring up a more advanced search screen. Note that near the bottom of the screen, the LOCATION window is set on ANY. Change ANY to VIDEOCASS. (Click on the arrow and then select VIDEOCASS from the list.) Then, click on the Search Catalog button.

The preceding steps will return a listing of all videos available--with the exception of those in the Nursing Department or those in Instructors' Reserves. The most recently added videos will appear first so it is easy to see the titles that were added over the summer.

If you have any trouble accessing WebCat or in creating a listing of videos, call the library reference desk x326 (777-0326) for assistance.


Reserves Collection

Reminder: Library Card Required

The Reserves Collection, which currently holds over 300 items, is located on the lower level of the library. It is a collection of books, videocassettes, audio cassettes, journal articles, tests, and other materials to primarily support the research needs of students.

The materials from this collection circulate in the same manner as materials from our other collections: a library card is required to check out any item from the Reserves Collection. As this collection is one of our most important collections in the support of classroom research, it is important that we enforce the same procedures for checking out these materials as we do with other books and materials in our library.


High Demand Collection

Our High Demand Collection contains books which are in great demand by our patrons. Generally, these books cover topics in demand for term paper research: teens and drugs, hate crimes, abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide. As they are in demand, they may be checked out for only one week. Also part of the High Demand Collection are the new MLA handbook for writers of research papers and Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. These books also are in demand when students are writing their term papers.

You may get a listing of the books in this collection by following the steps outlined above for videos. (Change ANY in the location window to HIGHDEMAND.)

The other heavily-used special collections are:

  • Career - A collection of books pertaining to careers and job-seeking. Includes books on resumes, interviews, career guides, and study guides for examinations.
  • Children's Literature - A large collection--many award-winning--of children's books which are used by our students majoring in Education.
  • Reference - Our encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals, statistical records and other forms of reference books.


Publicity Committee Formed

The library offers a variety of services and support to students, staff and community members. However, many people do not know about the abundance of resources that we offer. So that we could develop and maintain a consistent means of advertising, we established a Publicity Committee. The Committee recently met with Bill Loxterman and received valuable advice on advertising methods.

In the future, it is hoped that the Committee will also play a key role in creating programs, activities and displays in the library.


Fall Reference Survey

The eighth annual fall reference survey will begin on October 20th and run through November 2nd. Surveys will be given to anyone receiving reference assistance during the two week period. The librarian also fills out a survey of the reference interaction so that a complete profile may be created from the two separate surveys. This survey enables us to identify trends and weaknesses.


Library Web Site

In August we placed a counter on our Web site. Sitemeter, a free service provided by a commercial venture, allows us to collect data on the number of visits to our Web site. Over the past month, we have had visitors from as far away as Italy, Norway and Tanzania.

Sitemeter lists the Web site address that referred the visitors to our library Web site. For example, the visitor from Italy had performed a search using Google which led them to our site. We hope the searcher found the information that was needed.


Check These Out!

By Roger Stoel
International Dictionary of Historic Places. Trudy Ring, editor. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1995. 5 vols.

This is a very interesting set as it covers a number of unusual sites. According to the editors, the set is designed to provide detailed and accurate information on places that have been the site of important events in human history and that have been preserved for the benefit of future generations.

This reference work covers the whole world and some sample articles from Americas, volume 1, includes The Chicago Water Tower, Pearl Harbor, Greenwich Village, and the Alamo. Each entry is filed under place; e.g., Water Tower is listed under Chicago: Water Tower.

Articles include bibliographies and numerous black and white photographs. Each volume has its own index. This is an excellent addition to the library for the historian, the librarian, and the general public.

Located in our REFERENCE Collection: REF CC 135 .I535 1995


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Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing. Kelly Boyd, editor. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 2 vols.

The set claims to be a guide to influential historians and historical debates since the writing of history began.

Articles in the set include three types: essays on individual historians, essays on nations and geographical regions and topical essays.

For historians each essay contains a brief biographical sketch, a bibliography of primary writings, and placement of their writings in the context of historiographical developments and debates.

The national and geographical articles include a survey of debates around historiographical questions within national histories.

The last group of topical essays has three categories: essays on historical subdisciplines, others on methods that have shaped historical writing, and the third group discusses the most-studied historical debates.

Numerous bibliographies are located throughout the work. A master index to the set is found in volume 2.

Located in our REFERENCE Collection: REF D 14 .E58 1999

Internet Computers

Our eight Internet computers have had record high usage this fall semester. During September, 1078 logins were entered in our Internet sign-up book. During the same period one year ago, 406 logins were entered. Contributing to this increase are the added number of Internet computers and the growing number of class assignments which demand the use of the Internet.

Library Hours

Fall Semester

(August 26 - December 15)

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.
(December 9 is the last Saturday to be open.)

Interim Semester Period

(December 18 - December 21)

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

(December 22 - January 1)

(January 2)
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winter Semester


(January 3 - April 24)

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.

Umbreit Library Currents is published quarterly by the staff of the Allen G. Umbreit Library at Muskegon Community College.

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:
Roger Stoel
Robert Vanderlaan

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