New Library Discovery System for 2014

Dear Members of the SPU Community,

Beginning January 1, 2014, we will have a new search tool for finding materials in the SPU Library and Summit libraries. Our library is one of the 37 Summit libraries transitioning to this shared system, which will enhance the discovery and sharing of resources within the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

The new interface is similar to our current SPU WorldCat system and other search tools you may have used before: you search for books, articles, and more using a single search box and then select from various options to filter your results.

Here are some key changes to be aware of once the new system is live:

  • The “Classic Catalog” and SPU WorldCat will be replaced by the new system after December 31. Learn more here.
  • Signing in with your SPU username and password will maximize your search experience. Learn more here.
  • You will see new “Get It” and “View It” tabs under each title to help you access and request items. Learn more here.
  • Journals A-Z will become eJournals A-Z. Learn more here.

Additional information and guidance is available here.

If you have questions or feedback, please speak with the liaison librarian for your area or any member of the library staff.

Michael J. Paulus, Jr.

Q&A with Library Staff: Zach McNay

FaceZach McNay joins the SPU Library staff as our new Access Services Specialist. Learn a little bit about him below in our Q & A interview:

What are some things you are responsible for in your new position?

I am the weekend opener. It is a committed and tired crew of patrons that drag their bodies out of bed and into the library on the weekend. I say crew: let’s be nice to each other, and drink our coffee before we meet at the front desk.

I help with various tasks throughout the library, be it updating the library’s website, working to keep the Summit loan program working smoothly, or contributing to an odd post here and there on this very blog.

I’m also responsible for overseeing and training student workers. I want to help them have a positive and memorable job experience—library work can be fun!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Seattle?

I love the neighborhoods of Seattle, and travelling through them, and it’s fun to snap pictures of interesting things one runs across. Usually I begin at my favorite nook, “The Crumpet Shop”, down at the Pike Place Market. If you visit (and you should), try the crumpet with almond butter, marmalade, and blue cheese—simply the best. From there it’s easy to hop a bus to another neighborhood – walking around Capitol Hill I’ve found what is now my favorite music store in the city (Wall of Sound Records). I also stumbled across the Northwest Film Forum cinema and home office (a smaller cousin to the more well known SIFF cinema in lower Queen Anne), which has become a favorite spot of mine for viewing classic and foreign films on the big screen.

I just like knowing where things are in the city. As the years go by my mental map keeps expanding, and that is immensely satisfying. One thing I’ve learned though on my hikes: always bring an umbrella!

Any new book or movie recommendations?

I would recommend anything directed by Whit Stillman. His films are modern comedies of manners (a la Jane Austen), set in the elitist yet charming world of youthful old-money American preppies. We have his first three films, “Metropolitan”, “Barcelona” and “The Last Days of Disco” here at the library so check all of them out and have a marathon. If you’re in a more austere frame of mind, check out “Lancelot of the Lake” directed by Robert Bresson or “Stalker” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

When it comes to books, some of my favorites concern the lives and philosophies of particular filmmakers. I am currently re-reading Andrei Tarkovsky’s filmic autobiography “Sculpting in Time”, but you should certainly check it out once I’m done. Another to devour is the excellent “The Kubrick Façade” by Jason Sperb, an impassioned investigation of the meaning of the films of Stanley Kubrick (my own favorite director). Our collection of books about film at the library is rich and varied so dive in deep!

Halloween Book List

DWCityWith Halloween around the corner, we decided to ask around the Library and see what the staff are recommending for a chilling read. If it’s classics you’re after, we do, of course, have options from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, to volumes by Edgar Allan Poe – but here are some outside the coffin box suggestions.

Snow White, Blood Red, by Ellen Datlow

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

— Christina Nofziger

The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

— Carrie Fry

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson

— Johanna Staman

All Hallows’ Eve, by Charles Williamspumpkin pumpkin

— Michael Paulus

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jeane Titherington

— Natalee Vick

(More) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell

— Jo Krough

Dracula’s Guest: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories, by Michael Sims

When the Lights Go Out, by H.W. Wilson Co.

— Stephanie Rubesh

Also available through Summit:

Salem’s Lot, Stephen King

— Jake Crammer

House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski

— Kevin Kayahara

Last but not least, check out this book by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, for a real Halloween scare.

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

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Collection Development 101

Ever wonder why the SPU Library does not have that expensive textbook that you need or the latest John Grisham novel, but you do find books with dull brown covers, unexciting titles, and maybe even a speck of dust? Well, the content of those books may not be quite as unappealing as they seem, so what follows is a little Collection Development 101.

The mission of the SPU Library is to support the teaching, learning and research goals of the University. We do this by collecting materials – books, journals, electronic resources, DVDs, CDs, and even a puppet or two! – that support courses in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, materials expected in a library of a university of our size, and materials that reflect SPU’s mission, history, and signature statements.

The primary responsibility for this work lies with the subject liaison librarians, and they use a variety of resources to help them in this endeavor. The liaisons receive recommendations from faculty (and others), they consult the professional literature for resource reviews, and they also use special library tools that provide guidance.

Besides deciding what to add to the collection, the liaisons must also decide the best format to acquire. For example, CDs are procured for the music department and the aforementioned puppets for the education department. Lately, the library has also been collecting more and more eBooks.

Collection Development is not just about selecting new materials though. The library often receives book donations, and the liaisons must decide how to best handle these items. It also stands to reason that if new items are continually being added to the collection, other items may be deselected, or “weeded” as we like to say using library lingo. Weeded items are materials that no longer meet the library’s mission. (One indication may be that speck of dust noted earlier.) These items are handled in a variety of ways, but one place you may find them is on the Book Sale cart on the main level.

Still wondering why the library does not have that expensive textbook? The reason is that one criterion we use when making collection development decisions is to purchase items with lasting value and because many textbooks are continually being updated they do not meet this criterion. And although we may not have that John Grisham novel either, should you need a break from your studies, please do check out the Popular Fiction Collection on the library’s main level. And in the meantime, enjoy our collection!

-Becky Paulson, Acquisitions Librarian

LIBRARY SOUP

“Library Perspective,” by Gary R. Fick; Professor of Natural Sciences; Sciences & Psychology Librarian

I’ve worked in libraries for almost half a century, including SPU’s library for over the last 38. In about two months I’m going to retire. I’ve worked part-time first as a page in a city public library system shelving books and checking out materials for patrons, then as a guard at the same small urban branch, and finally at a large university library reference desk helping students locate books and journal articles to find the right information for their assignments.

With a newly-minted Master’s degree in librarianship, I was hired full-time as the science specialist for Seattle Pacific College way back in 1974 when bell-bottom pants and paisley shirts for guys with long hair and side-burns were all the rage.  I’ve worked at Seattle Pacific ever since, including a decade in library administration, first as an associate director and then as the University Librarian who helped design and build the present brick building we now call our campus library.

So, as old-timers like me tend to say, I’ve seen it all. Over the past 48 years I’ve watched and experienced the ways we’ve changed going about collecting and storing data. At first card catalogs, vertical files, flat files, hanging files, print periodical indexes and the Dewey Decimal System were used to organize and locate books, encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, journals, micro-cards, microfiche, microfilm, filmstrips, 16mm films, 8mm film loops, LP records, and audiocassettes back in the 70s for Seattle Pacific. Then came online computerized library cataloging systems, dial-up DIALOG subject databases, desk-top computers, email, the world wide web, CD-ROM databases, videocassettes and CDs. Finally, DVDs replaced videocassettes, the Library of Congress replaced the Dewey Decimal System, and many forms of storing data have morphed into internet databases with e-books, full-text, PDF, and HTML documents, all facilitated via laptops and iPads. Instead of access just to our collection, we now belong to a consortium of academic libraries that shares collections, and together we offer a demand driven acquisitions program that provides specific e-books when patrons want them.

That’s what you see when you walk into the library or go online these days, but what I’ll miss most when I retire are the many ways I’ve had a chance to help people both find the information they need and teach them how to find it in better ways. While at SPU I’ve worked with most segments of the community, but for the past 17 years I’ve focused on serving both students and faculty as a liaison librarian. I’ve found helping people learn to be very rewarding.

For me these professional interactions have been enhanced through a time-worn truism. Walking a mile in the other’s shoes by also being a classroom teacher in Biology, a library administrator, a chair of faculty governance, and even a student in an introductory Spanish language class has allowed me to experience SPU from varied perspectives. And, in so doing, has helped make me a better librarian.