The library's most recent acquisition of a print-based subject encyclopedia is the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998, 10 volumes). This title has been years in production, and represents a major addition to the intellectual resources of that discipline.
Ref B51.R68 1998
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (4 volumes with companion CD's to date, ten volumes total projected). This is the first encyclopedia to be devoted exclusively to world music and ethnomusicology. The volumes are each devoted to regions of the world, and the articles are written by experts in the music of each culture.
The 34 volumes of the Dictionary of Art was published in 1996, but the library did not have the budget to buy it until last year. It is a lavishly illustrated resource, and may be the most expensive print resource that the library has ever purchased. Money well spent though!
Ref N31.D5 1996
The library's reference collection contains a range of titles that cover specific regions of the world. For example, Encyclopedia of Latin American History & Culture (1996, 5 volumes) is the most extensive English-language source on the political, economic, and social histories of South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It includes biographies, definitions, illustrations, and essays by over 800 scholars.
Ref F1406.E53 1996.
Africa South of the Sahara (1997, 4 volumes), like the Encyclopedia of Latin American History & Culture, has been singled out on "Best Reference Resources of the Year" lists in the library literature. Written by international contributors, the work is a comprehensive source of information on the African continent, from pre-history to the present. Includes extensive maps and photographs.
Ref DT351.E53 1997
The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (1996, 4 volumes) provides scholarly coverage of the history and culture of the region, in over 4,000 articles by scholars in the field. Over ten years in the creation, the work strives to balance the varied viewpoints and perspectives of the Middle East.
Ref DS43.E53 1996
The most recently published of our subject-specific encyclopedias is the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. (1999, 5 volumes). This work, though comprehensive in its coverage of medical disorders, conditions, treatments, and tests, is nevertheless accessible to students and other adults who are not medical specialists.
Ref RC41.G35 1999
Each month, faculty in the academic departments receive cards with Choice reviews of new print titles in their fields; and all of these reviews also appear in the monthly review compilations to which the library subscribes along with the cards. As a companion to these reviews of print titles, Choice also reviews web sites.
In August of 1999, Web Review III, a special supplement to volume 36 of Choice, was published. Web III contains approximately 600 short evaluations of Web sites reviewed in the August 1998 Special Supplement, sites reviewed in monthly issues of Choice since September 1998, and over 100 sites new to the 1999 Supplement. While the reviews are not available online, links to all of the reviewed sites are provided at http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice/supurl1.html. (Note that while Choice reviews tend to be positive, inclusion on the list is not automatically a recommendation.)
The library is now back on track with its monthly lists of new books. In addition to the printed copies which are distributed, the lists continue to be available online from the library's home page. September's new books are listed here, thanks to the efforts of Amy Still and Cindy Dothager, and the October list should be available shortly.
In one of our ongoing projects to make ever more of our resources available through the WWW, we are about half-way through adding records for our periodicals (journals) subscriptions in our ILLINET Online catalog (for specifics, see the October Library News).That is, Linda Chitwood has created records records in our online catalog (Illinet) for titles with initial letters through P.
In the library's display cases, we presently have on loan a selection of the glass paperweights in the Birks Museum collection. We invite you to come see this teaser of the many riches in the Birks Museum itself! As you know, the Birks Museum is open seven days a week, from 1 pm to 4 pm, and admisssion is free.
As of November 1, Cindy Dothager has been permanently appointed to the position of Circulation Supervisor, in recognition of the outstanding job she has been doing as interim Circulation Supervisor since mid-September this year. (See the October Library News for more details.)
As always, please always remember that the Staley Library librarians and other staff are here to do our best to help you with all your research and other information needs, whether in books, in periodicals articles, in indexes or other reference materials, in videos or audio cassettes, in microfilm/fiche, on CD-ROM, or through the World Wide Web. Just ask!
Check on the library's Web site for our library hours in November, including for the Thanksgiving break. Wishing you a productive and reasonably sane month!
Director of Staley Library