Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Library News- May 2001

May 2001

With the end of the academic year approaching, we want to take the opportunity to thank our student staff for their dedicated work for the library throughout the year. We will very much miss those who are graduating (Kristin Boryca, Amanda Cepican, Ben Gardner, Krisanne Haerr, Katy Robbins, and Melissa Sheahen), even as we wish them the very best in their futures. We look forward to seeing the others again next fall! 

Trial databases: As you know, we have a section on our Web site devoted to database trials. The purpose of these trials is to find out how the databases work, what they contain, if they might be of use in supporting the Millikin University curriculum, and if we can afford them (cost) relative to the use they might get. And, even if it turns out that we ultimately do not obtain these tested resources, we should enjoy them while we have them!! (The link to the test databases is at the bottom of the Quicklinks list on every library page.)

"SoftLine databases serve as general reference collections as well as valuable resources for many subject areas, including, the arts, business, education, environment, gender and women's studies, Spanish language classes, career information, health and family education, and more." From now until May 4, 2001, we have access to their two main databases. 

Ethnic NewsWatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Choose English or Spanish.

GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. 

Access Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) From now until mid-June 2001, we can try the many databases (more than 60) that CSA offers. As you can see, CSA's offerings cover a range of research topics including art, the aquatic, biological, and computer sciences, engineering, environmental and social sciences. This trial is through CCMP, one of Staley Library's consortial partners in Illinois.

Human Relations Area File (HRAF) at Yale University offers two Web-based electronic databases. Our test use of both runs through May 31, 2001. Please ask the library staff for the username and password. About HRAF.

eHRAF Ethnography, cross-cultural information on the cultures of the world. Search tips. 

eHRAF Archaeology, full-text information on the prehistory of the world. Search tips.

Statistical Universe (from Lexis-Nexis) is a collection of statistics from a wide range of sources, including state, federal and international governmental agencies, on almost any subject. We can use this database through May 20, 2001. Please ask the library staff for the username, password, and assistance with use.

Currently on display in the library's exhibit cases:
A Celebration of Music at Millikin, 10 Decades of Music. 

The exhibit, drawn from the library's archival collection by Susan Avery & Jason Butterick, provides a retrospective of the Millikin music school from its beginning in 1903 through its building renovation last year. Included are photographs and programs featuring folks from Hermann Kaeuper, the first director and namesake of Kaeuper Hall, to current faculty, albeit with hair of slightly different colors and styles from what you see on them today! This exhibit will be on display through finals week. (The exhibit cases are located to the right of the library stair case.) old postcard music building

Library staff  changes: we welcome two new librarians!  
(We continue to interview for one more)



photo carmen epstein
Carmen Epstein
starts May 7, 2001

Carmen Epstein (EpstEEn) will be coming to us from Springfield IL, where she most recently worked as Circulation Supervisor at the Chatham Public Library. She is completing her MLS at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and she has an additional masters degree (MBA, UI/Springfield). Carmen has substantial work experience with both reference and library instruction as well as with the creation of web resources for library users.  Her husband is with the Illinois State Department of Agriculture in Springfield.

in Mt. Rainer National Park

Jennifer Masciadrelli
starts June 19, 2001

Jennifer Masciadrelli (MaskaDRELLi) will be coming to us from Old Town, Maine (north of Bangor) where she has most recently worked at the University of Maine/Orono in the College of Education and Human Development, managing a statewide federally funded Reading Excellence Act Grant. Jen has an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, and has three years of library work experience as Reference Librarian and Interlibrary Loan Coordinator at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, an institution similar in size to Millikin University. Her husband will be a graduate student at UIUC.


ACRL 10th conf logoACRL 10th conference banner  
I attended the Association of College & Research Libraries 10th National Conference in Denver, CO, on  March 15th through 18th, 2001. Information literacy, how to teach it and how to assess its effectiveness, topped the conference session topics. Here is my conference report. The full conference proceedings (papers) are available in Staley Library (Z675.U5 A73 2001).

And, have a wonderful summer, where-ever that takes you (or not)! 

Signature Karin Borei
University Librarian




Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL