Who Ya Gonna Call? A Librarian!

Changes, Changes, Changes
Libraries are always in the state of change as we try to stay current with technology innovations and expanded or changes in resources. One of the biggest changes at the start of this school year at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Rohrbach Library is the removal of the Reference Desk where librarians used to sit poised to answer questions.

Goodbye Desk and Hello Librarians On Call!
The library has adopted a more modern and efficient concept where students will go to the library’s “Information Desk” to ask questions or ask for a specific librarian.  If a student simply needs to know a call number for a specific book title or needs to locate a specific journal article by title, the workers at the desk will assist them. Any other research/resources questions that require the professional training of a librarian–such as how do I locate materials for an assignment or how can I search for articles on “x” topic–will be referred to the librarian on-call at that time.The hours for this service are: Sunday 2pm-8pm, Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, and Friday 10am-4pm. Individual librarian hours vary, so there may be librarians around at other times to help students as well.

Librarian Liaisons to academic departments
Kutztown students and faculty are encouraged to look up and get to know the librarian assigned to their academic department. These librarians serve as experts for the library resources available for these majors/departments. For example, librarian Karen Wanamaker serves as the “librarian liaison” to the departments of elementary education, library science and instructional technology, secondary education, and special education. For the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs, Sylvia Pham is the assigned librarian. Below you will see an alphabetical list of each academic program and the librarian assigned to that department. Although the assigned librarian will have the most content knowledge and familiarity with the resources for his/her assigned departments, any of the librarians can answer questions and assist students and faculty with questions or research. The best way for a student to contact the librarian liaisons is probably through e-mail (listed below) unless the student is in the building and near one of the librarians’ offices.

KU professors should also feel free to contact the librarian assigned to their departments and should encourage students to get to know the librarians and ask for assistance. Besides answering questions and providing consultations for students, the librarians also provide Information Literacy Instruction for courses in their assigned departments in formats that can range from formal in-depth presentations to brief overviews to informal 5-minute introductions.

So, Who Ya Gonna Call? Contact your favorite librarian today!

Academic Program Librarian Liaison E-mail
Anthropology/Sociology Prof. Bruce Jensen rjensen@kutztown.edu
Art Education & Crafts Prof. Susan Czerny czerny@kutztown.edu
Biological Sciences Prof. Susan Czerny czerny@kutztown.edu
Business Administration Prof. Ruth Perkins perkins@kutztown.edu
Communication Design Prof. Susan Czerny czerny@kutztown.edu
Communication Studies Prof. Susan Czerny czerny@kutztown.edu
Computer Science/
Instructional Tech.
Prof. Michael Weber weber@kutztown.edu
Counseling/ Student Affairs Prof. Sylvia Pham spham@kutztown.edu
Criminal Justice Prof. Robert Flatley flatley@kutztown.edu
Electronic Media Prof. Bruce Jensen rjensen@kutztown.edu
Elementary Education Prof. Karen Wanamaker kwanamak@kutztown.edu
English Prof. Krista Prock prock@kutztown.edu
Fine Arts Prof. Susan Czerny czerny@kutztown.edu
Geography Prof. Sylvia Pham spham@kutztown.edu
History Prof. Robert Flatley flatley@kutztown.edu
Library Science/
Instructional Technology
Prof. Karen Wanamaker kwanamak@kutztown.edu
Mathematics Prof. Michael Weber weber@kutztown.edu
Modern Languages Prof. Michael Weber weber@kutztown.edu
Music Prof. Krista Prock prock@kutztown.edu
Philosophy/Religious Studies Prof. Bruce Jensen rjensen@kutztown.edu
Physical Sciences Prof. Michael Weber weber@kutztown.edu
Political Science/
Public Administration
Prof. Bruce Gottschall rjensen@kutztown.edu
Psychology Prof. Robert Flatley flatley@kutztown.edu
Secondary Education Prof. Karen Wanamaker kwanamak@kutztown.edu
Social Work Prof. Sylvia Pham spham@kutztown.edu
Special Education Prof. Karen Wanamaker kwanamak@kutztown.edu
Sport Management/
Prof. Ruth Perkins perkins@kutztown.edu

Library Open House – Grand Prize Announced

We are pleased to announce that the grand prize for KU students who complete this year’s open house is a Go Pro Hero camera! GoProHero

But you can’t earn your chance at the prize if you don’t participate, so mark your calendars now for September 17th (10-4). If you cannot attend on that day, please watch our website for more information in the near future on how to download the orientation form to complete and turn in to the Library. Click on the image below for more information and watch for more open house news on our Rohrbach Library website and social media accounts.


Associated Press Videos Soon Available through Rohrbach’s EBSCOhost databases

Members of KU will soon have access to high-interest video content from the Associated Press through the Rohrbach Library’s EBSCOhost® account and EBSCO Discovery Service™.

According to a recent news release, “a carousel of AP videos related to your search terms may display in the result list. Containing footage from 1930 to the present and updated monthly, this collection of approximately 60,000 videos covers a variety of topics studied in schools and colleges. Users can find videos about current and historical events; famous people including political leaders, celebrities and athletes; as well as videos related to art, music, literature, science and technology.”

If you have any questions about access to these videos or our EBSCOhost databases, please contact Bob Flatley, our electronic resources librarian, at flatley@kutztown.edu.

New Music and Film Databases Now Available!

By Samuel Box

For a limited time, the Rohrbach Library will be trialing two new databases that allow for users to discover and research a wide array of data related to film and music. The databases are called Film Industry Data (Film ID) and Music Industry Data (Music ID), and they are both essential tools for students, faculty, or just general lovers of music and film alike.

Music and Film ID

Both databases draw upon similar types of data archives.

The databases provide easy access to both current and historical data about films and music from around the world and, for the first time, feature of the first uses of Nielsen data in an academic atmosphere. Students now have the ability to see the same information that film and music executives use to make key strategic industry decisions.

Not suprisingly, George Clooney's movies sell more aroud the holidays.

Film ID let’s you view indsutry trends such as spikes in DVD sales around the holidays.

Film ID allows you to compare things like box office earnings across different directors, genres, actors, or cultures. Other things such as sales trends, the economic, political, or social contexts that films fall in, or how technologies such as streaming services have affected the industry, can now be analyzed. The level of specificity of the different types of data you can find is almost staggering.

For instance, say you need to research George Clooney’s career. If, for whatever reason, you needed to compare the sales of each different home media edition of Clooney’s film Gravity (DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.) that information is now at your fingertips. If you want to narrow that sales data down to three months in 2014 while comparing it to the DVD sales of any other Clooney movie, you can do that as well. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

Music ID Features

Here are some of the goals of Music ID as shown on the website.

The other database, Music ID, draws upon more than sixty years’ worth of musical data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, and many other resources from around the world. Like Film ID, the database can be used to analyze and display trends in the music industry in helpful graph formats. If you want to know which bands’ album sales rose and fall after the 2010 Grammys, Music ID can help. If you want to know what was number 17 on the Austrian top 40 chart in 1998, the info is readily available. Additionally, Music ID draws upon a large range of scholarly and journalistic sources that provide information and insight on just about any aspect or subject in the music industry.

The two databases will be available until April 23, 2015, so students, faculty, music and movie lovers alike, should all take advantage of them while KU still has access to them. Links can be found on the A-Z list of Databases located on the library’s website.

KU now has temporary access to new and innovative databases.

POV LogoBy Samuel Box

From now until the end of March, KU students and faculty will have access to several new innovative and interesting online databases through EBSCO and Data-Planet.

The first database is the Points of View Reference Center, where you can essentially receive a quick crash course in more than 370 political, social, and public issues and topics cataloged in 35 different categories. In a simple but comprehensive one-page summary, each topic is given:

  • Background Information
  • Definitions for some of the specific terms used in the discussion
  • The issue’s history and current status
  • Various opposing views on the subject
  • A bibliography of sources used for writing the paper, many of which are journals and books available for search on EBSCO

The POV Reference Center is perfect for political science students who are looking for the various sides of a certain argument, journalism students who need to write about a particular issue they’re not familiar with, or just anyone who wishes to educated themselves on every topic from flag burning, to the Arab Spring, to concussions in professional sports.

Issue Categories

Here are just some of the topics available at the POV Reference Center.

The other EBSCO databases we now have are each subject specific, with each featuring thousands of journals and hundreds of books. The new databases are:

  • America: History and Life with Full Text
  • Applied Science & Technology Source
  • Business Source Complete
  • Education Source
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text

dataplanet-logo[1]The other two databases we now have access to come to us from Data-Planet. They are the Statistical Datasets and the Statistical Ready Reference. The Datasets provide a wide range of visual aides, including :

  • Charts
  • Graphs
  • Tables
  • Maps

The visuals feature more than 18.9 billion data points collected from over 70 source organizations. Types of data you can find include crude oil prices over time, salary statistics, sports statistics, and countless, countless others, each presented in an easy to understand visual figure. All of the data can be manipulated to show only certain stats and criteria that you require, and most charts can be presented in whatever type of graph suits you, such as line, pie, or bar graphs. The Ready Reference Database is essentially an easy method of navigating and searching through the various data graphs for a specific piece of information or study.

It’s important to note that the Data-Planet databases are only accessible on-campus. The POV Reference Center will be available till March 23rd, and the Data-Planet sources will be available until March 31st. Be sure to take full advantage of these extremely useful resources while KU still has access to them.

Over 20,000 E-Books are now available on JSTOR!

By Samuel BoxJSTOR

We at the Rohrbach Library are pleased to announce that Kutztown University currently has access to JSTOR’s extensive collection of e-books. The PALCI Board of directors announced earlier this month that every library within the PALCI system will take part in this pilot program, which is expected to continue until the end of the semester at the earliest. KU students and faculty now have access to more than 20,000 academic books available on the online JSTOR platform.

The books in the database were all added to the collection based on levels of past use and existing demand. All of the books have been extensively integrated into the system and are cross-searchable, meaning that it’s now far easier to find books that have been cited in academic journals and articles, and vice-versa. Scholarly reviews for the books are also available and easily searchable, making the process of researching on JSTOR all the more easy and streamlined. JSTOR EbooksTo use the new service, simply click on the “Books” tab of the JSTOR results page after you’ve searched for something and you’ll see the wide range of books related your search criteria.

JSTOR also saves you the trouble of tediously scouring through a book’s index or table of contents for individual pieces of information by giving you search results that feature not just the book, but the specific chapter that holds the information relevant to your source. From there, you can view any other chapter of the book as you see fit.

Download Chapter

Additionally, if you’re not a fan of reading long blocks of text on a computer screen, all of the books are capable of being downloaded and/or printed as a PDF, chapter by chapter.

The program will continue to add books to the program each month that it is in place. The initial pilot program is expected to run through to the end of the Spring 2015 semester, but if the program is deemed successful, the PALCI may continue to offer the service in future semesters. This is all the more reason to take advantage of this service while it is available.

The more you make use of this, the more likely it will be here to stay!

For more information on the ebooks from JSTOR, contact Bob Flatley.

Media Scape and Technology Showcase

By Samuel Box

Mark your calendars, because on Thursday, February 12th, the Rohrbach Library will MediaScapebe holding an event to showcase our MediaScape Room and the Library’s new technology/equipment that KU students, staff, and faculty can access and borrow.

Some of the new editions to the library‘s technology inventory  this year include:

  • Camcorders (including 2 with built-in projector technology)Kindle
  • Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
  • SLR Digital Cameras
  • A New Color Printer
  • Kindle Paperwhites
  • A Book Scanning Station
  • Tablets

Be sure to stop by RL 106 next Thursday between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM to see these innovative new tools that the KU community has at their disposal.

For more information about the event, please contact Karen Wanamaker.
For more information on the equipment available to be checked out of the Library, please call our main desk at 610-683-4480.

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