January 29, 2009

OhioLINK Requests

Keep in mind the snowy weather yesterday (Wednesday) was state-wide, OhioLINK did not pick-up or deliver books. Please consider the message below from Candi Clevenger @ OhioLINK regarding delivery of materials:

Deliveries of OhioLINK Books and Materials May Be Delayed

"Deliveries of requested OhioLINK books and other library materials may be delayed by one to three days this week in some areas, due to hazardous driving conditions that prevent deliveries and library closings. No deliveries at all will be made statewide on Wednesday, January 28. Before you head out to a library to pick up requested OhioLINK materials, please make sure that library is open and check that your materials have arrived to avoid a wasted trip."
- OhioLINK, 1/28/09

Check the status of your OhioLINK request via the AU Library catalog, choose View Your Library Record and Renew Items - or select My Library Account from the Quick Links area on the main library web site.

January 28, 2009

Library Hours: Weather Conditions

Ashland University Library will close today at 4:00 pm due to inclement weather.

10:30 am: From the Ashland University Newsroom

01/28: Day& evening classes on Ashland University main campus and Seminary main campus canceled for today.

Offices on AU campus and seminary are closed as of 9 a.m. today, with the exception of maintenance and food service.

Day and evening classes at LCCC campus canceled for today. Massillon, Cleveland and Columbus Centers are closed for today and evening classes at Westlake and Medina are canceled.

Accent Room, Rec Center and Blood Drive will remain open.

January 27, 2009

Library Spotlight: Caldecott & Newbery Awards

The 2009 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced Monday, January 26th at the Midwinter Meetings in Denver. Among the awards given, the John Newbery Medal and Randolph Caldecott Medals.

The 2009 Newbery Medal winner is The Graveyard Book,by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean.

"A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned raveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens. "A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising," said Newbery Committee Chair Rose V. TreviƱo."

2009 Newbery Honor Books:

The 2009 Caldecott Medal winner is The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson.

"Richly detailed black-and-white scratchboard illustrations expand this timeless bedtime verse, offering reassurance to young children that there is always light in the darkness. Krommes' elegant line, illuminated with touches of golden watercolor, evoke the warmth and comfort of home and family, as well as the joys of exploring the wider world."

2009 Caldecot Honor Books are:

Book title links from this post go directly to the library catalog. Any titles not currently part of the juvenile collection have been ordered; orders for second copies of the Caldecott and Newbery award winners have been placed.

* Note: This announcement was orginally posted on the IRC blog.

January 14, 2009

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor, adjacent to the reference and circulation area.

All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members. Recent additions to the collection include:

Interested in recommending a book for the library? Contact your library liason for more information.

January 7, 2009

OhioLINK Electronic Book Center

The OhioLINK Electronic Book Center has a new look!

The new EBC design offers:

  • One click searching for scholarly books only, American and English literature only, or all of OhioLINK’s most popular e-book collections
  • Quick links to OhioLINK’s most popular individual e-book collections, which provide advanced searching options, including American & English Literature, Oxford Reference Online, NetLibrary, Safari Books Online, and the Scholarly & Reference Collection
  • An updated look
OhioLINK is soliciting feedback regarding this recent update, use this form to share your thoughts. More information is available on the OhioLINK What's New Blog entry Electronic Book Center Gets a Facelift.

Interested in electronic books? Check out AU Library's E-Book web page:

"E-Books are proliferating as publishers and vendors offer electronic books in place of or along with their print materials. You will find many Electronic books within the Ashland University Library and OhioLINK catalogs." - AU Library E-Books

January 6, 2009

OhioLINK Catalog

From the OhioLINK What's New Blog:

"The OhioLINK Library Catalog is now more colorful and helpful than ever. The catalog has been enhanced with millions of full-color jacket images, reviews, summaries, author bios and excerpts. Access this additional information about items in the catalog by clicking on the jacket image in the search results screen or on the record for a particular item." -- January 5, 2009

Learn more about this change and view screen shots of the new feature at Reviews, Cover Images, and More Added to OhioLINK Library Catalog.