Looks Like Books

Another year gone …

As we slide into summer, the Library would like to thank the Midwest Community for their support of the Library this past year!

What has happened in the library this year?
We raised almost 60 non-perishable food items for the Yellow Springs Methodist Church food pantry during our Food for Fines campaign, we added new shelves and hundreds of new books, we moved the back of the library around to create more intentional study and group spaces, and continue to provide free coffee.

Anything new for the Antioch Library System?
The 5 Antioch University libraries now have a shared library catalog where all of our content is visible:

This makes it easier to see what we each have, so that sharing material should become much faster. Of course, we still use the We Deliver system (https://antioch.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon2.html) to request material we can’t find through OhioLINK. So although all of Ohio is at your fingertips, using We Deliver, you have a national reach- be sure to try the system and see how fast you can get material. What’s the most obscure thing you can put your finger on?

How you can join the conversation:
Finally, we believe that we need to be continually improving what we do and how we can serve. We have made concrete changes over the last year or so (earlier Saturday hours, free scanning, etc.) based on comments from student like yourself.

If there are general comments (anything!) you have, feel free to click this link and let us know:

Want to suggest an item for us to consider? Here’s the link for you to let us know: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F9J32PX

And our patron survey is always open year round for comments:

Faculty! This means you!
If you would like the librarian to come into your class and work with your students on using library resources, feel free to send us an email or click on this link:


January 2013
We recently added our 10,000th item to our holdings in the AUM Library! While this in itself was a momentous occasion, the book we chose for this honor is one that could give us pause:

Taken from the cover:

“[This book] discusses the future of American social and economic organization, and the effect on that society of big and of little industry. The fact that on the whole small industry is more profitable than big industry, for which fairly conclusive evidence is presented, is unknown to most people. The fact that small industry is not in the main a vestige of the past, but rather is on the frontier of modern technology, is also surprising to most people. The facts are twenty years ahead of most people.”

Interesting? How does this relate to us in our institution? Is there a way that we can appropriate this message and make it our own? Read the book we added, browse the shelves for other interesting titles, and start a conversation. Start a group- talk amongst yourselves!

And the book?

Industries for small communities, with cases from Yellow Springs
Arthur E. Morgan

Librarianship is a science? Really?

November 2012
Antioch University Midwest LibraryWell, to those of us in the field, it is. You can read more on librarianship here , or find out about librarianship from the American Library Association here.

Most librarians recognize these five ‘laws’ (more like guiding principles) first created by S.R. Ranganathan in 1931 (considered by some to be the father of library science):

Books are for use.
Every reader his [or her] book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the reader.
The library is a growing organism.

Every so often, librarians like to change these, or add new ones. If you could change one of these ‘laws,’ or think of a new one, what would that be? Let us know!


June 2012
Tired of keeping track of all your citations on paper? Desperate for help on creating APA or MLA citations? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could organize all the articles and books you’ve ever used, separate them by class or essay, and then pick and choose what to use when that Senior Project class comes up? Not to mention this gives you an organizational leg up when you enter graduate school!

We feel your pain. And have heard the frustrated moaning and sobbing in the library. The Midwest Library has responded by acquiring RefWorks! This handy online bibliographic citation manager stores, sorts and organizes your citations for you, generating bibliographies at the click of a mouse (generated by software, not humans, so trust but verify; caveat emptor).

There’s more! As long as Antioch University has access to RefWorks, so will you- even as alumni! Now that’s worth looking up! Where can you find this wonderful service? As always, start at the main page for the library, find the RefWorks tab!

New Databases (Sage, JSTOR)

May 2012
Did you know that as an Antioch University student you have access to more information that you find through OhioLINK? Check out the library home page, and then look down to the middle of the left column. There’s a box with new research databases: LexisNexis, Sage and JSTOR. Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) has content from journals, reference books and videos specifically geared to research. By focusing on methodology rather than subject specificity, the content appeals to education, social sciences as well as health care.

JSTOR (“Journal STORage”) has tons of interdisciplinary content- but the most distinctive feature is that each journal archived goes all the way back to volume 1 issue 1. In many cases, journals go back into the 1950s, 30s and even the 1800s. Although we do not have full-text access to everything, there is at least citation access, so that by using Antioch Universities We Deliver program, you can try to get articles from around the world (ask us for help; that’s what we’re here for).

And LexisNexis has, well, you tell us! Let us know the most interesting, profound or shocking piece of information you find on Lexis!


April 2012
One of the best parts of my job is not only to interact with books, but being able to interact with others who love books as well. If you are like me, you have a stack of books you think others might be interested in reading, and are always looking for the next new thing to read. While it might not be a newly published book, it’s always new to you!

We’ve created a new blog: books.aum for the Antioch University Midwest community for just this purpose. We need user-generated content, so if there is a book you’d like to share, go to the blog, check it out, write a review of a book and send it to me at the library. This is a great opportunity to jump in on the ground floor! I’ll post as many of these as I can, and that way you can share your love of that wonderful, esoteric, dangerous book with Midwest students, staff, faculty and administration. You might find others who share your interests: a friend who reads is a friend indeed.Or something like that.

Steve Shaw is the Antioch University Midwest Librarian. He writes from his blog, Looks Like Books.