Archive for February, 2013

Spring 2013 Athenæum Series: Female Book Owners in Flanders and the Low Countries: Identity expressed through patronage.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6 at noon, as part of Kent Library’s Athenaeum series, Dr. Joni Hand of the Department of Art will present “Female Book Owners in Flanders and the Low Countries: Identity expressed through patronage.”

The proliferation of books of hours in the 14th and 15th centuries was due in part to the desire of the laity to pray in the manner of the clergy. In addition to specific prayers, many patrons had stylistic preferences incorporated into their manuscripts that reveal their cultural backgrounds or aesthetic sensibilities. The textual and aesthetic choices made for manuscript commissions by noble-women were especially revealing. Religious manuscripts gave women a vehicle by which they could assert their individual identities within the restrictive court environment.

The event is open to the public and snacks will be provided.


Open access research initiative

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

On Friday, February 22, the White House directed Federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and development spending to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication. This is in addition to the recently introduced Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR).

full story at:

ACRL Insider


Access over 200,000 ebooks from Open Library

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Due to the Missouri State Library’s participation in Open Library, Missourians have access to over 200,000 ebooks that can be ‘checked out’ for a two week period at

You will need to create an account and then you can search or browse the collection and check out a book to download a pdf or e-pub format to read on your computer or e-reader.  To use e-pub format, you will need to download the free Adobe Editions program – this also lets you transfer an e-pub book to a mobile device.

A sample of titles/authors available from the collection:

Anne Tyler
John Updike
Joyce Carol Oates
Kurt Vonnegut
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Joy of Cooking
Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
The Hobbit
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Beethoven by Maynard Solomon (definitive biography)
Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Foxfire v.3
An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t
Green Eggs and Ham


Kent Library’s Spring Athenæum Series: The Connection Between Language and Behavior

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Kent Library’s Athenaeum Series for February 13th is “The Connection Between Language and Behavior” presented by Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Dean of the College of Education. This lecture explores a series of studies conducted by the presenter addressing the interaction between language development and social emotional competence in children. The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be available.


NOTICE: Kent Library Off Campus access & catalog unavailable Thur. 2/7 due to system upgrade

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Kent Library will be upgrading its integrated library system software on Thursday, February 7. During this time, the library catalog and off-campus database access will be unavailable. Users of the library will still be able to search for books through the MOBIUS catalog at   Service is expected to be restored by the end of Thursday, updates will be posted as appropriate.