Just in time for halloween: Preparedness 101:Zombie Pandemic, briefing document from the CDC

October 30th, 2012

The Center for Disease controls uses graphic novel format and a popular fictional disaster scenario to illustrate general emergency preparedness and response strategies.   Regardless of the actual situation, the best tool is a properly prepared BRAIIINNNN!!!

Catalog Record

Direct link to Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic (.pdf format)

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Site


Technology, Security and the Mechanics of American Elections

October 19th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 24th at noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. Jeremy Walling of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion, will present this week’s Athenaeum series topic, Technology, Security and the Mechanics of American Elections.

Every election cycle, Americans are bombarded with countless campaign advertisements and endless media commentary.  In such and environment, it is possible to become overwhelmed by the rhetoric and desensitized to the messages.  With that in mind, this presentation is an attempt to ignore policy issues and campaign rhetoric completely.

This presentation will be an opportunity to go beyond the headlines and examine the current issues in voting behavior and the administration of elections.

The presentation is open to all.  For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml.


Fall 2012 Athenæum Series : student music recital

October 18th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. Jeff Noonan and student musicians from the Music Department of Southeast Missouri State University’s Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will perform musical selections from some of the world’s treasured musical masterpieces. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml


2012 Election Guide

October 17th, 2012

Tired of all the hot air? Looking for more objective information about the 2012 election? Librarians at Kent Library have put together a guide to non-partisan sources of information for the 2012 Presidential and Missouri State elections. Find credible information on the candidates and the issues, as well as links to voter information. To view the guide visit http://semo.libguides.com/2012election


Kent Library Fall Break hours

October 10th, 2012

Kent Library will have the following hours for fall break:

Thursday, October 11 – 7:30am – 5:30pm
Friday, October 12 – 7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday, October 13 – Closed
Sunday, October 14 – 6pm – 11pm

Normal building hours will resume on Monday, October 15


Kent Library’s Fall 2012 Athenæum Series presents: Birds and Birding in Ecuador

October 9th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 17th at 12:00 noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. William Eddleman, Vice Provost & Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, will present Birds and Birding in Ecuador.

Ecuador has the highest known bird diversity of any comparable area in the world, tallied at between 1600 and 1700 species (as opposed to roughly 700 for the whole of North America). Likely reasons for this diversity are a benign climate, extreme altitudinal variation in a small region (sea level to over 18,000 feet), and matching diversity of habitats.

This presentation will discuss many of the species seen by Dr. Eddleman and his companions in January 2012, some of the sites visited in northern Ecuador, and conservation issues with these birds.  Problems the avifauna in Ecuador are facing and will face in the future include habitat loss due to mineral extraction and development, needs of subsistence farmers past land policies, and climate change.   For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml.”


Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, September 30th – October 6th

September 27th, 2012

This annual event celebrates our freedom to read.  For information about the week’s events, including virtual read-outs, as well as lists of banned and challenged books (you might be surprised by the titles) visit the American Library Association’s site http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek and the Banned Books Week site http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ .


Oxford Reference Online launches new interface

September 20th, 2012

Oxford University Press has launched a new design for Oxford Reference Collection. From the Oxford Reference ‘what’s new’ page at


Oxford Reference has relaunched

September 19, 2012

OUP is pleased to announce the launch of Oxford Reference

Today OUP launches Oxford Reference, the new home of Oxford’s quality general reference publishing. Bringing together 2 million entries, we have integrated the superb reference content from Oxford Reference Online and the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf onto the new Oxford Reference platform. The new service enables users to access and cross-search Oxford’s prestigious reference works at the click of a button, and hugely extends its usefulness by opening up free material for general web searching and linking.

The new Oxford Reference platform is made up of two collections:

Oxford Quick Reference provides concise entries for readers wanting to quickly check a fact or find key information on a concept, person, or term from 125 core subject, quotation, and language dictionaries. Oxford is committed to ensuring that Oxford Quick Reference content continues to provide answers you can trust, with the quality and authority readers have come to expect. Our active editorial program now provides monthly updates to this dynamic current collection, and adds entire new titles and major revisions three times a year.

The Oxford Reference Library is made up of over 180 more specialized works including award-winning Oxford Companions and multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedias. These titles are fully cross-searchable with those in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, and provide longer, in-depth, academic content as well as essays and specialist definitions. Oxford Reference Library also brings a selection of scholarly titles from other prestigious publishers, such as Brewers and Continuum.

A major aim of the new service is to widen use and open up new paths to further reading. Oxford Reference now offers a wealth of easily discoverable, freely available content including over 300,000 new free Overview pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic plus onward links to deeper content and related topics;  270 free Timelines containing links to over 9,000 free reference entries; a new, free, online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.

Oxford Reference is the perfect reference point for research at any level, and is designed to help readers save time, whatever they’re looking for -  from concise definitions of a term through to in-depth articles, on topics from Art to Zoology or Aristotle to Zeus.  The quick search and advanced search functionality of the site enables results to be easily sorted by relevance, title, author name, current online version date, or length, while also enabling you to filter by reference type, subject, content set or illustrations. Many new links to related content lead on to further research. Each user can also personalise Oxford Reference by saving their favourite books, entries, and searches, so they can easily retrace their steps to learn more.

Discoverability to help people find and use the content:

  • Over 300,000 new Overview pages offer free definitions of topics and networks of links to related material
  • 270 new Timelines containing links to 9,000 free reference entries
  • A new online-only Quotations title, Oxford Essential Quotations
  • Featured topical articles
  • All findable from general web search
  • Over 16,000 illustrations, including colour photographs, line diagrams, maps, and tables
  • Oxford Quick Reference contains 125 core subject and language dictionaries
  • Oxford Reference Library offers 180+ in-depth, specialist, long entry titles
  • Quick search and advanced search with easy sort and filter options
  • Subject pages with featured content: Search or browse titles in the same subject area, plus featured content carousel that highlights new or topical books and entries
  • Personalisation features: Save searches, favourite books, and entries saving valuable research time
  • Social Media links and bookmarking: Share content with friends and colleagues with integrated tools including social bookmarking, email, and citation export
  • Oxford Index: Fully linked to the OI via an Oxford Index bar that allows users to explore other Oxford content related to their search

Kent Library’s Fall 2012 Athenaeum Series: Technology and the Instructional Environment

September 19th, 2012

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 12:00 noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Mary Harriet Talbut, the new Instructional Designer in the Office of Instructional Technology will be presenting on the new ways technology can be incorporated in the instructional environment. Cell phones, iPads and netbook computers can be used in ways that aren’t just checking Facebook or email but part of engaging the student. Come see all the new tools that are available, most of which are free. Bring your own device and try something new. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml.


The Psychology of Now—In Retail and Fashion

September 15th, 2012

Lynn R. Moore, Department of Human Environmental Studies, will present “The Psychology of Now—In Retail and Fashion Wednesday, September 19th at noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library. Learn some strategies that will help you save money and navigate the new retail environment including the current trends on the internet and in brick and mortar stores. This event is open to all, and snacks are provided.  For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum.shtml