Thursday, December 11, 2014

Intersession Hours and Holiday Closure

The Darling Library will begin Intersession Hours Saturday, December 13th through Friday, December 19th.

Intersession Hours: 

Saturday and Sunday - Closed
Monday through Thursday - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The library will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Intersession hours will resume January 5 through January 21, 2015.

Today's Hours are always posted on the library's home page.

See a complete calendar of library hours at

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Open Saturday!

The Darling Library will be open on Saturday, December 6 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm to accommodate student preparation for finals and end of semester papers and projects.

It's time to get serious!

Today's Hours are always posted on the library's home page.

See a complete calendar of library hours at

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

WorldCat problems?

The library's catalog, WorldCat Local, has been acting erratically today. It seems to be working properly one minute and not the next. The problem is not limited to our library. Other WMS(1) libraries are experiencing similar issues.

Please be patient.

If you get strange search results, please try again. If, after repeated attempts you continue to have trouble, please contact us through LibAnswers ( or call the front desk at (714) 879-3901, ext. 1234.

Bypassing the WorldCat all-in-one search box and connecting directly to Research Databases, such as ProQuest, may be a more reliable option. (Click on the Research Databases tab above the search box.)

We apologize for any inconvenience.


(1) WMS (Worldshare Management Services) uses WorldCat as its discovery service to search across the local library's holdings of books, periodicals, videos, and electronic databases. 

Christmas Reading List 2014

Image John Leech public domain

A Very Merry Dickens Reading List

A collection of ghost stories might seem an odd choice for a Christmas reading list, but Christmas has long been associated with ghosts and the Victorians were quite adept at the telling of ghost stories around the hearth on Christmas Eve. During this era, Dickens wrote quite a number of ghostly tales that were published thanks to the rise of the periodical press. His ghost stories are not particularly Christian, but are morality tales that give the reader (or hearer) a chance to reflect on life.

All of the stories on this reading list can be read online for free. They are a combination of short story and novellas that revolve around Christmas. They have in common a strong moral message and are by-and-large social commentary.

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Victorian Web
The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton
Goblins kidnap a surly, misanthropic grave-digger to teach him some valuable lessons. This is a story within a story and is better known as Chapter 29 of The Pickwick Papers. (Short Story)

The Chimes: A Goblin Story
A poor elderly "ticket-porter" learns that mankind is not naturally wicked, but instead strives for noble things unless crushed or repressed beyond bearing. Yep, more goblins. (Novella)

The Cricket on the Hearth
1848 ILN The Haunted Man
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A mysterious elderly stranger, who isn't what he seems, comes to visit a carrier's family. A somewhat sentimental story depicting the happy Victorian home. This one has a guardian angel. (Novella)

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The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain
A story about the spirit of the holidays that addresses the themes of memory, forgiveness, and humility. Yes, there is a ghost. (Novella)

A Christmas Carol
Probably the most well-known of Dickens' Christmas stories. Scrooge has a heart as cold as winter but, just as spring follows winter, Scrooge warms to his fellow man - of course, not before some ghosts get a chance to visit. (Novella)

Terri Bogan is Reference & Instruction Librarian at Hope International University. She is passionate about helping students navigate the ever expanding world of information. She specializes in the area of information literacy and instructional design.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Open Saturday

Finals week is just around the corner! In honor of this inevitability, the Darling Library will be open on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

This is the only Saturday we will be open this semester!

Library Hours for the next two weeks:

Monday - Thursday (12/1-4) 7:45 AM to 12:00 AM
(Closed Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
Friday (12/5) 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday (12/6) 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday (12/7) 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Monday - Thursday (12/8-11) 7:45 AM to 12:00 AM
Friday (12/12) 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday (12/13-14) - CLOSED

Friday, November 21, 2014

The CSI Lab is Officially Open for Business!

For years the library has wanted to provide collaborative study spaces for students. The problem has been that only two rooms in the library have walls that extend to the ceiling and sound carries throughout the building from every office. We had nearly forgotten about it when one of those rooms became available. The responsibility for classroom media support had migrated from the library to Information Systems and we no longer needed secure storage space for Audio/Visual equipment.

As we began considering what it would take to repurpose the room, adding the technology aspect became a topic of discussion. Our new Systems and Technical Services Librarian, Jennifer Rich, had been a computer teacher and provided technology support to the staff at her former school. She had a lot of ideas and after a brief consultation with HIU Technical Director, Chuck Mitchell, (who also operates Technology of The Arts setting up high tech for public schools and mega-churches,) she made a wish list to equip the room with relevant educational technology. We then made a proposal to Treasures N Beyond board for funding and they approved!

All of a sudden we had an extreme make-over project underway. Our Library Services Manager, Katy Lines, mobilized her crew of Student Library Assistants to prepare the room for renovation, finding new places for the miscellaneous items that had ended up there. Jennifer ordered a big screen TV, various adaptor cables and connectors, Apple TV, and flexible tables. She coordinated installation with our Operations Department which turned into a domino effect of drilling holes in walls, creating new electrical connections, modifying the ventilation, painting, and arranging to have a “vision kit” (bigger window) and attractive signage put on the door.

Mike Carter, Warren Lopez of Information Systems and
Steve Mullins, Darren Conway, and Jerry Chavez
representing Operations Departments made the CSI Lab possible.
Once installed, Information Systems was called in to configure the connections and make the technology play well with our network and systems.

During the grand opening event, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Terri Bogan, articulated the value of collaborative study in terms of Information Literacy and pointed out how students in every discipline need to be able to use common information technologies to enhance their learning through practice and sharing.

Katy added a few words about how students have already been using the room and the policies and procedures developed so far. Finally, Katherine Rowe, representing Treasures N Beyond, was invited to cut the ribbon, officially opening the CSI Lab.

Katherine Rowe cuts the ribbon.
Those in attendance were given a commemorative CSI Lab Grand Opening Bookmark.

With ideas and creative contributions by student workers, the room is decorated with obsolete technology such as books on using flannelgraphs and effective use of chalk boards in Sunday School. There is a Pastor's Microfiche Library, VHS tapes, and a vinyl record. All this is to remind us that technology, no matter how bleeding edge it is, is merely a communication tool. We should always use the best means of getting our message across to our audience - with or without high or low tech.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Closed for Thanksgiving Break 2014

The Darling Library will be closed Saturday, November 22 through Saturday, November 29 for Thanksgiving break.

All Hope International University offices will be open during normal business hours on Monday and Tuesday but will close Wednesday through Friday for the holiday.

Extended Hours will resume on Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 2:00pm to 12:00am.

Today's Hours are always posted on the library's home page.

See a complete calendar of library hours at

Monday, November 17, 2014

Therapy Rooster?

Many libraries are using therapy dogs to bring well being to students during finals week. It may be that other kinds of animals could provide a similar service. Since "Royal" showed up at the library this morning, he has brought a smile to a lot of faces!

We don't know why he crossed the road (but it has been quite windy.) So many questions remain about how he got here but in case you're wondering, the good people of Orange County Animal Care picked Royal up this afternoon and will find him a good home.

The Darling Library has contacted Therapy Dogs International to inquire about their services during finals week.  We'll keep you posted.

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