Friday, April 17, 2015

Unlimited Possibilities @ the Darling Library

In my introduction of National Library Week on Sunday, I described a bookmark that we created with bulleted points about the Darling Library. One side focuses on our online presence and the other side highlights the brick and mortar library offerings.

The following is the gist of  the content but you can also download this PDF file to make your own bookmark!

Brick and Mortar

Dr. David Matson, Library Fan
Our professors think very highly of the Library. They work with the librarians to make sure we have the resources we need to support their courses.

Students like the Library facility because it is a convenient comfortable place to study with WiFi and plenty of electrical outlets... and food and drinks are welcome.

On the second floor, there are 30 iMac computers that have Windows as well as Mac Operating Systems making it possible for students to use the OS they are comfortable with. There are two flat bed scanners and both a color and black and white printer as well. And last fall we opened the popular CSI Lab, a group study room with state-of-the-art presentation technologies for student use.

We also have reciprocal borrowing agreements with several other colleges in the area and we participate in a nation-wide interlibrary loan service to borrow books that we don’t own on behalf of our students and faculty.


With about 50% of HIU students being completely online, the Darling Library prides itself on its excellent online resources that can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet capable device. Of course, even students who live on campus like this because there is the possibility of doing research from their dorm rooms at any time.

We have almost twice as many eBooks available for download as print books to check out from the library. Besides the 250 print subscriptions, we provide access to over 8,000 eJournals with a seemingly unlimited numbers of articles.

There are links that send students directly to the library’s website and LibAnswers (our online reference service) from within all HopeOnline courses. With links to LibAnswers found throughout the library's website a Darling Librarian is always just a click away.

We have an HIU Library YouTube channel with online tutorials and have been created with distance students in mind. There are over thirty custom designed online subject and research guides (LibGuides) making it possible for HIU students to help themselves. Besides this news & events blog, the Library also has a Facebook Page to keep everyone who Like it informed.

Both online and on-ground, the Darling Library provides unlimited possibilities for those in the Hope community who have any sense of imagination.

Thus concludes National Library Week 2015. Until next year, keep on learning!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Teen Literature Day!

by Katie Zeeb

There are over 600 books and electronic sources in the Darling Library collection that are designated for children and teens by the Library of Congress. HIU has these materials to offer reading material of academic value for readers of all levels.

Young adult literature is usually defined by being for and about teenagers and pre-teens. There is an underlying sense of optimism through the book (no matter how dark the story), relatable characters and issues (even in fantastic settings), and a quick flow to the story to maintain reader’s attention.

A trend in Hollywood recently has been to turn Young Adult/Teen books into movies. Blockbusters such as Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight, and Fault in Our Stars began as books and are enjoyed by both teens and adults. More than half (55%) of teen books are bought by adults (28% of these are people 33-40 years old).

Young adult librarians are specialists in teen literature and the specific information needs of those in Junior High and High School. In a public library, young adult librarians run after-school programs like book and anime clubs and tutoring. Librarians who go through the Master’s in Library and Information Science program take multiple classes in trending teen lit and how to create programs to build positive learning habits in students.


Guest blogger, Katie Zeeb, is working for Hope as an Library intern from the San Jose State University School of Information. She is interested in becoming a Young Adult Librarian.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Bookmobile Day

The Hugh and Hazel Darling Library occupies about 15,700 square feet on the main campus in Fullerton where there are over 70,000 books, CDs and videos on the shelves. The library is open 81 hours per week for the convenience of Hope's on-ground students.

However, not all of our on-ground students meet on the main campus. In fact, all of our graduate Marriage and Family Therapy students meet six miles away in Anaheim.

Today, as we continue our celebration of National Library Week, we pay homage to mobile libraries on National Bookmobile Day.  Bookmobiles carry a modest collection of books to places where there are no library buildings or to communities that have difficulty getting to a library.

Anaheim City Public Library Bookmobile

Although the Darling Library does not have a bookmobile, it does shuttle books using the intra-campus mail van to serve HIU students in Anaheim. We don't have to carry around a van full of library of books, we just transport the specific materials students request.

Those who meet on the Anaheim campus need only to sign up with the library and set up their online account to be able to put books on hold. Requested books are checked out to them and delivered to Anaheim through intra-campus mail. Students may return the books there when they go to class for their convenience rather than having to visit the main campus at all.

All HIU students may put books on hold and choose to have them shuttled to Anaheim (or pick them up in Fullerton) by following the instructions in LibAnswers: How can I place a book on Hold?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

National Library Worker's Day

National Library Worker's Day is Tuesday of National Library Week every year.

While the first thing most people associate with libraries is books, the second most common association is probably people - particularly those who serve at the  public reference or circulation desks. But I have a special place in my heart for those library workers who never sit at these desks but make the library function seamlessly.

This year I nominated one as a "stellar library worker" on the National Library Worker's Day website. Here's a snippet from my nomination of Joe:
He has rolled with myriad library changes with a positive attitude over the years – from our transition from a card catalog to an ILS and ten years later, to our current cloud system. Joe has been our one steady library technical assistant for fifteen years. He does it all. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Read more...

Of course, Joe is not the only "star" among the Darling Library Staff. There are three full-time librarians, a library services manager, and another part-time technical assistant as well as eleven student library assistants at your service.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The State of America's Libraries Report 2015

It really wasn't very long ago that someone again asked me that question, "aren't libraries going away?" It doesn't bother me like it used to because I am confident in the value libraries continue to provide to their communities.

At the start of National Library Week, the American Library Association releases its annual State of America's Libraries Report. It covers issues and trends for public, academic, and school libraries. Briefly, some of the big issues this year include privacy, copyright, and children's and teen services with respect to early literacy, diversity in children's literature, and digital literacy. Equitable access to information and intellectual freedom are also of great interest to libraries.

In its discussion of Academic libraries, this year's report noted that
Academic libraries provide resources and services to support the learning, teaching, and research needs of students, faculty, and staff. Surveys show that both students and faculty value high-quality digital and print collections and the instructional support that helps them use these resources. Academic librarians are finding creative ways to repurpose library spaces and make optimal budgeting choices. 
The impact of academic librarians on student learning can be seen in the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement, which reports that 33% of first-year students agreed that their experience at their institution contributed “very much” to their knowledge, skills, and personal development in using information effectively. More impressively, 47% of college seniors agreed with the same statement.
I am happy to report that libraries are still alive and actually enjoy a healthy fan base.

Read the report in part or the whole on the ALA website:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

National Library Week 2015

Image from ALA
This year the theme for National Library Week is Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.

"First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April." (ALA. National Library Week.) 

This year the Darling Library explores the theme, "Unlimited Possibilities" as applied to the library of Hope International University.

How can any library claim unlimited possibilities?

Libraries have long been about connecting the communities they serve with the information and research resources they need. If they are successful in this mission, their patrons are only limited by their own imaginations. How does the Hugh and Hazel Darling Library meet this mission for the students, faculty, and staff of its academic community?

Early this semester, the presidents of two sister schools visited Hope to explore a merger opportunity. I was given fifteen minutes to give them the gist of it. Knowing that I was only one of numerous presentations they would be hearing that day, I decided to give them a bookmark with bulleted points to take with them. On one side of the bookmark I focused on the brick and mortar library offerings for those who have the privilige of visitiing the facility. The other side focused on our online presence, which I knew would be of greater interest to my audience.

More recently, our Admissions Department held a Spring Preview Day for prospective students and their parents during which they gave tours of the campus, including the library. It is always interesting to overhear what our student admissions representatives say about the library on their tours. We listen critically and hope they "sell" our services well. After hearing a number of these tour guides, the library staff decided we should give them the same bookmark I had created for the visiting administrations the month before.

Having excellent information resources does not provide "unlimited possibilities" unless the intended users know about it and how to take advantage of them. This year, I hope to use National Library Week as an opportunity to take a step toward increasing awareness of the unimited possibilies we offer.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Extended Hours Begin

The Darling Library begins six weeks of Extended Hours on Monday, April 6, 2015. 

Extended Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 7:45AM - 12:00AM*
Friday, 7:45AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, Closed**
Sunday, 2:00PM - 12:00AM

*We will continue to be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM to 10:30AM for Chapel and Spiritual Formation Meetings (except during finals week.)
**We will be open Saturday, May 9th just prior to finals week.

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

See a complete calendar of library hours at