Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Closed for Independence Day

The Darling Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observation of Independence Day (the US National Holiday, not the movie.) Regular summer hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm.

Image from Wikipedia Independence Day (United States)
Regular Summer Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ATLA 2016 Conference - HIU Participation

Hope International University is a member of the American Theological Library Association which met in Long Beach, California for its annual conference June 15-18, 2016. As a member of the local Southern California chapter of ATLA (SCATLA), HIU served on the Local Host Committee. The LHC provided conference bags filled with information and goodies for the 300+ attendees, manned a local host table to greet members and inform them of local points of interest, we “hosted” dinners at local restaurants to facilitate fellowship and networking, and led excursions such as a tour of the Getty Museum and the Huntington Library. We were busy!

On top of our hosting responsibilities, Hope International University participated in the programming. Terri Bogan, Reference & Instruction Librarian, and James Yuile, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ministry and Biblical Studies led a session on a case study of Librarian/Faculty Collaboration.

In this well-attended session, James and Terri described their experience in preparing a course on the Book of Acts for upper division Biblical Studies majors. They experimented with using LibGuides to facilitate student research throughout the course. Students in the course were aware that they were part of this experimental method of teaching and provided feedback which the presenters used in their evaluation. Perhaps the most valuable outcome reported, however, was Professor Yuile’s analysis of student grades compared to five courses he had previously taught with an exegetical research paper as the major assignment. Although Professor Yuile has often invited Mrs. Bogan into the classroom to give library instruction, this librarian intensive pedagogical experiment resulted in increased scores by nearly 10 points per student – a full letter grade – above student averages in his previous courses.

Librarians rarely hear the professor’s perspective or the kind of outcomes assessment provided in this study. We hope that our efforts in the classroom make a difference but rely on informal anecdotal feedback to assess our efficacy. Evidence of learning outcomes is invaluable to any instructor. According to attendee feedback forms, the session inspired other librarians to seek a partnership with a professor in their home institutions. One attendee tweeted about it to Springshare, the company that makes LibGuides. Springshare has asked to showcase the presentation on their website.

Attending professional association meetings is invaluable to librarians. Giving presentations at these conferences is a great way to make a contribution to the profession, learn by doing, and hone our skills. Peers provide immediate feedback, uploaded archived sessions give further opportunity for peer review, and published proceedings makes for long term preservation. Participation in the academy is good for the librarian (and professor,) good PR for their institution, good for the association, and good for the profession overall.

Congratulations to Terri Bogan and James Yuile on a job well done!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Library Closed for Repainting

It has been over fifteen years since the library was completely renovated with a generous grant from the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation. The facility has held up very well but there are some expected evidence of wear and tear.

Next week, while the librarians are away attending conferences, the hand rails and banisters are being repainted and refinished.

The doors will be closed to the public while the work is being done and there will be no library staff on the premises.

All will be refreshed when we reopen on Monday, June 20th.

All online resources will be available as usual.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Therapy Dogs are Coming!

It must be finals week on the Fullerton campus of Hope International University because therapy dogs are coming to the library!

This year the College of Psychology and Counseling is partnering with the Darling Library to bring Therapy Dogs, International to the library for some pet therapy. A dog will be waiting to be snuggled once or twice a day during finals week: Monday, May 9th through Thursday, May 12th.

Dog Schedule:
  • Monday, 5/9, 9:30am to 11:30am - Shannon (Golden Retriever)
  • Monday, 5/9, 1:00 to 3:00pm - Zhi (Lab/Retriever mix)
  • Tuesday, 5/10, 1:00 to 3:00 - Moshi (Akita)
  • Wednesday, 5/11, 9:30am to 11:30am - Sophie (Black Lab)
  • Wednesday, 5/11, 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Noel (Akita)
  • Thursday, 5/12, 9:30am to 11:30am - Diamond Lil (Great Pyrenees)
  • Thursday, 5/12, 1:00pm to 3:00pm - Bentley (Miniature Pinscher)

Take break for some unconditional puppy love!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Open Saturdays

The Darling Library is open the last two Saturdays of the spring 2016 semester:

Saturday, April 30th - 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 7th - 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 Darling Library Grand Opening, 2000
(Picture from the Darling Library Archives)
See calendar of all library hours:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

National Library Workers Day 2016

Today is National Library Workers Day!

Annually held on Tuesday of National Library Week, it is a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Encourage your Darling Library workers today!

You can even nominate a stellar library worker on the American Library Association website:

Monday, April 11, 2016

National Library Week 2016

It's National Library Week!

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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

This year's theme is “Libraries Transform” - part of a public awareness campaign "to help shift the mindset that 'libraries are obsolete or nice to have' to 'libraries are essential.' This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week.

Student Library Assistant, Ashley,
makes fun of the old card catalog that is now
"growing" silk plants in the library.
The Darling Library invites our patrons to make it fun this year by posting a "shelfie" (a picture of yourself in the library) on Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media site to help express how the library "transforms."

We believe our library transforms lives because it supports the curriculum of Hope International University which is designed "empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ."

What is more transformative than that?