New(s) @ Axe

News and Events of the Leonard H. Axe Library, and of the
Kansas Technology Center Library - Pittsburg (KS) State University

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Grove Art Online—redesigned and now part of Oxford Art Online

Grove Art’s new look includes better searching capability to find images and image links from a search box on the opening page, or from a link at the top of the page. Find the more than 5,000 images in Grove Art as well as links to the 40,000 links from partner sites such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Art Images for College Teaching (AICT), and the Artists Rights Society.

The newly designed of Grove Art as part of Oxford Art Online includes the contents of Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. These sources can be searched simultaneously or individually.

Also new are subcategories to locate results with the same theme. For example, click on the + sign by Grove Art. The cascade reveals several broad topics, including “Styles and Cultures.” Open Styles and Cultures and find African American. Search and find links to African American artists.

In addition, “Learning Resources” have been added that provide timelines of world art and art history thematic guides on major topics.

Try it and let us know how you like the redesign and added content. Send us your comments!

Access Grove Art Online and/or Oxford Art Online via the library homepage:
( and select "Database by Title".

Or; Research Guides by Major > Art

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Waudenna Agee Joins the Axe Reference Dept.

On April 7, 2008, the Axe Reference Department was very pleased to welcome Ms. Waudenna Agee, resident of Mindenmines, MO and instructor of Speech Communication at Crowder College, to its staff. The very energetic Ms. Agee will be taking the place of Mr. Bill Pfannenstiel as liaison to the Kansas Technology Center Library as well as Reference and Instruction Librarian at Axe Library.

Ms. Agee has always been an adventurous sort, and after going to college for two years, decided to try her luck at marriage and parenthood. She and Mr. Agee raised a family of four children. But when she started to send them to college she began to long for the academic life again and returned to college herself. After that, she never left. She got her Bachelors in Communication from Missouri Southern State College (now University), her Masters in Communication from Pittsburg State University and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her previous library job was as a clerk in the Technical Services Department of the library of Missouri Southern State University. Being a very hardworking and energetic lady, she is finishing her part time work as an instructor at Crowder College while plunging into her new position here at Axe Library.

And as if that wasn’t enough adventure for Ms. Agee, she is now the proud grandparent of four granddaughters, aged two to six, and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandson this August.

When her coworkers here at Axe asked Ms. Agee what she did to relax, we didn’t expect more adventure, but that’s what we got. On weekends she enjoys going to “Rendezvous”, where the participants encamp together and live the lifestyle of a person active in the 1840s or before. Because anytime before the 1840s is fair game, many of the participants show up in armor, togas, kilts , Native American regalia and Western outfits (Old fashioned ones, think Davy Crockett, not Buffalo Bill.). Ms Agee’s favorite persona is a “school marm” of the 1830s. But she hopes she can eventually branch into the Colonial period, “as far back at the 17th century”, she said. On these weekends, she is assisted by Mr. Agee, who likes to dress as a hunter and mountain man of the 1830s.

Mr. Agee is also quite adventurous (He loves John Wayne movies.). After a long and successful career as a welder, he decided to become a paramedic. He has worked in that capacity for Barton County for the past twelve years. But he still dabbles in “artistic” welding, making fine wrought iron pieces for fire places.

When asked what she liked most about working in Pittsburg, Ms. Agee said “the small, friendly community feel of the campus”. Well, we can only hope that our small, friendly community provides her with as much adventure and excitement as she is used to.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Grove Music Online now Oxford Music Online

Grove Music Online - new look, better searching and, now, part of a new music gateway, Oxford Music Online. Grove Music Online is now the major source of a new online music gateway: Oxford Music Online. Oxford Music Online will be the access point for Grove Music as well as new and forthcoming Oxford music titles. Currently The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music can be searched simultaneously with Grove Music or as individual titles. And , the contents of New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The Grove Dictionary of Jazz are also available as links from search results.

The new search interface is user-friendly, with better biography searching, topical subcategories to refine searching, and contents for the longer articles for easier navigation. Also included are “Learning Resources” with music time lines, manuscript sources, topical essays and more. Try it and see if you like the look and feel. Give us your comments!

Access via the Library homepage > Databases by Title. Or, access via the Research Guide to Music.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Multilingual Matters

Multilingual Matters is an independent publishing house in the United Kingdom and publishes a collection of twelve peer-reviewed journals. The collection concentrates on multilingual education, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and language and inter cultural communication. Most are indexed in ERIC and other databases. You may access the Multilingual Matters Journals through the Serials Solutions link on the Axe Library’s website or through Article Linker. Because the collection is open access, no password is required to access the journals whether you are on or off-campus.

Current Issues in Language & Society
Current Issues in Language Planning
Evaluation & research in education
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
International journal of multilingualism
Journal of multilingual and multicultural development
Language and education
Language and Intercultural Communication
Language awareness
Language, Culture and Curriculum
New writing
If you have any questions or comments about these or other journals, please feel free to contact Axe Library at 620-235-4884 or 4894.

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