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

Friday, October 23, 2009

Axe Library Proudly Announces Its 26th Annual Faculty Author Reception

This reception, which Axe Library has held since 1984, is designed to honor the faculty members who have published books, chapters in books, journal articles and other publications during the previous year. This year, the Library will hold its reception on November 5, 2009 from 3PM to 4:30PM. Refreshments will be served and the books, journal articles and chapters will be on display. There will also be a display set up to honor Dr. William Thomas Bawden, 1875-1960, who was Head of the Department of Industrial Education, Kansas State Teachers’ College from 1935 to 1941, a pioneer in the field of Industrial Education and author of A History of Kansas State Teachers College 1903-1941, Leaders In Industrial Education, The Contribution of Kansas State Teachers College to the War Effort, 1940-1945 and others.

This year, we are honoring eleven book authors as well as numerous authors of articles and book chapters. Below is a brief description of our book authors and their publications:

  • Dr. Donald Baack, a specialist in international marketing and business ethics, published Integrated Advertising, Promotion and Marketing Communication in 2008.
  • Dr. Judy Berry- Bravo, Chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and specialist in South American Literature, has collaborated with her husband, Dr.Pedro Bravo-Elizondo, a professor at Wichita State, to produce Saga de los Pampinos: Antología Crítica del Teatro Salitrero, a collection of Chilean plays about the nitrate mining era in that country.
  • Dr. Selim Giray, professor of music, master of the violin and expert in Turkish music is coming out with a new CD, Turkish Violin and Piano Music with pianist June Chen.
  • Dr. Casie Hermansson, professor of English and expert in the study of literary folklore, has written a new book on her favorite villain Bluebeard: A Reader’s Guide to the English Tradition.
  • Dr. David Hurford, University Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has written A Primer of Statistics this year as well as ten curriculum modules for the Pittsburg based educational products company DEPCO, LLC.
  • Dr. Stephen E. Meats, Professor of English and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has edited a special issue pf the Midwest Quarterly entitled “100 Poems from 50 Years of the Midwest Quarterly” (Summer 2009).
  • Randy Roberts, Curator of Special Collections, and Janette Mauk, Library Assistant, Special Collections, have collaborated to produce the attractive postcard book Pittsburg, which contains vintage photographs of the city throughout its history. Also an accompanying set of postcards entitled Pittsburg: 15 historic postcards. Mr. Roberts has also collaborated with student Shannon Phillips to produce Pittsburg State University: A Photographic History of the First 100 Years.
  • Dr. Stephen L. Timme, professor of Botany, Director of the T. M. Sperry Herbarium and author of several books on wildflowers, has turned his attention to local specimens of plant life with Wildflowers of Southeast Kansas and bordering counties of surrounding states.
  • Dr. Bobby Winters, professor of math, has published another epic "Okie in Exile" publication, The Book of Renovations and Other Stories, portraying a tale of a man and his wife who do battle against the Valley of the Shadow of Death and the Beasts of the Book of Revelation, with only a set of floor plans and a spotless credit rating.
  • Dr. Kelly Woestman, professor of history, has, with coauthor Rachel C. Ragland, published The Teaching American History Project: Lessons for History Educators, which describes the renowned Teaching American History Project and how its grants support professional development in history for elementary school teachers.
  • Dr. Paul Zagorski, University Professor in Social Science, and expert in the field of international politics has published Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary World.

So, come and enjoy our reception and have a look at some of our faculty’s fine publications. We will be very pleased to see you there.

For further information, contact:
Jane Victor, 620-235-4886, , Betty Geier, 620-235-4879, or Bob Walter, 620-235-4878, Thank you again.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Axe Library Welcomes Alumni

Welcome to PSU Alumni, especially this year’s featured group, PSU Marching Band Alumni. Axe Library is the University’s third library, opening in 1979. The first library was in Russ Hall (1903-1927). The first library building, Porter Library, was completed in 1927 and housed the library until 1979. The historical displays in Special Collections cover the history of southeastern Kansas and the University. We hope that you enjoy your visit.

Axe Adds New Academic Database

Oxford University Press handbooks in the areas of Business and Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion are now available on-line through Axe Library. More than 65 titles containing scholarly reviews of various specific areas can be accessed. The Oxford Handbooks Online may be found by going to our "Databases by Title" page - the link is on our home page. Try it out.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Students Asked – AXE Responded!

Last Wednesday evening, 9/20/2009, the reference desk was inundated with request for the ‘Methods of Research Manual’. This manual was developed for a particular class and very few copies remained available.

Recognizing the student interested, the staff at AXE quickly moved to put the manual in its entirety online. The manual is available from the following path:

AXE Library Homepage > KTC Library Link > Under ‘Links’ find ‘Research Methods Media Tutorial > ‘Tips on How to Use the AXE Library for Research Fall 2009 OR use the following address to go directly to the page

Note that the chapters have been bookmarked for easy access. The AXE Library hopes that this tutorial will benefit many students. Please pass the word along!

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