New Books: Fans of Books


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It’s summertime and that means there is time for lazy reading outside under a tree or in the bright summer sunshine. So if you love to read, check out these books about books. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 808.042 L776L Title: Literary Culture: Reading and Writing Literary Arguments (Revised Printing) Editors: Susan Giesemann North and Jeremy W. Webster

Call Number: 809.3 F199 Title: The Fan Fiction Studies Reader Editors: Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse

Call Number: 813.309 G978t Title: Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel Author: Philip F. Gura

Call Number: 823.7 A933jo Title: Jane Austen’s Cults and Cultures Author: Claudia L. Johnson

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

A Quick and Easy Scheduling Tool: Doodle


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This is one of those things that might end up on the tip of your tongue. You know you’ve used an online system to schedule the best times with a group before, but you can’t remember what it’s called or where to find it.

The tool you might be looking for is Doodle:


Anyone can use this free system without creating an account. Just enter the information about your meeting, possible dates and times, and if you want to e-mail it to people – their e-mails. Otherwise you can just send around the link. This system is much easier than dealing with a flood of e-mails trying to set up a time.

You probably have used it already, as a meeting attendee if not someone setting it up, but remember the next time you need to schedule a meeting and can’t remember the name of that program, that website, that ap, you can find it here.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Economics


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Library Services regularly updates sections of the collection and will often get bursts of new books on a particular subject. Our latest burst is on economics. There are more books on these topics available in the circulating collection at the same call numbers. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 153.4 A698u Title: The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic Author: Dan Ariely

Call Number: 153.43 L666t Title: Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain Authors: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Call Number: 153.83 A698p Title: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Author: Dan Ariely

Call Number: 153.83 M157e Title: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Author: Greg McKeown
NOTE: Heard of Affluenza? Check this out this similar title for an update.

Call Number: 155.2 R914d Title: Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking Author: Christian Rudder

Call Number: 158.1 S642r Title: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness Author: Russ Roberts

Call Number: 330 B472e Title: Easy Essays on Economics: Concise Coverage of Complex Concepts Author: Paul C. Bennett

Call Number: 330 B565 Title: Better Living Through Economics Editor: John J. Siegfried

Call Number: 330 C881s Title: The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters Author: Diane Coyle

Call Number: 330 Q65z Title: Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us Author: John Quiggin

Call Number: 330.01 C874d Title: Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist Author: Tyler Cowen

Call Number: 330.122 F911c 2002 Title: Capitalism and Freedom Author: Milton Friedman

Call Number: 330.9 C593f Title: A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World Author: Gregory Clark

Call Number: 330.9 R161f Title: Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy Author: Raghuram G. Rajan

Call Number: 330.973 B648a Title: After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, The Response, and the Work Ahead Author: Alan S. Blinder

Call Number: 331.7 B222p Title: Part of the Family?: Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers, and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights Author: Shelia Bapat

Call Number: 331.88 Z661a Title: American Workers, American Unions Authors: Robert H. Zieger, Timothy J. Minchin, and Gilbert J. Gall

Call Number: 332.024 B978c Title: The Complete Guide to Personal Finance for Teenagers and College Students Author: Tamsen Butler

Call Number: 332.024 K758g Title: Get a Financial Life: Personal Fiance in Your Twenties and Thirties Author: Beth Kobliner

Call Number: 332.024 M876wa Title: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance Authors: Kenneth M. Morris and Virginia B. Morris

Call Number: 332.024 T994L Title: Let’s Get Real About Money!: Profit From the Habits of the Best Personal Fiance Managers Author: Eric Tyson

Call Number: 332.6 L675f Title: Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Author: Michael Lewis
NOTE: A group of young men figured out what was wrong with Wall Street and how to make it more fair for everyone.

Call Number: 332.601 M251r Title: A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing Author: Burton G. Malkiel

Call Number: 332.709 H195b Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street to the Underworld Author: Jake Halpern

Call Number: 338.473 G619r Title: The Race Between Education and Technology Authors: Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz

Call Number: 338.5 D619m Title: Microeconomics: A Very Short Introduction Author: Avinash Dixit

Call Number: 338.542 R853c Title: Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in The Future of Finance Author: Nouriel Roubini

Call Number: 339 M913c Title: A Concise Guide to Macro Economics: What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know Author: David A. Moss

Call Number: 339.4 E135t Title: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor Author: William Easterly

Call Number: 339.46 B215p Title: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty Authors: Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Call Number: 339.5 C874e Title: The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy As If the Future Matters Author: Diane Coyle

Call Number: 363.738 N832c Title: The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World Author: William Nordhaus

Call Number: 381.457 A524g Title: #GirlBoss Author: Sophia Amoruso

Call Number: 650.1 E176h Title: How To Build A Nontraditional Career Path: Embracing Economic Disruption Author: Ron Elsdon

Call Number: 650.1 E926p Title: Play Like a Man Win Like a Woman Author: Gail Evans

Call Number: 658.11C639e Title: Entrepreneurial StrengthFinder Authors: Jim Clifton and Sangetta Bharadwaj Badal

Call Number: 658.11 T431z Title: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How To Build The Future Authors: Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Call Number: 658.403 H816h Title: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are NO Easy Answers Author: Ben Horowitz

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Kirkwood’s Online Newsroom


OnlineNewsWant to be sure to keep up with all the news at Kirkwood Community College? See a big crowd in the parking lot and want to know why? Be sure to check out the college’s online newsroom for all the latest Kirkwood news.

You can find links to the latest Eagle5 video reports, written reports on recent events, student of the month profiles, find out how to connect with Kirkwood and your fellow students all over the web, and catch up on all the Eagles action!

It’s all on Or click on the search box and put in what you’re interested in (like Library Services) and see what comes up.

When you have a recent Kirkwood event question, be sure to check them out.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Do You Know About Color Printing?


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Do you have an assignment that requires students to be print in color? Or are you someone who needs color printing done?

Color Printing

Color Printing

Color printing for students is not available at most locations on any Kirkwood campus. Also be aware that while black and white printing takes 5 cents a page off the student print ration for each page printed, color printing takes 10 cents a page.

  • It’s available on the Cedar Rapids campus at both the library and at the Allsop Lab in Nielsen Hall.
  • On the Iowa City campus color printing is only available in the library.
  • The Benton County Center does NOT offer color printing.
  • The Cedar County Kirkwood Center has a color printer.
  • The Iowa County Kirkwood Center has one color printer by the front desk.
  • The Jones Regional Education Center has two color printers available.
  • The Linn Regional Kirkwood Center as a color copier that can print in the office. Students have to know that and do a printer search on the student computers or has for help according to their office.
  • The Tippie-Mansfield Center Coordinator in Belle Plaine has a color printer.
  • The Washington County Regional Center has a single color printer available in the office. Students can print there from Kirkwood computers, but when the office is closed they have to find a staff member to retrieve their printing.

The IT policy is that all printers must default to black and white so it’s a little more complicated than you might think to print in color, especially the first time. We STRONGLY advise people printing color at Kirkwood for the first time to ask for help and we’re glad to help you more than once.

You’ll need to:

  • Click on Print
  • Select the color printer (it will not be the default printer on any Kirkwood computer – ask at the desk if you’re unsure which is the color printer)
  • Depending on the print box for various programs the way to do this will differ, but you need to get into Printer Properties and select printing in color instead of the default of printing in black and white.
  • Often people printing in color want to print single sided to prevent color bleed through, if you do select single sided at this point. The way you select single sided differs depending on the print box that goes with the particular program you are printing from. Sometimes you have to go into printer properties, other times it will be on the opening screen of the print box. Generally you want to look for something that says double sided and uncheck the box in front, select where it says single-sided or select off from the dropdown menu.
  • Don’t forget that student color printing takes double the amount of credit black and white printing does from the Kirkwood print ration.

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:

Our Special Display This Month

Student Skills

Our Database of the Month

Gale Literary Resource Center

EVENT – Announcement

New Snack and Pop Machines by the Library in Cedar Rapids

Tech Tips

How to Make Downloaded Word Documents Look Normal

Research Tips

And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you!

New Books: Odds and Ends 18


From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: CL 409.2 B915r Title: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Authors: Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Call Number: CL 759.13 W875Le 2005 Title: Grant Wood: The Artist in the Hayloft Author: Deborah J. Leach

Call Number: PB 940.54 R241u Title: Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army Author: Georg Rauch

Call Number: 100 C973e Title: Everyday Examples: An Introduction to Philosophy Author: David Cunning

Call Number: 155.7 K644s Title: Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along Author: Stefan Klein

Call Number: 355 H847 2015 Title: Barron’s ASVAB: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (2015 or 11th edition) Author: Terry L. Duran

Call Number: 401.93 E652b Title: Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners Author: Michael Erard

Call Number: 530.12 H762q Title: Quantum Physics for Dummies Author: Steven Holzner

Call Number: 530.13 H195e Title: Einstein’s Dice and Schrodinger’s Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics Author: Paul Halpern

Call Number: 576.83 R975c Title: Creation: How Science is Reinventing Life Itself Author: Adam Rutherford

Call Number: 635.9 B918w Title: The Winter Garden: Plants That Offer Color and Beautfy in Every Season of the Year Author: Rita Buchanan

Call Number: 636.755 F755i Title: I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (And Misunderstood) Pet Author: Ken Foster

Call Number: 658.85 E368s Title: The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone Author: Fredrik Eklund

Call Number: 791.43 B959c Title: The Comic Book Film Adaptation Author: Liam Burke

Call Number: 791.43 C647m 2015 Title: Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film Author: Carol J. Clover

Call Number: 808.66 C973b 2013 Title: The Business Syle Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Effective Writing on the Job Authors: Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene

Call Number: 813.52 W673m 2014 Title: Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography Editor: Pamela Smith Hill

Call Number: 813.54 R324fL 1998 Title: Flight to Canada: A Novel Author: Ishmael Reed

Call Number: 916.89 M983z Title: Zimbabwe Author: Paul Murray

Call Number: 940.308 A887w Title: Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics Author: Kathryn J. Atwood

Call Number: 940.45 L334d Title: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Author: Erik Larson

Call Number: 970.015 L827L Title: Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong Author: James W. Loewen

New Books: Food History and Science


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Recently at the Cedar Rapids branch of the Kirkwood Community College library we’ve had some books come in that had something to do food history or food science. There aren’t a lot of them, but I think it’s such an interesting subject that I’m going to share them anyway.  These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 630.9 I62 Title: Inventions and Inventors – Volume 4 : Farming, Food, and Biotechnology

Call Number: 641.2 S642d Title: Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages Author: Andrew F. Smith

Call Number: 641.3 M551w Title: What the World Eats Author: Faith D’aluiso

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Biotechnology


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We recently had some students coming in looking for books on biotechnology. We really didn’t have much that was current so we’ve added some new books. Do you know of some books we should add on this or any other topic that would help your students complete assignments? If you do, please let us know.

Call Number: 303.183 V465L Title: Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life Author: J. Craig Venter

Call Number: 338.4 R225g Title: Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Bioteach Enterprise Author: Nicolas Rasmussen

Call Number: 338.7 H894g Title: Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech Author: Sally Smith Hughes

Call Number: 572.86 C561r Title: Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves Authors: George Church and Ed Regis

Call Number: 591.68 S529h Title: How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction Author: Beth Shapiro

Call Number: 615.7 B644m Title: Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues Author: Martin J. Blaser, MD

Call Number: 616.042 M687i Title: Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes Author: Sharon Moalem

Call Number: 616.9 F527i Title: The Infectious Microbe Author: William Firshein

Call Number: 660.65 A627 Title: Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts Author: Emily Anthes

Call Number: 664 N562g Title: GMO Food Author: David E. Newton

Vital Statistics


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What it is and why to use it?

One of the mainstays of our reference collection is Vital Statistics of the United States: Births, Life Expectancy, Deaths, and Selected Health Data. A vital statistic is a record of birth, death, or marriage. Although in the genealogy world it is often used to reference information on a particular person, this source congregates and analyzes mass data for the entire country.

Want to know the rate of marriage in Iowa? The total number of divorces across the country in 2012? The current life expectancy in the US? (78.8 years FYI) The percent of babies born to non-married women? All of that and more is available for use in both informational and persuasive papers and speeches.

Where to find it

The last time we were going to re-order our paper version for reference we discovered that the Center for Disease Control had this information online for free. So if you are looking for charts of data of vital statistics (birth, death, and marriage, etc.) check out this link instead.


There is sometimes an expectation that the numbers will be up to the minute when they will often be two or three years behind. That is because the data the numbers are extracted from needs to be collected at the end of the year from state governments and other sources and then analyzed and imputed to the CDC’s various reports. This causes the delay, so don’t look for results from this year yourself or expect your students to find them.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


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