New Books: Self-Improvement

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Are you interested in Self-Improvement? Looking for self-help books? How people relate to each other? Then whether it’s an assignment or you just want to better yourself. Take a look at these 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.

One Little Spark book coverCall Number: 131.337 C289h Title: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry Author: Dale Carnegie

Call Number: 158 M465f Title: The 15th Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Full Potential Author: John C. Maxwell

Call Number: 158 W814f Title: 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute Author: Richard Wiseman

Call Number: 158.1 O524w Title: What Is Your What?: Discover the ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born to Do Author: Steve Olsher

Call Number: 158.1 S896w Title: Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life Author: Michael Strahan

Call Number: 158.1 S982b Title: Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn From Their Mistakes – But Some Do Author: Matthew Syed

Call Number: 158.2 C112c Title: The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Mast the ARt and Science of Personal Magnetism Author: Olivia Fox Cabane

Call Number: 158.5 V969n Title: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Authors: Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Call Number: 306.85 F298s Title: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, And Much More! Author: Bruce Feiler

Call Number: 363.25 N771s Title: Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator Author: Gary Noesner

Call Number: 363.4 M145w Title: The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State Author: Lisa McGirr

Call Number: 610.28 G284c Title: The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right Author: Atul Gawande

Call Number: 612.8 D747v Title: Vision: How It Works and What Can Go Wrong Authors: John E. Dowling and Joseph L. Dowling

Call Number: 650.1 G663t Title: Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence – What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else Author: Jon Gordon

Call Number: 650.1 K921r Title: Risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices Are the Best Career Moves You Can Make Author: Anne Kreamer

Call Number: 650.1 P524p Title: Power: Why Some People Have It – And Others Don’t Author: Jeffrey Pfeffer

Call Number: 658.314 G663s Title: Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Your Culture Author: Jon Gordon

Call Number: 658.4 B639o 2009 Title: The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams: Excellence Through Team Building Author: Ken Blanchard

Call Number: 658.4 G663y Title: You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 Cs to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life Authors: Jon Gordon and Mike Smith

Call Number: 658.4 M346c Title: Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking With People Who Think Differently Authors: Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur

Call Number: 791.06 S628o Title: One Little Spark! Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering Author: Marty Sklar

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Library Hours in August 2016

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Between semesters there are going to be different library open hours during August.

The hours as listed in the chart below are for the Cedar Rapids campus.

Due to moving the library following construction the Iowa City campus library may not have some services available this week. They will continue with their regular 8 am – 8 pm hours Monday through Thursday, and will be open 8 am – 5 pm on Friday. Iowa City will be also be closed Saturday, August 20th.

Both locations will resume normal fall hours on Monday, August 22nd.

Mon., Aug. 15th

 –  Fri., Aug. 19th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 20th (special hours) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sun., Aug. 21st Closed
Mon., Aug. 22nd Library Resumes

Normal Fall Hours

Normal Fall Hours for Cedar Rapids:
Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri. 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat. 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sun. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Normal Fall Hours for Iowa City:
Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

I can’t use the internet for my assignment

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A frequent student question is: “My instructor says I can’t use the internet for my assignment. Does that mean I can’t use the library’s online databases?

All DatabasesGenerally, by the “internet” instructors mean websites that you can access for free on the open web. For your research projects, your instructor may not want you to search for information on the web using search engines like Google or Yahoo. This is very different from using your computer to access the many databases that the library provides for your research which have already been checked over by the publishers before publication. However, some instructors have specific projects where they don’t want you to use databases, or specifically that you should use paper books or journals, so you should double check this with your instructors.

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Country Information

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Are you looking for information on a country? Although we still have a few reference sets that deal with particular topics (food around the world, music around the world) that might prove useful, the place to find information on individual countries is in the circulating collection in the 900s at the particular number for your country. We have streamlined this section so everything about a country from travel and culture to history are all in one spot. For example, all the books about France can be found at 944.

If you are having trouble locating a country double check its spelling. For example, Colombia the country is spelled differently from cities named after Columbus in the United States – Columbia.

Be sure to do a standard research search as well, but particularly check out these websites.

CIA Factbook

It provides breakdowns for each country. Originally designed to give government employees and officials a quick rundown, it’s now available for everybody.

It covers:

  • Overall Summary
  • Geography
  • People and Society
  • Government
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military and Security
  • Transnational Issues

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

BBC Country Profiles

  • Get a non-US view on the countries.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

Country Reports from the Economist

http://country.eiu.com/AllCountries.aspx

Encyclopaedia Britannica

http://academic.eb.com/levels/collegiate/compare

World Bank

http://www.worldbank.org/en/country

State Department

  • Are there any issues, like are blackouts common? Especially check out “Description of Destination” for information on US relations and “Embassies and Consulates” for contact information of embassies that can often answer difficult questions. Note these are under the headings on the left. The box in the upper right is the contact for the US Embassy in that country. That isn’t the one you want.

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

Centers for Disease Control 

  • Are there any current medical issues? Do they have issues with drinking water, etc.?

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

I’d like to thank the Marymount University Library for letting me use their descriptions on a couple of these links. Find their entire LibGuide at:

http://marymount.libguides.com/country

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Google Tips and Tricks

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Feeling your research and search skills getting rusty over the summer? Take a little time off and play around with these suggestions. Bet you can’t do a barrel roll!

GoogleLogoHow To Be A Power User is from about two years ago and I think is the clearer how to of these two.

Get More Out of Google is a little more academic focused but covers much of the same material.

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Follow Us on Twitter as Kirkwood Smart

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We’re On Twitter

Kirkwood Community College Library Services is on Twitter as Kirkwood CC Library under the handle @kirkwoodsmart. Follow us!

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Feed

We don’t have a very active feed, but we send out announcements about our blog posts and events. Plus we RT things like news or fun things about books, citation, and word definitions and games. Also look out for our trivia questions.

Suggestions or Questions?

We’re always glad to take suggestions for our feed and we’re glad to interact with you there. Tag us in!

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Robert Sedlacek Family Donations

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Looking back over lists of books that you might be interested to read over the summer, this collection of books was donated to the library in 2014. Maybe you would find something to interest you, especially if you enjoy history, especially Iowa history. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Thank you to the Robert Sedlacek Family for the following donations:

Call Number: 277.3 D916d Title: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life Author: Tony Dungy

Call Number: 386.12 M821h Title: History of the Crescent Lodge No. 25: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Volume 2 Author: Ernest R. Moore

Call Number: 610.92 L881d Title: Doc: Then and Now With a Montana Physician Author: R.E. Losee, MD

Call Number: 796.352 R888m Title: A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole Author: Richard MacKenzie

Call Number: 977.7 A188bTitle: A Brit Among the Hawkeyes Author: Richard Lord Acton

Call Number: 977.7 P484s Title: The Story of Iowa (4 volume set) Author: William J. Petersen

Call Number: 977.737 M982c Title: The Story of Cedar Rapids Authors: Janette Stevenson Murray and Frederick Gray Murray

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Disappearing Mozilla Toolbar

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One of the all time most popular posts on this blog has been the directions on how to stop the toolbar from disappearing on PowerPoint, Word and Excel. I hope everyone will find this post about how to find the disappearing menu bar in Mozilla equally useful.

Directions

  1. Open a window of the Mozilla browser
  2. Click on 3 parallel lines in the top right hand corner near the red x that would shut the program. This is apparently known as a hamburger (top bun – meat patty – bottom bun).
  3. A box will appear. Click on Customize at the very bottom of the box. Show Hide Toolbars
  4. Click on Show/Hide Toolbars and Click on Menubar to make it appear. There should be a check in front of it.
  5. Click on Exit Customization (a green box in the bottom right hand corner)
  6. Exit Customize
  7. The menu commands (File, Edit, View, etc.) should now show at the top of the screen of your Mozilla browser.
  8. The menu gives you lots more control over the browser including the ability to open private windows.

Find more detailed instructions including more screenshots, here:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/what-happened-to-the-file-edit-and-view-menus

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Out Loud! Author Series 2016

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Just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that the annual authors lecture series, sponsored by the Metro Libraries, will have two more events this year taking place here on the Kirkwood Campus. These events are free and will take place at Hotel Kirkwood.

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  • Young adult author Matt de la Peña will speak on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m.
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess,” on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

To register for the event or learn more, check out Out Loud! Author website.

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New Books: Odds and Ends 27

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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: Easy Reading 813.54 T536t Title: Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey Author: Maira Kalman

Call Number: 155.2 P655b Title: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature Author: Steven Pinker

Call Number: 152.R797e Title: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness Author: Todd Rose

Call Number: 297.2 H316i Title: Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue Authors: Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz

Call Number: 301.21 B971s Title: Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft Author: Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum

Call Number: 305.235 A288r Title: Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture Author: Hisham D. Aidi 

Call Number: 306.44 D716L Title: Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages Author: Gaston Dorren

Call Number: 331.2 K828f Title: Forked: A New Standard for American Dining Author: Saru Jayaraman
NOTE: “As most corporate restaurants continue to set low standards for worker wages and benefits, a new class of chefs and restaurateurs is working to foster sustainability in their food and their employees. Forked offers an insider’s view of the highest–and lowest–scoring restaurants for worker pay and benefits in each sector of the restaurant industry, and with it, a new way of thinking about how and where we eat.”

Call Number: 339.4 G664r Title: The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War Author: Robert J. Gordon

Call Number: 368.38 T656r Title: Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers Author: Nancy Tomes

Call Number: 371.3 B493v Title: Visual Leap: A Step-by-Step Guide to Visual Learning for Teachers and Students Author: Jesse Berg

Call Number: 372.122 L222r Title: Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See Author: Megan Dowd Lambert

Call Number: 378.1 S453g Title: Generation Z Goes to College Authors: Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace

Call Number: 378.2 E192h Title: How to Write a Thesis Author: Umberto Eco

Call Number: 391.5 O449o Title: Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair Author: Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Call Number: 612.3 B649d Title: The Discovery of Insulin Author: Michael Bliss

Call Number: 613.6 C229b Title: Bush Craft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival Author: Dave Canterbury

Call Number: 613.71 N854c Title: The Complete Guide to Stretching Author: Christopher M. Norris

Call Number: 616.99 M468d Title: Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History 1900 to the Present Author: Christian W. McMillen

Call Number: 633.5 F495h Title: Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution Author: Doug Fine

Call Number: 636.7 C785h Title: How Dogs Work Authors: Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein

Call Number: 658.3 C258m Title: Millennials and Management: The Essential Guide to Making It Work at Work Author: Lee Caraher

Call Number: 781.49 P563g Title: Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invents Rock’n’Roll – How One Man Discovered Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, And How His Tiny Label, Sun Records of Memphis Revolutionized the World! Author: Peter Guralnick

Call Number: 796.357 C833t Title: Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball Author: Nathan Michael Corzine

Call Number: 813.6 L937d Title: Death-Struck Year Author: Makiia Lucier
NOTE: A novel set during the influenza epidemic of 1917-1918.

Call Number: 823.009 S746m Title: Mothers of the Novel Author: Dale Spender

Call Number: 940.54 D252t Title: Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor Author: James M. Scott

Call Number: 974.8 H468t Title: Thinking About Video Games: Interviews With the Experts Author: David S. Heineman

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