New Books: Public Speaking



Back in 2010, we put together this list of books on public speaking, while they are still useful, today we’re adding to our list.

Call Number: 005.58 W873t Title: Teach Yourself Visually: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Author: Bill Wood

Call Number: 153 E777i Title: In the Spotlight: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Performing Author: Janet E. Esposito

Call Number: 808.51 G677w Title: What is Your One Sentence? Author: Mimi Goss

Call Number: 808.51 M647n Title: No Sweat Public Speaking!: How to Develop, Practice, and Deliver a Knock Your Socks Off Presentation! with No Sweat! Author: Fred E. Miller

Call Number: 808.51 S978s Title: Speak With Power and Grace: A Woman’s Guide to Public Speaking Author: Linda D. Swink

Feedback on Survey Spring 2015 Part 1


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Today’s post is directed specifically at Kirkwood faculty and staff.

The Library Services faculty and staff would truly like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our survey. We were pleased to have 84 responses and plan on sending out another survey during fall semester. We encourage you to fill out our next survey as well.

Unfortunately the survey results did not clearly show whether the feedback was from Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. If there is something you specifically wanted in the Iowa City library from the lists below, please contact Kate Hess.

People who included their e-mail address in their response will be contacted directly about questions and requests, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to find out what we’ve done in response to the survey. In Part 1 we are responding to individual title requests and other things that could be quickly answered. There will be a Part 2 to follow up on the requests and concerns that take a little longer, but we wanted to report what we were able to do right away.

Individual title requests

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, hasn’t yet been published but will be purchased as soon as it is out. In the meantime, let us suggest Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee and I am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee both by Charles J Shields. Call Numbers: 813.54 L478sh and 813.54 L478s respectively.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger- Ordered and received. Call Number 658.4 B496m

Waiting for Superman DVD – Ordered and now available in our Faculty Collection. It is also available on Kirkwood’s Video on Demand system.

Specific Serial Requests

NOTE: Off Campus Online Access for Publications Available Requires K-Number and Password

Communication Teacher – ordered as an online publication, we’ll report when it’s available

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin – currently available in the EBSCOhost database, full text 1993-07-01~present

Harvard Business Review Case Studies – We did investigate, but would really need some further information from the person who requested them: topics, specific titles, etc. Please contact us.

Interview magazine – currently available in the EBSCOhost database, full text 2002-11-01~present

New England Journal of Medicine – currently carried in paper at our Cedar Rapids location (current year only)

Police Chief – currently carried in paper at our Cedar Rapids location (past 3 years archived)

Restaurants and Institutions journal stopped publishing in April 2010.

Wall Street Journal - currently available through the ProQuest database AND in paper at our Cedar Rapids location

We are still working on checking prices for some titles.

More General Category Suggestions

A Very Short Introduction Series from Oxford Press - Roughly two years ago we became aware of an assignment which began to really increase the circulation of this series. Since then we have been steadily adding to the collection titles in our holdings. We currently have more than 250 titles from the series, paper books and e-books combined.

We had a lot of requests for more documentaries, but without titles or subjects. If you are interested in us adding more documentaries, please e-mail us with specifics of what you are interested in.

Textbooks on Reserve

There were also some requests to put all textbooks on reserve. The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If the instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy, we will be glad to put it on reserve.

The circulation department of both branches of the Kirkwood libraries has material that has been placed on reserve by instructors for their students.  The instructor may bring the material to the library and fill out a reserve form or print the form online and send it to the library with the book, article, etc. (Please refer to Course Reserve Policy to determine type of material that is allowed).

The majority of the materials are placed on closed reserve meaning they are for use only in the library. Students may make copies or scans of the required pages.

To find more information and the reserve form directly on the Library Services homepage:

     Click on:  Explore our Help Guide

     Type:  “Faculty” in Lib Guides Search Box

     Click on:  Faculty Services

     Scroll down to:  “Placing Item on Course Reserve” in the box in the lower left hand corner of the page. See Links for Course Reserve Policy and Library Reserve Form.

Longer Term Projects

We also got requests for adding some journal database subscriptions and topic based requests. Also some suggestions about how we do things in the library. Some of these may take longer to process and answer. We’ll do a second part reporting on some of the longer term projects later in the semester.

In the meantime, remember that if there is something we can do or add to our collection to help your students or you, please ask. We can’t promise to fulfill every request, but we will do our best.

Make sure you check back, things change in the library and collections are always growing and changing.

Again, thank you for responding to our survey, look for a second response post later on.

New Books: Best Lists


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The end of a calendar year always means an avalanche of Best Books List. We’ve cherry picked some of the most interesting sounding books off that list. Here is a collection of the nonfiction books we added to our collection. We hope you find them interesting too. 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: 305.42 S688m Title: Men Explain Things to Me Author: Rebecca Solnit

Call Number: 306.097 C321o Title: One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future Author: Ben Carson

Call Number: 355.609 G259d Title: Duty: Memoirs of A Secretary at War Author: Robert M. Gates

Call Number: 362.175 628.175 G284b Title: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Author: Atul Gawande

Call Number: 364.16 L665f Title: Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying The Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back Author: Robert Levine

Call Number: 530.12 C912q Title: The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty Authors: Robert P. Crease and Alfred Scharff Goldhaber

Call Number: 576.84 B262d Title: Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and The Future of Life on Earth Author: Anthony D. Barnosky

Call Number: 591.68 G52h Title: The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great and Small and Why They Matter Author: Richard Girling

Call Number: 612.8 K139f Title: The Future of the Mind Author: Michio Kaku Title: The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind Author: Michio Kaku

Call Number: 612.3 P945v Title: Vitamania : Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection Author: Catherine Price

Call Number: 616.99 S579b Title: A Breast Cancer Alphabet Author: Madhulika Sikka

Call Number: 618.1 E346b Title: The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution Author: Jonathan Eic

Call Number: 618.86 M877c Title: Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America Author: Theresa Morris

Call Number: 797.23 N468d Title: Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves Author: James Nestor

Call Number: 940.54 M235h Title: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II Authors: Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

Call Number: 942.03 J766p Title: The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England Author: Dan Jones

Call Number: 943.086 L334i Title: The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin Author: Erik Larson
NOTE: Author also wrote The Devil in the White City

Call Number: 956.054 5533m Title: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel Author: Ari Shavit

Call Number: 956.704 S387f Title: For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice Authors: Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Call Number: 973.3 S363f Title: Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution Author: Andrew M. Schocket

Call Number: 973.3 W318k Title: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution Authors: Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Call Number: 973.709 Title: Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address Author: Jack E. Levin

Spring Break 2015


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Both branches of the Kirkwood Community College Library will have special hours over Spring Break. Please check that we are open before you make a special trip. Our article databases and eBook collections will remain available online 24/7.

The hours below are for the Cedar Rapids branch. The Iowa City branch will have the same hours except they will be open their normal hours Sat., March 14th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sat., March 14th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., March 15th


Mon., March 16th -

Fri., March 20th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., March 21st


Sun., March 22nd

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mon., March 23th

Resume Normal Hours

JSTOR Collection Now Available!


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jstor_logoYou asked and we answered! In response to requests for more resources in literary criticism, the library has purchased the Language and Literature collection from JSTOR. This database will provide us with access to archival journals from Language & Literature, African Studies, American Studies and Feminist & Women’s Studies. To access the complete list of titles and the years provided, go to the Language and Literature title list. If you do not see your favorite journals included, please let your librarians know. Other JSTOR collections could be added in the future, based on faculty and student interest and demand. We are here to serve you!

To access JSTOR  through the online library, click on “All Kirkwood Databases,”  then find JSTOR in the “Databases A – Z list.”

Disappearing Toolbar 2013


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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 and Word. Our computers were recently upgraded to Office 2013 and we discovered on the new version has changed the way to fix it.

If you are looking for directions for an earlier version of Word or PowerPoint, click here:

In either PowerPoint or Word 2013, when the toolbar disappears, it looks a little different than on the older versions of the program. Now the names of the tabs remain, it’s only the thick part of the ribbon ( the inch or so underneath the tab names with all the individual tools) that disappears. The names of the tabs remain so it’s a little easier to deal with, but it’s still annoying. In fact, it may be more annoying because it looks like you fixed it when it temporarily comes back when you click the tab you want, but it doesn’t hold.

To Really Fix It

1. Click on one of the tab names (Home, Insert, Design, etc.). It doesn’t matter which one.

2. This will temporarily restore the ribbon. It will hold longer than a drop down, but will disappear again shortly.

3. While the ribbon  is still visible, look at the top right hand corner of the toolbar close to where the red X which let’s you close the program is. You’ll see a symbol of a person next to the name associated with the computer. Under this will be an empty column. At the bottom of the column you’ll see a grayed out icon of a pin.

4. Click on the pin and the ribbon should be restored.

5. If for some reason you want the ribbon to go away, do the same thing, but click on the < pointing upwards that shows when the ribbon is normal.

Find a more description complete with screen captures, 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 Digital Encyclopedias Available


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New Digital Encyclopedias Available

While we were in the process of updating our paper encyclopedias, we got a suggestion that we add the digital versions as well. So we’ve bought both Academic World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica in digital form this year. Both are available directly on campus and by logging in with k number and password off campus.

Academic World Book

Encyclopedia Britannica

In addition to regular encyclopedia entries, both encyclopedia databases include short videos on many subjects. Also explore features like “Teaching with Documents”, “Special Reports”, and vetted web links.

Whether or not there is use of these two resources will determine whether we renew them for next year or not, so try them both.

There is also a MUCH less robust encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnalls, available through EBSCOhost that automatically comes with the EBSCO subscription.

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.


National Women’s History Month 2015


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weaving the story of women's lives   If you watched the Academy Awards recently, you heard Patricia Arquette, winner of the 2015 Best Supporting Actress Oscar, give a shout-out for equal pay and rights for women during her acceptance speech. Arquette said, “The truth is: even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women.”

So if you are a female college student (or a male student with a sister, wife or daughter), how does this issue affect you? Well, did you know that among full-time workers one year after college graduation, women were paid just 82 percent of what their male counterparts were paid? It’s hard to believe, but “at every level of academic achievement, women’s median earnings are less than men’s earnings, and in some cases, the gender pay gap is larger at higher levels of education (!

Last year, when I wrote this blog, Iowa ranked 29th in the United States in the gender pay gap. Iowa has now slipped to 33rd. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was supposed to correct this, but it didn’t. So in 1987 Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to recognize, honor, and celebrate the achievements of American women.

This year’s theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” The theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history. The National Women’s History Project, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, has chosen to honor 9 very diverse women who contributed to writing women back into history. The honorees include a Native American, Hispanic American, African Americans, and Asian American women. They are historians, educators, singer/songwriters, journalists and even a medicine woman.

Come learn about these 9 fascinating women @ your Kirkwood Cedar Rapids library this month. Posters with their pictures and bios will be displayed on the library tables during the month of March. Women’s history books will be prominently displayed on the library’s bookshelves by the reference desk and available for check-out. An online guide with poignant and funny videos, articles and photos about women is available through the library’s website at:

Also, be sure to check the Kirkwood library’s Facebook page where each day you will learn some very surprising facts about the lives of American women!

New Books: Odds and Ends 15


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: 005.106 D427a Title: Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Authors: Esther Derby and Diana Larsen

Call Number: 153.35 Title: Mediocrity is Not an Option: Making a Personal Commitment to get your Professional Life on Target Author: Robert M. Chiusano

Call Number: 248 L235s Title: Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Author: Anne Lamott

Call Number: 302.23 S785w Title: Writing On the Wall: Social Media – The First Two Thousand Years Author: Tom Standage

Call Number: 302.302 C679w Title: A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive Authors: Ted Coine and Mark Babbitt

Call Number: 303.482 C851s Title: Say Anything, to Anyone, Anywhere: 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication Author: Gayle Cotton

Call Number: 306.097 B115 Title: Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry Into America’s Most Powerful Generation Editors: Brian Cogan and Thom Gencarelli

Call Number: 307.76 G662m Title: Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City Author: Colin Gordon

Call Number: 345.73 A638b Title: Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain Authors: Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins

Call Number: 362.4 T276t Title: Telling Deaf Lives: Agents of Change Editor: Kristin Snoddon

Call Number: 378.198 L665g Title: Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student Authors: Aruthur Levine and Diane R. Dean

Call Number: 394.13 P562a Title: Alcohol: A History Author: Rod Phillips

Call Number: 611.018 H313a Title: Ancestors in Our Gemome: The New Science of Human Evolution Author: Eugene E. Harris

Call Number: 613.711 M128f Title: Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes and What We Can Learn From Them Author: Mark McClusky

Call Number: 616.399 A398u Title: Understanding Celiac Disease: An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers Author: Naheed Ali, MD

Call Number: 636.708 C223 Title: Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses Editors: Julie K. Shaw and Debbie Martin

Call Number: 658.3 W578s Title: Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People from Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers Author: Todd Whitaker

Call Number: 658.4 R965t Title: The Titleless Leader: How to Get Things Done When You’re Not in Charge Author: Nan S. Russell

Call Number: 658.4 S966s Title: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Author: Jeff Sutherland

Call Number: 658.4 T979a Title: All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership Author: Joe Tye

Call Number: 796.093 O965y Title: The Youth Sports Crisis: Out-Of-Control Adults, Helpless Kids Author: Steven J. Overman

Call Number: 796.64 P658B Title: Biking Through the ‘Hoods: Exploring Fifty American Cities by Bicycle Author: Paul F. Pinsky

Featured Database: New York Times Historic


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Library Databases are collections of articles where the library buys the rights for you to access, read, link to, and print the articles. Although EBSCOhost is the best known provider of databases in Iowa, there are many others. Today we highlight another library database. All of our databases can be accessed both directly on any Kirkwood computer or by logging in with k number and password from anywhere off campus.

New York Times Historic (1855-2010)

Many people consider The New York Times the paper of record for the country. We actually have access to the NYT two ways, but today we’re focusing on the historic version. This database has full scans of the paper back to 1855. That means if you want to see what people were reporting as the Battle of Gettysburg happened, if you want to read along as the rescue ships brought the story of the Titanic sinking, or watch the explosion of Beatlemania you can. Since it was written at the time it happened these news articles count as primary documents, always a plus to include in a paper or speech.

The historic version of the New York Times is also handy if you need to pull up the issue of the New York Times to see what was going on in the world on your birthday either out of curiosity or an assignment.

Some Tech Tips

Click on this link to find the database or click on the All Kirkwood Databases link on the Kirkwood Library Services home page and scroll to N for New York Times. If you are accessing it from off campus you will have to log in with your K number and password at this point.

Once the database search screen opens, click on the words ADVANCED SEARCH over the search box. Going to the advanced search option gives you a chance to control the date range better which is very helpful to make sure you get what you want. For example, if you want articles contemporary to when the Titanic sank, you don’t want anniversary articles, reviews of the movies or books that came later, articles about the discovery the wreckage, legal issues over the possession of the wreck, etc. To help focus your Titanic search, you’d want to limit your search to 1912. You can also sort results not just by relevance, but also by date bringing up either the newest or oldest article on top.

Birthday Assignments

It’s also from the advanced search page that you can change the date selector to “On this date” and bring up a single issue (like your birthday).

Date Selector on Advanced Search Page

Date Selector

This limit by date search will bring up a results list in fairly random order unless you’ve also entered a search term. Choose any one of these articles on the list and click on the title. It will bring up a PDF of that particular article. Under the title of the article at the top of the page will be a choice of other ways to open it. Choose Page View by clicking on it. This brings up the entire page the article appears on. Just above this page image will be a row of hyperlink numbers. Click on 1 to get to the front page.

From the front page, you can flip through the paper page by page. If an article catches your eye, you can click on the article and it will open up as an individual article that you can read and print.

Printing Problems

One problem with the NYT is that articles tend to be long and skinny to properly lay out on the newspaper page. The program defaults to fitting as much of a single article as possible on one page and reduces it to fit on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper. This can mean some articles print with very small type. A lot of time the best way to deal with this is to print them as is anyway and make them bigger on the photocopier. If you have any problems be sure to contact us and ask for help.

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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