New Books: Self-Improvement Fall 2018


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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!

Find previous lists for 2016, 2017, and Spring 2018.

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.


12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson, Call Number: 170 P485t

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything you Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker, Call Number: 650.1 B255b

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni, Call Number: 658.4 L563d

Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself! Crush the Excuses That Are Holding You Back by Jon Taffer, Call Number: 650.1 T124d
NOTE: The host of Bar Rescue explains how you need to step up to improve your life instead of making excuses about why you can’t.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni, Call Number: 658.4 L563f

The Gift of Failure: How to Step Back and Let Your Child Succeed by Jessica Lahey, Call Number: 649.7 L183g

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, Call Number: 158.1 D836g

Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten T. Hansen, Call Number: 650.1 H249g

Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kauefer, Call Number: 306.3 S311L

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber, Call Number: 650.1 K877o

Saving Beauty from the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter From an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner, Call Number: 362.88 C945s

The World on Time: The 11 Management Principles That Made FedEx An Overnight Sensation by James C. Wetherbe, Call Number: 388.044 W539w

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: Odds and Ends 50



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.


Alain Resnais Night and Fog

Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America


Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson, Call Number: 616.89 G358h

Are Black Men Doomed? by Alford A. Young, Jr., Call Number: 305.38 Y682

Aspire: 200 Project to Strengthen Your Art Skills for Aspiring Art Students by Valerie Colston, Call Number: 702.8 C723a

Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook from Scratch, Call Number: 641.5 C938b

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, Call Number: 155.9 B212b

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified by Robert O. Friedel, Call Number: 616.85 F899b

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, Call Number PB MED

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War by Robin Yassinn Kassab and Leila Al-Shami, Call Number: 823.912 M442p

Children of the Aging Self-Absorbed: A Guide to Coping with Difficult, Narcissistic Parents and Grandparents by Nina W. Brown, Call Number: 305.2 B879c
NOTE: Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink, Call Number: 378.12 F499c

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden, Call Number: 951.93 H259e

Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston, Call Number 813.6 J724e

Gerontology: The Basics by Jennifer R. Sasser and Harry R. Moody, Call Number: 305.26 S252g

The Healing Power of Essential Oil: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way by Eric Zielinski, D.C., Call Number: 615.3 Z667h
NOTE: With More than 150 recipes and remedies.

The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives by Al Gini, Call Number: 152.4 G492i

India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know by Mira Kamdar, Call Number: 954.05 K152i

Invisible Slaves: The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery by W. Kurt Hauser, Call Number: 306.3 H376i

McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers by Wilbert J. McKeachie, Call Number: 37801 M154m

Navigating Life with Migraines and Other Headaches by William B. Young and Stephen D. Silberstein, Call Number: 616.8 Y782n

Parrots of the World: Up Close with the World’s Cleverest Birds by Steve Brookes, Call Number: 598.71 B872p

Picture-Writing of the American Indians by Garrick Mallery, Call Number: 497 M252p
NOTE: With 54 Plates and 1290 Text Illustrations.

The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English by Lynne Murphy, Call Number: 427 M978p

The Psychology of Addiction by Jenny Svanberg, Call Number: 616.85 S968p

The Psychology of Grief by Richard Gross, Call Number: 155.9 K152p

The Psychology of Performance by Stewart T. Cotterill, Call Number: 152.4 C847p

A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775 by Phillip S. Greenwalt and Robert Orrison, Call Number: 973.3 G816s

The Stretching Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Fitness and Flexibility by Lexie Williamson, Call Number: 613.7 W731s

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students, Call Number: 686.2 L966t

Tumor by Anna Leahy, Call Number: 616.99 L434t

Twitter (2nd ed.) by Dhiraj Murthy, Call Number: 006.7 M984t

Universe in Creation: A New Understanding of the Big Bang and the Emergence of Life by Roy R. Gould, Call Number: 570.1 G697u

Weather: A Very Short Introduction by Storm Dunlop, Call Number: 551.6 D922w

We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (With a New Preface) by Susan Eisenberg, Call Number: 331.4 E362w

Will Robots Take Your Job?: A Plea for Consensus by Nigel M de S. Cameron, Call Number: 331.12 C182w

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.

Faculty Survey Spring 2018


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It took as awhile to check on responses to some of the suggestions and comments on the survey and then we didn’t want it to get lost in the beginning of the term shuffle, so we hope you forgive us are tardiness in posting this.

We’d like to extend our warm thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our faculty survey. We had 135 responses. We truly appreciate the response and have tried to respond to the feedback. We also included campus location in the survey questions this time and were able to see that we had a good mix of people from across the different locations of the college. We also appreciate your patience and we extend our apologies for our delay in getting this report out.

We’ve also posted separately about the OER questions.

We’d also like to take a moment and thank you for the kind words we got from many of the survey responses. We shared some during Library Week.

Request Specific Things

People who included their e-mail address in their response were 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.

We got fewer requests for specific titles this time and we hope that means people have realized we respond to such requests all year. If you have a specific request at any time, you can either fill out our request form, or contact your friendly, neighborhood librarian directly.


Based on the suggestions of a faculty member and a handful of updates from the MLA website we changed a few things on our in-depth MLA handout. It really shouldn’t effect you if you’re using it with your classes, but be sure you are using the edition dated Oct. 2018 for the most up to date examples. It’s currently available online and in print. If you see an additional example we should add or a change you think we should make, please let us know.


Answering comments in both this survey and the one we did with students, we’ve been working on trying to improve communication going out from the library to students, faculty, and staff. During the school year we put together a newsletter most months during the school year. We have regular blog posts in between. Also keep up with us around the web:

Library Updates

Make Friends with Gale While Keeping EBSCO – The State Library of Iowa opened the state’s package of databases to bidding for the first time last year and the winner wasn’t long time favorite EBSCO. Instead Gale databases came in the winner with an assortment of different databases offering similar coverage and some things we never had before – like a language database – at a lower price than EBSCO’s bid. Check out the new titles and be aware that while we continue to have the EBSCO databases for right now they may disappear as negotiations continue. The library was already buying some databases from other vendors, such as the New York Times and Films on Demand, and these will remain unchanged. PLEASE LET US KNOW: if you have a preference after using both EBSCO and Gale databases or want some help or tips on using either.

It seems to be the informal opinion of librarians across the state while the other Gale databases are really good the main Gale academic database – now the first on our alphabetical all Kirkwood databases list – isn’t as good as the EBSCO product – now second on the list. It has a few odd kinks to searching. We’d be glad to come to your class or talk to you one on one for some specific search tips.

Adding Databases – We’d gotten some requests to add some specific type of databases and did some trials this spring and summer. After consulting with the directly effected departments we didn’t add any at this time, but if there is a specific database or specific material you want a database that covers please contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

Online Access Improvements – There were several requests for better access and while we can’t do a lot about some things that are required by our licenses, etc., we are attempting to make it easier to find what we do have. We are beginning working on a series of short videos demonstrating where to find things.

A general tour of the Cedar Rapids library is finished and available thanks to Media Production/Technology Services.

We’ve also started the process of a library website redesign. Originally we hoped to get it up for Beta access this fall, but it didn’t happen because they have since decided to redesign the entire college website. We hope to get it up for spring semester. Watch our blog for updates.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO LET US KNOW if there is material you’re not finding, if something seems confusing, and remember to ASK US FOR A PERSONALIZED LIBGUIDE if you want resources tailored for just your class.

OER (Open Educational Resources) – If you are interested in using OER textbooks in your class, contact Kate Hess Additional online help and in-person KCELT classes are planned for fall semester. Find out more.

Textbooks on Reserve

There were also some requests to put all textbooks or a particular textbook 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 any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, 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 the 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, go to 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.

Thanks again

Please 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 and look for the next one.


Kirkwood Librarians Shared With the Communique


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The Kirkwood newspaper, the Kirkwood Communique, has given the library a chance to write a column. Check out these articles we shared.

Check out these posts from last school and check out our post in the current paper, Library offers tips for writing stronger research papers by Julie Petersen

Library Breaks Down Credo Reference by Kate Hess

Library Explains How to Find Additional Resources Online by Sarah S. Uthoff

Library Seeks Student and Faculty Input by Sue Miller

Subject Discovery and the Borderless Library Aid Students  by Joseph McKinley

Still want more? Here are the links for the 2016-2017 year!

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.

I Heart Books!

There is a funny (to my mind) misconception that many people have about the work of librarians, and that is that we often sit around reading. This may be true of many of us librarians when we are not working, but one of the great tensions of our lives (well, of mine anyway) is that we are surrounded each day by books that we have little time to read.220px-DannyChampionOfTheWorld Well, October is National Book Month, and this made me pause and think back to why I was pulled to the profession of librarianship, and I can tell you it was all about the books. Surely others have expressed their love of books or the importance of reading in their lives more eloquently, more passionately, more analytically, more humorously, more engagingly than I, more deeply than I, but nevertheless I want to share.

I loved to read when I was very young. I’m sure I was read-to very often as an infant and toddler, but I mostly recall wanting to do the thing myself. I wanted to hold the book, and I wanted to decipher those symbols, to discover their meaning with my own eyes and mind. I remember sitting one day in the back of the car on a family trip, holding “Horton Hears a Who” in my lap, turning through the pages and telling myself the well-rehearsed story, when I suddenly realized that I knew what each word said, that I was actually doing the thing! I’ve been hooked ever since. But it was several years later at age 9 that I was browsing the book shelves at home and found “Danny the Champion of the World”, a book that had been given to my older brother (who shares the title’s namesake), and that quickly became my very favorite book in the world. I remember reading it, getting to the end, and immediately flipping the book back to its front cover and starting it again, from the title page and dedication all the way through to its exciting, dramatic, and touching conclusion. Ah! I can still feel that excitement and anticipation of a great story masterfully told, with complex, engaging, and troubling characters. I couldn’t have put it in words at the time, but looking back there was some mystery behind the story that I wanted to solve. How did this Roald Dahl, this name typed on a page, captivate my attention? How did he make me see Danny and his father in their caravan eating their dinner so vividly, how did he make me gasp when trouble descended, and laugh with them as they plotted one of the most satisfying revenge stories ever told?

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Kate (Kirkwood librarian) and her daughter, with author Michael Chabon in Minneapolis, December 2016. Five hour road trip? Totally worth it.

That mystery is what keeps me reading voraciously to this day; it’s what keeps me up past midnight with a story I can’t put down; it’s what makes me drive for hours to a faraway bookstore where I can meet a favorite author and have them sign my book on the title page that retains my 9-year-old’s magical sense of the author as a person with miraculous abilities somehow tucked in behind that name typed at the front of the book, present but invisible within the words of the story. Author Haruki Murakami said recently that between author and reader “there is a special secret passage between us, and we can send a message to each other.” He too knows this magic that I sensed as a young reader and continue to feel today.

So thank you to all the authors, editors, and publishers that make books possible. And thank you to the librarians and booksellers who make those books available to us. At Kirkwood Libraries we have lots of great books to choose from in our Popular Books collections, and we hope you can find that perfect magical package of printed words on paper that gives you just the story you need.


MLA Citation October 2018


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Top of MLA Handout

Don’t worry they haven’t come out with another big update of MLA, but since the big 2016 update they have made many clarifications on their website.  We’ve also had some feedback especially a very helpful reminder for us to double check the example page on the back. So we’ve made some changes and edits for this fall. Check out the new version and remember find all our MLA information on our Citation Guide Page.

Find our latest updated version of the full length MLA guide that focuses on examples.

Find our shorter version that focuses on the philosophy and structure.

Check out this blog post that explains reasoning behind the changes.

And remember if you’re having MLA problems you can come into the library (or your classroom) and 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.

Kirkwood Slash Gives Helpful Links


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Front of Kirkwood Cedar Rapids Library 2018

A number of the most useful Kirkwood websites can be found by typing the normal Kirkwood URL and adding / plus a word. I’ve linked to them below, but honestly some of them are worth memorizing. For example, try

Here are some of the most useful to Memorize:  – takes you to the library homepage – takes you to a log-in page which will then direct you to a personalized list of textbooks you’ll need for the semester – takes you to the directory of faculty. Need to know your instructor’s name, office hours, phone number, e-mail, or office location?, here you go (you do have to log in to get into the directory) – takes you to your normal Eaglenet information – takes you directly to the OneStop homepage – takes you to a page where you can log in and see how much you have left of the ration of play money in your printing account and all the print jobs you’ve done; you can also object if you didn’t get something printed and ask for them to put the “money” back – takes you directly to your Talon log-in page – takes you the tutoring page to get more information and schedule times

Less Frequently Needed, But Still Useful Links – takes you to a page where you can learn about applying, transferring, and graduating – takes you to the official Kirkwood Bookstore’s homepage – takes you to the updated all of Kirkwood digital calendar, includes links on the right hand side to more focused calendars like the academic calendar with dates like finals week and scheduled college breaks (below the dark blue box) or the list of student activities – takes you to a page of links to information to help you get a job. – Continuing Education (non-credit classes offered to both students and the community) and information – a billboard listing of upcoming events on campus, be there or be square! – takes you to all college policies for students – takes you to a log-in for a dashboard that gives you a lot of information from your student account information in one place

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.

Preview Banned Books



Find Previews of Banned Books

Thanks to a heads up from the Scout Report, Google Books now lets you preview books that have been banned. Take a look and pick out one to read!

Sarah Uthoff by the 2018 Banned Books Week

Sarah Uthoff by the 2018 Banned Books Week

Close Up of 2018 Display

Close Up of 2018 Display

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.

Banned Books Britannica List Tell Me Why


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One of the many databases that Kirkwood Library Services provide for students, faculty, and staff is the full text version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Once a paper monster taking up shelves of space, it’s now fully searchable and available to all of Kirkwood on campus or (with a k-number log-in) off campus.

If you’re looking for a short review of a topic, possible keywords for other searching, or images, short videos, etc. to get your research started. Encyclopedia Britannica is for you!

Britannica Banned Books List

One of the many topics they cover is Banned Books. They’ve compiled a list of 8 frequently banned books and paired each with a photo of the author, a short description of the book, and how and why it was censored.


Want to learn more? Start off with our Credo database’s Censorship topic page. It will not only give you links of stuff to access in Credo itself, but also brings up the best stuff in our other databases. Take a look!

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.

Banned Books Week 2018


Banned Books Week 2018: Sept. 23 – Sept. 29

This year’s theme is Words Have Power. The theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is Banning Books, Silences Stories, Speak Out. (September 23 – September 29, 2018).

Stop by the Kirkwood Community College Library on the Main Campus in Cedar Rapids to see our display during the next two weeks and watch for proud banned books button wearers around campus.

Find links to previous years lists on this page. Click on the covers to bring up the list.

You can also find them sorted by the most frequently banned books by decade.

We sometimes get asked about booking banning and book banning in Iowa. The Iowa ACLU provides this list of such cases. You need to scroll past the boilerplate to get to the list of books banned in Iowa.

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.