Library Display: CELTS 15th Anniversary and Bonner Scholars 25th Anniversary

Hutchins Library is hosting a display by CELTS and the Bonner Scholars Program celebrating the 15th Anniversary of CELTS and the 25th Anniversary of the Bonner Scholars Program. The display is open to the public, and it can be viewed during regular library hours.

From the display’s statement:

“This photo reflection was inspired by two anniversaries – the 25th anniversary of the founding of the first Bonner Scholars Program in the nation at Berea College in 1990, and the founding of the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) in 2000. We hope that this photo display, curated by current CELTS labor students, inspires you to think about the ways that service is part of your Berea story.”

In addition, there is a guestbook available where you can tell us “How Service is Part of Your Berea Story?” Please feel free to share your service reflections in the guestbook.

NOTE: There will be a reception during Homecoming Weekend for this display. It will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10am at Hutchins Library Main Floor.

CELTS 15th Anniversary Display 2015


New Oral History Collections Added to Our Online Catalog

News from the folks at Special Collections and Archives:

Two new oral history collections have been added to our online catalog:
Appalachian Foodways Oral History Collection, SAA 164
This collection consists of audio recordings and typed transcripts of interviews recorded during the summer of 2012 by then Berea College students Katie Bills and Chelsea Bicknell as part of a foodways internship project with Berea faculty member Margaret Dotson. Foodways is the study of the interactions among food, culture, environment, and history. Twenty seven persons were interviewed for the purpose of documenting foodways in Pleasants County, West Virginia and Estill County, Kentucky. Interviewees were mostly in their 70s. A few were 90 years old or older. The interviews provide first-hand accounts of how foodways in two widely separated areas of the Appalachian region have developed and changed over the last 60 to 85 plus years. Specific subject areas described include gardening, farming, preparing food, preserving food, eating habits and preferences, and food related traditions.

Berea College Campus Ministry Oral History Collection, RG 14.14
These interviews trace the development of religious life activities and programs at Berea College especially in relationship to the establishment of the position of Campus Minister and the Campus Christian Center. The memory time span of the interviewees ranges from 1930 through 1988, the time of the then most recent interview. The collection consists of audio recordings and typed transcripts of seven interviews recorded by Berea College Campus Minister Lee Morris. Five were recorded during the summer of 1983. Two additional were recorded in 1987 and 1988 respectively.

Reference Book of the Week: Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

Welcome to a new edition of our semi-regular feature in our blog: Reference Book of the Week. Here at Hutchins Library we have an excellent reference collection. It is a great resource for students, faculty, and staff. We use this series of posts to highlight specific items in our reference collection, telling our readers what the item does and how it can be used for your research needs.

Cover Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese BiographyThis week we are featuring a new item of interest to students and scholars in Asian Studies as well as world history, politics, and biography: The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (the link goes to the book’s record in BANC, our library catalog). This three-volume set is designed for general readers seeking a working knowledge of Chinese history through its key figures.

The set features three volumes. Entries in the dictionary cover emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers, philosophers, and others. The dictionary features 135 long biographies that range from 1,000 to 8,000 words in length. Entries are written by scholars fro China as well as from Europe, America, and Australia. The three volumes cover from the beginnings of Chinese history to 1979, the year when China resumed diplomatic relations with the United States. A forthcoming fourth volume will bring coverage to the present day. The publisher states that this work is inspired by the Dictionary of National Biography to provide access to information similar to that set about Chinese persons. The publisher speaks further on the set’s coverage:

“. . . we have tried to strike a balance between the obvious figures who cannot be left out of any overview of Chinese history, and lesser known individuals, whose life and achievements can nonetheless provide insight into China’s development” (xxviii).

Each entry features the following components:

  • The person’s name. (Right now, the volumes do not feature any living persons. In the forthcoming fourth volume, some living individuals will be featured. This is another way in which this set is different than the Dictionary of National Biography).
  • The time and dates the person lived and a brief statement of what they did.
  • Alternate name(s), if the person had any.
  • A summary paragraph.
  • The full entry essay.
  • The set overall contains various illustrations. When available, there is at least a portrait of the person. Images come from various sources.
  • A list of items for further reading.

How can you make use of this resource?

  • The volumes are organized chronologically by dynasty or historical period. Within each period, articles are mostly alphabetical (there are some exceptions).
  • Each volume has a complete list of entries for the specific volume and the set.
  • The first volume contains an introduction, the publisher’s note, and a reader’s guide that gives further guidance on how to best use this set for research and learning.
  • The third volume has a names index to help you find all the figures mentioned in the volume. If a person has a full entry in the dictionary, his or her name would be listed in bold letters.
  • The set features helpful indices, a timeline, and a glossary.

As of this post, the set is being featured in the library display honoring the 15th Anniversary of Asian Studies at Berea College. It is a reference book, so it may not be checked out, but you can use it inside the library. After the display, the set will return to the second floor Reference Collection. You can find it under the call number REF 951.003 B5125 2014.

Book Review: From Melancholia to Prozac

The following book review was originally published as “Booknote: From Melancholia to Prozac” in the blog The Itinerant Librarian. It is reposted here with permission from the author. Hutchins Library has recently acquired this book. As for this writing, the book is featured in the library’s book display on “Explore the Body of Science,” so you can check it out from the display on the second floor. After the display, you can find it in the General Collection (Third Floor) under the call number  362.25 L418f 2012 (Click on call number to view record in BANC, the library’s catalog).

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Clark Lawlor, From Melancholia to Prozac: A History of Depression. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780199585793.

Genre: History
Subgenre: Medical history, microhistory.

MelancholyProzacCoverSmallIf I have to rate it on stars, I would give it a 2.5 out of 5 mainly because it is not a terribly engaging book. It can be a bit dense at times, which slowed down the reading pace for me. Also, the book could get a bit repetitive now and then. Now, these are the issues that I found as a reader. I still think a good number of readers may find this book of interest, so let me tell you why you might want to read it. The book does provide a pretty good overview of how depression as a mental health condition evolved from classical times and balancing humors to today’s medical condition including the debate on using medications and/or talk therapies.

The book is divided into seven chapters covering broad historical periods. The book begins with a prologue about Samuel Johnson, who did suffer from what we now know as depression. I did find this prologue interesting, and I am curious now to read a bit more about Dr. Johnson down the road. In that regard, Lawlor’s book is a good book; I enjoy books that make me curious about other topics. From the prologue, we go on a historical tour. We see humors, then melancholia. Then it is a matter of debating if melancholia is something that just afflicts geniuses or if it is something darker? By the way, women suffer quite a bit along the way. Was it their wombs? Were they getting enough sex? There were all sorts of ideas about women and depression that today we may find wacky, to put it mildly, but back in their day those ideas were the serious thinking of the time. We go from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance then onward to the Enlightenment and then Victorians and eventually the modern era.

For such a compact book, Lawlor covers a lot of terrain, and he strives to provide a balanced presentation. This is specially evident in the last chapters where he discusses the role and influence of big pharmaceutical industries in the treatment of depression along with other options. It is easy to go negative when talking about the pharma industy (there are plenty of documented reasons to do so), but the author here tries to stay balanced. In the end, this is a pretty good historical overview on the topic. The book also includes a small glossary, a list for further reading, and a bibliography plus some illustrations.

Book Review: Breakfast: A History

The following book review was originally published as “Booknote: Breakfast: a History” in the blog The Itinerant Librarian. It is reposted here with permission from the author. The original review refers to an e-book edition. Now that Hutchins Library has recently acquired this book, you can find it in the General Collection (Third Floor) under the call number 394.125 A747b 2013 (Click on call number to view record in BANC, the library’s catalog).

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Heather Arndt-Anderson, Breakfast: A History. Lanham: Altamira Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780759121638.

Genre: History
Subgenre: Microhistory, Food and epicurious

BreakfastaHistoryCoverAs my four readers know, I really enjoy reading the genre that is often known as microhistory. These are books that go in-depth on a single subject, and this book fits the bill nicely. The author presents a very comprehensive and ambitious history of the meal we know as breakfast. She also gives a lot of facts and trivia to satisfy trivia buffs as well as foodie readers.

The book is organized into five chapters. The first chapter provides history and social context. For instance, we learn that breakfast was not always welcome or desirable. Breakfast had to overcome prejudices and church opposition to become the morning meal we know. That’s just part of the story. I personally found interesting the discussion of the hygiene and health movement in the U.S. featuring people like Kellogg and the rise of cereals.

The second chapter looks at breakfast around the world. There is a lot more than eggs and bacon out there, and Ms Arndt-Anderson does her best to show us. The author goes food item by food item, say breakfast cereals, types of breads, and meats, then looks at the history of a specific item in the breakfast meal. This chapter runs in short but very informative sections that I think readers who enjoy trivia will definitely enjoy. This was a part of the book I found interesting as well seeing what people eat around the world for breakfast.

The next three chapters look at breakfast in different locales and settings. Chapter three shows how breakfast evolved as a meal in the home. For example, learn a bit more about how cereals and children became a big market for children. Part of it had to do with women going into the workplace. Chapter four looks at breakfast outside of the home, including the rise of the breakfast sandwich in fast food among other things. The final chapter looks at breakfast in the arts and media. Art, film, television, literature, pop culture, and more are covered here. Pop culture readers will certainly enjoy this chapter. Need to know about films that feature a breakfast scene? This is the chapter for that.

The author has done extensive research, and it shows This is a scholarly and very informative work. It is also very accessible and easy to read. The book’s arrangement in small sections means that the content is not overwhelming. There is a lot of material as the author strives to cover a lot of ground, but she does so well. I enjoyed reading parts of it during my lunch hour at work. I found it to be an easy and interesting book to read. This book will likely become a solid history on the topic of breakfast, the kind of book that others will refer to down the road. It is definitely a good book to read over coffee and breakfast, no matter what time of day you eat your breakfast.

For academic libraries with pop culture collections and interests, this would make a good addition. I think public libraries may want to consider it as well for their history readers.

Disclosure note: This review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley as an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review. There, we have appeased The Man once more.

September/October Library Displays at Hutchins Library

The library is currently featuring two book displays from September to the middle of October, 2013. Books on the displays are available for check out, so if you see something you like, feel free to pick it up, take it to our Circulation Desk, and check it out. Don’t worry. We’ll be happy to put another book in its place.

From our shelves to your table display photoFirst we have “From Our Shelves. . .  to Your Tables.” This display highlights some of our cookbook library holdings. With fall season now here, I am sure many will look for some recipe ideas for the chilly days to come. The following books are currently on the display, which is located on the second floor of the library, near the seating area next to the reference collection.

Constitution Display photoSecond, we have a display for the observance of Constitution Day. As part of our observance of Constitution Day, the library held a film showing of the film Good Night and Good Luck, featuring Dr. Dwayne Mack as our guest scholar for the evening. The book display is a companion to the film as well as a highlight of books and materials about the Constitution and our rights. The following books are featured on the display:

Book links go to BANC, our library catalog; all books are usually located on the library’s third floor unless otherwise noted.

And don’t forget that our Presidential Inaugurations of Berea College display is still up in the second floor of the library.

So stop by and check out our displays. As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can comment here on our blog, or you can stop by our reference desk.

Coming to Campus: Entangled Lives

The presentation Entangled Lives: A Conversation Between Descendants of “Master” and Enslaved will be visiting campus next week. Co-sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education and the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, the presentation is an ever-evolving project of public history created by Pam Smith and Ann Neel.

entangled lives

Pam Smith and Ann Neel met and became friends over 20 years ago through a mutual passion for family history research. Ann, a white Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women Studies and Pam, a black communications consultant and current Graduate Student in History, created this presentation when they discovered that one of Ann’s ancestors had owned one of Pam’s in slaveholding Missouri. Their particular family stories are deeply embedded in the massive entangled migration of white and black families across the North American continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, within a social structure that enforced black subordination with ideologies of white supremacy. This presentation is designed to show how racial reconciliation and genuine friendship in the present becomes possible when honest communication and about the harms and pain of the past is accompanied by large doses of care, tenacity, courage, and humor.

This program will be presented on Friday, April 19th from 11:30 – 1:00 and again on
Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 p.m at the Carter G. Woodson Gallery.

For more information, contact Hutchins Library’s own Sharyn Mitchell via email at: