Monthly Archives: January 2014

New Books This Week

Here’s what’s new for the week of January 27:

The circle : a novel
The invention of wings
When the king took flight
The autistic brain : thinking across the spectrum
The rational animal : how evolution made us smarter than we think
Coping with concussion and mild traumatic brain injury : a guide to living with the challenges associated with post concussion syndrome and brain trauma
Manifesta : young women, feminism, and the future
Amazing amber
An introduction to statistical learning : with applications in R
Applied predictive modeling
The elements of statistical learning : data mining, inference, and prediction
The architect’s brother
Showcase 500 art necklaces
Is there anything good about men? : how cultures flourish by exploiting men
More than nature needs : language, mind, and evolution
They were soldiers : how the wounded return from America’s wars–the untold story
Culture reexamined : broadening our understanding of social and evolutionary influences
The Rorschach Inkblot Test : an interpretive guide for clinicians
Contemporary jewelry in perspective
21st century jewellery designers. An inspired style

The Nielsen Library is Looking for a Graduate Student to Help Staff the Reference Desk

The Reference Department in the Nielsen Library seeks dependable and motivated graduate students to help staff the reference desk during professionally staffed hours and to assist patrons when regular staff is not present. Student workers will provide reference service in an effective, timely, and courteous manner. Students must be available to work for at least two semesters. Evenings and weekends may be required. This position is open to Graduate Students only.

Duties include:

• Provide reference assistance to library patrons. If unable to answer question, call on reference librarian.

• Assist users with the online catalog, print materials, and electronic databases.

• Provide patrons with directional information in locating materials and services.

• Answer telephone reference questions or refer callers to reference librarian on duty.

• Assist patrons in finding information and in learning how to conduct research and to find information on their own.

• Sorts reference books, non-reference books and current periodicals, loads on book trucks, and shelves reference books.

• Other duties as assigned

Please email resumes to Mary Walsh at

New Books This Week

Here’s what’s new for the week of January 20:

We are all completely beside ourselves
Politics, culture, and class in the French Revolution
Emmet Gowin : changing the earth : aerial photographs
Advanced sports nutrition
Sports and exercise nutrition
New earrings : 500+ designs from around the world
1,227 quite interesting facts to blow your socks off
Nancy Clark’s sports nutrition guidebook
The neo-Indians : a religion of the third millennium
The new jewelers : desirable, collectable, contemporary
Representative American Speeches 2012-2013
Constructing history : a requiem to mark the moment
Physical education for students with autism spectrum disorders : a comprehensive approach
Affordable, do-able, easy to make, adapted equipment ideas
A certain alchemy
Holding Venus
Sport public relations : managing stakeholder communication
Escrito en el cuerpo = Written on the body
Emmet Gowin : photographs
Ceramics in the environment : an international review
Saga : the journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen : thirty-five years of photographs
No ordinary days

Save Money on Textbooks

While the Nielsen Library generally does not purchase textbooks, it is possible you may be able to find some of your required books at the library.

Here are some places to check before you start shelling out for books:

Library Catalog

If you’re taking a class that requires books other than textbooks (such as a literature class) it is much more likely that you’ll be able to find your book in the library. Check the library catalog.


The library has a Reserve Collection with materials that professors have asked us to set aside for students. A professor may choose to put a personal copy of a textbook in the Reserve Collection. These books can be checked out for one hour at a time.


We belong to a large library system called Prospector. It is possible (though not likely) that you may be able to get a textbook from another library in the Prospector system. Go to to search for your book.


If you do have to buy your textbooks, here’s some tips for saving money:

Buy Used

Unless your class requires a brand new edition of a textbook, chances are you can save a lot of money by buying used books, either in theAdams State University Bookstore, or online.

Comparison Shop Online

Many online book sellers offer deals on new and used textbooks. Save time by using a comparison service like to compare prices on dozens of sites at once.


A number of vendors, including the Adams State University Bookstore, now offer rental programs for textbooks. Check out the rental options and prices at AmazonHalf.comCengage BrainBookrenter, andecampus.

Go Electronic

eTextbooks are often significantly cheaper than their print counterparts, and most vendors offer eTextbooks for both sale and rental. Many eTextbooks allow you to highlight text and take notes. Be sure to check the system requirements and features before buying eBooks.  AmazonCourseSmartCengage Brain, and ecampus all offer eTextbooks. Cengage Brain sells individual chapters of some eBooks.

Try Open Source

Sites like Open CultureOpen Stax, and Flat World Knowledge offer free open source textbooks. Open source books are still fairly new, so don’t expect many choices. The texts are free though, so it’s worth a shot.

Buy Older Editions

Textbook publishers come out with new editions fairly regularly. Sometimes these new editions have significant changes, but other times the changes are minor. Ask your professor if an older edition can be used.

New Books This Week

Here’s what’s new for the week of January 13:

From Redstone to Ludlow : John Cleveland Osgood’s struggle against the United Mine Workers of America
Making sense of data II : a practical guide to data visualization, advanced data mining methods, and applications
An introduction to community health
The universe in the rearview mirror : how hidden symmetries shape reality
The death of Artemio Cruz
Graph-based clustering and data visualization algorithms
Teaching and learning emergent research methodologies in art education
Physical activities in the wheelchair and out : an illustrated guide to personalizing participation
Teaching personal and social responsibility through physical activity
The butcher’s tale : murder and anti-semitism in a German town
Sustainable ceramics : a practical approach
Pumpkin : the curious history of an American icon