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2013 Book Sale Proceeds Contest

November 18th, 2013 by John Jackson


Thanks to you, we made $500 from our Used Book Sale in early November. So how should we spend it? What should we buy? We are leaving that up to you!

From November 18 through December 6, we are accepting your ideas using our online form. Submissions will then be made anonymous and voted on by library staff. The person who submits the winning submission will get a $25 gift certificate to In-N-Out Burger. Submit as many ideas as you like!

Be creative. What would you like to see in the library? What do you think would be most helpful to other students and faculty? What can we add to improve your experience of using the library? If you can come up with a $500 plan, we’re willing to try it!

Contest Rules:

1. Only Whittier students, faculty, and staff are eligible.
2. You must include your Whittier College student/staff email address to be eligible.
3. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on December 6, 2013.
4. Use of proceeds from the Book Sale is ultimately at the discretion of the Library Director.

Link to Online Submission Form

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Authors James Blaylock and Nancy Holder @ Wardman Library, Nov. 19

November 15th, 2013 by John Jackson

On Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, horror writer Nancy Holder and sci-fi writer James Blaylock will join Tony Barnstone in Wardman Library for an evening reading of their works. We hope you can join us!


About James P. Blaylock

Copy of BlaylockJames P. Blaylock is a southern California writer whose short stories, novels, and collections have been published around the world.  He was one of the literary pioneers of the Steampunk movement, along with Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter, publishing the first domestic Steampunk story, “The Ape-box Affair” in 1978.  Blaylock’s Steampunk novel Homunculus won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 1986.  His short story “Paper Dragons” won the World Fantasy Award in 1986, “Thirteen Phantasms” in 1997, and his story “Unidentified Objects” was nominated for an O. Henry Award in 1990.  Despite his close association with Steampunk, most of his work is contemporary, realistic fantasy set in southern California, typified by books like The Last Coin, The Rainy Season, and Knights of the Cornerstone, which have lead to his being referred to as both a California regional writer and a writer of magical realism.

Jim began teaching composition in 1976, and during the fifteen years that followed he taught both composition and creative writing at several Orange County, California, colleges and universities.  For the past twenty years he has been a professor at Chapman University.  In 2000, he developed the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and has directed the conservatory since.  In 2012 he received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award in Washington D.C.


About Nancy Holder

nancy-holderNancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author (the Wicked Series). Her two new dark young adult dark fantasy series are Crusade and Wolf Springs Chronicles. She has won five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association, as well as a Scribe Award for Best Novel (Saving Grace: Tough Love.) Nancy has sold over eighty novels one hundred short stories, many of them based on such shows as Highlander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and others. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, two corgis, and three cats. You can visit Nancy online at www.nancyholder.com

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The 5th Semi-Annual Book Sale is Coming…

November 8th, 2013 by John Jackson


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Database Trials for Gender Studies and Music

November 5th, 2013 by John Jackson


During the month of November, we are test driving two new databases: GenderWatch (gender studies) and RILM (music). You can access these free trials until November 30th by going to our Databases page and selecting the links on the right under “Free Database Trials.”



GenderWatch is a database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports.”


Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) publishes a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. Today RILM abstracts of music literature has over 730,000 records in 214 languages from 151 countries. RILM retrospective abstracts of music literature, which comprises records for publications from before 1967, contains over 20,000 entries covering all document types.


Please let us know what you think about these databases and how they might be useful for your research. The information you provide will help us to determine whether we should purchase access to them in the future. There is a feedback form below the links on the Databases page.

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