Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives

Astin, Alexander W.; Astin, Helen S.; and Lindholm, Jennifer A. Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Call No.: FDC 378.198 As84c

Publisher's Description: This book is predicated on the belief that the spiritual development of college students has been largely ignored in our colleges and universities, despite the importance of spiritual matters to young people in their quest to lead integrated lives. Thus, while academics are understandably proud of their "outer" accomplishments in the fields of science, medicine, technology, and commerce, colleges and universities have increasingly come to neglect the student's "inner" development--the sphere of values and beliefs, emotional maturity, spirituality, and self-understanding.

The book defines "spiritual development" very broadly: how students make meaning of their education and their lives, how they develop a sense of purpose, the value and belief dilemmas that they experience, as well as the role of religion, the sacred, and the mystical in their lives. Each student, of course, will view his or her spirituality in a unique way. For many, traditional religious beliefs and practices may form the core of their spirituality; for others such beliefs and practices may play little or no part. While two-thirds of the students in the study express a strong interest in spiritual matters, well over half report that their professors never encourage discussions of religious/spiritual matters, and about the same proportion report that professors never provide opportunities to discuss the purpose and meaning of life.

By raising public awareness of the important role that spirituality plays in student learning and development, by alerting academic administrators, faculty, and curriculum committees to the importance of spiritual development, and by identifying possible strategies for enhancing that development, the book will encourage institutions to give greater priority to these spiritual aspects of students’ educational and personal development.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Assessment Clear and Simple

Walvoord, Barbara E. Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Call No.: FDC 379.158 W179a
Publisher's Description: Assessment Clear and Simple provides a concise, step-by-step guide for the assessment process. This practical book provides cost-efficient and useful tools that fulfill the requirements of accreditation agencies, legislatures, review boards, and etc. to ensure a simple, successful assessment. With an easy-to-read manner, this toolkit explores the areas of planning, budgeting, and the changes in the curriculum, pedagogy, and programming. This modified edition includes new standardized tests, portfolios, and e-portfolios for the assessment process, and new institution-wide planning tools developed by the author for anyone involved in higher education.

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Beaver Marsh

Looking for a guide to the Cuyahoga Valley's Beaver Marsh?

See I 29.6:C 99/2 in government documents.  You'll also find it online at

Friday, September 28, 2012

Between the Lines

Picoult, Jodi and Van Leer, Samantha. Between the Lines. New York: Simon Pulse/Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2012.

Call Number: F PIC

Publisher's Description:

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.
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The CAESAR, POLO & ESAU Papers: Cold War Era Target Analysis of Soviet and Chinese Policy and Decision Making.

Located in Government Documents at: PREX 3.22:C 11

You'll find the online version at:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Department Chair

The Department Chair. Hoboken, N.J.: Jossey-Bass.

Call No.: FDC 378.05 D440

Publisher's Description: Written for academic administrators, this award-winning periodical features in-depth articles that deliver sound insight and proven strategies essential for successfully leading an academic department.

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Library Holdings: vol. 15, no.4; vol. 16, no.4; vol. 18, no.3; vol. 19, no.1 to current

Last Issue Received (as of August 2012): vol. 23, no.1 (Summer 2012)

Creation of the Intelligence Community

The Creation of the Intelligence Community: Founding Documents.

Located in Government Documents at: PREX 3.22:D 36.

You'll find the online version at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

Samuelsson, Marcus. Yes, Chef: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 2012.


Publisher's Description:

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations.

Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.

Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.

With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.

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Fort Smith National Historic Site.

The library has received the National Park Service brochure/map for Fort Smith : Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas.

Located in Government Documents: I 29.21:F 77 S/3/2012

You can also find more about this site by visiting its web site at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Desiring the Kingdom

Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. (Cultural Liturgies; vol. 1) Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009.
Call Number: 264.001 Sm61d

Publisher's Description: Philosopher James K. A. Smith reshapes the very project of Christian education in Desiring the Kingdom. This text is the first of three volumes that will ultimately provide a comprehensive theology of culture. The entire set will address crucial concerns in ontology, anthropology, epistemology, and political philosophy. Desiring the Kingdom focuses education around the themes of liturgy, formation, and desire. The author contends--as did Augustine--that human beings are "desiring agents"; in other words, we are what we love. Postmodern culture, far from being "secular," is saturated with liturgy, but in places such as malls, stadiums, and universities. While these structures influence us, they do not point us to the best of ends. Smith aims to move beyond a focus on "worldview" to see Christian education as a counter-formation to these secular liturgies. His ultimate purpose is to re-vision Christian education as a formative process that redirects our desire toward God's kingdom and its vision of flourishing. In the same way, Smith re-visions Christian worship as a pedagogical practice that trains our love. Desiring the Kingdom will reach a wide audience; professors and students in courses on theology, culture, philosophy, and worldview will welcome this contribution. Pastors, ministers, worship leaders, and other church leaders will appreciate this book as well.

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The Novarupta-Katmai Eruption of 1912

Hildreth, Wes and Fierstein, Judy. The Novarupta-Katmai Eruption of 1912--Largest Eruption of the Twentieth Century: Centennial Perspectives. (Professional Paper 1791). Reston, Va.: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2012.

Located in Government Documents: I 19.16:1791

The online version can be found at:

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Good Dream

VanLiere, Donna. The Good Dream. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012.

Call Number: F VAN

Publisher's Description:

From The New York Times bestselling author comes a poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel about an unlikely path to motherhood, and of two lost souls healing each other

1950 Tennessee, a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early thirties) and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But her mother’s death hit her harder than anyone suspects and Ivorie wonders if she will be alone forever.

When she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden—a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills—something about him haunts Ivorie. She can’t imagine what would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden. But what she truly can’t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town—a community that would rather let secrets stay secret. The Good Dream is Donna VanLiere is at her absolute best.

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Research Highlights 2000-2012

We've received the Eastern Regional Research Center Research Highlights 2000-2010 from the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. It is located at A 77.12/A:EA 7 in government documents. You can also find it online at

Here are a few items from the table of contents:

  • Fabric to Dye For
  • New Technology Boosts Fiber in Foods
  • Scientists Seek to Sanitize Fruits and Vegetables
  • Protecting U.S. Troups with Fireproof Wool
  • Poulty Pathogen Models for Predictive Microbiology
  • Fueling America--Without Petroleum
  • ARS National Research Program on Obesity
  • In-Demand Fish: Making Sure They're Always Safe to Eat

There are many more articles in the issue. Check it out!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries

Greenman, Jeffrey P; Larsen, Timothy; and Spencer, Stephen R., eds. The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos Press, 2007.

Call No.: 226.906 Se67g

Publisher's Description: This collection of essays by stellar contributing scholars offers an engaging approach to the study of historical theology and biblical exegesis. The essayists examine various interpretative approaches to the Sermon on the Mount, providing glimpses into historical perspectives on a passage that distills the very essence of the teaching of Jesus.
The important contribution of this volume--beyond its insightful survey of the interpretative work of influential biblical scholars and theologians through the ages--lies in its integrative treatment of the subjects, bringing together the disciplines of church history, biblical exegesis, and theology. The authors shed light on the many and varied approaches to Scripture, examining theological traditions and historical, social, and political contexts, as well as substantial points of agreement.
Students of both church history and hermeneutics will encounter here the interpretations of church fathers Augustine and John Chrysostom, the medieval theologian Hugh of St. Victor, the Reformers, the Methodist John Wesley and the Baptist Charles Haddon Spurgeon, as well as twentieth-century figures of contrasting perspectives--Dietrich Bonhoeffer and John Howard Yoder (who took very different views of pacifism) or, within the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II and Leonardo Boff. The volume concludes with a chapter on John R. W. Stott, perhaps the most influential evangelical of the twentieth century.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Don't Miss Your Life

Robinson, Joe. Don't Miss Your Life: Find More Joy and Fulfillment Now. New York: Wiley, 2011. 
Call Number: 650.1 R563d

Publisher's Description: For readers who have achieved things in life but don't know how to enjoy them, this is a highly practical self-improvement book with a prescriptive program for how readers can live life to the fullest. Joe Robinson is one of the world’s experts on the balance of work life and down time. He writes that life satisfaction is more likely to come from your nonprofessional life than from your job, and that the happier you are in your personal life the more likely you are to be productive in all aspects of your life. Robinson’s new book, drawing on the latest research in positive psychology, focuses primarily on what to do outside of your work life--in your down time--to make sure you have a fully rounded life. The book includes action steps and exercises to help you create a path to a happier, more fulfilled life.

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LSA: List of CFR Sections Affected

Do you need to keep up with changes to the Code of Federal Regulations? If so, LSA: List of CFR Sections Affected provides you with a listing of changes made. The library has just received the June 2012 issue. You'll find these in Government Documents at AE 2.106/2:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Gone Girl

Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Publisher's Description:

Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.   Publisher's Book Page:   Author's Web Site:

Emerging Missions Strategic Vision

The Y12 Plant in Oak Ridge has issued a publication entitled Emerging Missions Strategic Vision: Looking to the Future, Making the World Safer. The publication is dated March 2012. You'll find this document in our Government Documents section at E 11.2:ST 8.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Consumer Information Catalog

Did you know you can order your own copies of certain U.S. Government publications?  These are listed in the Consumer Information Catalog. The current Summer 2012 issue is available online

Here are a few of the many publications listed:

  • Civil War at a Glance. 103X. $2.00 - This full-color map illustrates & describes major Civil War battle campaigns. 1995 DOI
  • Job Dislocation: Managing the Financial Impact of Unexpected Job Loss. 527X. Free - Tips on how to keep finances on track, manage benefits and avoid fraud. 7 pp. FCIC
  • Diabetes Recipes. 565X. Free - Five tasty, easy recipes for diabetics. Nutrition info included. 5 pp. 2005 FDA
  • Mammography. 548X. Free - A mammogram is a safe, low-dose breast x-ray and still the best tool to detect breast cancer early. 2 pp. 2010. FDA
  • Buying Contact Lenses Online or by Mail. 543X. Free - Tips to follow when ordering contact lenses online or through the mail. 2 pp. 2010. FDA
  • Flu. 561X. Free - The flu usually appears without warning signs. Learn symptoms, types of vaccines available, who is at risk. 2 pp. 2010. FDA
  • 2012 Consumer Action Handbook. 568X. Free - Get help with purchases, problems, complaints. Lists contacts at trade associations; gov't agencies; consumer organizations. 156 pp. 2012. FCC
  • Mutual Funds: A Guide for Investors. 571X. Free - How to compare funds, what to consider before buying, how to avoid pitfalls. 28 pp. 2010. SEC
  • Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning. 583X. Free - Worksheets to help you figure out how much money you need to retire, how to mmake your funds last. 68 pp. 2010. DOL
  • Minding Your Own Business: Banking Tips for Small Companies. 601X. Free - Tips for small business owners: getting loans; paying for everyday expenses; understanding your rights, responsiblities; guarding against fraud. 8 pp. 2012. FDIC
You'll find an order form in the publication, but you can save the $2 service fee by ordering online.

God and Race in American Politics

Noll, Mark A. God and Race in American Politics: A Short History. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008.
Call Number: 305.8 N720g

Publisher's Description:

Religion has been a powerful political force throughout American history. When race enters the mix the results have been some of our greatest triumphs as a nation--and some of our most shameful failures. In this important book, Mark Noll, one of the most influential historians of American religion writing today, traces the explosive political effects of the religious intermingling with race.

Noll demonstrates how supporters and opponents of slavery and segregation drew equally on the Bible to justify the morality of their positions. He shows how a common evangelical heritage supported Jim Crow discrimination and contributed powerfully to the black theology of liberation preached by Martin Luther King Jr. In probing such connections, Noll takes readers from the 1830 slave revolt of Nat Turner through Reconstruction and the long Jim Crow era, from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s to "values" voting in recent presidential elections. He argues that the greatest transformations in American political history, from the Civil War through the civil rights revolution and beyond, constitute an interconnected narrative in which opposing appeals to Biblical truth gave rise to often-contradictory religious and moral complexities. And he shows how this heritage remains alive today in controversies surrounding stem-cell research and abortion as well as civil rights reform.

God and Race in American Politics is a panoramic history that reveals the profound role of religion in American political history and in American discourse on race and social justice.

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Job Hunting?

Whether you speak English or Spanish, the library has received a pamphlet that might assist you in your search for employment. You'll find the pamphlets in Government Documents at:

HS 8.2:J 57 - Job Hunting? Apply with Confidence

HS 8.2:J 57/SPAN. - ¿Esta Buscando Trabajo? : Presente Su Solicitud con Confianza

HS 8.2:R 31 - Resume, Cover Letter, Confidence, Self Check

HS 8.2:R 31/SPAN. - Clasificados, Solicitud de Empleo, Confianza, Self Check

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Broken Harbor

French, Tana. Broken Harbor. New York: Viking, 2012.

Call Number: F FRE

Publisher's Description:

Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

On one of the half-built, half-abandoned "luxury" developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.

At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.

And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.

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Subject Headings Manual

Want to know why the Library of Congress constructs a subject heading a certain way? You'll find the reasoning in the Subject Headings Manual.  These volumes are housed in our Technical Services Department although anyone needing to use them may do so in the library. The SUDOC number is LC 26.8:4. We have recently received update no.2 from December 2011. As updates are received, the pages are interfiled in the manuals.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Safire, William and Safir, Leonard, comps. and eds. Leadership. New York: Galahad Books, 2000.

Call Number: 158.4 L469s

Book Description: A book of quotations on leadership compiled by William Safire, noted New York Times columnist, and Leonard Safir.

Library Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Every two years, the Library of Congress releases a publication called Library Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  The subtitle of the most recent publication gives you an idea of what is included in it: A Directory with Budget, Staff, and Collections Information and FY 2009 and FY 2012 Statistics on Readership and Circulation.  You'll find this in government documents at LC 19.16: 2011. The 2009 edition is also available.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Today Is Constitution Day!

The Constitution of the United States was signed by 39 men on September 17, 1787. Each year, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17 to recognize the signing of this document and to recognize the born and naturalized citizens of the United States. It is sometimes called Citizenship Day.

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Here is a sampling of materials in our library on the Constitution.

The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 2009. [This is also located in print format in Government Documents at Y 1.1/3:111-4.]

Rackove, Jack N. The Annotated U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.

Videos in the Media Center

Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Our Constitution: A Conversation. Philadelphia: The Foundation, 2005.  [DVD 114]

Imbriano, Robe. Key Constitutional Concepts. Philadelphia: The Foundation, 2006. [DVD 115]

Materials on the Constitution and Religion

Liu, Goodwin. Keeping Faith with the Constitution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Witte, John, Jr. and Nichols, Joel A. Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment. 3rd ed. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2011.

Constitutional Law

Strauss, David A. The Living Constitution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Thomas, Kenneth R., ed. The Constitution of the United States of America : 2010 Supplement : Analysis of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States to June 29, 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 2010. [Call No.: Y 1.1/3:111-39 - Located in Government Documents on Microfiche ; please note that other years are also available. Please check under title.]

These are just a few of the many items we have on the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. Please check the online catalog or see a librarian if you need assistance!

Odd Apocalypse

Koontz, Dean. Odd Apocalypse. New York: Bantam, 2012.

Call Number: F KOO

Publisher's Description:

The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream. . . .

The woman astride the ghostly mount reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift—or curse—it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can. This mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and those who inhabit it.


Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, at least for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria, the Lady of the Bell. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

A harrowing taste of Roseland’s terrors convinces Odd that it’s time to hit the road again. Still, the prescient Annamaria insists that they’ve been led there for a reason, and he’s promised to do his best for the ghost on horseback. Just how deep and dreadful are the mysteries Roseland and her masters have kept for nearly a century? And what consequences await whoever is brave, or mad, enough to confront the most profound breed of evil? Odd only knows. Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form—as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.

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U.S. Code - Supplement 5, vol. 1

If you are looking for laws passed by the 110th through 112th Congresses that are in Titles 1 through 10 of the U.S. Code, supplement 5, vol. 1 has arrived which contains these laws. You'll find it in the reference section at R 345.21 Un3 2006 SUPP.5 v.1.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Both-And: A Maston Reader

Tillman, William M., Jr.; Taylor, Rodney S.; and Brewer, Lauren C., eds. Both-And: A Maston Reader ; Selected Readings from the Writings of T. B. Maston. Dallas, Tex.: T. B. Maston Foundation, 2011.
Call No.: 241 M394b [also available in BAPT 241 M394b]

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. David Crutchley, we now have a circulating copy of this collection of Maston's writings. Many students know that Carson-Newman offers the Maston Lecture Series each year, but they may not know much about T. B. Maston. You can read a biographical sketch that was written by Professor Emeritus Paul Brewer.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Liberating Tradition

LaCelle-Peterson, Kristina. Liberating Tradition: Women's Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
Call Number: 270.082 L116l

Publisher's Description:

In this work, Kristina LaCelle-Peterson seeks both to affirm the central place of Scripture in the Christian life and to highlight the liberating nature of the gospel for both men and women. To do this she first considers the biblical ideal for human beings and then offers a biblical foundation for each of the topics under discussion, from identity and body image to language for God. She also examines the cultural nature of gender roles and the ways in which these roles have become entangled with ecclesial expectations.
Liberating Tradition provides readers with a clear Christian perspective on the issues that women face in the twenty-first century. The book does not provide a Christian gloss on the field of gender studies as it exists, but rather provides Christian women with a gender-informed, scholarship-based, Christian platform from which to enter into dialogue with the scholars and scholarship that constitute that field.   Publisher's Page:

Energy Crisis, 1969-1974

Are you interested in what the U.S. State Department does? Check out Foreign Relations of the United States. The latest volume to arrive in our library is part of the 1969-1976 series. It is volume 36: Energy Crisis, 1969-1974.  You'll find this in our circulating collection at 327.73 Un3f 1969-76 v.36. You'll find other volumes from the set in the set alongside it.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Glamour in Glass

Kowal, Mary Robinette. Glamour in Glass. New York: Tor, 2012.
Call Number: F KOW

Publisher's Description:

Mary Robinette Kowal stunned readers with her charming first novel Shades of Milk and Honey, a loving tribute to the works of Jane Austen in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. This magic comes in the form of glamour, which allows talented users to form practically any illusion they can imagine. Shades debuted to great acclaim and left readers eagerly awaiting its sequel. Glamour in Glass continues following the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue.

In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon…to escaping it.

Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison . . . and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country's war.

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Congressional Record Indexes

The indexes for the Congressional Record for the 108th Congress, 2nd session (January 20, 2004-December 20, 2004) have just arrived. You'll find these at X 1.1:108/2-150/PT.20/INDEX A-K and X 1.1:108/2-150/PT.20/INDEX L-Z in government documents. We have indexes available for prior years too.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Vol. 2, 1966-77

Albee, Edward. The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Volume 2, 1966-77. New York: Overlook/Duckworth, 2005.
Call Number: 812.54 Al13c v.2

Publisher's Description:

A Delicate Balance, Everything in the Garden, Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, All Over, Seascape, Listening, Counting the Ways, and The Lady from Dubuque.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and recipient of three Tony Awards, Edward Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. Now, following release of the first volume in Spring 2004, comes Volume 2 of a three-volume collection of all this master s plays.
This volume contains the nine plays written by Albee during the period from 1966 through l977. These range from the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance to the brilliant and complex short plays Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung to his second Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Seascape, to the scintillating one-act comedy Counting the Ways (recently revived off-Broadway to great acclaim), and closing with the controversial Lady from Dubuque (hailed by Time magazine as a major work Albee s best since Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ).
The volume includes an introduction by Edward Albee, providing new insights into these works.

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United States Reports

If you are looking for a reference to a case adjusted in the U.S. Supreme Court at the October Term of 2007 (October 1, 2007-April 14, 2008), you will want to check out volum 552 of the United States Reports  that just arrived in Government Documents. The library has the print volumes going back for quite some time. We also have just received the preliminary print of the Official Reports of the Supreme Court for the June 25 through October 2, 2009 (vol. 557, pt.2).

These titles can be found in our circulating collection at 345.4 Un3.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday's Child

Michaels, Fern. Tuesday's Child. New York: Kensington, 2012.

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels—one of the most beloved authors of our time—comes a gripping new novel filled with heart and hope, as a young woman wrongly found guilty of murder receives the gift of a second chance…

On the eve of her retirement, Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani is as vivacious and vibrant as ever, eagerly anticipating a happy future with her partner, Ben. But if Kala has learned anything in thirty-five years of practicing law, it’s that the truth can always surprise you. And when Adam Star turns up at her office, confessing to the long-ago murder of his wife, Kala must return to a notorious case that has never stopped haunting her.

Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient, Audrey Star. Kala defended Sophie and had no doubt of her innocence—or of Adam Star’s guilt—but the prosecution convinced a jury otherwise. Sophie was convicted on a Tuesday—the day on which every significant event in her life, good or bad, seems to happen. Now, on the verge of his death, Adam exonerates Sophie and also leaves her a huge fortune in atonement.

Released from prison, Sophie retreats to Kala’s house and tries to evade the media frenzy that surrounds her. Kala is determined to help her client make her way back into the world and adjust to her new wealth and freedom. Yet for both, there are still revelations in store—about the nature of redemption, the strange workings of fate, and the power of forgiveness. And most of all, about the secrets that hide in every heart—even those we think we know best.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cultivating Communities of Practice

Wenger, Etienne; McDermott, Richard; and Snyder, William M. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.
Call Number: FDC 658.4038 W485c

Publisher's Description: Today's economy is fueled by knowledge. Every leader knows this to be true, yet few have systematic methods for converting organizational knowledge into economic value. This book argues that communities of practice--groups of individuals formed around common interests and expertise--provide the ideal vehicle for driving knowledge-management strategies and building lasting competitive advantage. Written by leading experts in the field, Cultivating Communities of Practice is the first book to outline models and methods for systematically developing these essential groups. Through compelling research and company examples, including DaimlerChrysler, McKinsey & Company, Shell, and the World Bank, authors Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder show how world-class organizations have leveraged communities of practice to drive strategy, generate new business opportunities, solve problems, transfer best practices, develop employees' professional skills, and recruit and retain top talent. Underscoring the new central role communities of practice are playing in today's knowledge economy, Cultivating Communities of Practice is the definitive guide to fostering, designing, and developing these powerful groups within and across organizations.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Night Watch

Fairstein, Linda. Night Watch. New York: Dutton, 2012.

Call Number: F FAI

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In her thirteen bestsellers, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, she creates situations that are stunning for both their compulsive readability and their authenticity. Taking Alexandra Cooper into the fascinating world of New York City’s most beloved and storied restaurants, Night Watch continues her tradition of breathtaking suspense storytelling.

Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case.

Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel. As the world watches in fascination to see how the scandal will unfold, Alex finds her attention torn between preparing the alleged victim to testify and a murder case with ties too close to home. A second body is found with Luc’s matchbox—this time in Brooklyn—and Alex begins to fear that the two cases may not be as unrelated as she thought, and that uncovering the sordid secrets of the city’s most wealthy and powerful could cost her and her loved ones everything they hold dear.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Letting the Other Speak

Hartman, Tracy Kemp. Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

Call No.: 220.9208 H255l

Publisher's Description: From prostitutes to polygamy, witches to widows, foreigners to slaves, the Bible is full of texts about women who have been classified as “other” and pushed to the margins of society. In the academy, feminist, liberation and post-colonial theologians have challenged the disparaging categorization of these biblical women and redefined them as sacred insiders, whose contributions to Judeo-Christian history offer ongoing lessons about the inclusive nature of God. Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women helps pastors, Christian educators, professors and theological students bring the stories of six controversial biblical women to congregations by surveying historical and contemporary exegetical work on each passage, modeling exegeting a congregation in preparation for moving from text to sermon, and providing two sample sermons, one prophetic and one pastoral, for each text.

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About the Author: Tracy Kemp Hartman is a Carson-Newman alumnus and provided the library with this copy of her book. She is the Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, VA.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Difference Matters

Allen, Brenda J. Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. 2nd ed. Long Grove, Ill.: Waveland Press, 2011.

Call Number: FDC 302.3 Al53d

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Allen’s proven ability and flare for presenting complex and oftentimes sensitive topics in nonthreatening ways carry over in the latest edition of Difference Matters. Her down-to-earth analysis of six social identity categories reveals how communication establishes and enacts identity and power dynamics. She provides historical overviews to show how perceptions of gender, race, social class, sexuality, ability, and age have varied throughout time and place. Allen clearly explains pertinent theoretical perspectives and illustrates those and other discussions with real-life experiences (many of which are her own). She also offers practical guidance for how to communicate difference more humanely. While many examples are from organizational contexts, readers from a wide range of backgrounds can relate to them and appreciate their relevance.
This eye-opening, vibrant text, suitable for use in a variety of disciplines, motivates readers to think about valuing difference as a positive, enriching feature of society. Interactive elements such as Spotlights on Media, I.D. Checks, Tool Kits, and “Reflection Matters” questions awaken interest, awareness, and creative insights for change.

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Friday, September 07, 2012


Scalzi, John. Redshirts. New York: TOR, 2012.

Call Number: F SCA

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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Teaching and Christian Practices

Smith, David I. and Smith, James K. A., eds. Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Call Number: FDC 378.071 T220sm

Publisher's Description: In Teaching and Christian Practices several university professors describe and reflect on their efforts to allow historic Christian practices to reshape and redirect their pedagogical strategies. Whether allowing spiritually formative reading to enhance a literature course, employing table fellowship and shared meals to reinforce concepts in a pre-nursing nutrition course, or using Christian hermeneutical practices to interpret data in an economics course, these teacher-authors envision ways of teaching and learning that are rooted in the rich tradition of Christian practices, as together they reconceive classrooms and laboratories as vital arenas for faith and spiritual growth.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Are You Registered to Vote?

The Eagle Vote Project invites you to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. They will be outside the C-N cafeteria from 12-1 on Thursday, September 6, to help you get registered. You can also like them on Facebook to receive updates about the upcoming race. If you cannot register then, see Miss Thornton in the Carson-Newman Library for a mail-in registration form.

The Great Escape

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. The Great Escape. New York: William Morrow, 2012.
Call Number: F PHI

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Where do you run to when your life has fallen apart?

Lucy Jorik is a champ at never embarrassing the family she adores—not surprising since her mother is one of the most famous women in the world. But now Lucy has done just that. And on her wedding day, no less, to the most perfect man she's ever known.

Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy flees the church in an ill-fitting blue choir robe and hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle plastered with offensive bumper stickers. She's flying into the unknown with a rough-looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence.

While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up—and fast.

Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction . . . and unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her but reveals nothing about himself. As the hot summer days unfold amid scented breezes and sudden storms, she'll also encounter a beautiful, troubled beekeeper; a frightened young boy; a modern-day evil queen; and a passion that could change her life forever.

In this dazzling follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells the funny, touching, enchanting story of a young woman searching for her destiny . . . and of a damaged man who doesn't believe in second chances.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Learning in Adulthood

Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide, 3rd Edition (0787975885) cover image
Merriam, Sharan B.; Caffarella, Rosemary S.; and Baumgartner, Lisa M. Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
Call Number: FDC 374 M551l
Publisher's Description: In this updated landmark book, the authors have gathered the seminal work and most current thinking on adult learning into one volume. Learning in Adulthood addresses a wide range of topics including: Who are adult learners? How do adults learn? Why are adults involved in learning activities? How does the social context shape the learning that adults are engaged in? How does aging affect learning ability?

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Monday, September 03, 2012

The Fallen Angel

Silva, Daniel. The Fallen Angel. New York: Harper Collins, 2012.

Call Number: F SIL

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After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat.

"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."

Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. . . .

An intoxicating blend of art, intrigue, and history, The Fallen Angel moves swiftly from the cloistered chambers of the Vatican to the glamorous ski slopes of St. Moritz to the graceful avenues of Berlin and Vienna—and, finally, to a shocking climax beneath the world's most sacred and contested parcel of land. Each setting in this extraordinary novel is rendered with the care of an Old Master, as are the spies, lovers, priests, and thieves who inhabit its pages. It is a story of faith and of the destructive power of secrets—and an all too timely reminder that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible

Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob et al., eds. The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009.

Call No.: R 220.3 N421

Publisher's Description: The New Interpreter's® Dictionary of the Bible (in five volumes) provides the best quality in contemporary biblical scholarship on a comprehensive range of topics from the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and from contextual studies of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman worlds and their literatures. The dictionary contains maps, charts, and illustrations to further clarify the written material. The biblical text used is the NRSV translation.
In keeping with the tradition of the New Interpreter's® Bible brand, the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible aims to fulfill the promise of a standard already set for reliable, accurate, insightful, and highest quality biblical scholarship in service of the congregation. It is our hope that readers will come to associate the dictionary with thoroughness, comprehensiveness, and ease of use: find it here; find it now.
A diverse group of 900 scholars from 40 countries have contributed 7100 fresh new articles with 8400 entries including persons, places, things, theological concepts, and much more. These contributors were selected by the editorial board for their expertise in their field and for the quality of their scholarship in publication. Special care was taken to select authors who could provide a variety of perspectives from different theological traditions (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish), diverse theological trajectory (conservative and liberal), and from the social locations of gender, ethnicity, and race.
With inclusivity comes a certain amount of exclusivity: the contributors are instructed to keep in mind a particular audience – the congregation. With every dictionary entry, authors seek to define their topics in such a way that the entries will be relevant and useful to pastors, rabbis,preachers, teachers, and students in preparing to serve the congregation in a variety of ways. Thus the dictionary tries to balance the best in contemporary scholarship with the perceived needs of the congregation. Theological content and thorough discussion of various interpretations is tailored for congregational use.

Topics are listed in alphabetical order from A-Z and evenly divided among the five volumes. The main entry (in bold) includes a pronunciation guide. Hebrew and Greek origins of the entry follow, with transliteration. Longer articles contain an introduction that summarizes the topic and include a helpful outline to guide the reader. Articles conclude with a short bibliography and cross references to related articles. In each definition, authors strive to incorporate as many biblical instances of the term as possible in the given amount of space, and to discuss the theological, social, or ecclesial implications of the topic, so that the definitions are practical aids to the tasks of preaching, teaching, and study of the Bible.
Readers who are trained in ancient languages will appreciate the discussion of Hebrew and Greek terms, while at the same time, readers who are not familiar with Hebrew or Greek should not have difficulty following the articles, because transliteration and complete definitions are used throughout. The editorial board elected to use the Society of Biblical Literature Handbook of Style as a guide and determined that the Hebrew would be transliterated in the Handbook's general-purpose style for ease of use by readers without formal training in the ancient languages.

With the burgeoning use of the internet as a source of information, the unfortunate result can be scattered and uneven coverage of a given topic from unknown and unreliable sources. This dictionary seeks to provide a trusted resource containing comprehensive information based on widely accepted critical tools about a wide variety of topics – all in one place – with cross references to related materials and a searchable CD, so that long and frustrating web searches with unreliable results will no longer be necessary.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Introduction to Rubrics

Stevens, Dannelle D. and Levi, Antonia J. Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning. Sterling, Va.: Stylus, 2005.

Call Number: FDC 371.272 St47i

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You need rubrics if:

* You find yourself repeating the same comments on most student papers

* You worry that you’re grading the latest papers differently from the first

* You’re concerned about communicating the complexity of a semester-long assignment

* You question the consistency of your and your colleagues’ grading scales

* Grading is taking up far too much of your valuable time
Research shows that rubrics save professors time while conveying meaningful and timely feedback for students, and promoting self-regulated and independent learning. The reason rubrics are little used in higher education is that few faculty members have been exposed to their use.
At its most basic a rubric is a scoring tool that divides an assignment into its component parts and objectives, and provides a detailed description of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable levels of performance for each part.
Rubrics can be used to grade any assignment or task: research papers, book reviews, participation in discussions, laboratory work, portfolios, oral presentations, group work, and more.
This book defines what rubrics are, and how to construct and use them. It provides a complete introduction for anyone starting out to integrate rubrics in their teaching.
The authors go on to describe a variety of processes to construct rubrics, including some which involve student participation.They demonstrate how interactive rubrics--a process involving assessors and the assessed in defining the criteria for an assignment or objective--can be effective, not only in involving students more actively in their learning, but in establishing consistent standards of assessment at the program, department and campus level.

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