Archive for June, 2008

Audel Practical Electricity

Monday, June 30, 2008

by Paul Rosenberg

Call Number: TK146 .R539 2004

Rosenberg (Iowa State U.) introduces the fundamentals of electricity and common applications, including house wiring, lighting, cables, electric heating, and generating. Before discussing such construction-related applications, he first explains the basics of electrical circuits, test procedures, and electromagnetic induction. He includes numerous illustrations of circuit diagrams and electrical devices, as well as a relatively extensive. (Description by

Graphic Design Cookbook: Mix and Match Recipes for Faster, Better Layouts

Monday, June 30, 2008

by Leonard Koren & R. Wippo Meckler

Call Number: Z246 .K67 2001

With 100,000 copies sold, Graphic Design Cookbook is one of the most useful all-purpose resources for designers and anyone who wants to create a dynamic layout for magazines, newsletters, books, posters, and other media. Now released with a fresh new cover, its more than a thousand line drawings illustrate effective design devices, type treatments, spatial solutions, and pictorial presentations, allowing examination and comparison of various options in no time. The Graphic Design Cookbook can be opened to virtually any page for instant access to great ideas. As a catalyst for cooking up endless new design recipes, this classic goes on inspiring one generation of designers to the next. (Description by

Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades

Monday, June 30, 2008

by Russ Schultz & Larry Smith

Call Number: T379 .S29 2008

Being able to read and correctly interpret a blueprint is a necessary skill in the industrial world today. Designed in a workbook format, this manual begins with the basics of blueprint reading and progresses to visualization and then to multi-view drawings. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, it includes charts, tables, a glossary of terms, and a mathematics appendix to help users comprehend material. This edition features expanded coverage of GDT, more information on profile tolerances and drawings produced in CAD.  Charts, tables, a glossary of terminology, and Mathematics Appendix are provided. The book also features current ASME Y14.5M-1994 Standard on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and CAN3-B78.1-M83 (reaffirmed 1990) Technical Drawings–General Principles Standard.  Designed for those in a manufacturing trade, this is a straightforward resource that helps prepare readers to enter the industrial field of work. (Description by

Diagnostic Test Facts Made Incredibly Quick!

Monday, June 30, 2008

by the Staff of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Call Number RB38.2 .D35 2008

Diagnostic Test Facts Made Incredibly Quick! provides instant access to essential information on more than 400 diagnostic tests. The book fits comfortably into a pocket, and the wipeable page surface allows nurses to write notes and remove them easily.

Distinctively colored tabs identify the major sections: Basics, Blood, Urine, Cultures, Imaging, and Other including ECG and EEG. Tests are listed alphabetically within each section. Each listing includes the purpose of the test; normal reference values for men, women, and children, including SI values; critical values; and nursing considerations. Scores of quick-reference charts and illustrations are included. (Description by

The Librarian’s Guide to Writing for Publication

Monday, June 30, 2008

by Rachel Singer Gordon

Call Number: Z669.7 .G67 2004

A Library Journal columnist who is also a public librarian explains the processes librarians encounter when they set out to write about their vocation. She talks about why it’s a good idea for librarians to have a robust body of professional literature; how to get started; and how to navigate the world of publishing, from querying a magazine to writing an entire book. Gordon covers marketing and promotion, networking and collaboration, the academic environment, electronic publishing, and related opportunities (such as book reviewing and writing conference reports). (Description by

Caring for Older Adults Holistically

Friday, June 27, 2008

by Mary Ann Anderson

Call Number: RC954 .A53 2007

Intended for LPNs, the 16 chapters in this collection inform the care of elderly adults from a positive and humanistic point of view, outlining the normal aging process according to system changes and emphasizing health-promoting lifestyles and activities. The third edition adds chapters on communicable diseases and end-of-life issues. (Description by

John McCain: An American Odyssey

Friday, June 27, 2008

by Robert Timberg

Call Number: E840.8 .M26 T56 2007

This account of Senator John McCain’s life, extracted from his highly acclaimed “The Nightingale’s Song, ” offers a revealing look at a remarkable American. (Description by

Leaving the Lectern: Cooperative Learning and the Critical First Days of Students Working in Groups

Friday, June 27, 2008

by Dean A. McManus

Call Number: LB2331 .M395 2005

This book records the story of how one professor at a research university used a form of active learning to change the way he taught—from traditional lecture and examinations to cooperative learning and student projects.

Drawn from teaching notes, conversations with students, student evaluations, and annual reports, readers will learn the kinds of risks, assumptions, and decisions they will face as they change their teaching to emphasize student learning, particularly during the critical first days of change.

Engagingly written, Leaving the Lectern offers an honest and insightful look at the challenges and rewards of achieving change in the classroom.

This book

  • Motivates faculty and graduate students to visualize what changing their teaching to enhance student learning will be like by illustrating through narration how a professor much like them made the change
  • Provides reflective questions at the end of each chapter to help readers use the information in the chapter
  • Enhances the reader’s preparation for the change by citing references to pedagogical precepts, strategies, and tools
  • Summarizes the seven themes found in the book to help bring about the change: accept risk; use feedback; reflect; adapt and be flexible; establish a partnership; accept that you are teaching in a different world; welcome the joy

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Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Mary J. Allen

Call Number: LCC LB2366.2 .A44 2004

Higher education professionals have moved from teaching- to learning-centered models for designing and assessing courses and curricula. Faculty work collaboratively to identify learning objectives and assessment strategies, set standards, design effective curricula and courses, assess the impact of their efforts on student learning, reflect on results, and implement appropriate changes to increase student learning. Assessment is an integral component of this learner-centered approach, and it involves the use of empirical data to refine programs and improve student learning.

Based on the author’s extensive experience conducting assessment training workshops, this book is an expansion of a workshop/consultation guide that has been used to provide assessment training to thousands of busy professionals. Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education provides a comprehensive introduction to planning and implementing the assessment of college and university academic programs.

Written for college and university administrators, assessment officers, department chairs, and faculty who are involved in developing and implementing assessment programs, this book is a realistic, pragmatic guide for developing and implementing meaningful, manageable, and sustainable assessment programs that focus faculty attention on student learning.

This book will:

  • Guide readers through all steps in the assessment process
  • Provide a balanced review of the full array of assessment strategies
  • Explain how assessment is a crucial component of the teaching and learning process
  • Provide examples of successful studies that can be easilyadapted
  • Summarize key assessment terms in an end-of-book glossary

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