Sex and Drinking Data

Leyburn Library continues to develop its collection of online reference electronic books (e-books) with these two statistical compilations:
American Sexual Behavior
Who’s Buying Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Beverages
Like most e-books available through the library Web site and Annie, these two titles are Washington and Lee subscriptions — not free Web resources — and are available online to current W&L faculty, students, and staff from just about any location in the world permitting access to our campus computing network.
If you have questions or comments about these or other reference e-books, please contact Dick Grefe.

Mock Convention Research

Leyburn Library has created an online guide designed to help participants in the 2008 Democratic Mock Convention “monitor news, track public opinion, find information on candidates, retrieve data and articles, and perform other research.”
The guide, which likely will be updated often in the coming months, is available here.

Anthropology Encyclopedias

Leyburn Library has acquired online access to a collection of three outstanding encyclopedias which should be of value to students and faculty researching cross-cultural issues around the world.
Each of these encyclopedias was originally published by Kluwer/Springer and now they are available as electronic books to W&L users, on campus or anywhere else with access to the campus computing network.
Encyclopedia of Diasporas
Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology
Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

New Exhibit on Robert E. Lee

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s birth there is a new exhibit on display in the Boatwright Room, next to Special Collections, in Leyburn Library.
“Robert E. Lee in Documents and Photographs” includes the original document signed by President Gerald Ford restoring General Lee’s citizenship posthumously in 1975. It also contains the earliest known photograph of Lee showing him in the role he cherished most, that of the family man. Several other important documents written by Lee are featured.
The Boatwright Room is open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and the exhibit will remain in place for several months.

College Blue Book

The University Library now offers the Washington and Lee community online access to the new 2007 edition of the College Blue Book, one of the most respected collections of information on colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
The link is on this page.
The College Blue Book is just one of the resources available on our Web site’s Colleges and Univesities collection.

Encyclopaedia Judaica

Leyburn Library has acquired online access to the second edition of theEncyclopaedia Judaica, almost certainly the foremost English-language encyclopedia on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion.
W&L faculty, students, and staff can use Encyclopaedia Judaica via this page.
Links will be maintained in Annie and on various pages in the library Web site, including here.

Library Web Site Move

On Monday 20 November, the data files of the University Library Web site will move to a new server.
Not to worry.
This should be a mostly invisible change — no URL’s or links will change.
What will change, at least temporarily, is the order in which some materials are listed on some individual pages. For example, in the new site the Oxford English Dictionary will not be listed first on this Dictionaries page.
Instead, such listings will default to an alphabetical arrangement. We hope to get this “weighting” capability fixed as soon as possible.
If you notice that something is awry, please notify a Reference Librarian.

New DVD's

In response to popular demand, Annie (the W&L library catalog) now offers a list of newly-acquired DVD’s.
At present, the list consists of movies and other titles on DVD added to the collection since the beginning of September 2006. The list will be updated monthly and we will try to keep it to a convenient, browseable length.
To view this list, start from the Annie home page: http://annie.wlu.edu/
and select the Featured Lists option, near the bottom of the screen.
The next page will include several lists, including Leyburn Library — New DVD Titles.
Titles are listed more-or-less in alphabetical order.
This list always will be a little out of date, but the next update should be around the first of the month.
As always, you can find a particular movie in Annie by using the Title search option.
You also can generate a list of movies on video formats (DVD and VHS) by using the LC Subject Heading option to search for “Feature Films,” a term which identifies theatrically-released movies.
Here are lists from Annie of “Feature Films,” arranged alphabetically and chronologically (by DVD release date).