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Auto Room Update

posted by  studentasst | November 12, 2013 | | Miller Library


Well the semester is winding down quickly all around campus, but we’re still staying busy in the auto room. We’ve been sorting through quite a few more materials, among which are the many duplicates of magazines sitting in the back. We’re getting close to having that part of the sorting finished, and following that we should have more copies of magazines on the shelves, some new, some duplicates. The other good news about that is once most of those duplicates are in the system, we should be able to finally start putting more service manuals into the system so that they can be searched for and located more easily.

Speaking of searching, I felt like it would be worth mentioning that we do have a searchable library catalog on the McPherson College page under the library section. This search engine is really helpful for finding books, and we have a few manuals in the system, as well as most of the periodicals. It’s also helpful in that it lets you know whether something is located in the auto room or in the general collection upstairs. Of course not everything is going to be able to be easily found on the database, or you might not be able to get the information you need, but it’s not a bad place to start. And if it doesn’t work out, you know how and when to find us.

It’s also worth mentioning that soon we will be adding a few more hours in the auto room to help make things more accessible and get more work done in there. Stay tuned for an official schedule.

Here’s the answer to the last trivia question:

Answer: 1985 VW GTI. Fun Fact: The VW GTI was eligible to receive the Car of the Year award thanks to the fact that, although it was designed and engineered in Germany, all Mk1 Golfs and GTIs in the US were built in Pennsylvania.

And here’s the next trivia question:

1.       Which of the following was a Car and Driver 10Best winner in 1983?

a.       Chevrolet Camaro Z28

b.      Ford Thunderbird

c.       Renault Alliance

d.      Fiat X1/9



Auto Room: Update on Progress and Future Projects

posted by  studentasst | October 29, 2013 | | Miller Library

Well, here’s another update from the Auto Room. We’ve been busy back there. We’ve been sorting through all the literature and other automotive information and organizing them so that they’re more easily found. We’re also close to having all of the brochures organized by make and in chronological order. So instead of having to sift through all of the brochures, you should be able to find the right model year, and then hopefully find the brochure for the model you’re looking for. We hope that eventually we’ll also have all the brochures cataloged and barcoded as well.

Speaking of cataloging, one of our next projects is cataloging service manuals. Although we don’t have manuals for every car imaginable, the ones we do have are an important resource that we want to make as usable and accessible as possible. So we are going to start adding more service manuals to the catalog to make them easier to look up, and we will be barcoding them and tagging them so that they can be checked out and used in the main part of the library.

And here’s the answer to the last trivia question:
B. 1989 Dodge Dakota: This Dakota is just one of many unusual Dodge truck models including the Lil’ Red Express, the Viper-powered Ram SRT-10, and the Shelby Dodge Dakota offered for one year in the same generation as the convertible.

Here’s the next trivia question:
Which of these imports managed to win a Motor Trend Car of the Year award before Motor Trend included imports in their standard Car of the Year competition?
a. 1985 VW GTI
b. 1976 Toyota Celica
c. 1973 Honda Civic
d. 1981 Mercedes S-Class W126

Like always, you’ll find the answer in the next post!

Auto Room: New Hours and Auto Resources on the Main Floors

posted by  studentasst | October 29, 2013 | | Miller Library

This entry is just a quick update to the auto room. We’re working on getting things like brochures and books better organized so they’re easier to look through. We’ve also added more hours! Through a generous donation of funds, Wes and I will be working more hours in the auto room to better help you students! The updated hours are listed below:

Joel Stocksdale
Sunday: 6:00-8:00pm
Monday: 12:30-1:30pm, 5:00-7:00pm
Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm, 5:00-6:00pm
Friday: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-1:30pm, 3:00-5:00pm

Wes Anderson
Sunday: 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am-12:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm, 3:00-5:30pm
Friday: 3:00-5:00pm

I also wanted to mention that not all of our automotive materials are in the auto room. The contents of the auto room are primarily magazines, brochures, late-model press kits, service manuals, and some books. However, many of the books on cars, the car industry, and many related topics are available any time the library is open. They are located upstairs on the left side as you ascend the stairs. Things have moved around, so if you’ve seen auto books up there in the past, they may be in a slightly different spot than you remember. Auto books are in the 629 serial number range. These number ranges are listed on the ends of the bookshelves. So in case you’re a little lost, just start looking for the 629 numbers. These books carry a wide range of automotive topics, and if you need information on cars and neither Wes nor I are available, don’t give up, try the books upstairs. And if all else fails, we’ll be around throughout the week, just check the schedule in the window of the auto room door.

And here’s the answer to the last trivia question:

D. 1972 AMC Gremlin. UCLA built a very unusual hydrogen-powered car. The Gremlin in and of itself is unusual, but the powertrain made it stranger. They installed a Ford 351 V8 and converted it to burn hydrogen instead of gasoline.

And here’s the next trivia question:

Which pick-up truck was offered as a convertible from the factory?
a. 1991 Toyota Pick-up
b. 1989 Dodge Dakota
c. 1979 Ford F-150
d. 1980 GMC Sierra

What’s happening in the library?

posted by  Director of Library Services | September 27, 2013 | | Miller Library

The space on the top floor south side is going to become a “Makerspace” / “Incubator” space.
“A library incubator [makerspace] is a space designed to provide the community with guidance, tutoring and mentoring whenever they need help. Using a library incubator, users can gain assistance from library staff, or local tutors, academic faculty, or, for that matter, other community members. The incubator, in its feature as a physical touch-point for support, provides areas within the library in which to collaborate and work together, ask questions, share notes and information, and perform research.”

This space will be developing over time; if you have ideas of what should be in it or what should happen, let Mary Hester, Library Director, or Kori Gregg, VP of Entrepreneurship, know.

Ebrary Instructions

posted by  Director of Library Services | August 22, 2013 | | Miller Library

Ebrary instructions

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