Rice Library Receives Collection on Contemporary Japanese Culture

In an effort to promote better understanding of contemporary Japanese culture among other nations, the Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan offered to donate a collection of 100 books to three hundred libraries in the United States. Martha Niemeier, Associate Director and Collection Development Librarian, successfully applied for the program on behalf of Rice Library, and the collection has been received and processed and is ready for use by USI students, faculty, and staff.

Virtually every aspect of Japanese culture is addressed by the collection, including politics and international relations, economics and business, society and culture, literature and the arts, and history. For a complete list of the books as well as catalog descriptions of individual titles, visit: http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/eng/news/2008/20081217.html. Our thanks to sociology professor Dr. Stephen Zehr for passing along information concerning the book donation program to library staff.

For more help finding these books, and any other research question (just ask!), contact the Rice Library Reference Desk: 1-800-246-6173, (812) 464-1907, libref@usi.edu, or in person on the 1st floor.

Text a Call Number: Rice Library’s Newest Service

Tired of writing down book call numbers on old catalog cards or trying to memorize them? Use our newest library service: Text a Call Number in the Rice Library Catalog! Here’s how:

  1. Start in the Rice Library Catalog. Type any topic, title, or author. E.g. urban legends.
  2. Select a book from the list by clicking on its title.
  3. Click on “Text call number & location to your cell phone.” Choose your cell phone provider and type your 10-digit phone number.
  4. Take your cell phone with you to the stacks and locate the book – it’s that easy!

Rose Scruggs, Electronic Services Coordinator, and Mike Adcock, Library Computer Services Administrator, added this new library service. Thanks, Rose and Mike!