Orphan Train Tops One Book Votes!

Readers in six counties overwhelmingly chose Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline as the 2015 One Book, One Community (OBOC) book choice. Orphan Train beat four other books in the selection process. OBOC organizers encourage residents to read the book prior to February  in preparation for free programs and discussions that will be held during that month.

Save the date for the LVC Brown Bag Book Discussion of Orphan Train at Bishop Library on Tuesday, February 17 at 11am in the Frock conference room. Come, eat your lunch, and discuss a great book. Beverages and a dessert will be provided. Bishop Library currently has five print copies of the book
and one audiobook on CD available for checkout. Copies are also available for purchase at the College Store. List price is $14.99, but if you mention OBOC you will receive a 20% discount.

Other exciting regional events include a “Readers’ Celebration” that will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Train Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. PA and an author talk featuring Christina Baker Kline at Beth Israel Synagogue in Lebanon, PA, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Visit www.oboc.org for additional details.

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Database of the Month: SciFinder

SciFinder, a research discovery tool, provides comprehensive access to authoritative information from journals,  patents, conferences, books and dissertations in the fields of chemistry, medicine and related subjects.

Its easy-to-use search interface accesses:

  1. Substances including chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers, properties, commercial availability, and regulations
  2. Reactions including schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, and commercial availability
  3. References from journals, patents, dissertations and more with full-text linking when available 

SciFinder accesses content from the following CAS databases and Medline:

  • * CAS REGISTRY - chemical substances; more than 90 million small molecules
  • * CAplus - Chemical Abstracts; more than 40 million references (early 1800s to present)
  • * CASREACT - chemical reactions; more than 75.1 million reactions and synthetic preparations
  • * CHEMCATS - chemical suppliers; more than 67 million commercially available chemicals
  • * CHEMLIST- regulated chemicals; more than 312,000 substances
  • * CIN - chemical industry notes; more than 1.7 million business citations (1974 to present)
  • * MARPAT - patent structures; more than 1,052,000 generic Markush structures
  • * MEDLINE - a database of journal article citations which focuses on biomedicine and health.  

SciFinder includes a JAVA and non-JAVA drawing editor for drawing substance & reaction queries and has a SciPlanner workspace for organizing your reference, substance, and reaction search results.  With SciPlanner, you can create, save, print & share projects.


To access SciFinder as well as other science & technology databases, go to: https://www.lvc.edu/library/ezproxy.aspx?sub=ScienceAndTechnologyTopics.

First-time users need to register for an account with an LVC email address.  Once registered, you would use the login button and enter in your username & password.



SciFinder LibGuide is available online which provides detailed information about SciFinder and how to research substances, reactions and references. LibGuides are multimedia guides created by LVC librarians to provide research assistance, library instruction, subject or class specific information. 

To access the LibGuide, go to:  http://libguides.lvc.edu/scifinder


SciFinder provides videos and training documentation on their site showing you how to search for references, substances and reactions. 

To access training materials, go to:  http://www.cas.org/training/scifinder.

For a quick tour of SciFinder's new design, click here.

Mobile Access:  

SciFinder is searchable through a mobile site that you can log into with your SciFinder username & password. For more information go to:  http://www.cas.org/products/scifinder/sf-mobile. Full-text article linking is not available through the mobile site.

System Requirements:

SciFinder can be accessed on both Windows and Mac computers. For detailed information on system requirements such as operating system & browser recommendations, go to:  http://www.cas.org/products/scifinder/system-requirements-web.

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Security Alert: Adobe Digital Editions 4 & E-Books

It has come to the library's attention that there is a potential security risk that may affect users that download and view e-books offline with Adobe Digital Editions 4 software. The library subscribes to over 100,000 Ebrary e-books, many of which are able to be downloaded onto a desktop computer or laptop and/or transferred to a portable device, such as an e-reader.

In order to download an Ebrary e-book to your computer and view it offline, you must install free software called Adobe Digital Editions. This software controls the digital rights management and allows you to borrow the e-book for a 14 day loan.

It has been reported that the newest version of this software, Adobe Digital Editions 4, allegedly may violate user privacy by collecting and transmitting unencrypted data about the e-book and its user. To learn more about this potential security problem, please read the following article from Publisher's Weekly:  http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/64388-adobe-responds-to-ala-concerns-over-e-book-privacy.html.

According to the information in the above article, Adobe may be coming out with a fix or update in the near future.

Until this problem is resolved,  the library recommends the following:

  • *Read Ebrary e-books online instead of downloading them for offline use.
  • *Install an earlier version of the software, such as Adobe Digital Editions 3 to view Ebrary e-books offline.

Adobe Digital Editions 3 can be downloaded by going to: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html.

We will provide further updates to this blog post when we have more information. Bishop Library values user privacy and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

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Database Trial: IBISWorld

Bishop Library has set up a trial to the business database, IBISWorld

IBISWorld provides comprehensive access to industry-based research.  

The trial includes the following modules:

  • *US Industry Reports (NAICS)
  • *US Industry iExpert Summaries
  • *US Specialized Industry Reports
  • *UK Industry Reports (UK SIC)
  • *China Industry Reports
  • *Global Industry Reports
  • *Australia Industry Reports (ANZSIC)
  • *US Business Environment Profiles 

Try out IBISWorld today!   Trial access runs through November 28th.

IBISWorld as well as other business databases are accessible from the library's database list located at: https://www.lvc.edu/library/ezproxy.aspx?sub=BusinessAndEconomicsTopics


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RefWorks Workshop

Bishop Library is offering a workshop on RefWorks, October 30th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, in the BI-LAB, which is on the ground floor of the library. 

RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to export citations from library databases, organize them in folders, and create bibliographies--in many different styles (APA,  MLA, etc.)

Using RefWorks can save quite a bit of time and effort in the  research process.

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Bishop Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Bishop Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 through October 15, with a new display devoted to the event. National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1988 as an expansion of Hispanic Heritage Week, started in 1968. Since then, the month has been dedicated to the art, culture and life of the Hispanic people. The dates were chosen as a commemoration of the independence of a number of Latin American countries, whose celebrations of independence fall within the month.

The library’s display promotes the month with a diversity of material, covering subjects as vast as Latino folklore, art, sexuality and political activism. These films and books represent the Hispanic experience in all facets through scholarly works, creative projects and autobiographies. Visit the library’s display to browse the collection, check out items and learn more about this important subject.

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Banned Books Fight Back at Bishop Library


Join Bishop Library in celebrating Banned Books Week 2014, taking place from Sunday, Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Now in its 34th year, Banned Books Week is dedicated to the liberation of literature from censorship and challenge. The week takes its cues from the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of speech and press, and draws attention to the social problem of censorship in all of its forms. Thanks to the hard work of libraries and other institutions which take part in celebrating the freedom of literature, these books have remained available to the general public.

Bishop Library’s display will stay up until October 3 and includes a number of books which have been challenged or banned, and still are to this day. This includes classics like The Catcher in the Rye and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, children’s books like Captain Underpants and the graphic novel Bone, and recent works such as John Green’s Looking for Alaska. All of these books are available for checkout to library patrons.

For a list of challenged and banned books, or for more information on Banned Books Week, visit the library’s display or visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.

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Bishop Library Celebrates the Work of Karl Popper


Bishop Library celebrates renowned philosopher Karl Popper with a display of his titles near the Circulation Desk. The display was done in conjunction with the international Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society, coordinated by Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of politics at LVC. The symposium commemorated the 20th anniversary of Popper’s death. A full schedule of events is available at http://goo.gl/tgYTmi.
Popper’s oeuvre included tracts on historicism, politics, society and modern science. The display features a number of Popper’s groundbreaking works, including The Poverty of Historicism and The Open Society and Its Enemies, and critical commentary on his ideas. All of these books are available for check out by patrons.

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Dr. Allwein '56 Remembered for Philanthropy


The late Dr. John "Jack" Bowman Allwein '56, benefactor of LVC's new John Bowman Allwein Scholars Program is remembered with a display at Bishop Library.  The display case is located on the main floor, next to the current periodicals.


Allwein, who named the college as primary beneficiary of his estate, was a 20-year Army veteran, as well as a regarded oral surgeon. A Lebanon County native, Allwein was appointed as a White House aide by former President John F. Kennedy, and later served as the director and chief of oral surgery for the U.S. Army before retiring into private practice.

An Allwein Celebration was held at the Bishop Library on Aug. 21 for friends of Dr. Allwein to meet the new students and to welcome the Allwein Scholars to LVC. The library’s display includes Allwein’s LVC yearbook photos, memorabilia from Temple University dental school, historical photos of Allwein, military awards and letters sent to him by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The display makes available an overview of the life of a man who gave back selflessly to his alma mater.


For additional details about Dr. Allwein's gift to the college, the scholars program and his life visit http://www.lvc.edu/News/index.aspx?newsid=1e2ce9a3-57fe-43c7-a2d9-18cbcb66b6e1&HeadLine=%20Lebanon%20Valley%20College%20Announces%20Largest%20Estate%20Gift%20in%20History  

To learn more about some of the inaugural Allwein scholars follow these links:

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