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Afternoon Librarian, Liaison for School of Public Affairs & Social Services and School of Advanced Manufacturing , Engineering & Applied Technology

March is Frozen Food Month

An email from the Census Bureau alerted us that March is “Frozen Food Month.” Frozen food is easy to cook, but a complex topic. The frozen food industry was born in the USA and continues to develop globally, involving agriculture, food science, logistics, and refrigeration engineering – all subjects taught here at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Frozen foods have both responded to, and influenced, our culture; from the way we cook to our transportation infrastructure. The contribution of this industry to our economy is massive. We have assembled some statistics in our library displays marking this month.

Tucked in among the charts, books, and journals are some themed treats, while supplies last … and yes, you can chew gum at the computers!

 

Global Market Finder: new tool from the Census Bureau

This new interactive tool is so easy to use! It will be helpful for anyone researching exports of US products. Indiana grows a lot of popcorn. What are our international markets for popcorn? Let’s take a look.

Go to https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/export-markets.html

Simply enter a keyword in the search box and wait for the site to retrieve the Schedule B Code.

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Then, click on the code and wait for the site to retrieve the data on this product. There are four different views; the default is a map of the world, with the top five markets highlighted. I prefer the table view as it shows more precisely what countries are our top markets.

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From this table, you can also select a country – (All) is the default – to see only further data for that market.

Click on the Methods of Transportation tab to see how our popcorn gets to these markets. Let’s see how we get popcorn to Mexico, as it could be trucked or flown or shipped:

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It is all trucked!

You can also look at sales in a time series and see the unit price paid for each market.

Animal-Assisted Therapy books

Have you met the therapy dogs who, with their handlers, are here for us during Finals Week? Are you writing a paper or presentation on animal-assisted therapy (AAT)? Are you a Human Services student looking to explore this kind of therapy? We have added two important books to our collection on this topic. Both are well-established science books with loads of case studies, literature reviews including new neurological research, and sample protocols. These are introductory texts that explain the evidence and science behind AAT and should be helpful to anyone interested in how interventions with animals work. They are ready for check out now.

Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling

Chandler Animal Assisted Therapy book cover

Third edition. By Cynthia K. Chandler.
Call Number: RC489.P47 C48 2017
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“New to this edition is discussion of the human-animal relational theory … Consistent with previous editions, a variety of animal-assisted interventions are described with case examples provided in a variety of settings with different types of animals … an indispensable guide for any counselor or psychotherapist looking to develop and implement AAT techniques in practice.”

Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions

Fine Handbook of Animal-Assisted Therapy book cover

Fourth edition. Edited by Aubrey H. Fine.
Call Number: RM931 .A65 H36 2015
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“The fourth edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field … with over 40% new material. In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy into their practices, best practices in animal assisted intervention, how to design and implement animal-assisted interventions, and the efficacy of AAT with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, the elderly, those receiving palliative care, as well as people with chronic disorders, AIDS, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders. Additional chapters cover techniques for working with families, in juvenile and criminal justice systems, and in colleges and universities.” The chapters are written by practitioners and researchers with particular expertise on each subtopic.

Public Domain Day 2019

On January 1st 2019, works copyrighted in 1923 entered the public domain! This is the first “Public Domain Day” since Congress extended copyright in 1998. Books, films, and sheet music copyrighted that year in the United States are now free to use without seeking permission or paying fees. (Only the 1923 editions, if there are later copyrighted editions! Librarians call this the 1923 manifestation of a work.)

Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a detailed explanation and a list of some notable items that have “gone public.” They may be worth considering for course or research project materials. HathiTrust already has released over 20,000 books and scientific reports copyrighted in 1923.

Some works from 1923 are startlingly out of touch with current values. The full lyrics of “Yes! We Have No Bananas” – a song refrain my family has sung for years – reveal it is an ethnic caricature. Songs making fun of ethnic groups were popular in the 1920s. The Library of Congress has more examples, plus curricula for teaching about them and about attitudes towards immigrants. As upsetting as such materials may be, having them publicly available is important to understanding our current social climate.

A librarian can help you locate public domain materials, and answer your copyright questions. Here’s to many happy returns of Public Domain Day!

Keeping up with Science

What advances can we expect from science in 2019? Science magazine online has published predictions for research and policy news in the coming year. Science is published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a great resource for research at all levels. (Thank you, Professor Christine Barlow, for introducing me to it!)

I did not keep up with research in my field during the past year, despite getting AAAS science news headlines delivered to my email every Friday. (Headlines alone don’t stick in my brain.) So I ran a search from the Science magazine home page:

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Once I entered my term in the Search box (anthropology), the next screen allowed me to set date limits (1 Jan 2018 to 1 Jan 2019). Not all of the articles are open access but I can at least read the abstracts. What new research in your field are you excited about?

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Favorite Fast Food Poll Results

We ran a Favorite Fast Food Poll next to the entrance area of the library for two weeks, to mark Fast Food Day on November 16th. Here are the results and analysis.

There were 5 total votes for McDonald’s items, so that was the favorite restaurant. There were 2 votes each for items from Arby’s and from Chipotle. The other establishments included a local, Salsa Grille; plus Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Panera Bread.

In terms of the favorite food item, there were 3 votes for fries, and 3 for Mexican items. Beef and chicken were even with 2 votes for burgers and 2 for chicken items.

Below are the raw data tabulated. Thank you to all who participated!

Further research is needed to resolve the question: Should anything including broccoli count as a fast food?

McDonald’s  Fries
McDonald’s  Fries
McDonald’s  Big Mac
McDonald’s  Chicken Nuggets w/ Sweet & Sour sauce
McDonald’s  Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
Arby’s  Curly fries
Arby’s  Jalapeno bites
Chipotle  Chipotle bowl
Chipotle  Everything burrito
Salsa Grill  Taco salad bowl
Chick-fil-A  Spicy chicken sandwich
Pizza Hut  Large pepperoni pizza w/ extra cheese
Panera Bread  Broccoli soup

 

Fast Food Day

 

IMG_3885November 16th is Fast Food Day – drive thru the Library to see our displays! We have hundreds of resources for research on this topic in many different fields: sociology, health, chemistry, economics, education, even a book of “McPoems”. We are taking a poll of your favorite fast food items and we are doing a jigsaw puzzle, Things I Ate as a Kid. We will publish the results of the poll here, come back for a second helping!