Monthly Archives: July 2009

Can’t decide how you feel about Obama’s Health Care Plan?

obamaLast week’s Presidential Address left many Americans trying to figure out whether they are for, against, or completely apathetic about Obama’s proposed Health Care Plan.  Since then, the media has tried to keep up with the funding proposals and counterpoints to the issues, but it’s a lot to keep up with!  So, while the clock ticks and the deadline for a decision rushes closer, Rentschler Library has some resources that may shed some light on the issues. 


“National Health Insurance in the United States and Canada: Race, Territory, and the Roots of Indifference” by Gerard Boychuck (2008).

“Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis–and the People who Pay the Price” by Jonathan Cohn (2007).

“One Nation Uninsured: Why the United States has no National Health Insurance”by Jill Quadango (2005).

“Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity” by Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle (2005).

“Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the U.S. Health Care Delivery System” by edited by Charlene Harrington, Carroll L. Estes. ; with assistance from Cassandra Crawford (2004).

Online Resources

The White House–Health Care Reform

The Health Care Blog

Obama’s Health Care Plan: Doctors Debate Pros and Cons”

VIDEO:CNBS’s Pro-v-Con Debate

New titles on presidential history

I’ve been trying to add books on U.S. presidents over the last couple of years. Yes, we’ve got a lot of books on Lincoln, especially with 2009 being the bicentennial of his birth. (60 books on Lincoln were published – or will be published – in 2009, according to an article in Publisher’s Weekly). A recent addition to our collection is Burlingame’s highly acclaimed Abraham Lincoln: A Life. Weighing in at two volumes, allow yourself some time to get through that one, but it’s worth it. Burlingame is known for attempting a little psychological analysis on our 16th president. We’ve also added some titles on Reagan and Nixon, another couple of recent Oval Office holders.

When you start quizzing people on the street (a la the Jay Leno comedy bit) about the lesser-known presidents and when they lived, you might get some interesting answers. Those presidents are getting the book-length treatment of late. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve added to the collection:

John Tyler – A Rare Career, E397 .J64 2008; Lyle Nelson, editor. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2008.

Polk : the man who transformed the presidency and America, E417 .B67 2009 / by Walter R. Borneman; New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2009.

Herbert Hoover, E802 .I48 2008 by William E. Leuchtenburg. New York : Times Books, 2009.

Mr. Adams’s last crusade: John Quincy Adams’s extraordinary post-presidential life in Congress, E377 .W47 2008 / by Joseph Wheelan. New York: PublicAffairs, c2008.

Zachary Taylor, E422 .E57 2008. by John S.D. Eisenhower. New York : Times Books, c2008.

Depressing reading?

We’re inundated with stories about these hard economic times. So we completely understand if you don’t want to read anything – much less an entire book – about the topic. But, we wouldn’t be librarians if we didn’t suggest some reading for those who are curious about why we’re in this situation.

Almost as fast as the economic crisis manifested itself was the publication of books about what got us into the mess in the first place. See below for a list of recently added books about various aspects of the economic downturn. We’ll be adding more books in the coming months, and hopefully within the next year we’ll be adding books about how the economy came around!

A failure of capitalism: the crisis of ’08 and the descent into depression

The subprime solution: how today’s global financial crisis happened, and what to do about it.

The return of depression economics and the crisis of 2008.

The gods that failed: how blind faith in markets has cost us our future.

The two trillion dollar meltdown: easy money, high rollers, and the great credit crash.

The battle for Wall Street: behind the lines in the struggle that pushed an industry into turmoil. .

Chain of blame: how Wall Street caused the mortgage and credit crisis.

Changes to OhioLINK databases

As of today, July 1, there are some changes to what’s available, database-wise, from OhioLINK. Here’s the official news release.

This affects Consumer Health Complete, America’s Newspapers (NEWSBANK) and America’s News Magazines (NEWSBANK).

LexisNexis will help fill the void of the America’s Newspapers/Magazines titles. Try Health Source: Consumer Edition to replace Consumer Health Complete.