The staff of Kelly Library and IT sends out a big welcome to our new and returning students, faculty, and
staff. There are lots of activities on campus finishing up as the semester starts. The Performing Arts
building is just about completed; new access roads and parking lots are available. The Doctorate of
Physical Therapy program has started and the library has opened its first branch on the Marion campus.
IT has increased the bandwidth for the campus which, when the fine-tuning is done, will greatly improve
access to the internet. The library has a redesigned library catalog, Interlibrary Loan webpage, and new
databases for the new programs in the health sciences. The new resources, which are available to
everyone, include Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, CINAHL with Full Text, Cochrane Library, and
We hope everyone is off to a great start for a good year.
For the next few weeks, the library is coordinating with Washington County Public Library (WCPL) in
celebrating the Big Read. The Big Read was established in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts
and Arts Midwest and “broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves
through the joy of sharing a good book”. http://neabigread.org/ Members of a community read a
common work or author and have opportunities to discuss it. This year’s selection is True Grit by
Charles Portis. Many of us have seen at least one of the movies based on this book. John Wayne
starred in the early version made in 1969 for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best actor.
Jeff Bridges played the same character, Rooster Cogburn, in 2010. This version was nominated for 10
Oscars, including best picture and best actor in a leading role. Wayne reprised his role in 1975's Rooster
Cogburn, which featured Katherine Hepburn. A TV movie version of True Grit was made in 1978 and
starred Warren Oates.
When True Grit was first published in 1968 it was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post, and was on the
New York Times Best Seller list for 22 weeks. It is the most known of Portis’ novels and the most
critically acclaimed. Michael Cleary, in Twentieth-Century Western Writers, claims that Charles Portis "is
one of the most inventively comic writers of western fiction".
WCPL has related events scheduled from September 12 to October 24. Kelly Library has a display in the
library promoting the Big Read and a copy of the schedule is posted. The library has many of Portis's
works. Come in and check them out! Also, the library has a limited number of free paperback copies of
True Grit to give away. When you are done reading your free copy, you can return it to share with
others or just pass it on.