New Database: Statista

If you love statistics and charts, Statista is the database for you!

The newest database available through George Fox Libraries, Statista brings together statistical data from over 18,000 sources and displays it in attractive, user-friendly interactive charts.










Easily download charts as PNG graphics, PDFs or PPTs, or export data in Excel.

Drill down to specific indicators organized by Industry, Topic or Country.

Statista has statistics in amazing depth and covering the entire globe — everything from annual chocolate consumption per capita, to the average cost of basketballs, the number of people in prison, reports and forecasts for hundreds of industries, etc.


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Paul Anderson to speak on the St. John’s Bible daily at noon this week

As part of his series titled “Seven Days with Pope Francis and The Saint John’s Bible,” Dr. Paul Anderson will be sharing briefly on each of the texts in the SJB every day at noon in the MLRC this week (September 21-25).

sjb-onlineIn addition he’ll be writing up a “feature for the day” for media publication.

Paintings and texts to be discussed:

  • Monday (9/21) Creation (Pentateuch vol. – Genesis 1:1-2:4a)
  • Tuesday (9/22) Abraham and Sarah (Penateuch vol. – Genesis 15:1-7; 17:1-22)
  • Wednesday (9/23) Ten Commandments (Pentateuch vol. – Exodus 20:1-26)
  • Thursday (9/24) Peter’s Confession (Gospels & Acts vol. – Matthew 16:13-23)
  • Friday, September 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Gospels & Acts vol. – Mark 6:33-44; 8:1-10)
  • Saturday (9/26) Two Cures (Gospels & Acts vol. – Mark 5:25-43)
  • Sunday (9/27) Pentecost (Gospels & Acts vol. – Acts 1:6-11, 2:1-47)

All are welcome to attend.

Explore each volume of the SJB online

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New Ebook: Liberal Arts for the Christian Life


Access Liberal Arts for the Christian Life in EBL

“For over forty years, Leland Ryken has championed and modeled a Christian liberal arts education. His scholarship and commitment to integrating faith with learning in the classroom have influenced thousands of students who have sat under his winsome teaching. Published in honor of Professor Ryken and presented on the occasion of his retirement from Wheaton College, this compilation carries on his legacy of applying a Christian liberal arts education to all areas of life.

Five sections explore the background of a Christian liberal

arts education, its theological basis, habits and virtues, differing approaches, and ultimate aims. Contributors including Philip Ryken, Jeffry Davis, Duane Litfin, John Walford, Alan Jacobs, and Jim Wilhoit analyze liberal arts as they relate to the disciplines, the Christian faith, and the world. Also included are a transcript of a well-known 1984 chapel talk delivered by Leland Ryken on the student’s calling and practical chapters on how to read, write, and speak well.

Comprehensive in scope, this substantial volume will be a helpful guide to anyone involved in higher education, as well as to students, pastors, and leaders looking for resources on the importance of faith in learning.”

— Publisher’s description


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MLRC staying open until midnight M-Th

midnightBased on student feedback, the MLRC has decided to stay open until midnight Monday – Thursday during the fall and spring semesters.

That means more time for you to study, collaborate with group members, use the computers, read great books, search through databases — do all the things that make the library a great place to be.

So bring some coffee, stay up late…and enjoy your university library.

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Changes at the MLRC and PCL

Some big improvements are happening at both George Fox University libraries this summer!

MLRC (Newberg)

  • Six new group study rooms, each of which will be equipped with a display and audio-visual equipment for groups to study or prepare presentations
  • Learning commons will expand by six computers
  • Improved wireless access
  • The Academic Resource Center is moving from the basement to a more accessible and improved area on the library’s main floor
  • Adding new furniture
  • Replacing some old lighting with improved energy-efficient lighting in much of the building

Portland Center Library (Tigard)

  • Two new group study rooms
  • Technology added to the new rooms and three existing group rooms
  • New carpeting
  • New furniture
  • Improvements to the wireless network

There’s a fair amount of construction dust flying around both locations right now, but we are maintaining our normal summer hours of operation.


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Books on Christianity and Environmentalism

In light of the encyclical recently released by Pope Francis, here are some GFU library books on the topic of Christianity and the environment.

Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Elizabeth Johnson, 2014
Presents perspectives that love of the natural world is an intrinsic element of faith in God and that far from being an add-on, ecological care is at the center of moral life.
Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration
Gretel. Van Wieren, 2013
Examines the religious and ethical dimensions and significance of contemporary restoration practice, an ethical framework that advances the field of environmental ethics in a more positive, action-oriented, experience-based direction.
Toward an ecology of transfiguration : orthodox Christian perspectives on environment, nature, and creation
John Chryssavgis; Bruce V Foltz, 2013.
Addresses environmental issues from the Orthodox point of view, with contributions from the most highly influential theologians and philosophers in contemporary world Orthodoxy.  Brings the unique resources of ancient spirituality to bear on modern challenges.
 Mere environmentalism : a biblical perspective on humans and the natural world
Steven F. Hayward American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2011.
Provides a thorough examination of the philosophical presuppositions underlying today’s environmentalist movement and the history of policies intended to alleviate environmental challenges such as overpopulation and global warming. Relying on Scripture to understand God’s created order, the author offers an insightful reflection on the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Tending to Eden : environmental stewardship for God’s people
Scott C. Sabin, Kathy Ide, 2010.
This practical guide for creation care offers theological foundations for environmental stewardship, practical strategies and case studies of contemporary ministry groups. Each chapter also includes a study guide for small-group use, and the appendix offers a related Bible study.
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How Good Are the GFU Libraries? Results of LibQUAL 2014

In the spring of 2014 George Fox University libraries participated in LibQUAL, a survey that measures patron perceptions of library service. The survey, which was administered through the Association of Research Libraries, has been used at over 1,000 libraries since 2000.  About 600 George Fox students, faculty, and staff completed the survey.

Survey Design

Respondents were asked to rank statements about the level of Affect of Services (staff and services), Information Control (print and online resources, and ease of access), and Library as Place (facility and space) on a scale of 1 to 9.

Each statement was ranked for minimum acceptable level, desired level, and perceived level. Perceived levels that fell between the minimum and desired level are considered within the “zone of tolerance.” Perceived levels falling below the minimum level of acceptability are considered outside the zone of tolerance, and thus problem areas.

Respondents were also asked to indicate frequency of library use, overall satisfaction, and literacy outcomes. In addition, comments were possible through a comments box.
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MLRC staying open late during end of spring semester

The MLRC will be staying open until midnight on Monday-Thursday nights for the last two weeks of the spring semester (4/20 — 4/23 and 4/27 — 4/30).

So come early and stay late — the library is a great place to study!

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St. John’s Bible on Display at the MLRC

Friday afternoons between Jan. 16 and April 24, 2015 the public is invited to come browse through the pages of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible – Vol. 6, The Gospels and Acts. Hear Paul Anderson, professor of … Continue reading

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A great time was had by all at Wassail this year!  It was wonderful to have so many friends and colleagues stop by to enjoy good food and good conversation.

Here are a few photos from the event (view on Flickr):

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