Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Book Madness 2017

The library is hosting March Book Madness,  a tournament of books in which great titles compete for literary supremacy. The tournament goes from March 6th -31st.  You can pick up your bracket starting Monday March 6th. Brackets are due back by Monday March 20th.  Just drop them off at the Circulation Desk.

Voting will take place on the library's Facebook page.  The first round of voting begins on Tuesday March 21st and continues daily throughout the work week until the final vote on Tuesday 3/28.

The winner will receive a $25.00 Barnes & Noble gift card plus a literary coffee mug.

 Here are the brackets.  Categories include buzzworthy, award winners, book to movie, book to Broadway, required reading, thrillers & mysteries, series, and graphic novels

The 13th to Screen in the Library March 10th

Don't miss the screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, 13th, on Friday March 10th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  From director Ava DuVernay (Selma), the 13th explores the history of the relationship between race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Watch the trailer

The film's title  refers to the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery, but left open the possibility of slavery as a punishment for a crime.  DuVernay's film takes us from the convict leasing of poor freedmen after the Civil War, to the era of Jim Crow and lynchings, to the war on drugs that disproportionately punished blacks, to the present day of the prison industrial complex with prisons again disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Admission is free and hot beverages and discussion opportunities are included.

Released on October 7th by NetFlix it has been awarded the Critics' Choice Documentary Award Best Political Documentary, More

Here's what the reviewers have had to say about this film:

Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13TH will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. Full review

Manohla Dargis
The NYTimes
In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America. Full review

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
Nothing less than an abbreviated history of racial inequality in America, with the prison system as the vortex at its center. Full review
A.A. Dowd
A.V. Club
When you watch "13TH," you feel that you're seeing an essential dimension of America with new vision. That's what a cathartically clear-eyed work of documentary art can do. Full review

Owen Gleiberman

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

The library is once again hosting Hot Reads for Cold Nights this year from January 16 to February the 17th. To participate just stop in at the display, share your favorite book title on the easel, and enter your name in the drawing. Two winners are selected every Friday. The winners receive either a mug or ear buds. Everyone can enjoy the hot beverages the library will be providing during this event.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Martin Luther King Week

The library will be celebrating Martin Luther King Week with a variety of displays. Be sure to take a look at the letter from Martin Luther King Jr. from the library archives.

After reading Time Magazine's February 18th, 1957 cover story on Martin Luther King and the article "Two Women of Kentucky" which appeared in The Commonweal magazine on February 8th, Brother Luke Herbert, then Fitzgerald's Head Librarian, wrote a brief note to Martin Luther King, Jr. In a few days he received Reverend Martin Luther King's reply. Both letters will be on display.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fake News/Real news--Can We Tell the Difference?

Evidently not so many of us .  The results of a Stanford group study released on November 22, 2016 indicates that students from middle school all the way to college age do not recognize the basics of evaluating a source. Evaluating Information: the Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning was conducted by the Stanford History Education Group over 18 months.  Take a look at the design and summary results of the study, as well as samples of the exercises that were provided for the students.

New Open Source Social Science Database

The beta version of SocArXiv, a database accepting papers from all social sciences as well as law,  is now up and running thanks to services provided by the Center for Open Science and the Open Science Framework Preprints. More than 600 papers have already been deposited.  To see the five most downloaded papers to date see this article form the SocOpen blog.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Noise Levels in the Library

The library tries to provide a variety of spaces to support the needs of students for individual quiet study as well as participation in group projects and other collaborative activities.  To insure that all these needs are met, noise levels have been assigned to each level of the library. 


Quiet: Upper Level 

  • Individual Study
  • Low, brief conversations
  • Group study only in group study rooms 

Social: Main Level, McEnery Lounge

Very Quiet: Lower Level

  • Individual study
  • No conversation
  • Quiet group study only in group study rooms
When using the  Library Classroom Room 33 for collaborative work please be sure to close the doors.

Please try to respect the needs of your fellow students and follow these guidelines, especially now that final exams are upon us.

Thank you