Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Library Labs Workshop - Learn how to 3D Scan 12/6 @ noon

Description: Learn how to 3D scan using an Xbox Kinect. Get hands-on experience scanning objects (or even people) to see how this technology opens up unique possibilities, especially in collaboration with 3D Printing.

Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesday, Dec 6, Noon

Location: ALB 107

Presenter(s): Matt Sonnenberg

Audience: Campus Wide

Register Here - Approved for SBE Events Credit

The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

The Moth Snowstorm:  Nature and Joy

By Michael McCarthy

Call Number:  GE 195 .M425 2015

Publisher's Description:  The moth snowstorm, a phenomenon Michael McCarthy remembers from his boyhood when moths “would pack a car’s headlight beams like snowflakes in a blizzard,” is a distant memory. Wildlife is being lost, not only in the wholesale extinctions of species but also in the dwindling of those species that still exist.

The Moth Snowstorm is unlike any other book about climate change today; combining the personal with the polemical, it is a manifesto rooted in experience, a poignant memoir of the author’s first love: nature. McCarthy traces his adoration of the natural world to when he was seven, when the discovery of butterflies and birds brought sudden joy to a boy whose mother had just been hospitalized and whose family life was deteriorating. He goes on to record in painful detail the rapid dissolution of nature’s abundance in the intervening decades, and he proposes a radical solution to our current problem: that we each recognize in ourselves the capacity to love the natural world.

Arguing that neither sustainable development nor ecosystem services have provided adequate defense against pollution, habitat destruction, species degradation, and climate change, McCarthy asks us to consider nature as an intrinsic good and an emotional and spiritual resource, capable of inspiring joy, wonder, and even love. An award-winning environmental journalist, McCarthy presents a clear, well-documented picture of what he calls “the great thinning” around the world, while interweaving the story of his own early discovery of the wilderness and a childhood saved by nature. Drawing on the truths of poets, the studies of scientists, and the author’s long experience in the field, The Moth Snowstorm is part elegy, part ode, and part argument, resulting in a passionate call to action.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Library Labs Workshop: Promote Your Scholarship

Faculty and Staff. Please join us for our next Library Labs Workshop. 

Description: ​Explore and discuss using web-based tools and social media to promote your scholarship activities. An introduction to building an online presence using Kudos, LinkedIn, and other free sites for researchers.

Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 318 (now Albertson Hall)

Presenter: Terri Muraski

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Trial Database - Issue Briefs by Credo

New Trial Database: Credo Issue Briefs

Description:  Issue Briefs includes concise articles on current topics, exposing both sides of controversial issues. The articles are reviewed by an editorial board of seasoned journalism professionals, and 3-4 topics are added every week and direct-published with no delay.

Trial expiration: December 15, 2016

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Featured Book: Free Speech by Timothy Garton Ash

In recognition of University Press Week (Nov 14-19) from Yale University Press:

Free Speech:  Ten Principles for a Connected World

By Timothy Garton Ash

Call Number:  JC 591 .G37 2016

Review from the NY Times

Publisher's Description:   One of the great political writers of our time offers a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age

Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. A pastor burns a Koran in Florida and UN officials die in Afghanistan.
Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Timothy Garton Ash argues that in this connected world that he calls cosmopolis, the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech. Across all cultural divides we must strive to agree on how we disagree. He draws on a thirteen-language global online project—freespeechdebate.com—conducted out of Oxford University and devoted to doing just that. With vivid examples, from his personal experience of China's Orwellian censorship apparatus to the controversy around Charlie Hebdo to a very English court case involving food writer Nigella Lawson, he proposes a framework for civilized conflict in a world where we are all becoming neighbors.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Library Labs Workshop - 3D Printing

Description: Curious about 3D printing?  Explore the equipment and software surrounding this new technology and turn your ideas into reality. 

Intended Audience: Campus wide (Approved for SBE event credit for students)

Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107 (now Albertson Hall)

Presenter: Matt Sonnenberg

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Featured Book: The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins

The Rain in Portugal: Poems

By Billy Collins

Call Number:  PS 3553 .O47478 A6 2016

Publisher's Description:   From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.”

The Rain in Portugal—a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer—sheds Collins’s ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, cats and dogs, loneliness and love, beauty and death. His tones range from the whimsical—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the elegiac in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. A student of the everyday, here Collins contemplates a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach. His imaginative fabrications have Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class and Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head. By turns entertaining, engaging, and enlightening, The Rain in Portugal amounts to another chorus of poems from one of the most respected and familiar voices in the world of American poetry.

On Rhyme

It’s possible that a stitch in time
might save as many as twelve or as few as three,
and I have no trouble remembering
that September has thirty days.
So do June, November, and April.

I like a cat wearing a chapeau or a trilby,
Little Jack Horner sitting on a sofa,
old men who are not from Nantucket,
and how life can seem almost unreal
when you are gently rowing a boat down a stream.

That’s why instead of recalling today
that it mostly pours in Spain,
I am going to picture the rain in Portugal,
how it falls on the hillside vineyards,
on the surface of the deep harbors

where fishing boats are swaying,
and in the narrow alleys of the cities
where three boys in tee shirts
are kicking a soccer ball in the rain,
ignoring the window-cries of their mothers.