Monday, December 19, 2016

Featured Book: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

News of the World:  a novel

By Paulette Jiles

Call Number:  PR 9199.3 J54 N49 2016

Review from the New York Times Book Review
National Book Award Finalist - Fiction

Publisher's Description: 
It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Exam Cram Time! Mon. Dec. 19th

It's that time of the semester!

Need help with citations? A statistic? Help with a paper or final exam? 

The Library and Tutoring Learning Center staff will be here on Monday, Dec. 19th from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm to help you!

We will also have free coffee, cookies, fruit, some surprises and Andy's infamous announcements. 

  • Monday, Dec. 19 - Library Lobby & IMC (3rd flr)
  • 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good luck with studying from all of us at the Library and TLC!

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——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.