Database Spotlight

To kick off a new feature, we have two databases to spotlight (both brand new) for October (a day early)!

Do you have a position paper to write? An oral presentation on a current issue? Both Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Global Issues in Context pool together all sorts of resources, from journal articles to encyclopedias, on a wide variety of topics.

OVIC covers mostly American current issues from general topic areas like Business and Economics to specific topic areas such as stem cell research and immigration reform.

GIC covers issues from around the world, from Conflict and Diplomacy to Women, Children, and the Family.

Click the logos above to explore and learn how these databases can help!

If you’re thinking, wait, what’s a database? click here.

Banned Books Week Top 5, No. 5

And so we come to the end:

Reasons banned: homosexuality, unsuited for age group

As the New York Public Library blog put it, “Who would have ever thought that a touching story about a penguin family who lived in the Central Park Zoo could cause such a tangle?”

The 2005 book landed atop the Banned Books Week list the following year, and has been off and on ever since.

Read here about how banned books actually drive sales.

We’ll conclude Banned Books Week 2013 with a quote from library advocate Judith Krug. It sums up the idea and need for Banned Books Week quite nicely:

“You should have access to ideas and information regardless of your age. If anyone is going to limit or guide a young person, it should be the parent or guardian—and only the parent or guardian.”

Read on, and remember banned books all year long…

UPDATE: North Carolina school district overturns Invisible Man ban

More on Banned Books!

NPR had a story this morning on this year’s Virtual Readout on the American Library Association’s YouTube channel, one of many extra sites we wanted to highlight at this, the midpoint of Banned Books Week:

Participate in the 2013 Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out! Watch uploaded videos!

Download free Banned Books Week clip art!

View the 30 Years of Liberating Literature timeline

View a map of book bans and challenges compiled from 2007-2011

See a visual history of some of the most surprising banned books in the US

Read about the long ordeal of Ulysses, one of the earliest modern cases of censorship

Find additional resources and thoughts on banned books from Rhode Island College

Banned Books Week Top 5, No. 3

And in the #3 spot:

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Reasons challenged: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

This multiple award winner from 2007 has garnered plenty of parental support online, much of which is centered around actually reading the book.

UPDATE: the North Carolina school district ban on Ralph Ellison’s 1952 classic Invisible Man may be lifted, according to PBS.

Read about how free copies were made available to students from the publisher.

All in all, a very interesting Banned Books Week!

Celebrate your freedom to read this week at Haggerty Library & Learning Commons. Discover what you’re missing!

Banned Books Week Top 5, No. 2

Introducing:

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Reasons banned: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Read author Sherman Alexie’s comments about being banned last year in Arizona…in a state push to ban Mexican-American books from school curricula. Alexie is not of Mexican descent. He is a Coeur d’Alene Indian.

Celebrate your freedom to read this week at Haggerty Library & Learning Commons. Discover what you’re missing!

Banned Books Week Top 5, No. 1

Welcome to a slightly more in-depth look at those notorious books at the top of the banned books spots for 2012-13. (The annual list runs from May to May.) Each day this week we will profile one title.

There were 464 challenges and bans reported to the American Library Association this past year, up over 100 from the previous year (increased publicity about reporting probably accounts for some of this).

Without further adieu, we begin with…

Reasons challenged (there were no outright bans): offensive language, unsuited for age group

Find out much more about bans, challenges, and Banned Books Week here.

NEWS flash: Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” banned from Randolph County School district in North Carolina

Celebrate your freedom to read this week at Haggerty Library & Learning Commons. Discover what you’re missing!

Never fear, 360 Link is here!

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If you have ever run into a dead end trying to find full-text articles, Haggerty Library & Learning Commons aims to make things MUCH easier.

You will now see the 360 Link button in most article databases, such as ProQuest (though not EBSCO or Gale quite yet, but coming SOON), or if you link to Mount Mary PDFs from Google Scholar.

360 Link will then dig deeper for a full-text PDF or suggest additional ways to find one–and it usually will!

But, you can always use our Get It! button in WorldCat to easily place requests.

Essentially, your dead ends are over!

For questions, please contact a Librarian.

“Four Little Girls” Honored

On this 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we should also pause to remember another Civil Rights anniversary.

Yesterday, President Obama awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award an American civilian can receive, to the four African American girls killed by a bomb planted in an Alabama church by Ku Klux Klan members nearly 50 years ago.

The Congressional Gold Medal has been posthumously awarded to four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church. President Obama signed the legislation Friday, as (from left) Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Dr. Sharon Malone Holder, Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Terri Sewell, and relatives of Denise McNair and Carole Robertson look on.

Read and hear NPR coverage of the event and its horrible history.