Posts Tagged ‘Book displays’

Let’s celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was designed to educate people on the pain and suffering throughout history that Blacks encountered to receive equal rights and freedom. Americans have recognized Black History annually ever since 1926 when it was first known as “Negro History Week” and then converted to “Black History Month.” Although Blacks have been part of our country’s history since the colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they received a respectable honor in the history books.

On the heels of an historic election, African-Americans have overcome devious and cunning methods to prevent their voices from being heard:

Poll taxes

Literacy tests

“Grandfather” clauses

Suppressive election procedures

Black codes and enforced segregation

Bizarre gerrymandering

White-only primaries

Physical intimidation and violence

Restrictive eligibility requirements

Rewriting of state constitutions

I am privileged to come from a lineage filled with strength and courage, proud to stand tall in the midst of history and look forward to a future filled with promise and change.

If you want to know more about African Americans and their struggle for the right to vote, click here. If you want to know more about African Americans and their struggle for equality, click here.

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~Sareeca

Happy National Procrastination Week!

So, National Procrastination Week is March 2-March 8, right in the middle of midterms.  Coincidence?  Probably.  All I know is that I waited till the week was halfway over to blog about it.  Because I’m in the spirit.

If you feel the need to get some procrastinating done (or if you just need to take a break from that question set/term paper/ take-home test before your head explodes), we’ve set up a brand-spankin’-new book display in the front alcove, across from the Common Grounds Cafe. In addition to the magazines and the pop fiction books that were there from before (and are themselves prime procrastination material), we’ve hooked you up with an entire book display devoted to one thing: pretty, pretty pictures.  There’s art books if you’re feeling classy, graphic novels if you’re feeling literary, and pop-up books if you’re feeling like you’ve had enough, you know, thinking.

If you’re looking for some books with pretty, pretty pictures, or even if you’re looking for books for less procrastinatory purposes, you can use Library of Congress subject headings.  For example, for this book display, I used subject headings like:

Comic books, strips, etc.

Graphic novels.

Stories without words.

Toy and movable books–Specimens (Pop-up books!)

Art, Modern–20th century.

Art, Modern–19th century.

These headings are fixed (but more than one can apply to an item), and are decided by the Library of Congress.  Apparently “Pictures–Pretty, pretty.” was not descriptive enough for them.

One easy way to find specific headings is to find a book in the catalog that seems close to what you’re looking for or that you know is related to your search.  Look at its catalog record.  There you can see all of the LC subject terms that were used to describe the item.  In our catalog, you can click on whatever subject terms are relevant to your search and see all of the books that were cataloged with the same terms. It’s a pretty awesome tool to have in your back pocket, so if you still feel unsure about how to use it, stop by the Learning Commons Desk.  We’re totally happy to walk you through the process.  Plus, you can kill time by talking to us while still feeling productive because you’re learning a skill.  Sweet!

-Aimee

Oh– guess what I learned today!  “Procrastinatory” doesn’t set off the spell check.  Because it’s a real word!!! How crazy is that?

I have a confession…

I was really excited about the presidential inauguration. It was pretty amazing to see such a historic moment, even if it was just on TV. There were so many people watching here at the Learning Commons, and, as exciting as it was to watch, it was even more exciting to see how excited everyone else was. The spontaneous applause after the inaugural speech was pretty awesome.

That’s not my confession.

This is my confession. As excited as I was about the inauguration on Tuesday, I was even more excited about the season premiere of Lost on Wednesday. I won’t pass judgment on which was better; I will, however, point out that inauguration did not have a smoke monster. Just saying.

In addition to a smoke monster, Lost features something else much more library-related: a strong literary bent. Characters share names with famous authors and philosophers, or are shown reading books that relate to the (generally eerie and sometimes slightly terrifying) things that happen on the show. Beth and I are super-stoked that Lost is starting up again.* We also work in a library, so we have chosen to express our super-stokedness by creating a book display of the literature featured on Lost. It’s not all creepy sci-fi, either– there’s classics (The Odyssey), philosophy (Behold the Antichrist: [Jeremy] Bentham on Religion), modern American fiction (Of Mice and Men), and anthropomorphic bunnies (Watership Down), among other things. The display is on the New Book shelf in the Learning Commons; check it out when you get a chance!

* But probably not as super-stoked as these guys. That’s commitment!

** We can’t really take all the credit, though; click here to read/listen to the NPR story that inspired the idea.