Celebrating freedom of speech and the right to read as one chooses, the American Library Association holds an annual celebration of all books that have come under the fire of censorship or attempted banning with their Banned Books Week — this year, September 26 through October 3. In honor of the week, and to promote awareness of censorship issues, the Library is holding an exhibit featuring some of the books that have faced criticism for content and attempted censorship from our own collection, and a timeline marking some important dates in the history of censorship. Stop by the cafe anytime this week to take a look!
We all have our different channels for keeping up with the world’s most important events, developments and opinions – websites, publications, and programs that we tune in to every day to stay updated. Cnn.com, for instance, is one of the most popular websites around (it’s in the top 20 of most popular sites in the U.S.), and a lot of people depend on it for their news fix.
Every once in awhile, though, it’s a great exercise to take a step back and try out new tools for staying abreast of current events: it can expand our worldview, spice up our routine, and even entertain us for awhile. Try some of these news aggregators for a change of pace:
If you’re looking for numerous stories on a single topic, try the flashy news aggregator Day Life. If you’re interested in up-to-the-minute news blog-style, try Blogrunner. Want more relevant results as you search for a particular news item? Try Silobreaker. If you’re more into graphics and looking for a quick overview of the news, take a look at Newser. Browse away, and let us know what you think!
Join us at the Drexel Library on Thursday of this week, during free period for an Information Fair extravaganza, complete with refreshments, give-aways, demos, and of course, information on new resources and tools that are bound to wow even the savviest of Library users. We’ll be showing you how to search across numerous databases at once with our new One Search system, how to create instant bibliographies with Refworks, and how to get the most out of the Research Toolkits and the Library building itself. Come with general questions you might have about the resources as well, we’ll be happy to answer them! We hope to see you there!
The Library would like to welcome everyone back on campus – welcome back old students, and welcome to the new ones! We hope your stay at Saint Joseph’s is memorable, fun, and, of course, educational. Early in the summer, we worked with students to make a fun promotional video for the Library that should give you a bit of background on the Library building, the resources, as well as a general introduction to research at the college level. Check it out here, and we hope to see you in the Library soon!