September 2009 Archives

Banned Books on Google Maps

Are you interested in seeing where in the U.S. books were banned or challenged and why? You can find specific information on many books that were challenged on banned across the United States using Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2009, on Google Maps.

Read Any Good Banned Books Recently?

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Banned Books Week, September 26-October 3, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information and draws attention to examples of censorship by spotlighting challenged and banned books across the United States. The American Library Association provides lots of information on banned and challenged books, including the most frequently challenged books of the 1990s and banned and challenged classics.

Have you read any banned books that you would recommend to others? Tell us about them.

"I Love My Librarian"--Do You?

Has a librarian made a difference in your life? There is still time to nominate a librarian for the 2009 Carnegie Corp./NY Times "I Love My Librarian Award"

Name Our New Search Beta--Winner Gets an iPod Touch

Send us your name ideas for our new beta search box and you could win an iPod Touch, or 100 free cups of coffee at the new library café. To enter or FMI visit

RefWorks Workshops

RefWorks workshops are once again being offered this fall. RefWorks is a web-based bibliography management system that allows you to create and manage your own personal citation database for articles, web pages, and other types of information valuable for your research. In this workshop you will learn the basics of RefWorks for creating your database and importing records. You will also learn how to use the records in your database to format notes and bibliographies in the appropriate style (MLA, APA, etc.) for your papers.

Workshops are held in the Keck Learning Room, Honnold/Mudd Library. You are welcome to bring your own laptop.

The workshop schedule can be found on the library web site.To register for one of these workshops, email Gale Burrow with a subject line of RefWorks workshop.

Thurs., Sept. 17, 4:15pm -- Honnold/Mudd Library - Founders Room

It is perhaps more the Declaration of Independence than the Constitution that set the wheels in motion to make a country of truly free human beings, with the earlier document's stipulation that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It took the Constitution – following a terrible war fought on our own soil and a long struggle by women to gain the vote – longer to meet at least the spirit of the ideal of equality set forth by second paragraph of the Declaration. Nevertheless, the Constitution proved itself flexible enough by allowing for evolution by amendment – early on with the Bill of Rights; later for the abolishment of slavery and the guarantee of a vote not barred by race or color or previous condition of servitude; and finally, granting the vote not barred by a person's gender. To celebrate this political evolution and to recognize Constitution Day this year, the library has assembled a panel of faculty to discuss the historic election and early months in office of our first African-American president.

Panelists are Gaston Espinosa, CMC, Religious Studies; Michelle Bligh, CGU, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences: Elizabeth Shermer, CMC, History; Stuart McConnell, Pitzer, History; Darryl Smith, Pomona, Religion. The panel will be moderated by Cecilia Conrad, Dean of Faculty, Pomona College.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Adam Rosenkranz

Our New Discovery Beta Searches Everything*

Try our new beta search box. This cool tool searches our online resources (article databases, book catalog, CCDL, etc). It could revolutionize your research but it has no name. What should we call it?

Send us your name ideas and you could win an iPod Touch, or 100 free cups of coffee at the new library café. To enter or FMI visit

*well, almost everything

Libraries Are Open on Labor Day - Sept. 7

Honnold and Denison are open normal hours on Labor Day. The copy center will be open for fines only from 9.15 to noon.

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