Sunday, April 13, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week

Please join us in celebrating the UI&U Library! 

National Library Week is an annual celebration of libraries which began in 1958.  The American Library Association (ALA) in concert with libraries across the nation have designated this week as time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and their dedicated staff. 

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge, providing access to information; leveling the playing field by making information affordable, available, and accessible to all people. Text © Georgia State University.  Used with permission. 

2012 Bookmark Winner: 1st Place, Ages 5-8 by Harrison Elliot (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Exciting News: Faculty Library Orientation

The new Library Faculty Orientation is live!  It consists of 7 units and covers library resources, copyright in online courses, purchase requests, citation tools, and much more.   There are three required units and two elective units, allowing faculty members to select the units most relevant to their work.  This is a self-paced course, which you can complete in your own time. 

If you have any feedback on how we can improve the orientation, please let us know.

"Flower" by Doug88888 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Closed Friday for Founder's Day

The library will be closed Friday, April 4th for Founder's Day.  You can read more about Founder's Day and Union's 50 year upcoming 50th Anniversary on the UI&U Website

Sunday, March 30, 2014

APA, MLA & Chicago Citations Made Easy

Do you struggle with the APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles?  The UI&U Library provides resources to help you to create, format, and manage bibliographies.  One of our favorite resources is the Google Scholar Cite Tool.   If you enter the title of a book or article you want to cite, Google Scholar will format it into an APA, Chicago, or MLA citation that you can copy and paste into your paper’s bibliography.

Google Scholar Cite Link
Google Scholar by AJC1 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Please watch the short video below for a demonstration on how this exciting tool works!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New videos: Klimt, Malala & Narcotics

The library's Films on Demand database has added new videos.  You can stream these videos online and link to them in CampusWeb courses.  Here is a sample of new films in the fields of art, criminal justice, literature, education, political science, psychology, social justice, and more.

Drive-in Movie Theater in Tacoma by Jim Culp (CC By-NC-ND 2.0)

ART: Klimt: A Kiss Cashes In (30 minutes, 2011)
Although his contemporaries deemed Gustav Klimt’s output “painted pornography suitable for pagan orgies,” reproductions of his work are now booming in popularity. The Klimt Museum in Vienna sells an almost infinite variety of merchandise bearing his famous Kiss: along with the customary posters and coffee mugs, tourists can buy Klimt dog blankets, chocolates, Barbie dolls, umbrellas, and cookbooks. This program offers theories about why The Kiss is so well-suited to commercialization and contrasts Klimt’s current success to the shocked reviews he garnered in his time. The video goes to the Klimt Museum; the Klimt Center, built to commemorate the site where the artist brought his mistresses; and a Klimt-themed nursing home in Vienna.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Hidden Narcotics: Border Wars 2 (52 minutes, 2010)
In this episode of Border Wars 2, officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection work 24/7 to patrol the border between San Diego, California, and the Mexican city of Tijuana. These men and women traverse the rugged San Ysidro Mountains in search of illegal border crossers; stage an undercover sting operation to infiltrate a human smuggling organization; and uncover hidden narcotics inside a car passing through the San Ysidro port of entry—the busiest land border crossing in the world. A National Geographic Production.

EDUCATION: Unbreakable: One Girl Changing the World—The Story of Malala (39 min. 2013)
“They cannot stop me. I will get my education,” declares Malala Yousafzai in this riveting ABC News interview, filmed in the wake of the young activist’s 2013 trip to the United States. Her resoluteness and courage are unmistakable, but as she speaks with reporter Diane Sawyer about her mission and her near-fatal confrontation with the Taliban, Malala’s quite understandable fear and vulnerability also emerge. The conversation—mixed with footage from events in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala’s speech before the United Nations, and interviews with her father and the doctors who saved her life—covers a wide range of topics. From her family and cultural background to her vision of a world in which education is available to all, Malala’s presence on camera is truly compelling and leaves no doubt as to her significance in the global struggle for women’s rights.

LITERATURE: Alice Walker: Possessing the Secret of Joy (53min, 1992)
Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker has been a standard bearer for the civil rights and women’s movements since the early 1960s. In this classic interview, the womanist writer discusses her novel Possessing the Secret of Joy, in which protagonist Tashi attempts to preserve her tribal heritage by undergoing traditional female genital mutilation—still a common practice in Africa today. Archival footage, dramatized scenes from the book, and additional interviews with Gloria Steinem; Barbara Christian, Professor of African-American Studies at Berkeley University; and others shed light on Alice Walker’s career and issues of womanhood worldwide, while Ms. Walker examines the influence of people and events on her life. (53 minutes)

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Progressives Pick Up the Pieces (37min., 2013)
In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill speaks with historian and author Peter Dreier, who sees the political crisis surrounding the recent government shutdown as filled with possibility for progressives in America—and shares the reasons why he continues to be optimistic, including dynamic grassroots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss. In whimsical books such as Yertle the Turtle and Green Eggs and Ham, the good “doctor” passed along some simple but powerful political philosophy. “The message that Dr. Seuss is sending in his books to young people,” says Dreier, “is to stand up to arbitrary authority and take back your own life and be a fighter for justice and for your own integrity.”

PSYCHOLOGY: Attachment Theory (26 min, 2013)
An excellent resource for courses in both academic and applied psychology, this comprehensive program explores several models of attachment behavior as well as current and historical research methods in the field. The video focuses on John Bowlby’s “44 juvenile thieves” study and the effects of separation, patterns of attachment, behaviorism, nurturance and security, and insecure-resistant and insecure- avoidant children. The skin-to-skin hypothesis, operant conditioning, and social learning theory are also discussed, along with the work of Maccoby, Konrad Lorenz, Harry Harlow, and Mary Ainsworth. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online.

SOCIAL JUSTICE: India: Love or Rape (50 minutes, 2013)
The horrific gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old Indian student in 2012 caused outrage around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand tougher sentencing and a more efficient justice system. But the underlying cause of India’s staggering rate of violence against women may be difficult to overcome. In many areas patriarchal values are enforced by village councils, which at times go as far as murdering women who, for instance, seek love-marriages outside their own caste. This documentary explores the factors contributing to India’s high incidence of rape and domestic abuse, giving voice to the victims and activists seeking reform; and to the traditionalists, who say the women themselves are to blame for “crossing the line.”