We have a new display near the entrance to the library showcasing the Research @ Harper College Library posters we’ve been working on all semester. We contacted various student activities groups on campus and invited them to participate in photo shoots, where they brought books about the things they’re researching. Getting to know these student groups and creating the posters was a lot of fun, and we hope to be able to do more in the future.
Archive for May 2010
Attention new students (or returning students who do not have a Harper ID–you know who you are!): you can now get a Harper ID issued right here in the library. Stop by the circulation desk on the first floor to take your ID photo and have your ID issued within minutes. This is a new service, and will take place on Tuesday, May 25, Thursday, May 27, Tuesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 3 from 10am-4pm. This’ll save you the trek you normally would have had to take to get to the Box Office in J Building. There haven’t been any lines at all, so stop by the library to get your ID issued!
Atticus, Boo, Scout. No last names are necessary, because chances are, you’ve probably read the classic American novel that features these unforgettable characters. In fact, you might have a copy of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird somewhere on a bookshelf right now. There’s a reason why this bestselling novel—which earned the author a Pulitzer Prize—has never been out of print and still remains a top selling novel after all these years. The book sensitively confronts the issues of race relations in the South and shows the importance of maintaining an open mind, not showing prejudice, and treating others fairly. As Frank Lyell points out in the July 10, 1960 book review he wrote for the New York Times, the moments that show this clearly help Scout to “decide very early in life that no matter how you try to divide up the human race, there’s really ‘just one kind of folks. Folks.’”
To celebrate the book’s fiftieth birthday, towns across the country will be hosting events, parties, readings, discussions, and performances all summer. HarperCollins Publishers has issued a special fiftieth anniversary edition of the book, and filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures and compiled them in the documentary Scout, Atticus, and Boo. Although Harper Lee, 84, is not expected to take part in the festivities—she’s renowned for keeping out of the spotlight and living a very private life—To Kill a Mockingbird has maintained a legacy that speaks volumes.
This week marks the first national Preservation Week, which is a public awareness campaign about collections preservation.
Libraries across the U.S. will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectables, photos, family records and other valuable materials.
“Libraries offer more than just books, they also are an excellent resource for high-quality information and expertise on how to preserve family keepsakes,” said ALA President Camila Alire. “Preserving items such as old photographs, letters, collectables and family movies, provides a map of the past and access to a full range of information that can impact the future.”
The Preservation Week Web site (www.ala.org/preservationweek) provides excellent resources, tracks programs across the country, enables people to share their stories, and provides information on a wide variety of preservation issues.
Interested in local history? Consider signing up for History 219, Section 001 this fall (meets Thursdays from 2:00-4:40pm in room I103 (3 Credit Hours)). This fascinating course on Illinois and local history will be taught by Illinois scholar and Harper College Librarian, Professor Jim Edstrom. For more information, go to http://www.harpercollege.edu/~jedstrom or click on the link below to look at the flyer for the course: hist219publicityflyerfall2010
Here’s a press release from the American Library Association (ALA) about Choose Privacy Week.
CHICAGO – In the past, privacy could be protected by closing a curtain, sealing a record, or simply choosing not to share one’s information. But in today’s digital environment, more and more of our personal information exists online, available and vulnerable to anyone with prying eyes and access to a computer. This makes individual control over one’s personal information a vital and compelling concern for Americans today.
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has established Choose Privacy Week, May 2-8, to help libraries work with their communities around these complicated but vital issues. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a freedom that librarians defend every day.
Choose Privacy Week invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.
“People today are disclosing personal information more than ever, often without an opportunity to consider how that information is being used or by whom,” said ALA President Camila Alire. “Privacy has emerged as a complex, important issue that Americans must grapple with daily. It is also a fundamental right, and a necessary condition for the unique and important work of American libraries – facilitating open access to information for all.”
Librarians have a long history of protecting the rights of people to read, learn, and be curious, because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. This makes libraries ideal places for people to think and talk about privacy today.
“Libraries can play an important role in helping their users understand the rules of the game,” said Barbara Jones, director, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “More importantly, librarians — as long-standing defenders of intellectual freedom — can spark the sort of wide-ranging conversations in communities across America that can crystallize this otherwise amorphous issue.”
For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.privacyrevolution.org.