The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected the winners of the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit.
The awards are given in four categories, with Winner and Honor books selected in each category. Here are the winners of the 2010 awards:
The Picture Book Winner is Cora Cooks Pancit, written by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, published by Shens Books. Picture Book Honor was given to Tan to Tamarind, written by Malathi Michelle Iyengar and illustrated by Jamel Akib, published by Children’s Book Press.
For Youth Literature, the Winner is Sung Woo’s Everything Asian, published by Thomas Dunne Books. Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell and published by Lee & Low was selected as an Honor recipient.
The Adult Nonfiction Winner is American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, by Bonnie Tsui and published by Free Press (Simon & Schuster). The Adult Nonfiction Honor Book is Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens, by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi and published by the University Press of Colorado.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and published by Ballantine Books was selected as the Adult Fiction Winner. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and published by Random House was selected as an Adult Fiction Honor title. We own both of these books at Harper College Library– make sure to check them out:
For all you science fiction lovers out there, the library has just released a new research guide for your browsing pleasure. While the Sci Fi Research Guide was originally written for students taking Pearl Ratunil’s English 102 and Literature 115 courses, anyone– even the general public– can take a look at any of the research guides and the various resources that are available to them at Harper. There’s info on finding books, media, author biographies, websites, and even MLA citation help if you so need it.
If you find something that peaks your interest and need help finding it, stop by the Reference Desk– we’re here to help.
If you haven’t checked out the library’s research guides, I’d highly recommend doing so. They give handy tips on how to find books, articles, and other resources at the library on a variety of topics. We even have research guides tailored to particular classes.
There’s a new (as in hot off the presses) research guide on the ever popular Engl 102: The Beat Generation taught by Kurt Hemmer. Even if you’re not taking the class, take a look at the research guide to check out the books, articles, and media we have on authors such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others.
And if you’re interested, you can browse through the more than fifty other guides on topics ranging from chemistry to Martin Luther King, Jr. to psychology and more.
One new feature that you’ve probably noticed on the library’s website is the “New in the Library” link under “News and Events.”
Instead of coming to the reference desk to ask us what’s new in the library (although we wouldn’t mind if you did), you can quickly and easily find out for yourself by going to the library’s website. There are lists for fiction, non-fiction, and video—and you can get a quick glimpse at the book and DVD covers while you’re at it (perfect for the visually inclined).
Since the “News and Events” section is always changing, you can also go to the “New in the Library” link in the “Library Information” section. It’ll take you directly to the catalog, and you can narrow your search by selecting if you want to see all of the new books that have come in to the library within the past several weeks or months (or yesterday, if you’re so inclined).
New Books arrive at the Harper Library every day. With winter break approaching there’s no better time to curl up with a good book. The Harper Library has something for everyone! Check out some of our new books below:
Analyze this: What handwriting reveals. Call Number: BF891 .C65 2004
Berlin Wall: A world divided, 1961-1989. Call Number: DD881 .T39 2006
Funny in Farsi: A memoir of growing up Iranian in America. Call Number: E184.I5 D86 2003
Paris Street Art. Call Number: GT3913.F8 S75 2008. Temporarily at Recommended Reads
Mad Dog hall of fame: The ultimate top-ten rankings of the best in sports. Call Number: GV583 .R86 2006
Baseball’s first inning : a history of the national pastime through the Civil War. Call Number: GV863.A1 R928 2009
Open : an autobiography by: Andre Agassi. Location: Best Sellers. Call Number: GV994.A43 A43
Words and music of Ice Cube. Call Number: ML420.I295 W66 2008
Slang: The people’s poetry. Call Number: PE3711 .A33 2009
Nothing: A very short introduction. Call Number: Q6 .C56 2009.
Concise Introduction to Languages and Machines. Call Number: QA267.3 .P36 2008.
Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology. Call Number: QB15 .N67 2008.
Outer Planets. Call Number: QB659 .C43 2009.
Endangered: Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction. Call Number: QH75 .M3827 2006.
Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates. Call Number: QH361 .R874 2008.
Penguins of the World. Call Number: QL696.S473 L96 2007.
Overtreated: Why too much medicine is making us sicker and poorer. Call Number: RA395.A3 B785 2007.
Men’s health concerns sourcebook. Call Number: RA776.5 .M457 2009.
No Family History: The environmental links to breast cancer. Call Number: RC280.B8 M3556 2009.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Call Number: RC533 .D4 2009.
Insomnia and other adult sleep problems. Call Number: RC548 .S76 2009.
Eating disorders : the facts Call Number: RC552.E18 A27 2008
Autistic spectrum : characteristics, causes, and practical issues Call Number: RC553.A88 B68 2009.
Abusive personality : violence and control in intimate relationships Call Number: RC569.5.F3 D87 2007.
One of Harper Library’s ongoing projects is to keep up with changing technologies, and adapting what we have available to our wonderful patrons. For example, I recently added over 120 titles in streaming video format to the Harper catalog.
What is the benefit of streaming videos, you might ask? Say you forgot that you had to watch that video on infant nutrition or Sudan or Paganism or English grammar for class tomorrow – and it’s 11:00 at night! With streaming videos, you can access the title directly from the online Harper catalog – and you can even watch it in your pajamas if you like! You can click right in the record and it will send you directly to that title. Off-campus users will be required to log in with their Harper ID.
From the Library website click on Library Catalog (upper left). Search “streaming videos” as a subject heading to view all titles available at Harper Library or, if you already know your title, simply type it in for a title search. Topics include:
- Advertising and marketing
- World cultures
- Health care
- Women’s studies
- Interpersonal relations
- English grammar and composition
- Ancient history
If you watch a program please leave a comment here on the blog. We’d love to hear any pros (or cons) of the streaming videos.