If you want to find out about the Library’s latest acquisitions, click here or select the New Titles tab at the top of the Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) Catalog to refine your search. Searches can be limited by location, keyword, and period (1 to 4 weeks), and can be sorted by title, author and call number. Our newer titles include:
Winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes are being announced this month. Honors in medicine, physics and chemistry have been presented already; prizes in economics, peace and literature are still to come.
The Nobel Prize has been given to more than 750 individuals and 18 organizations since 1901. Visit http://nobelprize.org for a complete list of winners, including biographical information and video clips of Nobel highlights, symposia and lectures; pictures and descriptions of the medals presented to the honorees; and even play games relating to Nobel Prize-winning discoveries.
The Library has works by and about many of the Nobel laureates, including The double helix; a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA by the 1962 winner in medicine, James D. Watson; Marie Curie and her daughter Irene, about the only mother-daughter pair to win Nobel prizes; and several of the works of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.
A Boston University professor, Wiesel will give a series of lectures on “The Fascination with Jewish Tales” this month at BU. The lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
Don’t forget – this week is Banned Books Week. You can vote for your favorite banned book at the ALA website.
Saturday, September 30 is also Museum Day. Museum Day is inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s year-round free admission policy. To participate, download the Museum Day Card, pick a location, and go! Participating institutions in Massachusetts include Historic New England, Plimoth Plantation, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Many more locations in Massachusetts and around the country are listed on the Museum Day website.
Wheelock College faculty, staff, students, and alumni can visit the MFA year round using Wheelock College Museum Passes, available at the Library. We also offer passes to the Boston Children’s Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo / Stone Zoo, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum. The Library also has coupons for admission to the Museum of Science and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Some restrictions apply – stop by the circulation desk to pick up a brochure or passes.
Years ago, searching for articles involved wading through piles of heavy print indexes and headaches from squinting at small type. Electronic database searching makes more information available faster and easier, but searching is still not ideal – while many resources offer full articles online, many only offer abstracts or citations, so the search for full text results in twenty seven open browser windows and possible repetitive stress injury.
Good news – we are now able to provide a direct link to many full text articles from citations with our new link resolver (known as TDNet OpenURL Resolver, or TOUR). If you see this button within your database search results:
click to access a menu of options. TOUR will take you to a database containing your full text article, and sometimes it will even link you to the article itself. If your article is not available online, check our catalog to see if we have it in print, try InterLibrary Loan, or ask a librarian for help.
Next week (September 23 – 30) is the 25th anniversary of ALA ‘Banned Book Week’. Juvenile literature is among the most challenged – according to the ALA, 71% of the challenged materials between 1990 and 2000 were to items in schools or school libraries, and 60% of the challengers were parents.
Here is the American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Challenged Books of 2005 with accompanying reasons for being challenged – items in our collection are bolded:
- “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie H. Harris – for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group;
- “Forever” by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language;
- “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
- “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
- “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language;
- “Detour for Emmy” by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content;
- “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group;
- the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence;
- “Crazy Lady!” by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language; and
- “It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families” by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content.
Google is also listing often-challenged books – check the FLO Catalog for availability of a hold-it-in-your-hands version.