Wednesday, July 23, 2008

For your summer road trip...

Are you hoping to make the best of summer with a last-minute vacation? If you need some entertainment for the car ride, pick up one of our latest books on CD, so all of your passengers can enjoy a good book together!

Quiet Strength
by Tony Dungy

by Elie Wiesel

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction
by David Sheff

by Ian McEwan

The Parting
by Beverly Lewis

Bleeding Kansas
by Sara Paretsky

Monday, July 21, 2008

Book or Movie?

Which is better: the book or the movie? If you'd like to make some comparisons, check out this list of titles that the Library owns in both print (book) and DVD formats. (Thanks to Anne for preparing this list!)

Films based on books:

Title: The Name of the Rose

Author: Umberto Eco

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Actors: Sean Connery, Christian Slater

Synopsis: Investigating the deaths of two monks, a visiting brother discovers a secret library containing

rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith.

Title: A Clockwork Orange

Author: Anthony Burgess

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Actor: Malcolm McDowell

Synopsis: A harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and

nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime.

Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Director: Francois Truffaut

Actors: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie

Synopsis: Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a

revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

Title: Gone With the Wind

Author: Margaret Mitchell

Director: Victor Fleming

Actors: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel

Synopsis: An epic story of the South's fight to maintain its way of life during the Civil War years.

Title: The Hours

Author: Michael Cunningham

Director: Stephen Daldry

Actors: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore

Synopsis: In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, “Mrs. Dalloway,” under the care of

doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarissa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.

Title: The Last of the Mohicans

Author: James Fenimore Cooper

Director: Michael Mann

Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe

Synopsis: The love of Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Cora Munro,

aristocratic daughter of a British colonel, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies in colonial America.

Title: Mystic River

Author: Dennis Lehane

Director: Clint Eastwood

Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins

Synopsis: Boston childhood friends Jimmy, Sean and Dave are reunited after a brutal murder. Reformed

convict Jimmy finds out his daughter Katie has been beaten and killed. Jimmy's friend Sean is the homicide detective assigned to the case. Jimmy and Sean soon suspect their old pal Dave, who now lives a quiet life, but harbors some disturbing secrets of his own.

Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Author: Ken Kesey

Director: Milos Forman

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito

Synopsis: The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a psychiatric ward

and the full spectrum of institutional repression.

What do librarians do all summer?

I’m sure the answer most people would give is “read.” Well, that would be nice, but it’s not even close to the truth!

It’s been an extremely busy summer. The reference staff is working on Counseling 150 classes for the fall. They’ve reviewed all the assignments to see how well students performed in the fall and spring semesters last year and to see what topics need to be reinforced. With the help of Jim Benner and Kathy Kapcsos, they’ve reviewed the rubrics of the course to ensure that assignments match student outcomes -- no mean feat.

Another project came about at the request of Associate Professor Sharon Lee-Bond, who teaches biology on campus, as well as online. She wanted her online students to get the same library experience as her on-campus students. The library staff is currently creating some library video clips to help students with research anywhere, anytime. But first, they had to learn how to use Camtasia Studio Screen Recorder and Presentation Software™. Check out our videos this fall.

The technical services area is stacked with new books that have come in, all of which need to be processed and cataloged. Faculty requests are being ordered for the fall semester. It’s also the time of year periodical subscriptions and many of the database contracts are renewed. The library collection is being inventoried to see what is missing and what needs to be replaced. This means every book, DVD and CD is removed from the shelf and the barcode scanned.

We are keeping busy. So… what did you read this summer?? Click on "Comments" and leave us some information on your favorite summer book!