September 29, 2008
One of the titles in the Library’s new popular reading section that caught my eye is You’ve Got To Read This Book! By Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks. The book is a compilation of 55 vignettes describing how books have changed the lives of 55 notable people. Picking any chapter at random results in reading an account of an individual being uplifted and inspired due to the influence of reading a work of fiction or non-fiction. Each of the contributors is generous in describing their own introspection. Wally Amos, of Famous Amos cookies, and who also holds an honorary doctorate in education from Johnson and Wales University, tells how the book Love is Letting Go of Fear, by Gerald Jampolsky, taught him that he is the only person responsible for how he feels and how he processes experiences, and that letting go of fear is just a decision. Lou Holtz, former head coach at Notre Dame, was inspired to list and become motivated to achieve all the things he wanted to accomplish in life after reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. This happened at a time when he was unemployed and feeling depressed about life’s prospects. Rafe Esquith, a fifth grade teacher in central Los Angeles, explains how reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee inspired him to begin teaching ethics and moral development in his classes. Craig Newmark, the founder of www.craigslist.org, found meaning for his own activities after reading The Cluetrain Manifesto, which was written by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger. The ideas presented mirrored his own thoughts about the function of the Internet and inspired him to keep craigslist as a big network of people helping each other out.
How about you? Have you experienced a book that influenced your thinking or caused you to change directions in life? The JWU Library blog is open for comments and we would really like to know what books have been important enough to you that you would say: “You’ve got to read this book!”
September 25, 2008
Have you ever been looking for an article in a journal/magazine/newspaper and had no idea what database it was in?? I know I have. The Library’s website offers one of its coolest features – the Journal Locator – to any and all who wish to take advantage. This option allows you to plug in the title of the journal, magazine, or newspaper and discover exactly which database and for what timeframe that title may be accessed, as well as the print copies available in the Library. Once you have the list of databases, they are hotlinked so you can just click on the database title and it will drill into the magazine record. Once there, you can browse by issue or search within the publication. I know you’re thinking, no way!, but this is a great value to be found on the Library’s website. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
September 22, 2008
Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org) contains over 25,000 free online books. The copyright for most of these books has expired in the United States, which thereby places these works into the public domain. You can tell which ones are copyrighted by reading the license inside the book. The database can be searched by author’s name, title, language or words in the full text of the eBook. Dozens of languages are represented and are indexed by languages with up to 50 books and languages with more than 50 books. A quick browse of the top 100 books recently downloaded includes many of the classics, and authors such as James Joyce, Jane Austen, Homer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, Leonardo da Vinci, Leo Tolstoy, and many more.
September 19, 2008
September is a hot month for Fashion. “Fashion Weeks” are hosted in New York (9/5/08-9/12/08), London (9/14/08-9/19/08), Milan (9/20/08-9/28/08) culminating in Paris (9/28/08-10/5/08). These events were created for store buyers, magazine editors, and the media. They have since been targeted by celebrities as the place to be seen.
Check out the display in the Library highlighting the resources targeting Fashion/Design/Couture.
September 5, 2008
Greetings everyone – Hope you all had a great summer and are ready to get back to school. We have been waiting for you to return and hope everyone has a chance to pass through the Library soon. We will be open this weekend for Term Start and will be back to our regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, September 9.
Friday, September 5 = 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday, September 6 = 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, September 7 = CLOSED
Monday, September 8 = 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday, September 9 = 8:00am – 9:00pm