Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is September 27 – October 4. As the American Library Association states, “Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.”

More information about Banned Books Week can be found at:
http://www.ala.org/bbooks

Become a fan of Banned Books Week on Facebook:
http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Banned-Books-Week/20181651661

Check out this list of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007, provided by the American Library Association.

1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman

Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain

Reasons: Racism

6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou

Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris

Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

FYI: Changes in Copy Card Purchasing

Beginning Tuesday, 09/30/2008, you will no longer be able to use a credit card to purchase or add value to a copy card from our copy card vending machine in the PCL Lobby (or elsewhere on campus). The software used by the vending machines to process credit cards is not compliant with updated privacy standards.

You can still purchase and add value to copy cards using a credit card in Library Copier Services, which is located on the lower level of PCL. Any amount up to $50 can be added to a card at one time.

Don’t forget: you can also use Bevo Bucks to print in PCL.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments about these changes.

Google Supersearcher article in the Daily Texan

Check out this article about personalizing your Google home page in the Daily Texan:

http://dailytexanonline.com/1.752159

Interested in learning more? As the article suggests, check out our Google Supersearcher classes!

Monday, September 29
Class: Be a Google Super Searcher I
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: PCL 1.124
Instructor: AJ Johnson
Want to get the most out of the Web? Learn Google search tricks, how to become an advanced web searcher, and how to evaluate web sites. Find out how to use specialized searches such as Google Scholar and Google Books with library resources.

Tuesday, October 7
Class: Be a Google Super Searcher II
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: PCL 1.124
Instructor: AJ Johnson
This class provides a more in-depth exploration of new Web searching technologies. Learn more about Google Scholar, Google Language Tools, and Google Maps. Find out how to personalize Google and set up search alerts.

Google Books in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog will now provide a preview window for titles that can be found in Google Books, include titles in the public domain that display a full view of the text.

Here’s an example:

http://catalog.lib.utexas.edu/record=b4351081

Google Books allows you to search the complete texts of books provided by publishers and libraries. Depending on a few factors, Google displays everything from a few short excerpts to the entire book.

When viewing a title in Google Books, use the “Find this book in a library” link to connect back to the Library Catalog and locate the book in the University of Texas Libraries.

More information about Google Books can be found at:

http://books.google.com/googlebooks/about.html

Interested in learning more about Google Books and Google Scholar? Check out our Google Supersearcher classes! These classes are free, drop-in workshops that provide an introduction to these new research tools.

Monday, September 29
Class: Be a Google Super Searcher I
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: PCL 1.124
Instructor: AJ Johnson
Want to get the most out of the Web? Learn Google search tricks, how to become an advanced web searcher, and how to evaluate web sites. Find out how to use specialized searches such as Google Scholar and Google Books with library resources.

Tuesday, October 7
Class: Be a Google Super Searcher II
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: PCL 1.124
Instructor: AJ Johnson
This class provides a more in-depth exploration of new Web searching technologies. Learn more about Google Scholar, Google Language Tools, and Google Maps. Find out how to personalize Google and set up search alerts.

NoodleBib citation software now includes Chicago/Turabian style

NoodleBib, the popular online citation software, can now help you create your citations and notes using Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) in addition to MLA and APA. NoodleBib is a great tool for documenting the sources you use in your research papers.

The online software walks you through the process of properly formatting a citation for a Bibliography, Works Cited, or References list using the rules associated with the chosen citation format. NoodleBib also provides information about how to include a parenthetical reference or note for a source within the text of your paper.

To get started with NoodleBib, visit:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/noodlebib

and click “NoodleBib for MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian.”

If you’re off-campus, you’ll be prompted for your EID and password to gain access to the Libraries paid subscription to the product.

Once in NoodleBib, create your account and then click “Create a new list” to begin adding citations.

If you have any questions, visit Ask a Librarian.

New PCL locker assignments begin Monday, 9/8

Lockers are available in PCL for all currently enrolled UT students on a semester basis. New locker assignments will begin on Monday, September 8 behind the PCL Circulation Desk. These lockers can be used to store personal belongings and checked-out library materials.

Lockers will be assigned Monday, 9/8-Wednesday, 9/10.  Any remaining lockers will be assigned on subsequent Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

More information about the PCL lockers can be found at:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/pcl/circulation/lockers.html

Looking for a locker elsewhere on campus? Check out this list of other locker locations:

http://wiki.lib.utexas.edu/hdi/pmwiki.php/Main/GetALocker