Library Bill of Rights, Article lll

It’s National Library Week, April 9-15!

People often don’t know much about the work that libraries do, or that there is a Library Bill of Rights. That’s right, we have our own guiding principles that help determine how we serve our patrons and communities. We hope you learn a little big more of our library, our librarians and the Library Bill of Rights during National Library Week.

Throughout National Library Week, the Faculty at Brookens Library will be sharing a blog series expounding on each article of the Library Bill of Rights. Each of the 6 principles in the Library Bill of Rights broadly outlines an ideal that librarians support and upon which they model behavior, practice, and services. As with most ideals, pursuit of the tenets of the Library Bill of Rights is not an effortless task. Each of the points we’ll be discussing come with their own special challenges and obstacles. Today we are featuring Article lll.

Library Bill or Rights, Article lll.

Written by: Steven Ward, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor/ Visiting User Services and Instructional Services Librarian

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

While all articles contained within in the library Bill of Rights deal with issues of intellectual freedom, the third article speaks more specifically to the responsibility of libraries and librarians to provide access to information of all types, and to challenge attempts of censorship when and where they exist. The limiting of access to information deemed too controversial because it runs contrary to the beliefs or opinions of either a single person, or to a group of people, have had some success through censorship, and although the intentions are often only meant to protect a few, they instead work to threaten all who actively pursue enlightenment and knowledge. Librarians must remain active on the front lines of censorship challenges to ensure that intellectual freedom can be preserved for all.

Even though attempts at censoring information and preventing enlightenment are most prevalent in public and school libraries, academic librarians must still actively contribute to the overall conversation, help to support the cause, and always be ready to defend the intellectual and academic freedom of others should challenges arise. Historically, materials that contained offensive language, were sexually explicit, or were ideological in nature, were targets of the censor, but other materials have been targeted simply because the ideas or subject matter put forward was more forward thinking and progressive than what was traditionally accepted at the time. When looking at banned books lists specifically, which provide some evidence of cases of censorship existing in libraries across the United States, it is most often these very materials that eventually gain wide acceptance for both helping to bring about social change, and for helping to shape the course of history. As a librarian, the idea that someone would choose to censor information or ban books was quite surprising to me at first, but after better understanding the responsibility we have in serving our community, as well as the negative implications that such bans can have on intellectual freedom rights, I am committed to ensuring that access to information of all types, controversial or not, is available to all who wish to seek it.

One way to stay informed and to help challenge censorship in libraries, is to celebrate ALA’s “Banned Books Week”. By promoting both successful and unsuccessful cases of banned and challenged books, ALA provides an awareness that allows libraries and librarians to engage the public in a discussion that can only help to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and the right to read. This year’s event will take place the week of Sept 24th through Sept 30th. I am linking the site below, and I encourage you to browse the various banned books lists and literature found on this page.

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

Steven Ward, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor/ Visiting User Services and Instructional Services Librarian

April Student and Staff Picks

Check out April’s Book Picks complied by student employee Mac and Faculty Librarian John Laubersheimer.  We have pulled the books from this list and set up a display near the front of the Library on the Level 2 (Main Floor). Stop by and check one out today!

Mac, a Student Worker

Mac’s Picks

  1. Mindfulness by Ellen Langer
  2. The Basic Works of Aristotle by Aristotle
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning: an Introduction to Logotherapy by Viktor E. Frankl
  4. Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez
  5. The Little Brown Handbook by H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron
  6. The Plague by Stuart Gilbert
  7. The Martian by Andy Weir
  8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  10. Lord of the Flies: a Novel by William Golding
  11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  13. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  14. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  16. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  17. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  18. Under the Blood-red Sun by Graham Salisbury
  19. The Lord of the Rings Collection by J.R.R. Tolkien
  20. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  21. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  22. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

 

John, a librarianJohn’s Picks

  1. Byzantium: the Apogee by John Julius Norwich
  2. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  3. Everything Bad is Good for You: How’s Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making us Smarter by Steven Johnson
  4. Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
  5. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: a Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee, Peter David, and Colleen Doran
  6. The Absolute Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  7. Twenty Thousand League Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. 2001: a Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  10. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  11. Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad
  12. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  13. The Hitchhiker’s Trilogy by Douglas Adams
  14. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  15. Grendel by John Gardner
  16. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  17. The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
  18. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  19. The Way Things Work by David Macaulay and Neil Ardley
  20. The Truth About Chernobyl by Grigori Medvedev
  21. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  22. Car Talk Classics: No Factory Recalls. So Far. by Tom Magliozzi
  23. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

March Student and Staff Book Picks

March is here and so is our student and staff book picks! This month the CINRC team, comprised of Colleen, Leadership Lived Experience (LLE) student employee and Pamela Salela, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, chose a mixture of classics and new books inspired by Women’s History Month.  We hope you discover something on this list to enjoy!

Colleen, a student workerColleen’s Picks

  1. Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez
  2. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  3. Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Trampling of the Weeds by Lajuanda Lilease
  7. Rhythm and Booze: Poems by Julie Kane
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  9. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  11. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  12. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  14. The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  15. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  16. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  17. It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort
  18. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  19. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  20. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Pamela Salela, a librarianPamela Salela’s Picks

  1. Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  4. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
  5. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
  6. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
  7. Wake up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade by Rickie Solinger
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  10. The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
  11. Phenomenal Women: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
  12. Crazy Brave: a Memoir by Joy Harjo
  13. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  16. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  21. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  22. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Suggest eBooks to Add To Our Collection!

How to make book suggestions for the Cloud Library collection:

Did you know that you can make suggestions for books you would like for us to purchase in our Cloud Library Collection (Cloud Library is the App where you can access our eBook and eAudioBook collections)? You absolutely can! But we’ll admit, figuring out how to locate books in the app that are available to suggest for purchase can be a little tricky. So here are some step-by-step instructions to show you how.

Start by opening the app, and tapping the 3 blue lines in the top left hand corner to open the menu, and tap Filters.

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This will take you to the options for how your searches are filtered. The app defaults to only search titles already owned by the library. To see all of the titles available in the Cloud Library system, tap Suggestions for Library. Now when searching you will see titles that the library owns, as well as items that are available for us to add to collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now you’re ready to search. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the screen. And type in your title where it says Enter search criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If the book you are looking for is available to suggest to the library you will see it in the results list, with a blue Suggest button next to it. This collection has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll know if the item is an audiobook if there is a headphones icon in the bottom right of the cover image for the book. Be sure that you’re suggesting the format you’d prefer when both are available. When we purchase a book that you have suggested, an automatic hold will be placed on it for you. You have 5 days to check out an item before the hold expires.

 

 

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It is important to us that this collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, has the titles that you want to read. While we can’t guarantee we’ll buy every suggestion we receive, we certainly prioritize them when buying new items for the collection.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Cloud Library collection, learn more about how to download the free app here. You’ll need an active library account with Brookens to set up your account.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask for help at the main desk.

Meet the Team: Nathaniel

Nathaniel, a student workerName: Nathaniel

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: MIS

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Hobbies: I enjoy music, and play the guitar and trombone. I really like food; that’s probably my favorite. I like to stay active and will play just about any sport. I also really love dogs.

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I plan on working somewhere either in the MIS or Computer Science field because these areas come somewhat naturally to me. Entry-level jobs in both of these fields often require frequent traveling, which is something I still want to do in my 20’s.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I have been extremely blessed to have my parents and grandparents as such positive role models in my life. They taught me to be loving, tough, hardworking, and to carry myself with a positive attitude in everything I do.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Brookens has given me the opportunity to meet, help, and share ideas with a variety of people – which gives me some new perspectives I would not have gained otherwise.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My favorite library moment would have to be when Anuj played Mario Cart with the book truck.

February Student and Staff Picks

Love is in the air this month and so comes our student and staff list of books they love! This month holds a diverse selection from several categories of books. You’re sure to find a book you enjoy with our picks.

Student Worker ConnieConnie’s Picks

  1. MARCH Book One by John Lewis
  2. A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  7. Fences by August Wilson
  8. The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute
  9. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  12. Paper Towns by John Green
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  16. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  18. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  19. Othello by William Shakespeare
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

 

Staff Worker BethanyBethany’s Picks

  1. Scandalous Women: the Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
  2. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
  3. Nickel and Dimed on (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  4. Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  5. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  7. feminism is for everybody: passionate politics by bell hooks
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
  10. I Feel Bad About my Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
  11. The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  13. The Mercury 13: the Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  16. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  17. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  18. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  19. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  20. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

 

De-Stress Stations

Finals Week can be a stressful time of the year. With that in mind, we set up two de-stress stations located near the back of the library on the main floor: A Lego Station and a Kinetic Sand Station. Take a quick break and use your hands to help reduce your stress! Good luck as you close out the semester.

Kinetic Sand Station