Monday, September 27, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Sept. 27-Sun. Oct. 3

Pernicious: causing serious harm

"Eating foods that have not been properly refrigerated can be pernicious to even those who boast an iron stomach."

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Word of the Week Sept. 20-Sept 26th

Attenuated: long and narrow: long, narrow and sometimes tapering.

"The hallways in the old shabby house were attenuated."

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Constitution Day - September 17th

The Office of Student Life & Success announced today that, September 17, has been designated “Constitution Day” in the US.  Below are some facts taken from the Fact Sheet they sent out.

The U. S. Constitution Glossery

Amendment: A deletion, addition, or modification to the U.S. Constitution

Delegate: A person elected or appointed to be a member of a representative assembly

Electoral College: Institution through which a U.S. president and vice president are elected per officials called “electors” in each state

Ratify: To approve and formally sanction

Suffrage: The right to vote

Veto: A power of one department or branch of a government to forbid or prohibit the carrying out of  projects attempted by another department

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mexico Celebrates Independence from Spain

Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla launched the war for independence from Mexico from the church steps in Dolores Hidalgo when he read the “Call of Hidalgo. “ Today Mexico is celebrating the bicentennial of that declaration in 1810.

Mexico had a very layered society in the early 1800s. Citizens who were born in Spain occupied the highest layer of society with Criollos born in Mexico with parents born in Spain holding the next highest layer. In order after them came the Mestizos, the mix- blood offspring of Spaniards and Natives; Indios, Native Indians; Negros, African slaves. The conflict caused by how the Criollos, Mestizos, Indios, and Negros were treated differently ultimately caused them to want to be independent from Spain.

While North Americans often think Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican Independence, it is actually a celebration of the victory of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla during the French invasion of Mexico in 1862.

For more information about Mexican Independence visit:

Traditions of Mexico - Diez y Seis de Septiembre
Mexican Independence Day . El Grito.16 de Septiembre

Grito de Dolores - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New DVDs

Speaking in Tongues. DVD.

“Jason, Durrell, Julian, Kelly. Four typical American kids, with on e exception. Their parents placed them in schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak Chinese or Spanish. Why? To give them a career edge. To raise their academic achievement. To maintain their home language. Or to help them speak with their grandparents. You’ll be charmed and challenged by this award-winning film’s insightful exploration of the rewards and hurdles these pioneering students face as they become bilingual. Enter their world, and ask yourself – today, is one language enough?” from the back cover of the DVD.

The Glass Ceiling. Alexandria, VA: National Society of Professional Engineers, 1997. (DAL MV 64) Video, Study Guide, & Computer disc.

“An in-service program designed to facilitate discussion about how women are treated in the engineering profession.” From the Cover

New Books

Woodward, Jeannette. Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. (Z 679.2 .U6 W66 2010 c.2).

Product description from publisher: “Writing from the perspective of a librarian who has been through numerous building projects, Jeannette Woodward walks you through the process of overseeing the planning and construction of a building project. Packed with helpful checklists and worksheets, this revised edition includes: updated references, standards, materials, and resources; tips for efficient HVAC systems and evolving rules for LEED certification; and, information on new technological issues. Using hands-on tools and real-life insider stories from librarians around the country, this is a must-have crash course in planning and building today's libraries.”

Johnson, Marilyn. This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. (Z 716.4 .J65 2010 c.3).

From Publishers Weekly - “In an information age full of Google-powered searches, free-by-Bittorrent media downloads and Wiki-powered knowledge databases, the librarian may seem like an antiquated concept. Author and editor Johnson (The Dead Beat) is here to reverse that notion with a topical, witty study of the vital ways modern librarians uphold their traditional roles as educators, archivists, and curators of a community legacy. Illuminating the state of the modern librarian with humor and authority, Johnson showcases librarians working on the cutting edge of virtual reality simulations, guarding the Constitution and redefining information services-as well as working hard to serve and satisfy readers, making this volume a bit guilty of long-form reader flattery. Johnson also makes the important case for libraries-the brick-and-mortar kind-as an irreplaceable bridge crossing economic community divides. Johnson's wry report is a must-read for anyone who's used a library in the past quarter century.”

Elliott, Alan C., Patricia K. Summey, and Gayla Brooks Kokel. Images of America: Oak Cliff. Charleston:Acadia Publishing, 2009. (F 394 .D216 0154 2009).

A collection of photographs tells the story of Oak Cliff’s people and places. Oak Cliff incorporated as a town in 1890. After a financial downturn in 1893, Oak Cliff voted to allow Dallas to annex it. Despite being a part of Dallas, Oak Cliff has retained a unique culture and heritage apart from “Dallas”. These photographs reflect the unique nature of Oak Cliff.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Word of the Week Mon. Sept. 13, 2010- Sun. Sept. 19th 2010

Tendentious: trying to influence opinion: written or spoken with personal bias in order to promote a cause or support a viewpoint.

"The student gave a tendentious arguement against the attendance policy. Due to his multiple absences, his mid-tern grade dropped from a "B" to a "C"."

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

9 / 11

Today is the ninth anniversery of the attack on September 11th in New York.  We want to take time to reflect on the lives of the thousands of people who lost their lives that day.  Everyone was affected to some degree and everyone realized that there had been a major change in the world. 

For information about the 9/11 Memorial set to open in one year:

The 9/11 Memorial for the Flight Crews:

Memorial to all of those who lost their lives in the attack

Word of the Week

Laconism: brevity in speech: the use of very few words.

"The Dean, who was usually longwinded, used laconism when delivering his speech on plagerism.  He simply said,    "Don't do it!"

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Secret Rooms

We are settling into the new library in building 2. There are some interesting architectural details but we haven't found a secret room yet. Although there are some libraries that have secret rooms, hidden nooks and crannies. For instance, the Hartness Library at Vermont Technical College has a room accessible by using a key in a keyhole in a brick wall. Then a staircase appears from the ceiling into their hidden room.  Are you interested in secret rooms? Check out these websites.