Saturday, January 29, 2011

New DVDs @ the library

“Where do the Children Play”. DVD

“Where Do the Children Play? is a one-hour documentary for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development.” From: Michigan Public Media, Regents of the University of Michigan at

“Free Speech for Sale, A Bill Moyers Special”. DVD

“In this program, Bill Moyers and key legal and public interest advocates examine how industries with deep pockets use their access to the media to overwhelm the public debate, from North Carolina’s hog industry to the defeat of the McCain Tobacco Bill to the passage of the Telecom Act of 1996. “ From the back cover.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

No Name Calling Week

January 24 – 28th, 2011

The Misfits by James Howe inspired the creation of “No Name-Calling Week” by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. While the program is specifically aimed at K-12, adults in college and out of college would benefit by taking part in some of the activities and making an effort to create an atmosphere where name calling is not acceptable.

The Misfits is a young adult book which follows the adventures of four friends as they try to navigate the seventh grade. They decide to create a political party to run for student body offices based on wiping out all types of name calling. In the end, they lose the election but gain the support of the principal and the creation of a “No Name-Calling Day” at their school.

For more information and resources on “No Name-Calling Week” go to the GLSEN website.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Daniel Bell, influential sociologist

Daniel Bell, a leading sociologist, died at age 91 on January 25th. As early as 1967, he foretold of something similar to the Internet in his writing, ““We will probably see a national information-computer-utility system, with tens of thousands of terminals in homes and offices ‘hooked’ into giant central computers providing library and information services, retail ordering and billing services, and the like.”

In 1973, United States sociologist Daniel Bell introduced the notion “information society” in his book “The Coming of Post-Industrial Society” (Swan, 2011).


Obit in NY Times:

Obit at Associated Press:

LibUnlimited Mailing List, Sandy Swan, MLS, MPH, CHIS, Librarian at Phil Johnson Historic Archives & Research Library Resource Center Dallas

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Books @ the library

Congressional Quarterly Almanac Vol LXV 2009. Washington: CQ-Roll Call Group, 2009. (KF 49 .C672 V.65 2009 c.2)

This volume Congress provides article overviews of key congressional legislation and issues. Also provides explanation of individual bills and how each House and Senate member voted on each bill.

Gray, John. Gray’s Anatomy: Selected Writings. London: Penquin Group, 2009.

John Gray’s essays cover a large range of topics, from religion to torture to environmentalism. His essays promote discussion and thought about our entrenched beliefs

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Books @ the library

The Grants Register: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide 29th Ed. 2011.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2011.  (Call # LB 2338 .G7 2011 c.2)  12/16/10

The most authoritative and comprehensive guide available to postgraduate grants and professional funding worldwide. For over twenty years The Grants Register has been the leading source for up to date information on the availability of, and eligibility for, postgraduate and professional awards. With details of over 3,500 awards, The Grants Register 2011 is more extensive than any comparable publication. Each entry has been verified by the awarding bodies concerned ensuring that every piece of information is accurate. As all information is updated annually, each edition also provides the most current details available today.

Wrigley, Richard. Ansel Adams: Images of the American West. Greenwich, CT: Brompton Books Corp, 1992. (TR 654 .A32 1992). 12/20/10

            A collection of photographs by Ansel Adams of the American West.

De Blij, Harm. The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Signed Copy. (GF 41 .D42 2009) 12/20/10

            This book explains how geography influences culture and how it hinders or helps toward integrating the local community in the globalization process.

Bittle, Scott & Jean Johnson. Who Turned out the Lights? Your guided tour to the energy crisis. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009. Signed Copy (TJ 163.2 B578 2009). 12/20/10.

            An entertaining look at the energy crisis with specific examples of how we can make a difference in how we use energy.