National Geography Awareness Week, November 16 – 22
Why would we need National Geography Awareness Week? This 2012 article from the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin contains some pretty dismal statistics about how U.S. students measure up to students from other countries in their knowledge of geography and global issues in general. How much do you know about geography? Take the daily GeoBee quiz from National Geographic and see how you measure up.
National Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek) was established in 1987 by presidential proclamation to be observed during the third week of November. GeoWeek is organized by The National Geographic Society to encourage “citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it.” This year, GeoWeek is focusing on the geography of food with their theme, “The Future of Food”. Find more information at The National Geographic Society’s website.
The JCC libraries have tons of information about both geography and food! Here are a few suggestions:
- You can find every issue of National Geographic Magazine going back to 1888 from one of our favorite library databases, National Geographic Virtual Library. Each issue is shown in full, including advertisements. The magazine is also available in print at both campus libraries, from 1978 at the Cattaraugus County Campus Library, and from 1959 at the Hulquist Library.
- Have a look at an atlas! Atlases come in many shapes and sizes and contain more than just maps – you can also find political, social, religious and economic information. The both campuses have numerous atlases in their collections. (Try a catalog words in title search on “atlas”).
- Looking for an Internet source? Try the "Maps & Geography" section of the Internet Sources LibGuide.
- Some other library databases to try:
Like most librarians, I have a questioning mind – which is why one of my favorite magazines from the Hultquist Library’s periodical collection is The Skeptical Inquirer, the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). CSI fellows have included some pretty well-known people: Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. The CSI investigates scientific and paranormal events, historical facts, conspiracy theories, and medical claims. They don’t just debunk, but examine subjects from a rational perspective, showing evidence and references. We have the print journal but articles are available on the CSI website http://www.csicop.org/.
Here are some of the articles that have been published:
“Did Elves Delay Road Construction in Iceland?”
“Alien Mug Shots: The Ten Best (or Worst) Photos of Aliens.”
“Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry.”
“Herbs Are Drugs.”
“The 9/11 Truth Movement: The Top Conspiracy Theory, a Decade Later.”
Don’t these sound pretty interesting? Take a few minutes to browse through the periodicals at the Hultquist Library – find your own favorites!
The library has subscribed to a number of new publications this year. One such publication is Out, an entertainment magazine dedicated to the gay and lesbian perspective on art, music, travel, fashion, politics, and culture. Each issue is filled with insightful and thought provoking articles that showcase the talents and creativity of today’s gay and lesbian community. If you are a Modern Family fan, October’s issue features an interesting article by Matthew Breen on Justin Mikita (husband to Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson). The couple launched a marriage equality charity called Tie the Knot, which raises funds selling whimsical bow ties.
There is also a fantastic article about Stevie Nicks written by Michael Martin. In the article, Nicks discusses her career, her drug use, and her battle to free herself from drugs. She also describes her relationships with previous lovers and her impact on the gay and lesbian community. She has been featured in An American Horror Story: Coven and also was on an episode of Glee which featured the Rumours album, sending it back up the charts. The article ends describing Nicks’ upcoming tour and her recent work as a mentor on The Voice. A great read for Stevie fans!
October is American Magazine Month. The Hultquist Library has recently added some new magazine titles to their collection. Stay tuned to our blog as we highlight some of these new titles. Here is the first one to pique your interest:
Outside is an American magazine that has been published since 1977. The publishing company is Mariah Media, which is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to their website (http://www.outsideonline.com/magazine), “the mission of Outside is to inspire active participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventure, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends and events that make up an active lifestyle.” Did you know that Jon Krakauer, bestselling author of Into the Wild, and Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, were both former journalists for Outside magazine?
My initial thought upon looking at this magazine was that it was geared for extreme sports enthusiasts. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found once I started flipping through the pages of the most recent issues. The cover story of the October 2014 issue deals with survival strategies. There are several articles in this issue about different survival scenarios, from lightning strikes to avalanches. At the end of the section, there is a survival quiz that you can take for fun. Give the quiz a try and see how you do. Be careful! If you get 4 or more questions wrong, you are considered “zombie bait.” Another article that I came across in this issue discussed the elements of wilderness settings and the theme of man vs wild in horror films, using examples such as The Shining and The Grey. A perfect topic for the Halloween season.
With an interest in travel, the cover story of the September 2014 issue: “Best Towns Ever” caught my eye. Nearby Ithaca, NY was one of the finalists in this competition. Reading about the sixteen towns definitely piqued my interest in planning a trip in the near future. Another article in this issue that made me stop to read was titled “We Don’t Need No Education.” It talks about the growing movement of “unschoolers” – parents who allow their children to abandon the traditional classroom and set them free to explore the outdoors and creatively engage with the world around them. An interesting read for educators and parents alike.
I encourage everyone to browse through our periodicals collection and see what you come across serendipitously. Remember - don’t judge a magazine by its cover. You may be pleasantly surprised!
-- Jenn Knisley
Your library card is a great resource! It is your key to unlocking a whole world of information. The JCC Libraries give you access to thousands of resources – in print or online, scholarly or popular. We also provide some wonderful services that can help you succeed, such as asking a librarian for help with research or citations, borrowing materials for free from other libraries using interlibrary loan, or using a designated group study area to meet and collaborate with your classmates. However, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Here are a few fun things that you can do with your JCC library card:
Borrow a popular e-book title from the JCC Libraries’ Axis360 Magic Wall:
Check out a movie to watch with your friends
Borrow a popular magazine or bestselling book
(Wait…is that a Transformer?)
Use the library computers
Take a study break and play a board game in the library with your friends
(Pictionary tournament, anyone?)
What’s your favorite thing about owning a library card? Tweet @JCCLibraries using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp or comment on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYJCCLibraries
Summer in Western New York is a great time to explore and learn about the ecosystem in which we live. If you are going on a hike, camping trip, or kayaking a waterway, consider taking a field guide book with you! The JCC Campus libraries have a wide array of field guides patrons may check out. Trees, wildflowers, butterflies, mammals, fishes, insects, mushrooms, and grizzly bears—oh my!—are just a few of the topics available. Impress your friends! The next time a companion points at the sky and states out loud “I wonder what kind of bird that is!” in a jiffy you’ll be able to confidently pronounce “That’s an osprey!”
The end of the semester is upon us – so before we say goodbye, here are a few things to consider:
• The Hultquist Lost and Found bin is starting to look like an episode of Horders! We have coats, bags, flashdrives, notebooks and other assorted items. If you are missing something please come in and check with us. Items not claimed will be gotten rid of after the semester ends (Thursday, May 15th)
• If you have any library materials on loan, please make sure that you return them before the end of the semester. All library materials are due Monday, May 12, 2014.
• The JCC Libraries are open with reference services available during the summer sessions. Summer Hours will be posted soon.
Good luck with your finals and have a wonderful summer!