Carla Hayden sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress
She is the first woman and first African-American to take the position
For the first time in in over sixty years, a librarian is in charge of the Library of Congress.
Carla Hayden, who has a doctorate in library sciences and ran the American Library Association in 2003 and 2004, worked as deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library in the early nineties.
She then moved to Baltimore to run the city’s public library system, and has since been hailed for bringing the library into the digital age and increasing the public’s access to technology and the Internet. After just a year in her position, the library system became the first in the state to offer free wi-fi.
Hayden bought e-readers for the public to borrow, and offered classes so new users had the chance to see how the technology worked, part of her initiative to integrate technology into the daily lives of students all over Baltimore ‒ regardless of their economic status.
In addition to combatting the stratifying effects of poverty on citizens’ access to technology, Hayden also strove to keep the library open as a safe space for the public. During the riots following Freddie Gray’s funeral, Hayden kept the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of her library open even as rioters set fire to nearby building.
Hayden’s toughness will come in handy as she takes on the monumental task of modernizing the Library. Because a librarian hasn’t led the library since 1974, the institution has not kept up with the technological changes brought about by the Internet Age.
Though the Library needs to catch up with the advancements brought about by the Internet, it remains one of the great libraries of the world, with a collection of over 162 million items. In 2015, the library responded to over one million reference requests and hosted 1.6 million visitors in person. Online, the Library’s website welcomed 86.1 million online users and 482.5 million page views.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, the Library of Congress is long overdue for a leader like Hayden. James Billington, an academic and history professor, served as Librarian of Congress for almost 30 years before his recent retirement. Before his tenure, Daniel Boorstein, also a historian, was at the helm.
As a result, the Library has been criticized for its lack of leadership in the field of information technology, and is in desperate need of a strategic plan regarding its digital future. Hayden, who has practical experience, academic degrees, and a clear commitment to technological advancement, appears to be the perfect woman to bring the Library into the 21st century.
What is CQ Researcher?
CQ Researcher is unlike most of the other databases you have used – it doesn’t contain articles from journals, magazines, books or newspapers. Instead, it is a collection of self-contained, in-depth reports. Each report offers an analysis and background information on a particular current issue. The reports are written by journalists and offer a non-biased, objective narrative of each topic. New reports become available on a weekly basis.
Where can I find it?
CQ Researcher is available from the JCC libraries’ homepage. Under SEARCH COLLECTIONS, choose either Databases by Title (C), or Databases by Subject (select the Current Events and News category.) If you are off-campus, you can still access CQ Researcher from the libraries’ homepage by using your student login.
When would I use it?
CQ Researcher is a terrific place to begin your research on a current social issue – or an issue that occurred in the past (reports are available starting in 1991). Are you having trouble finding a topic to write about? The CQ Researcher home page sections “Featured Report”, “Hot Topics”, and “Recent Issues” can offer some ideas – with the bonus of a full report about the topic!
How do you use it?
In addition to the current and recent report links mentioned above, CQ Researcher offers a Quick Search at the top of the home page or an Advanced Search that allows you to focus your search, for instance, by date. If you are not sure about what to search for, use one of the browse options on top menu bar:
- Browse Topics allows you to locate reports by drilling down from a general topic (example, Education) to a specific issue (example, Special Education) and then to a list of reports featuring the issue.
- Browse Reports gives you the option of browsing topics three different ways:
- By date lists reports in reverse chronological order
- Issue Tracker groups report into broader issues. For instance, Art includes reports on stolen antiquities and arts funding.
- Pro/Con brings together statements from represenations of opposing positions on a topic.
Open a report by clicking on the title. Each report is organized into separate sections accessible through a menu on the left side of the screen: introductory overview; background and chronology; an assessment of the current situation and the “Next Step”; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; bibliographies and links to key sources. At the right side you will see the Issue Tracker with links to related reports. From the top menu bar you can view and save the report in PDF format. The print options allow you to print the entire report (careful, they can be quite long!) or just one section.
- From the CQ Researcher home page, click on Browse Topics.
- Click on Arts, Culture and Sports.
- Now you have a list of narrower topics related to Arts, Culture and Sports.
- Click on Historic Preservation to view that topic. Now you have a list of related reports.
- Click on one of the report titles to open it and scroll down to read each section, or use the left side menu to select a specific section. Try “Bibliography”, “The Next Step” and “Contacts” to find links to other resources.
The Hultquist Library has recently expanded its graphic novels collection. Here are the new titles that are available:
- 300 by Frank Miller [PN6728.T646 M55 2006] [in Cattaraugus - PN6728.T646 M5518 2007]
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol [NC1429.B757 A59 2014]
- Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang [PN6727.Y36 B68 2013]
- Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown [HV636 2005.N4 B75 2015]
- El Deafo by Cece Bell [HV2534.B44 A3 2014]
- Frank Miller’s Big Damn Sin City by Frank Miller [PN6727.M55 F73 2014]
- From Hell by Alan Moore [PN6737.M66 F77 2006]
- Ghost World by Daniel Clowes [PN6727.C565 G46 2016]
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Omnibus Edition by Alan Moore [PN6737.M66 L55 2013]
- March: Book Two by John Lewis [E840.8.L43 L485 2015]
- My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson’s by Peter Dunlap-Shohl [RC382 .D86 2015]
- My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf [PN6727.D466 M9 2012]
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson [PZ7.7.J36 Ro 2015]
- Runaways: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan [PN6728.R865 V38 2014]
- Sandman, Vol. 1-10 by Neil Gaiman [PN6728.S26 G36 2012]
- Watchmen by Alan Moore [PN6737.M66 W39 2014]
If you are interested in learning more about graphic novels, a new course is being offered during the Fall 2016 semester on the Jamestown campus: ENG8512: Comic Books & the Graphic Novel.
Please visit our Anime, Graphic Novels & Manga LibGuide for a full list of titles available at the JCC Libraries: http://sunyjcc.libguides.com/manga
-- Jenn Knisley
April 16-24 is National Park Week. This year marks the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS). To celebrate, the NPS launched a Find Your Park campaign to encourage people to get out and explore their national and state parks, trails, museums, and historic sites. As an incentive, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all national parks during National Park Week.
Books & Media:
• America’s Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond by Randall K. Wilson (HD216 .W48 2014 HULT)
• The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan (E757 .E325 2009)
• The National Parks: America’s Best Idea [DVD] (E160 .N385 2009 HULT & CATT)
• The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan (SB482.A4 D85 2009 HULT)
• To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea by Robert B. Keiter (SB481.6 .K45 2013 CATT)
• Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks by William C. Tweed (SB482.A4 T94 2010 HULT)
Over the years, I have visited some of our great national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. These places are amazing and I highly recommend that you go visit them someday!
In the meantime, get out and explore our region. We have plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation:
• I Love NY: http://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do
• Visit PA: http://www.visitpa.com
• Pennsylvania State Parks: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks
• New York State Parks: http://nysparks.com
• Tour Chautauqua County, NY: http://www.tourchautauqua.com
• Enchanted Mountains - Cattaraugus County, NY: http://enchantedmountains.com
• Warren County Visitors Bureau, PA: http://www.wcvb.net/visit.htm
To quote John Muir, the father of the National Park Service: “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
-- Jenn Knisley
I’ve been spending a lot of time watching and listening to the presidential debates. I think it’s extremely important to be educated on the issues and policies being discussed. Yes, it might be easier to pick a favorite news channel to rely upon or a web feed that conveniently spits out snippets onto your phone. However, there really is more to the story.
If you would like to dig a little deeper and broaden your knowledge of foreign policy, past presidents and their legacies, current candidates, or just the political process itself, the library is the place to turn. A Concise History of U.S. Policy may answer questions that arise as you evaluate a candidate’s position. Not sure what people are referring to when a past president’s legacy is brought up? Peruse our collection of books on individual presidents such as Destiny and Power: the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House or Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, the Georgia Years, 1924-1974.
When you have a moment, stop into the library to catch up on the latest election news. We have The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today as well as local newspapers. Take a time-out from your busy schedule, sit by the window, turn the pages, and become more educated on this critical election. As Thomas Jefferson said "The wise know their weakness too well to assume infallibility; and he who knows most, knows best how little he knows."
Due to severe weather conditions the JCC Libraries are closed today, Tuesday, January 16, 2016. Normal hours of operation will resume on Wednesday, January 17, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Do you find yourself frustrated when you need to find quality information for you course assignments and research projects? Sign up for a library course and learn the secrets to finding the best information and the key sources of information in your field or subject area.
At the Cattaraugus County Campus:
LIB1500: Library Research Skills [1 credit hour]: Students develop basic skills in library research techniques using both print and electronic tools. Focus is on location and retrieval of information from major reference sources, print indexes, and electronic databases. Five weeks beginning February 29, 2016 (CRN6826).
At the Jamestown Campus:
LIB1500: Library Research Skills [1 credit hour]: Students develop basic skills in library research techniques using both print and electronic tools. Focus is on location and retrieval of information from major reference sources, print indexes, and electronic databases. Five weeks beginning February 25, 2016 (CRN6814).
LIB1600: Electronic Library Resources [1 credit hour]: Students will be introduced to the latest online free and subscription databases, as well as Web-based library catalogs. Students gain a working knowledge and learn basic operating procedures in a variety of electronic databases. Readings, demonstrations, and hands-on assignments are featured. Five weeks beginning April 11, 2016 (CRN5557).
"Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in French and Spanish language versions" as well as English.
The JCC Libraries make available print editions of The State of the World's Children as well as links to the UNICEF Web site. The Web site features full-text reports back 1996. The 2015 report “highlights the work of remarkable young innovators who are already re-imagining the future – and invites the world to join this rising movement to advance the rights of every child.”
Countries all over the world celebrate some form of thanksgiving or harvest festival. The Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is a celebration of food, family, friends, parades – and football.
Some fun facts:
- 4 - Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek Village, La., was the most populous in 2014, with 443 residents, followed by Turkey Creek, Ariz. (412), Turkey City, Texas (396) and Turkey Town, N.C. (296).24.4 million - Number of U.S. residents of English ancestry as of 2014. Some could very well be descendants of the Plymouth colonists who participated in the autumn feast that is widely believed to be one of the first Thanksgivings, especially the 655,000 living in Massachusetts.
- 6,500 - Number of members of the Wampanoag American Indian tribal grouping, as of 2010, roughly half of whom reside in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag, the American Indians in attendance, played a lead role in this historic encounter, and they had been essential to the survival of the colonists during the newcomers’ first year.
- 228 million - The forecast for the number of turkeys the United States will raise in 2015. That is down 4 percent from the number raised during 2014.
U.S. Census Bureau. “Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 26, 2015.” Profile America Facts for Features: CB15-FF.24. 5 Nov. 2015. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2015/cb15-ff24.html>
It is thought that a harvest celebration by settlers in Plymouth Colony (in what is now Massachusetts) started the tradition of Thanksgiving in the early 17th century. This summer I visited Jamestown Settlement in Virginia where the first permanent English colony was established at around the same time. It’s easy to see why they would have celebrated a time of plenty, they endured some spectacularly hard times! During one particularly harsh period they were reduced to eating all manner of creatures and, it is speculated, each other. What is the real story? Here are some resources from the JCC Libraries that delve into Thanksgiving’s origins:
A Great & Godly Adventure : The Pilgrims & the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfrey Hodgson. Call no. F68 .H69 2006 (Hultquist Library)
Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday by James W. Baker. Call no. GT4975 .B33 2009 (Hultquist and Catt. Co. Campus Libraries)
From the Libraries’ Databases:
And finally...some facts (and recipes) from the White House Blog: This Day in History: Carving Out a Piece of Thanksgiving History
Halloween is almost upon us! Here are some books and movies that we have available at the JCC Libraries. Stop in at the Hultquist Library and take a look at our display of additional titles to get you in the Halloween spirit.
We have titles available for all ages and they are all free to borrow. To search for additional titles, you can use the JCC Libraries’ Online Catalog: http://jam.sunyconnect.suny.edu:4750/F
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (PS3616.R537 B66 2009 HULT / Pab Priest CATT)
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (PR6052.U638 C5 HULT and CATT)
- Edgar Allan Poe (PS2600 HULT and CATT)
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (PZ7.G1273 G73 2008 HULT and CATT)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (PS3618.I3985 M57 2011 HULT)
- The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (PZ7.Y19197 Mon 2009 HULT)
- Stephen King (PS3561 HULT and CATT)
For additional recommended titles, visit the Horror Writer’s Association Reading List:http://horror.org/readlist.htm and the Bram Stoker Award Winners and Nominees list: http://www.horror.org/awards/stokerwinnom.htm
- Arachnophobia (PN1995.9.H6 A73 1999 DVD HULT)
- Halloween (PN1995.9.H6 J646 2007 DVD HULT)
- I Am Legend (PN1995.9.S26 I23 2008 DVD HULT)
- Psycho (PS3503.L718 P89 2000 DVD HULT and CATT)
- Rocky Horror Picture Show (PN1995.9 .F36 R59 2002 DVD HULT)
- The Silence of the Lambs (PN1997.2 .S55 2006 DVD HULT and CATT)
- The Sixth Sense (PN1997 .S59 2000 DVD HULT)
Check out the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films list for additional titles: http://www.afi.com/100Years/thrills.aspx
-- Jenn Knisley