July is Staff Reading Recommendations month!

Staff Picks July 2017

Over the summer we asked the entire Sullivan Library staff to pick some of their favorite books. Staff found a great range of selections, from classics by Emily Dickinson to non-fiction books related to environmental issues. These books are now located in our display case for checkout. See our Staff picks bibliography for a full listing of the selected titles.

Keep reading below to see what staff recommended and what they had to say about their picks:

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June is LGBT Pride Month

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The Sullivan Library recognizes June as LGBT Month. June officially commemorates Gay Pride celebrations in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969. The riots were in response to police raids at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay hang out. The events are now considered the beginning of the gay rights movement in America.

June is also GLBT Book Month. Visit the American Library Association website for more information.

The Sullivan Library has on display selected books from our collection regarding gay rights and society. See the LGBT Bibliography of related titles in our collection. Below are some highlighted books.

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New display case featuring Mental Health Awareness books

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May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in every five adults in the United States will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In an effort to bring this issue to light and remove stigma, Mental Health Awareness month seeks to educate the public about mental illness and related issues, in addition to promoting wellness concepts and support.

We have compiled a Bibliography for Mental Health Awareness which features a collection of books related to mental health and wellness related topics.

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April Display Case – Protect Our Environment!

 

12Each April, Dominican College celebrates Earth Week to raise awareness of the environmental challenges impacting our planet.  Earth Week runs April 17th – 23rd, 2017.  The library has pulled together a display case featuring relevant books on sustainability, climate change, renewable energy and protecting the environment.  It is more critical than ever to get educated and involved on the environmental issues facing our planet!

Check out our Earth Week Bibliography featuring print and ebooks from our collection.

Below are some recommended environmental related library databases and online sources of note.

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#truthseekers: Identify Truth in News & Media

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Want to be a #truthseeker in an era of “alternative facts”? Check out the Truth Seekers series of workshops starting this week:

  • “Fake News” 101 – Tuesday, February 21st – 2:15-3:00pm
  • “Fake News” 101 (SophoMORE workshop)– Tuesday, February 28th—2:15-3:15pm
  • The Truth is Out There – Tuesday, March 21st—2:15-3:00pm

For more information, we’ve compiled a bibliography about fact-checking, critical thinking, and misinformation in the news. See some of these books on display in the Library and read reviews of select titles below:

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Virtual Unreality: The New Era of Digital Deception

By Charles Seife

 DC Call Number – 025.04 Se42v

The author explains how to tell truth from fantasy in the digital world, and why it matters. Today, the Internet allows us to spread information faster and to more people than ever before. Charles Seife takes the reader deep into the information jungle and cuts a path through the fakery that the Internet enables, providing a much-needed toolkit to help separate fact from fiction.

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

By A. Brad Schwartz

DC Call Number – 791.4472 Sch95d

On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of a meteor strike in the New Jersey countryside, but the hair-raising broadcast was not a real news bulletin–it was Orson Welles’s adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds. Few listeners believed an actual attack was under way. But even so, Schwartz shows that Welles’s broadcast became a major scandal, prompting a different kind of mass panic as Americans debated the bewitching power of the radio and the country’s vulnerability in a time of crisis. The present-day popularity of “fake news” can be traced back to its source in Welles’s show and its many imitators.

Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-checking in American Journalism

By Lucas Graves

DC Call Number – 302.23 G785d

Over the past decade, American outlets such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and the Washington Post‘s Fact Checker have shaken up the political world by holding public figures accountable for what they say. In a hyperpartisan world, facts can easily slip into fiction, and decisions about which claims to investigate and how to judge them are frequently denounced as unfair play.  Graves vividly recounts the routines of journalists at three of these organizations and what informs their approach to a story.

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind

By David J. Helfand

DC Call Number – 500 H366s

We live in the Information Age, with billions of bytes of data just two swipes away. Yet how much of this is mis- or even disinformation? A lot of it is, and your search engine can’t tell the difference. This book provides an inoculation against the misinformation epidemic by cultivating scientific habits of mind. This survival guide supplies a set of apps for the brain while making science both accessible and entertaining.

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

By Daniel J. Levitin

DC Call Number – 153.42 L579f

We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. This New York Times bestselling author shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports. Levitin groups his guide into two categories—statistical information and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. He defines infoliteracy as the understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds.

Display case featuring African-American History related titles

February is African-American History Month!

In celebration, the Sullivan Library has selected some popular titles to be featured in our display case.  Feel free to check out any of these books OR search our online catalog for other books related to African-American History Month!  If you need assistance searching our catalog simply ask a library staff member to help!

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

By Barack Obama

DC Call Number – 973.04 Ob1d

The former President of the United States, US Senator and activist writes about his life as a black American whose father was a black African and his mother a white American. His story begins in New York, where he learns that his father has been killed in a car accident. The sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and lastly reconciles his divided inheritance.

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