Hope you saw the Banned Book Week display at the Library Sep 25 – Oct 2!
Google “ALA Banned Books Week” for more about challenged and banned books…you will be surprised by what you learn!
FYI. An anonymous “complainer” wrote SLO High School last spring challenging the inclusion of Kaffir Boy – The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa in the school curriculum and library.
The issue surrounds a passage in the book where the author describes boys prostituting themselves for food. There will be a discussion at an open meting, SLO High School, Monday, Oct 18, 3:30PM. Let your voice be heard.
Come hear the author, Mark Mathabane, speak Thu, Oct 21, 7PM in the Spanos Theater.
Banned Books has past but here is a great map on NPR.org showing where books have been banned and why: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130266322&sc=fb&cc=fp
Celebrate Banned Book Week, September 25- October 2, by reading a banned book
Check out the display on the 2nd floor landing of Kennedy Library.
Visit Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Visit http://lib.calpoly.edu/books/banned/ for more information.
Here is a common scientists data management plan spelled out in great detail…
Make sure to read the comments by scientists on the article.
Bar codes could be next to check out…New radio frequency tags would use nanotechnology to identify and track products. “You could run your cart by a detector and it tells you instantly what’s in the cart,” says James M. Tour of Rice University, whose research group invented the ink. “No more lines, you just walk out with your stuff.”
What Do I Want from the Publisher of the Future?
Bourne PE (2010) PLoS Comput Biol 6(5)
“When I took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of this open-access journal, I began, for the first time, to think about scholarly communication beyond submitting my papers and getting them published. This thinking led to previous Perspectives –, all of which shared an underlying theme—there are many opportunities to achieve better dissemination and comprehension of our science, and as producers of that output I believe authors have a responsibility to see it used in the best possible way….”
FYI– Data curation and data management is going to become more important to faculty; check out the article summary and link below.
>From Science Insider (Science Magazine):
“Scientists seeking funding from the National Science Foundation will
soon need to spell out how they plan to manage the data they hope to
collect. It’s part of a broader move by NSF and other federal agencies
to emphasize the importance of community access to data.
Edward Seidel, acting head of NSF’s mathematics and physical sciences
directorate, described NSF’s intention to require all applicants to
submit a data management plan along with their grant application in a
presentation this morning to the National Science Board, NSF’s
Game-based learning, mobile devices, and cloud computing will find a place in schools nationwide, researchers say…read more
By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor eSchool News, Apr 15th, 2010
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued comments on the grade-level bands of the Common Core Standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). View the comments in full on AASL’s website….press release
Some of you may have already heard that PubMed recently extended its
MEDLINE/PubMed database coverage back to 1947. Here is the reprinted
announcement, including additional information about the data conversion
PubMed® Extends Its Reach — Biomedical Database Moves Back in Time to
Posted by Carol Vreeland, MLA Liaison for the Sci-Tech Division