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Need Help Identifying Banned or Challenged Books?

The Lovely Bones, Of Mice and Men, The Chocolate War, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forever, The Color Purple, And Tango Makes Three, The Handmaid’s Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – what do all of these books have in common? All of them were among the most commonly challenged or banned books – the targets of efforts to remove them from library collections or school reading lists - in the decade from 2000 – 2009.

Each September, the American Library Association highlights the importance of the freedom to read and of open access to information by drawing attention to the challenging and banning of books across the country during Banned Books Week.

For more information about Banned Books Week, and to view lists of challenged and banned titles, visit the American Library Association Banned Books Week web page at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm.

New Books in High Use and Interest Areas Now Available

With the support of an allocation of $20,000 in ARRA (American Recovery and Investment Act) funds received in spring 2010, the Library has acquired almost 600 recently published books in areas of high use and on current topics of interest.  Most of these titles have been added to the circulating  Stacks collection.  The selections include recent award winners in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  These titles focus on such subjects as digital technologies, diversity, global warming, Islam, multiculturalism, sustainability, and women's and gender studies.  A number of books also have been acquired for the Youth Collection.  To identify titles of potential interest, you may want to conduct keyword or subject searches against the online catalog, or browse the New Titles list on the Library web site at http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/newtitle/

Training on ISI Web of Knowledge - April 7th

Rod Library now provides access to the Web of Knowledge collection of databases. Training sessions for faculty with a representative from Thomson Reuters have been scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th, from 11:00 – 12:00 noon and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Rod Library, Room 373. To sign up, please call Chris Neuhaus at 273-3718. 
What is the Web of Knowledge? - It’s a research platform that provides access to leading citation databases and a variety of content. However, Web of Knowledge is more than an aggregation of content and tools. It's a unified platform that enables you to conduct one search to find all relevant items. The content includes:
  • 23,000 journals (with cover-to-cover indexing)
  • 23 million patents
  • 110,000 conference proceedings 
  • 2 million chemical structures
  • 700 million cited references
Web of Knowledge indexes both cited and citing works, enabling the user to more easily identify links between current and historical research.  The searcher can use cited reference data to move backward and forward in time to track and determine research influence, and use citation analysis to find influential authors who are publishing high-impact research, discover important author and/or institutional research collaborations, and determine where the most significant research is being published.
The Rod Library Web of Knowledge package includes:
Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index), with backfile coverage from 1995
Biological Abstracts (with backfile for 1995 - 2008)
Zoological Record
EndNote Web (can also be utilized in conjunction with some other Library databases)
The Library also has initiated a subscription to Journal Citation Reports®, beginning with Science Edition 2009 and Social Science Edition 2009.
The Library was able to subscribe to the Web of Knowledge by redirecting funds previously dedicated to a print subscription to the Social Science Citation Index and a subscription to Biological Abstracts on a different vendor platform. Backfiles were acquired in part with non-recurring funds.

Database Cancellations and Changes

Rod Library has canceled its subscriptions to the Testing & Education Reference Center, Wilson Art Abstracts, and Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text databases, and will lose access to them by mid April.  Many of the test preparation materials available through Testing & Education Reference Center are available in other formats in the Library collection.  Wilson Art Abstracts is being replaced with Wilson Art Full Text, which not only indexes over 500 periodicals but also provides access to the full text of nearly 200 journals, with content dating back to 1997.  The Library also has canceled its subscription to Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text.  It is exploring alternative resources.  In the interim, you may find the Engineering Village 2, Web of Science, and ScienceDirect databases useful.

Changes in Newspaper Databases

As of March 31st, NewsBank's America's Newspapers and Access World News will no longer be available.  In 2009, NewsBank lost the rights to provide access to Gannett publications, including the Des Moines Register, which had been accessible through America's Newspapers.  The Library has redirected funds to making the Register available on the ProQuest platform.  It appears on the Databases A - Z list as Des Moines Register.  Other databases with varied national and international news content to which the Library subscribes include Ethnic Newswatch, LexisNexis Academic, Newspaper Source, and PressDisplay.  The Library also subscribes to the New York Times (1851-2006):  ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Maquilapolis - Free Showing

Join us for a free showing of Maquilapolis – City of Factories at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23rd in Room 324 of Rod Library. This documentary explores globalization through the eyes of Mexican factory workers. The event, which is part of Women’s Studies Month programming, is sponsored by Rod Library and Women’s & Gender Studies.

The documentary is part of the Library’s collection, and is available for individual and classroom viewing. The Library also has acquired public performance rights for the title.

Biological Abstracts - A New Platform

The Biological Abstracts database, previously available to Library patrons on the Ovid platform, is now accessible through the ISI Web of Knowledge database package.  The database may be searched alone or in combination with other resources that are part of the Web of Knowledge package to which the Library subscribes. 

Access to Biological Abstracts

The Library's subscription to the Biological Abstracts database on the Ovid/SilverPlatter platform expires on Saturday, October 31st.  Access via a different vendor is being investigated at this time. 

Banned Books Week at Rod Library

Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.” It emphasizes the “importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.” Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The event highlights books that have been challenged or banned in libraries and school districts. Many titles appear regularly on the annual list of the most commonly challenged books. Rod Library has mounted two displays related to Banned Books Week. There is an informational exhibit in the flatbed display case adjacent to the Reference Desk and Electronic Resources area on the main floor. In the lobby is a display of books from the Library’s circulating collection that have been banned or challenged by libraries and schools. All of these titles are available for check-out. Stop by to browse the display, and select a title to read or re-read. For additional information, visit the American Library Association web site at http://www.ala.org/

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