Thursday, March 6, 2014
March is such a great month. We usher out winter and welcome Spring! It is also the month that we honor and recognize women from across the globe for their contributions and work that inspire generations. At the Miller Information Commons we have a display of books set up that honors many different women. From Joan of Arc to Gloria Steinem, so many women have broken down barriers and paved the way for women to achieve many great things. We also have bookmarks for the taking and buttons with the faces of many different women in history. So stop by the library and check it out! For more information and resources visit: National Women's History Project.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Come Celebrate with us in the Library as we recognize the many contributions African Americans have made to our country. A display of books will be up in the Library from February 17-28. We hope you can take a moment to come over and look at the display.
For more information on African American History Month please visit this website:
Presidential Proclamation -- National African American History Month, 2014
NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2014
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATIONAmericans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity -- home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue their own measure of freedom, hundreds of thousands arrived in chains. Through centuries of struggle, and through the toil of generations, African Americans have claimed rights long denied. During National African American History Month, we honor the men and women at the heart of this journey -- from engineers of the Underground Railroad to educators who answered a free people's call for a free mind, from patriots who proved that valor knows no color to demonstrators who gathered on the battlefields of justice and marched our Nation toward a brighter day.
As we pay tribute to the heroes, sung and unsung, of African-American history, we recall the inner strength that sustained millions in bondage. We remember the courage that led activists to defy lynch mobs and register their neighbors to vote. And we carry forward the unyielding hope that guided a movement as it bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. Even while we seek to dull the scars of slavery and legalized discrimination, we hold fast to the values gained through centuries of trial and suffering.
Every American can draw strength from the story of hard-won progress, which not only defines the African-American experience, but also lies at the heart of our Nation as a whole. This story affirms that freedom is a gift from God, but it must be secured by His people here on earth. It inspires a new generation of leaders, and it teaches us all that when we come together in common purpose, we can right the wrongs of history and make our world anew.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2014 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
“These nocturnal birds of prey are remarkable creatures. Not only are they beautiful, but they also hold meaning and historical significance. As a constant companion to the Greek goddess Athena, owls have likewise inherited her association with wisdom, inspiration, and erudition. What better place do they have to inhabit, therefore, than the library? Owls seem to have captured the hearts of Millennials as well, spurring clothing trends and owl memes alike…….” –Lindsey Rae
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In the midst of your busy academic lives, have you ever just wanted to take a break and sink your teeth into a good book? You know, literature with flavor — literature with taste? Have you ever, at times, had to eat your words? Better yet, have you ever wanted to make someone else eat your words?? Well now you can!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Thank you to all of those who helped make the Privacy Panel held Wed. Jan. 29 such a success! We started a great conversation regarding what privacy looks like today and what we can expect from the agencies that play big roles when it comes to collecting and sharing our personal information. With the help of our panelists, we examined these issues from legal, marketing, and network security perspectives. Together, these different perspectives gave shape to a more complete picture of personal data management in a digital world, one where laws, policies, and education were lagging behind the exponential growth of technology. There were lots of great questions from the audience during the session, many of which we were left to ponder after the session ended. We would like to keep that conversation going and are providing this online forum as a space for students and faculty to continue the discussion of privacy in the digital age.
The following video, "Hot on Your Trail: Privacy, Your Data, and Who Has Access to It" from NPR, touches on many of the issues that we talked about in the panel. Check it out at the link below to see this well-illustrated and eye-opening portrayal of what is happening to our data during our normal day-to-day:
Here are some questions to get you thinking:
- Based on the Panel or the video, what concerns do you have personally regarding privacy and your personal data?
- During the Panel, we examined how the sharing of our data could be both helpful and harmful to us. It can be collected to make our lives easier or to protect us from potential threats, but does that make it okay? What level of privacy should we expect and what is reasonable?
- We got to examine the issue of Privacy from many different angles during our panel. Looking through the lens of your major, what does privacy mean to you? How will these issues affect you in your future career?
To contribute to the conversation, DO THE FOLLOWING:
- POST a comment to this blog post. Respond to one of the questions above, or express any lingering thoughts that were left with you after attending the Panel.
- Check out some of the other posts. Do you have any reactions to those comments? If so, REPLY to keep the conversation going.
Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to reading your comments!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Champlain librarians are busy preparing conference presentations for the coming months! We'll be spreading the word about Champlain's unique approach to library teaching and learning. See the Academic Affairs News blog for details.
A new charging station is now available in the main floor tower room of Miller Information Commons, courtesy of SGA! The charger has cables to fit iPhone/iPad devices as well as USB devices, and is located near the vending machine in the tower room. Come in and recharge!