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The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week – the annual celebration of the freedom to read — and the defiance of censorship — began on Sept. 21. and wraps up this weekend. Here’s a brief reading list to help you get your footing in this year’s world of banned books:
- The American Library Association has a fascinating list of the 10 most challenged books for each year of the 21st century so far, coupled with the reasons why they were challenged.
- If you prefer pictures to plain numbers, The Huffington Post drew up some lovely infographics on the state of challenged books today — including which authors tend to be dogged most by challenges.
- One of those challenged authors, Sherman Alexie, offered a defense of his most famous — and most controversial — novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, in an old Wall Street Journal article that’s worth another look.
- One of the most banned books of the past two decades may surprise you. And NPR’s Rebecca Hersher dives into its history.
Library staff have had fun looking at the ISU yearbooks we have for sale for Homecoming this week. They are on the first floor lobby. Dates range from 1923 through the 1976/77. The fashions. The hairstyles. The cars. Other changes came up in our conversations. Some of us on staff remember the transitions from typewriters and card catalogs to OPACs – online public access computers- it started in the early 1980s and we’ve been trying to keep up with technology ever since!
It was interesting to come across the article, The 1940s: a time of trial and triumph by Jill Sodt in the September 2014 issue of American College & Research Libraries News this week:
During this decade, academic libraries were evolving from centers of print. Libraries were starting to include audiovisual aids, music listening labs, remedial reading education, and instruction for students on how to use the library. More publications were being converted to microfilm in order to preserve print copies and provide better access for researchers.
Public services were expanding to provide more assistance to students, faculty, and researchers beyond checking out books, including finding ways to assist academic faculty by developing collections related to particular subject areas and providing library services in nontraditional settings, like the college dormitory.
Today we have Moodle, YouTube and JSTOR. Our newest resource, OneSearch searches across many of the Library’s resources at one time, allowing for one quick, fairly comprehensive search. Results can include books, magazine, journal, newspaper articles, videos, government documents, ebooks, audio and more. Take a few moments between classes and let us show you how to use OneSearch along with our LibGuides and A-Z Journal List. Learn about the Library of Congress Classification system and browse your subject area. Reserve a study room, or relax and read a newspaper or the latest issue of Time magazine in our Current Display area.
And don’t forget to enter your poem in our Banned Book Title Poetry contest. Entry deadline is September 27th!
The Friends of Oboler Library are selling surplus copies of the ISU yearbook Wickiup for Homecoming this week while supplies last.
Available copies of the Wickiup, Idaho State University’s Yearbook, range from 1923 to 1976/77 and are priced at $ 25.00 each. Purchases can be made at the Eli M. Oboler Library Circulation Desk.
Proceeds go toward enhancing the Library collection.
Idaho State University Health Sciences Library and the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department have received an award of $30,000 for a Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014 from the National Library of Medicine.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, made the award to Ruiling Guo, associate professor and health sciences librarian at ISU Health Sciences Library, Darin Letzring, public health preparedness program manager and Rhonda D’Amico, healthcare preparedness program liaison at Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department for their innovative proposal.
This award will allow the project investigators:
1) to conduct an information needs assessment among under-served hospital emergency preparedness professionals in rural Southeast Idaho; and
2) to provide a training program for these professionals to gain knowledge and skills in searching disaster health information efficiently to support Southeast Idaho emergency preparedness and response efforts.
“This will be an exciting outreach project for partnering organizations to increase collaborations and information acquisition and access,” Guo said. “The investigators would like to thank ISU Office of Research, Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department, and hospital partners for their support during the application.”These awards are very competitive – ISU received one of only four awards across the country that was granted by the NLM in 2014.
Posted September 16, 2014, ISU Headlines
Write a Poem – Enter the Contest – Win a $25 Amazon.com Gift Card!
The Library is sponsoring this event as part of its celebration of Banned Books Week Sept. 21 – 27, 2014. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 15 - 27, 2014.
- Choose your category!
- Category 1: You need to use the complete book title(s).
- Category 2: You may use words from the book title(s) in any order.
- The poem can be haiku, limerick, sonnet, unrhymed, rhymed, ballad, lyric, or free verse. Anything goes!
- It should include three or more banned book titles.
- You may use other words to create your poem.
Finding Banned Book Titles
- Check out the Banned Book Resource Guide at the reserves desk of the library.
- Banned Books Week top ten challenged books list of 2012
- Banned and Challenged Classics
- Frequently Challenged Books by ALA:
- List of books banned by governments
- Other banned book sites/lists may be used; please include URL or citation in your submission.
- Title of poem
- The poem
- Your name
- List of titles used
- Preferred contact method: Phone or Email
- Source of banned book titles
Enter Your Poem
- Drop your poem off at the circulation desk in the library or submit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline for entry into the contest is midnight September 27, 2014
- Winners will be announced on September 30, 2014
Winner of the $25 Amazon.com Gift Card will be determined by a panel of judges. Winning poetry and the committee’s favorites will be displayed.
Disclaimer: Entry of poem into contest gives permission to the Library to use the poem in future displays and Library publications.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Enter the Library’s Banned Book Poetry Contest
For rules and contest submission information go to http://www.isu.edu/library/services/bbwpoetry.shtml.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out these title lists of books that were challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in that year as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom.
YEARLY LISTS OF CHALLENGED AND/OR BANNED BOOKS
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2013-2014 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2012-2013 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2011-2012 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2004-2005 (PDF)
The Special Collections Department at ISU’s Eli Oboler Library, along with Pinyon Jay Press and Friends of Oboler Library, will be holding a fundraising event on Sept. 26
The Special Collections Department at ISU’s Eli Oboler Library, along with Pinyon Jay Press and Friends of Oboler Library, will be holding a fundraising event on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at 315 South Lincoln Ave. in Pocatello. The purpose of this inaugural event is to raise funds to purchase two handmade books produced by renowned book artist Mary Risala Laird, founder of Quelquefois Press and teacher at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Laird has produced many award-winning books, sought by collectors and libraries all over the world. After purchase, the books will be on display in Oboler Library, along with names of donors whose generosity made this purchase possible.
Light refreshments will be served. All contributors – of any amount – will be automatically entered in a drawing. Prizes include letterpress broadsides, letterpress keepsakes, hand-cut quills, and personalized lessons in cutting and writing with quills. For more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, head of Special Collections at email@example.com.
The Reference Desk is on the first floor of the Library and staff are available during the following hours:
|Monday – Thursday||7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Friday||7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
You can also call the Reference Desk (208) 282-3152, or use our Ask a Librarian services.
You are invited to attend a reception in the Library’s art gallery area Thursday, September 4th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Come chat with a few of the Gallery 12 artists and partake of some light refreshments. The Gallery 12 group includes a dozen professional artists from the Idaho Falls area who work in a wide variety of styles and mediums. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal Library hours through October 21.
This painting is entitled “Upper Teton Creek” by Sally Cannon Ellis. Explore other works by Gallery 12 by going to their website.
For more information please email Kristi at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (208) 282-4073.