Judge Smith’s Lecture, Banned Books Week, The FOOL’s Collection of Censored Books, Ernest Hemingway, Information Literacy, Are You Interested in Sociology?, The Berlin Wall , and Welcome Back Orange and Black are the new or continuing displays currently up in the library. Watercolors by Augusta Sheetz are in the Current Display Art Area. Read more about her art here.
Judge N. Randy Smith’s upcoming lecture is in case 1. The Friends of Oboler Library present the Honorable N. Randy Smith speaking about “Judicial Independence” on Thursday, Oct. 5th. The Reception will be at 6 p.m. and tickets for it are $20.. The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. and is free–you can pick up free tickets at the Library Circulation desk or call 282-2997. Both events will occur at the Bistline Theater at the Performing Arts Center. The display gives information on the three kinds of courts: Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and District Courts. There is also a biography of Judge Smith and further information about the role of circuit courts. You can find more information on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit here. Today the 9th Judicial Court covers Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana.
Banned Books Week is in case 2A. The last week of September Banned Book Week is celebrated. Find out more about this event here. The display defines what a banned book is, lists the top ten irrational reasons to ban a book. and includes many examples. Some of the books that have been previously banned or challenged include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Kite Runner, the Twilight series, The Color Purple, Snow Falling on Cedars, Nickel and Dimed, and more. Nearby there is a shelf of banned books that you can check out. You can also pick up a Banned Book Week bookmark there and on other library information stations.
Case 2 B is on Ernest Hemingway. He “died 50 years ago on July 2 1961. His death was arguably the most newsworthy event to ever occur in Idaho,” according to an article from Idaho Humanities on him. The display includes a number of his books, including: The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and many more.
Case 3 is “The FOOL Collection of Censored Books“ FOOL is Friends of Oboler Library, the Friends of the Library Group. Find out more about them here. The display contains a selection of books that were mentioned in the Spring 2011 article in Foolscap newsletter. The “collection of censored books contains many titles once considered scandalous.” It shows an example of pages with words blackened out, and contains books such as Operation Dark Heart, Fair Game, and Gulliver’s Travels.
Display case 4 has a display on Information Literacy. “The information literate student [is] one who accesses information efficiently and effectively, critically evaluates the information, and uses it accurately and creatively.” This fall Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library, will teach a class titled Information Research (ACAD 1199, 1 credit). Learn how to “locate relevant sources and use them critically and responsibly.” There is still space available in this eight-week class that begins on Oct. 18th. Sign up today. For more details about the class go here. Check out this display for more information on how to improve your research papers.
Display case 5 has a display titled “Are You Interested in Sociology?” ISU offers both BA and MA degrees in sociology. Classes offered at ISU include: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Diversity, Women Crime & Corrections, The Community, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, and more. 35 colorful sociology book and journal covers add interest to this display. For more information check with the Sociology Department. If you would like your program or major to be featured in a library display, contact Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction at Oboler Library.
Display Case 6 is titled The Wall 50 Years Later. Aug. 13, 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the initial construction of the Berlin Wall, which cut off West Berlin from East Berlin and East Germany until its fall on Nov. 9 1989. There are many books on this topic on a nearby table, and available for checkout. The display also mentions an online government document The Berlin Wall 20 Years Later that you can connect with from our catalog.
Health Science display case—
There is a website, “Most Horrible & Shocking Murders: Murder Pamphlets in the Collection of the National Library of Medicine” launched by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library. The site features a selection of murder pamphlets from the late 1600′s to the late 1800′s, from a treasure trove of several hundred owned by the library.
These pamphlets have been a rich source for historians of medicine, crime novelists, and cultural historians, who mine them for evidence to illuminate the history of class, gender, race, the law, the city, crime, religion, and other topics. The murder pamphlets in the NLM’s collection address cases connected to forensic medicine, especially cases in which doctors were accused of committing–or were the victims of–murder.
The website, based on a 2008 exhibition at the NLM, is curated by Michael Sappol, PhD, Historian in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division. Click on the drawing to enter the website.
See some related books from the ISU collection on this display. See it on the 3rd floor, in the Idaho Health Sciences Library.