We see a lot of trends at the Reference Desk and lately we’ve been getting lots of requests for “Business Books” that students can check out for a book review they have to do.
It always helps when we have an idea of what you’re interested in so we can point you in the direction of a title that will most appeal to you. But if you’re wide open to trying anything we’ve compiled a list of business books that cover a wide range of areas and topics that we hope will lead you to something that you will both enjoy reading and that will give you lots to write about.
Check out the list and if you have a specific area of interest come talk to a Reference Librarian and we’ll see if we can find something that speaks to you :)
The fall issue of Library Editions is here! Library Editions is the biannual newsletter of the Paul and Helen Schnare Library at SCC.
In this edition:
- see our new Lego sets in action
- meet our new cataloger
- learn to create EBSCO reading lists in Canvas
- see photos from our #SCCBookface contest
Also learn about our newly upgraded library database, award-winning books and websites, and more!
Choose your viewing preference:
http://issuu.com/stchas/docs/libraryeditions_oct2015 (interactive page-turning)
SCC’s Between the Covers book is meeting again at the end of the month (October 28!) and this time we’ll be reading The Shining! We think we timed it pretty perfectly for Halloween AND to coincide with the Scary Movie Marathon (films will be shown in the SSB Auditorium 10/26 – 10/29).
In addition to our book discussion, there are a few events the week prior you should participate on. October 21 there will be a panel on The Shining at 1 p.m. in the SSB Auditorium. At 6:30 that evening, also in the SSB Auditorium, the film will be shown. It’ll be a great way to see if you think the movie measures up to the book.
This is a perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit and/or expose yourself to Stephen King if you haven’t had a chance to read him before.
As always, there will be coffee and snacks at book club. We meet in the Information Commons of the library at 2:30 on October 28. See you then!
September 27 – October 3 is Banned Books Week and you might have noticed our display has been up all month long in preparation for it.
So what is Banned Books Week all about? Well, the American Library Association explains that it’s “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. . . 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.”
And what can you do to celebrate Banned Books? Read them! We have lots of titles on display here in the library. Plus you can check out the “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” and try to read some of those. Or you can check out the Banned Books Virtual Read Out:
Come in and grab a book off our display. Celebrate your freedom to read what you want. Who knows, you might find out that one of your favorite books was banned or challenged at some point.
Happy #MediaMonday! Sure, a few months have gone by since the Oscars, but that doesn’t mean you got around to watching all the 2014 Best Picture Nominees.
If you haven’t already, you should check out “The Imitation Game.” It was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it won the award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
The film is based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. So, what’s it about?
“A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936– the concept of a universal machine– laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program– all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.”
If you’re one of those people who likes to read the book before you see the film, you’re in luck because we have both on hand!
When you come in to pick up the movie, make sure you browse our collection of DVDs to see if anything else catches your eye.
We’ll leave you with the movie trailer. Enjoy!
Today, September 17, is the birthday of poet William Carlos Williams. We figured he’d make for a perfect #tbt and it would give us the excuse to highlight his work.
Williams was a unique voice in American poetry. He received the National Book Award for poetry in 1950 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1963. In addition to being an accomplished poet, Williams was also an essayist, playwright, novelist, and a practicing physician.
It’s always a great experience to hear a poet read their work. Fortunately PennSound makes this a possibility with Williams. You should definitely take a minute to go listen to some of the recordings they have.
You’ll also want to check out the 1964 interview with the poet from The Paris Review.
There is some great biographical information and literary criticism available through our ARTEMIS Literary Sources database. Not to mention the books we have upstairs in our collection. Titles like:
So happy birthday to this engaging poet. We’ll leave you with one of his more well-known poems, “This Is Just To Say”
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
Man, it has been a while since our last blog post! BUT we’re coming back with something good – a reminder that SCC’s Between the Covers book club is meeting to discuss the play Clybourne Park in one week!
On Wednesday, September 23, at 2:30 the book club will be meeting in the library’s Information Commons for the first book club discussion of the Fall 2015 semester. Like always, there will be coffee, snacks, and the chance to enter a drawing for prizes. It should be a great conversation!
And SCC’s Center Stage Theater is presenting “Clybourne Park” in the Fine Arts Building Theater September 30 – October 4. Tickets to the play are *free* for SCC Students who show their ID. So read the play, talk about it, and then see it on stage!
Oliver Sacks was a well-known neurologist and author. His books offered accessible case studies of the intricacies and unique nature of the human brain.
In February 2015 Sacks wrote an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times on learning he had terminal cancer. On Sunday, August 30, Sacks passed away.
His obituary in The New York Times offers a more in-depth picture of the man if you’re interested in reading more. You can also check out a Vanity Fair article about him from this past June, or this piece from Wired.
If you haven’t had a chance to read any of his work, take the time to pick up one of his books. They’re truly fascinating. We have the following in the library:
We’ll leave you with a TED Talk Sacks gave in 2009:
Well, you survived the first week of classes. Congratulations! Now that you’ve gotten into the swing of things it’s time to start incorporating fun campus activities into your schedule. We always have a ton of things going on around campus and you should do what you can to participate in all the things that interest you.
One thing that’s going on this week is the kick-off meeting for SCC’s Between the Covers Book Club! The Book Club is sponsored by SCC’s Multicultural Programming Committee. It meets in the LRC Information Commons (the area in the back of the library by the Help Desk). The kick-off will be this Wednesday, August 26, at 2:30. There will be food, coffee, a giveaway, and the chance to meet new people from around campus!
Between the Covers is a book club open to students, faculty and staff. The club averages three books a semester, so it’s doable to work it in to your busy academic schedules.
We’ll look forward to seeing you!
Rick Steves is something of a travel guru. He is all about experiencing new places and encourages people to get out and see the world around them. You can check out his books, his website, his Twitter feed, and his show on PBS to get his travel tips and experience his joy for wandering the globe.
We’ll leave you with one of his TED Talks. It might inspire the travel bug in you ;)