Banned Books Week

September 24−October 1, 2011
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Banned Books Week is 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. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.
For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of Events, Ideas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or bbw@ala.org.

Ahoy Maties, it be talk like a pirate day!

“T’ celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day here at AUM, stop by t’ Library and check out these books and more about pirates from t’ Golden Age o’ Piracy.”
The history of Blackbeard & Roche, two noted pyrates: being an account of their robberies and murders, and their final overthrow / written by Capt. Charles Johnson.
The history of the pirates: containing the lives of those noted pirate captains, Misson, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North, and their crews : also, an account of the piracies and cruelties of John Auger, William Cunningham, Dennis Mackarthy, William Dowling, William Lewis, Thomas Morris, George Bendall, and William Ling, who were tried, condemned and executed at Nassau, New-Providence, on Friday, the 12th of October, 1718 : to which is added, a description of Magadoxa, in Ethiopia. By Capt. Charles Johnson
Blackbeard, or, The captive-princess: A present for the New-Year, 1815
The voyages and adventures of Edward Teach [electronic resource] : commonly called Black Beard, the notorious pirate / by S. Wilkinson ; with an account of the origin and progress of the Roman, Algerine and West India pirates
Check out t’ offical Talk Like a Pirate Day website.
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html

New databases in the Library!

We’ve added two databases to the Library’s webpages:
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities
and
SciFinder Web
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities helps researchers match their manuscripts with the scholarly journals which are most likely to publish those manuscripts. The searchable Directory provides contact information, review process data, manuscript specifications and guidelines, acceptance rates, and publication information for each journal.
SciFinder Web replaces the old SciFinder Scholar with a web-accessible system, so that it is now available from off campus for registered users. Articles, patents, book chapters, conference proceedings, and dissertations indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service from 1907 to the present are available for searching in SciFinder Web. Searching can be done by keyword, structure, reaction, chemical name or CAS Registry Number. First time users must create a user name and password using the following form from on the AUM campus: Scifinderweb New User Registration.