Agnosticism : a very short introduction / Robin Le Poidevin.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 18, 2015 - 8:40pm
Title: Agnosticism : a very short introduction / Robin Le Poidevin.
Author: Le Poidevin, Robin, 1962-
Call Number: BL2747 .L476 2010
Description: "What is agnosticism? is it just the 'don't know' position on the existence of God, or is there more to it than this? Is it a belief, or the absence of belief? Often viewed with suspicion, agnosticism has played an important role in religious thought and argument. Robin Le Poidevin outlines the philosophical case for agnosticism, and what emerges is a more sophisticated and interesting attitude than a simple failure to commit to, or reject, religious belief. Challenging some common assumptions about agnosticism, he invites us to rethink our own position on God, knowledge and religion." -- Book jacket.

The lone arranger : succeeding in a small repository / by Christina Zamon.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 14, 2015 - 4:40pm
Title: The lone arranger : succeeding in a small repository / by Christina Zamon.
Author: Zamon, Christina.
Call Number: CD950 .Z36 2013
Description: A significant portion of U.S. institutions charged with the preservation of our cultural heritage are small repositories and one-person shops. Rapid advances in technology, increasing regulation on institutional records, and exponential growth in the volume and variety of cultural resources being collected put added pressure on these "lone arrangers" to find efficient and effective ways to manage their archives. This book offers guidance on how to handle common work demands while promoting archives best practice. Archivist Christina Zamon uses a deft touch to address a comprehensive range of topics, including administration and budget, fundraising and donor relations, information technology, collections management, records management, preservation, reference and outreach, facility management, disaster preparedness, and internship and volunteer programs. In addition, case studies by a dozen practitioners representing diverse backgrounds, institutional settings, and geographic locations discuss the challenges they faced when they found themselves responsible for the full spectrum of archives work with limited or no paid staff to assist. Seasoned archivists and newcomers to the profession will benefit from the practical tips, sound advice, and resources shared throughout the volume, as well as the opportunity to connect to the broader community of professional archivists.--P. [4] of cover.

Who's afraid of the big bad dragon? : why China has the best (and worst) education system in the world / Yong Zhao.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 14, 2015 - 6:40am
Title: Who's afraid of the big bad dragon? : why China has the best (and worst) education system in the world / Yong Zhao.
Author: Zhao, Yong, 1965-
Call Number: LC94.C5 Z424 2014
Description: "The secrets behind China's extraordinary educational system - good, bad, and ugly, Chinese students' consistently stunning performance on the international PISA exams-- where they outscore students of all other nations in math, reading, and science--have positioned China as a world education leader. American educators and pundits have declared this a "Sputnik Moment, " saying that we must learn from China's education system in order to maintain our status as an education leader and global superpower. Indeed, many of the reforms taking hold in United States schools, such as a greater emphasis on standardized testing and the increasing importance of core subjects like reading and math, echo the Chinese system. We're following in China's footsteps--but is this the direction we should take? Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? by award-winning writer Yong Zhao offers an entertaining, provocative insider's account of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets that make it both "the best and worst" in the world. Born and raised in China's Sichuan province and a teacher in China for many years, Zhao has a unique perspective on Chinese culture and education. He explains in vivid detail how China turns out the world's highest-achieving students in reading, math, and science--yet by all accounts Chinese educators, parents, and political leaders hate the system and long to send their kids to western schools. Filled with fascinating stories and compelling data, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? offers a nuanced and sobering tour of education in China. Learn how China is able to turn out the world's highest achieving students in math, science, and reading Discover why, despite these amazing test scores, Chinese parents, teachers, and political leaders are desperate to leave behind their educational system Discover how current reforms in the U.S. parallel the classic Chinese system, and how this could help (or hurt) our students' prospects "--

The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay

Library News - August 13, 2015 - 8:42am
How can a site run by volunteers inoculate itself against well-funded PR efforts? And how can those volunteers distinguish between information that’s trustworthy and information that’s suspect?
Categories: Library News, News

Border medicine : a transcultural history of Mexican American curanderismo / Brett Hendrickson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 12, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: Border medicine : a transcultural history of Mexican American curanderismo / Brett Hendrickson.
Author: Hendrickson, Brett,
Call Number: GR111.M49 H46 2014
Description: "Mexican American folk and religious healing, often referred to as curanderismo, has been a vital part of life in the Mexico-U.S. border region for centuries. A hybrid tradition made up primarily of indigenous and Iberian Catholic pharmacopeias, rituals, and notions of the self, curanderismo treats the sick person with a variety of healing modalities including herbal remedies, intercessory prayer, body massage, and energy manipulation. Curanderos, "healers, " embrace a holistic understanding of the patient, including body, soul, and community. Border Medicine examines the ongoing evolution of Mexican American religious healing from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. Illuminating the ways in which curanderismo has had an impact not only on the health and culture of the borderlands but also far beyond, the book tracks its expansion from Mexican American communities to Anglo and multiethnic contexts. While many healers treat Mexican and Mexican American clientele, a significant number of curanderos have worked with patients from other ethnic groups as well, especially those involved in North American metaphysical religions like spiritualism, mesmerism, New Thought, New Age, and energy-based alternative medicines. Hendrickson explores this point of contact as an experience of transcultural exchange. Drawing on historical archives, colonial-era medical texts and accounts, early ethnographies of the region, newspaper articles, memoirs, and contemporary healing guidebooks as well as interviews with contemporary healers, Border Medicine demonstrates the notable and ongoing influence of Mexican Americans on cultural and religious practices in the United States, especially in the American West"--

Crips and Bloods : a guide to an American subculture / Herbert C. Covey.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 12, 2015 - 6:40am
Title: Crips and Bloods : a guide to an American subculture / Herbert C. Covey.
Author: Covey, Herbert C.
Call Number: HV6439.U5 C678 2015
Description: "This book provides a concise and engaging examination of the subculture of the Crips and Bloods--the notorious street gangs that started in Los Angeles, but have now spread throughout the United States"--

The Wright brothers / David McCullough.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 12, 2015 - 6:40am
Title: The Wright brothers / David McCullough.
Author: McCullough, David G.,
Call Number: TL540.W7 M3825 2015
Description: On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed. Historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

The reason for flowers : their history, culture, biology, and how they change our lives / Stephen Buchmann.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 12, 2015 - 6:40am
Title: The reason for flowers : their history, culture, biology, and how they change our lives / Stephen Buchmann.
Author: Buchmann, Stephen L.,
Call Number: SB404.9 .B83 2015
Description: An exploration of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, and perfumes reveals their origins, myriad shapes, colors, textures and scents, bizarre sex lives, and how humans-- and the natural world-- relate and depend upon them.

Cowed : the hidden impact of 93 million cows on America's health, economy, politics, culture, and environment / Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Hayes.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: Cowed : the hidden impact of 93 million cows on America's health, economy, politics, culture, and environment / Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Hayes.
Author: Hayes, Denis, 1944-
Call Number: SF196.U5 H39 2015
Description: Overview: From leading ecology advocates, a revealing look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living. In Cowed, globally recognized environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us. Long ago, cows provided food and labor to settlers taming the wild frontier and helped the loggers, ranchers, and farmers who shaped the country's landscape. Our society is built on the backs of bovines who indelibly stamped our culture, politics, and economics. But our national herd has doubled in size over the past hundred years to 93 million, with devastating consequences for the country's soil and water. Our love affair with dairy and hamburgers doesn't help either: eating one pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gasoline. Denis and Gail Hayes begin their story by tracing the co-evolution of cows and humans, starting with majestic horned aurochs, before taking us through the birth of today's feedlot farms and the threat of mad cow disease. The authors show how cattle farming today has depleted America's largest aquifer, created festering lagoons of animal waste, and drastically increased methane production. In their quest to find fresh solutions to our bovine problem, the authors take us to farms across the country from Vermont to Washington. They visit worm ranchers who compost cow waste, learn that feeding cows oregano yields surprising benefits, talk to sustainable farmers who care for their cows while contributing to their communities, and point toward a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. In a deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, Denis and Gail Hayes provide a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we inhabit. They show how our relationship with cows is part of the story of America itself.

Memory 101 / James Michael Lampinen, PhD, Denise R. Beike, PhD.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: Memory 101 / James Michael Lampinen, PhD, Denise R. Beike, PhD.
Author: Lampinen, James M.
Call Number: BF371 .L25 2015

Vegan for life : everything you need to know to be healthy and fit on a plant-based diet / Jack Norris, Virginia Messina.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: Vegan for life : everything you need to know to be healthy and fit on a plant-based diet / Jack Norris, Virginia Messina.
Author: Norris, Jack, RD.
Call Number: RA784 .N665 2011
Description: "The practical companion to Eating Animals: a definitive nutrition guide for vegans, including everything from guidelines for making a healthy transition to a vegan diet to kickstart plans, nutrient-dense menus and essential information hot-button issues like soy, protein, and B vitamins"--

The art of description : world into word / Mark Doty.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: The art of description : world into word / Mark Doty.
Author: Doty, Mark.
Call Number: PN140 .A7806
Description: "The art of description: world into word is part of The Art of series, a line of books by important authors on the craft of writing, edited by Charles Baxter. Each book examines a singular, but often assumed or neglected, issue facing the contemporary writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The art of series is meant to restore the art of criticism while illuminating the art of writing."--Page 4 of cover.

The art of daring : risk, restlessness, imagination / Carl Phillips.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: The art of daring : risk, restlessness, imagination / Carl Phillips.
Author: Phillips, Carl, 1959-
Call Number: PN140 .A7809
Description: The award-winning poet Carl Phillips's invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing. In six insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the craft of poetry, its capacity for making a space for possibility and inquiry. What does it mean to give shapelessness a form? How can a poem explore both the natural world and the inner world? Phillips demonstrates the restless qualities of the imagination by reading and examining poems by Ashbery, Bogan, Frost, Niedecker, Shakespeare, and others, and by considering other art forms, such as photography and the blues.

The art of syntax : rhythm of thought, rhythm of song / Ellen Bryant Voigt.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: The art of syntax : rhythm of thought, rhythm of song / Ellen Bryant Voigt.
Author: Voigt, Ellen Bryant, 1943-
Call Number: PN140 .A7804

Ecology and the environment / Russell K. Monson, editor.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: Ecology and the environment / Russell K. Monson, editor.
Call Number: QH541 .E26 2014
Description: In this book, plant biology is considered from the perspective of plants and their surrounding environment, including both biotic and abiotic interactions. The intended audience is undergraduate students in the middle or final phases of their programs of study. Topics are developed to provide a rudimentary understanding of how plant-environment interactions span multiple spatiotemporal scales, and how this rudimentary knowledge can be applied to understand the causes of ecosystem vulnerabilities in the face of global climate change and expansion of natural resource use by human societies. In all chapters connections are made from smaller to larger scales of ecological organization, providing a foundation for understanding plant ecology. Where relevant, environmental threats to ecological systems are identified and future research needs are discussed. As future generations take on the responsibility for managing ecosystem goods and services, one of the most effective resources that can be passed on is accumulated knowledge of how organisms, populations, species, communities and ecosystems function and interact across scales of organization. This book is intended to provide some of that knowledge, and hopefully provide those generations with the ability to avoid some of the catastrophic environmental mistakes that prior generations have made.

On becoming a teen mom : life before pregnancy / Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: On becoming a teen mom : life before pregnancy / Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black.
Author: Erdmans, Mary Patrice,
Call Number: HQ759.4 .E74 2015
Description: "In 2013, the New York City Public Health Department placed public service announcements on trains and buses and at transportation stops that showed photos of frowning or crying children saying such things as 'I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen' and 'Honestly, Mom ... Chances are he won't stay with you. What happens to me?' Campaigns like this support a public narrative that portrays teen mothers as threatening the moral order, bankrupting state coffers, and causing high rates of poverty, incarceration, and school dropout. These campaigns demonize teen mothers but tell us nothing about their lives before they became pregnant. In this myth-shattering and often deeply disturbing book, sociologists Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black tell the life stories of 108 brown, white, and black teen mothers. They expose the problems that cause distress in these young women's lives and that are often overlooked in pregnancy prevention campaigns. Some stories are tragic and painful, marked by child sexual abuse, partner violence, and school failure. Others are less devastating, depicting 'girl next door' characters whose unintended pregnancies expose their lack of contraception and unwillingness to abort. Offering a fresh critical perspective on the links between early childbirth and social inequalities, On Becoming a Teen Mom demonstrates how the intersecting hierarchies of gender, race, and social class shape the personal stories of young mothers"--Provided by publisher.

Pop culture panics : how moral crusaders construct meanings of deviance and delinquency / Karen Sternheimer.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: Pop culture panics : how moral crusaders construct meanings of deviance and delinquency / Karen Sternheimer.
Author: Sternheimer, Karen.
Call Number: HN90.M6 S74 2015
Description: "Moral panics reveal much about a society's social structure and the sociology embedded in everyday life. This short text examines extreme reactions to American popular culture over the past century, including crusades against comic books, music, and pinball machines, to help convey the "sociological imagination" to undergraduates. Sternheimer creates a critical lens through which to view current and future attempts of modern-day moral crusaders, who try to convince us that simple solutions--like regulating popular culture--are the answer to complex social problems. Pop Culture Panics is ideal for use in undergraduate social problems, social deviance, and popular culture courses"--

The voice of witness reader : ten years of amplifying unheard voices / edited and with an introduction by Dave Eggers.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: The voice of witness reader : ten years of amplifying unheard voices / edited and with an introduction by Dave Eggers.
Call Number: JC571 .V65 2015

A beautiful question : finding nature's deep design / Frank Wilczek.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: A beautiful question : finding nature's deep design / Frank Wilczek.
Author: Wilczek, Frank.
Call Number: QC6 .W55 2015
Description: Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question." With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry--harmony, balance, proportion--and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty, " but this is the deep logic of the universe--and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. As he reveals here, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that "all things are number, " to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth-century physics. Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. Yes: the world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.--From publisher description.

The hungry mind : the origins of curiosity in childhood / Susan Engel.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - August 11, 2015 - 5:40pm
Title: The hungry mind : the origins of curiosity in childhood / Susan Engel.
Author: Engel, Susan L., 1959-
Call Number: BF723.C8 E54 2015
Description: "A deeply researched ... exploration of what curiosity is, how it can be measured, how it develops in childhood, and how it can be fostered in school." --book jacket.
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