AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

Library News - February 4, 2016 - 3:48pm
As Google's head of artificial intelligence takes charge of search, deep learning is changing the way we search the internet, when using Google.
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Photography and the art of chance / Robin Kelsey.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 3, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Photography and the art of chance / Robin Kelsey.
Author: Kelsey, Robin, 1961-
Call Number: TR642 .K445 2015
Description: As anyone who has wielded a camera knows, photography has a unique relationship to chance. It also represents a struggle to reconcile aesthetic aspiration with a mechanical process. Robin Kelsey reveals how daring innovators expanded the aesthetic limits of photography in order to create art for a modern world.

February Book Display

Library News - February 3, 2016 - 10:21am
February 2016, Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation. Check out our Blog!
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Lord of the flies : a novel / by William Golding ; [introduction by Stephen King].

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - February 1, 2016 - 2:40pm
Title: Lord of the flies : a novel / by William Golding ; [introduction by Stephen King].
Author: Golding, William, 1911-1993.
Call Number: PR6013.O35 L6 2011
Description: In this novel, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued, and these schoolboys marooned on this tropical island revert to primitive savagery.

Maps for a fiesta : a latina/o perspective on knowledge and the global crisis / Otto Maduro ; edited and with an Introduction by Eduardo Mendieta.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2016 - 4:40pm
Title: Maps for a fiesta : a latina/o perspective on knowledge and the global crisis / Otto Maduro ; edited and with an Introduction by Eduardo Mendieta.
Author: Maduro, Otto, 1945-2013.
Call Number: BD165 .M26313 2015

Trees of the brain, roots of the mind / Giorgio A. Ascoli.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2016 - 4:40pm
Title: Trees of the brain, roots of the mind / Giorgio A. Ascoli.
Author: Ascoli, Giorgio A.
Call Number: QP363.3 .A83 2015

Genes : a very short introduction / Jonathan Slack.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2016 - 4:40pm
Title: Genes : a very short introduction / Jonathan Slack.
Author: Slack, J. M. W. (Jonathan Michael Wyndham), 1949-
Call Number: QH447 .S53 2014
Description: Explores the discovery, nature, and role of genes in evolution and development.

Functional inefficiency : the unexpected benefits of wasting time and money / Peter S. Wenz.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2016 - 4:40pm
Title: Functional inefficiency : the unexpected benefits of wasting time and money / Peter S. Wenz.
Author: Wenz, Peter S.
Call Number: HD5724 .W4176 2015
Description: "How can we reduce unemployment? As this insightful and counterintuitive book shows, the surprising answer is inefficiency. Some of the most labor-intensive sectors of the economy, the author notes, are also the most inefficient. But this inefficiency is functional--rather than impairing the economy, it bolsters employment and fosters economic growth. Technological progress increases efficiency and reduces the need for workers in manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and many services. So how do we keep people working? By maintaining inefficiencies in other areas, such as in our systems of transportation and healthcare. The author documents the waste of time and money in hospital systems, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, automotive travel, road construction, and road maintenance. These inefficiencies are tolerated because they provide a lot of jobs and promote economic growth, making them functional inefficiencies. Most of these inefficiencies can be reduced without increasing unemployment or impairing economic growth, the author claims, through increased investment in physical and human infrastructure. However, continued inefficiencies inherent in consumerism can't be eradicated without economic decline, making some inefficiency essential as well as functional. Functional Inefficiency offers a wealth of details and a unique analysis of our economic system, plus hope for our future prospects through reduced inefficiency"--

Asia inside out : connected places / edited by Eric Tagliacozzo, Helen F. Siu, Peter C. Perdue.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2016 - 4:40pm
Title: Asia inside out : connected places / edited by Eric Tagliacozzo, Helen F. Siu, Peter C. Perdue.
Call Number: DS5.9 .A74 2015
Description: "Asia Inside Out : Connected Places reveals the dynamic forces that have historically linked regions of the world's largest continent, stretching from Japan and Korea to the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Middle East. This volume highlights the transregional flows of goods, ideas, and people across natural and political boundaries--sea routes, delta ecologies, and mountain passes, ports and oasis towns, imperial capitals and postmodern cities. It challenges the conventional idea that defined geopolitical regions as land-based, state-centered, and possessing linear histories. Exploring themes of maritime connections, mobile landscapes, and spatial movements, the authors examine significant sites of linkage and disjuncture from the early modern period to the present. The chapters reveal how eighteenth-century pirates shaped the interregional networks of Vietnam's Tonkin Gulf, how Kashmiri merchants provided intelligence of remote Himalayan territories to competing empires, and how for centuries a vibrant trade in horses and elephants fueled the Indian Ocean economy. Other topics investigated include cultural formations in the Pearl River delta, global trade in Chittagong's transformation, gendered homemaking among mobile Samurai families, border zones in Qing China and contemporary Burma, colonial spaces linking India and Mesopotamia, transnational marriages in Oman's immigrant populations, new cultural spaces in Korean Pop, and the unexpected adoption of the Latin script by ethnically Chinese Muslims in Central Asia. The book shows the constant fluctuations over many centuries in the making of Asian territories and illustrates the confluence of factors in the historical construction of place and space"--Provided by publisher.

The long defeat : cultural trauma, memory, and identity in Japan / Akiko Hashimoto.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 29, 2016 - 9:40am
Title: The long defeat : cultural trauma, memory, and identity in Japan / Akiko Hashimoto.
Author: Hashimoto, Akiko, 1952-
Call Number: D744.7.J3 H37 2015
Description: "In The Long Defeat, Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Divisive war memories lie at the root of the contentious politics surrounding Japan's pacifist constitution and remilitarization, and fuel the escalating frictions in East Asia known collectively as Japan's "history problem." Drawing on ethnography, interviews, and a wealth of popular memory data, this book identifies three preoccupations - national belonging, healing, and justice - in Japan's discourses of defeat. Hashimoto uncovers the key war memory narratives that are shaping Japan's choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliation - for addressing the rising international tensions and finally overcoming its dark history." -- Publisher's description

The Handy English grammar answer book / Christine A. Hult.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 22, 2016 - 8:40am
Title: The Handy English grammar answer book / Christine A. Hult.
Author: Hult, Christine A.,
Call Number: PE1112 .H845 2016
Description: "Whether it's for a professional document, a school paper, an Internet blog, or something more personal, effective communication depends on clear, concise, and grammatically correct writing. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar rules can trip up anyone, while organization and word choice can make writing memorable--or banal. Whether you are writing a term paper, a scientific article, a resume, a business email, a text message, or presenting information in the social media, The Handy English Grammar Answer Book is an engaging guide to writing with clarity. It offers fundamental principles, grammar rules, and punctuation advice, as well as insights on writing for different occasions and audiences. From a brief history of the English language to the deconstruction--and explanation--of the different parts of a sentence, and from showing how to punctuate correctly to how to organize a well-argued essay, this easy-to-use reference answers nearly 500 questions and offers fun facts on the English language and its usage, including ... How did language begin?How did English become a language spoken worldwide?What is Middle English?How did Noah Webster affect the English language?What efforts have been made toward reforming spelling?Are there any language universals?What is an adverb?What is a compound sentence?What is a dialect?What is jargon?What is a noun?What is a split infinitive?What is passive voice and when should you avoid it?Why are English words so hard to spell?What is the i-before-e ruleHow do I use commas correctly in sentences?When should I use parentheses?How do I use capitalization on the Internet?When do I use that versus which ?What types of dictionaries are there?How do I find the right level of formality in my writing style?What is a sentence fragment?What is a misused modifier?Should I use its or it's?What is academic writing?What is the difference between primary and secondary research?How do I respect copyright laws?How do I use materials ethically on my own websites?What is plagiarism and how do I avoid it?How do I plan a structure for my term paper?How do I write an outline?How do I avoid writer's block?What is considered good essay form?How do I write business emails?Should I include personal data in a resume?What is netiquette ?How do I write an effective blog? For speakers and writers of all ages and skill levels, The Handy English Grammar Answer Book brings you straightforward explanations, tips on avoiding and fixing grammatical mistakes, as well as numerous examples of good writing. This helpful book includes an appendix of model papers, letters and sample writing for every occasion--from business or social communications to academic papers or Internet forums. Appendices on irregular verbs, idioms, homophones, prepositions, frequently misspelled words, wordy phrases, frequently confused word pairs, and other common mistakes bring a deeper understanding to readers. There is also a glossary of commonly used terms, a bibliography, and an index." --Publisher description.

Radium and the secret of life / Luis A. Campos.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 22, 2016 - 8:40am
Title: Radium and the secret of life / Luis A. Campos.
Author: Campos, Luis A.,
Call Number: QD181.R1 C36 2015

The politics of virginity : abstinence in sex education / Alesha E. Doan and Jean Calterone Williams.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 22, 2016 - 8:40am
Title: The politics of virginity : abstinence in sex education / Alesha E. Doan and Jean Calterone Williams.
Author: Doan, Alesha E., 1972-
Call Number: HQ35 .D63 2008
Description: The Politics of Virginity details what abstinence programs teach students, exposes the political and religious agendas behind such programs, and analyzes the damaging effects to women of the resurrection of the chastity belt: including sexual disempowerment, distorted power dynamics in relationships, increased vulnerability to sexual assault, increased emotional vulnerability, increased risk of unintended pregnancy, and STD/HIV infection. By focusing on the marriage of morality politics with gender politics and of ignorance with chastity that underlies abstinence-only education, the authors fill a major gap in the literature of reproductive politics and policy.

Beyond bullying : breaking the cycle of shame, bullying, and violence / Jonathan Fast.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 21, 2016 - 7:40am
Title: Beyond bullying : breaking the cycle of shame, bullying, and violence / Jonathan Fast.
Author: Fast, Jonathan,
Call Number: BF575.S45 F27 2016

Clean and white : a history of environmental racism in the United States / Carl A. Zimring.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 21, 2016 - 7:40am
Title: Clean and white : a history of environmental racism in the United States / Carl A. Zimring.
Author: Zimring, Carl A., 1969-
Call Number: GE230 .Z56 2015

The complete vegetarian cookbook : a fresh guide to eating well with 700 foolproof recipes / by the editors at America's test kitchen.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 21, 2016 - 7:40am
Title: The complete vegetarian cookbook : a fresh guide to eating well with 700 foolproof recipes / by the editors at America's test kitchen.
Call Number: TX837 .C5943 2015
Description: This vegetarian cookbook from the editors at America's Test Kitchen features 250 vegan and 500 gluten-free recipes. Each recipe is listed and identified as vegan, gluten-free or fast (less than 45 minutes from start to finish).

Digital Freedom Depends on the Right to Tinker

Library News - January 20, 2016 - 8:39pm
One of the most crucial issues in the fight for digital freedom is the question of who will control the hardware that you have in your home, in your pocket, or in your own body.
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Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics

Library News - January 20, 2016 - 6:27pm
A discussion of how we could balance making the most of genomic data and its benefits with reducing its risks to privacy.
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The Argument Against Copyright in Legal Codes

Library News - January 20, 2016 - 6:23pm
Model codes incorporated into law are not, and should not be, copyrightable.
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“One D*mn Slide After Another”: PowerPoint at Every Occasion for Speech : Computational Culture

Library News - January 20, 2016 - 5:58pm
"PowerPoint provides a common infrastructure, a template for the organization of speech, and for the logic of argumentation. As such, it shapes and produces the world. "
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