UT Banned Books Week Vigil

Please join the UT Department of Communication for their 13th Annual Banned Books Week Vigil this Thursday, September 30th in Room 2030 Sullivan Hall.  This will be an all day event.  Speakers from UT and the community include:

Marcia Suter, David Tucker, Tom Barden, Paul Many, Michael Miller, Glenn Sheldon, Renee Herberle, Carter Wilson, Larry Wilcox, Ben Pryor, UT President Lloyd Jacobs, Hasan Dudar and Jason Mack, Elaine Reeves, Sharon Barnes, Warren Woodbury, Risa Beth Cohen.

Snacks and coffee will be available all day, finger food at 11:30 a.m. and pizza at 4 p.m.

More details available at:  http://tinyurl.com/utbbw2010

Urban Fiction: It’s new, it’s popular, and it’s here!

Urban fiction is a fairly recent literary phenomenon which has been termed hip-hop, gangster, street fiction or ghetto lit as well. With urban areas as the setting, this literature is especially popular with younger African-Americans as the demand for novels authentically conveying the urban experience increased. For example, crime stories generally revolve around the often tragic choices and journeys some young men and women make into the less savory side of life. Yet, reading about the tragic lives of others can be a cautionary tale to those who wish to avoid suffering the same fate, and there are sub-genres such as Urban Christian fiction.

Many titles are controversial and considered risqué for younger readers.   Decide for yourself!   Experience the rich and diverse lives of friends and families, even strangers, as they struggle and thrive in the urban environment.  A full list of titles available through the University Libraries can be found by searching for the subject “Urban Fiction” in our library catalog.

The University Libraries will feature a display on Urban fiction during the first few weeks of Fall semester.  Please stop by the Carlson Library Information Commons to see what we have.  The Urban Fiction Brochure from the display has more information about the genre.   Books in the display may be checked out.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Get a head start on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at your University Libraries.  Traditionally celebrated in May each year, the University of Toledo got started a little early so that we could celebrate the heritage of people of Asian or Pacific Island ancestry before the end of the semester.  Stop by the exhibit table in Carlson Library to see what books and DVDs we have that explore the cultures of both the largest and smallest continents and the islands of the largest ocean, as well as the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Experiences:


Children’s and Young Adult books:

Arts & Literature:

Business & Economics:

Online Databases

UT Authors & Artist Exhibit: March 29 – April 30

The 2010 University of Toledo Authors and Artists Exhibit will be displayed March 29 through April 30 in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The exhibit will feature the works of nearly 200 UT faculty who have published books, journal articles or conference papers or have produced creative works in the past two years.   Begun in the 1950s, this annual exhibit allows the community a chance to see a large portion of the scholarly and creative output of our university faculty in one place.

photo courtesy of UTNews

APA Manual 6th Ed. contains errors

The first printing of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010) contained several errors in the text.  (Click for a PDF copy of the errors.)  The APA is offering purchasers of this printing to return/exchange their copy for a corrected second printing.  If you purchased a personal copy of this book when it came out, you may want to take advantage of this exchange. The University Libraries are in the process of returning our copies and hope to  soon have the corrected version on the shelves.   The library now has the corrected copies in our collections.

Wizard of Oz Anniversary

UT Libraries commemorate the 70th anniversary of the film The Wizard of Oz with several new purchases,

And if you’re a fan of Oz, you might enjoy Wicked, Son of a Witch, and Lion Among Men, best-selling contemporary stories about the world of Oz by Gregory Maguire.

Of course, we also have the original 1939 film of the Wizard of Oz as well as some of the original Oz books by L. Frank Baum.

Banned Books Week Vigil – Closing Books Closes Possibilities!

UT will celebrate the American Library Association Banned Books Week with a the 12th Annual Banned Books Week Vigil on Thursday, October 1st on the 2nd Floor of Sullivan Hall.  This day-long event will feature speakers from all over campus giving short, 20 minutes talks about topics relating to censorship and the freedom to read.  Door prizes will be given throughout the day.

The schedule of speakers for the day is:

  • 9 a.m.
    Welcome by Dr. Marcia Suter, University Libraries
    “Speech, Reading, and the Banning of Thoughts” – Dr. Jim Benjamin, Communication Dept.
  • 9:30  a.m.
    “Radical Islamists and Fear of Radical Islamists – Both are Significant Threats to Free Speech”, Dr. Douglas Oliver, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Dept.
  • 10 a.m.
    “When Censorship Goes Soft:  The Case of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & the Publication of ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich'”, Dr. Larry Connin, Honors Program
  • 10:30 a.m.
    “We Are Strangers”, Mr. Warren Woodbury, Toledo author
  • 11  a.m.
    “1984:  From Orwell to Amazon”, Dr. Paul Many, Communication Dept.
  • 11:30 a.m.
    Dr. K & The IC Players [Dr. Paulette Kilmer, Communication Dept., and journalism students]
  • 12 noon
    Keynote Speaker: “Book Burning in Nazi Germany”, Dr. Larry Wilcox, History Dept.
  • 1 p.m.
    “Censorship, Dissent & Etiquette”, Dr. Ben Pryor, Philosophy Dept.
  • 1:30  p.m.
    “Remembering Judith Krug:  Librarian & Founder of Banned Books Week”, Ms. Elaine Reeves, University Libraries
  • 2 p.m.
    “Indecency in Broadcasting:  Why Bother?” Dr. David Tucker, Communication Dept.
  • 2:30  p.m.
    “The Politics of Bad Ideas”, Dr. Carter Wilson, Political Science Dept.
  • 3 p.m.
    Jeopardy with Mr. Brian Hickam & Ms. Elaine Reeves, both University Libraries.
  • 3:30  p.m.
    “Censoring Bob Dylan in the Sixties”, Dr. Tom Barden, Honors Program
  • 4 p.m.
    “Feminism Does Not Equal Censorship:  Toward a Feminist Politics of Representation”, Dr. Renee Heberle, Political Science Dept.
  • 4:30 p.m.
    “Homosexuality in Children’s Books”, Dr. Sharon Barnes, Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs
  • 5 p.m.
    “The Story of Giles Corey”, an original poem by Dr. Glen Sheldon, Interdisciplinary Studies & Special Programs

This event received the financial support of the UT Communication Department, with food and door prizes sponsored by Barry’s Bagels, Curb’s Candles, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, People Called Women, the Westgate Rite Aid Pharmacy, The Toledo Free Press, UT Business Technology, UT Career Services, UT Bookstore, UT- MCO Credit Union, UT Starbucks, Glacity Theater Collective and UT Theatre Department.

Popular Textbooks on Reserve at Carlson Library

Carlson Library has new textbooks available on reserve for this Fall. We have texts available for selected classes in Economics, Math, Chemistry, Psychology, and more. Textbook reserves can be checked out for 2 hours and may not be taken from the library. To find out if we have the book for your class, stop by the circulation desk or call us at 419-530-2323, or use the form below to look up your course number: