It was only a few generations ago that people believed the future held an energy revolution. Speculative science fiction was filled with pictures and stories of people flying around with their own private jet packs, people going to moon for vacation, or living in cities up in the clouds.
That didn’t quite happen.
We did, however, have a computer and information revolution. From the first room-sized computer to our smaller and more efficient smartphones, tablets, and e-readers, our computing and information power is something that earlier generations hadn’t fully imagined. We may not be able to zip around in jet packs, but we can look up celebrity profiles and Congressional laws with equal aplomb.
However, with so much information available at our fingertips, we run into a different kind of problem: how do we sort through this vast amount of data and separate what is fact from a credible source and what is simply someone’s opinion?
Welcome to Information Literacy Awareness month!
This week the library focuses on learning how to sift through and critically evaluate the vast amounts of data at our fingertips. Understanding these processes will not only give you a leg up on your research paper writing, it will also help you to make informed decisions about the issues that you care about.
Stop by the Northwest Vista Library and check out our resources!
They said we shouldn’t read that. They said we couldn’t read that! They said it was indecent, immoral, it was not suitable for children, teenagers, adults — or basically, people.
and read it anyway.
Welcome to Banned Books Week at the Northwest Vista Library!
Come and browse our collection of books that were deemed not suitable by people we have never met! They claimed to be your everyday concerned parent or administrator – but were they really?
This week’s banned book collection will also include books that were challenged, but not officially censored — terrible, horrible, awful books like Harry Potter.
Wait, what? Harry Potter??
What could be so terrible about a kid that gets raised by an abusive aunt and uncle, only to discover that he has magical powers and is destined to fight the biggest bad of the wizarding community before he ever graduates high school?
For those of you not content with merely browsing our forbidden fare, we are also offering a once in a lifetime photo op with the banned/challenged book of your choice. Your image can live forever in the dark annals of the inter-webs as an odious reader of immorality!
Or, you know, we’ll just keep them in our break room.
And for those of you who loved our Hispanic Heritage Month display, don’t despair! Our wonderful display is still up, it’s just moved over to our reference section.
Stop by anytime!
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!
This month celebrates all the incredible contributions to our society by Hispanic and Latin Americans.
We’ve been celebrating all week here at the library and have put out a rather impressive display (if we do say so ourselves) of books, movies, and CD’s celebrating Hispanic and Latin heritage.
We’ve even got a piñata! (But please don’t hit him –we promised his mother to have him home at a reasonable hour.)
Our resources cover all aspects of Hispanic American culture – food, music, art, literature, politics, religion and much more. If you’re still curious and our wonderful display just doesn’t quite do it for you, you can do a catalog search for “Hispanic Americans” and get over 300 results!
Feeling particularly proud of your Hispanic/Latin heritage (and why wouldn’t you)? Swing by our interactive display and take a look at our world map. You can see where your fellow students hale from and even display your own heritage!
And in case that still isn’t enough you can check out some of these great online resources from our Databases. Access them from anywhere 24/7!
Latinas and Latinos in the United States – from U.S. History in Context
Bill Moyer’s interview with leading Latino-American journalists – from Films On Demand
Visit the NVC Library anytime for these great resources!
(You know, during business hours)
Fotoseptiembre , which is a community based photography festival, is in full force this month in and around San Antonio. Founded here in San Antonio, it celebrates a wide variety of photographers. Check out the Fotoseptiember website for a schedule of events.
The library has a Fotoseptiembre display for the month as well featuring a selection of our photography books that you are welcome to check out and get inspired by. There are also copies of the schedule of events around the city.
In addition to out print resources we have a great variety of photography collections in our online database Artstor. Here is a guide to highlights of the collections and how to search within Artstor. You have access to Artstor 24/7.
It is the first day of school and the library is open and ready for all of you! Please feel free to stop by and use the computers, get a coffee in the cafe, check out some books to read or stop the Reference Desk for an orientation to our online databases. We are happy to help you in any way we can!
We are located right in the middle of campus in the Redbud Learning Center on the first floor. Come and explore all our library has to offer!
If you want to check out a book,
read a reserve textbook,
or use a group study room, go to
The Circulation Desk.
If you need help with printing,
using a copier, or computer applications,
go to The Computer Desk.
And if you need help with research,
finding print and online resources,
or using the online Library Modules,
visit The Reference Desk.
We also have a new Quiet Study Area with plenty of desks and lots of quietness…
Happy Summer Everyone! More coming soon!
- Tomorrow there is a writing workshop at 2 PM in MZH 203.
- Next Tuesday at 11 AM in MZH 203, Laura Thompson (former District 120 Texas State representative) will discuss women in politics and political self-efficacy.
The library has ongoing displays with featured books and DVDs to celebrate.
And, bring in some women’s hygiene products to donate any time this month. There are blue boxes in most of the buildings on campus (two in the library)! All donations will go to Haven for Hope.
September 25 – October 1 is Banned Books Week – the week that we celebrate all the freedom we have read anything we want, completely unrestricted! However, there are still many people who would like certain books to not be available due to what they consider controversial or unacceptable ideas found in them — hard to believe that even in this day and age this is happening! There were many books that were challenged in 2015 , some of which we have here in our library at NVC.
Stop by the library this week and see our incredible Banned Book interactive display where you can have your mugshot taken while reading a banned book! #bannedbooksweek2016
We are also going to have a banned books scavenger hunt starting tomorrow (Tuesday) — come and hunt for clues that will lead you all the banned books we have in our library collection!
Plus tons of other great displays and of course the chance to actually check out and read a banned book!
ca. 1990 — The signatures at the bottom of the Constitution of the United States of America. — Image by © Joseph Sohm/Visions of America/Corbis
229 years ago today, on September 17th, 1787 our founding fathers signed the United States Constitution — Constitution Day is celebrated every year nationwide as a way to mark that momentous occasion.
Stop by the library and see our interactive display and learn a little bit more about our wonderful nation’s Constitution!
Also you can stop by Huisache Hall for a Constitution Day event with free cupcakes and voter registration forms!
Take this time to make sure you are ready to vote in the upcoming presidential election in November — we have Texas Voter Application forms at the Reference Desk too — you just need to make sure you get registered at least 30 days before the general election date — check here for deadlines
Here are some great resources to make sure you are informed voter – go check them out!
A great website for all information relating to voting in Texas and also how to register online: http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/
Factual, non-partisan information on politicians — http://votesmart.org/
Watch government live, U.S. House and Senate proceedings with no editing on C-Span: https://www.c-span.org/
Great source for unbiased, non-partisan information on controversial issues, which this election definitely is! http://2016election.procon.org/
The classic site devoted to inspiring young people to exercise their constitutional right to vote — Rock the Vote
Want to double-check the validity of what the candidates are saying? Go to factcheck.org – this website is a “nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
Want to learn more about any of the issues being debated in the elections – go to some of our online databases like Points of View Reference Center, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Facts on File: Issues & Controversies — credible reliable information through your campus library is available 24/7 !!
So GO OUT & VOTE! and come by the library if you want to learn even more!
Feeling a bit frazzled?
Then come to the library this Saturday from 9-12 to unwind with some board games! Test out some brand new games or some old favorites. Challenge a friend (or the librarian). Nothing kicks stress/frazzle butt like a good fist shake!