Library stuff: September 2008 Archives
This week, September 27 to October 4, is the ALA event, "Banned Books Week." From that site:
Banned Books Week... is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted... BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.
I took the list of "100 Most Challenged Books, 1990-2000" and put it into a WorldCat.org list of the same name [Note: when a series, like the "Harry Potter" books was given, I opted to just add the first book as a placeholder for the entire series].
As I went through the list adding items, I was struck by a fairly consistent set of themes among the challenged items. Books about sex, race, scary things (ghosts, psychic powers, magic) and adolescence (or some combo thereof) seemed to show up more than anything. Though, for many of us, adolescence and horror may have had some natural overlap...
I'm not a librarian, and have been in the industry only about 3.5 years. Perhaps somebody with more experience could explain to me in the comments why "Where's Waldo?" is on the list.
Being a fan of high-density linking, I exported my WorldCat.org list to HTML, put it into a Google Docs page, and deleted everything but the title names and links. That's what's pasted in after the jump. If you'd like to put it on your blog or web site to help promote the event, just view the page source and copy/paste the whole block.
If you’re a teacher or librarian and you want a free copy of Content, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the name and address of your school. It’ll be posted below by my fantastic helper, Olga Nunes, so that potential donors can see it.
If you enjoyed the electronic edition of Content and you want to donate something to say thanks, check below to find a teacher or librarian you want to support. Then go to Amazon, BN.com, or your favorite electronic bookseller and order a copy to the classroom, then email a copy of the receipt (feel free to delete your address and other personal info first!) to email@example.com so that Olga can mark that copy as sent. If you don’t want to be publicly acknowledged for your generosity, let us know and we’ll keep you anonymous, otherwise we’ll thank you on the donate page.
Very cool idea. Once I've read the book (I've read some of the essays already over the years, and assume the rest will be as good), I'll get a review up on WorldCat.org and let y'all know.
- Main book page for "Content..."
- Free PDF of the entire book
- WorldCat.org entry for "Content..."
- WC Identities page for Cory
So when I posted an entry about the Internet Resources Icon a few months back, it turned into a much bigger UI project on our end. We decided to just revamp the way we display our icons all together.
We installed the new icons in early September, so you may see new icons appearing that weren't previously on worldcat.org, such as ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, video games, audiobooks on tape, and toys. It's a rather manual process to identify these new types, so an ongoing effort is underway to refine our definitions so that we are displaying what is most meaningful to our worldcat.org user. You may see these new icons and types gradually being introduced into the different parts of worldcat.org as we complete this effort. If you have any comments on the icons and types that we added to worldcat.org, please send them our way!