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Open for learning!

Open for learning!

There are all types of databases – some for books, some for articles, some for newspapers, some for videos, and some for references. Some focus on controversies, and some specialize in a contiguous historical record. Many of these databases are expensive, costing many hundreds or thousands of dollars to license and use. That content does have a tremendous amount of value and authors need to be compensated for it. However, many authors are willing to forgo any type of compensation, because they believe everyone should have access to this type of intellectual inquiry. So, a lot of writers make their work available for free on the internet. These are generally posted with an open access license, such as Creative Commons. … Continued
World Book Night

World Book Night

The book I chose this year is Rebecca Lee’s Bobcat and Other Stories—I chose this collection of short stories because I believe that short stories are a wonderful genre to use to get new or not so avid readers interested in literature. Lee creates a variety of interesting characters in her work that present the reader with all kinds of questions on what it means to be human, and I think there is a story in her collection for every reader. I chose to be involved in World Book Night because I believe that a love of reading is crucial for success in almost every discipline. Reading is a fundamental part of our experience as humans, and an invaluable tool … Continued
Up From Bondage

Up From Bondage

We work hard today to combat discrimination, promote equality, and protect human dignity.  It’s a task that is never truly done, and requires constant diligence.  But it is a task that has seen great successes, and our world has been strengthened and improved.  So, from our own experiences, it can be hard to comprehend a time in which the law of the land declared African Americans as only three fifths of a person, and a black person could be beaten or killed with impunity for disobedience. At that time, an attempt at escape represented a risk almost unimaginable in our modern world.  Stories of the bravery of slaves risking their lives, and law-breaking abolitionists sheltering them on the ‘Underground Railroad’, … Continued
Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of Reading

If someone said to you, “give me 10 minutes and I’ll give you 20 books” would you do it?  From now until January 5th you do indeed have a free books opportunity!  The IU East Campus Library is again serving as a distribution site for World Book Night and your participation is needed.  World Book Night will give you a set of 20 books to distribute to adults in our community.  Simply go to this website: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org and apply to be a book giver.  They will want to know where you intend to give the books, to whom and why you want to participate in World Book Night.  Once your application is accepted, the books will arrive at the Campus Library … Continued