Archive for February, 2008

Spring Break Hours

The BSC Library will observe these hours during spring break:

  • Saturday, March 1 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 2 — CLOSED
  • Monday, March 3 – Thursday, March 6 — 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, March 7  — 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 9 — 4 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy the break!

2008 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

The opening reception for the annual faculty exhibition will be held at the Gannon Gallery in the BSC Library on Tuesday, February 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Works by Michelle Lindblom, Brian Hushagen, Barb Jirges, and David Lewellyn include paintings, monotypes, drawings, jewelry, and mixed media.

The exhibit will run through March 30, 2008. 

Database Trials

The BSC Library has set up 30-day trials for two databases, Environment Complete and Literary Reference CenterPlease use these databases (available through March 12, 2008) and let us know what you think of them.

Database Descriptions

Access

To access the trial databases:

  • Under the Research button, choose Databases (Articles & More)
  • Choose EBSCOhost Research Databases.  The links for the trial databases are on the right-hand side of the screen.   Note:If you are using a non-campus computer, you will be prompted to authenticate to the system with your BSC Library card number (barcode on back of BSC photo ID) and your password (your last name).

Thank you for your help in evaluating these databases for possible addition to the Library’s collection of online library resources. 

Contact us at BSC.Library.Department@bsc.nodak.edu

Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services

My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

“He poked these knitting needles into my skull, through my eye sockets, and then swirled them around until he felt he had scrambled things up enough” (97).

December 15, 1960, at 12 years old, Howard Dully’s life changed forever.

On November 30, 1948, Howard was born to Rodney and June Dully.  Two more brothers followed, Brian and Bruce.  Bruce, the third child, was born brain-damaged.  June had been ill and 12 days after Bruce’s birth, died, never leaving the hospital.  Colon cancer, undiagnosed until after death, had grown unchecked within her.  Howard and Brian were without a mother.  Bruce would never live with them.  Four-year-old Howard Dully was told his mother would never come home again; she was gone.

Enter Lou in 1955 with her sons, Cleon and George.  Howard writes, “All I knew is one day she wasn’t there, and the next day she was” (18).  Known for her temper, Lou became the deciding factor leading up to the day Howard’s life changed.   On December 15, 1960, psychiatrist Walter Freeman poked ice-picks into Howard’s eye sockets, performing a transorbital lobotomy.

Lou had issues with Howard; she made it quite clear she wanted him out of the picture.  Lou shipped him off to stay with close friends, complained frequently to his father, Rodney, about Howard’s behavior, and finally took him to six psychiatrists to find out what was wrong and how to fix him.  The psychiatrists said, “Howard’s behavior was normal” (59).  Then Lou met Walter Freeman.

After the lobotomy, Howard was bounced around from psychiatric institutions to boarding schools, but never, permanently, to live with his brothers, father, and stepmother again.  After the lobotomy, after being in the system, Howard wants to know why this happened to him.  Why did he become one of Freeman’s youngest patients when six psychiatrists said that he was normal?

My Lobotomy is a careful step back for Howard on a subject that he has never discussed freely until now.  He writes and researches to find out “why” he deserved such an operation as a transorbital lobotomy and what happened to Freeman’s other patients.

“I’ve always felt different — wondered if something’s missing from my soul.” — Howard Dully, NPR

I highly recommend My Lobotomy: a Memoir, a disturbing read which made me question why Freeman was allowed to perform for so long unchecked such an invasive, horrible, mind-altering procedure.

For more information about the book and Howard Dully’s journey into his past, visit National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” for “My Lobotomy : Howard Dully’s Journey” at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5014080

Reviewed by Johanna McClay, Reference Librarian

This book is available at the BSC Library at RD 594 .D85 2007.  Check it out!

Presidents’ Day Hours

For the Presidents’ Day holiday, the BSC Library will observe these hours:

  •  Saturday, February 16 – Closed
  •  Sunday, February 17 – Closed
  •  Monday, February 18 – Open 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19, at 7:30 a.m.