Archive for September, 2008

Banned Books Online

Want to know more about banned books?  Check out Banned Books Online


“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go into your library and read every book.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mark Twain says …

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain

Are you up for the Banned Books challenge?

Stop by the Library and check out the display case.  Can you match the banned book with its description?

Banned Books Week – September 27 – October 4

From Christine Kujawa, Intellectual Freedom Chair for the North Dakota Library Association:

Banned Books Week is just around the corner.  This annual event reminds us not to take our freedom to read for granted.

ALA (American Library Association) explains that, “Banned Books Week (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.”

Banned Books 101

  • Intellectual freedom: The right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.
  • First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Protects several essential rights and civil liberties: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Challenge: An attempt to remove or restrict access to materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
  • Ban: The removal of challenged materials from the library.
  • Expression of Concern: An inquiry that has judgmental overtones.
  • Oral Complaint: An oral challenge to the presence and/or appropriateness of the material in question.
  • Written Complaint: A formal, written complaint filed with the institution (library, school, etc.), challenging the presence and/or appropriateness of specific material.
  • Public Attack: A publicly disseminated statement challenging the value of the material, presented to the media and/or others outside the institutional organization in order to gain public support for further action.
  • Censorship: A change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by a governing authority or its representatives.  Such changes include exclusion, restriction, removal, or age/grade level changes.

Celebrate your right to read!

Google Books and ODIN

Something new on the ODIN library catalog — ODIN library collections are now connected with Google Book Search.  When you search for a book or DVD or other materials in ODIN, the display will also show information about the book, and in many cases, a few snippets that lead you to additional information.  

For an example of how it works, search for this title in ODIN:  Dinner with a Cannibal.

Check it out!

Student Open Labs – Fall 2008

Because of the water problems in the Jack Science Center, the student open labs have been reorganized.


Jack Science Center (JSC) 307 is the new location for the student open labs, Monday through Friday.  Twenty-four of the 50 computers that were in JSC 120/122 (student open labs) were moved to JSC 307.

The BSC Library will host OPEN LAB hours on Sundays during Fall 2008 in Room 101HNote: The Library charges for printing (10 cents/page).  This charge WILL apply to the Sunday open lab.


JSC 307

  • Monday-Thursday — 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday — 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

BSC Library 101H

  • Sunday — 3 – 7 p.m.


JSC 307

Software installed on the RIGHT Side (12 computers)

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3.3
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
  • Derive
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • ExamGuard
  • ZoomText 9.1
  • Java SE Development Kit 6
  • JGrasp 1.8.4
  • Inspiration 7.5
  • Kidspiration 2

Software intalled on the LEFT side (12 computers)

  • AutoCad 2009
  • ArcGIS 9.13
  • ENVI 4.4
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
  • Derive
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • ExamGuard
  • ZoomText 9.1
  • Java SE Development Kit 6
  • JGrasp 1.8.4

Library 101H

Software available

  • AutoCAD 2009
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional
  • JavaSE Development Kit 6
  • JGrasp 1.8.4
  • ENVI 4.4
  • ArcGIS 9.3
  • Leica Extensions

Software NOT AVAILABLE in Library 101H

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3.3
  • Inspiration
  • Kidspiration
  • Derive
  • ExamGuard