Archive for May, 2011

Summertime & the livin’ in easy … AND the Library is still here for you!

Summer hours will begin at the BSC Library on Monday, May 16, and end on Friday, August 5.  

  • 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Monday-Friday
  • Closed — Saturday & Sunday

Access to the ODIN Library catalog and Library Databases available 24/7.

  • Visit us in person or online to ask a question or get help. 
  • Check out or download a book, a DVD or video, or a CD.  
  • Search the databases for magazine and journal articles, music, video, and more.  

We are here to help you with your information needs all year round!

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The Ears Have It

Over the past decade, audiobook sales have grown steadily.  The Audio Publishers Association (APA) estimates the size of the industry, based on dollars spent by consumers and libraries, to be in the $900 million range.  With the growth of digital download, audiobooks will likely become even more popular.

The BSC Library currently has a collection of nearly 1,000 audiobooks in a variety of formats (from cassette tapes to CDs to digital audio).  We continue to add audiobooks all the time.  A search of the Classic Version of the ODIN catalog is the best way to find what we have.  Enter “alldocuments” (no spaces) in the “search for” box; leave the “search type” box at the “keyword(s) anywhere” default ; and, in the “Limit Search” box, choose Audio Books from the drop-down menu.

How do you know what’s worth a listen?   The annual Audie Awards, a competition to recognize excellence in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment, is one way to find quality recordings.  The 2011 Audie Award winners, including the 2011 Audiobook of the Year, will be named on May 24 at a gala at the TimesCenter in New York City.  

Good listening!

Everything You Wanted to Know about Otto von Bismarck

Want to know more about Bismarck’s namesake, Otto von Bismarck?  Check out the Library’s copy of Jonathan Steinberg’s new book, Bismarck: a Life (DD 218 .S795 2011). 

A starred review in Publishers Weekly (January 17, 2011), said: 

“For over two decades the study of Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898) has been structured by the seminal multivolume works of Lothar Gall and Otto Pflanze. Steinberg (Yesterday’s Deterrent), a professor of modern European history at the University of Pennsylvania, brings a fresh perspective to the subject in a single volume whose insights and presentation make it no less canonical than its predecessors. Steinberg’s Bismarck is a man whose power came not from the external “forces and factors,” as stated by Gall and Pflanze, but from “the sovereignty of an extraordinary, gigantic self.” He embodied Hegel’s concept of a world-historical figure: shaping events and people by the potency of his intellect, the force of his character, and the strength of his will. Yet Steinberg demonstrates that Bismarck’s rise and survival depended on his relationship to King William I. Serving as prime minister at the pleasure of William I, Devoid of any principle beyond the exercise of power, defining politics as struggle in domestic and international contexts, he singlehandedly “brought about a complete transformation in the European international order.” As Steinberg relates, he fostered enmity in order to resolve conflict. The results were a restless Reich, an antagonistic Europe, and eventually a world war.”

Figments of Imagination Reading

You are invited …

Figments of Imagination Reading

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 –  BSC Library – 5 p.m.

The 2011 issue of Figments of Imagination will be unveiled at the BSC Library on Tuesday, May 3, at 5 p.m. 

We invite you to attend the reading, pick up a free copy of Figments, and enjoy some refreshments. 

Figments of Imagination is published each spring and is BSC’s literary and visual art journal.  Students who contributed poetry and prose pieces to Figments will read from their works, and students who contributed artwork will talk about their creations.