Don’t miss it! Spend Wednesday (April 25) with Max Brooks

Author Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, is completely dedicated to raising awareness on the issue of Zombie survival. His 2007 New York Times bestseller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, soon to be made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt, tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. Publishers Weekly called the novel “surprisingly hard to put down.” Brooks’ latest release, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, is the graphic novel that fans demanded.

Brooks worked for the BBC in Great Britain and East Africa and is a former writer for Saturday Night Live. He lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle, and their miniature dachshund, Maizey.

Brooks will be at BSC on Wednesday, April 25, at noon to lead a “Dead Man Writing Class.”  This will be a bring-your-own-lunch writing discussion in the Prairie Room, Student Union.  This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by BSC’s Visiting Writers Series and ArtsQuest.

At 7:30 in the evening, Brooks will be at the Belle Mehus Auditorium presenting 10 Lessons to Survive a Zombie Attack.

Check out these books by Max Brooks from the BSC Library: – Web Bookmarks

 Do you know about Delicious? Originally founded in 2003 as a social bookmarking service, “Delicious helps you find cool stuff [on the web] and collect it for easy sharing.”

The BSC Library uses Delicious to bookmark great web sites.  We organize the bookmarks into subject bundles and tag them.  Stacks also help you zero in on topics of particular interest.

The link for BSC Library’s Delicious bookmarks is on the right-hand side of this screen.  Do some exploring and check back often.

We’re always adding something new and delicious!

Wikipedia – Take It with a Grain of Salt

To take a statement with ‘a grain of salt’ means accepting it while maintaining some skepticism about it’s truth.

This piece of advice is something to keep in mind if you choose to use Wikipedia.  To learn more about the problems with sources like Wikipedia, read this article about errors on Wikipedia.

To avoid the problem, we recommend you use trustworthy and credible resources like the BSC Library’s databases!

World War Z by Max Brooks

Despite loving the movie Shaun of the Dead and tuning into every episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I haven’t thought of myself as being part of the wave of “zombie mania” that seems to have taken hold of so many.  Well … time to rethink.

I recently read World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. I confess that I read it out of a sense of obligation (it was one of the top three picks for the 2013 Campus Read and as a committee member, I wanted to do my duty) vs. a real interest in the book. Oh my goodness! What a great read! There’s a reason it’s been a bestseller and a reason you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or its title or its subject).

World War Z grabbed my attention from the first page. Written in the style of an investigative report through a series of  first-person interviews with survivors of the Zombie War, it chronicles an epic battle that came close to wiping out the world as we know it.

Read this book! Even if you don’t care about zombies.

— Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services

P.S.  Author Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft) will be at the Belle Mehus on April 25 as part of BSC’s ArtsQuest celebration and the BSC Visiting Writers Series.  He will also be doing a “Dead Man Writing Class” (a bring-your-own-lunch writing discussion) at noon that day in BSC’s Student Union Building, Prairie Room.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Don’t miss out!

World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21

World Creativity and Innovation Week is an annual celebration of our ability to:

  • come up with new ideas
  • use imagination
  • make new decisions to make the world a better place
  • make our own place in the world better

World Creativity and Innovation Week begins on April 15, the anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s birth in 1452.

For more information to feed your mind, check out the Dive into World Creativity & Innovation Week 2012 LibGuide.

Leonardo da Vinci was a man whose mind knew no bounds.  For a glimpse of his creative genius, check out these images from the Library’s  Britannica Image Quest database, a source of more than two million images that cover every subject imaginable and are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.

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eBook Extravaganza!

BSC students, faculty, and staff were invited to celebrate National Library Week by learning how to download ebooks from our collections. Many took advantage of the opportunity!  The winner of our Sony eReader door prize was BSC student Dominic Marks.  Congratulations, Dominic!

For those of you who couldn’t come to the Wednesday workshop, there are some other options:

  1. Attend an upcoming ebook workshop.  We plan to offer them again in the coming months.
  2. Check out this LibGuide on eBooks & eAudiobooks.
  3. Go to our eBooks & eAudiobooks Databases page to find more guides, tutorials, and other help.
  4. Talk to us!  Call or email us, stop by, or set up an individual appointment to get some help.

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week

#10. Memorize the Library of Congress classification system.

#9.  Find a picture of Mike McCormack (in his younger years) in the Mystic Memories collection. [Note: We recommend using Mozilla Firefox and downloading the PDF files for the best viewing experience.]

#8. Run through the library with scissors, screaming, while looking for the book Running with Scissors: a Memoir

#7. After being shushed by the librarian, sit quietly and contemplate the art exhibit at the Gannon Gallery/BSC Library.

#6. Find out where and why The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has been banned or challenged.

#5. Stump the librarian.  Ask a tough reference question.

#4. Get creative with date due stamps and a stamp pad!

#3. Count the number of databases available to you through the BSC Library.

#2. Check out a book or download an ebook.

#1. READ!

National Library Week 2012

April 8-14

You Belong @ Your Library!

eBook Extravaganza! TODAY, April 11

Get thee to the Library!

Today’s the day to learn how to download ebooks from the Library’s collections to your computer and other devices.

It’s National Library Week!  You Belong @ Your Library!

Celebrate with us by learning how to download eBooks from the Library’s collections to your computer and other devices

eBook extravaganza!

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Times:  9 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., & 4 p.m.

Location: BSC Library, Information Skills Classroom (Library Lab), Room 101

Join us for one of the hour-long sessions!

If you have one, bring your mobile device, eReader, laptop, or tablet PC with you.

[Note: Make sure your device has the most current software updates.]

Bring your BSC Library Access Number (14-digit barcode number on the back of your BSC photo ID).  If you don’t have a BSC photo ID, we can take care of that at the Library, too.

Door prize: Sony Digital Book Reader (One entry per participant)

Open to current BSC Students and Employees

You Belong @ BSC Library!

National Library Week 2012, April 8-14