Why Libraries & Librarians Matter

National Library Symbol A UC Berkeley report says that “New Chancellor Nicholas Dirks should spend more money on the library at the University of California, Berkeley, as its books, services and space will be more important than ever over the next two decades.”

Why?  Here are a few of the reasons given in the report:

Libraries, “both as places and services — will be more, rather than less critical to University research and teaching in the next 20 years.”

“Even with so much scholarly information appearing online … researchers need help sorting the wheat from the chaff … Paradoxically, the massive and largely unregulated expansion of scholarly materials and information on the Internet has made it more difficult for scholars to locate authenticated materials.”

The report is “wary of digitized collections such as those created by Google and academic publishers. University brains tend to think in terms of centuries; their counterparts in the private sector often plan by quarter or year.”

The report warns that “publishers are not reliable long-term stewards of scholarly information. Journals change hands, and publishers come and go.”

“For now, the report says, physical collections of books and journals are still the best way to preserve scholarly information for the long term, along with university-sponsored digital library projects including the Hathi Trust.”

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eBook of the Week

Stephen King’s It was #1 on the list of 50 scariest books of all time.

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“They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name …”

National Book Award Finalists Announced


2013 National Book Award Finalists Announced!

A few facts

  • The National Book Award was established in 1950 and is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit  organization.
  • The night before the Awards, each finalist receives a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation at a private medal ceremony.
  • No one, not even the Foundation staff, learns who the winners are until the day of the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner.  This year’s ceremony will be held on November 20 at Cipriani in New York City.
  • Each winner receives $10,000 and a bronze sculpture.
  • Last year’s winner in the fiction category was North Dakota’s own Louise Erdrich for The Round House.

October 16 – Art Reception & Opening Night for BSC Play, “Proof”

Art Reception
Gannon Gallery/BSC Library

Biennial BSC Alumni Art Exhibition
Artists: BSC/BJC Alumni

September 23 – October 25, 2013

Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 4-6 p.m.

 Features paintings, drawings, literature, sculpture, and photography created by Bismarck State College & Bismarck Junior College Alumni.

Mingle with the artists, enjoy the art, and have some refreshments at today’s reception in the BSC Library.


After the reception, head to the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium in Schafer Hall for the

opening night performance of Proof, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by David Auburn


Performances are Oct. 16-20 with shows starting at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through
Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.

This play carries a PG-13 rating for adult language. Children under age 5 are
not allowed in the theater. Tickets are $10. To reserve seats, call the box
office at 224-5511.  Free with current BSC ID.