Posts on September 2016

Introducing the Design-o-Matic 4000!

The Design-o-Matic 4000 is the new art and information project from the Shapiro Design Lab. It houses a variety of stuff from both the Library and campus organizations (all free at the push of a few buttons) and we want your help filling it!

Celebrate Banned Books Week - September 25-October 1, 2016

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Celebrate Banned Books Week 2016 by exercising your freedom to read. For more than 30 years the American Library Association's Office Intellectual Freedom has been celebrating and protecting our freedom to read with Banned Books Week. With the library's strong support of intellectual freedom we provide collections that cover a diversity of perspectives and viewpoints. You can find most of the frequently challenged/banned books in our collection.

Habitual Offenders by Craig A. Monson

Cover of Habitual Offenders by Craig A. Monson

In Habitual Offenders, historian Craig A. Monson tells the true story of the murder of two former prostitutes turned nuns who fled from their convent in 17th century Italy. This is a compelling historical whodunit. Although it is non-fiction, it reads like a novel, with dialogue taken from the actual transcript of the trial of the prime suspects: the nuns' supposed lovers and the right-hand man of a powerful cardinal. Eventually, the web of intrigue stretches as far as Cardinal Mazarin...

A Future Librarian Rediscovers His Inner Tour Guide

Image of a yellow compass painted on the floor of the Hatcher Library’s North Stacks, with arrows pointing outward to the four directions.

If I wasn’t so psyched to be an academic librarian I’d definitely try my hand at tour guide. I love showing friends around my favorite places or leading my family through a new city while on vacation. It combines my love for education and natural inclination towards both showmanship and gregariousness. I’ve also never been accused of being shy or soft-spoken. That’s why I jumped at the chance to lead some of the hour-long parent tours of the Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries that are given...

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Cover of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR is a history of ancient Rome, from 753 BCE, the supposed date of its founding, to 212 CE, when the emperor Caracalla granted Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire. Historian Mary Beard combines the political history of Rome, with famous names such as Julius Caesar and Augustus, with the lives of ordinary people, including women and slaves. She writes in a compelling style that makes the history of ancient Rome come alive.


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