September 24, 2016
by jkremer
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Banned Books Week, Sept 25 – Oct 1, 2016

Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Sept. 25 - October 1, 2016

See American Library Association's Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century!  How many have you read?

Of the 311 challenges to books recorded by the American Library Association in 2014, can you guess what the top 10 most challenged books were?  Click here for the answer.

Join us on the Lower Level of the Library to read a banned or challenged book during Banned Book Week!

Banned Books Display on Lower Level of Library

Banned Books Display on Lower Level of Library

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September 15, 2016
by jkremer
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Wall Street Journal – Get Free Access Now

DiMenna-Nyselius Library is excited to announce that online access to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is now available to the Fairfield University community. The Group Access effectively provides each Fairfield University student, faculty and staff an online subscription to the WSJ.com site (no more paywalls!). This service gives students, faculty and staff full access to WSJ.com and its mobile apps.

Instructions on how to create a WSJ account are at http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/specialaccess/wsj.  Instructions on how to also get the NY Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education are also available at http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/specialaccess/

If you have any questions or run into trouble, contact the Reference Desk at ext 2178 or reference@fairfield.edu.

 

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September 12, 2016
by jkremer
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The Human Library -Everybody has a story. What’s yours?

Credit: University of Essex

Credit: University of Essex

 

Consider becoming a Book for our upcoming Human Library event! The Human Library will be held at DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Nov. 9th from 2-5pm and Nov. 10th from 5-8pm.

What is the Human Library?

A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Students volunteer as human ‘books’. Participants in the event can ‘read’ the book- meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are students from all walks of life who have been stereotyped based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Fairfield community to share and understand the experiences of others in our community.

For more information on this event visit our website: https://www.fairfield.edu/humanlibrary or contact Jackie Kremer (jkremer@fairfield.edu), Barbara Ghilardi (bghilardi@fairfield.edu) or Chanel Ward (cward@fairfield.edu)

We would be happy to share further details about this event if you’d like or you can sign up at this link: https://orgsync.com/142311/forms/207998. Sign-up by Sept 26.

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August 31, 2016
by Brendan McNamara
Comments Off on “The Klondike Gold Rush” and “Gold Rush” on Kanopy

“The Klondike Gold Rush” and “Gold Rush” on Kanopy

Miners in the Klondike Gold Rush

Miners in the Klondike Gold Rush

This month marks the 130th Anniversary of the Great Klondike where miners discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River.  This prompted a mass migration of what is estimated to be over 100,000 prospectors, known by historians as the "stampede", in the following years in hopes of also discovering gold in the Alaskan wilderness.  Now, more than 100 years later, gold continues to be discovered in Alaska to the present-day.  In the Discovery Channel TV show, Gold Rush: Alaska, which has been running for six seasons, beginning in 2016, miners like Parker Schnabel and the Hoffman family operate large mines in Yukon territory in hopes of striking gold like the Klondike miners of the late 19th century.

Charlie Chaplin in "Gold Rush"

Charlie Chaplin in "Gold Rush"

The library’s streaming video services now offers a double perspective into the Gold Rush lifestyle.  PBS documentary The Klondike Gold Rush, led by Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates, chronicles the boomtown of Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory of Canada and “it's an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss” as it was a haven for miners during the difficult Klondike Gold Rush.  While also providing the facts, this documentary gives the personal anecdotes of the current Dawson City residents and digs through the legends, tales, and sagas of the Gold Rush.  However, if documentaries aren’t for you, you must certainly take a look Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush.  This hilarious masterpiece fictionalizes a prospector’s (Charlie Chaplin) journey to Alaska to strike gold.  Along the way however, the prospector’s dreams shift from finding gold to finding love.  This show not only is a sidesplitting romp but is a classic -- a must-see for film buffs.  (It is also available as a silent film, too!)

Be sure to check out these The Klondike Gold Rush and Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush.  Kanopy also offers more films from PBS, which can found by visiting: https://fairfield.kanopystreaming.com/category/supplier/pbs. Similarly, more Charlie Chaplin classics, such as the whimsical satire The Great Dictator are available by visiting: https://fairfield.kanopystreaming.com/video/silent-films-charlie-chaplin-harold-lloyd.

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