Archive for September, 2013
Think it can’t happen here? Even in Montana, books are routinely challenged. The Montana Library Association has put together a list of book challenges in the state. As recently as 2012, Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian was challenged in a Montana school district.
Professor Samantha Hines talks in today’s Banned Books Week Video about her favorite banned book, Where the Sidewalk Ends. Did you know that this is just one of a host of beloved children’s books banned across the United States? Check out this link to see what other classics have made the list. Is your favorite [...]
Professor Annie Belcourt talks about John Green’s Book “Looking for Alaska” in today’s Banned Book Week Video. Did you know that in 2009 Green took to his webpage to defend the same book against charges that it was ‘pornographic’? Check out his own defense of the book!
Ever wonder why books are banned or challenged? The American Library Association compiles data on censorship attempts and lists the following as main reasons for book challenges between 2000-2009: 1,577 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material; 1,291 challenges due to “offensive language”; 989 challenges due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”; 619 challenged due [...]
This week is Banned Books Week, and initiative of the American Library Association bringing attention to issues of censorship and the freedom to read. All week we’ll be highlighting information about BBW and featuring videos of members of the UM community talking about their favorite banned books. Today’s blog features Mansfield Library employees sharing some [...]
UM Professor Samir Bitar is helping lead a reading and discussion group at the Missoula Public Library on the topic of Muslim Journeys. Sponsored by Humanities Montana, in partnership with Missoula Public Library and Dillon Public Library, this scholar-led reading and discussion program is based on the Muslim Journeys bookshelf—a program jointly produced by the [...]
The new issue of Connections, a biannual newsletter published by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, is now available on-line. The library has made great strides in supporting UM students and faculty through new initiatives and programs that are aligned with the UM 2020 Strategic Goals.
What is your name and work title? Kate Zoellner, Associate Professor, Education, Human Sciences and Psychology Librarian, Assessment Coordinator What do you do in the library? I teach and develop online materials about research processes and resources (e.g., conducting a literature review, searching specialized databases) to further the research/teaching/learning of UM students/faculty/staff, particularly for members [...]
Name and work title: Nicole Dobrowolski, Conservation/Preservation Technician What do you do in the library? I repair books, pamphlets, maps, and other paper-based items so that they can continue to be used by patrons. When an item is damaged due to regular wear and tear, negligence, intentional vandalism, or even previous attempts at repair using [...]
Veterans, please meet in the Library Lobby Wednesday, September 11, noon-1:00pm for a library orientation and tour tailored to your individual questions.