New Books for the Political Season

These books about politics in the U.S. are new to the Trinity library collection:

+-+719046964_70People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

HC106.84 .M3973 2016

The authors argue that disruptive effects of technology on employment along with the rise of political power of a small number of wealthy individual and corporations have created a “citizenless democracy” where few people feel their vote matters, and that “the essential economic issues of the time are not the essential political issues of the times.”. They call for new thinking to address the problems, such things as revitalized public education, worker cooperatives and shorter work weeks.

Contents: Introduction: welcome to the future — Into the maelstrom — A jobless economy? — Citizenless democracy — Democratic infrastructure — Overcoming the democratic disconnect — A democratic agenda for a digital age — Statistical appendix / R. Jamil Jonna.

 

content Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law by David Cole

KF384 .C65 2016

Contents: The vision — A marathon, not a sprint : Vermont — One step forward, how many back? Massachusetts — A victory lost and regained : California — Losing forward : Maine — The end game : Windsor and Obergefell — One state at a time — Revisionist history — Federal forums — Supreme recognition — People power — “Completely hopeless” — Korematsu’s legacy — At home abroad — Messages and messengers — Transformative transparency — The Obama difference.

 

+-+782944364_70Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP by Jeff Nesbit

JK2391.T43 N47 2016

Contents: An Unholy Alliance — The Playbook — A Critical Bridge: Ron Paul and the “Patriot” Movement — Smedley Butler, a Fascist Coup, and the American Liberty League — What Drives Charles Koch? — The Man Behind the Curtain — Why David Koch Never Loses — Tobacco Documents Trail — COFIRE — Enough Is Enough — Allied Forces — CART — Get Government off Our Back — The Tobacco Strategy — A Road Map for Antigovernment Anger — Mobilization Universe — The Quarterback — Seamless Transition — Sleight of Hand — Five Pillars — The Sam Adams Alliance — Propaganda “Dressed Up as Journalism” — Capturing the States — Structure of Social Change — A Blueprint Years in the Making — Winning.

 

Or try one of these novels:

+-+905961374_70 Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Tells the story of a bounty hunter in an alternative present where the U.S. Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the “hard four” states.

+-+527264474_70 The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear by Stuart Stevens

PS3569.T4532 I56 2016

A satire about a campaign manager for a sitting vice president at a Republican convention with a right-wing, populist candidate.

 

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Banned Books Week

Banned books wrapped in brown paper

September 25-October 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read as well as an opportunity to raise awareness about censorship. This year, we’re marking the occasion by selecting a number of frequently challenged and banned books in our collection, wrapping them in brown paper, labeling them with the reasons they have been challenged, and hiding them around the library.

If you see one of these paper-wrapped books, bring it to the circulation desk for a candy reward! We’ll also keep track of how many books you return over the course of the week. Top scorers will receive a paperback book of their choice from any list of challenged/banned books. Happy hunting!

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Trinity scholarship in the Digital Repository

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Trinity College faculty and students are rich producers of academic and creative publications, and much of this work is openly available online from our Digital Repository.  The goal of the Repository is to capture, preserve, and provide access to “all things Trinity.”

The Faculty Scholarship section includes articles published in journals and magazines. Since publisher policies vary, some of the articles are provided in their manuscript version, rather than the final published edition. A resource called Sherpa/Romeo tracks nearly every major publisher policy so that libraries and authors can obtain guidance on the legal use of previously-published articles. Trinity faculty who deposit their work in the Repository receive readership statistics and increased visibility of their work.

The Repository also collects senior theses. Graduating seniors may opt to archive their thesis or final project in the Repository and choose whether to allow unrestricted or campus-only access. The Repository also provides a permanent URL to use on resumes or job applications.

To submit material to the Repository, please get in touch with Amy Harrell, Digital Projects Librarian.

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Books from Today’s New York Times

Today’s NYTimes contains a book review for Trainwreck: the Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear. This book is not yet available, but is on order at our CTW partner Wesleyan University, and once in you may have it sent to you here at Trinity.

Other books mentioned in the article are available at Trinity now:

 

 

 

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New Staff

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Joelle Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

This summer we were thrilled to welcome Joelle Thomas to our staff as Information Services’ new User Engagement Librarian.  Joelle most recently was the User Experience & Media Technologies Librarian at the University of Connecticut Storrs. In that role Joelle was a leader in using evidence-based practice to improve user services, including an ethnographic study of undergraduate research practices and an observational study of how people used spaces in the main library. At Trinity, Joelle will provide research consultations and instruction in several First Year Seminars, serve as liaison to Language and Culture Studies, and as a selector for materials in Women, Gender and Sexuality.

User Engagement is a new position for us, and we created it very purposely to ensure that we are listening to the Trinity community and designing services aimed at improving their experiences with the library and technology at Trinity. We’ll intend to call on her expertise with user studies and online interfaces to help us improve our library digital and physical services. That is already starting to happen. Joelle has been reaching out to the undergraduates, asking them for their ideas on how to improve our small leisure reading collection. She is also working with other staff to create a series of focus groups around the undergraduate experience doing research.

Joelle’s office is on the A level of the library, in Room A36 near the other Research Services librarians. Stop by and say hi!

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Faculty Publications Reception

A display of new faculty publications

This Tuesday, September 20th, Trinity College will be hosting a reception to honor faculty members who have published a new monograph or edited a collection as well as those who have been awarded grants to pursue their scholarship.

The celebration will begin immediately after Tuesday’s Faculty Meeting and will be held in the 1823 room, on Level 2 of the library.

Come celebrate our colleagues’ continuing tradition of cutting-edge scholarship!

 

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Help Us Grow Our Leisure Reading Collection

Need something to read on vacation? Want a break from textbooks and academic articles? We want to fill those shelves with books you enjoy, and you can help us by making suggestions. Let us know what authors, titles, and genres we’re lacking, and we’ll take care of the rest.

You can leave suggestions on sticky notes on the whiteboard in the 24-hour zone on Level A or on the big whiteboard in the Reading Room on Level 1, right next to the graphic novels.

We’re looking forward to building a great collection with you!

Lounging person reading a book.CC BY-NC-ND by Joe St.Pierre

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Outage for off-campus access to databases

On Wednesday June 22nd at 8:00am, off-campus access to databases will be down due to system maintenance of the EZproxy server. We anticipate this will last no more than one hour.

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Library Exam Period Notes

Over reading days and exams (May 4th-13th), the library will have additional 24 hour study space available on Levels 2 and 3 in the south reading room.  This will be in addition to the normal 24 hour spaces below it on Levels 1, A, and B.

Also note that the library will be closed to visitors during this period.

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Upload your Senior thesis

Finished your senior thesis? Upload it to the Trinity College Digital Repository and get the most out of your work !

Get Noticed 
Works in the Trinity College Digital Repository get picked up by Google and other research tools. Other students and faculty will see the great work you’ve done!

Get Hired
Once your work is uploaded, you’ll have a direct link to it, which you can include on resumes, job applications, and social media profiles.

Get Accepted
Share the link to your work on graduate school applications, and with academic colleagues.

Archiving of senior projects is a free service provided by Trinity College Library. As the author, you retain copyright of your work, and you may set access restrictions.

As of Spring 2016, we require thesis authors to obtain approval from their advisor prior to uploading their work.

Click here to get started!

Congratulations!

 

Please contact Amy Harrell at 860-297-2193 with any questions.

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