Do Video Games Cause Violence?

In the past, I have posted about violence and video games on this blog (see The Science of Video Games: Violence, Benefits, and Stories). This is a topic that is regularly researched by students, many of whom play violent video games. I wanted to post the video below from the News Hour, which hits key issues in the debate in relation to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary this past December.

Also, our library has many items in our collection on video games.

Can Violent Video Games Play a Role in Violent Behavior?
Summary: “In our continuing look at the gun debate for PBS’s weeklong special “After Newtown,” Jeffrey Brown explores whether there is any connection between violent video games and violent behavior.”

Watch Can Violent Video Games Play a Role in Violent Behavior? on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Film Blog: Adaptations – Part 2

When Gregory Maguire was little, he was fascinated with Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and the film The Wizard of Oz (1939). Much of his fascination had to do with childhood, which led him to write children’s books, but he also wrote one for adults entitled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995), which just so happens to be in our collection downstairs. The novel predates Dorothy and reveals how the Wicked Witch of the West wasn’t exactly wicked, but just misunderstood.

Many of you can probably guess Frank L. Baum’s newest adaptation, but for those who hasn’t heard, it is called Wicked: A New Musical, which is a musical adaptation of Maguire’s adaptation of Wicked, which is an adaptation of…… well you get the idea. We have the sound recording downstairs in the collection as well. The musical came out in 2003, and is currently on tour! Wicked will be in Chicago from October 30 to December 21 if you’re interested in seeing it.

Since I’m not featuring a film today, I’m providing a link to part of the musical. Even if you haven’t seen the musical, you may recognize the actresses and/or song from Glee. Idina Menzel and Krisitn Chenoweth both have recurring roles on the series, and the song has been performed on the show by Chris Colfer, whose character (as well as the actor) is obsessed with the musical.

Film Blog: Adaptations – The Wizard of Oz (1939) Part1

For the rest of the month of February, I would like to devote this time to highlight film adaptations we have in the collection. Today I’d like to start it all off with the modern day fairy tale The Wizard of Oz.

Many people might not be aware that the popular film is based off L. Frank Baum’s book, also entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was published in 1900. For a copy of the Baum’s book, I would highly recommend checking out The Annotated Wizard of Oz which includes the original text with illustrations along with side notes on the text itself.

For more books on The Wizard of Oz, please check out:

I’m including a short clip of the Scarecrow singing, “If I only had a brain,” which is a little different than my normal trailer posting. I’m also going to apologize in advance for that earworm that will likely follow it.

If you’re a big fan of this classic, you might already know be aware of  the newest film adaptation, or more specifically a prequel to the original, coming out March 8, 2013 called Oz The Great and Powerful. James Franco (127 Hours and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes) stars as Oz or Oscar Diggs (and not L. Frank Baum like one of our books suggests). Other talented actors cast are Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis. They all star are witches Oz meets after making his way into the magical Land of Oz. I’m including a preview of the newest adaptation below.

Cataloger’s Shelf: An Influx of Nursing Books

This week, I’m cataloging a cart a nursing books that will join the Library’s collection next week. Many are guides and handbooks.

Nursing Books

Several focus on nursing specialties, including newborn, pediatric, mental health, and oncology nursing. Topics include care plans, diagnostic tests, motivational interviews, evidence-based practice, health politics, nursing home administration, communication skills, health technology, research methods, and more.

So for all you nursing students out there, here’s a list of books that might be of interest to you:

  1. Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Advanced Clinical Handbook (2nd ed., 2010)
  2. Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice (2011)
  3. Lippincott’s Handbook for Psychiatric Nursing and Care Planning (1st ed, 2010)
  4. Nursing Home Administration (6th ed., 2011)
  5. Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice (7th ed., 2010)
  6. Nurses’ Quick Reference to Common Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests (5th ed., 2011)
  7. Nursing Research and Evidence Based-Practice: Ten Steps to Success (2011)
  8. Nurse Practitioners: The Evolution and Future of Advanced Practice (5th ed., 2010)
  9. Nurse to Nurse ECG Interpretation (2010)
  10. Nurse’s Pocket Guide: Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions and Rationales (12th ed., 2010)
  11. Maternal Newborn Nursing Care Plans (2nd ed., 2012)
  12. Long Term Conditions: Nursing Care and Management (2011)
  13. Mental Health Nursing Skills (2009)
  14. Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy! (3rd ed., 2013)
  15. Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy! (5th ed., 2013)
  16. Old’s Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health Across the Lifespan (9th ed., 2012)
  17. Integrated Theory and Knowledge Development in Nursing (8th ed., 2011)
  18. Motivational Interviewing in Nursing Practice (2011)
  19. Nursing Care Plans: Diagnoses, Interviews, and Outcomes (7th ed., 2011)
  20. Health Policy and Politics : A Nurse’s Guide (4th ed., 2013)
  21. Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures with Nursing Diagnosis (8th ed., 2013)
  22. Interpersonal Relationships: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses (6th ed., 2011)
  23. Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination (7th ed., 2011)
  24. Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span (7th ed., 2010)
  25. Handbook of Integrative Oncology Nursing: Evidence-Based Practice (2010)
  26. Handbook of Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances (3rd ed., 2010)
  27. Health Literacy from A to Z (2nd ed., 2013)
  28. Manual of High Risk Pregnancy & Delivery (5th ed., 2011)
  29. Oxford Handbook of Midwifery (2nd, 2011)
  30. Pathology for the Health Professions (4th ed., 2012)
  31. Perry’s The Chemotherapy Source Book (5th ed., 2012)
  32. Pediatric and Neonatal Dosage Handbook (19th ed., 2012)

Bringing Lincoln to Life

Today (February 12th, 1809) is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Being that we are in the Land of Lincoln and that we are looking at the Civil War for our One Book program on Confederates in the Attic, this is a birthday we should pause and note. Our library has many books and DVDs about Lincoln. You can view them here: Search our collection for Abraham Lincoln.

Additionally, I thought it appropriate to post this 60 Minutes piece about the making of the new “Lincoln” film by Steven Spielberg.

60 Minutes: Bringing “Lincoln” to life (February 10, 2013)
Description: The team behind the 12-time Oscar-nominated film “Lincoln” talks about how they brought the president and his world to life. Lesley Stahl reports.

Film Blog: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

To continue on with the love theme, I’m bringing you an oldie, but a goodie. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) is probably Shakespeare’s most famous tragic love story. The director, Baz Luhrmann, creates a highly stylized version of the play. Some of the characters’ names have been changed, but the original Shakespearean dialogue is still there. In the film, you’ll find a young Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained, Inception, and The Aviator) and Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)

If you like this film, you should also check out other films by Baz Luhrmann such as Strictly Ballroom (1992), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and Austrailia (2008). Baz Luhrmann is currently working with Leonardo DiCaprio on another film called The Great Gatsby. Two-time Academy Award winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (Moulin Rouge!) also designs with Lurhmann on this film, so you can be sure that the costumes will be fantastic.

As always, a trailer of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet is below.

If you’re curious, I’m including a trailer for The Great Gatsby, which comes out in May 10, 2013.

Cataloger’s Shelf: Failure is Not an Option

I just finished cataloging the book, Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by former NASA Flight Director, Gene Kranz. Kranz was portrayed by Ed Harris in the 1995 Ron Howard movie Apollo 13 about the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. In his book Gene Kranz recounts the thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights that make up the early years of the U.S. space program, from the beginning of the Mercury missions through the end of the Apollo missions to the moon, including the Apollo 13 mission and the rescue of the three Astronauts aboard.

Look for Failure is Not an Option to “touch down” on the New Books display very soon. In the mean time, here is a short clip of Ed Harris as Gene Kranz from the movie Apollo 13, which we also have in the collection.

Apollo 13 “Failure is Not an Option” Clip

And here are two clips of the real Gene Kranz giving a lecture about the events of Apollo 13.

Gene Kranz: Failure is Not an Option: The Apollo 13 Story (Part 1)

Gene Kranz: Failure is Not an Option: The Apollo 13 Story (Part 2)

Film Blog: Shrek (2001)

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d take the time to highlight some films about love. Although Shrek may not have the wooing power you may be looking for, it is so incredibly funny you probably won’t care. Mike Myers, the man behind the voice of Shrek, and Eddie Murphy, his faithful donkey sidekick, do a fantastic voice acting job as the dynamic duo who embark to rescue an ogre princess from a dragon.

Mike Myers is probably best know as Austin Powers and maybe even more famously known from SNL and if you really want to show your age, you probably remember him from Wayne’s World. Eddie Murphy, another notoriously funny guy, is just as well-known for his stand-up as he is for roles in films such as Bowfinger, Dreamgirls, The Nutty Professor, and Dr. Dolittle.

The DVD set contains special features on “the tech of Shrek” and even technical goofs from the film. As always, a trailer is included below.

Cataloger’s Shelf: Middle Eastern sports documentaries

In need of some inspirational sports docs? Here are two newly-cataloged DVDs scheduled to arrive on the shelves in the Library Lounge this week:

Salaam Dunk (2011)
Filmed in Northern Iraq in 2010, Dunk tells the story of the ethnically-diverse women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS). Many of the women had never played sports before joining the team. This documentary was shown at many a film festival and won a couple awards along the way, including a Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. Check out the trailer below:

Salaam Dunk – Official Movie Trailer (YouTube)

Goal Dreams (2006)
Filmed on location in Gaza, the West Bank, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar (and the list goes on…), this soccer doc follows the Palestinian national football team’s attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. At the time of filming, the players and coaches came from different nations, spoke different languages, and had no home field to speak of. Here’s a (very brief) trailer:

Goal Dreams (YouTube)

What the hell are you doing?

They say that art is in the eye of the beholder. If your taste in art tends to include “outsider art” or the strange and bizarre, you may enjoy What the Hell Are You Doing : the Essential David Shrigley, recently added to our collection. David Shrigley is a British visual artist who works in various media. His art runs the gamut from the innocuous to the potentially offensive, so be prepared.

You can see more of his work at his website:
To see books about “outsider art” in the collection click here.
To see materials about “avant garde” in the collection click here.

And finally, here is an animated short film David Shrigley created to mark the publication of his book What the Hell Are You Doing?
Happy Friday!