Altweeklies.com collects articles from more than 100 alternative weekly newspapers, including the Chicago Reader, the Village Voice and the Boston Phoenix. Browsable by topic and searchable by keyword. http://www.altweeklies.com/gyrobase/AltWeeklies/index
The library now has two graphic nonfiction books — Persepolis (Circ PN6747.S245 P4713 2003) and Persepolis 2 (Circ PN6747.S245 P4913 2004). The books use drawings, rather than a narrative, to tell the story of the author’s life as a child in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and when she arrives in Vienna to attend high school. Although the books tell a true story, they are often called “graphic novels,” the name generally given to the comic-like style that the author uses.
Project Vote Smart: “Recognizing this void in American civic culture and the need to create a new organization, 40 national leaders, including former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, formed Project Vote Smart (PVS) in 1992. Dedicated to upholding the ideal of democracy and serving the American people with unbiased and accurate information, PVS constructed a user-friendly voter’s self-defense system accessible through a website and a toll-free hotline (1-888-VOTE-SMART) over a 10-year period. Described by the New York Times as “one of the most comprehensive campaign information sites on the web” and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “spectacular” for gathering in one place the information any intelligent voter needs, PVS is becoming recognized as the answer for objective and trustworthy information. A primary goal for PVS in the years ahead is to increase awareness of its services and use by American citizens.”
The Poynter Institute’s Eyetrack project tells us that when people look at news websites, “The eyes most often fixated first in the upper left of the page, then hovered in that area before going left to right.” The project also collected information about effective headline attributes, readability vs. scanability, web navigation, text vs. multimedia, etc. Read more highlights from this study at http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/main.htm.
Project home page: http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/index.htm
The British Library is making available high-resolution digitized copies of early editions of Shakespeare’s works. The collection has 93 copies of 21 plays. The copies can be compared side-by-side so that you can see how the plays evolved over time in the early and mid 1600’s.
IVC Library Information: This page discusses using libraries from a distance. It brings together information about the libraries within the community colleges of Illinois. It can direct students, who may be taking classes at a distance, to the closest library.
The Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa are having a voter registration drive through September 30. A table is set up in the College Center-in the Bob and Marge Bobb Student Life Center, C160. More details are at http://www.morainevalley.edu/collegeactivities/vote.htm.
The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life: This book by Richard Florida is a newly arrived title in the MVCC Library. Richard Florida’s ideas were featured in this NPR story. Here’s a review from Booklist: Florida, an academic whose field is regional economic development, explains the rise of a new social class that he labels the creative class. Members include scientists, engineers, architects, educators, writers, artists, and entertainers. He defines this class as those whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content. In general this group shares common characteristics, such as creativity, individuality, diversity, and merit. The author estimates that this group has 38 million members, constitutes more than 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, and profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues. The purpose of this book is to examine how and why we value creativity more highly than ever and cultivate it more intensely. He concludes that it is time for the creative class to grow up–boomers and Xers, liberals and conservatives, urbanites and suburbanites–and evolve from an amorphous group of self-directed while high-achieving individuals into a responsible, more cohesive group interested in the common good.
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in America: A Reference Handbook: A thorough overview of the populations and social forces that have shaped the character of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States. This book is on the shelves in the Moraine Valley Library and will make a great resource as the staff and faculty of Moraine discuss diversity.