Celebrating FREADOM: Banned Books Week

UTC Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014

freadomJoin the UTC Library in observing this annual event, now in its 32nd year, which highlights books that have been challenged or banned and recognizes individuals and organizations that support the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable” noted U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan (Texas v. Johnson).

Librarians facing book challenges are supported not only by the Bill of Rights, but by policy documents and resources of the American Library Association (ALA). “The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack” the ALA’s Freedom to Read Statement asserts.

The Association also provides an ongoing record of challenges reported to their Office for Intellectual Freedom.  Just in the past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported. Of these:

  • 1,577 challenges were due to “sexually explicit” material
  • 1,291 challenges were due to “offensive language”
  • 989 challenges were due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”
  • 619 challenges were due to “violence”
  • 361 challenges were due to “homosexuality”
  • 291 challenges were due to “religious viewpoint”
  • 274 challenges were due to “occult or Satanic themes”
  • 119 challenges were due to “anti-family”

While the majority of challenges were directed at K-12 libraries, colleges and universities were not exempt; 114 challenges were made to items used in campus classes and academic libraries received 30 challenges for material in their collections.

How are the novels The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Bone by Jeff Smith related? They both appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books for 2013. Every year, the ALA compiles a list and posts on their website:  http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10.  Two of the ten for 2013 were graphic novels, a genre that has increasingly come under fire from censors thereby receiving special recognition from the Banned Books National Committee this year.

For select banned and challenged books that UTC Library owns, check out the following lists as well as the display on the 1st floor.

Banned Books Week 2014

Banned Books That Shaped America

Banned and Challenged Comics and Graphic Novels

 

SUPPORT A FREE SOCIETY – READ A BANNED BOOK TODAY!


New Electronic Resources for 2014/2015

dbsAt the end of last term, the Library made a number of one-time purchases to support research in a variety of disciplines. All of these relevant materials are now accessible via the Library’s catalog search at http://utc.worldcat.org.

To ensure that these materials would offer as much value as possible to faculty and students, each collection offers unlimited access, includes either PDF files or HTML format (with no usage restrictions) for wide access, and requires no costs going forward.

Below you’ll find an overview of the newly-available collections to support your departments. If you would like a complete title list or have any questions, please email Theresa Liedtka at Theresa-Liedtka@utc.edu.

 

Ebook Collections

Education:               University Press Scholarship Online 2013-2014, 37 titles and ASCD 2010-2013, 100 titles

Psychology:             University Press Scholarship Online 2013-2014, 60 titles

Sociology:                Palgrave 2014, 194 titles

Criminal Justice:    Elsevier 2011-2014, 140 titles

Chemistry:              ACS Symposium Series ebook archive, in cooperation with the Chemistry Department

Humanities:           Duke University Press 2014, 122 titles, plus a 1-year bonus of access to the entire collection of 1600 titles

Multi-subject:        Springer 2014, 6,400 titles

 

Journal Back Files

Sage:   460 titles included, covering 1904 to 1998

IEEE:  203 journals included, covering 1884 to 1994

Springer:  956 journals included, covering 1832 to 1996

Annual Reviews:  37 titles, covering 1932 to 5 years ago (this is a moving wall, similar to the JSTOR electronic resource)

Institute of Physics:  67 titles, covering 1874 to 2003

Elsevier, Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology:  127 titles included, covering 1947 to 1994

 

 


The List That Started It All!

utcreadscoffmanborderDuring the 2013/2014 school year when she was teaching in the English Department, Sara Coffman had an idea about sharing her love of reading with the rest of campus. Her fantastic suggestion led to the creation of UTC READS, where faculty from departments all over campus share some of their favorite titles with the rest of the UTC community. Although she’s not currently teaching at UTC, Sara’s legacy remains on campus in the form of UTC READS.

About her list, Sara Coffman says:

I believe that a love of reading comes in all shapes and forms. Sometimes what I fall in love with is serious and thoughtful like Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, and sometimes it’s high-action, high-interest like Veronica Roth’s Divergent or James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Other times, it is a book written for children like Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (one of the best books I’ve read in awhile no matter the genre or audience). Of all of these, though, if I could press one book into your hands, it would be Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny, Beautiful Things. Just read it. And if you want to share thoughts on these books or any others, you can find me at wordyevidenceofthefact.blogspot.com

Check out her list online, or see the books on display at the Library on the 1st floor.


Enjoy SPORTDiscus with Full Text during this free trial (Until Oct 16)

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Exciting news: UTC Library has a trial of EBSCO’s SPORTDiscus with Full Text!

SPORTDiscus with Full Text covers over 530 journals in biomechanics, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports and exercise psychology, coaching and education, and sports medicine.

Try the database now by clicking here. 

See a list of all of the titles in this collection by clicking here.

If you have any questions, or would like to share any comments, please contact charlie-remy@utc.edu

Please note: the trial expires on October 16.


Welcome back class of 1964!

In honor of the 50th reunion of the University of Chattanooga class of 1964, the Library invites you to enjoy a few selections from Special Collections and University Archives on display on the first floor of Lupton Library.

Homecoming Queen

The class of ’64 elected Carolyn Davis Homecoming Queen.

 

Remember to cheer on our Mocs as they face the VMI Keydets in the annual Homecoming game on Saturday, October 14. Kickoff is at 4 PM at Finley Stadium.

Learn More

Take a look at the 1964 Moccasin in our Digital Collections or stop by Special Collections and University Archives in room 205 to view the full run of yearbooks, student newspapers, or more UTC history resources.


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