Monthly Archives: September 2018

Today is National Voter Registration Day

Are you registered to vote? It’s not too late – do it today! The last day to register is TUESDAY OCTOBER 9th for the state of Florida.

It takes just a minute or two to register. You can do it here, or on the official state government site here. Are you unsure if you are registered already in your hometown? Check here.  If you can’t vote in person, or would like to early vote, there are absentee ballots for each state and early voting polling locations. Librarians will help you out if you have questions; stop by the Reference Desk.

Remember, not everyone has the freedom to vote. Exercise your rights and feel good about doing so.                           nvrd-banner


Banned Book Week, Sept. 23 – 29, 2018

square_green-300x300Year after year, we need to remind ourselves that books are still targeted for censorship by various people, groups, and institutions throughout the nation. As Librarians, we strive to make all materials available under the belief that everyone should have the freedom to read.

This year’s tagline is “Banning books silences stories.” How many books have you read or heard about in the video below? A lot of them are children’s books; maybe you read some of them in elementary school or junior high.

Stop by the exhibit in the front of the library. Here we display books in our collection that have been challenged in the recent past. You can read more about frequently challenged books by year here.  Some of them may surprise you.

Digital Life/Daily Life

As college students in 2018, there is no doubt all of you deal with technology in some way in the classroom and in your personal life. You may already have an opinion of how constant contentedness and rapid innovation shape your life for good or ill since technology is so intrinsic to the daily grind. Over the summer, the Pew Research Center issued a lengthy report on how technology effects us. These anecdotes from experts may confirm or deny some of your ideas.

If you are doing a research paper on how technology (social media, health monitoring apps, privacy, Alexa, ebooks, robotics, etc.) play a positive or negative part in our lives, or are simply curious about what this report has to say, take a read below:

July 3, 2018

Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life

While many technology experts and scholars have concerns about the social, political and economic fallout from the spread of digital activities, they also tend to report that their own experience of digital life has been positive

Technology experts and scholars have never been at a loss for concerns about the current and future impact of the internet.

Over the years of canvassings by Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, many experts have been anxious about the way people’s online activities can undermine truth, foment distrust, jeopardize individuals’ well-being when it comes to physical and emotional health, enable trolls to weaken democracy and community, compromise human agency as algorithms become embedded in more activities, kill privacy, make institutions less secure, open up larger social divisions as digital divides widen, and wipe out untold numbers of decent-paying jobs.

An early-2018 expert canvassing of technology experts, scholars and health specialists on the future of digital life and well-being contained references to some of those concerns. The experts who participated in that research project were also asked to share anecdotes about their own personal experiences with digital life. This report shares those observations.