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It’s Juneteenth! Celebrate by reading

 

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Never heard of Juneteenth? Here’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussing how this day came to honor the emancipation of enslaved blacks in the United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865.  Texas declared June 19th a holiday back in 1979 and this day came to be celebrated as “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth.”

To read more about the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery, there are plenty of great resources, including books, in the library. Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian to help you!

 

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New data protection rules

If you are on social media or have purchased goods online at any point, you’ve probably noticed the dozens of emails about new private policy user agreements flooding your inbox. After deleting all of them immediately (no shame), you should now take a quick look at what is actually going on.

Essentially, these emails are informing you on how the websites you use collect and share your personal information, and how that will change under the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. Read the article below from Wired to learn how these updated privacy regulations allow for more transparency and protection when handling your own data online.

Although the article is about the UK specifically, much of this applies internationally, since many websites service multiple countries (eBay, Facebook, Etsy, etc.)  Here’s an article from Forbes that explains the complex regulations from a US angle.

What is GDPR? The summary guide to GDPR compliance in the UK

General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, have overhauled how businesses process and handle data. Our need-to-know GDPR guide explains what the changes mean for you

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Europe’s data protection rules are undergoing sweeping changes. To keep up with the huge amount of digital data being created, rules across the continent have been re-written and are due to be enforced. From May 25, 2018, the new mutually agreed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will update personal data rules.

GDPR will bring outdated personal data laws across the EU up to speed with an increasingly digital era. The previous data protection laws were put in place during the 1990s and haven’t been able to keep pace with the levels of technological change…..read more.


Writing Center Summer Hours

If you’re taking summer classes, the Saunders Writing Center is open to help you.

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Graduating? The library can help you prepare for life after college

majoring-in-the-rest-of-your-lifeJust because you are leaving UT doesn’t mean our doors are shut to you!  Did you know as Alumni, you not only have access to career services and events, you also have full onsite access to the Macdonald-Kelce Library with check out privileges? Review your benefits and sign up for an Alumni Card online.

During finals, visit us and check out the book display on the first floor that’s all about navigating life after college. We have resources on career goals, resumes, internships, and finding your path. Ask a librarian if you’d like to check out these books, or for any other career or graduate school related questions.

Alumni membership includes access to more than 275,000 books and 1,600 periodicals in-house at the Macdonald-Kelce Library. Alumni may check out 5 books at a time for a two week period. Local alums are able to Interlibrary Loan under the library’s discretion. There is no off campus access to the databases. Bring in your NAA Alumni Card to check out library books.

Good luck on your finals and congratulations to all graduates!

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2017

32075671It comes as no surprise that most of the books on the ALA Top 10 Challenged books of the Year, books typically targeted for things like profanity, lewdness, and ideological contention, are children and young adult novels. Censorship is typically enacted by concerned parents who wish to protect their children from perceived threats. As many parents find out, shielding information from children doesn’t not prevent them from learning, exploring, and coming up with their own ideas about the world (hello, libraries! hi, internet!)

Censorship is a serious issue, and our right to read shouldn’t be contested in a free and civil society. The books on this list reflect the fears most prevalent today, notably from stories dealing with sex and gender identity. See if we have some of these books in the library and read them, or buy one for your little sister or cousin from your local bookstore.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie

Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.

  1. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”

……..Read the whole list and watch a video on the ALA website 

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The King Library and Archives

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In honor of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 2018, we would like to spotlight the collection of The King Center’s Library and Archives in Atlanta.

“The King Library and Archives is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world. The collection consists of the papers of Dr. King and those of the organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as the records of 8 major civil rights organizations and of several individuals active in the Movement. The archives also include more than 200 oral history interviews with Dr. King’s teachers, friends, family and civil rights associates.”

The King Center is a valuable institution for learning about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Browse the holdings of the King Center Archive here.

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UTWrites with Dr. Ryan Cragun this Thursday 3/22

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Can your smartphone tell if you are stressed out?

As we navigate the fine balance between technological innovation and online privacy, some companies, including Facebook, are taking the initiative to develop algorithms that point to certain behaviors. The way we use social media, these companies are investigating, could reveal real life anxieties, bouts of depression, PTSD, and other severe persistent mental illnesses.  This type of data collection and assessment of our behavior is called digital phenotyping.

Does all of this stress you out? Or do you want your tech to potentially help with your well-being?

Read the following New York Times article below and see what you think.

How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

An emerging field, digital phenotyping, tries to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices.

Some books are banned from Florida State Prisons – why?

You may not be surprised to learn that the American prison system censors the types of reading materials accessible to the incarcerated.  Banned books are an unfortunate, but incessant part of American history, and occur in many institutions including public schools, libraries, bookstores, and, yes, prisons. Take a look at the New York Times article below. This article makes a case that these bans are racially motivated. Do you think having access to all books is a basic human right?

Why Are American Prisons So Afraid of This Book?

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“In the eight years since its publication, “The New Jim Crow,” a book by Michelle Alexander that explores the phenomenon of mass incarceration, has sold well over a million copies, been compared to the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, been cited in the legal decisions to end stop-and-frisk and sentencing laws, and been quoted passionately on stage at the Academy Awards.

But for the more than 130,000 adults in prison in North Carolina and Florida, the book is strictly off-limits…..read more

UT-TED Talk, Wed Feb. 7

Faculty, there’s still time to RSVP here to attend this UT-TED Talk lunch and learn sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Librarians Shannon Spencer and Leslie Vega will discuss how faculty can get involved with the University’s Institutional Repository (UoTIR).TED.jpeg