December 21, 2006
Governors State University Library will be closed from Friday, December 22nd, 2006 - Monday, January 1st, 2007. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.
December 19, 2006
The Christmas Story from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
To See The Christmas Story in Art, click here.
To Hear the Story, click here.
To Read the Story, click here.
To send an E-Card, click here.
Click here to go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hanukkah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday, possibly because it is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food, exchanging gifts, and lighting beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate.
Many Jewish holidays commemorate events invested with historical and religious meaning, and Hanukkah is no exception. Hanukkah means "rededication," and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. The celebration also reaffirms thecontinuing struggle to live by God's commandments and to lead Jewish lives.
To learn more about Hanukkah, click here.
Kwanzaa a Celebration of Family Community and Culture
December 26th - January 1st
Here is just one of the many things you will learn about:
Kwanzaa: Roots and Branches
The Continental African Roots Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.
The first-fruits celebrations are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia and appear in ancient and modern times in other classical African civilizations such as Ashantiland and Yorubaland. These celebrations are also found in ancient and modern times among societies as large as empires (the Zulu or kingdoms (Swaziland) or smaller societies and groups like the Matabele, Thonga and Lovedu, all of southeastern Africa. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African "first fruit" celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration. Kwanzaa, then, is:
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December 18, 2006
$1 will buy a bag full of books! Hurry in sale ends January 13, 2007.
Today, Monday, December 18th is the last day of the Fall 2006 trimester. Trimester break will start Tuesday, December 19th. We will be open Tuesday, December 19th - Thursday, December 21st 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December 14, 2006
New Reference Books
Thank you Librarian Beth Hansen Shaw for bringing the following Reference Books to our attention.
World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems
REF HV 7901.W63 2006 v.1&2
This encyclopedia could be very helpful to undergraduate students working on papers in International Justice systems– volume 1 provides overviews of police forces and correctional systems in 198 countries, some better than others. Belarus goes on for 10 pages, while the Bahamas gets only 2 pages. The bibliographies are also uneven, but it still is a pretty good starting point.
Encyclopedia of war crimes and genocide
REF HV 6322.7.H67 2006
Includes Saddam (although not his sentencing) and Darfur and lots of other people and places that I’d never heard of – also has pretty good “further reading” sections to assist students with the next step in their research.
Encyclopedia of public choice
REF H 41.E57 2004
This has Interesting articles running the gamut from “Al-Qaeda” to “altruism,” from “the political economy of FEMA disaster payments” to “welfare economics,” plus biographies and excellent references. You really need to look at this one to understand its contents.
Call Santa Claus
Thank you Sarah for passing along this information.
According to KGBT 4 - TV Harlinggan, TX
Call Santa Claus for Free
Dec 13, 2006 12:29 PM CST
Do your children want to hear from Santa Claus this holiday?
There's a new toll-free phone number available where they can call a listen to a daily message from 'Ole Saint Nick himself.
Call 1-800-972-6242. We called just to make sure Santa Claus would answer. :)
Click here to go to the website.
Congratulations Michel Nguessan
Congratulations to Michel for being chosen as an outstanding alum by the School of Information at University of Michigan. http://www.si.umich.edu/people/alumni-detail.htm?ID=65
December 11, 2006
The World Almanac
Daily facts from the editors of the best-selling American reference Book of all times.
This blog is compiled by the same group of people who research, write, edit, fact-check, and re-fact-check the print version of The World Almanac and Book of Facts, year in and year out. Our goal here is to expand on the millions of essential facts included in The World Almanac, focusing on new or surprising facts about major topics covered in our books; deeper explanations of underreported data currently in the news; and offbeat information and Internet links about a wider range of topics than we could possibly cover in print. Our efforts will be in keeping with the hallmarks of The World Almanac itself--an American institution that millions of people have turned to for trusted facts for nearly 140 years, and the best-selling U.S. reference book of all time.
Here is a little of what you can expect to find:
This Day in History: Dec. 11
1816 Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state.
1936 Britain's King Edward VIII abdicates so that he can marry twice-divorced American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941 The United States declares war on Germany and Italy.
1946 UNICEF is established by the UN General Assembly.
1997 Representatives of more than 150 countries, at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, approve an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
HuriSearch: The Human Rights Search Enginge
Posted on Search Engine Land
Dec. 11, 2006 at 8:37am
HuriSearch, which is a human rights search engine was officially launched on December 10th, Human Rights Day. The search engine is designed to provide searchers with data specific to the area of human rights, and has indexed over 3,000 websites and 2,300,000 pages concentrating in this area. Its crawler refreshes between every 24 hours and 8 days, depending on type of site.
HuriSearch is a collaboration between FAST and HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International). The search engine itself is described in more detail below, but in short, it's fast, effective and provides good solid functionality for searchers who require good quality content in this subject area.Click here to try HuriSearch.
December 07, 2006
The Iraq Study Group Report
Government Information Librarian Paul Blobaum provided a link to the Iraq Study Group Report. The report can be found at the following url: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps76748/iraq_study_group_report.pdf
Here is an exerpt from the Executive Summary:
The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved.
In this report, we make a number of recommendations for actions to be taken in Iraq, the United States, and the region. Our most important recommendations call for new and enhanced diplomatic and political efforts in Iraq and the region, and a change in the primary mission of U.S. forces in Iraq that will enable the United States to begin to move its combat forces out of Iraq responsibly. We believe that these two recommendations are equally important and reinforce one another. If they are effectively implemented, and if the Iraqi government moves forward with national reconciliation, Iraqis will have an opportunity for a better future, terrorism will be dealt a blow, stability will be enhanced in an important part of the world, and America’s credibility, interests, and values will be protected.
The challenges in Iraq are complex. Violence is increasing
in scope and lethality. It is fed by a Sunni Arab insurgency, Shiite
militias and death squads, al Qaeda, and widespread criminality.
Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to ability.
To read the complete summary, go to http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps76748/iraq_study_group_report.pdf
Remembering the Pearl Harbor Raid
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 --
Overview and Special Image Selection
The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.
Multimedia Map and Time Line: Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life—moment by moment, target by target.
Searchable Archive of Survivors’ Stories: Read personal tales of heroism and disaster, find a long-lost friend, or submit your own true tale of December 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor Ships and Planes, World War II Time Line, and More: Get the facts in easy-print form, click to related sites, and review recommended resources.
The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The national memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the United States. Experience history through the national memorial's program tour, museum, and wayside exhibits.
The surprise was complete. The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan.
Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the German defeat of France left England alone in the fight against the Nazi terror.
December 04, 2006
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