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Peacock: Real News From the Pfau Library, Spring 2017

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ALA to join March for Science on April 22 | American Libraries Magazine

ALA is joining more than 170 organizations to participate in the March for Science on April 22 and defend the vital role science plays within evidence-based policy making.

Source: ALA to join March for Science on April 22 | American Libraries Magazine

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Workshops Just for Grad Students!

Hey graduate students, check out our workshops designed just for you!

Grad Studies Basic Research: In this workshop, you’ll learn about the deep web, the literature review, and basic search strategies in general databases. You’ll also find out how to get research help in person, online, and via text messaging.

  • Wednesday, April 19th
  • 5:00 – 5:50 pm
  • PL-2005

Grad Studies Advanced Research: In this workshop, we’ll explore more databases and search tools, the current information economy, and how to immerse yourself in the literature of your field so that you gain confidence in your subject expertise.

  • Thursday, May 4th
  • 5:00 – 5:50 pm
  • PL-2005

Register online now!

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Library Research for Freshmen Workshop Next Week!

Meant for those new to CSUSB, or for those who could simply use a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to research through the John M. Pfau Library. Students will gain a better understanding of why it’s necessary to use the deep web for college-level research, practice locating scholarly articles and books, and identify how to get research help.

Attendance verification slips will be available for those who wish to offer extra credit.

Monday, April 17th
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Pfau Library, PL-2005

Space is limited! Register now — don’t miss it!

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“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

Clock striking 13

On April 4th the story begins…

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

(Opening sentence of the novel 1984, by George Orwell.)

See for yourself if Winston Smith’s life in the world of Big Brother has any relevance for us in 2017:

Read the book!

A display rack with multiple copies is on the 1st floor near the Check-Out Desk.

See the movie!

April 19 2-4 p.m. in our surround sound theater, PL-5005 (free!).

Join the discussion!

April 26 noon-1 in PL-4005 or April 28 1-2 in PL-5005.

 

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Workshop: Critical Information Literacy for Graduate Students

Meant for teaching assistants working with lower-division students, this one-hour workshop covers best practices for integrating critical information literacy into your courses, as well as services available to both instructors and students.

  • Monday, April 10
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • PL-2005

Register today!

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Library Hours, Spring 2017

Welcome back! Pfau Library’s regular hours for Spring Quarter are now in effect:

Monday-Thursday 8 AM-11 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday 9 AM-2 PM
Sunday 1 PM-5 PM

We’re open later during midterms and finals. For additional details, check our Hours page.

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Update! 1984: A Three-Part Examination

Big Brother is Watching You

Update: On Friday, April 28, a follow-up talk on 1984 will take place in PL-5005 at 1:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to view a recorded version of the April 26 panel discussion and then take part in a thoughtful conversation facilitated by Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor of History.

The Pfau Library and the University Diversity Committee’s Yotie Talks council is pleased to announce a four-part program that examines George Orwell’s classic work, 1984.

To kick off the program, which begins today, the campus community is invited to read the novel.  The library has acquired fifty new copies of the book, and a Spanish translation is also available as an e-book.
 
In the second part, a film screening of 1984, the award-winning version filmed in the year 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, will be presented on April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Pfau Library’s Blue Ray and surround sound theatre room, located in PL-5005.
 
The program will culminate on April 26 with an interactive Yotie Talk featuring faculty panelists Chris Naticcia (philosophy), Rod Metts (communication), and Cherstin Lyon (history).  As part of the discussion, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in PL-4005, the panelists will analyze and critically review the novel, offering insight and perspective, with a focus on parallels between the current political atmosphere and motifs and symbols in 1984.
 
“On behalf of the Pfau Library and University Diversity Committee, we encourage members of the campus community to read—or, in some cases, reread—1984 and to participate in the film screening and panel discussion,” said Dean Cesar Caballero, University Librarian.  “This program offers a valuable—and quite timely—opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about truth, accountability, and citizen trust in government.”
 
“In our current political climate,” said Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, Instructional Services and Initiatives Librarian, “we’ve seen an alarming rise in fake news, a chilling acceptance of ‘alternative facts,’ and an increase in ‘post-truth’ sentiment.  Folks are rightfully alarmed, and more and more people are taking a fresh look at George Orwell’s 1984. This book touches on themes that are relevant to libraries and universities, including intellectual freedom, privacy, access to accurate information, freedom of the press, etc.  We are excited to host a series of events where these issues and more can be explored as a campus community.”
 
1984 is considered one of the most important novels of the 20th century.  Published to critical acclaim in 1949, it tells the story of Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist, who works in the Ministry of Truth, where he and numerous other workers are responsible for ensuring that the Party’s ever-changing “truth” always corresponds exactly to the “facts” by rewriting, then destroying, past newspaper articles.
 
For more information about the program, please contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at rmadriga@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5104.

Update: On Friday, April 28, a follow-up talk on 1984 will take place in PL-5005 at 1:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to view a recorded version of the April 26 panel discussion and then take part in a thoughtful conversation facilitated by Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor of History.

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President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

Source: President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding ‘counterproductive and short-sighted’ | News and Press Center

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Access to Information: A Universal Human Right

Article 19 of the [Universal Declaration of Human Rights] states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Source: Access to Information: A Universal Human Right – Intellectual Freedom Blog

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