Archive for September, 2010

It’s Banned Books Week! Is your favorite book on the list?

Banned Books Week (9/25-10/2): Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Are any of your favorites on one of these lists?

If you want to know how a book got onto the list, there are ways to find out:

  • Visit your local public library and ask your librarian.
  • Find or purchase the latest Banned Books Week Resource Guide, updated every three years, which may be available at or through your local public library.
  • E-mail the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom to ask about a specific book. A staff member will reply with any information the office has on file. Please limit your inquiry to one book. If you would like information on more than one book, please consider purchasing the Banned Books Week Resource Guide.
  • See Banned and Challenged Classics.
  • Check out the Banned Books Week > Ideas & Resources > Free Downloads page where you can find the yearly Books Challenged or Banned Lists that contain more information on why a book was challenged.

ON THE MAP Exhibit Open

A display of early maps, books, and prints from the Caltech Archives is now open for viewing on the second floor of Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration. The exhibit is arranged in three parts: Mapping the Earth, Mapping the Skies, and Mapping Longitude. From the earliest printed map, a 1513 reconstruction of Ptolemy’s map of the known world from the 2nd century, to a set of small timekeeping instruments, highpoints in the history of map making and printing are presented, including the all-important search for the means of determining longitude.

The majority of the extraordinary books, prints, and artifacts shown were collected by Earnest C. Watson, former professor of physics and dean at Caltech for many years and also the father of the current Watson Lectures. Watson donated his collections to Caltech in his later years, mostly in the 1960s.

The exhibit is curated by Shelley Erwin, Head of Archives and Special Collections, with the assistance of researcher and writer Barbara Ellis. Funding for the exhibit is provided by the Friends of the Caltech Libraries, Caltech Library Services, and by the Office of the Provost.

In memory: Marsden collection of publications is chronicled

Jerrold E. Marsden, the Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Caltech, passed away on September 21, 2010.  He was a special friend to the Caltech Libraries, and a strong proponent of CODA, Caltech’s institutional digital repository for faculty research publications and other content supporting the mission of the Institute.  In his memory, the library has created a web page chronicling his publications, available through CaltechAUTHORS.

Dabney Library closed Saturday Sept. 4th

Dabney Library will be closed Saturday, Sept. 4th, from 4am-5pm for building maintenance.

Sherman Fairchild Library closed Saturday 9/4

The Sherman Fairchild Library will be closed on Saturday September 4th from 4am to 5pm for building maintenance.

Enhanced August 2010 New Books and Journals lists

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of August 2010 are now available.   This month’s book list continues our newest features, including book cover images for many items, and links to Amazon to allow you to browse the books electronically.  Please note that we provide no guarantee that Amazon has contracted with the publisher to allow viewers to browse specific books.