A Valentine for You

Hello! Here is a little Valentine’s present for you: we will be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Go have fun!

While we are closed, enjoy this love poem…

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Welcome back to 2015!

Hello again! I hope that you had a great winter break. Did you get a chance to relax at least a little? Did you do any reading?

One of the things that your faithful correspondent did was do some reading of her own. I checked out three books from the library here, checked out a couple of e-books from the public library, and bought some books from Amazon. If you’re interested, here’s a little summary of what I read, if you are looking for something to read yourself…

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was a great book, but admittedly a tearjerker. Don’t read this while on public transportation. This book tells the story of a girl who has committed suicide, and mails out a bunch of cassettes to thirteen people, telling them why they are the reasons that she committed suicide. One reader that I know finished this book and told me that it was an amazingly profound book. I tend to agree with her. You won’t let people disappear into themselves again.
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick was another tearjerker. This one is by the author of Silver Linings Notebook. It’s about a boy who, on his 18th birthday, decides to take a gun to school in order to kill his former best friend and then himself. There are strands of hope in this book, if you know where to look for them.
  • Paper Towns by John Green didn’t cause me to weep publicly — what a relief. But it caused me to think about the images of ourselves that we put forth to society, whether through Facebook or in real life. This is about a girl who disappears, and the group of friends who try to figure out the mystery of who she is.This one is being made into a movie

Right now I am reading Cat Girl’s Day Off, about a girl who can talk to cats, who is trying to solve a mystery surrounding a movie that is a take of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Ask me, and I’ll tell you how it is once I finish.

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Winter Break!

Today is the last day of finals! Isn’t that awesome? I’m sure your brains are quite relieved to have a little break from all the schoolwork. Here are a few things to keep in mind (so to speak) while you are catching your breath:

  • The Library will be closed from December 18th to January 11th.
  • The Textbook Lending Library will take place on January 7th, and you can pick up tickets on January 6th. More information here.
  • You can turn in books to the bookdrop down by the flagpole near Telegraph Road.
  • If you are looking for a 1-credit class, one of our librarians is teaching an entirely online class called “Using the Library of the 21st Century.” It’s a late-start class. It’ll help you get a grasp on the weirdnesses of doing research. The CRN is 32496, and it is LIB v01.

That’s it for 2014. Have a great, relaxing, and safe break. See you next year!

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Election Day is Tomorrow!

Are you confused by all of the pamphlets, phone calls, and emails that you’re getting about the election tomorrow? Here are a few resources that can help you out:

  • The Ventura County Star has an Elections section that talks about the candidates, including those for the Community College District: http://www.vcstar.com/elections
  • The League of Women  Voters has a website called Vote411 that tells you your voting place and all about the issues on your ballot: http://www.vote411.org/
  • Votesmart.org is a great place to go for information on the issues: http://votesmart.org/

Don’t forget to do your civic duty tomorrow! As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often!

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New Book Chosen for Next Year’s One Book One Campus

A book has been chosen for 2015’s One Book One Campus read. The title is Always Running: La Vida Loca, by Luis J. Rodriguez. It’s about the author’s experiences in the gang scene in Los Angeles. This is a riveting read, and it has earned the 1993 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and many other accolades.

Mr. Rodriguez was just selected as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He will be writing poems talking about the amazingly vibrant city. In his acceptance speech, he spoke about his experiences with the public library.

We are excited to be able to incorporate this powerful book into our college. There will be more information about activities in the coming months.

If you are interested in checking out a copy, it is available in the Main Stacks at HV6439.U7 L77 2005.

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Team Harpy

Every so often, something happens in Library Land that is important enough to bring attention to it. This is one of those times.

Two librarians, nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey, have had a civil suit brought against them by Joseph Murphy. Ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey have called themselves #teamharpy. You can read their official statement here.

The issue is that Ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey brought to light the behavior of Mr. Murphy at librarian conventions. Several women have reported his being a sexual predator, and reported being harassed and worse. He claims that such information was “false, libelous, and highly damaging.”

The issue of sexual harassment at library conferences is not new. Enough persons in the American Library Association (ALA) have reported disrespectful behavior towards them that the ALA enacted a Code of Conduct in Fall of 2013. This Statement of Appropriate Conduct is modeled after those in the information technology industry and in sci-fi, where women are often harassed.

Librarians are harassed in other situations. They are often the victims of unwanted sexual attraction while sitting at the Reference Desk. While librarians are big believers in intellectual freedom, this does not extend to harassment and come-ons while they work.

What makes this law suit so disturbing is that it seeks to punish those who want to speak out for the rights of victims of harassment and sexual abuse. Victims deserve to be heard. Those who speak for victims deserve to be heard. You’d think that Mr. Murphy, as a librarian, would understand that, as he is supposed to champion the ability for us to hear the voices of others. Yet this law suit demonstrates otherwise.

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Vote for a book!

Hello! The One Book One Campus committee is asking faculty and staff of Ventura College to vote for one of eight books to be chosen as the 2015 One Book. 2015 is closer than we think! You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VCOneBook2015

Please make your voice heard!

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