Beth Helms is the next featured speaker in the Library’s Meet the Author series. She’ll be discussing her novel Dervishes Tuesday, March 18 at 6 pm in the ISSI, 405 Ell Hall. Dervishes explores the lives of the wife and daughter of an American diplomat living in Ankara, Turkey in 1975. Helms, winner of the 2003 Iowa Short Fiction Award, draws on her childhood experiences living abroad in the Middle East to write this compelling story. Turkish cuisine will be served at the event! This talk and book-signing is sponsored by NU Libraries, the International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI), and the NU Bookstore. A campus map is available here. Ell Hall is building 52.
Do we have any Flickr fans out there? If you don’t know what Flickr is you must visit it at once. It is an online photo community. People can join and post their photos to show their friends and family or they can make them public for others to see and comment on. There are lots of groups on Flickr you can join, such as bird lovers where you can post your pictures of birds and others do as well and create a nice little community of people with similar interest in birds. Ok now that we know what flickr is, the Library of Congress now has an account! Along with their 530 miles of books shelves, the Library of Congress also has a fantastic photo collection. They have been uploading some of those photos to Flickr for the world to see, enjoy and comment on! They invite people to tag (a descriptive word for the photo) the photos as well.
The attorney general for the US Federal Government has issued this order… “The Department of Justice has called for these five public documents, two of which are texts of federal statutes, to be removed from depository libraries and destroyed, making their content available only to those with access to a law office or law library. The topics addressed in the named documents include information on how citizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation. The documents to be removed and destroyed include: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure; Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes; Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory; and Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA).” See this Link for more details. They have rescinded the order but the fact that the issued such an order in the first place is truly chilling.
In honor of Debbie Pennino, I thought I’d share a recent “library news” story that I came across: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10497791. Around Auckland, library users have expressed a greater desire to access resources from other branches in their area. (There’s also a fun bonus map of New Zealand’s regions!)