New Books: Self-Improvement 2017

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Are you interested in Self-Improvement? Looking for self-help books? How people relate to each other? Then whether it’s an assignment or you just want to better yourself. Take a look at these books.

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Check out our previous list of self-improvement books.

Call Number: 153.3 G464b Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Call Number: 153.8 B472g Title: Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day Author: Sam Bennett

Call number: 155.2 F394t Title: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Author: Tim Ferriss

Call Number: 158 O526s Title: The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success Author: Jeff Olson

Call Number: 158.1 M465h Title: How Successful People Think Author: John C. Maxwell

Call Number: 158.2 S296L Title: The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over Authors: Jack Schafer and Marvin Karlins

Call Number: 158.1 O362e Title: Extreme you: Step Up, Stand out, Kick Ass, Repeat Author: Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Call Number: 248.4 F831p Title: Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Self Authors: DeVon Franklin 

Call Number: 370.15 G886s Title: School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It Author: Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker

Call Number: 650.1 B666w Title: Why Simple Wins: Escape Complexity Trap and Get To Work That Matters Author: Lisa Bodell

Call Number: 650.1 B777f Title: Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict Author: Heather Boushey

Call Number: 650.1 K921i Title: It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace Author: Anne Kreamer

Call Number: 650.101 W365h Title: How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Our Working Life Author: Caroline Webb 

Call Number: 650.1 B964d Title: Designing Your Life: Build a Life That Works For You Authors: Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Call Number: 650.1 D262t Title: Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done Author: Josh Davis

Call Number: 650.13 P832m Title: Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace Author: Christine Porath

Call Number: 658 T124r Title: Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions Author: Jon Taffer

Call Number: 658.3 A698p Title: Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations Author: Dan Ariely

Call Number: 658.4 P346b Title: Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms Author: Maureen Chiquet

Call Number: 791.43 L668t Title: To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History Author: Lawrence Levy

Call Number: 796.01 M962m Title: The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance Author: George Mumford

Call Number: 808.2 R473y Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person Author: Shonda Rhimes

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

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Information Literacy When Toys Attack Your Privacy

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Back in 1984, a boy in a movie bought a cute, fuzzy, little pet that gurgled and made happy noises. However, when he didn’t heed the warning to keep his pet away from bright light, to not get it wet, and to not feed it after Midnight, it unleashed a slew of nasty Gremlins.

Today that story is a little too real. A range of toys now have been built using Bluetooth technology. This is the same technology that is used to run other parts of the Internet of Things and can expose you and kids to dangerous real life gremlins, no matter how cute and cuddly a toy it comes in.

Toys Are Listening

Some toys out and out say they are recording and sending information to people if you read the fine print. According to Joseph Stineberg in Forbes talking specific about a doll called “Hello Barbie”:

“When a child speaks into a microphone on the doll, the doll records the child’s voice and transmits the recording for processing to a cloud-based service called ToyTalk. Once analysis is complete, an appropriate audio response is streamed back to the Doll which then “speaks” to the child….ToyTalk’s terms of service and privacy policy allow it to “share audio recordings with third party vendors who assist us with speech recognition,” and state that “recordings and photos may also be used for research and development purposes, such as to improve speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence algorithms and create better entertainment experiences.”

A normal speak version of this would be that the voice of anyone who speaks in the presence of this doll has given the doll company the rights to record their voice, that those recordings may be kept as long as they want, and can be shared with third parties.

The Hello Barbie is just one of a collection of recording and reporting toys from the ToyTalk company.

Toys Are Talking

These listening toys also “talk” to the child. The “conversation” of these dolls aren’t random. They are designed by the company to encourage a relationship with the child and to talk about things the child is interested in. Surprise! They also talk about what the company that makes them wants to say about certain products that have arrangements with the doll companies.

Jeff John Roberts in Fortune reporting on a claim privacy advocate groups have made to the FTC:

“My Friend Cayla is pre-programmed with dozens of phrases that reference Disney movies and theme parks. For example, Cayla tells children that her favorite movie is Disney’s The Little Mermaid and her favorite song is “Let it Go,” from Disney’s Frozen. “Cayla also tells children she loves going to Disneyland and wants to go to Epcot in Disneyworld,” says the complaint, which says such activity amounts to a deceptive form of product placement.”

Snopes takes a less drastic view of My Friend Cayla, but confirms several of the points about her recording and legal actions taken against the doll.

Things Not Intended

The examples of talking and listening above are deliberately built into the toys, but they also open up other possibilities. Reuben Paul, a child computer prodigy, presented to security experts at The Hauge earlier this year. His demonstration including using a Bluetooth enabled bear and a Raspberry Pi to harvest phone numbers from audience members and use them to hack into the bear turning functions on and off remotely and using it to record audio.

In this Guardian article, Paul is quoted as describing some of the dangers associated with these capabilities:

“They could be used to steal private information such as passwords, as remote surveillance to spy on kids, or employ GPS to find out where a person is, he said. More chillingly, a toy could say “meet me at this location and I will pick you up”, Reuben said.”

Not Just Toys

These Bluetooth toys seem especially dangerous because they are aimed at children, but adult “toys” and conveniences have the same capabilities as well. Anything hooked up by Bluetooth could be used to take video or photos if you have a camera, track locations, websites used, media played, etc. Information you consider private may be transmitted to a company or hackers might use the information to find out a great time to rob your home. Some examples are in this second Forbes article by the same Steinberg quoted above.

It’s Up To You, But Realize You Are Making a Choice

It may be that you feel the convenience or the cool factor is easily worth the risks and that’s a valid decision, but be aware that the risks exist and that you are taking them. Also, remember to live by the politicians rule and assume every camera and microphone is live.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Information Literacy 2017

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Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to post from time to time a collection of books recently added to our collection on a particular topic.  In honor of National Information Literacy Awareness Month we have books on information literacy. Look for one the next time you stop by the library. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Cover The Happiness EffectCall Number: 004.67 F866h Title: The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost Author: Donna Freitas

Call Number: 004.67 P232f Title: The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You Author: Eli Pariser

Call Number: 005.8 P347p Title: Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family Authors: Theresa M. Payton and Theodore Claypoole,

Call Number: 005.8 B155c Title: The Complete Guide to Internet Privacy, Anonymity and Security (Fully Updated and Revised for 2015) Author: Matthew Bailey

Call Number: 005.8 P347p Title: Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending your Rights, and Protecting Your Family Authors: Theresa M. Payton and Theodore Claypoole Cover of Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Call Number: 005.8 S359d Title: Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World Author: Bruce Schneier

Call Number: 005.8 M684ai Title: The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data Authors: Kevin Mitnick with Robert Vamosi

Call Number: 028.707 T253 Title: Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts Editors: Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub

Call Number: 080.9 O886h Title: Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Author: Garson O’Toole

Call Number: 152.44 R774s Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author: Jon Ronson

Call Number: 153.4 L666f Title: A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Author: Daniel J. Levitin

Call Number: 153.4 M152r Title: Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age Author: Lee McIntyre

Call Number: 153.4 N724m Title: Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking Author: Richard E. Nisbett

Call Number: 302.23 A466i Title: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Author: Adam Alter

Call Number: 302.23 B967s Title: Social Media Author: Kelli S. Burns

Call Number: 302.23 S678 Title: Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves Editor: C.G. Prado

Call Number: 302.23 V174p Title: Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth Authors: Patti M. Valkenburg and Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

Call Number: 303.48 P888r Title: The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom Authors: Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski

Call Number: 303.48 Q12g Title: Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition Author: Jack Linchuan Qiu

Call Number: 303.48 W419d Title: Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You Author: Andreas Weigend

Call Number: 323.042 H685d Title: Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics Authors: Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Eisnsten

Call Number: 323.4 B911o Title: Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest Authors: Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

Call Number: 323.44 P961a Title: Privacy in the Modern Age: the Search for Solutions Editors: Marc Rotenberg, Julia Horwitz, and Jeramie Scott

Call Number: 343.73 B287a Title: Adcreep: The Case Against Modern Marketing Author: Mark Bartholomew

Cover of Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property LawCall Number: 346.73 M478c Title: Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law Author: Jason Mazzone

Call Number: 355.3 G384i Title: iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age Author: Bill Gertz,

Call Number: 364.16 G635f Title: Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World  Author: Marc Goodman

Call Number: 364.16 L933c Title: Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security, and the Internet Author: Edward Lucas

Call Number: 371.3 B493v Title: Visual Leap: A Step-by-Step Guide to Visual Learning for Teachers and Students Author: Jesse Berg

Call Number: 974.8 H468t Title: Thinking About Video Games: Interviews With the Experts Author: David S. Heineman

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Information Literacy Awareness Month 2017

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Each October our thoughts turn to National Information Literacy Awareness Month. Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality and use the information that they need, is a big part of any library program. It’s no longer enough to be literate, as in being able to read, but you must be literate in figuring out where you can get the information you need and separating the wheat from the chaff to make sure what you’ve found is good.

Read a brief history and the purpose of National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Find previous posts and Iowa’s proclamation on National Information Literacy Awareness Month here:
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/information-literacy-awareness-month-comes-to-iowa/

Watch for a series of blog posts that will come out this month giving you a leg up with information literacy.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Do you know about our debate books?

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Library Shelves with books with pink debate books on them

Our Debate Books Collection

Do you have to make a persuasive or argumentative speech? Do you have to write a persuasive or argumentative research paper? Or do you assign one? Do we have the both the book section and databases for you.

The most important step in researching a persuasive speech or paper is to select your topic. It should both interest you and be a topic that there are clearly at least two sides to.

HINT: Do NOT choose topics such as abortion, death penalty, etc. Everyone writes about those and your instructor would be in a much better mindset when grading your paper if you don’t make them read their 5,000th paper on one of those topics. AND you will write a better paper if it’s something that you’re at least a little bit interested in.

How do you find different and interesting topics? That’s where are debate books section comes in. It is mostly made up by two major series, Opposing Viewpoints and Current Controversies. Both series design books on a particular subject, which is then broken down to more detailed sections and then to questions for and against. Anyone of these questions would make an excellent topic. As a bonus they also give you the opposing viewpoint so you can argue against it.

The Debate books are found in a section in both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City branches of Kirkwood Library Services. Their design makes them the easiest to browse in paper. They don’t circulate. However, we do also carry two online options.

The first is CQResearch which gives in-depth background reports that are useful for any project. You can also search for Pro/Con sections within these reports that argue both sides of an issue side by side.

The second is the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database which is put out by the same company that produces the series of books. You want to look for Viewpoints which are the same as the essays in the books. The also have direct access to a limited selection of journal articles, new articles, statistic reports, etc. which show up in a basic search. Unfortunately on the website the essays and articles aren’t paired pro and con so you may have a harder time finding the opposing viewpoint. Also, it can be hard to find all the articles within a book. Make sure you have the names of the essays from the table of contents if you want to find everything in a book online. Some recent titles may not be available online even if they are available in paper.

Ask a reference librarian if you need more help.

Close-up of a part of a shelf of debate books with pink labels

Important Notes

The Library link has returned to the bottom of the Kirkwood homepage. After moving off the page right before the semester started and staying off for a couple of weeks we were finally moved back into the second column of the list at the bottom of the page.

If you use APA in your classrooms there has been a change in how doi format. Learn more.

There has been a change in the Iowa City Kirkwood Library’s hours. They are now:
Mon-Th: 7:30am-9pm
Fri: 7:30am-5pm
Sat: 11am-4pm
Sun: Closed

Major Databases Changes came July 1st

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:

Agriculture and Agribusiness
Alex Awards 2016 – check out these best fiction and nonfiction books written for adults at an popular reading level
Best Books from School Library Journal for 2016 – check out these books which are a mixture of picture books and young adult books.
Collections of True Stories About Women
Culture Smart! Book Series Updates
Directors, Movies, Actors
Memorial Day Books about Veterans and the Armed Forces
Top Science Books of 2016 by the Smithsonian
YALSA 2016 Best Books for Young Adults – check out these fiction books selected to appeal to college age students by librarians who work with them
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Odds and Ends 39
Odds and Ends 40

Our Special Display This Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Banned Books Week will be September 24-30, 2017. Contact the library for a button to wear. Stop by during Banned Books Week or the week after to check out this year’s display. (See last year’s display.)

Check out this list of Cultural Events happening at Kirkwood this fall.

Our Database of the Month

Major Databases Changes came July 1st

Books and Authors

EVENT – SPECIAL HOURS

Kirkwood Campuses Closed at Noon on Fridays through July 28th. This Friday closure pattern will carry over to next summer. Dates are not yet available, but will likely run from the beginning of summer classes through the end of July next year also.

Research Tips

Librarians Wrote Articles in The Communique last year. Watch for our articles in upcoming issues.

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And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter. And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.

Banned Books Fahrenheit 451

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Permission Slips

Sometimes when a book is challenged, or even when a school or public library administration think a book MIGHT be challenged, they will create a compromise and require students to have a signed permission slip before they will check out or let students read certain books. This limitation places it beyond reach for parents who object or even those who don’t think it’s worth the effort to return the form.

Fahrenheit 451

Have you ever read Fahrenheit 451? It’s a story warning of what happens when you let the government have total control of information and live instead immersed inside of screens that constantly fed entertainment. Unfortunately one school did not get the irony of requiring a permission slip to let a kid read Fahrenheit 451. The father of one of the students did.

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Read the entire article:
http://time.com/4547992/daniel-radosh-fahrenheit-451-permission-slip-response

 

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Banned Books Reporting Censorship is Easier

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In the United States when people talk about Banning a Book normally what they mean is that there has been what is called a Challenge. In a Challenge someone tries to make a public entity stop people from reading a book, by removing it from library shelves, making it harder to get to by keeping it behind the desk, or removing it from classroom curriculum. Sometimes these efforts are successful, most of the time not.

It has long been a focal point of the American Library Association. They support people fighting bans whether ALA members or not and endeavor to track instances of Challenges. This office is called the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Their studies have shown up to 85% of challenges go unreported so they’ve made it easier for people to report a challenge.

Learn more about their efforts.

Follow the guide to reporting a challenge.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Banned Books Week 2017

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Banned Books Week 2017: Sept. 24 – Sept. 30

This year’s theme is Words Have Power. The theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is superheroes, Words Have Power (September 24 – September 30, 2017).

Here are some ideas on how to recognize Banned Books Week.

Stop by the Kirkwood Community College Library on the Main Campus in Cedar Rapids to see our display during the next two weeks and watch for proud banned books button wearers around campus.

Banned Books Display 2017

Banned Books Display 2017

We celebrate Banned Books Week each year here at Kirkwood Community College, where we stand up for intellectual freedom and how our Constitution gives us the right to read whatever we want. What do people try to ban?

Find links to previous years lists on this page. Click on the covers to bring up the list.

You can also find them sorted by the most frequently banned books by decade.

We sometimes get asked about booking banning and book banning in Iowa. The Iowa ACLU provides this list of such cases. You need to scroll past the boilerplate to get to the list of books banned in Iowa.

Sarah Uthoff and Display

Sarah Uthoff and Display

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Business 2017

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Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to post from time to time a collection of books recently added to our collection on a particular topic. This time’s subject is business. Whether you’re interested in managing your own money or making it in business check one of these out. These are just a scattering of what we’ve gotten lately. Look for one the next time you stop by the library. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Also check our previous posts from April 2016 and February 2017.

Adcreep: The Case Against Modern Marketing by Mark Bartholomew, Call Number: 343.73 B287a 

Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms by Maureen Chiquet, Call Number: 658.4 P346b

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Call Number: 658.421 D537b

A Force for Good: How Englightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism by John G. Taft, Call Number: 332 F697

The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone by David M. Smick, Call Number: 338.973 S639g

Hello! And Every Little Thing That Matters: Impactful Ideas for Treating Your Customers Right by Kate Edwards, Call Number: 658.8 E265h

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor, Call Number: 791.43 T239h

The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon, Call Number: 332.109S492u 

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone, Call Number: 658.11 S877u

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books Directors and Movies

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One of the collections we focus on is movies, films, actors and directors. Here are some recent additions. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 384 W279t Title: Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio Author: David Thomson

Call Number: 777 L429d Title: The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935 Authors: James Layton and David Pierce

Call Number: 791.43 D261m Title: Movie Comics: Page to Screen, Screen to Page Author: Blair Davis

Call Number: 791.43 H287r Title: Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca – Bogart, Bergman, and World War II Author: Aljean Harmetz

Call Number: 791.43 H588e Title: Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon Author: Marc Eliot

Call Number: 791.43 I78w Title: We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie Author: Noah Isenberg

Call Number: 791.43 M271i Title: Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams Author: Brett H. Mandel 

Call Number: 791.436 P561p Title: Projected Fears: Horror Film and American Culture Author: Kendall R. Phillips

Call Number: 791.43 S755h Title: Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films Author: Molly Haskell

Call Number: 791.43 T239h Title: How Star Wars conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise Author: Chris Taylor

Call Number: 791.43 V654k Title: On Film Making Author: King Vidor

Call Number: 792 S914h Title: Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep Author: Michael Schulman

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.