Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Success: Next Exit

Welcome back, students! It's time to shake off those post-holiday blues and double down for another semester. Whether you've emerged from academic hibernation a lean, mean studying machine or half-asleep, start out your semester on the right foot by dropping by the library. We've put together a book display with your success in mind, with books covering everything from time management to adult learners, strategies for nursing school, learning disabilities, and study tips. Looking for some recommendations? We've got a few:

Who says there's no such thing as a magic bullet? Sharon Melnick shares tips for managing stress and improving quality of life in Success under stress : powerful tools for staying calm, confident, and productive when the pressure's on.

Cal Newport plumbs the secrets of successful students and shows you how you can develop your own blueprint for success in How to win at college : simple rules for success from star students and How to become a straight-A student : the unconventional strategies real college students use to score high while studying less.

Intimidated by your professors? Learn how to better communicate with them and get the most out of your academic experience with Say this, not that to your professor : 36 talking tips for college success by Ellen Bremen.

Finally, it can be difficult to know when and how to cite, and you many not always have an opportunity to sit down with a librarian when you need help in a pinch. Charles Lipson offers a primer to citation guidelines in Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success, ensuring that readers not only learn how to cite but why.

Check out all of these books and more in the Success: Next Exit display at the front of the library, right between new books and popular fiction. Happy spring semester!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New Books for the Holidays

Jessup Library is ringing in the holidays with brand new books. Start the end of your semester and another festive week of the holidays right: by checking out a new book for your winter break reading. Looking for suggestions? We've got them below:

Tara Westover chronicles her journey from the mountains of Idaho to the halls of Harvard in Educated, a memoir that explores what it means to leave, and eventually return, home. Self-taught and inspired by the example of an elder brother, Westover leaves the home of her survivalist parents for college, and in the process, undergoes a transformation that may make it impossible for her to ever go back.

Another novel that explores home and belonging is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, the beautifully told saga of a Korean family that spans four generations and the length of the twentieth century. At its epic heart: a young woman's decision to maintain her independence in the face of poverty, war, and upheaval, a decision that will shape the lives of her children and grandchildren in unexpected ways.

Love them or hate them, there's nothing like family, especially when they're richer than Smaug. Dive into lives of the super rich in Kevin Kwan's trilogy, Crazy Rich AsiansChina Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Rachel Chu is a New York professor who accompanies her boyfriend to meet his family over the summer, only to learn he's as rich as royalty. Join the jet set in a romp ranging from Singapore and Shanghai to Manila and the Sulu Sea, full of sabotage and scandal, fast cars and penthouses, and a love story foiled at every turn by familial scheming.

Speaking of love: in The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love, Marilyn Yalom turns her lens on 2,500 years of the heart as a symbol of amorous love in this wide-ranging microhistory that considers everything from Shakespeare to emojis.

Finally, go behind-the-scenes of extraordinary innovations and remarkable careers with Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators who Changed the World by Melissa A. Schilling and The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan. Meanwhile, in You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education, George Anders brings hope to any liberal arts student worried they should have majored in a more conventionally lucrative field. Tackling topics that range from résumés from first jobs, Anders demonstrates how the liberal arts degree provides new graduates with a flexibility that will benefit them in starting and developing their careers.

Find all of these books and over two hundred more in the catalog. Happy holidays, and happier reading!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Free Food for Academics

With the endtimes finals upon us, it's time to pull a few life-shortening all nighters. But you don't have to go hungry in the process -- Santa certainly doesn't. Drop by the circulation desk from Wednesday, December 12 to Tuesday, December 18 to chow down on cookies, candy, and coffee. Whether you're a student, faculty, or staff, come visit the library for a free treat! There's no reason why should Santa have all the fun.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From Blueberries to Big Macs: Bees in Virginia

European honeybees are some of the best known celebrities of the natural world. When we think of bees, we think of hives, honey, and the Olympic feats of strength and speed we employ to avoid being stung. But did you know:
Curiosity stoked? Join us on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to learn more about bees! Dr. T’ai Roulston's discussion, "Conserving Virginia’s Native Bees," will take place in room M229 on the main campus from 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. His talk will provide a broad survey of the types of bees in Virginia, discuss the various threats and opportunities they encounter in our human dominated landscape, and explore ways in which land management at all scales can contribute to their success.

We can thank bees for dietary staples ranging from honey to Big Macs, and everything in between -- which makes a world without bees a scary one to contemplate. Come learn more about how bees affect the world in which we live, and what you can do to help ensure they'll be buzzing around for millennia more.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Recycle a bag. Save the planet.

Plastic is the new kid on the block, in the grand scheme of things -- considering that Bakelite, the predecessor of plastic, was developed in 1907, plastic has been around for just over one hundred years. It's versatile, durable -- and it's going to be around for a lot longer than we are. According to the Ocean Portal Team, the authors behind the Smithsonian Institution's page on marine plastics, "Depending on the type of plastic and where it lands, items can take days to hundreds of years to break down into very small pieces, which likely never biodegrade." The plastic we use every day has a long shelf life. Even worse, it's piling up, cluttering the planet that we call home.

Plastic poses a big problem, but you can be a part of the solution. Bring your plastic shopping bags to the main campus for a College-wide Recycle Day. Our recycling day will take place in the North Mall Meting Room on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Every bag counts, because it's one more piece of plastic that can be reduced, removed, reused, and recycled. So clear out that big plastic shopping bag full of smaller shopping bags you keep under the kitchen sink and bring them to campus. Recycle a bag. Save the planet.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Racing Extinction: College Hour with Kibiriti Majuto

There's a sixth mass extinction coming -- and in the words of Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the award-winning book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, the cataclysm is us.

Kolbert traces the history of mass extinctions from antiquity to the present day, from the mastodon to Panama's golden frog, and shows how humans have impacted the earth in ways not experienced since the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of Cretaceous period. Humans have catastrophically altered the course of life on this planet -- but while there is no question we can destroy, is there hope that we can also heal?

On Monday, October 15, 2018, join student organizer Kibiriti Majuto as he turns the discussion from extinction to how we -- and specifically, young people -- can alter the planet's course from catastrophe towards a livable future. "Racing Extinction: Youth Movement for Climate Justice" seeks to refocus our attention from what has been done to what can be done, right now, for the planet. Kibiriti is a student organizer with different environmental student organizations such as Virginia Student Environmental Collection and Zero Hour. He is currently on the Earth Guardians National Council, and he worked on developing the Zero Hour’s platform for the Youth March.

Free for college hour? Take some time out of your day to learn about climate justice, and what you can do to help bring justice to our planet.

Kibiriti will be speaking at the main campus in Room M229 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Monday, October 15, 2018. Don't miss out!