Fall Issue of Booklines Available

October 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm | Posted in booklines | 1 Comment

BooklinesThe fall issue of Booklines, the official newsletter of the Paul V. Galvin Library, is now available. Learn about new library resources, staff developments, updates on the Graham Resource Center expansion, IIT Archives exhibits, and more. Click here to view a PDF version, or pick up a copy at the Circulation or Reference Desk at the library.

Archives Exhibit Featured in Chicago Tribune

October 7, 2007 at 1:57 am | Posted in archives, news | Comments Off on Archives Exhibit Featured in Chicago Tribune

Charles Warner PierceThe October 5th Chicago Tribune featured an article on IIT alumnus Charles Warner Pierce, who in 1901 became the first African-American to receive a degree in chemical engineering. Pierce received his degree from the Armour Institute of Technology, a predecessor school of Illinois Institute of Technology.

As a technological college, Armour offered courses primarily in engineering, opening in 1896 with degree programs in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Civil Engineering was added in 1899, and Chemical Engineering in 1901, making Pierce a member of the first class to be offered this program. In fact, Pierce was the only member of the Class of 1901 (a total of 13 graduating students) to receive the Chemical Engineering degree.

Learn more about Pierce’s accomplishments through exhibits researched and organized by University Archivist Catherine Bruck. Visit the online collection and check out the materials on display inside and outside of the Archives, located on the lower level of Galvin Library.

Writing a Research Paper?

October 3, 2007 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, reference services, research tools | 1 Comment

Got a paper due for midterms? Maybe you’re beginning your thesis or dissertation this semester? Galvin Library has the resources you need, whether you’re writing that first college paper or doing research for a dissertation. Our Reference section, located on the upper level of Galvin Library, has a number of books on how to conduct research and write papers. Use the IIT Library Catalog to do a subject search for “Report writing” to see what’s available.

You can also ask any of our friendly reference librarians for more help researching your topic. Stop by the Reference Desk on the upper level, or make an appointment with your subject specialist. Don’t want to leave your home or office? IM or Email us instead.

Of course, IIT students are known for their independent critical thinking skills. If you want to begin your research at Galvin on your own, or if you get stuck along the way, try our Research Guides for help. For beginning research, we recommend checking out Finding Scholarly Articles, Using Databases, and Evaluating Online Resources to get you started.

Galvin Library is here to help you achieve your academic and professional goals!

Learn About Banned Books Week

October 1, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Posted in events | 1 Comment

Galvin Library would like to recognize the importance of free speech and intellectual freedom by highlighting Banned Books Week, which takes place September 29th to October 6th.

From the American Library Association:
“Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”

Your favorite book may have at one point been banned or threatened to be removed from libraries! You can find out the top 100 most challenged books of the previous decade here.

Some of the most popular and important books in history have been challenged or banned from libraries. You can view 2005’s list here. This list details which books that are owned by the most OCLC libraries have had the most challenges (over 57,000 libraries belong to the OCLC). You may be surprised to see that the Holy Bible, Huckleberry Finn, Don Quixote, the Koran, and Tom Sawyer are in the top five.

Are you surprised by any of the books on these lists? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

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