Archive for July, 2007

Congratulations Dr. Lewis!


NJCU faculty member in Literacy Education, Jill Lewis, recently published an edited volume: Adolescent Literacy Instruction: Policies and Promising Practices. Published by the International Reading Association, the book is available for purchase on their web site. A sample chapter authored by Dr. Lewis is available on the site.

For further reading on adolescent literacy, check out one of the following at the library:

Adolescent literacy research and practice
edited by Tamara L. Jetton & Janice A. Dole
LB1632 .A27 2004

Adolescent literacy resources: linking research and practice
Julie Meltzer, with Nancy Cook Smith and Holly Clark
LB1632 .M388 2003

Just teach me, Mrs. K.: talking, reading, and writing with resistant adolescent learners
Mary Mercer Krogness
LC4085 .K76 1995

Lifers: learning from at-risk adolescent readers
Pamela N. Mueller
LC4704.87 .M84 2001

Out of the woods: tales of resilient teens
Stuart T. Hauser, Joseph P. Allen, Eve Golden
HV1421 .H38 2006

Principled practices for adolescent literacy: a framework for instruction and policy
Elizabeth G. Sturtevant and others
LB1632 .P75 2006

Radical change: books for youth in a digital age
Eliza T. Dresang
PN1009.5.T43 D74 1999

To be a boy, to be a reader: engaging teen and preteen boys in active literacy
William G. Brozo
LC1396.5 .B76 2002

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Pottermania Hits the Library


The wait is over! On Saturday the final installment of the Harry Potter series was released and sold 8.3 million copies in the US in the first 24 hours it was available (as reported on  That’s slightly over 5,000 copies per minute.

While we don’t yet have it in the library, it is on order. In the mean time, if you would like to read one of the earlier works, they’re all on display on the first floor of the library. In addition, since we’re an academic library, you can also read academic evaluations of the series, including:

Harry Potter’s world : multidisciplinary critical perspectives 
edited by Elizabeth Heilman
PR6068 .O93 Z73 2003                    

The ivory tower and Harry Potter : perspectives on a literary phenomenon
edited by Lana A. Whited
PR6068 .O93 Z734 2004                     

Reading Harry Potter : critical essays
edited by Giselle Liza Anatol
PR6068 .O93 Z84 2003 

Enjoy and for more information about the about the author, see her neat web site.

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Social Networking

The recent ALA conference in June featured many programs on libraries and social networking. One of the presenters was Meredith Farkas, aka Queens of Wikis. She blogs about social networking, among other topics, at Information Wants to Be Free.

I have to admit that I have my doubts about library forays into these spheres. Although Beth Evans at Brooklyn College has done a superb job with her library’s MySpace page, I suspect that most libraries who are making attempts in this arena are just doing it because they think it’s hip; but they don’t really understand the culture. What do you think?

If you would like to read more on social networking, take a look at this interesting article in the July/August 2007 issue of Information Today which traces the history of social networking and its meteoric rise. The author admittedly draws heavily from A Brief History of the Internet by Leiner, et al. which is also a good read in case you’ve forgotten how the Internet got started (or didn’t know to begin with).

For more scholarly treatments of the topic see this analysis of online friendships and this article on privacy and social networking. Have a good weekend!

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Spotlight on: Your Journals@OVID

nb_ovidlogo.gif Your Journals@OVID
You may not have noticed this database because it’s all the way at the bottom of the Databases by Title list but if you’re writing papers or doing research in medicine, nursing or the allied health fields, definitely check it out. It includes full-text articles from about 60 journals, inlcuding the ones below:

  • Epidemiology
  • JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
  • Journal of Hypertension
  • Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Spine
  • Stroke
  • Transplantation

To see individual journal issues, click on Browse Journals from the first page. You can also search by keyword. If you need assistance using this database or any of our other databases, please give us a call at 201-200-3033 during all the hours the library is open.

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This Day In History: Hamilton-Burr Duel

220px-hamilton_small.jpg On July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, NJ, Jefferson’s first vice president Aaron Burr fatally shot his long-time political rival Alexander Hamilton, whom he had challenged to a duel. While we don’t recommend this mode of conflict resolution, if you would like to learn more about their relationship and the duel check out this Weehawken history site or this PBS site and the following books available at Guarini Library:                              

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr: their lives, their times, their duel
Anna Erskine Crouse and Russel Crouse. Illustrated by Walter Buehr.
923.273 .H218C                          

Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson : a study in character
Roger G. Kennedy
E302.5 .K46 2000                         

The  Burr-Hamilton duel & related matters; a statement
E302.6.H2 B87                              

The Duel : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the future of America
Thomas Fleming
E302.6.H2 F56 1999                         

A fatal friendship : Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Arnold A. Rogow
E302.6.H2 R64 1999                        

Interview in Weehawken; the Burr-Hamilton duel, as told in the original documents. Edited by Harold C. Syrett and Jean G. Cooke. with an introd. and conclusion by Willard M. Wallace.
E302.6.H2 S95                             

Ordeal of ambition; Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr
E302.1 .D35                              

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Site of the Week: Pew Internet & American Life Project


An initiative of the Pew Research Center, The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the Internet through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.

The basis of the reports are nationwide random digit dial telephone surveys as well as online surveys. This data collection is supplemented with research from government agencies, academia, and other expert venues; observations of what people do and how they behave when they are online; in-depth interviews with Internet users and Internet experts alike; and other efforts that try to examine individual and group behavior. The Project releases 15-20 pieces of research a year, varying in size, scope, and ambition.
(Description About Us page.)

Recent reports have revealed that:

* 47% of adults have high-speed internet connections at home as of early March 2007
* About a third of online teens say they have been targets of online harassement
* 37% of email users said spam had increased in their personal email accounts, up from 28% of email users who said that two years ago
* Half of all American adults are only occasional users of modern information gadgetry
* 36% of online American adults consult Wikipedia
* Many teens actively manage their online profiles to keep the information they believe is most sensitive away from the unwanted gaze of strangers, parents and other adults.
* Hispanics with lower levels of education and English proficiency remain largely disconnected from the internet.

The Pew Reports are informative and easy-to-read. Take a look at one today!

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Independence Day


As we look forward to the July 4th holiday and prepare for cookouts, parades and fireworks, let us take a moment to remember that Guarini Library owns several scintillating volumes on the history of the American Revolution and events that preceeded and followed it. Happy Indepence Day and Happy Reading.

The following are available in the library and unless indicated by REF can be checked out.

David McCullough 
E208 .M396 2005                                       
Dissent in America : voices that shaped a nation 
edited by Ralph F.Young 
E183 .D57 2006
Empire and nation : the American Revolution in the Atlantic world 
edited by Eliga H. Gould and Peter S. Onuf 
E209 .E45 2005                                   
The encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War : a political, 
social,and military history 
Gregory Fremont-Barnes, Richard Alan Ryerson, volume editors 
James Arnold and Roberta Wiener, editors, documents 
REF E208 .E64 2006
Forgotten allies : the Oneida Indians and the American revolution 
Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin 
E99 .O45 G54 2006                         
The general and Mrs. Washington : the untold story of a marriage & 
a revolution 
Bruce Chadwick 
E312.19 .C47 2006                        
George Washington's war : the forging of a Revolutionary leader and the 
American presidency 
Bruce Chadwick 
E312.25 .C48 2005                       
The glorious cause : the American Revolution, 1763-1789 
Robert Middlekauff 
E173 .O94 2005                          
A guide to New Jersey's Revolutionary War trail for families and 
history buffs 
Mark Di Ionno 
E263.N5 D5 2000  
The historical atlas of the American Revolution 
Ian Barnes ; Charles Royster, consultant editor 
REF  E208 .B36 2000                           
New Jersey in the American Revolution 
edited by Barbara J. Mitnick 
E263 .N5 N715 2005                       
The unknown American Revolution : the unruly birth of democracy and the 
struggle to create America 
Gary B. Nash 
E208 .N33 2005 

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