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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Saving Normal

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Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances

In Saving Normal, Francis …argues that labeling life problems as mental illness has serious long-term implications. It is a well-accepted notion… that disease does not exist until society agrees it does by perceiving, naming, and responding to it. Yet Frances criticizes the proliferation of mental diseases in DSM-5 (2013) and explores the social and personal consequences. He begins with a terse historical review of how "normal" has been defined, but ignores the legal profession's significant contributions to the debate.

Most of the book focuses on how the idea of normal remains elusive and argues that the medicalization of behavior leads to polypharmacy, misallocation of medical resources, multibillion-dollar profits for drug companies, and a lapse of personal and internal accountability for behavior...He asserts that transforming human behavior into the newly invented mental...may diminish human adaptability, diversity, and humanity."

Hamilton, D.B. "Frances, Allen. Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Feb. 2014: 1043+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2014.

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

Ask a librarian to help you find resources on this or related books.

See our previous Books of the Week here.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Saving Normal

Cover of ''Saving normal: an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life''

Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances

In Saving Normal, Francis …argues that labeling life problems as mental illness has serious long-term implications. It is a well-accepted notion… that disease does not exist until society agrees it does by perceiving, naming, and responding to it. Yet Frances criticizes the proliferation of mental diseases in DSM-5 (2013) and explores the social and personal consequences. He begins with a terse historical review of how "normal" has been defined, but ignores the legal profession's significant contributions to the debate.

Most of the book focuses on how the idea of normal remains elusive and argues that the medicalization of behavior leads to polypharmacy, misallocation of medical resources, multibillion-dollar profits for drug companies, and a lapse of personal and internal accountability for behavior...He asserts that transforming human behavior into the newly invented mental...may diminish human adaptability, diversity, and humanity."

Hamilton, D.B. "Frances, Allen. Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life." CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Feb. 2014: 1043+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2014.

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

Ask a librarian to help you find resources on this or related books.

See our previous Books of the Week here.



Free Earplugs at the Reference Desk

box of Library earplugs

We know the Library can sometimes be a bit noisy because of our renovation. To help keep everyone focused, we have free earplugs at the Reference Desk (don't worry — they're individually wrapped). Just make sure you take them out before you go to class!

Thanks to Hunter for the great idea (and for the great box)!



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

As a young Harvard law student testing himself in an internship in Georgia, Stevenson visited death-row inmates and saw firsthand the injustices suffered by the poor and disadvantaged, how too many had been railroaded into convictions with inadequate legal representation. The visit made such an impression on Stevenson that he started the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. One of his first clients was Walter McMillian, a young black man accused of murdering a white woman and imprisoned on death row even before he was tried.

Stevenson alternates chapters on the shocking miscarriage of justice in McMillian's case, including police and prosecutorial misconduct, with other startling cases. The war on drugs and tough-on-crime political postures have resulted in hundreds of juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonhomicidal offenses. Among the cases Stevenson cites: a 14-year-old condemned to death for killing his mother’s abusive boyfriend and a mentally ill adolescent girl condemned to life in prison for second-degree murder for the death of young boys killed in a fire she started accidentally. Through these cases and others, Stevenson details changes in victims' rights, incarceration of juveniles, death penalty reforms, inflexible sentencing laws, and the continued practices of injustice that see too many juveniles, minorities, and mentally ill people imprisoned in a frenzy of mass incarceration ien the U.S. A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.

Bush, Vanessa. "Just Mercy." The Booklist 111.4 (2014): 6-7. ProQuest Education Journals. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.

This book is in Leisure Reading (the maroon shelves in Periodicals.) It is shelved under the author's last name (Stevenson).

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess

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Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess''

Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess by Daniel Akst

"At a time when the fallout from reckless spending and unrestrained consumption is fueling a national malaise, Daniel Akst delivers a witty and comprehensive investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. Temptation reminds us that while more calories, sex, and intoxicants are readily available than ever before, crucial social constraints have eroded, creating a world that sorely tests the limits of human willpower. Referencing history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and economics, Akst draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire-and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly away from a campaign of self-destruction."

from the publisher's website

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



Welcome to Fall II 2015!

Looking for a textbook? Ask for it at the checkout desk or check our 14-day loan area.

Looking for something fun to read? Our browsing collection is in the back by periodicals and our new books are in front of the reference desk.

Everything else is still available — you just need to request it first.



Happy Winter Break! Our Intersession Hours…

Library hours are always available on the Library home page and on our Hours page.

  • December 16: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 17: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 18: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 19: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 20: Closed
  • December 21: Closed
  • December 22: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 23: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 24: Closed
  • December 25: Closed
  • December 26: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 27: Closed
  • December 28: Closed
  • December 29: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 30: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • December 31: Closed
  • January 1: Closed


LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy by Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen

From the preface:

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics"
—Mark Twain, 1907

Actually it is not fair to say that statistics are lies (as Mark Twain claimed), or that statistics lie (as so many others often claim). It is more accurate to say that statistics can be used to lie. That is, they can be manipulated to support any argument, including a knowingly false argument.


"In Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, the authors analyze the Office of National Drug Control Policy's use of statistics when supporting or creating drug policy. Throughout the book, the reader is exposed to many statistical manipulations that created public sentiment, consequently assisting in the enactment of many drug policies still in use today"

Battin, Joshua R. "Lies, Damned Lies, And Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis Of Claims Made By The Office Of National Drug Control Policy." Journal Of Criminal Justice & Popular Culture 15.3 (2008): 117-120. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section (in front of the Reference Desk). Instructions on how to request books are here.

Ask a librarian to help you find this or other books.

See our previous Books of the Week here.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Hip Hop Family Tree

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Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium ae" the comic book?

From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.

Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor's exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail...Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day."

from the publisher’s website

You can request this book from storage if it is no longer in the New Books section. Instructions on how to do that are here.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



Requesting Library Books During the Renovation

Our books are in storage, but you still have access to them! LaGuardia undergraduate students, faculty and staff can request Regular Loan/Stacks books from storage directly through the library catalog or CUNY OneSearch. This follows the exact same process as any other CLICS request from another CUNY Library. For this to work properly you must have a current Library account and a LaGuardia ID that has been activated at the Circulation Desk. Click here for more information.

Certain members of the LaGuardia Community are local patrons (i.e., Adult and Continuing Education students, alumni, affiliated High School students) and are not eligible for CLICS requests. In these cases, there is an alternative request form that can be used.

This form can also be used by anyone to request an item from the Serials collection. Serials are available for in-Library use only.

Picking Up Your Book

You'll receive an e-mail when the item has been retrieved and is available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk. Circulation Staff will retrieve requested materials Monday through Friday. Generally speaking, items should be available 24 hours from time of request with the exception of weekends and delays due to inclement weather.

If you don't pick-up your item within 10 days, it will be sent back to storage. You can sign into your catalog account to track the progress of your requests. A list of requests will show under the Hold Requests link. Under the Request status column the item will say "On hold until: "DATE" when it is available at the Circulation Desk. The DATE is the last day this item will be available. Here is more information on your My Catalog account.

screenshot of My Catalog screen showing when a hold is ready

If problems occur during the request process please visit the Circulation Desk to make sure your Library account is active.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics

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Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics by Günter M. Ziegler

Review of the 1st edition:

"The subject of mathematics is not something distant, strange, and abstract that you can only learn about—and often dislike—in school. It is in everyday situations, such as housekeeping, communications, traffic, and weather reports. Taking you on a trip into the world of mathematics, Do I Count? Stories from Mathematics describes in a clear and captivating way the people behind the numbers and the places where mathematics is made.

Written by top scientist and engaging storyteller Günter M. Ziegler and translated by Thomas von Foerster, the book presents mathematics and mathematicians in a manner that you have not previously encountered. It guides you on a scenic tour through the field, pointing out which beds were useful in constructing which theorems and which notebooks list the prizes for solving particular problems. Forgoing esoteric areas, the text relates mathematics to celebrities, history, travel, politics, science and technology, weather, clever puzzles, and the future."

from the publisher’s website

This book will be shelved at at at QA99 .Z5413 2014 with other books on math once it is not a new book.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



Renovation Update: One week until books can be requested

As of this week, all of the books and periodicals in the LAGCC library stacks have been moved to the 8th floor of the C Building. Library staff are working hard to organize the space and create safe conditions for the 14-month renovation project.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • All books are unavailable until Sunday, November 16th.
  • By Monday, November 17th, you will be able to request books from the LAGCC collection using an online form. Your books can be picked up the next day at the Circulation Desk.
  • The library’s Media Lab has been converted into a temporary IT Lab, and all computers are available for student use.
  • The library’s Media Lab technology has been moved to the Library Conference Room.

Watch this space for regular updates about this project. As always, remember that your LAGCC ID gives you access to ALL of the CUNY libraries, including nearby Hunter College Libraries and Baruch’s Newman Library.You also have all the branches of the Queens Library at your disposal.

For additional information, check out the official Library Renovation page.



LaGuardia’s Library is being renovated!

The Library is expanding to better serve students and will remain open during renovations. To accommodate the renovations, most books and magazines will be relocated but will remain accessible by request. Plan ahead and check out books you'll need for the end of the semester before the construction begins on November 3, 2014. Additional information about the Library renovation will be shared in the coming days, be sure to check http://www.laguardia.edu/library-renovation/ and your LaGuardia email for details.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing

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Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing (revised and expanded edition) by Margaret Livingstone

Review of the 1st edition:

"This book is for anyone who has wondered why the Mona Lisa's smile is so haunting or how artists manage to give depth or motion to a two-dimensional piece of art. Not only does Livingstone (neurobiology, Harvard Medical School) clearly explain these things but she also shows how vision works from eye to brain, and she provides fun experiments to illustrate her observations. The book is lavishly illustrated (150 illustrations, 100 in color), with excellent captions that can stand alone for those who prefer to browse. But it is well worth reading the whole book. The practical examples explaining how vision works greatly help the understanding of the process of vision. This unique book helps readers learn about color, luminescence, the What and Where systems, how problems with these systems affect vision, and more."

Henderson, Margaret. "Vision And Art (Book)." Library Journal 127.12 (2002): 114. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.

This book will be shelved at at at N7430.5 .L54 2014 with other books on art and visual perception once it is not a new book.

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See our previous Books of the Week here.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Second Machine Age

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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

"In The Second Machine Age, MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.

Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.

Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape."

"Second Machine Age." Second Machine Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.

This book will be shelved at HC 79 I55 B796 2014, with other books on economic history, once it is no longer a "New Book."

Ask a librarian to help you find this or other books.

See our previous Books of the Week here.