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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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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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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."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

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No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot

"Peter Piot has had an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease - the Ebola virus - was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He travelled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today's deadliest diseases."

"No Time To Lose." No Time To Lose. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2014.

"From the discovery of the Ebola virus to the struggle against HIV, Peter Piot has been at the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases. In this insightful book, Dr. Piot reminds us of the importance of our shared responsibility for overcoming global humanitarian challenges."

Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Secretary-General of the United Nations

This book will be shelved at QR 359.72 P56 A3 with other books on virology once it is no longer a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave)

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Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave by David Fiske, Clifford W. Brown, and Rachel Seligman

"Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery. This comprehensive biography of Solomon Northup picks up where earlier annotated editions of his narrative left off, presenting fascinating, previously unknown information about the author of the autobiographical Twelve Years A Slave.

This book examines Northup's life as a slave and reveals details of his life after he regained his freedom, relating how he traveled around the Northeast giving public lectures, worked with an Underground Railroad agent in Vermont to help fugitive slaves reach freedom in Canada, and was connected with several theatrical productions based upon his experiences. The tale of Northup's life demonstrates how the victims of the American system of slavery were not just the slaves themselves, but any free person of color—all of whom were potential kidnap victims, and whose lives were affected by that constant threat."

—From the publsher's website:
"Solomon Northup by David Fiske, Clifford W. Brown, and Rachel Seligman." ABC-CLIO.com. N.p., 2014. Web. 02 Oct. 2014.

This book will be shelved at E444 .N87 F57 2013, with other books on slavery, once it is no longer a "New Book."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values…

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Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China by Judith Stacey

"In her new book. Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Westem China, Judith Stacey invites the reader to, in her words, "...travel light, leaving behind as much cultural baggage as possible" while exploring the world of family diversity. In it, Stacey draws upon her considerable expertise as a family scholar to explore and combat, many western assumptions about the importance of traditional, heterosexual, monogamous marriage. Along the way she acts as engaging tour guide, leading us through a variety of somewhat new (as well as very old) family types.

While Stacey is clear she believes that strong, happy families can come in many forms, she challenges Focus on the Family and feminists alike in in her continual pursuit to demonstrate that no one person, group, or society should have the power to decide what type of family is best for all.us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human."

Miller, Amanda J. "Unhitched: Love, Marriage, And Family Values From West Hollywood To Western China." Journal Of Comparative Family Studies 43.6 (2012): 994-945. Academic Search Complete. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at HQ75.27 .S73 2011 once it is no longer a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

"Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human."

from the author's website

This book will be shelved at QE721.2 .E97 K65 2014, with other books on paleontology, once it is no longer a "New Book."

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Masters of the Word

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Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet by William J. Bernstein

"This sweeping, although selective, historical narrative by award-winning financial historian Bernstein elucidates in highly readable fashion the role of ‘media’—in which he includes advances from ancient alphabets to movable type to twenty-first-century technology—in shaping civilization and determining democratic versus despotic tendencies. Bernstein's thesis that 'power accruesto the literate' should not be taken simplistically; his larger arguments are learned and elegantly made. … His occasional invocation of modern phenomena in a nonmodern context … lend charm and clarity to what might have otherwise been dauntingly erudite. Instead, Bernstein offers an accessible, quite enjoyable, and highly informative read that will hold surprises even for those familiar with some of the history he covers."

Levine, Mark. "Masters Of The Word: How Media Shaped History." Booklist 109.14 (2013): 32. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at P90 .B43 2013 with other books on communication once it is not a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall

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Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones

"British journalist Ellsworth-Jones (We Will Not Fight…) here profiles the elusive Banksy, a street artist who fiercely defends what's left of his anonymity and credentials as an outsider. Ellsworth-Jones does a superb job of threading his way through the fascinating world of street and outsider art, asking all the important questions that arise when the art world, social commentary, questions of what is public vs. private, and – most important — commerce, collide.

What does it tell us about the state of the art world when a self-proclaimed vandal and prankster who became famous for stenciling on public walls and surreptitiously adding his own work to famous museums, suddenly commands six figures for his work, produces an Oscar-nominated documentary about an eccentric camera buff (who originally claimed to be making a documentary about him), and needs a sophisticated organization to protect and provide authentication for pieces previously regarded as defacement of public property? Banksy's work is competent, clever, thought-provoking, and accessible.

VERDICT A fluent, enjoyable discussion of an important contemporary cultural phenomenon; this book will appeal especially to readers who are fans of Banksy's work and is an essential title for devotees of pop culture and outsider art."

Woodhouse, Mark. "Banksy: The Man Behind The Wall." Library Journal 138.1 (2013): 86. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.

This book will be shelved at GT3913.43 .B36 2013, with other books on graffiti, once it is no longer a "New Book.

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LaGuardia Library (Beach) Books of the Week

Recent Leisure Reading

Pick one just for fun!
The library has a leisure reading collection which includes these books and many more. Ask a librarian about it!

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Snowden Files

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The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding

"A newsworthy, must-read book about what prompted Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on his former employer, the National Security Agency, and what likely awaits him for having done so. … The author casts the prime motivation as a kind of revulsion born of Snowden's experience as an analyst knee-deep in material that-it is very clear-was none of the NSA's business, reinforced by Snowden's time stationed in the relative freedom of Switzerland. It is also clear that Snowden's act was premeditated, though not out of anti-Americanism (he's a Ron Paul-type libertarian, it seems) and not for monetary impulse, though he could have sold the documents to any one of a number of foreign powers.

...

Harding closes with the thought that Snowden may have no other home for some time to come-but that even wider implications remain to be explored, including the possibility that British activists might be able to introduce something like the First Amendment to protect its press in the future. Whether you view Snowden's act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort."

"The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man." Kirkus Reviews 82.5 (2014): 310. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 8 July 2014.

This book will be shelved at JF 1525 .W45 .H37 2014, with other books on government intelligence, once it is no longer a "New Book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

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Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

"What was in the water in Toms River? A seemingly high number of childhood cancer cases in the New Jersey town prompted the question, but there turned out to be no easy answer. As Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) investigated the tragic impact that unethical scientific pursuits had on a family, Toms River unravels the careless environmental practices that damaged a community. The book goes beyond the Toms River phenomenon itself to examine the many factors that came together in that one spot, from the birth of the synthetic chemical industry to the evolution of epidemiology to the physicians who invented occupational medicine.

Former Newsday environmental journalist Fagin's work may not be quite as riveting in its particulars as Skloot's book, but it features jaw-dropping accounts of senseless waste-disposal practices set against the inspiring saga of the families who stood up to the enormous Toms River chemical plant. The fate of the town, we learn, revolves Thoreson around the science that cost its residents so much."

Thoreson, Bridget. "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation." Booklist 15 Feb. 2013: 23. Academic OneFile. Web. 8 July 2014.

This book is shelved in the nonfiction leisure collection by the author's last name (Fagin).

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