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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: 3 Kings

3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise, by Zack O’Malley Greenburg

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“Greenburg, a media and entertainment editor at Forbes who focused on the business success of Jay-Z in his previous book, Empire State of Mind, here widens his scope for a detailed look at the rise of the financial empires built by Jay-Z and his hiphop contemporaries Diddy and Dr. Dre. Incorporating interviews with such early hip-hop pioneers as Fab 5 Freddy and Starski, as well as many of his subjects' current business partners, Greenburg follows the growth of hip-hop from New York City's 'dysfunctional housing projects' in the 1960s and 1970s to Diddy's Revolt network, which brought hip-hop 'to fifty-million people between cable, Web, and mobile.' Greenburg provides sharp looks at the intricate ways in which Diddy, 'the flashy impresario'; Jay-Z, 'the brainy lyricist'; and Dre, 'the quiet perfectionist.. obsessed with sound quality' parlayed their unique skills into hugely successful business deals, such as Dre's cofounding of an electronics company, Beats, that Apple bought in 2014 for $3 billion, and Jay-Z's investment in the NBAs Brooklyn Nets. It's an excellent look at hip-hop that combines cultural and financial history to show what Greenburg, referencing rapper KRS-One, calls 'the hip-hopitization of corporate America.'”

- "3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise." Publishers Weekly, 29 Jan. 2018, p. 182+. Academic OneFile,

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Retro Thursdays: The John Williams Record Collection

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DIY instruments? Find out how to make a Mountain Dulcimer, Call # R 9992 from the John W. Williams Collection.
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Circulation Tip: Avoid Fines

Remember when you checked out your book, both Reserve and Circulating. Most reserve materials may be borrowed for two hours, in-library use only.

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Fake News Workshop

This interactive workshop will examine various information sources for bias, validity, and veracity. Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome!

Where: Library Classroom (E-101B)
When: Today, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Professor Ian McDermott

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies

Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age, by Donald A. Barclay

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“Barclay, a deputy University Librarian at University of California, Merced, offers a slim guide on how to separate factual information from fake news. He offers basic methods for evaluating information, such as determining whether the source for a news story is identified, and whether a so-called expert has the relevant credentials to provide an informed opinion. There’s also a quick introduction to logical fallacies, with short definitions of concepts like confirmation bias and moral equivalence. The best parts of the book deal directly with web-related topics. His chapter on fake news provides a clear and succinct overview of the not-so-new phenomenon and the factors that have contributed to its recent proliferation (e.g., information overload, search engine optimization, and political bots). And his evaluation (and endorsement) of Wikipedia as a viable of information source is spot-on. Toward the end, the book shifts to more advanced topics (statistical models, scholarly information) that will be less useful to lay readers.”

- "Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age." Publishers Weekly, vol. 265, no. 14, 02 Apr. 2018, p. 57. EBSCOhost,

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Faculty Fridays: What are some of the signs of a predatory journal or publisher?

If you find some of the characteristics below in an open access journal, you should take a closer look to determine if the publication might be deceptive about its publishing process, fees, or quality:
  • unsolicited email invitations to contribute to the journal
  • title and/or website resembles that of a well-known publication
  • advertises strikingly quick turnaround from submission to publication
  • publisher is also the editor
For more signs of predatory publishing, see our Scholarly Communications Guide

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Retro Thursdays: The John Williams Record Collection

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Today the Archives is spinning some Latin Pop by José José, Call # R 9873 from the John W. Williams Collection.
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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Raising the Floor

Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income can Renew our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream, by Andy Stern with Lee Kravitz

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“Want pie in the sky? How about convincing Americans to accept the 'almost un-American' premise of a guaranteed income for all? It might not be so far-fetched, writes Stern (A Country that Works: Getting America Back on Track, 2006), former president of the Service Employees International Union. Libertarians have agitated for an annual grant to take the place of welfare, while conservatives ought to be on board with the thought that putting a universal basic income in place is a recipe for shrinking social service bureaucracies. As for progressives, it 'helps fulfill their dream of ending poverty.' Stern takes a rather roundabout way to get to his central argument, surveying the economy as it has been transformed by technology in the last few years. There are few warehouse jobs today compared to a decade ago, for instance, not just because of the financial collapse, but also because of inventorying techniques made possible only by advanced computers. These days, Kelly Services is responsible for placing not so much stenographers as substitute teachers, taking an onerous and hated job off the backs of already burdened school principals. The argument solidifies with the thesis offered by tech giant Andy Grove that 'job creation must be the number one objective of state economic policy,' and job creation follows from the entrepreneurialism unleashed by unencumbered funds. But how much, and how? The specifics are fewer than the diagnostics, but some of the ones that Stern proposes along the way are both interesting and ingenious--encourage offshore companies to return without undue tax penalty, for one, and then set aside some of the proceeds of normal business taxation to fund infrastructure improvements and more. But the overarching one, that of the UBI, is the most interesting of all, and the author does a solid job of making his case without waxing too wild-eyed. Stern's T-shirt slogan puts it well: 'It's really not that complicated.' Pipe dream it may be, but this is a book eminently worth talking about.”

- "Stern, Andy: Raising the Floor." Kirkus Reviews, 15 May 2016. Literature Resource Center,

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The videotaping and editing services form is available in E-201 and online.

Retro Thursdays: The John Williams Record Collection

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The archives is working on releasing the John Williams Record Collection, samples of the collection coming up soon.
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Faculty Fridays: How can I find quality journals to publish in?

Use the library to find non-predatory scholarly journals. Browse our journals by title or subject or use OneSearch to find journals (see screenshot above). The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) maintains 'best practices' standards for the journals it hosts. If you need to check on a journal, The Serials Directory database (login required for off-campus users) provides information such as publisher, frequency, and indexing on nearly 250,000 journals and other serials.

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