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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Judgment Calls

Cover of ''Judgment Calls: 12 Stories of Big Decisions''

Judgment Calls: 12 Stories of Big Decisions by Thomas H. Davenport and Brook Manville

"The 12 case studies offered in this book are designed to show readers that good decision making is less about lone individuals "making the call" than about the smart use of available resources and working together. Dividing the book into four sections of three studies each, Davenport (information technology & management, Babson Coll.; coauthor, Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning) and Manville (coauthor, A Company of Citizens: What the World's First Democracy Teaches Leaders About Creating Great Organizations) make their case for involving more people in decision deliberation. They cite participative problem solving, the use of technology and analytics, and leveraging the power of corporate cultures and context as ways to avoid outdated, dictatorial leadership. Investment management company Vanguard, for instance, provided a culture in which an analyst could question the safety of subprime bond investments.

VERDICT: Books on leadership can be bloated, but this one is streamlined and a pleasure to read; the case studies are well written and each chapter concludes with thoughts on the "organizational judgment" displayed."

Cords, Sarah Statz. "Judgment Calls: 12 Stories Of Big Decisions And The Teams That Got Them Right." Library Journal 137.7 (2012): 88. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 24 Sept. 2013.

This book will be shelved at HD30.23 .D3718 2012 with other books on decision making once it is not a "New book."

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Banned Books Week: Invisible Man

It's not just Captain Underpants and Harry Potter that get banned from schools and libraries. A North Carolina school recently banned Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man but bad press has caused them to overturn it. The American Library Association has a list of banned classics.(--Prof. Egger-Sider)

Banned Books Week

From Professor Francine Egger-Sider:
"September 22-28 is Banned Books Week and the Library has put together an exhibit to highlight issues of censorship and intellectual freedom. Come to view the exhibit in the case before the entrance to the Library and bring or send your students: Banned Books week is a good time to raise these sensitive issues with your classes.

Inside the Library, there is the exhibit highlighting the themes of the Common Reading as portrayed by Ann Patchett in her book, State of Wonder. The blue mushrooms (a clue for those who have read the book) have been knitted by one of our librarians!"

Here are pictures of the two exhibits:

Picture of Library banned bookweek case

Picture of Library State of Wonder exhibit

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: My Beloved World

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

cover of My Beloved World

"When Sotomayor joined the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009, she made history as the first Hispanic on the high court. She'd also achieved the highest dream of a Puerto Rican girl growing up in a Bronx housing project longing to someday become a judge."

"In this amazingly candid memoir, Sotomayor recalls a tumultuous childhood: alcoholic father, emotionally distant mother, aggravating little brother, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins, all overseen by her loving, domineering paternal grandmother. When she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at eight years of age, she knew she had to learn to give herself the insulin shots. That determination saw her through Catholic high school, Princeton, and Yale Law School, at each step struggling to reconcile the poverty of her childhood with the privileges she was beginning to enjoy. No rabble-rouser, she nonetheless was active in student groups supporting minorities. At Yale, she learned how to think about jurisprudence, but readers looking for clues to her judicial thinking will be disappointed as she deliberately demurs. She recounts complicated feelings toward her parents and her failed marriage as she advanced to the DA's office, private practice, the district court, and, triumphantly, the Supreme Court. Sotomayor offers an intimate and honest look at her extraordinary life and the support and blessings that propelled her forward."

—Vanessa Bush

Bush, Vanessa. "My Beloved World." Booklist 109.6 (2012): 4. Education Research Complete. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.

This book will be shelved at KF8745 .S67 A3 2013 with other books on the Supreme Court justices once it is not a "New book."

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Today is Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day, September 17, 2013, the Library has developed a guide that can help both students and faculty locate resources about the Constitution and the day that we annually celebrate it. The Guide can be found at:

LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: What We Have Done

Cover of ''What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement''

What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement by Fred Pelka

"Nothing about us without us" has been a core principle of American disability rights activists for more than half a century. It represents a response by people with disabilities to being treated with scorn and abuse or as objects of pity, and to having the most fundamental decisions relating to their lives—where they would live; if and how they would be educated; if they would be allowed to marry or have families; indeed, if they would be permitted to live at all—made by those who were, in the parlance of the movement, "temporarily able-bodied."

In What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement, Fred Pelka takes that slogan at face value. He presents the voices of disability rights activists who, in the period from 1950 to 1990, transformed how society views people with disabilities, and recounts how the various streams of the movement came together to push through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Beginning with the stories of those who grew up with disabilities in the 1940s and ’50s, the book traces how disability came to be seen as a political issue, and how people with disabilities—often isolated, institutionalized, and marginalized—forged a movement analogous to the civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights movements, and fought for full and equal participation in American society.

From the publisher's website

This book will be shelved at KF 480 P45 2012 once it is not a "New book." Books in this area focus on legal issues related to disability. Other books on Disability Rights may be shelved at HV 1553.

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