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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Haunted


Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds, by Leo Braudy

Haunted

“An award-winning scholar and author charts four hundred years of monsters and how they reflect the culture that created them
Leo Braudy … has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity.
Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress, viewing the detective genre as a rational riposte to the irrational world of the monstrous. Haunted is a compelling and incisive work by a writer at the height of his powers.”

- From the publisher’s website: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300203806/haunted.

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Faculty Fridays: Open Access and Your Digital Profile

To celebrate Open Access Week, the Library presented a workshop for faculty on managing their scholarly digital presence. Tools they discussed included Google Scholar Profiles, which corral open access versions of an author’s work, and Sherpa/Romeo, a resource for finding journal copyright permissions and self-archiving policies. The workshop handout is available online.
How can faculty support the Open Access movement? Via our institutional repository CUNY Academic Works! Find out how to submit your research. Interested in learning more about the Open Movement at CUNY? Visit Open @ CUNY for upcoming events!


Faculty Fridays


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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Monstress


Monstress: Vol. 1 Awakening, by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

Monstress

“In the aftermath of a terrible war, tension still exists between the humans and the animal-hybrids, Arcanics. Surviving Arcanics are sold as slaves by the Federation of Man and even experimented on by the Cumaea, powerful human witch-nuns who mine the precious life-giving Lilium produced from the bodies of captured Arcanics. Maika Halfwolf, a 17-year-old Arcanic, survived the war but at a devastating cost. Looking for revenge, she allows herself to be sold as a slave to infiltrate the Cumaean stronghold in Zamora. Once there, she uses her newly developed, terrible power to escape, free the captured Arcanics, and brutally attack the witch-nuns. She also steals a fragment of an ancient and powerful mask and murders a Cumaean elder who knows secrets from Maika's past. On the run from the Cumaea, the humans, and her own people, Maika must rely on herself and very few allies if she is to discover the secret of why her mother was murdered and, more important, who she is and what awful power she possesses. Collecting the first five issues of the popular comic, this is a beautifully written and complex book. Intricate and detailed, with a definite manga influence, Takeda's artwork creates a lush and dangerous world for Liu's equally dangerous characters. The work is infused with feminist themes; almost all of the characters are strong—and deadly—women. VERDICT Intended for mature audiences owing to the violence and nudity and filled with rage and barely contained fury, this is a book that will be wildly embraced by all fans of graphic literature.”

- Knapp, Erik. "Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening." School Library Journal, vol. 62, no. 8, Aug. 2016, p. 118. EBSCOhost, mail.lagcc.cuny.edu/viplogin/default.aspx?redirect=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=117308741&site=ehost-live.

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Open Access Week - Your Online Profile as a Scholar

In celebration of Open Access Week, the Library is hosting a free workshop on digital scholarship.
If a colleague in your discipline Googled you today, how would your career appear to them? And would they be able to read all your scholarship online?
Take an hour with Librarians Ann Matsuuchi and Liz Jardine to start to polish your online scholarly profile to be more complete and professional and with an improved reach.

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Where: Library Lab E101-B

Presented by: Professors Ann Matsuuchi and Liz Jardine, with Scholarly Communications Intern Kathleen Fox

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Book Sale in the E-Atrium Today!

The library is sponsoring a two-day book sale!
Great books: textbooks, fiction, non-fiction, children's book, and more.
Great prices! Proceeds go to buy more books for the library.
Today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.




Book Sale in the E-Atrium, 10/23-10/24

The library is sponsoring a two-day book sale!
Great books: textbooks, fiction, non-fiction, children's book, and more.
Great prices! Proceeds go to buy more books for the library.
Monday & Tuesday, October 23 & 24 in the E-Atrium
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.




LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know, by John Gennari

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know® provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the Island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy. The book begins with a historical overview of Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period (1493-1898). It then focuses on the first five decades of the U.S. colonial regime, particularly its efforts to control local, political, and economic institutions as well as to "Americanize" the Island's culture and language. Jorge Duany delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico-the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Lastly, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-20th century.”

- From the publisher’s website: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/puerto-rico-9780190648701?cc=us&lang=en&#.

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Faculty Fridays: Keeping Track

Did you know that many publishers permit authors’ to share the pre-prints and/or post-prints of their manuscripts to an institutional repository?

A preprint is the original draft of a paper prior to undergoing peer-review.
A postprint has undergone peer-review and is without the publisher's stylistic formatting.
Consider posting a version of your paper to CUNY AcademicWorks! To determine copyright permissions review your agreement or visit Sherpa/Romeo. Any questions, ask a librarian.


Keeping Track


- Post created by Kathleen Fox, MLS student at CUNY Queens College and Health Sciences Librarian at NYC Health + Hospitals / Elmhurst



Read Newsweek

Find this and other print magazines, journals, and newspapers in our Periodicals section, where all titles are arranged alphabetically. To see if we have something in our print collection, you can consult the catalog.
Note: The first floor of the Library houses current editions and the mezzanine level houses both current editions and archived copies.



LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Flavor and Soul


Flavor and Soul: Italian America at its African American Edge, by John Gennari

Flavor and Soul

“Gennari (English, race and ethnic studies, Univ. of Vermont) seeks to understand the symbiotic relationship of Italian Americans and African Americans in their respective creation (and re-creation) of racial and ethnic identity. He is particularly concerned with the “boundaries and edges” where the two cultures come together. Through the use of personal biography and “interlocking” case studies of music, film, media, sport, and food, the author explores the deep, complex, and often misunderstood historical and contemporary connections between Italian American and African American culture(s).
Throughout the book, Gennari bolsters his theoretical suppositions with an encyclopedic range of vivid, carefully culled examples from pop culture spanning several decades. He weaves these examples together in a theoretical tapestry, engaging the reader throughout the process. Readers are left with a novel conceptualization of the ethnic identity formation process and the importance of the Other in this process. In sum, this is a well-written, thought-provoking, and well-researched work that is an important contribution in the areas of Italian American studies specifically, and race and ethnic relations and identity in general.”

- Mitrano, J. R.1. "Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge." Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 1, Sept. 2017, p. 137. EBSCOhost, https://mail.lagcc.cuny.edu/viplogin/default.aspx?redirect=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=brd&AN=124802293&site=ehost-live.

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Retro Thursdays: Who Was Fiorello?

Who Was Fiorello

From the Archives: An article about our namesake from the campus publication Fiorello's Flute.


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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Gun Politics in America


Gun Politics in America: Historical and Modern Documents in Context, by Harry L. Wilson

Gun Politics in America

“Covering the history of firearms and gun control in America, this two-volume work presents original documents and helps readers understand these documents in relation to the social and political context in which they were written.

  • Includes coverage of gun control issues and politics from the Colonial era through the Sandy Hook shooting and its aftermath
  • Gives readers the benefit of reading each actual document, law, or court case and learning about the context in which it was written
  • Helps readers understand the cultural and political developments that brought America to its current stalemate over guns and gun policies
  • Presents the voices of activists, lawmakers, and ordinary Americans on both sides of the issue”

- From the publisher’s website: http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A4733C.

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