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Summer Reading

June 29, 2017

I don’t know about the rest of you, but one of my favourite things about summer is the time to actually dig into that pile of books that’s been growing beside my bed all year.

No pile yet?  Check out some of these lists offering suggestions for the books you need to read this summer:

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Visit our Vacation? Staycation? Bring a Book! display on Floor 2 of the library

 

Don’t forget to look for these titles in our leisure reading collection.  Also, the display on Floor 2 all summer long will highlight our leisure reading titles, so when you’re up there checking on the progress of our new makerspace, see if something catches your eye.

 

Happy reading, and have a good summer!

“I suggested a book, what happens next?”

December 15, 2016

We launched our Leisure Reading Collection in May, but that was just the beginning! Since then, we have continued to ask for and receive book suggestions from students, staff, and faculty.

But how do we decide which suggestions are added to the collection? Below is a peek into our vetting process which may give you insight into why some books made it to our shelve and why others didn’t.

First, most suggestions DO get added! Some recent additions include:

If we have more suggestions than our budget allows, those titles are given priority next time we place an order, which was the case for Sense and sensibility and sea monsters by Ben Winters and Alliance of equals by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

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Judging Books by their Covers

November 17, 2016

An article published last week in MIT Technology Review reported on research being done in Japan to see if a computer can recognize the genre of a book based on its cover.  The researchers are training a neural network to “recognize the correlation between cover design and genre” and then testing it to see how it does categorizing newly introduced covers.  The findings so far are very interesting, including which genres were easier to recognize and which cover designs confused the network.

The article got me thinking about what makes a good book cover.  For some thoughts, check out this profile of a highly-respected book jacket designer, and then take a look at this funny essay from a writer who designed his own most recent book jacket.

Just want to look at some pretty covers? Shortlist Magazine created a list of what they consider to be the 50 Coolest Book Covers, and the New York Times created a list of the Best Book Covers of 2015.

New Books in JSTOR

November 1, 2016

Just in time for Open Access Week last week, JSTOR announced a new program to make Open Access ebooks available on the JSTOR platform.

The initial list of 63 titles covers topics from Bach Fugues to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  My favourite: The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny.

Happy reading!

The Value of Reading

September 16, 2016

JSTOR Daily recently had an interesting article on the increasing value medical schools are placing on reading and narrative. The article explores the various reasons medical schools are starting to integrate literature into their curricula, including the fact that it can help doctors better understand their patients and it can increase empathy.

This move by medical schools backs up a lot of the work being done by the National Reading Coalition, who are working hard to get schools to place a greater emphasis on reading for pleasure.

Interested in incorporating a little more non-academic reading into your own life?  Check out the Library’s new Leisure Reading collection and space.

Interested in reading more from JSTOR?  You can subscribe to their newsletter.

Happy reading!

RDC celebrates Science Literacy Week 2016

September 8, 2016

Science Literacy Week, celebrated across Canada from September 19-25, 2016, showcases the excellence and diversity of Canadian science outreach institutions and highlights our outstanding scientists and science communicators.

Science Literacy Week Logo_FINAL-01RDC Library joins over 100 partners across Canada in this celebration. We’re so excited that we’re celebrating Science Literacy Week not just for a week, but for the whole month of September! Check out our themed book display on Floor 2 and our posts on our various social media accounts.

The Science Literacy website has a guide to great ideas and great writers; a look into the minds of some of the most engaging and important scientists of all time. Check out the list of interesting and thought-provoking books, blogs, websites, and podcasts for you to explore. Most of the books are available in our library (check out the display on Floor 2) or we can bring them in for you via our interlibrary loan service.

 

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New Leisure Reading Collection coming together

August 15, 2016

File_000 (3)In March we told you about our Reading Culture task team and the scientifically proven benefits of reading, and invited you to submit suggestions for books you’d like to see included in our new Leisure Reading Collection. We heard from a LOT of you, and we’ve ordered several new books.

The Leisure Reading Collection will be on Floor 2 near the elevators. We’ve placed some comfortable furniture in the space and have relocated our paperback collection there. Some spiffy new shelving units have been ordered for all the new books that are arriving daily. In the meantime, borrow a paperback or check out one of the brand new books which are currently on display near our Library Desk.

It’s not too late to suggest titles for this collection; use this form if you’d like to do that.

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