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Humans and Animals: What’s at Steak

Check out the current book display on the relationship between humans and animals–broadly considered.  Read about species conservation, why people hate insects, factory farming, hunting, the evolution of humans, our bond with our pets, animal emotions and intelligence, animal rights, and more.  You can see the list of books included here.

While you’re thinking about humans and animals, you might want to check out the new report released by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  The headline is

Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’
Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

and it reports that 1,000,000 species are threatened with extinction.  “Ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing. The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed,” according to Professor Josef Settele, co-chair of the assessment. “This loss is a direct result of human activity and constitutes a direct threat to human well-being in all regions of the world.”

Many publications and media outlets are featuring this news, including the science journal Nature, NPR, Slate, and the New York Times.

We humans might consider whether our behavior on this planet is beastly, and whether we could maybe hurry up and evolve into a more humane species.

Would you like to study, work or volunteer abroad? Learn how to make it possible!

If you’ve ever considered studying abroad and want to learn more about making it possible, come on down to this event in Huden, Tuesday during N period.  A student panel and a guest speaker will address the basics and you can ask questions to learn more. In the meantime, and afterward, you can learn all about studying, working and volunteering abroad through myriad resources provided by the library on this guide:

Study, work, volunteer abroad

You will find resources on financial aid for study abroad, international job listings, information on teaching English abroad, volunteer opportunities, resources for learning about places to go and  learning languages, and more.

The library is a partner helping with this event by providing a display of books on these topics.

April Fool’s? April Facts!

Various memes have been flying around this week, as April Fool’s Day came and went, and some of them have meaning for libraries and the critical consumption-of-information habits we try to instill.  The gist of many is: Isn’t it funny that for this one day people don’t believe everything they read?  Here’s one:

April 1 isn’t the only day we in the information literacy field poke fun at people’s reluctance to be active, critical users of information.  This one isn’t particular to April Fool’s Day:

And, did you know April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day?  Don’t take our word for it, check out the International Fact-Checking Network’s page:  International Fact-Checking Day or the Poynter Institute’s newsletter post about it, with activities and fun facts 😉 .  If you forgot to celebrate on April 2, don’t worry, you can appreciate and seek facts every day!  For fun and enlightenment, here’s a fact-checking quiz you can take.

Just in case you clicked on the April Fool’s link hoping for some humor, here’s a whole bunch of library-related April Fool’s fun:

April Foolswatch: Our favorite pranks and hoaxes
from the American Library Association

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.  This year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”  Castleton has lots of events honoring women and women’s history during the month.

The image above is from the American Women’s History Initiative of the Smithsonian Institution.  The Her Story project’s purpose is to “amplify women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present and inspire the future.  The stories we tell deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to America and the world, showing how far women have advanced and how we as a country value equality and the contributions of all our citizens.”  Take a look to learn more.

Lots of information resources on women’s history are compiled here:  https://libguides.castleton.edu/womens_history

And, check out the display of books in the library during the month of March.  (Click to see a list of books chosen for the display.)

There are lots of ways to learn more and honor the contributions of women!


Resources for summer jobs and internships

Your always friendly and helpful librarians have compiled resources for researching summer job and internship opportunities.  Find opportunities to make money, gain valuable experience, travel, have adventures, and explore careers.

See https://libguides.castleton.edu/careers/summer

Includes links to opportunities in Vermont, other states and around the world.  Find paid internships, jobs in summer camps, jobs in “cool places” and more.  Your library is always looking for ways to help students learn, grow and meet their goals!

Race Matters: A Castleton Dialogue

The library is helping to organize and publicize this series of events inspired by Black History Month.

All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the community

Book Display
Relevent books are on exhibit in the library. See a list of what’s on display.

Study group
For anyone looking for ways to learn or teach about race, racism, and the experiences of our community members of color. Come to any or all, participate or just listen.

See suggested resources for self-study

Fri. 2/15 12:00 pm       Discussion of possible sources for self-study
Tues. 2/19 5:00 pm      Introduction of chosen sources for self-study
Tues. 3/5 5:00 pm       Sharing of sources read/viewed over break
Fri. 3/8 12:00 pm        Sharing of sources read/viewed over break
Location: Library Media Center Viewing Room (LMCVR)

Green Book film screening
SGA is showing the 2018 feature film “Green Book” twice
When a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx is hired to drive a world-class Black pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Fri. 2/15 4:00 pm
Sun. 2/17 8:00 pm
Location: Jeffords auditorium
More about the film: https://www.greenbookfilm.com

Green Book brown bag discussion
Bring your lunch and discuss the film
Mon. 2/18 12:00 pm
Location: Library Media Center Viewing Room (LMCVR)

Speaker: Adam Taylor, Superintendent of Rutland City Public Schools
“Disrupting Inequities in Education”
Thurs. 2/21 12:30 pm
Location: Jeffords auditorium

A couple of opportunities beyond our campus, in Rutland:

Monday Feb 18 at noon – Dreams into Action: A Community Conversation about Race at Grace Church, 8 Court Street, Rutland City. Featuring Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Co-chair of the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee of the Vermont State Police and the chair of the Attorney General’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel; Mickie and Neil Richardson, citizen activists from Randolph; and Rutland NAACP President Tabitha Pohl-Moore. This event is free and lunch will be served. https://www.facebook.com/events/285747175442551/

Saturday Feb 23 at 1 pm More than a Month at Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, Rutland City. The public is invited to join the Rutland-area branch of the NAACP for a free screening of More Than a Month, Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s exploration of Black History Month in a “post-racial” America. Tilghman examines the idea of ethnic heritage months, and asks whether relegating African American history to the shortest month of the year – and separating it from American history as a whole – denigrates the role of black people and black culture. A film about what it means to be an American, More Than A Month reveals Tilghman’s journey to reconcile his own conflicting feelings about identity and history.
Contact pac@naacprutland.org

Attention science fiction and fantasy fans

A selection of science fiction and fantasy DVDs are currently on display in the library.

You can get recommendations of what to watch from these lists:

Speaking of science fiction and fantasy, the group that puts on the Vermont Renaissance Faires is putting on its first Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo in April.  You can find them on Facebook:

Planning for the summer or your future?

Find resources to learn more about careers, job-hunting, work abroad, internships, summer jobs, and more, on the library’s

Career and Post-Graduation Planning Guide 

Includes these pages:

College/Graduate/Professional Studies

Job hunting

Careers by major

Study/work/volunteer abroad


Starting a business

Grants and funding

Summer jobs/internships

Life after college

Visit Castleton’s Office of Career Services for personal assistance, and more!

Cookies and Cocoa: Study break treats

Enjoy cookies and cocoa for your evening study break on Monday, December 17, from 6:00 until supplies run out.  Stop in to the library, or if you’re already here, come on down to the circulation desk, where we’ll have cocoa and cookies and cookie-decorating supplies.  Stop and decorate a cookie and enjoy some warm treats as well as the warm support of your library staff during exam week!  Thanks to Sodexo for providing the treats.

Best Books of 2018

‘Tis the season!  The season when editors of various publications come out with their year-end lists of the best books of the year, that is.  Your library staff has compiled a list of those lists!  See our guide to the Best Books of 2018Here’s a list of some books from these lists the CU library already owns.

Once you take a look at the best books lists and would like to read one of these books, check the library catalog to see if a VSC library owns the book.   If not, CU faculty, staff, and students can request a book through interlibrary loan.  If there is a book the CU library doesn’t own that you think we should, let us know.  Email us at reference@castleton.edu.

To make an interlibrary loan request, click the Interlibrary Loan System link on the library website.  Log in with your CU credentials and then click on “Create Request.”

‘Tis also the season when time to read is on the horizon.  Enjoy a “best book” this winter break!