1. LaGuardia Library Book of the Week, BANKSY: THE MAN BEHIND THE WALL

    Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones

    "British journalist Ellsworth-Jones (We Will Not Fight…) here profiles the elusive Banksy, a street artist who fiercely defends what’s left of his anonymity and credentials as an outsider. Ellsworth-Jones does a superb job of threading his way through the fascinating world of street and outsider art, asking all the important questions that arise when the art world, social commentary, questions of what is public vs. private, and – most important — commerce, collide.

    What does it tell us about the state of the art world when a self-proclaimed vandal and prankster who became famous for stenciling on public walls and surreptitiously adding his own work to famous museums, suddenly commands six figures for his work, produces an Oscar-nominated documentary about an eccentric camera buff (who originally claimed to be making a documentary about him), and needs a sophisticated organization to protect and provide authentication for pieces previously regarded as defacement of public property? Banksy’s work is competent, clever, thought-provoking, and accessible.

    VERDICT A fluent, enjoyable discussion of an important contemporary cultural phenomenon; this book will appeal especially to readers who are fans of Banksy’s work and is an essential title for devotees of pop culture and outsider art.”

    Woodhouse, Mark. “Banksy: The Man Behind The Wall.” Library Journal 138.1 (2013): 86. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.

    This book will be shelved at GT3913.43 .B36 2013, with other books on graffiti, once it is no longer a “New Book.


  2. Librarian-Goggles, or how learning research skills will improve your grades, get you ahead, and (maybe) save the world

    When you go through your search results, is this what you see? 


    If so, consider registering for LRC 103: Internet Research Strategies.

    As we change our ideas about what a newspaper or a book looks like, and as it becomes difficult to figure out which websites can be trusted, it is all the more important to equip yourself with a better understanding of where information comes from, why it was created, and how you can use it. In this course we will help you find answers to questions like: 

    • Why do I need sources for my paper, and how do I find them?
    • Wikipedia: a force for good or evil?
    • Accidental plagiarism — is this a real thing? 
    • Is there more to the internet than cat videos and the first page of Google results?
    • How did Facebook know I am looking for new shoes?
    • Why are my textbooks so expensive? 

    Basically, we will teach you how to see the information world like a Librarian. Librarian-Goggles, if you will. For example, here is the same set of search results, but with Librarian-Goggles on:


    This 1 credit course will prepare you for the modern information world, your career at LaGuardia, and beyond. 

    Register now for one of our three Fall I sections:

    • LRC103.0500 (65307) online course
    • LRC103.0501 (62943), Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:30am
    • LRC103.5400 (65310), Tuesdays 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

    See you next week!

    Thanks go to Lori Townsend for creating the images used in this post.


  3. LaGuardia Library Book of the Week, TOMS RIVER: A STORY OF SCIENCE AND SALVATION


    Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

    "What was in the water in Toms River? A seemingly high number of childhood cancer cases in the New Jersey town prompted the question, but there turned out to be no easy answer. As Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) investigated the tragic impact that unethical scientific pursuits had on a family, Toms River unravels the careless environmental practices that damaged a community. The book goes beyond the Toms River phenomenon itself to examine the many factors that came together in that one spot, from the birth of the synthetic chemical industry to the evolution of epidemiology to the physicians who invented occupational medicine.

    Former Newsday environmental journalist Fagin’s work may not be quite as riveting in its particulars as Skloot’s book, but it features jaw-dropping accounts of senseless waste-disposal practices set against the inspiring saga of the families who stood up to the enormous Toms River chemical plant. The fate of the town, we learn, revolves Thoreson around the science that cost its residents so much.”

    Thoreson, Bridget. “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.” Booklist 15 Feb. 2013: 23. Academic OneFile. Web. 8 July 2014.

    This book is shelved in the nonfiction leisure collection by the author’s last name (Fagin).




    Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas with Nick Chiles

    "Thomas, a star in the NBA as a center for the Atlanta Hawks as well as a participant in President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative, states upfront that he’s "not a fatherhood expert." But having collected essays offering insights and experiences about fatherhood from a fascinating and diverse range of individuals—including Bill Cosby, John King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Andre Agassi, and others—Thomas has produced an insightful book that provides "a manual for fathers new and old."

    Many of the pieces address the experience of fatherless kids in African-American communities. But from rapper Ice Cube to filmmaker Michael Moore, the book’s message is one of hope. As Moore states, “One of the ‘Big Lies’ that we are told in our society is that there’s something wrong with you if you come from a ‘broken home’ or a home with a single mother.” Thomas also offers a moving tribute to the many single mothers “who are forced to take on the role of the father in the household.” While Thomas’s “Tao of fatherhood” is a wonderful distillation of all the book’s insights—”Be there”— his book also contains a plethora of memorable and eloquent advice for all fathers, such as that from Dr. Cornel West: ‘To be a great father, you must be a militant for tenderness, an extremist for love, a fanatic for fairness, and, in the larger society, a drum major for justice.’”

    Fatherhood: Rising To The Ultimate Challenge.” Publishers Weekly259.13 (2012): 73-74. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 8 July 2014.

    This book will be shelved at at HQ756 .T476 2013 with other books on parenting once it is not a new book.

  5. It may not look like much, but the building across the street from LaGuardia Community College? Orders, prepares, and delivers books, DVDs, and more for the 150 branches of the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library. 

    33,000 items are sorted each day. Filmed using a drone named Lucy, Nate Bolt's video shows us Grand Central Station for library books.

    p.s. Watch out for a cameo from LAGCC toward the end…


  6. LaGuardia Library Book of the Week, WALKABLE CITY

    Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

    "Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for the typical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold.

    Walkable City — bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban change happens—lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make American cities great again.”

    from the publisher’s website

    This book will be shelved at at HT 175 S64 2013 with other books on urban studies once it is not a new book.


  7. Library Catalog Unavailable July 10-July 12

    We are sorry to report that the library catalog will be unavailable from Thursday, July 10 through Saturday, July 12, due to a system upgrade.

    After July 12, the catalog will be back, but you will not be able to renew or request books from other CUNY campuses until July 24. If you visit the physical library, however, you’ll still be able to check out books.

    We’ll keep you up to date as the project progresses.

    Tagged #lagcc



    The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness by Giles Slade

    "In The Big Disconnect, award-winning writer Giles Slade offers a bracing look at an America where intimacy with machines is increasingly replacing mutual human intimacy. In a sweeping overview that ranges from the late nineteenth century to the present, Slade reveals how consumer technologies changed from analgesic devices that ameliorated the loneliness of a newly urban generation in the Gilded Age to prosthetic machines that act as substitutes for companionship in contemporary America. Mining insights from neuroscience, the author delves deeply into the history of this transformation, showing why Americans use certain technologies to mediate their connections with other human beings instead of seeking out face-to-face contacts. In a final investigative section, Slade describes ways in which some people are bucking the trend by consciously including interpersonal strategies that build empathy, community, and mutual acceptance.”

    from the author’s website

    This book will be shelved at at T 14.5 S577 with other books on technology once it is not a new book.



    The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate by Walter J. Nicholls

    The DREAMers provides the first investigation of the youth movement that has transformed the national immigration debate, from its start in the early 2000s through the present day. Walter Nicholls draws on interviews, news stories, and firsthand encounters with activists to highlight the strategies and claims that have created this now-powerful voice in American politics. Facing high levels of anti-immigrant sentiment across the country, undocumented youths sought to increase support for their cause and change the terms of debate by arguing for their unique position—as culturally integrated, long term residents and most importantly as “American” youth sharing in core American values.

    Since 2010 undocumented activists have increasingly claimed their own space in the public sphere, asserting a right to recognition—a right to have rights. Ultimately, through the story of the undocumented youth movement, The DREAMersshows how a stigmatized group—whether immigrants or others—can gain a powerful voice in American political debate.”

    from the publisher’s website

    This book will be shelved at at JV6477 .N53 2013 with other books on immigration once it is not a new book.


  10. Paintings in Motion by Elaine Defibaugh

    In the E-Building Atrium, exciting new art by Elaine Defibaugh. Materials are fluorescent acrylic paint and collage; the installation will run through August 12, 2014.