Hey guys, the library blog is now being kept at the new, official JCCC blog community, so update your bookmarks for http://blogs.jccc.edu/library. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Customizing motorcycles. People do it. Customizing BMW motorcycles. It would seem less people do it. But behold, BMW Custom Motorcycles: Choppers, Cruisers, Bobbers, Trikes & Quads was assembled by author Uli Cloesen, and claims to be the only book of its kind, highlighting the BMW modding scene. It’s fully illustrated, showing off what modifiers around the world have been doing to Beemers in their garages, or even requesting straight from the factory. So if bike customization or repair are things you’re curious about, it might be worth taking a look at.
This book can currently be found on our new book shelf (2nd floor)
… in today’s book, that is. (We know: cheap, baiting headline. Sorry!)
If you’re like us, you’re torn between thinking it’s a little Big Brother-ish and thinking it’s really really cool. Today’s book, America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society by Lisa S. Nelson discusses how the government, companies, and individuals use fingerprinting, retina scanning, x-rays, handwriting analysis, and other means to keep things secure. Not just a look at the different technologies, Lisa looks into its impact on American society, and examines the area where privacy, technology, and ethics intersect. A pretty sweet read, and currently sitting on our New Book shelves!
Cathy Davidson’s argument for using technology to change learning environments is the Book of the Day. Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn argues that studying something she calls “attention blindness” in the brain shows how developments in technology being under utilized in learning spaces designed for the last century can be detrimental, and she’s got a good reason to think that. What started as her experiment of giving college freshman iPods (before they supported apps, and were just music players) lead to teachers and students turning them into learning tools.
The book follows that research to a compelling end, and a strong case for modern technology in the classroom, all centered upon how our brains react to it.
Not too long ago, a liberal radio personality on NPR was fired for discussing his own social prejudices, saying those in Muslim garb on airplanes trigger something in him that makes him uncomfortable (“worried” and “nervous,” he states).
Was this an inappropriate firing? He was, after all, sharing his opinion on another network. And, also, in the full context of the interview (view a discussion on CNN of it here), his argument included a discussion of the dangers of using religion to label someone as dangerous?
You won’t get an argument from us about if it was right or wrong, but you can read Juan’s take on it. His book, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, discusses his firing and the effect it had on his career. He also discusses what it implied to the modern media and the implications it has towards others who wish to express opinions and/or honest feelings that might not be of the most popular opinion.
So check it out, currently on our new books shelf, and see for yourself.
Kevin Mitnick has seen behind the security barriers of Sun, Motorola, and at least dozens of other big name companies. His years of evading the law made him an increasingly annoying target for the FBI, and today’s featured book, Ghost in the Wires, is his memoir of his time on the run. It’s an exciting story of deception, hacking, false identities, and being on the run. Whether you see Mitnick as a hero or a villain, you’ll have to admit his pursuits were quite clever
Sorry about the construction that’s still going on. We’re told it’ll be over soon enough, but check out one of the benefits! The photos above are just a quick preview of the group study rooms we’ve been building. The rooms will be available to student groups only, so when they open up, make sure you bring your ID card. There will be about 8 (this is just one corner of the area), and they’ll be on the second floor behind where minidesk (not MEGADESK) currently is.
So thanks for your patience, and we hope they’ll be up and open soon!
Hey everybody! Glad to see new students on campus, great to see new people following us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re not just happy you’re on campus, we also really look forward to helping you!
Of course, if you’ve been here before you probably notice a few changes going on in our building. (We’re sorry for the mess.) Here’s what you can expect from us when this renovation is over.