Monday, March 02, 2015

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Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope.
by Jonathan Kozol.
New York: Crown, 2000
Call Number: HQ792.U5 K69 2000
Available for 4-week check out with your SWC photo ID.

The author has written several books on the lack of educational opportunities for poor and minority children in big city public schools, including the seminal and classic Death At An Early Age. In Ordinary Resurrections he tells the personal stories of a group of children just starting school in New York City's South Bronx, one of the poorest and most segregated communities in the nation. This is an optimistic book and most of the children in it are, despite where they live, "... still unsoiled by the world and still can view their place within it without cynicism or despair."

One hopes that the author will write a follow-up to this book to tell us how things have turned out for these children who would now be adults.

Review by John Tibbals, SWC Librarian

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Killing machine : the American presidency in the age of drone warfare
by Lloyd C. Gardner.
New York : The New Press, 2013.
New Book Area: Call Number JK558 .G37 2013.

After the September 11, 2001 attack many things changed in America. Three days after the attack Congress voted to give the president what has been interpreted to be essentially unlimited powers to fight terrorism. One power the president gave himself allows him to kill anyone deemed a threat to the United States via killer drones.

The drone program enjoys wide support from the US public but few know the details of that program. This book tells the fascinating story of a new set of powers granted to the president of the United States and the history of killer drones. The effect of the deaths of people in other countries and the consequences of those assassinations are examined.

Review by John Stanton, SWC Librarian

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Library Hours - Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro

Spring Semester Hours: 
January 21 - May 29, 2015
Holidays -- Libraries are Closed
President's Weekend - February 13 - 16
Spring Break - March 30 - April 5
Memorial Day - May 25

SWC Library - Chula Vista

Library -- Main Campus900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone Number: 619-482-6397
TTY: 619-482-6490
Library Hours - Librarian Available
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Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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SWC Library - National City

Library - Higher Education Center at National City
880 National City Boulevard
National City, CA 91950
Phone Number: 619-216-6665 x4868
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Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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SWC Library - Otay Mesa

Library - Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone Number: 619-216-6750 x4424
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SWC Library - San Ysidro
Library - Higher Education Center at San Ysidro
480 West San Ysidro Boulevard
San Ysidro, CA 92173
Phone Number: 619-216-6790 x4907
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MLA? APA? We've got you covered.

The Library's citation guide will help you with citing sources in the correct format.

Our MLA and APA quick guides for commonly cited sources are a good place to start. The handouts illustrate the required format for the citation, along with examples.

If you used the Library's EBSCOhost databases to find full-text periodical articles or e-books, then you can use the EBSCO "Cite" button to create a citation. This yellow button appears on the right side of the page when viewing the document. Many citation styles are provided, so be sure to select the correct one for your assignment!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Diversity in Disney Films : Critical Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Disability. Edited by Johnson Cheu. McFarland and Company Publishers, 2013.

New Book Shelf, call number: PN1999.W27 D58 2013
Available for 4-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

It’s Oscar time! What better time to think about the most decorated of Academy Award recipients – Walt Disney.

It’s no surprise that Disney films are well-regarded both in awards shows and in the hearts of children and adults everywhere; well, almost everywhere. While some people find it easy to relate to the characters, others just don’t see themselves fitting neatly into the Disney world of characters. Diversity in Disney Films takes a closer look at how Disney represents race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability in their films. It’s not always a pretty picture.

What makes this book interesting is that it covers the full span of Disney’s empire, from early racism in lesser known films to the representation of female heroines and villains in some of Disney’s more recent movies – Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin (Sorry, no Frozen sisters). Each chapter is written by a different author, which offers a startling different perspective from the typical happy ending.

While we often don’t see Disney films with the intent of thinking critically, the concepts represented in the film are the very stuff that our culture defines as the norm. Diversity in Disney Films challenges us to re-examine our earliest movie experiences and the ways in which we view ourselves and our society.

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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